Anglo-Saxon name Backshaw comes from when the family resided in Derbyshire, where they were found since the early Middle Ages before the Norman Conquest in 1066.
Early Origins of the Backshaw family
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 Backshaw family
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Backshaw Spelling Variations
spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Backshaw has been recorded under many different variations, including Bagshaw, Bagshawe, Bagshott, Bagshot, Bagshote and others.
Early Notables of the Backshaw family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Backshaw family to Ireland
Some of the Backshaw family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Backshaw family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Backshaw or a variant listed above: 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 Backshaw 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.
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