Bovell Family Crest, Coat of Arms and Name History


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Bovell Origin:


Origins of Bovell:

The prestigious surname Bovell came to Britain with the Norman invasion of 1066. It was considered that the surname started in Beauzeville, France and that Elias de Boesevilla of this region was the first Norman settler to Britain. Many of these Norman families moved north, into Scotland in the period following the Norman Conquest of England. Spelling variations of this family name include as Boswell, Boswall, Boseville, Boswald, Bosswald, Bosville, Boeseille, Bosvile, Bovill, Bowelle and much more.


More common variations are: Boviell, Bovelli, Bovello, Bovelle, Bovella, Bovelly, Bouvell, Bovel, Bovell, Bouvelle.


The surname Bovell first appeared in Yorkshire, where Sir Ralph Boswell of Guntwaite, a descendant of Elias de Boesevilla, the first settler from Normandy, held lands. In the 12th century, Sir Ralph lost his Yorkshire lands to the Earls of Warenne. The family moved north to Scotland at the invitation of David, Earl of Huntingdon, where they settled in Berwickshire at Edenham.


Many of the people with surname Bovell had moved to Ireland during the 17th century.

United States of America:

Individuals with the surname Bovell landed in the United States in two different centuries respectively in the 19th, and 20th. Some of the people with the name Bovell who arrived in the United States in the 19th century included Robert G. Bovell at the age of 40, who landed in America, in the year 1894.

The following century saw more Bovell surnames arrive. Some of the people with the surname Bovell who arrived in the United States in the 20th century included Susan Bovell, aged 49, who settled in America from Barbados, in the year 1904. Wesley Bovell at the age of 17, who landed in America from St. Andrew, Barbadoes, in the year 1913. Mary Bovell at the age of 44, who moved to America from Port of Spain, Trinidad, in the year 1915. Ralfli Bovell at the age of 13, who moved to the United States from St. Philip, Barbados, in the year 1916. William A. Bovell at the age of 41, who settled in America from Bridgetown, Barbados, in the year 1916.

Here is the population distribution of the last name Bovell: United States 721; Guyana 435; Barbados 426; England 398; Australia 267l Trinidad and Tobago 169; Panama 131; Canada 114; Jamaica 107; South Africa 91.

Notable People:

Andrew Bovell (born November 1962) is an Australian author for theater, film, and television. He was born in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia and completed his secondary school education in Perth. He graduated from the University of Western Australia with a BA and followed that with a Diploma in Dramatic Arts at the Victorian College of Arts, in Melbourne.

Brian Bovell (born October 1959) is an English actor. He was born in London. He has appeared regularly on television since 1980, as well as featuring in the cult film Babylon released the same year. He has also appeared in the play Where There Is Darkness in 1981, winning the 1982 London Critics’ Circle Theatre Award for Best Supporting Actor of 1981 for his performance. He player with Gary Olsen in the 1986 TV series Prospects about two men in the Docklands trying their hand at anything to make a “few bob.”

Dennis Bovell was born in 1953. He is a British guitarist and generator.

George Bovell (born in 1983), is a swimmer from Trinidad and Tobago, older brother of Nicholas Bovell.

Dennis Bovell (born May 1953) is a reggae guitarist, bass player, and record producer. He was a member of the British reggae band Matumbi and released dub-reggae records under his name as well as the pseudonym Blackbeard.

Nicholas Bovell (born 1986), is a swimmer from Trinidad and Tobago, younger brother of George Bovell.

Ryan Bovell was born in January 1974. He is a cricket player who plays for and captains the Cayman Islands national cricket team. He led the country to the 2007 ICC World Cricket League Division Three tournament in Darwin, Australia where the Cayman Islands defeated at the semi-final stage, and to the 2005 ICC Intercontinental Cup which had first-class status.

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