Bucknill History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The roots of the Anglo-Saxon name Bucknill come from when the family resided in Bucknall, a village and civil parish in the East Lindsey district of Lincolnshire which had a population of 309 in 2001. The village claims that Lady Godiva was born here based on her brother Thorold, Sheriff of Lincolnshire, being known as "Thorold of Bucknall". Bucknall is also a suburb of Stoke-on-Trent in Staffordshire and there is another Bucknal listed in Shropshire. Bucknell can be found in Shropshire, close to the borders with Wales and Herefordshire and also about 2.5 miles (4.0 km) northwest of Bicester in Oxfordshire, England.

Early Origins of the Bucknill family

The surname Bucknill was first found in Lincolnshire where the place dates back to before the Domesday Book, when it was listed as Bokenhale in 806, derived from the Old English personal name "Bucca" + "halh", collectively meaning "nook of land of a man called Bucca, or where he-goats graze." By the time of the Domesday Book, the name was listed as Buchehale in Lincolnshire and in Staffordshire as Bucenhole. [1]

Early History of the Bucknill family

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Bucknill Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Bucknill has been recorded under many different variations, including Bucknall, Bucknell, Bucknel, Bucknal, Bucknill and many more.

Early Notables of the Bucknill family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Bucknill family

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Bucknill or a variant listed above: Magdalen Bucknell who settled in Annapolis Maryland in 1731; James Bucknall settled in Philadelphia in 1813; James Bucknale settled in Philadelphia in 1813.


Contemporary Notables of the name Bucknill (post 1700) +

  • Sir John Charles Bucknill FRS (1817-1897), English mental health reformer
  • Sir Thomas Townsend Bucknill MP, QC (1845-1915), English judge
  • Sir Alfred Townsend Bucknill (1880-1963), English Privy Counsellor
  • Peter Bucknill QC, Barrister


  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)


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