Bowstyck History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Of all the Anglo-Saxon names to come from Britain, Bowstyck is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in Cheshire, where they derived their name from the township of Bostock, in the parish of Davenham.

Early Origins of the Bowstyck family

The surname Bowstyck was first found in Cheshire at Bostock, a township, in the parish of Davenham, union and hundred of Northwich. "This place gave name to a family descended from Osmerus, lord of Bostock in the reign of William the Conqueror: the heiress of the elder branch brought the manor in the latter part of the 15th century to the Savages." [1]

"John Bostock, Abbot of St. Alban's, a learned divine and poet in the time of Henry VI., was born [at Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire], and was commonly called John of Wheathampstead." [1]

Important Dates for the Bowstyck family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bowstyck research. Another 85 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1593, 1654, 1614, 1623, 1773 and 1846 are included under the topic Early Bowstyck History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bowstyck Spelling Variations

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Bowstyck has been spelled many different ways, including Bostock, Bowstock, Boast, Bostake, Bostick and many more.

Early Notables of the Bowstyck family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include John Bastwick (1593-1654), an English Puritan physician and controversial writer, born at Writtle, in Essex. "He was entered of Emmanuel College, Cambridge, on 19 May 1614, but remained there only a very short time. Leaving the university without a degree, he went 'on his travels,' and served for a...
Another 55 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bowstyck Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Bowstyck family

Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Bowstycks to arrive in North America: Francis Boast and his wife and five children settled in Nova Scotia in 1774; Henry Bostock settled in Maryland in 1779; Henry Bostock settled in Barbados in 1635.

Citations

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
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