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Meaning, Origin, Etymology
The surname of Boyer has many possible origins and meanings. The English meaning is a variant form of Bowyer is derived from an occupation and it means one who made and sold bows or who took care of drove cattle. It is most commonly found in the town of Bracknell today. The French version of Boyer also has a couple different origins throughout France 1) Boyer that is a personal name that was found along the Mediterranean Sea and the Rhone Valley in the Southwest of France. 2) Boye and Bouyer further to the north of France. As with the English version the French version is also a occupational surname but in France it means “bullock driver” or “herdsman” and in common French the spelling Bouvier. It derived from the buou, bo, bou meaning “ox”. Last but not least we have the Turkish variation “boy-er” meaning where the “boy” means the size or stature and the “er” means of a man or soldier. It was also a name that was given to a Grandee among the Muscovites.
Bowyer, Bowyers, Bowyere, Bowyear
Popularity & Geographic Distribution
The last name Boyer ranks 3,646th in popularity worldwide as of the 2014 Census and approximately 154,534 people carry the Boyer surname worldwide. The name ranks particularly high in the following six states: Pennsylvania, Missouri, California, Ohio, Florida and Texas. It ranks highest in the following countries: United States (67,650), France (61,059), Canada (10,318), Haiti (3,144), Venezuela (1,852), England (1,487).
Early Bearers of Surname
Geoffrey le Boyer. Excerpta e Rotulis Finium in Turri Londinensi.
Adam le Boiere. Rotuli Litterarum Clausarum in Turri Londinesi.
William Boyer, Huntingdonshire, 1273. Hundred Rolls.
Baptised 1596— Alice, d. Thomas Boyer, or Bowier: St. James, Clerkenwell.
Thomas Boyer, or Bowyer, vicar of Addingham: Whitaker’s Craven in 1596
Married 1597— Thomas Boyer and Elizabeth Carington: St. George, Hanover Square.
Robert Bowyer, who was mayor of Reading in 1558
Ailwardus le Boyiere. which was dated 1183, London Pipe Rolls. during the reign of King Henry II, the Builder of Churches 1154 – 1189
Early Marriages for Boyer
Agnis Boyer married Richard Cotrell on Nov. 19, 1627 in Easthampstead, Berkshire, England
Amia Boyer married Robertus Mow on Apr. 15, 1691 in Norwich, Norfolk, England
Ann Boyer married John Bush in 1655 in Sawbridgeworth, Hertford, England
Anna Boyer married Gulielmus Smith on May 11, 1629 in Hanbury, Stafford, England
Anne Boyer married Hyde in 1647 in Mottram In Longendale, Cheshire, England
Arthur Boyer married Lore Atkinson on Aug. 10, 1567 in St. George The Martyr, Canterbury, Kent, England
Aylce Boyer married Thomas Varnam in 1688 in Kirby-Muxloe, Leicester, England
Benjamin Boyer married Mary Hie on Sep. 29, 1681 in St. Feock, Cornwall, England
Catherine Boyer maried Edward Pssones on Aug. 10, 1617 in St. Stephan Coleman Street, London, England
Dorothy Boyer married Phillipp Burges on Oct. 11, 1639 in Westbury, Wiltshire, England
Edward Boyer married Elizabeth Garford on May 26, 1604 in St. James, Clerkenwell, London, England
Elizabeth Boyer married Christopher Cosen in 1613 in Gillingham, Kent, England
Elizabeth Boyer married John Bahurst on Sept. 23, 1623 in Marden, Kent, England
Ellen Boyer married William Jackson on Jun. 25, 1693 in Saint John The Baptist, Chester, Cheshire, England
Gabriell Boyer married Alice Barefoot on Sept. 24, 1638 in Stepney, Middlesex, England
Grace (Widow) Boyer married John Loune on Apr. 19, 1664 in Lincoln, England
Henery Boyer married Elizabeth Jlasppar on Feb. 8, 1657 in Padstow, Cornwall, England
Henry Boyer married Getyned Wonnfayne on Oct 12, 1634 in Warfield, Berkshire, England
Henry Boyer married Susanna Whitay on Jun. 5, 1655 in Stenigot, Lincoln, England
Hivia Boyer married William on Aug. 23, 1635 in Warfield, Berkshire, England
Jana Boyer married Johanes Oakes on Feb. 19, 1684 in Hanbury, Stafford, England
Joane Boyer married Richard Wilder on Aug. 11, 1653 in Ufton, Nervet, Berkshire, England
Joane Boyer married Robert Fourd on Sep. 29, 1680 in Slindon, Sussex, England
Joen Widow Boyer married Jhon Harrys on Oct. 7, 1571 in Bobbing, Kent, England
John Barbard Boyer married Ellinor Saunders on Jan. 30, 1608 in Hambleden, Buckingham, England
John Boyer married Agnes Tebbe on Jul 11, 1643 in corby, Lincoln, England
John Boyer married Goody Sawer in 1613 in Horkstow, Lincoln, England
John Boyer married Joan Bucknall on Nov. 28, 1618 in Acton Burnell, Shropshire, England
John Boyer married Mary Roffey on May 14, 1676 in Horley, Surrey, England
John Boyer married Susan Wilder on Mar. 1, 1649 in Ufton Nervet, Berkshire, England
John Boyer married Ursula Kinison on Feb. 2, 1670 in Hambleden, Buckingham, England
