name Bosseword comes from the family having resided in one of two parishes called Bosworth:
Husband's Bosworth; and Market Bosworth, in the county of Leicestershire.
Early Origins of the Bosseword family
The surname Bosseword was first found in Leicestershire
, where they had been settled from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Bosseword family
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Bosseword Spelling Variations
Bosseword has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Bosworth, Bossworth, Bosworthe, Boseworth and others.
Early Notables of the Bosseword family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bosseword family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Bossewords to arrive on North American shores: Henry Bosworth who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1765; Zack Bosworth who settled in Boston in 1620; and later moved to Salem in 1630; Captain Bosworth settled in Boston in 1767.
The Bosseword Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Animus valet
Motto Translation: Courage availeth.