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About the study
Boughten, Bowghton, Bowden, Bouten, Booden, Boodon, Booten and Booton.
Although I have not a great collection on these variant names, it is interesting to note that Bowden often became Boughton. I suspect that for people who could not write, the names sounded similar.
The surname Boughton is thought to be of Anglo-Saxon origin, and a surname deriving from many of the places called Boughton in various counties in England.
Another theory on the origin is that the name came over from France with the Normans as "de Bouten" and then gradually changed to Boughton
Historical occurrences of the name
Joan Boughton - martyr - burned at the stake in 1494 suspected of being a follower of Wycliffe
Rutland Boughton composer born in Buckinghamshire
George Boughton - artist
Census Statistics for BOUGHTON (no variants)
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The higher occurance on Ancestry is possibly because it includes corrections made by researchers