Show ContentsBostock History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the bearers of the Bostock family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England. They were first found in Cheshire, where they derived their name from the township of Bostock, in the parish of Davenham.

Early Origins of the Bostock family

The surname Bostock 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]

Early History of the Bostock family

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Bostock 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 Bostock include Bostock, Bowstock, Boast, Bostake, Bostick and many more.

Early Notables of the Bostock family

Distinguished members of the family include

  • John Bostock (1773-1846), was a British physician and geologist, author of the book "System of Physiology."

United States Bostock migration to the United States +

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 Bostock or a variant listed above:

Bostock Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Loughton Bostock, (Bosteck), who arrived in Virginia in 1634 aboard the ship "Bonaventure" coming via St. Domingo [2]
  • Arthur Bostock, who arrived in Connecticut in 1640 [2]
  • Jonathan Bostock, who landed in Virginia in 1654 [2]
Bostock Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Thomas Bostock, who settled in New England in 1720
  • William Bostock, who landed in America in 1760-1763 [2]
  • Henry Bostock, who settled in Maryland in 1779
Bostock Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Bostock, aged 30, who arrived in Alexandria, Va in 1801 [2]
  • Benjamin J. Bostock, aged 23, who landed in West Indies in 1812 [2]

Australia Bostock migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Bostock Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Joseph Bostock, English convict who was convicted in Chester, Cheshire, England for 14 years, transported aboard the "Champion" on 24th May 1827, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [3]
  • Mr. John Arthur Bostock, British convict who was convicted in Lancaster, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Asia" on 29th September 1831, settling in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • Mr. Thomas Bostock, English convict who was convicted in London, England for 10 years, transported aboard the "Canton" on 20th September 1839, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [5]
  • Mr. James Bostock, English convict who was convicted in Liverpool, Merseyside, England for life, transported aboard the "Blundell" on 13th March 1844, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [6]
  • Richard Bostock, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Royal George" in 1848 [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Bostock migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Bostock Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • James William Bostock, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Empress" in 1865
  • Harriet E. Bostock, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Empress" in 1865
  • Robert Edward D. Bostock, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Empress" in 1865
  • Edward Bostock, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Empress" in 1865

West Indies Bostock migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [8]
Bostock Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Henry Bostock, who settled in Barbados in 1635
  • Henne Bostock, aged 19, who arrived in Barbados in 1635 [2]
  • Mr. Henrie Bostock, (b. 1616), aged 19, British settler travelling aboard the ship "Expedition" arriving in Barbados in 1636 [9]

Contemporary Notables of the name Bostock (post 1700) +

  • Lyman Wesley Bostock Jr. (1950-1978), American professional baseball player
  • Barbara Bostock (b. 1935), former American actress
  • M. E. Bostock, American politician, Mayor of El Cerrito, California, 1954 [10]
  • Jane Ann Bostock, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Jersey, 1936 [10]
  • John Bostock the Elder (1740-1774), English-born, Scottish educated at the University of Edinburgh, where he graduated M.D. in 1769
  • John Bostock (b. 1992), English footballer
  • John Bostock the Younger (1773-1846), British physician and geologist who died of cholera in August 1846 [11]
  • Mrs. Joanna Bostock M.B.E., British Co-founder and Joint Chief Executive Officer for Women’s Sport Trust, was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire on 29th December 2018 for services to Gender Equality in Sport [12]
  • Brigadier William Norman Archibald Bostock (1903-1970), Assistant Deputy Adjutant-General Canadian Military Headquarters, England from 1944 to 1945 [13]
  • Michael Bostock, Professor of Earthquake Seismology at the University of British Columbia, Canada
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  • Mr. Charles W Bostock (b. 1915), English Chief Mechanician serving for the Royal Navy from London, England, who sailed into battle and died in the HMS Hood sinking [15]

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  12. "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018,
  13. Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, September 9) William Bostock. Retrieved from
  14. List Of Miners - Hillcrest Mine Disaster Data. (Retrieved 2014, June 24) . Retrieved from
  15. H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from on Facebook