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Where did the English Bochard family come from? What is the English Bochard family crest and coat of arms? When did the Bochard family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Bochard family history?

The history of the name Bochard begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from the baptismal name Buchard, a variant of Burchard.

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The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Bochard has been recorded under many different variations, including Bockett, Bocket, Bocard, Bocardi, Bochard, Bockard, Bokett, Bucard, Buchard, Bucket and many more.

First found in Lincolnshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bochard research. Another 446 words (32 lines of text) covering the years 1150, 1207, 1273, 1500, and 1547 are included under the topic Early Bochard History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Bochard Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Bochard or a variant listed above: Mary Bucket who arrived in Plymouth Massachusetts in 1621; Dorothy Bucket, who arrived in Virginia in 1714; Abraham Bogart, a Loyalist who came to Canada from America in 1796.

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The Bochard Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bochard 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.

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