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The many generations and branches of the Backus family can all place the origins of their surname with the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name reveals that an early member 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.

Backus Early Origins



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

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Backus Spelling Variations


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Backus Spelling Variations



Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Backus were recorded, including Backhouse, Baccus, Bachus, Bakehouse, Backas, Backhuse and many more.

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Backus Early History


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Backus Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Backus research. Another 159 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1500, 1894, 1554, 1626, 1598, 1601, 1593 and 1662 are included under the topic Early Backus History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Backus Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Backus Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 43 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Backus Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Backus In Ireland


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Backus In Ireland



Some of the Backus 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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Backus family emigrate to North America:

Backus Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Backus, who arrived in Connecticut in 1637
  • Mr. Backus, who landed in New England in 1637
  • Francis Backus, who landed in Maine in 1688

Backus Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Agness Backus, who landed in New York in 1709
  • Georg Backus, who arrived in New York in 1709
  • Reitz Backus, who landed in New York in 1709
  • Sebastian Backus, who arrived in New York in 1709

Backus Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Geo Backus, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1822
  • O Backus, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Thomas Laurens Backus, who landed in Colorado in 1884

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Contemporary Notables of the name Backus (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Backus (post 1700)



  • Brigadier-General Edward Nolen Backus (1906-1973), American Commander of the 32nd Air Defense Division (1958-1959)
  • Edward W. Backus (1834-1920), American politician, U.S. Consul in Brazil; Financial backer of Guglielmo Marconi in the development of radio transmission
  • Edward A. Backus, American Republican politician, Candidate for Wisconsin State Senate 6th District, 1962
  • Dwight Backus (1856-1922), American Democrat politician, Benton Township supervisor, 1898-1913; Chair of Eaton County Democratic Party, 1913
  • Dana C. Backus, American politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from New York County 12th District, 1934
  • Chester Thurlow Backus (b. 1880), American Republican politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Otsego County, 1937-44
  • Elijah Backus, American politician, Member of Ohio State Senate from Washington County, 1803-04
  • Esther Backus, American Republican politician, Member of Michigan Republican State Central Committee, 1947; Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1952
  • Everett Backus, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1972
  • Franklin B. Backus, American politician, Mayor of Alexandria, Virginia, 1949-52
  • ... (Another 26 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Motto


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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.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    2. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    3. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    4. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    5. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    6. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    7. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    8. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    9. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    10. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
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    The Backus Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Backus Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 4 December 2016 at 00:23.

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