Butchard History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Butchard is an ancient Anglo-Saxon surname that came from the Old English personal name Burgheard, which literally means fortess-hard. This name was recorded in the Domesday Book under the variant forms Burchadus, Burkart, Burchart, and Bucardus. The cognate Old German names Burghard and Burcard eventually became the Old French name Bouchart, which was imported into England following the Norman Conquest.

Early Origins of the Butchard family

The surname Butchard was first found in Suffolk, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Butchard family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Butchard research. Another 156 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1248, 1273, 1349, 1369, 1512, and 1608 are included under the topic Early Butchard History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Butchard Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Butchard has been recorded under many different variations, including Butchart, Burchart, Burchar, Buchard, Buchart and many more.

Early Notables of the Butchard family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Butchard family

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Butchard or a variant listed above: Elizabeth Butchart who arrived in Maryland in 1774.



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