Where did the English Boyer family come from? What is the English coat of arms/family crest? When did the Boyer family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the history of the family name?
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Boyer family name include Bowyer, Bowyers, Bowyere, Bowyear and others.
First found in Buckinghamshire where they held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066.
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Boyer surname or a spelling variation of the name include : Daniel Bowyer who settled in Virginia in 1635; Arthur Bowyer settled in west New Jersey in 1654 with his wife Grace; Henry Bowyer settled in Virginia in 1653.
Motto Translated: Contentment surpasses riches.
Suggested Readings for the name Boyer
* American Boyers by Donald Arthur Boyer.
* Ancestral Lines: 144 Families in England, Germany, New England, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania by Carl Boyer.
Some noteworthy people of the name Boyer
* Charles Boyer (1899-1978), French, film actor
* Francois Boyer, French screenwriter.
* Myriam Boyer, French, film actress
* Sir Richard James Fildes Boyer (1891-1961), broadcasting administrator
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