The ancestors of the Bowsy family brought their name to England
in the wave of migration after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. They lived at the parish of Bussey in Hereford. CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
The name, however, is a reference to the family's former place of residence, Bouce, in Orne, Normandy
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)
Early Origins of the Bowsy family
The surname Bowsy was first found in Leicestershire
at Wyfordby, a parish, in the union of Melton-Mowbray, hundred
of Framland. "This place, at the Conquest, was granted to Roger de Bussy, Baron
of Tickhill, in the county of York." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Bowsy family
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Bowsy Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Bowsy were recorded, including Bussey, Busse, Bushe, Boosie, Boosey, Bowsey, Busey and many more.
Early Notables of the Bowsy family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bowsy family to Ireland
Some of the Bowsy family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Bowsy family to the New World and Oceana
The unstable environment in England
at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland
, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Bowsy arrived in North America very early: George Bussey who settled in Virginia in 1637; Thomas Bussey settled in Philadelphia in 1774; Roger Bushe settled in Virginia in 1654; Elizabeth Bussie settled in Virginia in 1649.