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

The Norman Conquest of England in 1066 added many new elements to an already vibrant culture. Among these were thousands of new names. The Bussy family lived at the parish of Bussey in Hereford. The name, however, is a reference to the family's former place of residence, Bouce, in Orne, Normandy.

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Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Bussey, Busse, Bushe, Boosie, Boosey, Bowsey, Busey and many more.

First found in Northampton where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bussy research. Another 190 words(14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bussy History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Bussy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Bussy or a variant listed above:

Bussy Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Elizabeth Bussy settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Eliz Bussy, who arrived in Virginia in 1635

Bussy Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Ann Bussy, aged 26, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the ship "Ward" from Limerick

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  • Alain le Bussy (b. 1950), Belgian, science fiction writer


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The Bussy Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bussy 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 6 January 2011 at 11:44.

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