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Where did the English Bussell family come from? What is the English Bussell family crest and coat of arms? When did the Bussell family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Bussell family history?

The Anglo-Saxon name Bussell comes from the family having resided in Yorkshire, in the parish of Bossal. 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.


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.

First found in Somerset where they held a family seat from very ancient times.


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, 1670, 1593, 1674 and 1701 are included under the topic Early Bussell History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 139 words(10 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"


  • Nick Bussell (b. 1983), American racing driver
  • Gerald Wheeler Bussell (b. 1943), former American football defensive back
  • Harold L. Busséll, American pastor and author
  • John Garrett Bussell (1803-1875), English-born, Australian settler, justice of the peace and politician
  • Alfred Pickmore Bussell (1816-1882), English-born, Australian settler and politician
  • Darcey Bussell CBE (b. 1969), English ballerina
  • William Samuel "Bill" Bussell, New Zealand rugby league player
  • Grace Vernon Bussell (1860-1935), woman from Western Australia. In 1876, as a 16-year-old, she was involved in the rescue of the SS Georgette
  • Norman 'Norm' Bussell (b. 1945), former Australian rules footballer


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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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.

This page was last modified on 30 August 2013 at 09:57.

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