Bastwick History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The name Bastwick first arose amongst the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from their having lived in Cheshire, where they derived their name from the township of Bostock, in the parish of Davenham.
Early Origins of the Bastwick family
The surname Bastwick 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 Bastwick family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bastwick research. Another 85 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1593, 1654, 1614, 1623, 1773 and 1846 are included under the topic Early Bastwick History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bastwick Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Bastwick has appeared include Bostock, Bowstock, Boast, Bostake, Bostick and many more.
Early Notables of the Bastwick 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 Bastwick family
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Bastwick arrived in North America very early: 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.