as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1327 when Robert Bleacher held estates.
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It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Bleacher 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. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Bleacher include: Bleacher, Bleecher, Bleecker, Bleaker and others.
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 Bleacher or a variant listed above:
Bleacher Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Hirsch Bleacher, aged 15, originally from Minsk, Poland, who arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Philadelphia" from Southampton, England CITATION[CLOSE]
"New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6Z4-ZTT : 6 December 2014), Hirsch Bleacher, 27 Sep 1920; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name Philadelphia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).