Show ContentsBuckminster History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the Buckminster family brought their name to England in the wave of migration after the Norman Conquest of 1066. They 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 Buckminster family

The surname Buckminster 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 Buckminster family

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Buckminster Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Buckminster were recorded, including Buckminster, Buckmaster, Buckmasters, Buckminsters, Buckmisters, Buckmuster and many more.

Early Notables of the Buckminster 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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United States Buckminster migration to the United States +

The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Buckminster arrived in North America very early:

Buckminster Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • James Buckminster, who landed in New England in 1640 [1]
  • Thomas Buckminster, who arrived in New England in 1646 [1]
Buckminster Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Buckminster, who settled in Boston, Massachusetts in 1850

Contemporary Notables of the name Buckminster (post 1700) +

  • Joseph Stevens Buckminster (1784-1812), American preacher, and bible scholar

  1. ^ 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) on Facebook