The Backshall name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. Their name comes from having lived in Derbyshire
, where they were found since the early Middle Ages before the Norman Conquest
Early Origins of the Backshall family
The surname Backshall was first found in Derbyshire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest
in 1066. The first record was of Nicholas Bagshawe who married Alice of the Hall. He was forester to the King. He acquired the lands of Wormhill, and later built Wormhill Hall.
Early History of the Backshall family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Backshall research.Another 125 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1886, 1589, 1662, 1640, 1644, 1629, 1671, 1628 and 1702 are included under the topic Early Backshall History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Backshall Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Backshall has undergone many spelling variations
, including Bagshaw, Bagshawe, Bagshott, Bagshot, Bagshote and others.
Early Notables of the Backshall family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Sir Richard Bagshaw, Sheriff of Derby and Nottingham; Edward Bagshaw (or Bagshawe) the elder (ca. 1589-1662), an English author and politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1640 to 1644, supporter of the... Another 40 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Backshall Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Backshall family to Ireland
Some of the Backshall family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 95 words (7 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 Backshall family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. 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 Backshall were among those contributors: Henry Bagshaw who settled in New England
in 1751; Ben Bagshaw settled in Maryland in 1699; William Bagshaw who settled in Pennsylvania in 1867.
The Backshall 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: Forma floss
Motto Translation: Beauty is a flower.