Bicknell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
In ancient Anglo-Saxon England, the ancestors of the Bicknell surname lived in one of two places. Some bearers of the surname Bicknell derive their name from the parish of Bickenhill, which lies seven miles from Birmingham in the county of Warwickshire. 
Other members of the family come from the parish of Bickenhall, otherwise known as Bicknell, which is near Taunton in the county of Somerset.
Early Origins of the Bicknell family
The surname Bicknell was first found in Somerset and Warwickshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066.
Early History of the Bicknell family
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Bicknell Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Bicknell are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Bicknell include: Bicknell, Bicknall, Bickenell, Bickenall, Bickenhall, Bickwell, Bignell, Bignall, Bignold, Bicknoll, Bignal, Bignel, Bignoll and many more.
Early Notables of the Bicknell family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bicknell family to Ireland
Some of the Bicknell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Bicknell migration to the United States +
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Bicknell or a variant listed above:
Bicknell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Zachary Bicknell, originally of Somerset, England, who settled in Weymouth, Massachusetts in 1635
- Zachary Bicknell, who landed in Weymouth, Massachusetts in 1635 
- John Bicknell, who arrived in Weymouth, Massachusetts in 1658 
Bicknell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Thomas Bicknell, who settled in Providence, Rhode Island in 1770
Bicknell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Mrs. Bicknell, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 
Bicknell migration to Australia +
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Bicknell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- William Bicknell, aged 33, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Sultana" 
- William Bicknell, aged 33, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sultana" in 1851 
Bicknell migration to New Zealand +
Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:
Bicknell Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- John Bicknell, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
- Joseph Bicknell, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
- Joseph Bicknell, aged 35, a farm labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Clifton" in 1842
- Elizabeth Bicknell, aged 35, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Clifton" in 1842
- John Bicknell, aged 12, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Clifton" in 1842
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Contemporary Notables of the name Bicknell (post 1700) +
- Bennet Bicknell (1781-1841), American politician, US Representative from New York
- Thomas W. Bicknell (1834-1925), American educator, historian, and author
- Jack Bicknell (b. 1938), retired American college football coach
- Greg Brent Bicknell (b. 1969), American former professional baseball player from Fresno, California
- George Augustus Bicknell (1815-1891), American politician, U.S. Representative from Indiana
- Eugene Pintard Bicknell (1859-1925), American botanist and ornithologist, known for his Review of the Summer Birds of Part of the Catskill Mountains (1882) and The Ferns and Flowering Plants of Nantucket (1908–1919)
- Elhanan Bicknell (1788-1861), English patron of art, born 21 Dec. 1788, in Blackman Street, London, the son of William Bicknell, a London serge manufacturer
- Herman Bicknell (1830-1875), English author, orientalist, and traveller, born at Herne Hill 2 April 1830, third son of Elhanan Bicknell
- Stephen John "Steve" Bicknell (b. 1959), English former professional footballer
- Martin Paul Bicknell (b. 1969), former English cricketer
- ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Historic Events for the Bicknell family +
- Mr. Dale Deen Bicknell, American Seaman First Class from Washington, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking 
Related Stories +
- ^ Barber, Henry, British Family Names London: Elliot Stock, 62 Paternoster Row, 1894. Print.
- ^ 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)
- ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SULTANA 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Sultana.htm
- ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html