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Boon in England has two likely origins:

  • either it is a Norman import from the French word bon meaning “a good person” or from the place-name Bohon in Normandy (Humphrey de Bohun had fought with William the Conqueror at the Battle of Hastings)
  • or, if the name occurs in the north of England, it is a variant of bain and describes a tall lean person. The northern dialects preserved the long “a” sound, while in the south the “o” pronunciation was usual.

Boon or Boone?  The English have preferred Boon, the Americans Boone. Boone in America could also have Dutch origins. Here the Dutch root was bone meaning “bean” and Boone would be a bean grower.

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England. One early spelling was Bone or Bohun,
such as the Roger Bone who was recorded in the Kent hundred rolls of 1273. Another was Bohun, found in the west country. A Bohun or Boone family was recorded in Taunton in Somerset during the 1400’s.

Some of these Boones made it to America.:

  • a Boone family in Taunton gave rise to the 17th century London merchants John and Christopher Boone and the Boones of Calvert county, Maryland.
  • the line from George Boone, born near Exeter in Devon around 1636, led to the frontiersman Daniel Boone.
  • a third family from Dartmouth produced John and Thomas Boone, early immigrants to South Carolina, and the London merchant Charles Boone. Charles’s son Thomas Boone was a colonial governor in America in the 1760’s.

But the principal British spelling has been Boon. The main Boon numbers in the 19th century were to be found in London and in the west country, in the southwest around Devon and in the northwest in Staffordshire, Cheshire, and Lancashire.

Boon is a present-day British TV series which ironically got its inspiration from Richard Boone in the 1950’s American TV series Have Gun, Will Travel. To make the show British the producers dropped the “e” in its title.

America. Thomas Boon came to Virginia around 1663. His descendant General Daniel Boon, born in North Carolina in 1786, was one of the founders of Wake Forest College and a wealthy landowner with plantations in North Carolina and Mississippi.

John Boone was onboard one of the ships that came to found the Charleston settlement in South Carolina in 1670. He too prospered. His family story was narrated in Mary Long’s 1990 book Fair Were Their Dreams.

The frontiersman Daniel Boone was born in 1734 into a Quaker
family in Reading, Pennsylvania. His father Squire Boone had been a weaver from Devon who had come to America in 1713, seeking religious toleration in Penn’s Pennsylvania. Daniel Boone’s later frontier exploits – as recounted in William Bogart’s 1858 book Daniel Boone and the Hunters of Kentucky.– made him one of America’s first folk heroes.

Daniel’s grandson Alphonso migrated west to Oregon in 1847 and many Boone descendants are to be found there.

More recently, three well-known American entertainers have claimed a kinship with Daniel Boone – the singer Pat Boone and his actor cousins Richard Boone of the TV series Have Gun, Will Travel and Randy Boone of the Western series The Virginian. Blind Boone was a ragtime composer born to a slave owned by a descendant of Daniel Boone. And the baseball-playing family of Ray Boone were said to have come from a line via Daniel’s son, Daniel Morgan Boone.

Johannes Bohn came to Philadelphia with his family from Holland in 1742 and later, as Boon, received a land grant in Virginia. Frederick Boon was recorded as making the same voyage in 1803. His descendants moved onto Kahoka, Missouri.

Australia. Nathaniel Boon, aged just 18, was convicted of theft in London in 1809 and transported two years later on the Admiral Gambier to Australia. After he received his freedom, he ended up in
1830 in Leumeah, NSW as a publican at The Three Brothers hotel which he named after his triplet sons.

Richard and James Boon, brothers from Shropshire, were transported on the Mangles 3 in 1824. James received his conditional pardon in 1837, married and made his home in Sydney where he worked as an ordinary laborer. His descendants generally stayed in the Sydney area, working either as laborers or in the butcher’s trade.

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If you would like to read more, click on the miscellany page for
further stories and accounts:

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Daniel Boone was an early American frontiersman, one of America’s first folk-heroes.
Pat Boone was a well-known American popular singer of the 1950’s.
Ray Boone is the father of the baseball-playing Boones.

Select Boons/Boones Today

  • 6,000 in the UK (most numerous in Gloucestershire)
  • 18,000 in America (most numerous in North Carolina)
  • 3,000 elsewhere (most numerous in Australia)



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