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The name Bocher was brought to England in the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. It is a name for a person who worked as a "butcher." The name is derived from the Old English root "boucher," or the Old French root, "bouchier." Another possible derivation suggests that the name was given to families who dwelt in the French area of Boursieres. The two names have become confused over time, and the derivation of individual cases is subsequently extremely difficult to determine.

Bocher Early Origins



The surname Bocher was first found in Salop (Shropshire) where they held a family seat after the Norman Conquest in 1066. Anciently the family held lands in Burgundy, to which they gave the name Boursieres.

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Bocher Spelling Variations


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Bocher Spelling Variations



Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Bocher include Butcher, Butchere, Butchers, Boucher, Bucher, Buchere, Boutcher and many more.

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Bocher Early History


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Bocher Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bocher research. Another 357 words (26 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1450, 1548, 1549, and 1550 are included under the topic Early Bocher History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bocher Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bocher Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bocher Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bocher In Ireland


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Bocher In Ireland



Some of the Bocher family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 154 words (11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Bochers to arrive on North American shores: Frances Butcher who settled in Virginia in 1623; followed by John in 1649; another John settled in Barbados in 1678; Thomas settled in Jamaica in 1690.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bocher (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bocher (post 1700)



  • Maxime Bocher (1867-1918), American mathematician
  • Main Rousseau Bocher (1891-1976), American founder of the fashion house "Mainbocher Couture" in Paris
  • Ferdinand Bocher (1832-1902), writer, and Professor of Modern Languages at Harvard

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Citations



    Other References

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    3. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    4. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    5. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    6. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    7. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    8. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    9. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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    The Bocher Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bocher 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.

    This page was last modified on 27 October 2010 at 13:24.

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