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Where did the English Backous family come from? What is the English Backous family crest and coat of arms? When did the Backous family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Backous family history?

The name Backous is Anglo-Saxon in origin. It was a name given to a worker at the bake-house. The bake-house was where all the people in a village would bake their bread in communal ovens.

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Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Backous include Backhouse, Baccus, Bachus, Bakehouse, Backas, Backhuse and many more.

First found in Cumberland and Durham, where they held a family seat from ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Backous research. Another 159 words(11 lines of text) covering the years 1500, 1894, 1554, 1626, 1598, 1601, 1593 and 1662 are included under the topic Early Backous History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 75 words(5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Backous Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Backous family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 63 words(4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Backous were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Andrew Backhouse who settled by the Oswegatchie River in 1822; Henry Bachus arrived in Philadelphia in 1774; Joane Bakehouse settled in Virginia in 1654..

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  • Douglas D. Backous, American neurologist at Swedish Medical Center, Seattle, Washington


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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Confido in Deo
Motto Translation: I trust in God.

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The Backous Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Backous 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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