Origins Available: German, Scottish
Bavaria. After the 12th century, hereditary surnames were adopted according to fairly general rules, and names that were derived from locations became particularly common. The family name Buchen is a local surname. Originally denoting the proprietorship of an estate or influence within a village, the German preposition von, which means from or of, used with local names, was taken as a mark of aristocracy. The surname Buchen was given to someone who lived near a beech tree, a beech wood, or a beech grove. The name Buchen is derived from the German word buohe, which means beech tree and the name Buchholz, which means beech grove, is also the name of several places in Germany. Bucher is also traceable to the German towns named Buch and Buchenwald and natives of these towns often adopted the name as their own.
Early Origins of the Buchen family
Bavaria, where the name Bucher made a great early contribution to the feudal society of early Europe. The name Bucher became prominent in local affairs and branched into many houses where members continued to play important roles in the savage tribal and national conflicts, which resulted a each group sought to enhance its power and status in an ever changing territorial profile.
Early History of the Buchen family
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Buchen Spelling Variations
Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Buchen include Bucher, Bucker, Bukker, Buchen, Buchert, Bucken, Buchere, Buckere, Buecher, Buecker, Buekker, Buechen, Buecken, Buchere, Buckere, Bocher, Bocker, Bochen, Bocken, Bochere, Bockere, Boecher, Boeker, Boecker, Boechen, Boeken, Boechere and many more.
Early Notables of the Buchen family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Buchen family to the New World and Oceana
The great European flow of migration to North America, which began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century, was particularly attractive to those from Bavaria who wished to escape either poverty or religious persecution. For many Bavarian tenant farmers, the chance to own their own land was a major incentive. So the widespread colonization of the United States began in 1650, when many immigrants from Germany settled in pockets in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. In Canada, German settlement centered in Ontario and the prairie provinces. Among those of this surname listed in various historical records were: William Bucher, who arrived in Virginia in 1635; Francis Bocken who arrived in Virginia in 1701; Jacob Bucher accompanied by his wife Barbara Albrecht arrived in Philadelphia in 1735.
Contemporary Notables of the name Buchen (post 1700)
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