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

Buster is a name whose history is entwined with the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It was a name for a person who had facial features similar to a buzzard. The etymology of the name Buster lies in the Latin avis tarda which means "clumsy bird". The buzzard was a fairly common bird in medieval England.

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Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Buster were recorded, including Bustard, Busteed, Busterd and others.

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Buster research. Another 278 words (20 lines of text) covering the year 1600 is included under the topic Early Buster History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the Buster family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 164 words (12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Buster family emigrate to North America:

Buster Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Wm Buster, who landed in Virginia in 1701
  • Henrig Buster, who landed in New York in 1709
  • Heinrich Buster, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1749

Buster Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Jacob Buster, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1804

Buster Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • George Buster arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Orleana" in 1839

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  • M. W. Buster, American politician, Mayor of Weatherford, Texas, 1884-86, 1888-92, 1896-1900
  • John W. Buster, American politician, Mayor of Weatherford, Texas, 1875-76
  • Jim Buster, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Arizona 2nd District, 1996
  • Jim Buster, American Republican politician, Member of Arizona State Senate, 1935-36
  • Etta Buster, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Missouri, 1932, 1940
  • Arthur J. Buster (1869-1950), American Republican politician, Member of Missouri State House of Representatives from Livingston County, 1919-24


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The Buster Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Buster 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 12 January 2016 at 16:12.

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