Bastwike History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The present generation of the Bastwike family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name comes from having lived in Cheshire, where they derived their name from the township of Bostock, in the parish of Davenham.

Early Origins of the Bastwike family

The surname Bastwike 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." [1]

"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." [1]

Important Dates for the Bastwike family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bastwike research. Another 85 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1593, 1654, 1614, 1623, 1773 and 1846 are included under the topic Early Bastwike History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bastwike Spelling Variations

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Bastwike include Bostock, Bowstock, Boast, Bostake, Bostick and many more.

Early Notables of the Bastwike 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...
Another 55 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bastwike Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Bastwike family

Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Bastwike were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: 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.

Citations

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
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