Johnes Boyer married Isabell Harrison on Apr. 10, 1581 in St. Andrew, Enfield, London, England
Jone Boyer married Edward Hed on Apr. 26, 1607 in St. Dunstan, Stepney, London,England
Jone Boyer married William Jeyner on Jan. 25, 1561 in Stopham, Sussex, England
Joone Boyer married Rychard Stonehouse on Jul. 13, 1567 in Stone In Isle of Oxney, Kent, England
Joseph Boyer married Margery Crooke on Oct. 1, 1682 in Cookham, Berkshire, England
Josuah Boyer married Jone Boyer on May 12, 1674 in Carlton Le Moorland, Lincoln, England
Judith Boyer married John Wade on Jun. 5, 1682 in Kingsdown (Near Sittingbourne), Kent, England
Katherin Boyer married John Wright on Aug. 28, 1655 in Saint Martin In The Fields, Westminster, London, England
Lidia Boyer maried William Bush on Nov. 25, 1640 in Saint Botolph Bishopgate, London, England
Lydia Boyer married Alexander Pygan on April 15, 1684 in Saybrook, Connecticut
Margret Boyer married Daniel Graues on Apr. 19, 1688 in Binfield, Berkshire, England
Margrett Boyer married William Randall on Feb. 12, 1651 in Saint James, Clerkenwell, London, England
Maria Boyer married Hugo Whellock on Feb. 15, 1635 in St. Martin In The Fields, Westminster, London, England
Martha Boyer married George Bennitt on Feb. 10, 1677 in Mottram In Longdendale, Cheshire, England
Mary Boyer married Thomas Beedinge on Feb. 10, 1564 in Stopham, Sussex, England
Mary Boyer married Thomas Clarke on Oct. 9, 1632 in Bradwell, Suffolk, England
Mary Boyer married William Tankin on Oct. 20, 1645 in St. Veep, Cornwall, England
Paule Boyer married Mary Segins on Feb. 5, 1695 in St. Botolph Aldgate, London, England
Robert Boyer married Mary Pepper on Jun. 14, 1641 in Ruddington, Nottingham, England
Robertt Boyer married Margrett Cordall on Jan. 30, 1596 in St. Lawrence Jewry and St. Mary Magdalene Milklondont, London, England
Roger Boyer married Ann Barker on Sep. 11, 1628 in Clowne, Derby, England
Samuel Boyer married Mary Bradford on Dec. 2, 1667 in North Walsham, Norfolk, England
Thomas Boyer married Annes Follofeld on Oct. 8, 1553 in St. Martin Pomeroy, London, England
Thomas Boyer married Elizabeth Chaplin on Jul. 1, 1669 in St. Mary-Northgate, Canterbury, Kent, England
Thomas Boyer married Elizabeth Hauthorne on Apr. 22, 1594 in Warfield, Berkshire, England
Thomas Boyer married Elizabeth Mynshudde on Nov. 30, 1589 in St. Bride Fleet Street, London, England
Thomas Boyer married Sara Tunne on Apr. 11, 1637 in Saint Gregory By Saint Paul, London, England
William Boyer married Ann Harris on Apr. 7, 1657 in Belgrave, Leicester, England
History, Genealogy & Ancestry
BOWYER OF DENHAM
Sir George Henry Bowyer 9th Bt., of Denham ourt, Bucks and 5th Bt. of Radley, Berks, late Lieut. on Staff, formerly Lieut. 4th Bn. Cheshire Regt., born Sept. 9, 1870; succeeded his uncle in 1893 he married May 4, 1899 to Ethel (from who he obtained a div. Nov. 7, 1900) the daughter of late Francis Hawkins.
Lineage ~ Thomas Bowyer living 2 Richard II marred Katherine de Knypersley and thus acquired the estate of Kynpersley, whence his descendants, who were created Baronets in 1660 were designated. His son, William Bowyer married Margaret the dauther of Nicholas Trubsbawe, and had with other issue a son, William Bowyer married Elizabeth the daughter of Erdlswick of Sandon, and had with other issue a son, Thomas Bowyer who married Janet the daughter of William Cotton de Chester, and by her had a son, Richard Bowyer of Petworth, Sussex who married Jane Gunter of Racton and had issue, William Bowyer of Petworth married Eliza the daughter of Robert Tredcroft, of Billingshurst and died 1528. His second son, Robert Bowyer, May of Chichester 1532 and 1546. His will dated July 1, 1547, was proved Jun. 22, 1552. By his wife Margaret, who was buried Aug. 30, 1563, he had five sons. His second son, Francis Bowyer an eminent merchant of London, served the office of Sheriff for that city in 1577, and was subsequently chosen Alderman. He married Elizabeth, who was buried Oct. 30, 1606 the daughter and heiress of William Tillesworht; also of the City of London, and had issue four sons and three daughters; he was succeeded at his decease June 24, 1581 by his eldest son, Sir William Bowyer, Knight who purchased the estate of Denham Court. This gentleman was on of the tellers of the Exchequer in the reign of James I. He married Mary the daughter and co-heiress of Thomas Pierson, of Westminster, usher of the Court of Star Chamber, and had (with another son, Robert) a son and heir Henry (Sir), Knight who married Anne the daughter and heiress of Nicholas Salter, of London, and died Dec. 27, 1613, having had two sons, 1) William (Sir) 1st Bt., successor to his grandfather 2) Henry killed in the civil wars fighting under the Royal banner. Sir William died Aug. 1616 (his widow married Feb. 13 1617 to James Ley 1st Earl of Marlborough) and was