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,
. They were originally from Beaucir in Calvados in
with Duke William in 1066.
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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.
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, who arrived in Ohio in 1813 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)
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