Busbay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The name Busbay was first used by the ancient Strathclyde-Briton people of the Scottish/English Borderlands. The first Busbay family lived in East Renfrewshire at Busby, a village "partly in the parish of East Kilbride, Middle ward of the county of Lanark."  Alternatively the name could have been derived from Great Busby in Yorkshire which dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 and was listed as Buschebi.  In either case, this place name is most likely derived from the Norman buki, meaning "bush" or "shrub."
Early Origins of the Busbay family
The surname Busbay was first found in Renfrewshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Rinn Friù), a historic county of Scotland, today encompassing the Council Areas of Renfrew, East Renfrewshire, and Iverclyde, in the Strathclyde region of southwestern Scotland. The name is derived from "the lands of Busby or Busbie in the parish of Carmunnock, Renfrewshire.
In 1330, the office of notary was conferred on David de Busby of the diocese of Glasgow. "  Further to the south, the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 list: Ricardus de Busby, and Adam de Buskeby. 
Important Dates for the Busbay family
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Busbay Spelling Variations
Surnames that evolved in Scotland in the Middle Ages often appear under many spelling variations. These are due to the practice of spelling according to sound in the era before dictionaries had standardized the English language. Busbay has appeared as Busby, Busbe, Busbie and others.
Early Notables of the Busbay family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family at this time was The Rev. Dr. Richard Busby (1606-1695), an English clergyman, and headmaster of Westminster School, buried in Westminster Abbey.
Nathaniel Bisby or Bisbie (1635-1695), was an English divine, son of the Rev. John Bisbie...
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Migration of the Busbay family
The North American colonies beckoned, with their ample land and opportunity as their freedom from the persecution suffered by so many Clan families back home. Many Scots even fought against England in the American War of Independence to gain this freedom. Recently, clan societies have allowed the ancestors of these brave Scottish settlers to rediscover their familial roots. Among them: Bridget Busby who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1637; Anne Busby settled in Virginia in 1635; John Busby settled in Delaware in 1682; John Busby settled in Boston in 1637.
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