The BOUSTEAD name features in London in the 1760's.
I have an ancestor christened John Boustead TREDGER.
You'd assume that John Boustead TREDGER's mother's maiden name was BOUSTEAD (even if they didn't conform with naming conventions, someone in the generation or two above the parents was a BOUSTEAD)
These details from www.familysearch.org:-
JOHN BOUSTEAD TREDGER - International Genealogical Index / British Isles
Gender: Male Christening: 24 APR 1768 Saint Botolph Without Aldersgate, London, London, England
Father: JOHN TREDGER
I found the messages from Annette Moss and others about Huguenot family stories in their lines very interesting.
The Huguenots fled to England (and other countries) around the 1700's (and earlier).
You'd think that John & Margaret would probably be in their 20's when they had John Boustead TREDGER; they may have been born in London in the 1740's?
lists Huguenot surnames. Although you won't find an exact match with BOUSTEAD, I read the "Bou" names aloud and found myself hearing Boushed when I said this name : BOUCHET (several on the list).
I reckon it wouldn't take much for an Englishman to corrupt BOUCHET into BOUSTEAD. And there are 7 BOUCHET's on the list, with 10 children between them.
So there is my theory for you about the surname.
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