Last name: Book

Recorded in a number of spellings including: Boag, Boig, Boik, Bog, Boog, and Book, this is a Scottish surname is some antiquity. It is apparently locational or at least residential, and may originate from the lands of Boak in the parish of Kirkholm, Shetland, although an alternative suggestion is that it derives from the pre 7th century word "balk" which can be applied to a bridge formed of balks of timber. This was also often a term used to indicate a boundary maker for a parish or barony. It is said that no trace of the name exists in Shetland, however this is not unusual as locational names being "from" names, were usually given to people after they left their original homes and moved somewhere else. It is also claimed that the four spellings as shown above indicate at least two and possibly four separate sources although the meaning may be the same, and this is probably true. Certainly as Bog the name was originally well recorded in 17th century Berwickshire, although the first proven recording is possibly that of Edward Bog, a priest at St Andrews in Fife in 1505. Other recordings from this early period include Gilbert Boage, a witness in Kirkwall in 1523, George Bog who held the remunerative position of "Master of the Queen's beer celler" in 1563, David Book, a merchant in Edinburgh in 1610, John Boig, a tenant in the barony of Coldynghame, Berwick in 1622, and William Boick who was martyrd in Glasgow in 1683 "for his religious belief"

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William
There are Welsh origins as well. Book - maker of Books, for the King, This was researched by my Grandfather some 30 some odd years ago. Which came along with the Family Coat-of-Arms.

Jeremy
Nobody said it was only scottish, but thanks for the info

Sarah
Book isn't always Scottish. My last name is Book and I traced the Book side of my family back to Germany. The name was originally spelled "Buch", but pronounced "Book", and when they came to the US in the mid-1800s they wanted to be more American-ized, so changed the spelling to the English pronounciation.

Chris Book
We did the same thing and traced the book name back to Germany. Apparently there is a document a relative has that shows when my decendents arrived at Ellis island the name was changed to book by a typo.

William
My wife's family had that happen as well where Huber from Germany became Huver which may have later changed into Hoover.

jeremy
I'm not sure. My father is a junior. I was born in Arkansas and I was told by my oldest brother that I have two older half sisters.