Bastwack History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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In ancient Anglo-Saxon England, the ancestors of the Bastwack surname lived in Cheshire, where they derived their name from the township of Bostock, in the parish of Davenham.
Early Origins of the Bastwack family
The surname Bastwack was first found in Cheshire at Bostock, a township, in the parish of Davenham, union and hundred of Northwich. "This place gave name to a family descended from Osmerus, lord of Bostock in the reign of William the Conqueror: the heiress of the elder branch brought the manor in the latter part of the 15th century to the Savages." 
"John Bostock, Abbot of St. Alban's, a learned divine and poet in the time of Henry VI., was born [at Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire], and was commonly called John of Wheathampstead." 
Early History of the Bastwack family
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Bastwack Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Bastwack 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. The variations of the name Bastwack include: Bostock, Bowstock, Boast, Bostake, Bostick and many more.
Early Notables of the Bastwack family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include John Bastwick (1593-1654), an English Puritan physician and controversial writer, born at Writtle, in Essex. "He was entered of Emmanuel College, Cambridge, on 19 May 1614, but remained there only a very short time. Leaving the university without a degree, he went 'on his travels,' and served for a...
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Migration of the Bastwack family
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 Bastwack or a variant listed above: Francis Boast and his wife and five children settled in Nova Scotia in 1774; Henry Bostock settled in Maryland in 1779; Henry Bostock settled in Barbados in 1635.
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- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.