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

The prestigious surname Buswell came to Britain with the Norman invasion of 1066. It is thought that the surname originated in Beauzeville, France, and that Elias de Boesevilla of this region was the first Norman settler to Britain. Many of these Norman families moved north, into Scotland in the period following the Norman Conquest of England.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Boswell, Boswall, Boseville, Boswald, Bosswald, Bosville, Boeseille, Bosvile, Bovill, Bowelle and many more.

First found in Yorkshire, where Sir Ralph Boswell of Guntwaite, a descendant of Elias de Boesevilla, the first settler from Normandy, held lands. In the 12th century Sir Ralph lost his Yorkshire estates to the Earls of Warenne. The family moved north to Scotland at the invitation of David, Earl of Huntingdon, where they settled in Berwickshire at Edenham.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Buswell research. Another 302 words(22 lines of text) covering the years 1296 and 1740 are included under the topic Early Buswell History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 30 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Buswell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Buswell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 63 words(4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Buswell Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Isaac Buswell, who landed in Salisbury Massachusetts in 1640

Buswell Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Mathew Buswell, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1830
  • William Buswell, who landed in Arkansas in 1859

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  • Charles Albert Buswell (1913-2008), American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church
  • James Oliver Buswell Jr. (1895-1977), American Presbyterian fundamentalist educator and institution builder
  • Blair Buswell (b. 1958), American artist who specializes in sports sculptures
  • Michelle Buswell (b. 1983), American model
  • Troy Raymond Buswell (b. 1966), currently the Liberal member for the Western Australian Legislative Assembly
  • Neville Buswell (b. 1943), British actor
  • Walter "Walt" Buswell (1907-1991), Canadian professional ice hockey forward


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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: Vraye Foi
Motto Translation: True faith.

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