succeeded by his grandson, Sir William Bowyer 1st Bt., of Denham Court, Bucks, baptized June 29, 1612 was created a Baronet June 26, 1660. Sir William, who was of literary taste and ability and assisted Dryden in his translation of Virgil; represented the County Bucks 1659-79. He married May 29, 1634 to Margaret the daughter of Sir Humphrey Weld, Knight of Arnolds, Middlesex (son and heir of Sir Humphrey Weld, Lord Mayor of London). She died Jan. 8, 1678. He died Oct. 2, 1679, leaving three sons and several daughters; he was succeeded by his eldest son, Sir William Bowyer 2nd Bt., M.P. for County Bucks born 1639 married by licence Dec. 24, 1679, Frances the daughter of Charles, Viscount Cranborne, son of 2nd Earl of Salisbury and by her who died June 15, 1723, had with other issue, 1) Cecil married July 22, 1707 to Juliana the daughter of Richard Parker of Hedsor, Bucks and died Dec. 5, 1720 leaving with three other sons and two daughters, William (Sir), 3rd Bt. 2) William married Elizabeth another daughter of Richard Parker of Hedsor and two sons and a daughter. He died Feb. 13, 1721-22 and was succeeded by his grandson. Sir William Bowyer 3rd Bt., born 1710 married Aug. 21, 1733, Anne the daughter of Rt. Hon. Sir John Stonhouse, Bt. of Radley, Berks, M.P. for Berks and Comptroller of the Household to Queen Anne and by her who died May 22, 1785 had with other issue, 1) William (Sir), 4th Bt. 2) George (Sir), 5th Bt. 3) Richard Atkins-Bowyer who assumed, under the will of Sir Richard Atkins, Bt. of Clapham, Surrey the prefix surname of Atkins. He married Feb. 3, 1773, Elizabeth the daughter of C. Brady of Dublin and died Nov. 21, 1820 leaving with other issue, William of Braywick Grove, Berks, and of Clapham Surrey. Brevet Major 59th Regiment and Bridgade Major to the Forces at Halifax, in the province of Nova Scotia, born Jan 11, 1779, married April 13, 1803 to Frances the daughter of Hon. Behning Wentworth, Sec. She died Jan. 24, 1856. He died Feb 9, 1844 having had with other issue, William Henry Wentworth (Rev.) Rector of Clapham born 1807; married 1st May 12, 1831 Emily the daughter of Henry Harford of Downe Place; Maldenhead and by her (who died June 3, 1840) had with other issue, 1a) Frances Emily married Aug. 26, 1865 to Edward Till of Clapham Common, Surrey, and had issue. He married 2nd April 18, 1844 to Charlotte (who died May 3, 1864) the daughter of Capt. William Wells, R.N. of Holme Wood, County, Huntingdon and died Feb. 25 1872, leaving by her with other issue, 1b) George Edward Wentworth created a Baronet 1933, and Baron Denham 1937. 2b) Aldred William born Mar 15, 1889, died Jan. 10 1890. 3b) Richard Grenville, Lieut. R.N. born May 18, 1890 killed in action Mar. 17, 1917. 4) John Francis Cmdr. R.N. (Emergency List), Barrister-at-Law, Inner Temple 1928 (Denham Lodge, Weston Underwood, Olney, Bucks; United Service Club) born Jan 11, 1893 married July 3, 1919 to Violet the 3rd daughter of Major-Gen. George Robert James Shakespear, I.A. and widow of Capt. Egerton L. Wright, M.C. and has issue, 1c) Peter George Grenville born March 22, 1920 2c) Hugh Edward Wentworth, 2nd Lieut. The Rifle Brigade; born Oct. 11, 1921 married Sept. 22, 1942 to Suzette the daughter of Capt. Peter Longton of Springle House Hertford, and has issue, Sally Ann born Sept. 10, 1945. 3c) John Robert Patrick born May 24, 1924 4c) Michael Christopher born Oct. 26, 1926. 5c) Rosemary Joy twin with Michael. 4b) Margaret Anne born Sept. 15, 1884 died Dec. 19, 1887. 5b) Hilda Mary married Sept. 15, 1913 to Sir William Patrick Spens, O.B.E., K.C., Chief Justice of India, late Capt. 5th Queens R.W. Surrey Regt. (Chief Justice’s Lodgings, New Delhi, India), and has issue. 6b) Mildred Elizabeth (Weston Underwood Olney, Bucks) married Nov. 27, 1917 Lt.-Cmdr. Geoffrey Bateman Hope, R.N. (ret.) and has had issue. She obtained a div. 1924. 2a) Edward Wentworth born Jan. 23, 1862; married Jan. 8, 1895 to Hon. Georgiana Harriett (Walk Mill House, Eccleshall, Staffordshire), the eldest daughter of 1st Viscount Cross, and died Dec. 29, 1914, leaving issue, Richard Wentworth, M.A. and B.Mus. Univ. Coll. Oxford ; Assist. Master at Cranleigh School, Surrey ; late Capt. 9th Service Bn. Sherwood Foresters, served in World War I 1914-17 (wounded twice), 6. 27 Dec. 1895 ; d. unm. 15 Aug. 1943. Helen Georgiana, 6. 1 Nov. 1898 ; m. 8 Oct. 1919, Charles Whitby Vickers ; and d. 20 Sept. 1921. 2a. Beatrice Anne, m. 16 Nov. 1878, Rev. Henry Ley Greaves, sometime Rector of Trinity, Midlothian, and d. 23 Oct. 1907, leaving issue. He d. 27 Dec. 1899. 