The name Backhus is Anglo-Saxon
in origin. It was a name given to 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 Backhus family
The surname Backhus was first found in Cumberland
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Backhus family
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Backhus Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Backhus include Backhouse, Baccus, Bachus, Bakehouse, Backas, Backhuse and many more.
Early Notables of the Backhus family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Backhus family to Ireland
Some of the Backhus family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 63 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Backhus family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Backhus were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:
Backhus Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- John Backhus, who landed in North Carolina in 1776 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
The Backhus 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.