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name Bussell comes from the family having resided 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.
The surname Bussell 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. 
The parish dates back to the Domesday Book
of 1086 where it was first listed as Bosciale 
and probably meant "nook of land of a man called Bot or Botsige," from the Old English personal name + "halh." 
Bussell has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Bushell, Bussel, Bushle, Bushel, Bussell, Buchell, Buchel, Boushell, Boushel, Bousel and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bussell research. Another 389 words (28 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 Bussell History in all our PDF Extended History products
Another 205 words (15 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bussell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Bussells to arrive on North American shores:
Bussell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Jo Bussell, aged 36, settled in Barbados in 1635
- Jo Bussell, aged 36, landed in Barbados in 1635
- Ralph Bussell, who arrived in Maryland in 1665
Bussell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Jno Bussell, who arrived in Virginia in 1705
Bussell Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Emma J. Bussell, aged 25, who emigrated to the United States from Bradford, in 1906
- Harry Bussell, aged 2, who emigrated to America from Bradford, in 1906
- Annie Bussell, aged 7, who emigrated to the United States from Bascender, England, in 1909
- Minnie Bussell, aged 4, who emigrated to the United States from Bascender, England, in 1909
- Morgan Bussell, aged 47, who landed in America from Pontypridd, Wales, in 1913
Bussell Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
- Edward Bussell, aged 56, who emigrated to Toronto, Canada, in 1920
Bussell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- John Bussell, aged 19, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Sultana"
- Gerald Wheeler "Gerry" Bussell (b. 1943), former American football defensive back who played for the Denver Broncos in 1965
- Harold L. Busséll, American pastor and author
- Nick Bussell (b. 1983), American racing driver
- Joel G. Bussell, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Delegate to Michigan State Constitutional Convention from Wayne County 10th District, 1961
- Mrs. Arthur Bussell, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Minnesota, 1960
- Dame Darcey Bussell CBE (b. 1969), born Marnie Mercedes Darcey Pemberton Crittle, the retired English ballerina
- John Garrett Bussell (1803-1875), English-born, Australian settler, justice of the peace and politician, one of the four brothers who emigrated from England on the Warrior
- William Samuel "Bill" Bussell (d. 1917), New Zealand rugby league player who played from 1912 to 1914, representing the new Zealand National Team in 1914
- Grace Vernon Bussell (1860-1935), Western Australia woman who in 1876, as a 16-year-old, she was involved in the rescue of the SS Georgette, for which she was awarded the Royal Humane Society's Silver Medal
- Alfred Pickmore Bussell (1816-1882), English-born, Australian settler and politician, one of the four brothers who emigrated from England on the Warrior, and rose to become Member of the Western Australian Legislative Council
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 speroMotto Translation:
While I have breath I hope.
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- ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
- ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
- Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
- Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
- Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
- Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
- Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
- Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
- Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
- Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
- Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
- Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
The Bussell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bussell 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.
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