Buzard History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The earliest origins of the Buzard surname date from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name reveals that an early member was a person named after the bird of the same name. The buzzard was a fairly common bird in medieval England.

Early Origins of the Buzard family

The surname Buzard was first found in Bedfordshire at Leighton-Buzzard, a markettown and parish, and the head of a union, in the hundred of Manshead. "The adjunct to the name is either derived from Bosard, the name of a family in the county, who were knights of the shire in the reign of Edward III., or from Beau desert; the prevailing opinion being in favour of the latter." [1]

Early History of the Buzard family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Buzard research. Another 224 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1177, 1258, 1273, 1274, 1500 and 1672 are included under the topic Early Buzard History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Buzard Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Buzard are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Buzard include: Buzzard, Boszart, Bozard, Busard, Buzard, Bussard and many more.

Early Notables of the Buzard family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Buzard Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Buzard migration to the United States +

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Buzard or a variant listed above:

Buzard Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Timothy Buzard, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746 [2]


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ 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)


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