The origins of the Boydell name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. It comes from when the family lived in Cheshire
, where it is believed they took their name from the place-name Boydell,
which most people believe was located in Norfolk.
Early Origins of the Boydell family
The surname Boydell was first found in Cheshire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Boydell family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Boydell research.Another 181 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1150, 1450 and 1800 are included under the topic Early Boydell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Boydell Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Boydell were recorded, including Boydell, Boydall and others.
Early Notables of the Boydell family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Boydell family to Ireland
Some of the Boydell family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 55 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Boydell family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Boydell family emigrate to North America:
Boydell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Thomas Boydell who settled in Massachusetts in 1634
Boydell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- John Boydell, who landed in New England in 1716 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Boydell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- William Boydell, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "America" on April 4, 1829, settling in New South Wales, Australia CITATION[CLOSE]
State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 26) America voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1829 with 176 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/america/1829
Contemporary Notables of the name Boydell (post 1700)
- Catherine S. Boydell, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1956 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 16) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- Peter Boydell (1920-2001), English lawyer and administrator, Chancellor of Truro (1957-1997)
- John Boydell (1710-1804), English engraver and print publisher, Lord Mayor of London (1790)
- Dr. Tony Boydell, Canadian Professor/Director of the School of Environment and Sustainability at Royal Rhodes University (1996-)
- Dr. Anthony Boydell, Canadian Professor/Director of the School of Environment and Sustainability at Royal Rhodes University (1996-)