Of all the French names to come from the Languedoc
of France, Boyett is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in Languedoc
, where the family was found since the early Middle Ages.
Early Origins of the Boyett family
The surname Boyett was first found in Languedoc
, where the family has held a family seat
since ancient times.
Early History of the Boyett family
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Boyett Spelling Variations
Changes of spelling have occurred in most surnames. The earliest explanation is that during the early development of the French language, names were not yet fixed in spelling. Usually a person gave his version of his name, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. This depended on accent, and local
accents frequently changed the spelling of a name. Some variables were adopted by different branches of the family name. Hence, there are some spelling variations
of the name Boyett, including Boyer, Boyet, Boyay, Boyey, Boyé, Boyais, Boier, Boiaie, Boyaie, Boiay, Boiais, de Boyer, de Boyet, de Boyay, de Boyey, de Boyé, du Boyer, Du Boyer, du Boyet, du Boyay and many more.
Early Notables of the Boyett family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Boyett family to the New World and Oceana
In the 1700s, land incentives were finally given out by France to 2,000 migrants. Early marriage was encouraged in New France, and youths of 18 took fourteen-year-old girls for their wives. The fur trade was developed and attracted migrants, both noble and commoner from France. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries, leaving French names scattered across the continent. The search for the Northwest passage continued. Migration from France to New France or Quebec, as it was now more popularly called, continued until 1759. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In the treaty of Utrecht, Acadia were ceded by France to Britain in 1713. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England
and were deported. They found refuge in Louisiana. Meanwhile, in Quebec, the French race flourished, founding in Lower Canada, one of the two great solitudes which became Canada. Many of this distinguished family name Boyett were prominent in social, cultural, religious and political affairs in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Boyett were
Boyett Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Ada Boyett, who emigrated to the United States, in 1906
- James Boyett, aged 41, who landed in America, in 1918
- Chas. Boyett, aged 23, who landed in America, in 1922
- Harold Boyett, aged 18, who emigrated to America, in 1923
- W.O. Boyett, aged 19, who emigrated to the United States, in 1923
Contemporary Notables of the name Boyett (post 1700)
- Robert L. Boyett, co-founder of Miller-Boyett Productions who produced sitcoms including Happy Days, Full House, Mork & Mindy and Laverne & Shirley
- William Boyett (1927-2004), American actor
- Theodore "Ted" Boyett, American college football coach
- Steven R. Boyett, American writer and disc jockey based in Northern California
- Jason Boyett, American author, best known for his memoir O Me of Little Faith
- R. L. Boyett, American politician, Member of Georgia State Senate, 1950 CITATION[CLOSE]
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Suggested Readings for the name Boyett
- Minnie Mallory Boyett and Mallory, Hagan, Pullen, Radford, Goggans, Peterson, and Richardson Kin by Woodrow S. Boyett.