The name Bucknel is an old Anglo-Saxon
name. It comes from when a family lived in Bucknall, a village and civil parish in the East Lindsey district of Lincolnshire
which had a population of 309 in 2001. The village claims that Lady Godiva was born here based on her brother Thorold, Sheriff of Lincolnshire
, being known as "Thorold of Bucknall". Bucknall is also a suburb of Stoke-on-Trent in Staffordshire
and there is another Bucknal listed in Shropshire
. Bucknell can be found in Shropshire
, close to the borders with Wales
and also about 2.5 miles (4.0 km) northwest of Bicester in Oxfordshire
Early Origins of the Bucknel family
The surname Bucknel was first found in Lincolnshire
where the place dates back to before the Domesday Book
, when it was listed as Bokenhale in 806, derived from the Old English personal name
"Bucca" + "halh", collectively meaning "nook of land of a man called Bucca, or where he-goats graze." By the time of the Domesday Book, the name was listed as Buchehale in Lincolnshire
and in Staffordshire
as Bucenhole. CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early History of the Bucknel family
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Bucknel Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Bucknel were recorded, including Bucknall, Bucknell, Bucknel, Bucknal, Bucknill and many more.
Early Notables of the Bucknel family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bucknel family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Bucknel family emigrate to North America: Magdalen Bucknell who settled in Annapolis Maryland in 1731; James Bucknall settled in Philadelphia in 1813; James Bucknale settled in Philadelphia in 1813.