Bukmusters History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Bukmusters is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Bukmusters 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 Bukmusters family
The surname Bukmusters 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 Bukmusters family
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Bukmusters Spelling Variations
Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Buckminster, Buckmaster, Buckmasters, Buckminsters, Buckmisters, Buckmuster and many more.
Early Notables of the Bukmusters 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...
Migration of the Bukmusters family
Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Bukmusters or a variant listed above: John Buckmuster, who arrived in Virginia in 1624; Thomas Buckmaster who settled in Boston, Massachusetts in 1630; William Buckminster, who settled in Boston, Massachusetts in 1850.