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Where did the English Busard family come from? What is the English Busard family crest and coat of arms? When did the Busard family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Busard family history?

The first bearer of the name Busard most likely took on this name based on an early member of the family who was a someone who was "as strong as a bear" having derived from Old French nickname berart.

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There are many spelling variations of Breton surnames, because the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find references to one individual with many different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. The name has been spelled Berard, Barrard, Berad and others.

First found in Brittany, where they held a family seat from very ancient times. They held a family seat in that province at Demaine where they were nobility from about the times of the Norman invasion of England in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Busard research. Another 129 words(9 lines of text) covering the years 1789 and 1828 are included under the topic Early Busard History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 23 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Busard Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Records show the name Busard in some of the earliest immigrant records of North America: Francois Berard, who was settled in Quebec in 1748; and a Berard who sailed to Philadelphia in 1796.

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The Busard Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Busard 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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