The surname of BOGGIS was a nickname for one who was inclined to bluster or brag, one who was puffed up and bold. Surnames having a derivation from nicknames form the broadest and most miscellaneous class of surnames, encompassing many different types of origin. The most typical classes refer adjectivally to the general physical aspect of the person concerned, or to his character. Many nicknames refer to a man's size or height, while others make reference to a favoured article of clothing or style of dress. Many surnames derived from the names of animals and birds. In the Middle Ages ideas were held about the characters of other living creatures, based on observation, and these associations were reflected and reinforced by large bodies of folk tales featuring animals behaving as humans. The name was originally rendered in the Old English form BOGEYS and is also spelt BOGGS, BOGGES and BOGGISH. The earliest of the name on record appears to be Elyas BOGEYS who was documented in Yorkshire in the year 1260, and John BOGAYS was recorded in the year 1301 in County Yorkshire. William BOGGACE was documented in Wakefield, Yorkshire in 1309. Before the 1066 Conquest names were rare in England, the few examples found were mainly adopted by those of the clergy or one who had taken holy orders. In 1086 the conquering Duke William of Normandy commanded the Domesday Book. He wanted to know who had what land, and who held it, and the Book describes Old English society under its new management in minute detail. It was then that surnames began to be taken for the purposes of tax-assessment. The nobles and the upper classes were first to realise the prestige of a second name, but it was not until the 15th century that most people had acquired a second name. Later instances of the name include Nicholas BOGGES, who was recorded in County Somerset in 1567, and Nataneel, son of John BOGGES, was baptised at St. Michael, Cornhill, London in the year 1637. Over the centuries, most people in Europe have accepted their surname as a fact of life, as irrevocable as an act of God. However much the individual may have liked or disliked the surname, they were stuck with it, and people rarely changed them by personal choice. A more common form of variation was in fact involuntary, when an official change was made, in other words, a clerical error.
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