Bichel is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England
after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. It is a name for a person involved in the measuring and trading of corn. The name springs from the Old English root bushel,
which is a measure of volume which is still in use today. Another derivation of the name suggests that it stems from the Norman French root bichelle,
which means hind
Which derivation is applicable depends on the geographic roots of the particular family group in question.
Early Origins of the Bichel family
The surname Bichel was first found in Berkshire, where they had been granted lands by King William after the Norman Conquest
in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Bichel family
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Bichel Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Bichel were recorded, including Bissell, Bichell and others.
Early Notables of the Bichel family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bichel family to the New World and Oceana
The unstable environment in England
at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland
, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Bichel arrived in North America very early:
Bichel Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Eberhart Bichel, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1750 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
Contemporary Notables of the name Bichel (post 1700)
- Ken Bichel (b. 1945), American actor, composer, conductor and pianist
- Andy Bichel (b. 1970), retired Australian cricket player who played from 1992 to 2007