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Where did the English Bastard family come from? What is the English Bastard family crest and coat of arms? When did the Bastard family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Bastard family history?Bastard is one of the most ancient names to come from the Norman culture that arrived in Britain soon after the Norman Conquest of 1066. It is a name for a person who was a child of illegitimate birth but such references are in jest.
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Bastard are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Bastard include Bastard, Basstard, Bostard, Bosstard, Baisterd, Bestard, Bastert, Basteder and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bastard research. Another 454 words(32 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1201, 1273, 1379, 1566, 1700, 1721, 1779, 1784, 1816, and 1832 are included under the topic Early Bastard History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 30 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bastard Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Bastard, or a variant listed above:
Bastard Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Bastard Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Pax potior bello
Motto Translation: Peace preferable to war.
The Bastard Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bastard Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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