Boscan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Boscan is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from the family once having lived in or around either of the settlements called Barsham in Norfolk and Suffolk.

Early Origins of the Boscan family

The surname Boscan was first found in Norfolk, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Important Dates for the Boscan family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Boscan research. Another 213 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1198, 1367, 1400, 1500, 1804, and 1843 are included under the topic Early Boscan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Boscan Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Boscan family name include Basham, Bosham, Barsham, Bassham, Bashan, Bashum and many more.

Early Notables of the Boscan family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Boscan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Boscan family

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Boscan surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Andrew Basham, who sailed to Virginia in 1639. Ann Basham journeyed to Virginia in 1651 and Peter Bashan sailed to New York in 1822.

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