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
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
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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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Migration of the Bustard family to Ireland
Some of the Bustard family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Bustard 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. 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
Bustard Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Bustard Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Bustard (post 1700)
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