3a. Lilian, m. 11 July, 1876, Henry Charles ZerfB, and d. 4 Aug. 1926, having had issue. He d. 1915. (1) Frances Augusta, m. 1st , 20 Aug. 1825, Rev. George Augustus Legge. He d. 16 June, 1826. She m. 2ndly, 1828, Rev. Samuel Wyatt Cobb, Rector of Ightham, who d. 22 Dec. 1856, leaving issue. She d. 4 Dec. 1869. (2) Penelope Maria, m. Rev. William Frankelin, and d. 1859, leaving issue. (3) Anne Elizabeth, m. 13 June, 1851, Rev. Henry Hodgson, Rector of Ashwell, Herts, and had issue. (4) Eleanor Catherine, m. 2 May, 1846, Beaumont Hankey, and had issue. Sir William d. 12 July, 1768, and was s. by his eldest son, Sir William Bowyer, 4th Bt., 6. 1736 ; m. 26 Aug. 1776, Anne, dau. of — Carey, and widow of Capt. James Baker, R.N., by whom (who d. 25 Dec. 1802) he had no issue. He d.s.p. April, 1799, and was s. by his brother, Adm. of the Blue Sir George Bowyer, Sth and 1st Bt., M.P. for Queenborough, 1784-90, was created a Baronet as “ Vice-Adm. George Bowyer,” 8 Sept. 1794, in reward of the gallantry he had displayed in the memorable victory achieved by Lord Howe, on the 1st of June in that year. He inherited in 1795 the estate of Radley, Berks, under the will of his maternal uncle Sir James Stonhouse, Bt. Hem. lst , 11 Nov. 1768, Margaret, dau. of Rev. Mr. Price, and widow of Sir Jacob Downing, Bt. She d.s.p. 18 Sept. 1778. He m. 2ndly, 4 June, 1782, Henrietta, only dau. and heir of Sir Piercy Brett, Kt., M.P., Adm. of the White, and by her (who d. Nov. 1845) he had, with other issue, George (Sir), 6th Bt. Henrietta, m. 10 Oct. 1812, Charles Sawyer, of Heywood Lodge, Berks, and had Issue. Sir George d. 6 Dec. 1799, and was s. by his eldest son, Sir George Bowyer, 6th and 2nd Bt., M.A. Oxford, M.P. for Malmesbury 1807-10, and for Abingdon 1811-18, 6. 3 March, 1783 ; m. 19 Nov. 1808,-Anne Hammond, dau. of Capt. Sir Andrew Snape Douglas, R.N., and by her (who d. 1844) left with other issue, 1. George (Sir), 7th Bt. . William (Sir), 8th Bt. 3. Henry George, H.M. Inspector of Schools, 6. 3 Jan. 1813 ; m. 20 Feb. 1855, Katherine Emma (who d. 2 Jan. 1926), only child of Rev. George Sandby, and d. 26 Sept. 1883, leaving surv. issue, I 1. George Henry (Sir), 9th and present Bt. 1. Beatrice Mary, 6. 19 Oct. 1867 ; m. 1890, James Frederick Shaw, of Bourton Hall, near Rugby, and d. 18 March, 1947, having had issue. He d. 21 Dec. 1946. 2 •Helen Gertrude, a nun, 6. 14 Nov. 1871. Sir George d. 1 July, 1860, and was s. by his eldest son, Sir George Bowyer, 7th and 3rd Bt., a Barrister-at-Law, and D.C.L., Kt. of Justice of the Order of Malta, Grand Cross of the Order of St. Gregory, Grand Collar of the Constantinian Order of St. George, and Chamberlain to the Pope ; M.P. for Dundalk 1852 to 1868, and for Wexford 1874 to 1880, 6. 8 Oct. 1811. Sir George d. unm. 7 June, 1883, and was s. by bis brother, Sir William Bowyer, 8th and 4th Bt., Barrister-at-Law, 6. Oct, 1812, m. 16 June, 1857, Ellen Sarah, dau. of Shirley Foster Woolmer, Barrister-at-Law. She d. 7 Dec. 1899. He d.s.p. 30 May, 1893, when he was s. by his nephew.
Creations—25 June, 1660, and 8 Sept. 1794.
Arms—Or, a bend vaire cotised sa. Crest—A falcon rising belled or.
Motto—Contentement passe richesse.
Residence—Falmouth Hotel,Falmouth, Cornwall.
Early American Immigration and New World Settlers
Thomas Boyer, who arrived in Virginia in 1628
Tho Boyer, who landed in Virginia in 1635
William Boyer, who landed in Virginia in 1636
Alex Boyer, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1648
Stephen Boyer, who settled in Virginia in 1652
Samuel Boyer, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1710
Marc Boyer, who landed in Louisiana in 1718-1724
Marie Boyer, who arrived in Louisiana in 1719
Jean Boyer, aged 25, who arrived in Louisiana in 1720
James Boyer, who arrived in New England in 1723
Contentement passe richesse. Contentment is preferable to riches.
Hodic non eras. To-day, not to-morrow.
BOWYERS, of London, the fellows and masters “ consanguines et majores,” certificate by Camden. Harl. MS. 1441, fo. 32.
BOWYER (Thomas, 1570, Harl. MS. 1562, fo. 44), Sussex, Quarterly of 4 and crest. Cains Coll. Camb. ATS. 551, fo. 19’’ ; (among Camden’s guifts) Harl. MS. 1441, fo. 148, and Bannerman’s MS., No. 9 (455), crest by Cooke,Clar.
BOWYER„ Francis, London, grocer …. by Ro. Cooke. Harl. MS. 1422, fo. 123, Quarterly, 1 and 4, 2 and 3 ; 2 and 3, Sa., three spades, etc.
BOWYER,, Ralph, 1 and 4, 2, 3, co. Line., Esq., descended from Bowyer of Knypersley, co. Staff., by Flower, Norr., 13 June 1574 ; Gilb. Dethick, Gart., 9 April 1576 ; exemplified 9 April 1576, by Sir G. Dethick, Gart. MS. Ashm. 858, fo. 70, 71, copy of grant, Bodleian Lib.; Harl. MS. 1441, fo. 85,copy of grant; also Harl. MS. 6832, fo. 13’6 ; Q’s Coll. Oxf. MS. 145, fo. 40’’.
BOWYER„ William, London, Alderm., by Barker. Harl. MS. 5846, fo. 7 ; Add. MS. 26,702, fo. 24’’ ; Stowe MS. 692, fo. 22, vert, on a chevron betw. Three lions’ heads erased or, langued gules, as many trefoils of the field, on a chief harry wavy (of 6) argt. and azure an anchor between two frets of the 2nd.
