Boy History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Boy family

The surname Boy was first found in Berwickshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times.

Early History of the Boy family

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Boy Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Bye, Buy, Boy, Bouie, Bluy, Buie, By, Biye, Bie and others.

Early Notables of the Boy family (pre 1700)

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Boy Ranking

In France, the name Boy is the 3,135th most popular surname with an estimated 2,000 - 2,500 people with that name. [1]

Ireland Migration of the Boy family to Ireland

Some of the Boy family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Boy migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Boy Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Tho Boy, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [2]
  • Robert Boy, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1651 [2]
  • Robert Boy, who arrived in America in 1652 [2]
  • Robert Boy, who settled in Boston Massachusetts in New England in 1652
  • Thomas Boy, who arrived in America in 1654-1679 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Boy Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Boy, who settled in Virginia in 1700
Boy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Ann Boy, aged 20, who arrived in New York in 1854 [2]
  • Augustan Boy, aged 25, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1858 [2]

New Zealand Boy migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Boy Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John Boy, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Stately" in 1851
  • Mr. John Boy, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Stately" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 1st June 1851 [3]
  • Catherine Boy, aged 44, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Douglas" in 1873

West Indies Boy migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [4]
Boy Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Teague Boy, who settled in Barbados in 1680 with his servants

Contemporary Notables of the name Boy (post 1700) +

  • Charles Boy, American politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives 10th District, 1891-94 [5]
  • Renate Boy (1939-2023), née Garisch-Culmberger, a German two-time silver medalist shot putter, the first German woman to throw over 17 meters (17.18 m) in 1961
  • Louis François Boy, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [6]
  • Billy Boy Miskimmin, English harmonica, percussionist, member of the Yardbirds (2003-2008)
  • Boy Roald Rist (1912-1972), Norwegian officer, and resistance fighter World War II
  • Boy Gobert (1925-1986), German film and television actor
  • Boy Waterman (b. 1984), Dutch football goalkeeper

HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Gerald W J Boy, British Boy, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales (1941) and survived the sinking [7]

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  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from
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  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 11) . Retrieved from
  6. ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, February 11) Louis Boy. Retrieved from
  7. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from on Facebook