The name Boekhoud
Our familiytree is going back now till about the years 1620 - 1630. In those times, (let us say between 1600 - 1700 and later on) it was not usual to use the familyname in official documents like the Church-books, such as birth-, baptize-, wedding- and deathregisters. Mosttimes for the second name of children they used the first given name of the father with the addition "s" for "sun" (and every now and then also for a daughter). For example: Gerrijt Scheltes was the sun of Schelte Pauls = sun of Schelte - so his second given name is Scheltes.
Only in the year 1741 our familyname was found in the archives when Aaltje Wijberds Boekhoud was born as a daughter of Wijbert Bartels.
So you must keep in mind that by giving the names between 1600 and let's say 1700 even when the name Boekhoud (or Boekhout) is missing they sure are family.
When I started with the website about our family in 2011, I thought that my proved descent would go back to Barteld Gerrits Boekhoud who was born around 1770. More I did not known that time.
Beginning 2012 I found a site of a Robb Outz, living in the United States, and on his site I found to my great surprice and joy the lineage of my family back to about 1630 - 1640. This Robb is a member of the Mormon-church and therefore he can dispose over very detailed lists of lineages (maybe millions so not tens of millions) of all kind of familys in the whole world. This is connected with the fact that the Mormon Church wants to (re)baptize very much people, even if they are passed away a long tome ago. The members of the Mormon Church are doing much genealogic investication, of course also about our family.
The first known ancestor of our Boekhoud-family is, on account of the data of the Mormon church (confirmd by other sources) Schelte Pauls who you can find as the first family-member in the familytree. Schelte Pauls is in the familytree and his private-page not mentioned with the name Boekhoud (or Boekhout) because in those times (let us say between 1600 - 1700) it was not usual to use the familyname in official documents like the Church-books, such as birth-, baptize-, wedding- and deathregisters, etc. Schelte Pauls, born in about 1635, lived in Dokkum, a little town in the North-eastern part of the province Friesland.
Only in the year 1734 the name Boekhout was registrated in a register when Pijter Wijbes Boekhout was born. The first family-member with the name Boekhoud that is registrated, is Aaltje Wijberts Boekhoud who was born in 1741. Our family sure lived, let's say, from 1630 till about 1750 maybe somewhat longer in Dokkum - Friesland.
With this information it is clear that our family Boekhoud is a branch of the family with the name Boekhout.
So on March 1747 Barteld Gerrits Boekhoud was born in Dokkum. At what age he moved to Aduard in the province Groningen is not known. But I know that he, when he was 34 years of age, in Aduard married Meentje Jans Rol. So our branche of the family with the name Boekhoud appears at least from the year 1780 (1747+34) in the province Groningen. Maybe a bit earlier because it is not known in what year Barteld Gerrits moved to Aduard. Every person with the name Boekhoud in the familytree in my site is a descendant of Barteld Gerrits so he can be considered as the founding-father of our family.
Later on the descendants of Barteld Gerrits moved to other places, particular in Stadskanaal (province Groningen) and Nieuw-Buinen (province Drenthe). At this moment (beginning 2013) you can find our family everywhere in the Netherlands, in South-Africa, Canada, Australia and even Samoa.
Our name has possible it's origin in Germany what is more or less confirmd by a family-member. In Germany the name "Buchholz" can be found all over the country but yet mainly in the north. Because in the 17th until the 19th century there was much poverty in Germany and all kind of people, such as workers, merchants and adventurers went from the north of Germany to the, in those times, immensely rich Holland, particular to the provinces Groningen and Friesland.
I now think that somewhere beginning 17th century a man or a family named Buchholz moved from the north of Germany to the north of our country to find his or there luck and permanently settled here. It almost must have been Dokkum in the province Friesland because there our familytree starts. It might be that the German name Buchholz litteraly is translated into the Dutch name Boekhout. The explanation is:
in German in Dutch (in English)
Buch boek (book)
Holz hout (wood - timber).
Because in those era's the spelling of names was more or less at random, Aaltje Wijberts in 1741 and Barteld Gerrits in 1747 were registered in the churchregisters as Boekhoud (so with the "d" at the and of our name).
There is another explanation (but to my opinion a disputable one J.B.) about the name Boekhoud suggested by the family. Till about the year 1800 were books bound with 2 wooden boards as cover of the front- and backside. So it was wood (hout) to bind a book (boek) that is why Boekhout.
Our name is, qua sound, also written as Boekhoudt. Besides that, names as Boekholt, Boekweit and other variations are known. If those names in one way or the other are connected to our family I did not investigate. Yet one remark. In a long list with all kind of brothers and sisters Boekhoud there was one written as Boekhout. Now, how is that possible?
The foregoing train of thought is, with emphazise, really my own opinion. You absolutly cannot attach any scientific value to it.