Busteed History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name Busteed was formed many centuries ago by the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It was a name typically given to a person who had facial features similar to a buzzard. The etymology of the name Busteed lies in the Latin avis tarda which means "clumsy bird". The buzzard was a fairly common bird in medieval England.
Early Origins of the Busteed family
The surname Busteed 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 Busteed family
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Busteed Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Busteed include Bustard, Busteed, Busterd and others.
Early Notables of the Busteed family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Busteed family to Ireland
Some of the Busteed 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.
Busteed migration to Canada +
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:
Busteed Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- William Busteed, who landed in Quebec in 1784
Contemporary Notables of the name Busteed (post 1700) +
- Richard Busteed (1822-1898), American attorney and soldier in the Union Army during the American Civil War
- Richard Busteed (1822-1898), American politician, U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Alabama, 1863-74; U.S. District Judge for the Middle District of Alabama, 1863-74 
- Kimberley Busteed (b. 1988), Australian beauty pageant titleholder, Miss Australia 2007
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