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Botsford is a name that was formed by the Anglo-Saxon society of old Britain. The name was thought to have been used for someone who once worked as a coppersmith or a dealer in baterie, which is a term for beaten copper or brassware. The surname Botsford is possibly derived from the Old French word bateor, meaning one who beats, a term which has been applied to a beater of cloth or fuller. The surname may also be a short form of the word orbatour, which means a beater of gold.

Botsford Early Origins



The surname Botsford was first found in Suffolk, at Battisford, a parish in the union and hundred of Bosmere and Claydon. Alternatively, the name could have been derived from Batsford, a parish in the union of Shipston-on-Stour, Upper division of the hundred of Kiftsgate, in the county of Gloucester. Today, Batsford is the site of the Moreton-in-Marsh and Batsford War Memorial which commemorates the village's dead of two World Wars. Batsford has traditionally been the smaller of the two locals with a population of 79 people in the late 1800s while the former Battisford had a population of 520 at that time.

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Botsford Spelling Variations


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Botsford Spelling Variations



Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Botsford include Batsford, Battisford, Batesford, Bateford, Batesforde, Batisford, Battsford, Batsforde,Botsford, Botsforth and many more.

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Botsford Early History


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Botsford Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Botsford research. Another 493 words (35 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1182, 1202, 1273, 1326, 1335, 1465, 1766 and 1320 are included under the topic Early Botsford History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Botsford Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Botsford Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 17 words (1 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Botsford Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Botsford were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Botsford Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Henry Botsford, who settled in Connecticut in 1639

Botsford Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Amos Botsford, and his family, who arrived in Annapolis, Nova Scotia in 1782
  • Mr. Amos Botsford U.E. born in Newton, Connecticut, USA who settled in Westmoreland County, New Brunswick c. 1783 he graduated from Harvard and was a Member of the House Assembly [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Botsford Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John Day Botsford, who landed in Canada in 1836
  • John J Botsford, who arrived in Canada in 1841

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Contemporary Notables of the name Botsford (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Botsford (post 1700)



  • Horace C. Botsford, American college football head coach
  • Margot Botsford (b. 1947), American lawyer and jurist
  • George Botsford (1874-1949), American composer of ragtime music
  • Keith Botsford (b. 1928), American/European writer, Professor Emeritus at Boston University
  • Earnest Botsford, American politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Delaware County, 1936
  • Charles H. Botsford, American Democrat politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Bridgeport; Elected 1902
  • Charles E. Botsford, American politician, Member of Connecticut State Senate 17th District, 1857
  • Carl Botsford, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1904
  • Austin N. Botsford, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Newtown, 1839
  • Elmer E. Botsford, American politician, Mayor of Plattsburgh, New York, 1907
  • ... (Another 11 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Botsford Historic Events


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Botsford Historic Events




RMS Titanic

  • Mr. William Hull Botsford (d. 1912), aged 25, American Second Class passenger from Orange, New Jersey who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking

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Citations



  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  2. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  3. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  4. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  5. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  7. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  9. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  11. ...

The Botsford Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Botsford Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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