Buswell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The prestigious surname Buswell came to Britain with the Norman invasion of 1066. It is thought that the surname originated in Beauzeville, France, and that Elias de Boesevilla of this region was the first Norman settler to Britain. Many of these Norman families moved north, into Scotland in the period following the Norman Conquest of England.

Early Origins of the Buswell family

The surname Buswell was first found in Yorkshire, where Sir Ralph Boswell of Guntwaite, a descendant of Elias de Boesevilla, the first settler from Normandy, held lands. In the 12th century Sir Ralph lost his Yorkshire estates to the Earls of Warenne. The family moved north to Scotland at the invitation of David, Earl of Huntingdon, where they settled in Berwickshire at Edenham.

Early History of the Buswell family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Buswell research. Another 63 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1740, 1795, 1572, 1698, 1756, 1698 and 1649 are included under the topic Early Buswell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Buswell Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Boswell, Boswall, Boseville, Boswald, Bosswald, Bosville, Boeseille, Bosvile, Bovill, Bowelle and many more.

Early Notables of the Buswell family (pre 1700)

Notable among the family at this time was Macdonald Bosville of Sleat, Chief of the MacDonalds; and James Boswell (1740-1795), famous biographer of "The Life of Dr. Johnson," the great lexicographer. John Bossewell ( fl. 1572), was an English "heraldic writer, was, according to his own statement, a northern man, and probably a...
Another 50 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Buswell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Buswell family to Ireland

Some of the Buswell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Buswell migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Buswell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Isaac Buswell, who landed in Salisbury Massachusetts in 1640 [1]
Buswell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mathew Buswell, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1830 [1]
  • William Buswell, who landed in Arkansas in 1859 [1]

Australia Buswell migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Buswell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Buswell, English convict from Leicester, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 29, 1828, settling in New South Wales, Australia [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Buswell (post 1700) +

  • Michelle Buswell (b. 1983), American model
  • Blair Buswell (b. 1958), American artist who specializes in sports sculptures
  • James Oliver Buswell Jr. (1895-1977), American Presbyterian fundamentalist educator and institution builder
  • Charles Albert Buswell (1913-2008), American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church
  • Oliver B. Buswell, American politician, Member of New Hampshire State Senate 10th District, 1854-55 [3]
  • J. Oliver Buswell Jr., American politician, Prohibition Candidate for Illinois Superintendent of Public Instruction, 1938 [3]
  • Caleb Buswell, American politician, Member of New Hampshire State House of Representatives from Warner, 1825 [3]
  • Neville Buswell (b. 1943), British actor from Chapel-en-le-Frith, Derbyshire, best known for his role as Ray Langton in Coronation Street
  • Walter "Walt" Buswell (1907-1991), Canadian professional ice hockey forward
  • Troy Raymond Buswell (b. 1966), currently the Liberal member for the Western Australian Legislative Assembly

RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. Peter Buswell, English 1st Class Passenger from London, England, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [4]


The Buswell Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Vraye Foi
Motto Translation: True faith.


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 24) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1828 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1828
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 12) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  4. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/


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