BOWYER„ William, “ Canserne,” ? Sussex, confirmed 1558 (Harvey’s Grants). Add. AIS. 16,940, fo. 36’’, originally a chevron fleurty vert betw. three bulls’ heads erased sable, horned and maned or ; crest, an arm, etc.
BOWYER,, William, of Knypersley, co. Staff., confirmed 6 June 1574, by Flower. Guil. 179 ; MS. Ashm. 834, fo. 62, copy of grant, Bodleian Lib.
Abel Boyer (1667–1729), French-English lexicographer and journalist
Alexis de Boyer (1757–1833), French surgeon
Angélique Boyer (born 1988), French-Mexican actress
Benjamin Markley Boyer (1823-1887), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 6th District, 1865-69
Bill Boyer Jr., entrepreneurial former baggage handler who now owns Mokulele Airlines
Bob Boyer, American Democrat politician, Member of Michigan Democratic State Central Committee, 1957
Calvin S. Boyer, American politician, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1929-30
Carl Benjamin Boyer (1906-1976), historian of mathematics
Carl III Boyer (b. 1937), American Republican politician, Mayor of Santa Clarita, California, 1990, 1996
Charles A. Boyer (1911-1991), American Republican politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives from Wexford District, 1955-62
Charles Boyer (1899-1978), French-American actor
Charles Boyer (1899-1978), four-time Academy Award-nominated French born actor
Charles Scott Boyer II (1947-2018), American singer-songwriter and guitarist from Chenango, New York, co-founder of the band Cowboy
Claudette Boyer (1938–2013), Canadian politician
Clete Boyer (1937–2007), American baseball player
Edie Boyer (born 1966), American discus thrower
Elizabeth H. Boyer (born 1952), American fantasy author
Elizabeth M. Boyer (1913–2002), American lawyer, feminist founder of Women’s Equity Action League (WEAL), and writer
Erica Boyer (born 1956), American actress
Ernest L. Boyer (1928-1995), American educator
Glenn Boyer (1924–2013), American writer
Herbert Boyer (born 1936), biochemist
Herbert Wayne Boyer (b. 1936), American recipient of the 1990 National Medal of Science, and co-recipient of the 1996 Lemelson-MIT Prize and a co-founder of Genentech
India Boyer (1907–1998), American architect
Jacqueline Boyer (born 1941), French singer
Jacques Boyer (born 1955), American cyclist
Jean Boyer (director) (1901-1965), French director and author
Jean Boyer (politician) (born 1937), French politician
Jean-Pierre Boyer (1821–1843), Haitian President and emancipator of slaves in Santo Domingo
Joseph Boyer (1848–1930), a Canadian-American inventor and computer industrialist
Katy Boyer, American actress
Ken Boyer (1931–1982), American baseball player
Louis Boyer (1901-1999), French astronomer
Lucienne Boyer (1901-1983), French singer
Max Boyer (born 1984), Canadian professional wrestler
Michael Boyer (born 1960), American actor and showman
Miguel Boyer (born 1939), Spanish politician
Nikki Boyer (born 1975), American actress and singer-songwriter
Pascal Boyer, anthropologist
Patrick Boyer (born 1945), Canadian politician
Paul D. Boyer (1918-2018), American biochemist
Paul Delos Boyer (1918-2018), American molecular biologist and educator, co-recipient of the 1997 Nobel Prize for Chemistry
Phil Boyer (born 1949), English footballer
Pierre François Xavier Boyer (1772–1851), French general of the Napoleonic Wars and Algerian invasion
Robert Boyer (artist) (1948-2004), a Canadian artist of aboriginal heritage
Robert Hamilton Boyer, a 33-year-old visiting professor shot and killed in Charles Whitman’s shooting spree at The University of Texas at Austin in 1966, known for the Boyer–Lindquist coordinates
Robert Stephen Boyer, a professor of computer science, mathematics, and philosophy at The University of Texas at Austin
Scott Boyer (1947-2018), American musician
Steven Boyer (born 1979), American actor
American Revolution Veterans
Benjamin Boyer, Pennsylvania, Rank of 2nd Lieutenant
Cliar Boyer, Pennsylvania, Rank of Bombardier
Dal Boyer, Virginia, Rank of Private
Daniel Boyer, Virginia, Rank of Private
David Boyer, New Jersey, Rank of Sergeant
Elias Boyer, Delaware, Rank of Corporal
Elias Boyer, New Jersey, Rank of Bombardier
George Boyer, New York, Rank of Private
Henry Boyer, Virginia, Rank of Private
Jacob Boyer, Virginia, Rank of Private
James Boyer, New Hampshire, Rank of Private
John Boyer, New Hampshire, Rank of Private
Jonathan Boyer, Massachusetts, Rank of Private
Joseph Boyer, Rhode Island, Rank of Drum and Fife
Joseph Boyer, Rhode Island, Rank of Private
Mathias Boyer, Rhode Island, Rank of Private
Michael Boyer, Pennsylvania, Rank of 2nd Lieutenant
Peter Boyer, Virginia, Rank of Captain
Phillip Boyer, Virginia, Rank of Private
Zacharias Boyer, Pennsylvania, Rank of Private
Civil War Veterans
Aaron S. Boyer, 88th Regiment, Pennsylvania Infantry, Union, Pennsylvania
Abraham Boyer, 25th Regiment, United States Colored Infantry, Union, U.S. Colored Troops
Alexander Boyer, 8th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry, Confederate, Virginia
