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Bacon is a name that came to England in the 11th century wave of migration that was set off by the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Bacon family lived in Suffolk. Originally, the name Bacon was originally derived from a seigniory in Normandy. Some of the family came from Maine, and there the name was also spelt Bacco. CITATION[CLOSE]
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X) This name appeared in England after members of the Bacon family had migrated from Normandy to Suffolk.
The surname Bacon was first found in Suffolk, where they held a family seat at Monks' Bradfield as early as the reign of Richard (1189-1199.) CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print. Now known as Bradfield St. George, Monks-Bradfield is a parish, in the union of Thingoe, hundred of Thedwastry, in the west division of Suffolk. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print. Shortly after the Conquest, some of the family was also found at Letheringsett, in Norfolk. "According to the genealogy of the great Suffolk family of Bacon, one Grimbald, a relative of the Norman chieftain William de Warenne, came to England and settled near Holt. His great grandson is stated to have taken the name Bacon. " CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print. Not all the family went to England as seen by William Bacon who in 1082, endowed the abbey of the Holy Trinity at Caen.
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Bacon has been recorded under many different variations, including Bacon, Bachun, Bacun and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bacon research. Another 415 words (30 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1214, 1294, 1500, 1621, 1510, 1579, 1540, 1624, 1587, 1657, 1618, 1600, 1663, 1645, 1660, 1623, 1666, 1561, 1626, 1593, 1660, 1622, 1687, 1685, 1687, 1647, 1676, 1676, 1672, 1721, 1700 and 1707 are included under the topic Early Bacon History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Nicholas Bacon (1510-1579), an English politician, Lord Keeper of the Great Seal; Sir Nicholas Bacon, 1st Baronet, of Redgrave ( c. 1540-1624), MP, Premier Baronet of England, half-brother of Sir Francis Bacon; Sir Francis Bacon (1587-1657), an English judge, son of John Bacon...
Another 142 words (10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bacon Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Some of the Bacon family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Bacons were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:
Bacon Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Bacon Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Bacon Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Bacon Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
Bacon Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
Bacon Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
Bacon Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Bacon Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
Bacon Historic Events
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: Mediocria firma
Motto Translation: Mediocrity is safe.
The Bacon Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bacon 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.
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