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

Bacon is a name that came to England in the 11th century wave of migration that was set off by the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Bacon family lived in Suffolk. Originally, the name Bacon was originally derived from a seigniory in Normandy. This name appeared in England after members of the Bacon family had migrated from Normandy to Suffolk.


The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Bacon has been recorded under many different variations, including Bacon, Bachun, Bacun and others.

First found in Suffolk, where they held a family seat from ancient times, and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bacon research. Another 415 words(30 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1214, 1294, 1500, 1621, 1510, 1579, 1540, 1624, 1587, 1657, 1618, 1600, 1663, 1645, 1660, 1623, 1666, 1561, 1626, 1593, 1660, 1622, 1687, 1685, 1687, 1647, 1676, 1676, 1672, 1721, 1700 and 1707 are included under the topic Early Bacon History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 369 words(26 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bacon Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Bacon family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Bacons were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Bacon Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Daniel Bacon who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • George Bacon who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1635
  • Geo Bacon, aged 43, landed in America in 1635
  • George Bacon, who arrived in Hingham, Massachusetts in 1635
  • Richard Bacon, who arrived in America in 1635

Bacon Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Lind Bacon, who landed in Virginia in 1700
  • Sarah Bacon, who arrived in Virginia in 1701
  • Butts Bacon, who landed in New Hampshire in 1726
  • Margaret Bacon, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1773
  • Benjamin Bacon, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1775

Bacon Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Cath Bacon, who landed in America in 1805
  • Robt Bacon, who arrived in America in 1805
  • Edward Bacon, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1823
  • T H Bacon, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • J Bacon, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1860


  • Leonard Bacon (1887-1954), American poet awarded the 1941 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry
  • Edmund Bacon (1910-2005), American Architect
  • Kevin Norwood Bacon (b. 1958), American actor and Golden Globe award winner
  • Robert Bacon (1860-1919), American statesman and diplomat, American Secretary of State (1909)
  • Leonard Bacon (1801-1881), American clergyman
  • Nathaniel Bacon (1642-1676), American colonial leader
  • Kenneth Hogate Bacon (1944-2009), American journalist, spokesman for the Department of Defense during the Presidency of Bill Clinton, former president of Refugees International
  • Charles Bacon (1885-1968), American Olympic gold medalist for 400m hurdles at the 1908 games
  • John Bacon (1740-1799), English sculptor
  • Sir Nicholas Bacon (1509-1579), English statesman



  • Three Bacon Brothers: Descendants of Theodore S. Back of Allegany County, New York by Marian Fox Graves.

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: Mediocria firma
Motto Translation: Mediocrity is safe.



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