Boyte History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Boyte 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 Boyte family

The surname Boyte 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 Boyte family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Boyte 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 Boyte History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Boyte Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Boyte family (pre 1700)

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

Ireland Migration of the Boyte family to Ireland

Some of the Boyte 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.

Migration of the Boyte family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: settlers, who arrived along the eastern seaboard, from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands.


Contemporary Notables of the name Boyte (post 1700) +

  • Harry Boyte, American Co-Director of the Center for Democracy and Citizenship at Augsburg College, a Senior Fellow at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs


  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


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