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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.

Bastard Early Origins



The surname Bastard was first found in Devon, where they are descended from "Robert Bastard, who held several manors in this county in the reign of William I. For several generations Efford, in the parish of Egg-Buckland, was the seat of this family. " [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
"In Norman times illegitimacy was not regarded with the same contempt as now. The Conqueror himself, though illegitimate, not only succeeded to his fatherís duchy, but frankly avowed himself as a bastard in official writings." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
"The church [of West Alvington in Devon] contains some good screen-work in carved oak, and a beautiful monument to a member of the Bastard family, whose ancient seat has been converted into a farmhouse." [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Bastard Spelling Variations


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Bastard Spelling Variations



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.

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Bastard Early History


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Bastard Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bastard research. Another 675 words (48 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1201, 1273, 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 and printed products wherever possible.

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Bastard Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bastard Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 United States in the 17th Century

  • Henry Bastard, who sailed to Virginia in 1657
  • Henry Bastard, who landed in Virginia in 1657
  • William Bastard, who arrived in Virginia in 1657
  • Roger Bastard, who landed in Newport, Rhode Island in 1666
  • Joseph Bastard, who arrived in Fairfield, Conn in 1686

Bastard Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Hernando Bastard, who landed in Venezuela in 1834
  • P F Bastard, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Juan Bastard, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1860

Bastard Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Yves Bastard, who arrived in Montreal in 1653
  • Francois Bastard, who landed in Canada in 1664

Bastard Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John Pollexfen Bastard was living in Leeds County, Ontario in 1878

Bastard Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Barnabas Bastard, aged 34, a shoemaker, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "William Stuart"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bastard (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bastard (post 1700)



  • Thomas Bastard (1565-1618), English epigrammatis
  • Segar Bastard (1854-1921), English international footballer and referee
  • Edward William Bastard (1862-1901), British cricket player
  • John Horatio Bastard (1817-1848), British cricket player
  • Edmund Pollexfen Bastard (1784-1838), British Tory politician
  • Benjamin Bastard (d. 1772), British architect

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Motto


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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: Pax potior bello
Motto Translation: Peace preferable to war.


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Bastard Family Crest Products


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  2. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  3. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  4. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  6. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  7. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  8. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  9. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  10. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
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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.

This page was last modified on 9 March 2016 at 10:57.

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