The name Budgent comes from the ancient Norman culture that was established in Britain after the Conquest of 1066. It was a name for 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 Budgent family
The surname Budgent was first found in Huntingdon
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 Budgent family
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Budgent Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. When the Normans
became the ruling people of England
in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Bugden, Bugdon, Budgen and others.
Early Notables of the Budgent family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Budgent family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England
. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Budgent or a variant listed above were: Tobias Bugden who settled in Maryland in 1734; John Bugdon settled in Virginia in 1738; as did his brother Samuel in the same year.