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The surname Boys is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. As a general rule, the greater the distance between an individual and their homeland, the larger the territory they were named after. For example, a person who only moved to another parish would be known by the name of their original village, while people who migrated to a different country were often known by the name of a region or country from which they came. The name Boys is derived from the Old French word bois, which means tree, and indicates that the original bearer lived near a prominent tree. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.


Boys Early Origins



The surname Boys was first found in various parts of Scotland including Hugo Delboys who witnessed a confirmation charter by Hugh, Bishop of St. Andrews c. 1185-1188. A few years later, Richard del Bois witnessed a confirmation charter of fishery in Torduf between 1194 and 1211. About the same time, Walterus de Bosco witnessed a charter by Robert the Bruce c. 1190. Robert Boys was listed in Dumfriesshire c. 1259. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
The Scottish branch of this ancient Norman family which likely moved north from England, their first place of landing and settlement after the Conquest as many of the earliest records of the family in Scotland were almost 100 years later. By example, Robert de Bois held estates in Buckinghamshire in 1086. The De Bois-Herbert family were barons of Halberton, Devon c. 1050.[3]CITATION[CLOSE]
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)

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Boys Spelling Variations


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Boys Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Boyce, Boyes, Boze, Bois, Boise, Boice, Boas, Bost, Bust, Boast, Boost and many more.

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Boys Early History


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Boys Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Boys research. Another 255 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1150, 1296, 1413, 1719, 1465 and 1536 are included under the topic Early Boys History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Boys Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Boys Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable among the family at this time was Hector Boece (sometimes spelt Boethius, or Boyce) (1465-1536), a Scottish philosopher and first Principal of King's College in Aberdeen. Boece is also the name of Geoffrey...

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Boys In Ireland


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Boys In Ireland



Some of the Boys family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 107 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Boys Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Cheney Boys, who landed in Virginia in 1618
  • Mrs. Boys, who landed in Virginia in 1623
  • Luke Boys, who arrived in Virginia in 1623
  • John Boys, who landed in Virginia in 1649
  • Cornelius Boys, who arrived in Maryland in 1666-1750
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Boys Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • William Boys, who arrived in Virginia in 1705
  • Anne Boys, who arrived in Virginia in 1723

Boys Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Boys, who arrived in New York in 1822
  • I William Boys, aged 41, arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1851

Boys Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Boys arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Caroline Agnes" in 1850

Boys Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • J C Boys landed in Nelson, New Zealand in 1842
  • H. Boys arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Balaklava" in 1864

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Contemporary Notables of the name Boys (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Boys (post 1700)



  • William Boys, Australian politician, Member of the Tasmanian House of Assembly (1856-1861)
  • William Alves Boys (1868-1938), Canadian politician and barrister, Member of the Canadian Parliament for Simcoe South (1912-1925), for Simcoe North (1925-1930)
  • Commodore William Boys (1700-1774), English Royal Navy officer, Commander-in-Chief, The Nore, who at the age of 24 was one of only five men who survived the sinking of the Luxborough Galley in 1727; the ghoulish details of cannibalism were published in the Boston Globe
  • William Boys (1735-1803), English surgeon and topographer, son of Commodore William Boys
  • Thomas Shotter Boys (1803-1874), English watercolour painter and lithographer
  • Thomas Boys (1792-1880), English theologian and antiquary
  • Samuel Francis "Frank" Boys FRS (1911-1972), English theoretical chemist, elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1972
  • Edward James "E.J." Boys (1916-2002), English authority on the famous Charge of the Light Brigade of 1854 during the Crimean War of 1854-56
  • John Boys (1749-1824), English agriculturist, father of Edward Boys
  • Edward Boys (1785-1866), English sea captain who was captured by the French then escaped to the West Indies where he wrote his family an account of his adventures in France which was later published
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations



  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  3. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)

Other References

  1. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  2. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  3. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
  4. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
  5. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
  6. Donaldson, Gordon and Robert S. Morpeth. Who's Who In Scotish History. Wales: Welsh Academic Press, 1996. Print. (ISBN 186057-0054).
  7. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  8. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
  9. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  10. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  11. ...

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