Boylston History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Boylston is a habitational name for someone who lived at or near various places by the same name in England. Boyton is a village and civil parish in Wiltshire but as recent as 2001, it had a relatively small population of 179. In late Victorian times, the historic Boyton Manor, next to the Anglican parish church, became the home of Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany. Boyton is also a civil parish and village in Cornwall and Suffolk.

Early Origins of the Boylston family

The surname Boylston was first found in Suffolk where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The family name was first referenced in the year 1198 when Richard of Boitona held estates in that shire. [1]

The parish of Boyton in Cornwall "is certainly of greater antiquity than it is of fame, on account of any singular productions or remarkable events. It is situated in the hundred of Stratton, is bounded on the north by Tamerton, on the east by the Tamar, on the south by Warrington, and on the west by North Petherwin. It was taxed in the Doomsday Survey under its present name of Boieton, or Boyeton; and some of its lands may be traced to their possessors at a period still more remote. On the origin of its name different opinions have been entertained. Hals has intimated that it is English Saxon; and, that taken in its literal signification, it means a town of boys, or a place very notable for young men. The manor of Boyton, which, during the times of our Saxon and Danish conquerors, had belonged to the rich abbey of Tavistock, was purchased out of the church property before the Norman Conquest, by Suetricius, who was abbot of that convent; from whom it was forcibly taken away by Robert Earl of Moreton, when the dominion of Cornwall was consigned into his hands; and by him it was held when Exeter Doomsday was taken." [2]

Early History of the Boylston family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Boylston research. Another 117 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1268, 1317, 1455, 1487, 1644, 1695, 1172, 1300, 1307 and 1297 are included under the topic Early Boylston History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Boylston Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Boyton, Boyten, Boyden, Boydon, Boiton, Boiten and others.

Early Notables of the Boylston family (pre 1700)

Another 25 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Boylston Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Boylston family to Ireland

Some of the Boylston family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 124 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Boylston migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Boylston Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Tho Boylston, aged 20, who arrived in New England in 1635 [3]
  • Thomas Boylston, who landed in New England in 1635 [3]
Boylston Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Boylston, who arrived in America from County Tipperary, in 1892
  • Miss G. Boylston, aged 1, who arrived in America, in 1893
  • Mrs. J.W. Boylston, aged 37, who arrived in America, in 1893
  • J.W. Boylston, aged 42, who arrived in America, in 1893
Boylston Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Samuel Boylston, aged 23, who arrived in America from Paris, in 1900
  • A. E. Boylston, who arrived in America, in 1920

Contemporary Notables of the name Boylston (post 1700) +

  • Helen Dore Boylston (1895-1984), American author, known for her "Sue Barton" nurse series and "Carol Page" actor series
  • Isabella Boylston (b. 1986), American ballet dancer and soloist with the American Ballet Theatre (ABT)
  • Susanna Boylston Adams Hall (1708-1797), American socialite, mother of the second U.S. President, John Adams and grandmother of the sixth President, John Quincy Adams
  • Ward Nicholas Boylston (1747-1828), born Ward Hallowell, American merchant, philanthropist and benefactor of Harvard University, descendant of Zabdiel Boylston
  • Zabdiel Boylston FRS (1679-1766), American physician in Boston, he performed the first surgical operation by an American physician and the first removal of gall bladder stones in 1710


  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Hutchins, Fortescue, The History of Cornwall, from the Earliest Records and Traditions to the Present Time. London: William Penaluna, 1824. Print
  3. ^ 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)


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