Buckmaster 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...
In the United States, the name Buckmaster is the 11,734th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 
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
Buckmaster Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Buckmaster Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century