Recorded in a number of spellings including Buzek, Bouzek, Busek, Bouda, Budek, Budik, Budil, Budnik and probably others, this is a name of Czech origins. It originates as a diminutive of the word 'budislav', composed of the elements 'budi' meaning to awaken, and 'slav', glory, or from any other personal name with 'budi' as its first element. This type of surname was always popular in Central Europe and Germany, though much less so in other parts. Over the centuries these names were gradually replaced by the incoming Crusader or Christian names imported from mainly Greece, which was the headquarters of the 12 crusades, and the Holy Land itself. Examples of this surname recordings taken from the rather poor surviving church registers of the Czech Republic, include Katherina Budikova, who married Francis Link at Pecka, Paka Nova, in 1778 and Jakob Budik who married Joesephine Zetah at Praha, on January 10th 1851.
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