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Origins Available: English, Italian


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

First found in Berwickshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Boy research. Another 255 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1250 and 1300 are included under the topic Early Boy History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Boy family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 195 words (14 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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
  • Robert Boy, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1651
  • Robt Boy, who arrived in America in 1652
  • Robert Boy settled in Boston Massachusetts in New England in 1652
  • Thomas Boy, who arrived in America in 1654-1679


Boy Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • William Boy settled in Virginia in 1700

Boy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Ann Boy, aged 20, arrived in New York in 1854
  • Augustan Boy, aged 25, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1858

Boy Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • John Boy arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Stately" in 1851
  • Catherine Boy, aged 44, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Douglas" in 1873

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  • Charles Boy, American politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives 10th District, 1891-94
  • Louis François Boy, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815
  • Mr. Gerald W J Boy, British Boy, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking


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  7. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  8. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  9. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  10. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
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The Boy Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Boy 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.

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