Boyden History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Of all the Anglo-Saxon names to come from Britain, Boyden is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in the village of Bodden, Staffordshire, where traces of the family dating from before the Norman Conquest have been found.
Early Origins of the Boyden family
The surname Boyden was first found in Staffordshire, where evidence suggests they held a family seat before the Norman Conquest of 1066.
Early History of the Boyden family
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Boyden Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Boyden has been spelled many different ways, including Boden, Boyden, Bodin, Bodinus, Boydinus, Boidin and many more.
Early Notables of the Boyden family (pre 1700)
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Boyden migration to the United States +
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Boydens to arrive in North America:
Boyden Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Thomas Boyden, who landed in Massachusetts in 1634 
- Ann Boyden, who arrived in Maryland in 1672 
- John Boyden, who arrived in Maryland in 1673 
- James Boyden, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1682 
Boyden Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Mr. Boyden, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 
- J Boyden, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 
Boyden migration to New Zealand +
Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:
Boyden Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- William Boyden, aged 26, a farm labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1879
- Elizabeth A. Boyden, aged 26, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1879
- John W. Boyden, aged 6, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1879
- Zachariah Boyden, aged 4, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1879
- Jane Boyden, aged 1, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1879
Contemporary Notables of the name Boyden (post 1700) +
- Nathaniel Bostwick "Nate" Boyden (b. 1982), retired American soccer player
- David Dodge Boyden (1910-1986), American musicologist and violinist
- Uriah Atherton Boyden (1804-1879), American civil and mechanical engineer and inventor, best known for the development of the Boyden Turbine c. 1844
- Edward "Ed" S. Boyden, American neuroscientist at MIT
- Frank Learoyd Boyden (1879-1972), American headmaster of Deerfield Academy from 1902 to 1968
- Amanda Boyden, American novelist
- Ed Boyden, American neuroscientist at MIT
- Nathaniel "Nate" Boyden (b. 1982), American soccer midfielder
- Nathaniel Boyden (1796-1873), U.S. Congressman
- Elbridge Boyden (1810-1898), prominent 19th century American architect
- ... (Another 17 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
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The Boyden Motto +
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Contra audentior
Motto Translation: Bodly against the enemy
- ^ 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)