Bustard History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Bustard is of Anglo-Saxon origin. It was name for a person who had facial features similar to a buzzard. The etymology of the name Bustard lies in the Latin avis tarda which means "clumsy bird". The buzzard was a fairly common bird in medieval England.

Early Origins of the Bustard family

The surname Bustard was first found in Devon where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Bustard family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bustard research. Another 51 words (4 lines of text) covering the year 1600 is included under the topic Early Bustard History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bustard Spelling Variations

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 Bustard have been found, including Bustard, Busteed, Busterd and others.

Early Notables of the Bustard family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Bustard family to Ireland

Some of the Bustard family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 84 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Bustard migration to the United States +

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. Among the first immigrants of the name Bustard, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were:

Bustard Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Bustard who arrived in Philadelphia in 1874
  • Adam, Andrew, James, John, and Robert Bustard, who arrived in Philadelphia between 1859 and 1880
  • Ellen Bustard, aged 23, who immigrated to the United States from Donegal, in 1893
  • Arrabella Bustard, aged 25, who landed in America from Cully, in 1898
  • Elizabeth Bustard, aged 18, who landed in America from Donegal, in 1899
Bustard Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • George Bustard, aged 27, who landed in America from Donegal, in 1903
  • Jane Bustard, aged 23, who landed in America from Donegal, in 1903
  • James Bustard, aged 28, who immigrated to America from Donegal, in 1904
  • Dora Bustard, aged 26, who settled in America from Fermanagh, in 1905
  • Alexander Bustard, aged 20, who landed in America from Donegal, in 1906
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Bustard migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bustard Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Robert Bustard, aged 24, a farmer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1838 aboard the brig "Susan Maria Brooke" from Donegal, Ireland
  • John Bustard, aged 19, a farmer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1838 aboard the brig "Susan Maria Brooke" from Donegal, Ireland
  • Isabella Bustard, aged 23, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1838 aboard the brig "Susan Maria Brooke" from Donegal, Ireland

Contemporary Notables of the name Bustard (post 1700) +

  • Anne Bustard, American author and teacher in the College of Education at the University of Texas at Austin
  • Maitland Bustard, American Democrat politician, Presidential Elector for Virginia, 1932 [1]


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


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