The name Ozward is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. It was a name for someone who 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 Ozward family
The surname Ozward 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.
Early History of the Ozward family
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Ozward Spelling Variations
Ozward has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Ozward have been found, including Buzzard, Boszart, Bozard, Busard, Buzard, Bussard and many more.
Early Notables of the Ozward family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ozward family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Ozwards to arrive on North American shores: William Buzzard who arrived in Philadelphia in 1857.