This interesting surname has two distinct possible sources, each with its own history and derivation. Firstly, Bustin may be of Anglo-Saxon origin, and a variant of the more familiar Buston, itself a locational name from High or Low Buston, two parishes, south east of Alnwick, in Northumberland. Recorded variously as "Buttesdune" and "Uuerbuttesdun" in the 1166 Pipe Rolls of that county, and as "Superior" and "Inferior Butlisdon" in the 1242 Book of Fees, the places were so called from the Olde English pre 7th Century personal byname "Buttel", from "butt", short, thickset, and "dun", hill, mountain.The christening of one Doryte Bustin was recorded at St. Saviour, Norwich, Norfolk, on July 22nd 1561, and the Coat of Arms held by the Bustin family of England depicts an azure saltire on a silver shield. The second possibility is that Bustin is of Flemish origin, and a derivative either of the Dutch "bus", barrel, container, or the Old French "bus", cask, barrel, originally given as a metonymic occupational name to a maker of these vessels. On November 9th 1611, Lambertus, son of Theodorici Bustin, was christened at Seraing, Belgium, and on December 21st 1826, the birth of one Adele Bustin was recorded at Nord, France. A Coat of Arms granted to the Bustin family of Liege is recorded heraldically in Rietstap's "Armorial General", and depicts on a silver shield, two red lions affronte, paws joined, standing on a green terrasse. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of William Busten, which was dated June 21st 1546, marriage to Joane Williamson, at St. Leonard's, Colechester, Essex, during the reign of King Henry V111, known as "Bluff King Hal", 1509 - 1547. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.
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