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

The Anglo-Saxons of Britain first developed the name Boyer. It was a name given to someone who was a maker or trader of bows.


Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Boyer have been found, including Bowyer, Bowyers, Bowyere, Bowyear and others.

First found in Buckinghamshire where they held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Boyer research. Another 105 words(8 lines of text) covering the years 1588, 1641, 1614, 1641, 1613, 1681, 1660, 1679, 1623, 1666, 1612, 1679, 1659, 1679, 1653, 1691, 1699, 1777, 1761 and 1767 are included under the topic Early Boyer History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 255 words(18 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Boyer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Boyer family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 39 words(3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Boyer, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were:

Boyer Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Boyer, who arrived in Virginia in 1628
  • Tho Boyer, who landed in Virginia in 1635
  • William Boyer, who landed in Virginia in 1636
  • Alex Boyer, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1648
  • Stephen Boyer settled in Virginia in 1652

Boyer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Samuel Boyer, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1710
  • Marc Boyer, who landed in Louisiana in 1718-1724
  • Marie Boyer, who arrived in Louisiana in 1719
  • Jean Boyer, aged 25, arrived in Louisiana in 1720
  • James Boyer, who arrived in New England in 1723

Boyer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • G F Boyer, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1802
  • Joseph Boyer, who landed in New York in 1822
  • Peter Boyer, who landed in Maryland in 1841
  • Peter C Boyer, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • J B Boyer, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850

Boyer Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Marguerite Maclin Boyer, who landed in Montreal in 1659
  • Louise Therese Boyer, who landed in Montreal in 1659
  • Nicolas Boyer, who arrived in Montreal in 1667
  • Charles Boyer, who landed in Montreal in 1673

Boyer Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Charles Boyer U.E who settled in Canada c. 1783


  • Paul Delos Boyer (b. 1918), American molecular biologist and educator, co-recipient of the 1997 Nobel Prize for Chemistry
  • Charles Boyer (1899-1978), four-time Academy Award-nominated French born actor
  • Herbert Wayne Boyer (b. 1936), American recipient of the 1990 National Medal of Science, and co-recipient of the 1996 Lemelson-MIT Prize and a co-founder of Genentech
  • Myriam Boyer, award-winning French film actress
  • Francois Boyer (1920-2003), French screenwriter
  • Sir Richard James Fildes Boyer (1891-1961), Australian broadcasting administrator
  • Louis Boyer (1901-1999), French astronomer
  • Jean Pierre Boyer (1776-1850), Haitian politician
  • Francis Boyer (1945-1988), French Passenger from Toulosane, France, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died
  • Henri Jacques Jean Boyer, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815



  • American Boyers by Donald Arthur Boyer.
  • Ancestral Lines: 144 Families in England, Germany, New England, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania by Carl Boyer.

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: Contentment passe richesse
Motto Translation: Contentment surpasses riches.



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The Boyer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Boyer 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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