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 or deer. Which derivation is applicable depends on the geographic roots of the particular family group in question.
Early Origins of the Bichel family
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, Australia, 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
Contemporary Notables of the name Bichel (post 1700)