Show ContentsBachelor History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Bachelor was formed many centuries ago by the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It was a name typically given to a young gentleman or a landowner.

Early Origins of the Bachelor family

The surname Bachelor was first found in Staffordshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Bachelor family

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Bachelor Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Bachelor include Bacheller, Bachelder, Bachelor, Batchelar, Batcheler, Batchellor, Batchelor, Batchlor, Batchelder, Batcheldor, Bachelere, Bachiler, Bachilier and many more.

Early Notables of the Bachelor family (pre 1700)

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United States Bachelor migration to the United States +

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Bachelor Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Joseph Bachelor, who arrived in New England in 1637

New Zealand Bachelor migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Bachelor Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Alfred Bachelor, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1843

Contemporary Notables of the name Bachelor (post 1700) +

  • Michael A. Bachelor, American physician, Division of Nuclear Medicine Department of Internal Medicine, University of Michigan
  • Alexandra Bachelor, American co-author of numerous articles relating to the therapist studies
  • Patricia Bachelor, American co-author of A Taxonomy and Critique of Measurements Used in the Study of Creativity (1999) on Facebook