The name Boswith is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived in one of two parishes called Bosworth:
Husband's Bosworth; and Market Bosworth, in the county of Leicestershire.
Early Origins of the Boswith family
The surname Boswith was first found in Leicestershire
, where they had been settled from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Boswith family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Boswith research.Another 69 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1607, 1660, 1659, 1660, 1789 and 1876 are included under the topic Early Boswith History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Boswith Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Boswith has been spelled many different ways, including Bosworth, Bossworth, Bosworthe, Boseworth and others.
Early Notables of the Boswith family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Boswith family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Boswiths to arrive in North America: 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 Boswith 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.