Bastwitch History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The history of the Bastwitch family goes back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from the family living in Cheshire, where they derived their name from the township of Bostock, in the parish of Davenham.

Early Origins of the Bastwitch family

The surname Bastwitch 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 Bastwitch family

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

Bastwitch Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Bastwitch include Bostock, Bowstock, Boast, Bostake, Bostick and many more.

Early Notables of the Bastwitch 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 Bastwitch Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Bastwitch family

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Bastwitch 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.

Citations

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