An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright © 2000 - 2016
Origins Available: English, German
The distinguished surname Bucher emerged among the industrious people of Flanders, which was an important trading partner and political ally of Britain during the Middle Ages. As a result of the frequent commercial intercourse between the Flemish and English nations, many Flemish migrants settled in Britain. In early times, people were known by only a single name. However, as the population grew and people traveled further afield, it became increasingly necessary to assume an additional name to differentiate between bearers of the same personal name. Occupational surnames were derived from the common trades of the medieval era. The surname Bucher is an occupational name for a butcher. The surname Bucher is derived from the Anglo-French words bocher and boucher, which are in turn derived from the Old French words bochier and bouchier. These words all mean butcher.
The surname Bucher was first found in Norfolk and Suffolk, where they held a family seat from early times.
Flemish surnames are characterized by a large number of spelling variations. One reason for this is that medieval English lacked definite spelling rules. The spellings of surnames were also influenced by the official court languages, which were French and Latin. Names were rarely spelled consistently in medieval times. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to specific spelling rules, and people often had their names registered in several different forms throughout their lives. One of the greatest reasons for change is the linguistic uniqueness of the Flemish settlers in England, who spoke a language closely related to Dutch. The pronunciation and spelling of Flemish names were often altered to suit the tastes of English-speaking people. In many cases, the first, final, or middle syllables of surnames were eliminated. The name has been spelled Bewsher, Butcher, Buscher, Bucher, Boucher and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bucher research. Another 140 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1400 and 1600 are included under the topic Early Bucher History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Bucher Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Bucher family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 192 words (14 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Bucher were among those contributors:
Bucher Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Bucher Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Bucher Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
The Bucher Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bucher 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 16 November 2015 at 10:46.