When the ancestors of the Bichel family arrived in England
following the Norman Conquest
of 1066, they brought their name with them. It is a name for a person involved in the measuring and trading of corn. The name springs from the Old English root bushel,
which is a measure of volume which is still in use today. Another derivation of the name suggests that it stems from the Norman French root bichelle,
which means hind
Which derivation is applicable depends on the geographic roots of the particular family group in question.
Early Origins of the Bichel family
The surname Bichel was first found in Berkshire, where they had been granted lands by King William after the Norman Conquest
in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Bichel family
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Bichel Spelling Variations
Multitudes of spelling variations
are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans
introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Bissell, Bichell and others.
Early Notables of the Bichel family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bichel family to the New World and Oceana
Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland
, North America, and Australia
in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England
. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Bichel or a variant listed above:
Bichel Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Eberhart Bichel, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1750 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)
Contemporary Notables of the name Bichel (post 1700)
- Ken Bichel (b. 1945), American actor, composer, conductor and pianist
- Andy Bichel (b. 1970), retired Australian cricket player who played from 1992 to 2007