Show ContentsBusher History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Busher finds its origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxons of England. It was given to one who worked as a person who made their living by selling wood. The surname Busher is derived from the Old French word buschier, which means woodmonger. The surname may have also been an occupational name for a butcher; in this case, the derivation is from the Anglo-French words bocher and boucher, which are both derived from the Old French words bochier and bouchier. Busher may have also been a nickname derived from the Old French phrase beau-sire, which means fair sir, and is an address of respect or courtesy.

Early Origins of the Busher family

The surname Busher was first found in Dorset, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Busher family

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Busher Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Busher has been recorded under many different variations, including Busher, Boschier, Boscher, Buscher, Bussher and many more.

Early Notables of the Busher family (pre 1700)

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United States Busher migration to the United States +

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Busher or a variant listed above:

Busher Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Anne Busher, who landed in Virginia in 1634 [1]
  • Mabell Busher, aged 14, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [1]
  • Malaell Busher, aged 14, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [1]
  • Mable Busher, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [1]
  • Robert Busher, who settled in Nevis in 1654
Busher Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Peter Busher, who landed in South Carolina in 1755 [1]
Busher Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Busher, age 22, who settled in New Orleans, La. in 1821
  • George H. Busher, age 27, who arrived in New York City in 1823
  • John Busher, who landed in New York in 1840 [1]
  • Fredrick Busher, aged 20, who arrived in New York, NY in 1849 [1]
  • Henry Busher, who landed in America in 1861 [1]

West Indies Busher migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [2]
Busher Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Mary Busher, who landed in Barbados in 1680

Contemporary Notables of the name Busher (post 1700) +

  • Sydney Edmund Busher (1882-1953), English cricketer
  • Peter E Busher, Professor of Natural Science at Boston University

  1. 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)
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