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The Anglo-Saxon name Backshell comes from the family having resided in Derbyshire, where they were found since the early Middle Ages before the Norman Conquest in 1066.

Early Origins of the Backshell family


The surname Backshell 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.

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Early History of the Backshell family

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Early History of the Backshell family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Backshell 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 Backshell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Backshell Spelling Variations

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Backshell Spelling Variations


Backshell has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Bagshaw, Bagshawe, Bagshott, Bagshot, Bagshote and others.

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Early Notables of the Backshell family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Backshell 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...
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Migration of the Backshell family to Ireland

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Migration of the Backshell family to Ireland


Some of the Backshell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Backshell family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Backshell family to the New World and Oceana


In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Backshells to arrive on North American shores: Henry Bagshaw who settled in New England in 1751; Ben Bagshaw settled in Maryland in 1699; William Bagshaw who settled in Pennsylvania in 1867.

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The Backshell Motto

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The Backshell 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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