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. CITATION[CLOSE]
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
This name appeared in England
after members of the Bacan family had migrated from Normandy
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.) CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
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
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
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. " CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Not all the family went to England
as seen by William Bacon who in 1082, endowed the abbey of the Holy Trinity at Caen.
Early History of the Bacan family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bacan research.Another 415 words (30 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1214, 1294, 1500, 1621, 1510, 1579, 1540, 1624, 1587, 1657, 1618, 1600, 1663, 1645, 1660, 1623, 1666, 1561, 1626, 1593, 1660, 1622, 1687, 1685, 1687, 1647, 1676, 1676, 1672, 1721, 1700 and 1707 are included under the topic Early Bacan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bacan 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
, half-brother of Sir Francis Bacon; Sir Francis Bacon (1587-1657), an English judge, son of John Bacon... Another 142 words (10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bacan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bacan family to Ireland
Some of the Bacan family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland
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Migration of the Bacan family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland
, 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.
The Bacan 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: Mediocria firma
Motto Translation: Mediocrity is safe.