Baptis Boyer, 87th Regiment, United States Colored Infantry (Old Organization), Union, U.S. Colored Troops
Benjamin Boyer, 11th Regiment, West Virginia Infantry, Union, West Virginia
Benton Boyer, 22nd Regiment, Virginia Infantry (1st Kanawha Regiment), Confederate, Virginia
Calvin Boyer, 3rd Regiment, Colorado Cavalry, Union, Colorado Territory
Charles E. Boyer, 59th Regiment, Georgia Infantry, Confederate, Georgia
Chester Boyer, 39th Regiment, United States Colored Infantry, Union, U.S. Colored Troops
Daniel Boyer, 16th Regiment, Michigan Infantry, Union, Michigan
David F. Boyer, 25th Regiment, United States Colored Infantry, Union, U.S. Colored Troops
Dennis Boyer, 51st Regiment, Virginia Infantry, Confederate, Virginia
Edward Boyer, 24th Regiment, United States Colored Infantry, Union, U.S. Colored Troops
Eli Boyer, 75th Regiment, Indiana Infantry, Union, Indiana
Emile Boyer, 30th Regiment, Louisiana Infantry (Sumter Regiment), Confederate, Louisiana
Fansten Boyer, 47th Regiment, Pennsylvania Infantry, Union, Pennsylvania
Ferdinand Boyer, 38th Regiment, United States Colored Infantry, Union, U.S. Colored Troops
Frederick A. Boyer, 36th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Villepigue’s), Confederate, Georgia
Gabriel Boyer, 41st Regiment, United States Colored Infantry, Union, U.S. Colored Troops
George Boyer, 16th Regiment, New York Heavy Artillery, Union, New York
Green D. Boyer, 6th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Confederate, Alabama
Harrison Boyer, 3rd Battalion, Massachusetts Riflemen (Militia), Union, Massachusetts
Henson Boyer, 19th Regiment, United States Colored Infantry, Union, U.S. Colored Troops
Hy Boyer, 1st Regiment, Texas Heavy Artillery, Confederate, Texas
Intrepid Boyer, 2nd Regiment, Ohio Infantry, Union, Ohio
Isaac Boyer, 8th Regiment, United States Colored Infantry, Union, U.S. Colored Troops
Israel Boyer, Corps of Engineers (Regular Army), Union, Union Regular Army
Jacob Boyer, 10th Regiment, Virginia Infantry, Confederate, Virginia
Jesse Boyer, 41st Regiment, United States Colored Infantry, Union, U.S. Colored Troops
Joseph Boyer, 1st Regiment, Nebraska Cavalry, Union, Nebraska Territory
Lafayett Boyer, 12th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry, Confederate, Virginia
Leonard Boyer, 74th Regiment, United States Colored Infantry, Union, U.S. Colored Troops
Louis Boyer, 8th Independent Battery, Wisconsin Light Artillery, Union, Wisconsin
March Boyer, 80th Regiment, United States Colored Infantry, Union, U.S. Colored Troops
Michael Boyer, 174th Regiment, New York Infantry, Union, New York
Moses Boyer, 7th Battalion, South Carolina Infantry (Nelson’s) (Enfield Rifles), Confederate, South Carolina
Nehemiah Boyer, 80th Regiment, United States Colored Infantry, Union, U.S. Colored Troops
Noah Boyer, 5th Regiment, Michigan Infantry, Union, Michigan
Octave Boyer, 1st Regiment, Louisiana Heavy Artillery (Regulars), Confederate, Louisiana
Oliver M. Boyer, 5th Regiment, US Cavalry (Regular Army), Union, Union Regular Army
Pascal Boyer, 79th Regiment, New York Infantry, Union, New York
Peter Boyer, 4th Regiment, South Carolina State Troops, Confederate, South Carolina
Radford Boyer, 21st Regiment, North Carolina Infantry, Confederate, North Carolina
Richard F. Boyer, 37th Regiment, United States Colored Infantry, Union, U.S. Colored Troops
Robert Boyer, 19th Regiment, United States Colored Infantry, Union, U.S. Colored Troops
Sanders Boyer, 16th Regiment, Veteran Reserve Corps, Union, Veteran Reserve Corps
Sidney A. Boyer, 27th Regiment, Georgia Infantry, Confederate, Georgia
Stephen Boyer, Baird’s Regiment, Texas Cavalry (Showalter’s) (4th Regiment, Arizona Brigade), Confederate, Texas
Theodore Boyer, 25th Regiment, United States Colored Infantry, Union, U.S. Colored Troops
Thomas J. Boyer, 7th Regiment, Alabama Cavalry, Confederate, Alabama
Timothy Boyer, 29th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Union, Illinois
Valentine K. Boyer, 7th Regiment, Pennsylvania Cavalry (80th Volunteers), Union, Pennsylvania
Watt Boyer, 80th Regiment, United States Colored Infantry, Union, U.S. Colored Troops
Wellington H. Boyer, 151st Regiment, Illinois Infantry (1 year, 1865), Union, Illinois
William H. Boyer, 36th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (2nd Kanawha Infantry), Confederate, Virginia
Zaceur P. Boyer, 96th Regiment, Pennsylvania Infantry, Union, Pennsylvania
Zeno Boyer, 5th Regiment, Missouri Infantry, Union, Missouri
Blazons & Genealogy Notes
1) Guyenne, Gascogne – D’or à deux lions affrontés de gueules au chef d’azur ch de trois étoiles d’argent. English: Or two lions affrontant [face to face] gules a chief azure charged with three etoiles argent.
2) France – (Baron de l’Empire) – Écartelé aux 1 et 4 d’azur à une étoile d’or aux 2 et 3 de gueules au lion d’argent. English: Quarterly 1st and 4th azure with an etoile or 2nd and 3rd gules a lion argent.
3) Lyonnais – D’or au lion de sable au chef de gueules. English: Or a lion sable a chief gules.
