England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Bousfield family lived in Cumberland. This name is thought by historians to have been taken from a family who came from Bousville, Normandy in the 1066 invasion. Other records show a hamlet named Bousfield one mile from Orton in Westmorland.
Early Origins of the Bousfield family
Cumberland, where they had been granted land by King William after the Norman Conquest in 1066.
Early History of the Bousfield family
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Bousfield Spelling Variations
spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Bousfield, Bousville, Bousefield, Bouseville and others.
Early Notables of the Bousfield family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bousfield family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Bousfield or a variant listed above:
Bousfield Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Bousfield (post 1700)
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