Bovey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The roots of the Anglo-Saxon name Bovey come from when the family resided in the region of Bouville, in Seine Maritime, which later changed to Bovilla, in 1212. [1]

Early Origins of the Bovey family

The surname Bovey was first found in Devon, at North Bovey, a parish, in the union of Newton-Abbot, hundred of Teignbridge, Crockernwell. "The lords of this manor formerly exercised the power of inflicting punishment for capital crimes. " [2]

Early History of the Bovey family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bovey research. Another 105 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1451, 1466, 1523, 1709, 1622, 1696, 1679, 1669, 1726, 1669, 1736, 1684 and 1691 are included under the topic Early Bovey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bovey Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Bovey has been recorded under many different variations, including Bovey, Bovie, Bovy and others.

Early Notables of the Bovey family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include James Boevey (1622-1696), an English merchant, lawyer and philosopher; and Sir Ralph Bovey (d. 1679), 1st Baronet Bovey, Sheriff of Warwickshire and Bedfordshire. Catharina Bovey or Boevey (1669-1726), was a "charitable lady, was born in London in 1669, her father being John Riches, a very wealthy merchant there. Catharina was a great beauty. In 'The New Atlantis' of 1736, where she is called Portia, she is described as 'one of those lofty, black, and lasting beauties that strike with...
Another 84 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bovey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Bovey migration to the United States +

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Bovey or a variant listed above:

Bovey Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Jerome Bovey who settled in New York State in 1663
  • Margaret Bovey, who settled in New England in 1679

Contemporary Notables of the name Bovey (post 1700) +

  • William A. Bovey, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Ohio, 1884 [3]
  • Henry Taylor Bovey LLD , DCL , FRS (1852-1912), English engineering science academic
  • Alixe Bovey, lecturer in Medieval History at the University of Kent at Canterbury
  • Patricia E Bovey, Canadian Professor of Art History for the University of Winnipeg, Adjunct Professor at the University of Victoria
  • Dr. Leonard Bovey, Scientific Counselor in Canada

HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Joseph Bovey, British sailor, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [4]


  1. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 29) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  4. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html


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