Show ContentsBudgen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The family name Budgen is thought to be of Norman origins. Originally, Budgen was a name given to a The Anglo Norman French phrase bon Jean, which means good John. Some experts theorize that the name may be a local surname from the settlement of Bogin, which is in Calvados in Normandy,

Early Origins of the Budgen family

The surname Budgen was first found in Huntingdonshire where they held a family seat from very early times, and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Budgen family

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Budgen Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Budgen have been found, including Bugden, Bugdon, Budgen and others.

Early Notables of the Budgen family (pre 1700)

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United States Budgen migration to the United States +

For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Budgen were among those contributors:

Budgen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • George Budgen, who arrived in America in 1889 [1]

Australia Budgen migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Budgen Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Budgen, (b. 1826), aged 17, English servant who was convicted in Sussex, England for 15 years for burglary transported aboard the "Forfarshire" on 24th June 1843, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land), he died in 1852 [2]
  • Mr. Henry Budgen, English convict who was convicted in Buckinghamshire, England for 10 years, transported aboard the "Equestrian" on 30th June 1845, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Island) [3]
  • Richard Budgen, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Cromwell" in 1849 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Budgen (post 1700) +

  • Frank Budgen (1882-1971), English painter
  • Frank Budgen (1954-2015), British commercial director and co-founder of Gorgeous Enterprises, a London-based film production company
  • Nicholas Budgen, M.P
  • Nicholas William Budgen (1937-1998), British Conservative Party politician
  • John Budgen, founder of Budgens supermarket chain operate in 1872

HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Harry Budgen, British Stoker 2nd Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales (1941) and survived the sinking [5]

  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)
  2. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 20th October 2022).
  3. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 9th May 2022).
  4. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CROMWELL 1849. Retrieved from
  5. HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from on Facebook