The chronicles of the Bucham family reach back into Scottish history to an ancient tribe known as the Picts
. The ancestors of the Bucham family lived in the lands of Buchan in Aberdeenshire
having derived from the Gaelic word for little
Early Origins of the Bucham family
The surname Bucham was first found in Aberdeenshire
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Obar Dheathain), a historic county, and present day Council Area of Aberdeen, located in the Grampian region of northeastern Scotland
, where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Bucham family
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Bucham Spelling Variations
When the first dictionaries were invented in the last few hundred
years, spelling gradually became standardized. Before that time, scribes spelled according to sound. Names were often recorded under different spelling variations
every time they were written. Bucham has been written Buchan, Buccan, Buckan, Buchane and others.
Early Notables of the Bucham family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bucham family to the New World and Oceana
The crossing to North America did not seem so great in comparison with the hardships many Scots endured at home. It was long, expensive, and cramped, but also rewarding. North America offered land and the chance for settlers to prove themselves in a new place. And many did prove themselves as they fought to forge a new nation in the American War of Independence
. The ancestors of those Scots can now experience much of their once-lost heritage through the Clan
societies and highland games that have sprung up across North America in the last century. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important, early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Bucham: James Buchan who arrived in New York in 1774; George Buchan arrived in Boston Massachusetts in 1821; Thomas Buchan arrived in New York city in 1775.
The Bucham Motto
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: Non inferioria secutus
Motto Translation: Not having followed mean pursuits.