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The ancient Norman culture that was established in England after the Conquest of 1066 produced the name of Bouze. It was given to a person who frequently used the informal Norman greeting beu sire, which means good sir, or fine sir.

Early Origins of the Bouze family


The surname Bouze 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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Early History of the Bouze family

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Early History of the Bouze family


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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 Bouze History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bouze Spelling Variations

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Bouze Spelling Variations


Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Bowser, Bouchier, Boucher, Bourchier, Bowesar, Bowsher and many more.

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Early Notables of the Bouze family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Bouze family (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...
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Migration of the Bouze family to Ireland

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Migration of the Bouze family to Ireland


Some of the Bouze family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Bouze family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Bouze family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bouze Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Pierre Bouze, who landed in Montreal in 1653

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