The history of the Baken family name begins after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. They lived in Suffolk
. Originally, the name Baken 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 Baken family had migrated from Normandy
Early Origins of the Baken family
The surname Baken 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
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.
Early History of the Baken family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Baken 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 Baken History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Baken Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. When the Normans
became the ruling people of England
in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Bacon, Bachun, Bacun and others.
Early Notables of the Baken family (pre 1700)
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
, 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 Baken Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Baken family to Ireland
Some of the Baken 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.
Migration of the Baken family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England
. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Baken or a variant listed above were:
Baken Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- George Baken, aged 21, who arrived in Missouri in 1841 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
The Baken 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: Mediocria firma
Motto Translation: Mediocrity is safe.