The prestigious surname Bosswell 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
Early Origins of the Bosswell family
The surname Bosswell was 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
Early History of the Bosswell family
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Bosswell Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Boswell, Boswall, Boseville, Boswald, Bosswald, Bosville, Boeseille, Bosvile, Bovill, Bowelle and many more.
Early Notables of the Bosswell family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bosswell family to Ireland
Some of the Bosswell family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Bosswell family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Bosswell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Benjamin Bosswell, aged 19, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1779 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
The Bosswell Motto
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.