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

The ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of England produced the name of Buck. It was given to a person who shared a fanciful resemblance with a goat or a male deer. The name is derived from either the Old English word buc, meaning he goat, or male deer. This name would originally have been applied to someone one thought resembled a he-goat or male deer.


One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Buck has appeared include Buck, Bucke, Buch, Buke and others.

First found in Lincolnshire where they held a family seat from ancient times, some say, before the Norman Conquest in 1066 A.D.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Buck research. Another 363 words(26 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1313, 1400, 1560, 1622, and 1696 are included under the topic Early Buck History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 43 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Buck Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Buck arrived in North America very early:

Buck Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Isaac and Richard Buck who arrived in Barbados in 1635
  • Christian Buck, aged 26, arrived in America in 1635
  • Francis Buck, aged 20, arrived in Barbados in 1635
  • Isack Buck, aged 33, landed in St Christopher in 1635
  • Richard Buck, aged 24, landed in Barbados in 1635

Buck Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Martin Buck, who arrived in New York NY in 1710-1714
  • Willm Buck, who landed in Virginia in 1723
  • Hans Jail Buck, aged 40, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738
  • Leonard Buck, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1743
  • Andrew Buck, who landed in South Carolina in 1745

Buck Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Carle Buck, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1803
  • Mr. Buck, who arrived in Mobile Ala in 1822
  • Johannes Buck, who landed in Brazil in 1825
  • Joh Jos Henr Buck, who arrived in America in 1830
  • Andreas Buck, aged 32, arrived in Missouri in 1840

Buck Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century

  • Alfred Buck, who landed in Chile in 1912


  • Dudley Buck (1839-1909), American composer, organist, and writer on music, best known for his organ composition, Concert Variations on the Star-Spangled Banner, Op. 23
  • Frank Buck (1883-1950), American big-game hunter and explorer, who produced, directed and acted in a series of jungle adventure films
  • Carl Darling Buck (1866-1955), American philologist
  • Pearl S Buck (1892-1973), American novelist who won the 1938 Nobel Prize for Literature
  • Peter Buck (b. 1956), American musician, guitarist for the band "R.E.M."
  • Clayton Douglass Buck (1890-1965), American engineer and politician, United States Senator from Delaware (1943-1949)
  • Daniel Buck (1753-1816), American lawyer and politician, United States Representative from Vermont (1795-1797)
  • Gurdon Buck (1807-1877), American pioneer military plastic surgeon during the Civil War
  • John Francis "Jack" Buck (1924-2002), American sportscaster
  • Joseph Francis "Joe" Buck (b. 1969), American sportscaster, son of sportscaster Jack Buck, recipient of numerous Sports Emmy Awards



  • John Buck of Cape May County, New Jersey (d. 1716) and Some of His Descendants by Bryon Buck.
  • Schwerr-Niese, Buck-Tordsen: A Narrative Genealogy by Harold Schwerr.

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: Fide et fortitudine
Motto Translation: By fidelity and fortitude.



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