Beacan is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England
after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Beacan family lived in Suffolk
. Originally, the name Beacan 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 Beacan family had migrated from Normandy
Early Origins of the Beacan family
The surname Beacan 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 Beacan family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Beacan 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 Beacan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Beacan Spelling Variations
Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Bacon, Bachun, Bacun and others.
Early Notables of the Beacan 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
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 Beacan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Beacan family to Ireland
Some of the Beacan 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
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Migration of the Beacan family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World 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 stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Beacan or a variant listed above: Daniel Bacon who settled in Virginia in 1635.
The Beacan 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.