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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2014

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

The name Bushaw is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when the family lived in Derbyshire, where they were found since the early Middle Ages before the Norman Conquest in 1066.

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It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Bushaw are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. 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. The variations of the name Bushaw include: Bagshaw, Bagshawe, Bagshott, Bagshot, Bagshote and others.

First found in Derbyshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066. The first record was of Nicholas Bagshawe who married Alice of the Hall. He was forester to the King. He acquired the lands of Wormhill, and later built Wormhill Hall.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bushaw research. Another 125 words(9 lines of text) covering the years 1886, 1589, 1662, 1640, 1644, 1629, 1671, 1628 and 1702 are included under the topic Early Bushaw History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 149 words(11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bushaw Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Bushaw family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 95 words(7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Bushaw or a variant listed above: Henry Bagshaw who settled in New England in 1751; Ben Bagshaw settled in Maryland in 1699; William Bagshaw who settled in Pennsylvania in 1867.

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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: Forma floss
Motto Translation: Beauty is a flower.

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

This page was last modified on 7 February 2014 at 12:08.

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