Show ContentsBoyse History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Boyse was originally derived from the Old French "bois," which meant "wood." The name was no doubt originally used in France by someone living or working in the woods. 1

Early Origins of the Boyse family

The surname Boyse was first found in Essex where William de Bois was listed as holdings land there at the time of the Domesday Book in 1086.

However, due to the literal translation of the name into English, we cannot presume that there is one main branch from which all others have evolved. By example, "De Bois-Arnaud, hereditary stewards of the counts of Breteuil, sires of Poilly," signatures appeared in the charter of William Fitz-Osborne to the Lire Abbey during the reign of William I. 2

De Bois-Herbert who were barons of Halberton, Devon were listed there in 1050. Apparently they flourished in Dorset, but the Devon record was a branch of the family at that time.

A little further to the north in Buckinghamshire, De Bois-Robert from whom Robert de Bois descended held estates there in 1086. 2

Another source notes that some of the family were Protestant Huguenots who fled to England from Brittany settling in Thorney, Canterbury, Norwich and London. 1

Early History of the Boyse family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Boyse research. Another 148 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1279, 1296, 1327, 1388, 1396, 1447, 1533, 1541, 1560, 1571, 1589, 1596, 1599, 1607, 1612, 1619, 1625, 1643, 1644, 1645, 1656, 1663, 1664, 1667, 1678, 1710, 1718, 1736 and 1890 are included under the topic Early Boyse History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Boyse Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Bois, De Bois, Dubois, Boyes, Boys, Boyse, Boice and many more.

Early Notables of the Boyse family

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John Boys (fl.1388), Member of Parliament for Plympton Erle, John Boys (died 1447), Member of Parliament for Middlesex; John Boys (died 1533), Member of Parliament for Sandwich; John Boys (1571-1625), Dean of Canterbury from 1619 to 1625; and his nephew, Edward Boys (1599-1667), an English divine; William Boys (1541-1596), an English politician, Member of the Parliament of England for Queenborough in 1589; John Boys (1607-1664), Royalist captain, Governor of Donnington...
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Ireland Migration of the Boyse family to Ireland

Some of the Boyse family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 60 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Boyse migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Boyse Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Luke Boyse, aged 44, who landed in Virginia in 1619 aboard the ship "Edwine" 3
  • Mrs Allice Boyse, who arrived in Virginia in 1619 aboard the ship "Bona Nova" 4
  • Humphrey Boyse, who landed in Virginia in 1622 3
  • Cheney Boyse, who landed in Virginia in 1629 3
  • William Boyse, who landed in Virginia in 1664 3
Boyse Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Juan Bautista Boyse, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1816 3

Australia Boyse migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Boyse Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Charles Boyse, aged 36, a bricklayer, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Norman"

  1. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. 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)
  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)
  4. Pilgrim Ship's of 1600's Retrieved January 6th 2023, retrieved from on Facebook