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Bechard is a name that first reached England following the Norman Conquest in 1066. It is a name for a person who was a butcher. The name could also be derived the family's original place of residence, Beaucir, in Calvados, Normandy.

Bechard Early Origins



The surname Bechard was first found in Lincolnshire. They were originally from Beaucir in Calvados in Normandy, and arrived in England with Duke William in 1066.

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Bechard Spelling Variations


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Bechard Spelling Variations



Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Bowker, Bowcher, Boucher and others.

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Bechard Early History


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Bechard Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bechard research. Another 165 words (12 lines of text) covering the year 1066 is included under the topic Early Bechard History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bechard Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bechard Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Bechard Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Bechard name or one of its variants:

Bechard Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Bechard, aged 35, arrived in Ohio in 1813

Bechard Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • David Bechard, aged 23, who arrived in America from Paris, in 1904
  • Joseph Bechard, aged 40, who arrived in America from Lacaore, France, in 1907
  • Paul Bechard, aged 22, who arrived in America, in 1918
  • Clifford Bechard, aged 17, who arrived in America, in 1918

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bechard (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bechard (post 1700)



  • D. Y. Béchard, Canadian-born, American novelist, winner of the 2007 Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Book
  • Kelly Bechard (b. 1978), Canadian gold medalist ice hockey player, member of the Canadian National Team
  • François Béchard (1830-1897), Canadian politician, Senator for De Lorimier, Quebec (1896-1897)
  • Claude Béchard (1969-2010), Canadian politician and Quebec provincial Cabinet minister, Member of the National Assembly of Quebec (1997-2010)
  • Albert Béchard (1922-2002), Canadian politician and notary, Member of the Canadian Parliament for Bonaventure (1962-1979)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    2. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    3. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    4. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    5. 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).
    6. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    7. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    9. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    10. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
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    The Bechard Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bechard 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.

    This page was last modified on 29 April 2015 at 11:36.

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