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Origins Available: English, Scottish
The surname Boyce is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. As a general rule, the greater the distance between an individual and their homeland, the larger the territory they were named after. For example, a person who only moved to another parish would be known by the name of their original village, while people who migrated to a different country were often known by the name of a region or country from which they came. The name Boyce is derived from the Old French word bois, which means tree, and indicates that the original bearer lived near a prominent tree. 
Spelling variations of this family name include: Boyce, Boyes, Boze, Bois, Boise, Boice, Boas, Bost, Bust, Boast, Boost and many more.
First found in various parts of Scotland including Hugo Delboys who witnessed a confirmation charter by Hugh, Bishop of St. Andrews c. 1185-1188. A few years later, Richard del Bois witnessed a confirmation charter of fishery in Torduf between 1194 and 1211. About the same time, Walterus de Bosco witnessed a charter by Robert the Bruce c. 1190. Robert Boys was listed in Dumfriesshire c. 1259.  The Scottish branch of this ancient Norman family which likely moved north from England, their first place of landing and settlement after the Conquest as many of the earliest records of the family in Scotland were almost 100 years later. By example, Robert de Bois held estates in Buckinghamshire in 1086. The De Bois-Herbert family were barons of Halberton, Devon c. 1050.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Boyce research. Another 255 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1150, 1296, 1413, 1719, 1465 and 1536 are included under the topic Early Boyce History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 119 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Boyce Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Boyce family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 107 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Boyce Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Chyna Boyce, who landed in Virginia in 1617
- Allice Boyce, who landed in Virginia in 1622
- Frances Boyce settled in St. Christopher in 1634
- Francis Boyce, aged 25, arrived in St Christopher in 1634
- Chri Boyce, aged 38, arrived in Virginia in 1635
Boyce Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Charles Boyce, who arrived in Virginia in 1711
- Geo Boyce, who landed in Virginia in 1716
- Ann Boyce, who arrived in Virginia in 1728
- James Boyce, who arrived in America in 1765
- Jannet Boyce, aged 16, landed in New York in 1774
Boyce Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Robert Boyce, who arrived in New York in 1810
- John A Boyce, aged 24, landed in New York in 1812
- Joseph Boyce, who arrived in Louisiana in 1813
- Anne Boyce, who landed in New York, NY in 1816
- Henry Boyce, aged 25, landed in America in 1821
Boyce Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- William Boyce settled in Carbonear in 1709
- Mr. Jehoida Boyce, "Jehadda" U.E (b. 1759) born in Dutchess County, New York, USA from Schaghticoke & Saratoga, Albany County, New York, USA who settled in Elizabeth Town [Elizabethtown], Leeds County, Ontario c. 1783 married to Millicent Keeler they had 12 children he died in 1835
- Mr. John Boyce U.E who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1783
- Mr. John Boyce, aka "Heirs" U.E who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1783
- Mr. Stephen Boyce U.E who settled in Ernestown, Lennox & Addington, Ontario c. 1783
Boyce Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- William Boyce settled in Harbour Grace in 1834
- John and William Boyce settled in Harbour Breton in 1871
Boyce Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Thomas Boyce arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Katherine Stewart Forbes" in 1837
- John Boyce arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Surrey" in 1838
- Benjamin Boyce arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Moffatt" in 1839
- Thomas Boyce, English convict from Norfolk, who was transported aboard the "Agincourt" on July 6, 1844, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
- Mary Boyce arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Tory" in 1851
Boyce Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- James Boyce arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lord William Bentinck" in 1851
- William Boyce, aged 26, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Shamrock" in 1855
- Ellen Boyce, aged 21, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Shamrock" in 1855
- Adam Boyce arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Sir George Grey" in 1864
- Julie Boyce arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Empress" in 1865
- Edward J. Boyce, American politician, Socialist Labor Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 11th District, 1904
- Dorothy Boyce, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1960
- Donald Boyce, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Maryland, 1944, 1948 (alternate), 1952 (alternate), 1956
- Charles Meredith Boyce, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Maryland state comptroller, 1966
- Carolyn Boyce, American politician, Representative from Pennsylvania 8th District, 1998
- Carolyn Boyce, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Idaho, 1996, 2000, 2004; Member of Democratic National Committee from Idaho, 2004
- Billy D. Boyce, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 2000
- Audrei Boyce, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1996
- Arthur W. Boyce, American politician, Mayor of Salisbury, Maryland, 1938-40
- Frank L. Boyce, American politician, Member of South Dakota State Senate 9th District, 1895-96
- Boyce Family History by E. Daniel Boyce.
- The Genealogical Record of One Branch of the Boyce Family in America by Earnest Boyce.
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The Boyce Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Boyce 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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