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The ancient roots of the Bushnell family name are in the Anglo-Saxon culture. The name Bushnell comes from when the family lived in Yorkshire, in the parish of Bossall. While the surname is largely considered local, there are other possible origins of this name. It may be of patronymic origin, based on the first name of the father and would have derived as "the son of Bussell."

The name may also be of occupational origin and in this latter case it was originally derived from the Old English word busshel and would probably have been used to describe one who made bushel-baskets.

Bushnell Early Origins



The surname Bushnell was first found in the North Riding or Yorkshire as Bossall, a parish, partly in the wapentake of Birdforth, but chiefly in that of Bulmer. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
The parish dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 where it was first listed as Bosciale [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
and probably meant "nook of land of a man called Bot or Botsige," from the Old English personal name + "halh." [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

The parish of Hutton-Buscel (also in the North Riding of Yorkshire) is of particular significance to the family. "This parish derives its name from having been anciently the 'High town of the Buscel or Bushel family.' " [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Over in Leyland, Lancashire, another branch of the family was found in ancient times. "Warin Bussel, one of the barons under Roger de Poictou, in the reign of William I., held, among his ample demesnes, the parish of Leyland: at a very early period." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.


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Bushnell Spelling Variations


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Bushnell Spelling Variations



One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Bushnell has appeared include Bushell, Bussel, Bushle, Bushel, Bussell, Buchell, Buchel, Boushell, Boushel, Bousel and many more.

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Bushnell Early History


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Bushnell Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bushnell research. Another 262 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1140, 1200, 1140, 1609, 1651, 1643, 1651, 1670, 1593, 1674 and 1701 are included under the topic Early Bushnell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bushnell Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bushnell Early Notables (pre 1700)



Distinguished members of the family include Browne Bushell (1609-1651), an English Civil War-era naval officer who He initially sided with the Roundheads, but in 1643 he switched to the Royalist side and later executed for piracy in March 1651; Edward Bushel (c.1670), foreman of an English jury that refused to return...

Another 58 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bushnell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bushnell In Ireland


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Bushnell In Ireland



Some of the Bushnell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 78 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Bushnell arrived in North America very early:

Bushnell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Ffrancis Bushnell, aged 26, arrived in America in 1635
  • Jo Bushnell, aged 21, landed in America in 1635
  • Marie Bushnell, aged 26, landed in America in 1635
  • Martha Bushnell, aged 1, landed in New England in 1635
  • Francis Bushnell, who landed in Connecticut in 1638
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bushnell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • B Bushnell, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • J P Bushnell, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • N Bushnell, who landed in San Francisco California in 1851

Bushnell Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Walter William Bushnell, aged 21, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Indus" in 1843

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bushnell (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bushnell (post 1700)



  • Robert Tyng Bushnell (1896-1949), American politician, Massachusetts Attorney General from 1941 to 1945
  • David P. Bushnell (1913-2005), American entrepreneur, founder of Bushnell which is best known for their line of binoculars
  • Candace Bushnell (b. 1958), American author and columnist
  • Prudence Bushnell (b. 1946), American diplomat, former United States Ambassador to Kenya and Guatemala
  • Katharine Bushnell (1856-1946), American Christian writer, physician, medical missionary to China
  • Nolan K. Bushnell (b. 1943), American engineer and entrepreneur who founded Atari
  • Asa Bushnell, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Hartland, 1825, 1829-30, 1837
  • Ambrose G. Bushnell (1863-1944), American Republican politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives from Branch County, 1929-32, 1935-36; Defeated in primary, 1924, 1932, 1936
  • Alvin Bushnell, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Greene County, 1825
  • Allen Ralph Bushnell (1833-1909), American politician, Representative from Wisconsin 3rd District, 1891-93
  • ... (Another 27 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Dum spiro spero
Motto Translation: While I have breath I hope.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

Other References

  1. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  2. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  3. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  4. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  6. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  8. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  9. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  10. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  11. ...

The Bushnell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bushnell Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 7 September 2016 at 10:18.

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