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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.  This name appeared in England after members of the Bacon family had migrated from Normandy to Suffolk.
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.
First found in Suffolk, where they held a family seat at Monks' Bradfield as early as the reign of Richard (1189-1199.)  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.  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. "  Not all the family went to England as seen by William Bacon who in 1082, endowed the abbey of the Holy Trinity at Caen.
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.
Another 369 words (26 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bacon Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
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.
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
- Daniel Bacon who settled in Virginia in 1635
- George Bacon who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1635
- Geo Bacon, aged 43, landed in America in 1635
- George Bacon, who arrived in Hingham, Massachusetts in 1635
- Richard Bacon, who arrived in America in 1635
Bacon Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Lind Bacon, who landed in Virginia in 1700
- Sarah Bacon, who arrived in Virginia in 1701
- Butts Bacon, who landed in New Hampshire in 1726
- Margaret Bacon, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1773
- Benjamin Bacon, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1775
Bacon Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Cath Bacon, who landed in America in 1805
- Robt Bacon, who arrived in America in 1805
- Edward Bacon, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1823
- T H Bacon, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
- J Bacon, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1860
Bacon Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
- Gilles Bacon, who was the son of Etienne and Madeleine Féron and married in Quebec in 1647
- Eustache Bacon married in Vachon, Quebec in 1674
- Angélique Bacon married in Chateau-Richer, Quebec in 1696
- Marie-Angelique Bacon married in Chateau-Richer, Quebec in 1696
Bacon Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Jeanne Bacon married in Chateau-Richer, Quebec in 1708
- John Bacon, who landed in Anapolis (Annapolis), Nova Scotia in 1760
Bacon Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Ebenezer Bacon, who arrived in Canada in 1841
Bacon Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- John Bacon, a stone-mason, arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
- Dennis Bacon, a mason, arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
- Henry Bacon, aged 19, a labourer, arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Buffalo" in 1836
- William Bacon arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "John Renwick" in 1837
- Mary Ann Bacon arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "John Renwick" in 1837
Bacon Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- William Bacon landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1841
- John Bacon arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lord Burleigh" in 1856
- Margaret Bacon arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lord Burleigh" in 1856
- John James Bacon arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lord Burleigh" in 1856
- George Bacon arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1863
- Paul Bacon (1923-2015), American book and album cover designer and jazz musician; he designed about 6,500 jackets and more than 200 jazz record covers
- Charles Bacon (1885-1968), American Olympic gold medalist for 400m hurdles at the 1908 games
- A. E. Bacon, American politician, Mayor of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, 1898
- A. B. Bacon, American politician, U.S. Consul in Matamoros, 1858
- A. T. Bacon, American politician, Mayor of Greeley, Colorado, 1889-90
- Addison Bacon, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State Senate 14th District, 1978
- Albert M. Bacon, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State Senate 5th District, 1932
- Alexander Samuel Bacon (1853-1920), American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Kings County 9th District, 1887; Independence League Candidate for Presidential Elector for New York, 1908
- Asahel Bacon, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Canterbury, 1821, 1830
- Augustus Octavius Bacon (1839-1914), American Democrat politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Georgia, 1868; Member of Georgia State House of Representatives, 1871-83, 1892-93
- Three Bacon Brothers: Descendants of Theodore S. Back of Allegany County, New York by Marian Fox Graves.
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.
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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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