Origins Available: English
Bovier is an Anglo-Saxon
name. The name was originally given to a herder of oxen.
The surname Bovier is derived from the Old French words bovier, bover,
which all mean ox-herd.
Early Origins of the Bovier family
The surname Bovier was first found in Yorkshire
where they held a family seat
with estates in that shire. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was represented by Daniel le Buuier in 1191, and again in 1197.
Early History of the Bovier family
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Bovier Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Bovier has appeared include Bover, Bovier, Bouver and others.
Early Notables of the Bovier family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bovier family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Bovier arrived in North America very early:
Bovier Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Peter Bovier, who was naturalized in Ohio in 1831