Where did the English bacon family come from? What is the English coat of arms/family crest? When did the bacon family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the history of the family name?
A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Bacon, Bachun, Bacun and others.
First found in Suffolk, where they held a family seat from ancient times, and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name bacon or a variant listed above: Daniel Bacon who settled in Virginia in 1635; George Bacon who settled in Boston Mass. in 1635; John Bacon who settled in Virginia in 1653; and Thomas Bacon who settled in Pennsylvania in 1682.
Motto Translated: Mediocrity is safe.
Suggested Readings for the name bacon
* Three Bacon Brothers: Descendants of Theodore S. Back of Allegany County, New York by Marian Fox Graves.
Some noteworthy people of the name bacon
* Edmund Bacon (1910-2005), American Architect
* Kevin Bacon (b. 1958), American actor.
* Leonard Bacon (1887-1954), American Poet and critic
* Francis Bacon (1909-1992), Irish born, English painter
* Alice Martha Bacon (1909-1993), Baroness Bacon, British Labour Party politician
* David Walter Bacon, educator and professor at Queen's University at Kingston, Ontario
* Roger Stuart Bacon, politician in Amherst, Nova Scotia.
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