Bacan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name Bacan was brought to England in the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Bacan family lived in Suffolk. Originally, the name Bacan was originally derived from a seigniory in Normandy. Some of the family came from Maine, and there the name was also spelt Bacco.  This name appeared in England after members of the Bacan family had migrated from Normandy to Suffolk.
"Some derive this surname from the Saxon baccen or buccen, a beech—tree. Upon the monument of Thomas Bacon, in Brome Church in Suffolk (England), there is a beech—tree engraven in brass, with a man resting under it. It appears, also, that the first Lord—keeper, Sir Nicholas Bacon, with his two wives, are represented in a similar manner." 
Early Origins of the Bacan family
The surname Bacan was first found in Suffolk, where they held a family seat at Monks' Bradfield as early as the reign of Richard (1189-1199.)  Now known as Bradfield St. George, Monks-Bradfield is a parish, in the union of Thingoe, hundred of Thedwastry, in the west division of Suffolk. 
Shortly after the Conquest, some of the family was also found at Letheringsett, in Norfolk. "According to the genealogy of the great Suffolk family of Bacon, one Grimbald, a relative of the Norman chieftain William de Warenne, came to England and settled near Holt. His great grandson is stated to have taken the name Bacon. " 
Not all the family went to England as seen by William Bacon who in 1082, endowed the abbey of the Holy Trinity at Caen. "Richard Bacon occurs later; and 1154 Roger Bacon held estates in Wiltshire. In 1165 Robert, William, and Alexander Bacon held four knights' fees of ancient enfeoffment in Essex from the Barony of Montfichet. " 
The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 included: John le Bacon. T. Cecilia Bacun in Norfolk; Wymer Bacon, Surrey; and Simon Bacon, Oxfordshire. Later the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed Walterus Bacun. 
"Knightly families of Bacon or Bacune held manors in the 13th and 14th centuries in the parishes of Dengie and Mountnessing [Essex], manors which seem to have taken in each case the name of Bacon from their early lords. Probably the original Bacons of Essex branched off long ago from the great Suffolk family of Bachun, Bacun, or Bacon, itself descended from a Norman stock in the 11th century. In the 13th century, Bacun was a common name in Suffolk and Oxfordshire, and less so in Norfolk and Gloucestershire. " 
Early History of the Bacan family
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Bacan Spelling Variations
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Bacan have been found, including Bacon, Bachun, Bacun and others.
Early Notables of the Bacan family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Nicholas Bacon (1510-1579), an English politician, Lord Keeper of the Great Seal; Sir Nicholas Bacon, 1st Baronet, of Redgrave (c. 1540-1624), MP, Premier Baronet of England, half-brother of Sir Francis Bacon; Sir Francis Bacon (1587-1657), an English judge, son of John Bacon; Sir Edward Bacon (d. 1618), of Shrublands Hall in Suffolk, an English Member of Parliament; Francis Bacon (1600-1663), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1645 and 1660, supporter of the Parliamentary side in the English Civil War; Sir Nicholas Bacon, 1st Baronet, of Gillingham (1623-1666)...
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Migration of the Bacan family to Ireland
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Migration of the Bacan family
For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Bacan were among those contributors: Daniel Bacon who settled in Virginia in 1635.
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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: Mediocria firma
Motto Translation: Mediocrity is safe.
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