The name Boyken comes from one of the family having worked as a maker or seller of knives. The surname Boyken comes from the Old English word bodkin,
which is also spelled bodekin,
and refers to a short, pointed weapon or dagger.
Early Origins of the Boyken family
The surname Boyken was first found in Kent
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Boyken family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Boyken research.Another 415 words (30 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1297, 1312, 1331, 1349, 1369, 1623, 1752, 1779, 1572, 1523, 1518, 1519, 1610, 1611, 1639, 1640 and 1710 are included under the topic Early Boyken History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Boyken 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 Boyken have been found, including: Badkin, Bodkin, Bodekin, Badekin, Bodekyn, Badekyn, Batekyn, Bodychen, Battkin and many more.
Early Notables of the Boyken family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Boyken family to Ireland
Some of the Boyken family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 139 words (10 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 Boyken family to the New World and Oceana
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 Boyken, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were : a number of settlers who arrived by the 19th century.
The Boyken 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 Translation: Crom for ever.