The surname of BOONE was a locational name, one who came from Bohun in France. The name was brought into England in the wake of the Norman Invasion of 1066. Local names usually denoted where a man held his land. Early records of the name mention Hunfridus de Bohun, listed in the Domesday Book of 1086. William de Bohun and Reginald Boon of the County of Norfolk were recorded in the year 1279. Michael Boon and Anne Forcer were married at St. Michael, Cornhill, London in 1717.
The earliest hereditary surnames in England are found shortly after the Norman Conquest of 1066 and are of Norman French origin rather than native English. On the arrival of the Normans they identified themselves by references to the estates from which they came in northern France. These names moved rapidly on with their bearers into Scotland and Ireland. Others of the Norman Invaders took names from the estates in England which they had newly acquired.
The legendary American frontiersman Daniel Boone (1734-1820) was born in Reading, Pennysylvania, into a Quaker family. His grandfather was a weaver who had emigrated from Exeter in England to Philadelphia in 1717, and his father was a cattle-breeder.
Most of the European surnames in countries such as England, Scotland and France were formed in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. The process had started somewhat earlier and had continued in some places into the 19th century, but the norm is that in the tenth and eleventh centuries people did not have surnames, whereas by the fifteenth century most of the population had acquired a second name.
The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884.
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