4) Toulouse – (An., 6 mars 1815) – D’argent au chevron de gueules acc en chef de deux croissants de sable et en pointe d’une corneille du même au chef d’azur ch d’un croissant d’argent entre deux étoiles d’or. English: Argent a chevron gules accompanied by in chief two crescents sable and in base a crow of the same a chief azure charged with a crescent argent between two etoiles or.
5) Provence – D’argent au casque couronné de gueules acc de trois étoiles et de trois roses d’azur posées en orle Ou D’azur au casque couronné d’argent acc en pointe de roses d’or. English: Argent a helmet gules accompanied by three etoiles and by three roses azure placed in orle (alternatively) azure a helmet argent accompanied by in base by the roses or.
6) Neufchâtel – D’argent au lion léopardé de gueules passant sur une terrasse de sinople au chef d’azur ch de trois étoiles (5) du champ. English: Argent a lion passant gules on a mount vert a chief azure charged with three etoiles of 5 points of the field.
7) France – Tranché au 1 d’azur à une épée d’argent garnie d’or au 2 de sable à une tête de cheval d’or. English: Per bend 1st azure with a sword argent hilt and pommell or 2nd sable with a head of a horse or.
8) Auvergne – Armes de Mgr , évêque de Clermont (fin du xixe s.) – D’or au chevron de gueules acc de trois rabots au franc-canton d’azur chargé d’un tournesol d’argent. English: Or a chevron gules accompanied by three planes (wood working tools) a Franc-canton (slightly larger than normal, but not a full quarter) azure charged with a sunflower argent.
9) (Barons) – France – Écartelé au 1 d’azur à une main appaumée d’or aux 2 et 3 de gueules à une verge d’or en pal accolée d’un serpent d’argent au 4 d’azur au coq d’or crêté de gueules (Armes du baron premier chirurgien de Napoleon I). English: Quarterly 1st azure with a hand with open palm or 2nd and 3rd gules with an rod (or wand?) or palewise accompanied by a snake argent 4th azure of cockerel or crested gules.
10) (Baron) – Bourgogne, Lorraine – De sinople à l’épée haute d’argent garnie d’or accostée de deux molettes aussi d’or. English: Vert a sword upwards argent hilt and pommell or having to the sides two mullets also or.
11) Barons d’Abaumont – France – Armoiries réglées par Lettres patentes du 26 juin 1845,conférant le titre de baron héréditaire – Écartelé au 1 d’argent à un casque de cavalier d’azur les crins de sable aux 2 et 3 d’azur au pont de trois arches d’argent terrassé de sable et surmonté de trois étoiles mal-ordonnées d’argent au 4 d’or au cheval cabré de sable. English: Quarterly 1st argent with a helmet of a cavalier azure the plume sable 2nd and 3rd azure a bridge of three arches argent on a mount sable and surmounted by by three etoiles disordered [1 2] argent 4th or a horse on its haunches sable.
12) Forez – De gueules au boeuf d’or. English: Gules an ox [with tail pendant] or.
13) Comtat-Venaissin – Écartelé aux 1 et 4 d’or à deux têtes de chien ( ?) de gueules l’une sur l’autre aux 2 et 3 d’azur à trois besants d’argent en pal. English: Quarterly 1st and 4th or two heads of dog ( ? ) gules in pale 2nd and 3rd azure three bezants argent palewise.
14) Barons de Sorgues – Languedoc – Écartelé aux 1 et 4 d’or à trois hures de sanglier de sable aux 2 et 3 d’azur à trois besants d’or rangés en bande. English: Quarterly 1st and 4th or three heads of wild boar sable 2nd and 3rd azure three bezants or arranged bendwise.
15) Boyer (de) – Hollande – D’azur au chevron d’or côtoyé en chef de deux serpents ondoyants et affrontés du même et acc en pointe d’une vache couchée d’argent surmontée d’une étoile d’or. English: Azure a chevron or surrounded [with the same orientation] by in chief two snakes undulating and affrontant [face to face] of the same and accompanied by in base a cow laying on the ground argent surmounted by an etoile or.
16) Boyer (de) de Brasdefer – Agenais – D’azur au lion d’argent. English: Azure a lion argent.
17) de Choisy – Auvergne, Provence, Normandie – D’azur au chevron d’or acc de trois lis de jardin d’argent tigés et feuillés d’or Supports deux lions Devise DEO JUVANTE FLOREBUNT LILIA. English: Azure a chevron or accompanied by three lily [flowers] argent stemmed and leaved or Supporters two lions Motto: DEO JUVANTE FLOREBUNT LILIA.
18) de Fonscolombe – Barons de Meyronnet Saint-Marc – Écartelé aux 1 et 4 les armes précédentes de aux 2 et 3 d’azur à un mont issant d’une mer acc en chef de deux croissants le tout d’argent (Meyronnet). English: Quarterly 1st and 4th the coat of arms above 2nd and 3rd azure with a mount issuant from a sea accompanied by in chief two crescents all argent.
19) de Fonscolombe – Barons de Meyronnet Saint-Marc – Provence – Écartelé aux 1 et 4 les armes précédentes de aux 2 et 3 d’azur à un mont issant d’une mer acc en chef de deux croissants le tout d’argent (Meyronnet) Supports un lion d’or et une aigle de sable Devise LENTO SED CERTE GRADU. English: Quarterly 1st and 4th the coat of arms above 2nd and 3rd azure with a mount issuant from a sea accompanied by in chief two crescents all argent Supporters a lion or and an eagle sable Motto: LENTO SED CERTE GRADU.
