Bastwake History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The name Bastwake is an old Anglo-Saxon name. It comes from when a family lived in Cheshire, where they derived their name from the township of Bostock, in the parish of Davenham.
Early Origins of the Bastwake family
The surname Bastwake 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." 
Important Dates for the Bastwake family
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Bastwake Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Bastwake were recorded, including Bostock, Bowstock, Boast, Bostake, Bostick and many more.
Early Notables of the Bastwake 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 Bastwake family
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Bastwake family emigrate to North America: 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.
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.