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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
- Brigadier-General Oliver Boone Bucher (1890-1962), American Commandant Virginia Military Institute (1947-1950)
- John R. Bucher, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1924 (alternate), 1928
- John Conrad Bucher (1792-1851), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 6th District, 1831-33; County Judge in Pennsylvania, 1839-51
- John C. Bucher, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 25th District, 1912
- Harvey A. Bucher, American Democrat politician, Presidential Elector for California, 1948
- George H. Bucher, American Democrat politician, Member of Pennsylvania State Senate, 1863-65
- Carlton G. Bucher, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Mayor of White Plains, New York, 1951
- Donald Roy Bucher (b. 1927), American hospital administrator
- Charles Augustus Bucher (b. 1912), American educator
- James Quinter "Jim" Bucher (1911-1994), American Major League Baseball player
- 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.
- Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
- Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
- Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
- 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.
- Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
- Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
- Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
- Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
- Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
- Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
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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