Show ContentsBuckmaster History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Buckmaster was carried to England in the enormous movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Buckmaster family lived in the settlement of Buckminster, Leicestershire. The surname's derived from residence at location. The place name itself is derived from the Old English elements, Bucca, which was a nickname for a person with a supposed resemblance to a goat, and mynster, meaning monastery.

Early Origins of the Buckmaster family

The surname Buckmaster was first found in Leicestershire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Buckminster at the time of the Norman Conquest of England by Duke William of Normandy in 1066 A.D. in that shire. Conjecturally they are descended from the 'son of Walter', a Norman noble, who held these lands from the Bishop of Lincoln at the time of the taking of the Domesday Book survey in the year 1086 A.D. The church in the village is said to be the site of baptismal of Anglo Saxon converts.

Early History of the Buckmaster family

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Buckmaster Spelling Variations

Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Buckminster, Buckmaster, Buckmasters, Buckminsters, Buckmisters, Buckmuster and many more.

Early Notables of the Buckmaster family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Thomas Buckmaster (fl. 1566), English divine and astronomer, described in one of his works as a professor of physics, of what university has not been ascertained. William Buckmaster (d. 1545), was Vice-Chancellor of Cambridge University, graduating at Peterhouse, Cambridge, B.A. in...
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Buckmaster Ranking

In the United States, the name Buckmaster is the 11,734th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

United States Buckmaster migration to the United States +

To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Buckmaster or a variant listed above:

Buckmaster Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Buckmaster, who arrived in Virginia in 1623 [2]
  • Thomas Buckmaster who settled in Boston, Massachusetts in 1630
  • Thomas Buckmaster, who landed in New England in 1646 [2]
  • Tho Buckmaster, who arrived in Virginia in 1655 [2]
Buckmaster Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Royal A Buckmaster, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [2]

Canada Buckmaster migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Buckmaster Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Pat Buckmaster, a butcher in St. John's, Newfoundland, who was on record in 1871 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Buckmaster (post 1700) +

  • Jim Buckmaster (b. 1962), native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, an American computer programmer who has been the CEO of Craigslist since 2000
  • Vice Admiral Elliott Buckmaster (1889-1976), United States Naval officer and Naval Aviator, Commanding Officer of USS Yorktown
  • Samuel A. Buckmaster, American Democratic Party politician, Member of Illinois Democratic State Committee, 1858-60; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1860 [4]
  • L. S. Buckmaster, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1944 [4]
  • George Buckmaster, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from New York County, 1821-22 [4]
  • Paul John Buckmaster (1946-2017), Grammy Award-winning English artist, arranger, conductor and composer, best known for his work with Elton John
  • Adrian Charles Buckmaster (b. 1949), 4th Viscount Buckmaster, Chief Executive Officer of Avecia Group PLC (2005-)
  • Martin Stanley Buckmaster OBE (1921-2007), 3rd Viscount Buckmaster, British diplomat
  • Charles Buckmaster (1950-1972), Australian poet
  • Walter Selby Buckmaster (1872-1942), British silver medalist polo player at the 1900 Summer Olympics and at the 1908 Summer Olympics
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  1. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  2. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  4. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 3) . Retrieved from on Facebook