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

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.


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.

First found in Norfolk and Suffolk, where they held a family seat from early times.


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

  • William Bucher, who arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Wm Bucher, who landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Richard Bucher, who landed in Virginia in 1638

Bucher Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Peter Bucher, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1724
  • Nicalus Bucher, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1727
  • Nickel Bucher, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1727
  • Hans Albrecht Bucher, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • Jacob Bucher, who landed in Carolina in 1734

Bucher Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Johan Bucher, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1802
  • Lorenz Bucher, who landed in America in 1807
  • Adam Bucher, who arrived in New York in 1836
  • John Bucher arrived in Missouri in 1840
  • Franz Jakob Bucher, who landed in North America in 1843


  • James Quinter "Jim" Bucher (1911-1994), American Major League Baseball player
  • Charles Augustus Bucher (b. 1912), American educator
  • Donald Roy Bucher (b. 1927), American hospital administrator
  • Brigadier-General Oliver Boone Bucher (1890-1962), American Commandant Virginia Military Institute (1947-1950)
  • Philip Bucher (b. 1916), former Counsel to the U.S. President (1974-77)
  • Lothar Bucher (1817-1892), German publicist elected to the Berlin National Assembly in 1848
  • Karl Wilhelm Bücher (1847-1930), economist, Professor at University of Leipzig
  • André Bucher (b. 1976), Swiss runner, who won the gold medal at the 2001 World Championships
  • E Bucher (1860-1917), who won a Nobel prize for chemistry
  • Alfred "Alf" Moore Bucher (1874-1939), Scottish international rugby union wing



  • The Bucher/Booker Family, 1686-1990: From Klein Gartach Wurttemberg, Germany to Frederick County, Virginia, to Harrison and Jefferson Counties, Kentucky, to Knox and Sullivan Counties, Indiana, to the Illinois Countis of Jasper, Macon, Moultrie, Piatt, and Sangamon by Charles Lee Booker.

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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.

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