Origins Available: English
The ancestry of the name Busses dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in Devon
, where they took their name from one of the many places named Bear, Beare, Beara,
etc., found in that county. The surname is likely to be derived from the Old English word bearu,
which means grove.
Several early instances of that name are in the form le beare,
or the bear,
from the Old English bera.
Early Origins of the Busses family
The surname Busses was first found in Devon
where there are two places on the banks of Tamar called Beer-Alston and Beer-Ferris. In Dorset
, place names include Beer- Hacket and Beer-Regis. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
The earliest reference of the name was in Devon
where it was listed as Bera in the Domesday Book CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early History of the Busses family
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Busses Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Busses have been found, including Beare, Bear, Beer, Bere, Beares, Bears, Beers and many more.
Early Notables of the Busses family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Busses family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Busses, or a variant listed above: Christopher and Mary Bere, who settled on the eastern seaboard at a very early time with their two daughters Mary and Elizabeth. They settled in Georgia in the 17th century. Walter and Ann Beare settled in Virginia in 1620.