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Where did the Scottish Boyce family come from? What is the Scottish Boyce family crest and coat of arms? When did the Boyce family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Boyce family history?

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.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Boyce, Boyes, Boze, Bois, Boise, Boice, Boas, Bost, Bust, Boast, Boost and many more.

First found in Buckinghamshire, where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. They were originally from Bois in Normandy.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Boyce research. Another 366 words(26 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1150, 1296, 1413, 1465, 1536, and 1719 are included under the topic Early Boyce History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 67 words(5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Boyce Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Boyce family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 94 words(7 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:

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


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  • Kim Boyce (b. 1961), American gospel singer
  • Second Lieutenant George W g Boyce Jr., American officer awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1944
  • William Boyce (1711-1779), widely regarded as one of the most important English-born composers of the 18th century
  • Michael Cecil Boyce (b. 1943), British Royal Navy Admiral, Chief of Defense Staff, member of the British House of Lords
  • William Binnington Boyce (1804-1889), English-born, Australian Wesleyan minister, theologian, philologist and administrator
  • Sir Harold Leslie Boyce (1895-1955), Australian-born, British lawyer and politician, Member of Parliament for Gloucester (1929-1945), Lord Mayor of London (1951-1952)
  • Mr. David G Boyce, British Musician, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking


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  • 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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