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The ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of England produced the name of Buck. It was given to a person who shared a fanciful resemblance with a goat or a male deer. The name is derived from either the Old English word buc, meaning he goat, or male deer. This name would originally have been applied to someone one thought resembled a he-goat or male deer.
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Buck has appeared include Buck, Bucke, Buch, Buke and others.
First found in Lincolnshire where they held a family seat from ancient times, some say, before the Norman Conquest in 1066 A.D.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Buck research. Another 363 words (26 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1313, 1400, 1560, 1622, and 1696 are included under the topic Early Buck History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 43 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Buck Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Buck arrived in North America very early:
Buck Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Isaac and Richard Buck who arrived in Barbados in 1635
- Christian Buck, aged 26, arrived in America in 1635
- Francis Buck, aged 20, arrived in Barbados in 1635
- Isack Buck, aged 33, landed in St Christopher in 1635
- Richard Buck, aged 24, landed in Barbados in 1635
Buck Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Martin Buck, who arrived in New York NY in 1710-1714
- Willm Buck, who landed in Virginia in 1723
- Hans Jail Buck, aged 40, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738
- Leonard Buck, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1743
- Andrew Buck, who landed in South Carolina in 1745
Buck Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Carle Buck, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1803
- Mr. Buck, who arrived in Mobile Ala in 1822
- Johannes Buck, who landed in Brazil in 1825
- Joh Jos Henr Buck, who arrived in America in 1830
- Andreas Buck, aged 32, arrived in Missouri in 1840
Buck Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Alfred Buck, who landed in Chile in 1912
Buck Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Edward Buck settled in Plancentia, Newfoundland in 1730
- Mr. Jonathan Buck U.E who settled in Home District, [Niagara], Lincoln County, Ontario c. 1783
- Mr. Mihitable Buck U.E who settled in Canada c. 1783
- Mr. Nichitable Buck U.E who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1783
- Private Philip Buck U.E (b. 1742) born in Upper Rône Valley, Germany from Bowman Creek & Susquehanna River, Wyoming, Pennsylvania, USA who settled in Bertie Township [Welland County], Ontario on lots 6 and 7 Con. 8 and 9, in the First 400 acres, then Lots 35 in the 9th and 36 in the 10th Concessions in the Township of Beverly; Home District; Province of Upper Canada c. 1783 he enlisted in 1777 served as part of the Butler's Rangers Regiment married to Anna Marguerite Saultman they had 13 children, he died in 1813
Buck Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Nicholas Buck settled at Harbour Grace in 1821
- Thomas Buck, aged 14, a farmer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the brig "Dorcas Savage" from Belfast
- Mary Buck, aged 20, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1838 aboard the brig "Susan Maria Brooke" from Donegal
- John Buck, aged 24, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1838 aboard the brig "Susan Maria Brooke" from Donegal
- John Buck, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1843
Buck Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Abel Buck, English convict from Norfolk, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 29, 1828, settling in New South Wales, Australia
- William Buck arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Cleveland" in 1839
- Maria Buck arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Cleveland" in 1839
- Susan Buck arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Cleveland" in 1839
- Henry Buck arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Cleveland" in 1839
Buck Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Henry Buck landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Bernian
- George Green Buck, aged 23, a smith, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Birman" in 1842
- Mary Ann Buck, aged 24, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Birman" in 1842
- Alexandrina Buck, aged 9 months, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Birman" in 1842
- Henry Gregory Buck, aged 33, a miner, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Birman" in 1842
- Tara L. Buck (b. 1975), American actress, best best known for her role as Ginger in the television series True Blood
- Robert Creighton Buck (1920-1998), American mathematician who co-introduced Boas–Buck polynomials
- Julie Anne Buck (b. 1974), American collage artist, photographer, filmmaker, and film archivist
- Johnathan Richard Buck (b. 1980), American Major League Baseball catcher
- John Buck (b. 1946), American sculptor and printmaker
- Joseph Francis "Joe" Buck (b. 1969), American sportscaster, son of sportscaster Jack Buck, recipient of numerous Sports Emmy Awards
- John Francis "Jack" Buck (1924-2002), American sportscaster
- Gurdon Buck (1807-1877), American pioneer military plastic surgeon during the Civil War
- Daniel Buck (1753-1816), American lawyer and politician, United States Representative from Vermont (1795-1797)
- Clayton Douglass Buck (1890-1965), American engineer and politician, United States Senator from Delaware (1943-1949)
- John Buck of Cape May County, New Jersey (d. 1716) and Some of His Descendants by Bryon Buck.
- Schwerr-Niese, Buck-Tordsen: A Narrative Genealogy by Harold Schwerr.
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Fide et fortitudine
Motto Translation: By fidelity and fortitude.
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- Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
- Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
- Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
- Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
- Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
- Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
- MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
- Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
- Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
The Buck Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Buck 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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