Buskirk History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name Buskirk is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when the family lived near a bush. The name Buskirk is derived from the Old Norman buskr, which means bush. The Magni Rotuli Scaccarii Normanniae listed Gilbert and William le Busc in Normandy 1180-95. 
Early Origins of the Buskirk family
The surname Buskirk was first found in Yorkshire. It is likely that the name was first assumed by someone living in this county near a prominent bush. The first known bearer of the name was Richard de la Busce, who was recorded in the Pipe Rolls of Yorkshire in 1181. 
The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 included: Thomas atte Busk; Agnes at Busk; and Thomas Bosc.  Earlier the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 had included Hamo le Bosco and Henry del Busk, but no county was listed.
Early History of the Buskirk family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Buskirk research. Another 188 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1181, 1275, 1305, 1379, 1796, 1800, 1780, 1772, 1862 and 1668 are included under the topic Early Buskirk History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Buskirk Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Buskirk are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Buskirk include: Busk, Buske, Busce, Bosc, Buscke, Bosk, Busker and many more.
Early Notables of the Buskirk family (pre 1700)
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In the United States, the name Buskirk is the 12,677th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Buskirk or a variant listed above:
Buskirk Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
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: Suaviter sed fortiter
Motto Translation: Mildly, but firmly