Bucknell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Bucknell has a long Anglo-Saxon heritage. The name comes from when a 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 Herefordshire and also about 2.5 miles (4.0 km) northwest of Bicester in Oxfordshire, England.

Early Origins of the Bucknell family

The surname Bucknell 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. [1]

Early History of the Bucknell family

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Bucknell Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Bucknell have been found, including Bucknall, Bucknell, Bucknel, Bucknal, Bucknill and many more.

Early Notables of the Bucknell family (pre 1700)

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United States Bucknell migration to the United States +

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Bucknell, or a variant listed above:

Bucknell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Bucknell, who arrived in Virginia in 1662 [2]
  • Thomas Bucknell, who arrived in Maryland in 1663 [2]
  • Isabel Bucknell, who landed in Maryland in 1663 [2]
  • Samuel Bucknell, who arrived in Maryland in 1668 [2]
Bucknell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Bucknell, who settled in Rappahannock Virginia in 1725
  • Magdalen Bucknell who settled in Annapolis Maryland in 1731
  • Philipus Bucknell, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1750 [2]

Canada Bucknell migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bucknell Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Miss B Bucknell, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907
  • Miss F Bucknell, who landed in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907
  • Mrs P Bucknell, who landed in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907

Australia Bucknell migration to Australia +

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

Bucknell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Bucknell, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "John Munn" in 1849 [3]

New Zealand Bucknell migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Bucknell Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Charles Bucknell, aged 32, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Accrington" in 1863
  • Martha Bucknell, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Accrington" in 1863

Contemporary Notables of the name Bucknell (post 1700) +

  • Victor Earle Bucknell (1904-1969), American Democrat politician, Member of Michigan Democratic State Central Committee, 1944-49; Candidate for justice of Michigan State Supreme Court, 1946 [4]
  • Howard C. Bucknell, American Republican politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives from St. Joseph County, 1932 [4]
  • Howard Bucknell Jr. (b. 1899), American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Chungking, 1921; Canton, 1922-24; U.S. Consul in Shanghai, 1924-26; Geneva, 1937-39; U.S. Consul General in Barcelona, 1940; Madrid, 1940 [4]
  • Barry Bucknell (1912-2003), British BBC TV presenter
  • Peter Bucknell (b. 1967), Viola player, Professor at the Crane School of music (State University of New York at Potsdam)

RMS Titanic
  • Mrs. Emma Eliza Bucknell, (née Ward), aged 59, American First Class passenger from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping in life boat 8 [5]

  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) JOHN MUNN 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849JohnMunnPassengers.htm
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 3) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  5. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html

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