The BOSMA Family
This site gives information about the BOSMA family, originally coming from the village of Eastermar (Friesian, Dutch: Oostermeer), Friesland, Netherlands. The oldest ancestor found is Andries Clazes, who in 1726 married Pytje Jacobs.
One can find particulars about the Bosma's in the section Familybook. Since the Family Archives contain lots of information about the history of the village of Eastermar, there is also a section 'Documentation of Eastermar'.
The language used on the site is Dutch, occiasionally Friesian. We hope that family members living in the United States and Canada (and there are quite a lot of them), can figure out at least a little about their lineage as descendants from Andries Clazes and Pytje Jacobs. The best way to start the search is by going in Hoofdstuk 1 (Chapter 1) to Tak A (Branch A) and then take a look at the overview of the Generations 1 to 8. In the 8th Generation they will find themselves. The data given there are very basic: we take in account that privicay is a treasured value. Visit also the 7th Generation: there are pictures under the button 'Beeldmateriaal'.
About a family coat of arms, we never found one mentioned in the archives. Yet you see the Bosma coat of arms on the main menu of the site. Easy to explain: we designed one, something quite a few families do nowadays.
The description reads as follows:
I. The Friesian half eagle, coming from the division line, black on gold;
II. In silver a red beam, on which a bunch of grapes in gold, without leaves; above - an acorn and cap, without leaves, completely in green; below - a foliage tree, completely in green.
A helm and a helmet-sign: a green clover-leaf, with three outgoing ears of corn in gold.
Helmet-cloth and knot: red, with white lining.
Right of use: This coat of arms - also in the style without helmet, helmet-sign and knot, then with a farmerscrown in gold, with red lining on the inside of the plain headband and three leaves - may be used by the descendants of Andries Klazes, married 1726 Pytje Jacobs.
Design: E. Bosma, Wageningenstraat 18, 2152 AN Nieuw-Vennep and J. Bosma, Spoorstraat-Zuid 50, 9602 AA Hoogezand. Drawing: S. Bosma, van Hasseltlaan 498, 2625 JG Delft.
Explanation: The Friesian half eagle refers to the Friesian roots. The acorn (reproduced here as the one on the village-flag of Eastermar) symbolizes the small earthen tree-planted walls around the meadows and arable land, common around the village of Eastermar.
The founder of the family was an inn-keeper (and a lock-keeper) at Skûlenboarch (Dutch: Schuilenburg) near Eastermar. This is symbolized by the bunch of grapes.
His direct offsprings in Eastermar were most modest farmers, hence the ears of corn and the clover-leaf as helmet-sign.
The family name BOSMA, most likely derived from the very woody surroundings of Eastermar of those days, was officially registered in 1811. This is symbolized by the foliage tree.