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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, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Conflict" in 1874
  • Elizabeth Bovis, aged 45, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Conflict" in 1874
  • Alice Bovis, aged 9, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Conflict" in 1874
  • John Bovis, aged 22, a painter, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Conflict" in 1874
  • Maria Bovis, aged 23, 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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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    2. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    3. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    4. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    5. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    6. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    7. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    8. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    9. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    10. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    11. ...

    The Bovis Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bovis Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 20 June 2014 at 08:46.

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