Bush History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The ancestors of the Bush surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. The name comes from when they lived by a bush. The surname Bush is derived from the Old English words busk and busche, which both are ultimately derived from the Old English word busc, which means bush. "This word, now applied to a low thick tree, formerly meant a whole wood or grove." [1]

Early Origins of the Bush family

The surname Bush was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times.

Important Dates for the Bush family

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Bush Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Bush include Bush, Bushe, Boush, Busche, Busch, Boushe and others.

Early Notables of the Bush family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Bush family to Ireland

Some of the Bush family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Bush migration to the United States

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Bush Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Susan Bush, who arrived in Virginia in 1617 [2]
  • John Bush, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1635 [2]
  • Jo Bush who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Jo Bush, aged 17, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [2]
  • Tho Bush, who landed in Virginia in 1637 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Bush Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Win Bush, who arrived in North Carolina in 1701 [2]
  • Sarah Bush, who arrived in North Carolina in 1701 [2]
  • Wm, Bush Jr., who arrived in North Carolina in 1701 [2]
  • Wrn, Bush Jr., who landed in North Carolina in 1701 [2]
  • Sarah Bush, who settled in North Carolina in 1701
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Bush Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Charles Bush, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1802 [2]
  • David Bush, aged 27, who arrived in New York in 1812 [2]
  • Leonard Bush, who landed in Maryland in 1826 [2]
  • George Martin Bush, who arrived in New York in 1831 [2]
  • Jean Michel Bush, who landed in New York in 1838 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Bush Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Henry Bush, who landed in Arkansas in 1903 [2]
  • Robert Baxter Bush, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1904 [2]
  • James Denniston Bush, who arrived in Alabama in 1920 [2]
  • Charles Christopher Bush, who arrived in Alabama in 1924 [2]

Bush migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bush Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • John Bush, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Corporal Charles Bush U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1783 [3]
  • Sgt. Henricus Bush U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1783 [3]
  • Mr. Henry Bush U.E. who settled in Lincoln County, Niagara, Ontario c. 1783 [3]
  • Mr. Henry Bush U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1783 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Bush Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • John Bush, aged 50, a farmer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Trial" in 1833
  • Isabella Bush, aged 50, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Trial" in 1833
  • Catherine Bush, aged 23, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Trial" in 1833
  • Biddy Bush, aged 20, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Trial" in 1833
  • Michael Bush, aged 16, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Trial" in 1833
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bush migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Bush Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Bush, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • William Bush, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 17, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [5]
  • Caroline Bush, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "America" on December 30, 1830, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [6]
  • Robert Bush a seaman, who arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Rapid" in 1836 [7]
  • William Bush a painter, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1839 [8]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bush migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Bush Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • G F Bush, who landed in Nelson, New Zealand in 1840
  • William Bush, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • William Bush, aged 33, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Tyne" in 1841
  • Jane Bush, aged 33, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Tyne" in 1841
  • George F. Bush, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lloyds" in 1842
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Bush (post 1700)

  • President George Walker Bush (b. 1946), American politician, 43rd President of the United States, son of President George H. W. Bush
  • President George Herbert Walker Bush (1924-2018), American politician, 41st President of the United States (1989-1993)
  • Barbara Pierce Bush (1925-2018), American First Lady, wife of the 41st President of the United States
  • William Henry Trotter "Bucky" Bush CStJ (1938-2018), American businessman, youngest brother of former President George H. W. Bush
  • Walter Lewis Bush Jr. (1929-2016), American ice hockey administrator, inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in 1980 and into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2000
  • Vannevar Bush (1890-1974), American engineer and science administrator known for his work on analog computing and primary organizer of the Manhattan Project
  • Hospital Apprentice First Class Robert Eugene Bush (1926-2005), American Navy Hospital Corpsman awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for gallantry during the Battle of Okinawa
  • Master Gunnery Sergeant Richard Earl Bush (1924-2004), American Marine awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1945
  • John "Jeb" Bush (b. 1953), American politician, brother of George W. Bush, Governor of Florida (1999-2007)
  • Alan Dudley Bush (1900-1995), English Composer, Conductor, Pianist, with the Royal Academy of Music
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Bush family

Halifax Explosion
  • Mr. W. H.  Bush, British Seaman aboard the SS Picton from who died in the explosion [9]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Robert Archibald Bush, British Marine, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died in the sinking [10]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. William J. Bush, American Ensign working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he survived the sinking [11]

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Citations

  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Agamemnon voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1820 with 179 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agamemnon/1820
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1823
  6. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 26) America voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1830 with 135 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/america/1830
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RAPID 1836. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836Rapid.htm
  8. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PRINCE REGENT 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839PrinceRegent.htm
  9. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  10. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  11. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html
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