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The name Buzzard comes from a name for a person named after the bird of the same name. The buzzard was a fairly common bird in medieval England.
The surname Buzzard 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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Buzzard include Buzzard, Boszart, Bozard, Busard, Buzard, Bussard and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Buzzard research. Another 447 words (32 lines of text) covering the years 1177, 1258, 1273, 1274, 1500 and 1672 are included under the topic Early Buzzard History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
More information is included under the topic Early Buzzard Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Buzzard or a variant listed above:
Buzzard Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Buzzard Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Buzzard Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
The Buzzard Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Buzzard 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.
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