The ancient roots of the Buknell family name are in the Anglo-Saxon
culture. The name Buknell comes from when the 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 Buknell family
The surname Buknell 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 Buknell family
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Buknell Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Buknell has appeared include Bucknall, Bucknell, Bucknel, Bucknal, Bucknill and many more.
Early Notables of the Buknell family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Buknell family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Buknell arrived in North America very early: Magdalen Bucknell who settled in Annapolis Maryland in 1731; James Bucknall settled in Philadelphia in 1813; James Bucknale settled in Philadelphia in 1813.