Bussard History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The first bearer of the name Bussard most likely took on this name based on an early member of the family who was a someone who was "as strong as a bear" having derived from Old French nickname berart.

Early Origins of the Bussard family

The surname Bussard was first found in Brittany, where they held a family seat from very ancient times. They held a family seat in that province at Demaine where they were nobility from about the times of the Norman invasion of England in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Bussard family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bussard research. Another 65 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1789 and 1828 are included under the topic Early Bussard History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bussard Spelling Variations

There are many spelling variations of Breton surnames, because the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find references to one individual with many different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. The name has been spelled Berard, Barrard, Berad and others.

Early Notables of the Bussard family (pre 1700)

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United States Bussard migration to the United States +

Records show the name Bussard in some of the earliest immigrant records of North America:

Bussard Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Bernard Bussard, aged 50, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1741 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Bussard (post 1700) +

  • James Bussard (b. 1962), American professional baseball player
  • Joe Bussard (b. 1936), American collector of 78-rpm records
  • Robert W. Bussard (1928-2007), American physicist
  • Ray Bussard (1928-2010), American Hall of Fame Olympic swimming coach
  • James W. Bussard, American politician, Candidate for Circuit Judge in Michigan 20th Circuit, 1974 [2]


  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)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 12) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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