Boffin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The countryside of Wales was the birthplace of the name Boffin. Boffin originally started out as a name for a small or short man, derived from the Welsh word "bach," which means "little."

Early Origins of the Boffin family

The surname Boffin was first found in Denbighshire (Welsh: Sir Ddinbych), a historic county in Northeast Wales created by the Laws in Wales Act 1536, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Important Dates for the Boffin family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Boffin research. Another 176 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1391, 1450, 1545, 1600, 1622, 1612, 1612 and 1615 are included under the topic Early Boffin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Boffin Spelling Variations

Although there are not an extremely large number Welsh surnames, there are an inordinately large number of spelling variations of those surnames. This variety of spellings began almost immediately after the acceptance of surnames within Welsh society. As time progressed, these old Brythonic names were eventually were recorded in English. This process was problematic in that many of the highly inflected sounds of the native language of Wales could not be properly captured in English. Some families, however, did decide to modify their own names to indicate a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even a patriotic affiliation. The name Boffin has seen various spelling variations: Baugh, Bach, Bagh, Bawgh, Baughe, Bawghe and others.

Early Notables of the Boffin family (pre 1700)

Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was Geoffrey Bagh, a prominent 15th century landholder in Shropshire. William Baffin (d. 1622), was an English navigator and discoverer, most probably a native of London, but nothing is known of his early life. "The earliest mention of him is in 1612, as pilot of the Patience, fitted out at Hull by James Hall, for a voyage of discovery to Greenland. Amongst early navigators Baffin takes a high place as one of the first who endeavoured to determine longitude at sea by astronomical observations. In his first recorded voyage to Greenland (8 July...
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Migration of the Boffin family

The Welsh migration to North America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries contributed greatly to its rapid development. These migrants were in search of land, work, and freedom. Those Welsh families that survived the long ocean journey were critical to the development of new industries and factories, and to the quick settlement of land. They also added to an ever-growing rich cultural heritage. A search of the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Boffin: Thomas Baugh, who sailed to Virginia in 1619. John Baugh journeyed to Barbados in 1671; Jonathan Baugh arrived in Virginia in 1729; Peter Baugh sailed to Philadelphia in 1832.

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