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The history of the name Bourchier begins with the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. This Norman name was soon thereafter given to a person who frequently used the informal Norman greeting beu sire, which means good sir, or fine sir.

Bourchier Early Origins



The surname Bourchier was first found in Essex. They were originally from Bouchier in Normandy, and arrived in England with Duke William in 1066. John de Bourchier (d.circa 1330) was an English Judge of the Common Pleas and the earliest ancestor of the family. His son, Robert Bourchier was 1st Baron Bourchier (died 1349) and held the position of Lord Chancellor of England, the first layman to hold the post. His son, John Bourchier, 2nd Baron Bourchier (d. 1400), was a soldier and diplomat.

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Bourchier Spelling Variations


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Bourchier Spelling Variations



Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Bourchier family name include Bowser, Bouchier, Boucher, Bourchier, Bowesar, Bowsher and many more.

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Bourchier Early History


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Bourchier Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bourchier research. Another 213 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1400, 1409, 1400, 1409, 1405, 1467, 1533, 1587, 1654, 1643, 1595, 1660, 1535, 1605 and 1589 are included under the topic Early Bourchier History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bourchier Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bourchier Early Notables (pre 1700)



Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John Bourchier, 2nd Baron Bourchier (d. 1400), soldier and diplomat in the service of the crown; Bartholomew Bourchier, 3rd Baron Bourchier (died 1409), member of Parliament, summoned to Parliament the first time 9 September 1400, the year of his father's death, continued to...

Another 107 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bourchier Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bourchier In Ireland


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Bourchier In Ireland



Some of the Bourchier family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 83 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included 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



To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Bourchier family to immigrate North America: Anne Bowser who settled in Nova Scotia in 1774; with her mother Anne and brother Richard; Henry Bowser settled in Washington Maryland in 1798; William Bowser settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1774..

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bourchier (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bourchier (post 1700)



  • Arthur Bourchier (1863-1927), English actor and theatre manager
  • Claude Thomas Bourchier (1831-1877), English officer
  • Thomas Bourchier (1404-1486), English prelate
  • John William Bourchier (b. 1929), Australian politician
  • Murray William James Bourchier (1881-1937), Australian soldier and politician
  • James David Bourchier (1850-1920), Irish journalist and political activist

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    2. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    3. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    4. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    6. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    7. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    8. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    9. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    11. ...

    The Bourchier Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bourchier 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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