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Bovis is an ancient Norman name, that would have been used in Britain soon after the Conquest of the island in 1066. This name was given to a person who was a friend, and is a somewhat nondescript form of affectionate address, somewhat like pal or mate in modern English. The name translates from the Old French root belfiz of the same meaning. The modern French meaning of the word as son in law was not in place until 1468.

Bovis Early Origins



The surname Bovis was first found in Hampshire, where they were granted lands by King William after the Norman Conquest in 1066. They were descended from the Beauvais in Normandy, and appear on the honor roll of Battell Abbey, as accompanying Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Bovis Spelling Variations


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Bovis Spelling Variations



Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Bevis, Bevys, Beavis, Beavys and others.

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Bovis Early History


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Bovis Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bovis research. Another 166 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1254, 1693, 1731, and 1771 are included under the topic Early Bovis History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bovis Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bovis Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bovis Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bovis Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Henry Bovis, aged 53, a carpenter, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Conflict" in 1874
  • Elizabeth Bovis, aged 45, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Conflict" in 1874
  • Alice Bovis, aged 9, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Conflict" in 1874
  • John Bovis, aged 22, a painter, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Conflict" in 1874
  • Maria Bovis, aged 23, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Conflict" in 1874
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bovis (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bovis (post 1700)



  • Marcel Bovis (1904-1997), French photographer, best known for his photographs of Paris
  • Julian Bovis, British artist, journalist and art director
  • Maurice Bovis, French wrestler who competed in the Greco-Roman featherweight event at the 1920 Summer Olympics

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