Baconthorpe History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Baconthorpe family

The surname Baconthorpe was first found in Norfolk at Blakeney, a small sea-port, post-town, and parish, in the union of Walsingham, hundred of Holt. "In this monastery [of Blakeney], John de Baconthorpe, a learned divine and acute metaphysician, became a friar; he was born here, and died in London in 1346." [1]

Another source notes that John Baconthorpe, Bacon or Bacho (d. 1346), the 'Resolute Doctor,' "took his name from Baconsthorpe, a small Norfolk village in the hundred of South Erpingham. According to the elaborate genealogy of the Bacon family among the British Museum manuscripts. He was the third son of Sir Thomas Bacon of Baconsthorpe, and grandnephew of the famous Roger Bacon. " [2]

Important Dates for the Baconthorpe family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Baconthorpe research. Another 90 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1340, 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Baconthorpe History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Baconthorpe Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Baconthorpe include Baconthorp, Baconthorpe, Baconsthorp, Baconsthorpe, Beconthorp, Beconsthorp, Beconthorpe, Becnsthrupp, Beconsthrop and many more.

Early Notables of the Baconthorpe family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Baconthorpe family

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Baconthorpe or a variant listed above: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..

Contemporary Notables of the name Baconthorpe (post 1700)

  • John Baconthorpe (1290-1346), English scholar

Citations

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
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