The name Bozward is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. Bozward was a name used for a person named after the bird of the same name. The buzzard was a fairly common bird in medieval England
Early Origins of the Bozward family
The surname Bozward was first found in Bedfordshire
at Leighton-Buzzard, a markettown and parish, and the head of a union, in the hundred
of Manshead. "The adjunct to the name is either derived from Bosard, the name of a family in the county, who were knights of the shire in the reign of Edward III., or from Beau desert; the prevailing opinion being in favour of the latter." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Bozward family
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Bozward Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Bozward include Buzzard, Boszart, Bozard, Busard, Buzard, Bussard and many more.
Early Notables of the Bozward family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bozward family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Bozward were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: William Buzzard who arrived in Philadelphia in 1857.