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Bosword History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The name Bosword is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when a family lived in one of two parishes called Bosworth: Husband's Bosworth; and Market Bosworth, in the county of Leicestershire.

Early Origins of the Bosword family


The surname Bosword was first found in Leicestershire, where they had been settled from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066.

Early History of the Bosword family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bosword research.
Another 69 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1607, 1660, 1659, 1660, 1789 and 1876 are included under the topic Early Bosword History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bosword 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 Bosword family name include Bosworth, Bossworth, Bosworthe, Boseworth and others.

Early Notables of the Bosword family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Bosword family to the New World and Oceana


For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, 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 Bosword surname or a spelling variation of the name include : 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 Bosword 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.


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