Show ContentsBackhouse History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Backhouse name was coined by the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. Backhouse was originally a name given to someone who worked as a worker at the bake-house. The bake-house was where all the people in a village would bake their bread in communal ovens.

Early Origins of the Backhouse family

The surname Backhouse was first found in Cumberland and Durham, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Backhouse family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Backhouse research. Another 80 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1500, 1894, 1554, 1626, 1598, 1601, 1593 and 1662 are included under the topic Early Backhouse History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Backhouse Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Backhouse are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Backhouse include: Backhouse, Baccus, Bachus, Bakehouse, Backas, Backhuse and many more.

Early Notables of the Backhouse family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Backhouse family to Ireland

Some of the Backhouse family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 37 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Backhouse migration to the United States +

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Backhouse or a variant listed above:

Backhouse Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Richard Backhouse, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1728 [1]
Backhouse Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Andrew Backhouse who settled by the Oswegatchie River in 1822
  • Andrew Backhouse, who landed in New York in 1824 [1]
  • Joseph Backhouse, who landed in New York in 1824 [1]
  • John Backhouse, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1848 [1]
  • William Backhouse, who arrived in Virginia in 1884 [1]

Australia Backhouse migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Backhouse Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

Contemporary Notables of the name Backhouse (post 1700) +

  • William Ormston Backhouse (1885-1962), English agriculturalist and geneticist
  • Edward Backhouse (1808-1879), English author of 'Early Church History,' born at Darlington on 8 May 1808 [3]
  • Edmund Backhouse, English banker, Judge and Member of Parliament
  • Sir Jonathan Edmund Backhouse (1849-1918), English bank director, created 1st Baronet Backhouse in 1901
  • James Backhouse (1825-1890), English botanist, archaeologist, and geologist
  • James Backhouse (1794-1869), English botanist and missionary for the Quaker church in Australia
  • William Backhouse Astor (1792-1875), American financier
  • Edward Backhouse Eastwick (1814-1883), English orientalist

HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Backhouse, "Tich" British Signal Boy, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales (1941) and survived the sinking [4]

The Backhouse 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: Confido in Deo
Motto Translation: I trust in God.

  1. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 28th April 2022).
  3. Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 6 June 2019
  4. HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from on Facebook