20) de Fonscolombe – Barons de la Mole – Provence – D’azur à une trangle soutenant un boeuf et acc en chef de trois étoiles rangées et en pointe d’un coeur le tout d’or. English: Azure with a bar [narrow fesse] supporting an ox [with tail pendant] and accompanied by in chief by three etoiles arranged [fesswise in fesse] and in base a heart all or.
21) de Fonscolombe – Barons de la Mole – Provence – (Conf. du titre de baron 1er Août 1864) – D’azur à une trangle soutenant un boeuf et acc en chef de trois étoiles rangées et en pointe d’un coeur le tout d’or. English: (Same as above)
22) de Foresta – Provence – Provence – (Conf. du titre de baron, 1 août 1864) – D’azur à une étoile d’or ch d’un écusson du premier ch d’une fleur-de-lis du second. English: Azure with an etoile or charged with an escutcheon of the first charged with a fleur de lys of the second.
23) d’Eguilles – Marquis d’Argens – D’azur à une étoile d’or au chef d’argent l’étoile ch d’un écusson d’azur à la fleur-de-lis d’or (A cette famille appartenait le marquis d’Argens chambellan de Frédéric-le-Grand connu par le nombre et l’originalité de ses écrits). English: Azure with an etoile or a chief argent the etoile charged with an escutcheon azure with the fleur de lys or.
24) de Kerdérien – Bretagne – Provence – (Marquis, fév. 1702) – D’argent au cerf de sable ramé d’or. English: Argent a stag sable attired or.
25) de La Bissière – France – D’azur à un mont de six coupeaux d’argent sommé d’un faucon du même chaperonné de gueules. English: Azure with a mount of six peaks argent surmounted by a falcon of the same wearing a hood gules.
26) de La Coste – Languedoc – D’or à la vache de gueules passante sur une terrasse de sinople au chef d’azur ch d’un croissant d’argent entre deux étoiles d’or. English: Or with a cow gules passant on a mount vert a chief azure charged with a crescent argent between two etoiles or.
27) de La Gautraye – Languedoc, Guyenne, Ile-de-France, Normandie – De gueules à une colonne d’argent la base et le chapiteau d’or accolée d’un serpent d’argent au chef d’or ch d’une aigle de sable. English: Gules with a column argent the base and the capital or accompanied by a snake argent a chief or charged with an eagle sable.
28) de Montorcier – Forez – D’argent au casque couronné de gueules acc de trois étoiles et de trois roses d’azur en orle. English: Argent a helmet gules accompanied by three etoiles and by three roses azure in orle.
29) de Pouze – Toulouse, Paris – (Nouvelle Revue hérald. 1920). Originaire de Provence – D’argent au chevron acc en chef de deux étoiles et en pointe d’un lion le tout de gueules le lion armé et lampassé d’azur Supports deux lions regardants au naturel. English: Argent a chevron accompanied by in chief two etoiles and in base a lion all gules the lion armed and langued azure Supporters two lions reguardant proper.
30) de Reiriec – Forez – Coupé au 1 de sable au lion d’argent au 2 d’azur à trois bouées en forme de tonneaux couchés avec leurs câbles pendantes d’or. English: Per fess 1st sable of lion argent 2nd azure three buoys (marine) in the form of of barrels laying on the ground with their cables hanging (down) or.
31) de Ruffey – Beaujolais – D’or au chevron d’azur acc de trois larmes de gueules. English: Or a chevron azure accompanied by three drops (gouttes) gules.
32) de Sainte-Suzanne – Languedoc – (M. ét. au 18e siècle) – D’argent au chevron de gueules acc en chef de deux croissants de sable et en pointe d’un oiseau du même au chef d’azur chargé d’un croissant d’or entre deux étoiles du même Supports deux lions Devise AMORET LABOR. English: Argent a chevron gules accompanied by in chief by two crescents sable and in base a bird of the same a chief azure charged with a crescent or between two etoiles of the same Supporters two lions Motto: AMORET LABOR.
33) de Sugny – Forez – D’azur à une tour d’argent et une fasce d’or brochant sur la tour au chef de gueules ch de trois étoiles d’or. English: Azure with a tower argent and a fess or covering over the tower a chief gules charged with three etoiles or.
34) de Trébillane – Provence – D’azur au boeuf d’or surmontée de trois étoiles d’argent. English: Azure an ox [with tail pendant] or surmounted by three etoiles argent.
35) d’Odars – Languedoc – D’or au taureau de gueules au chef d’azur ch de trois molettes du champ. English: Or a bull gules a chief azure charged with three mullets of the field.
36) Boyer-Drudas – Languedoc – D’azur à la vache d’argent. English: Azure with a cow argent.
37) du Moncel – Forez (also de Rébeval – D’argent à deux fasces ondées d’azur au chef de gueules ch de trois croix pattées d’or. English: Argent two bars undy azure a chief gules charged with three cross pattee or.
38) du Perreux – France – France – (Baron de l’Empire)) – De gueules au chef d’or ch d’un boeuf passant du champ. English: Gules a chief or charged with an ox [with tail pendant] passant of the field.
39) France – Écartelé aux 1 et 4 d’or à trois peupliers arrachés de sinople rangés en fasce et acc de trois oiseaux mal-ordonnés de sable aux 2 et 3 d’argent à deux crosses d’azur emmanchées au naturel passées en sautoir Casque couronné Cimier un peuplier issant de sinople
40) Personal arms of Daniel C. Boyer, granted in South Africa in 2010. English: Sable, three fleurs-de-lys one and two Azure fimbriated Argent, in base a chevron per chevron Vert and Gules, all fimbriated Argent. CREST: A demi-moor Sable, habited Azure holding a bowl of the last, there-upon a dove rizant Argent. WREATH AND MANTLING: Sable and Argent.
41) Lorraine – (An., 10 juillet 1477) – D’or au chef d’azur ch d’un chien d’argent