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The ancestors of the Boyan family were part of an ancient Scottish tribe called the Picts. They lived in the lands of Boyne, near Portsoy in Banffshire since very early times. Translating from the Gaelic, the name means dweller by the river Boyne.

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The surname Boyan was first found in Banffshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Bhanbh), former Scottish county located in the northeasterly Grampian region of Scotland, now of divided between the Council Areas of Moray and Aberdeenshire, where they held a family seat in the ancient thanedom of Boyne near Portsoy in that shire.

Prior to the invention of the printing press in the last hundred years, documents were basically unique. Names were written according to sound, and often appeared differently each time they were recorded. Spelling variations of the name Boyan include Boyne, Boyn, Boynd and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Boyan research. Another 255 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1556, 1577, 1613, 1591, 1690, 1750 and 1810 are included under the topic Early Boyan History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Boyan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Boyan family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 53 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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The freedom of the North American colonies was enticing, and many Scots left to make the great crossing. It was a long and hard journey, but its reward was a place where there was more land than people and tolerance was far easier to come by. Many of these people came together to fight for a new nation in the American War of Independence, while others remained loyal to the old order as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of Scots in North America have recovered much of this heritage in the 20th century through Clan societies and other such organizations. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important and early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Boyan: Patrick Boyne who arrived in Philadelphia in 1874; Mathew Boyn arrived in Philadelphia in 1804 from Ireland.

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  • Elise Boyan, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 2008


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  10. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
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The Boyan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Boyan 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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