Blazons & Genealogy Notes
Ar. a chev. betw. three leopards’ faces gu.
Ar. a chev. betw. three leopards’ faces gu.
This unusual name is of Anglo-Saxon origin, from the particular name “Burgheard”, which is a combination of the Old English pre 7th Century elements “burh” or “burg”, which means fort, fortification and “heard”, which means firm, brave, strong. This old name was listed in the Domesday Book of 1086 as “Burchardus”, “Burkart” and “Burchart”. The Normans reintroduced the name into England after the Invasion of 1066 in the forms “Bou(r)chart” and “Bocard”, from the famous Germanic old name “Burkhard”. There are a large number of alternatives of the new surname, acquiring from a combination of the Olde English and Olde French forms ranging from “Buckett to Burchard, Budgett and Bowkett”. One Matthew Buckett of Dorset noted in the Record of the University of Oxford in 1591.
More common variations are: Buckette, Bucket, Bukett, Puckett, Bickett, Backett, Bockett, Buckitt, Boukett.
The origins of the surname Buckett appeared in Cheshire where people held a family seat from old times. Someone say before the success of Normans and the invasion of Duke William at Hastings 1066 A.D.
The very first recorded spelling of the family was shown to be that of Robert Bocard, dated about 1207, in the “Suffolk Curia Rolls.” It was during the time of King John, who was known to be the “Lackland,” dated 1199-1216. The origin of surnames during this period became a necessity with the introduction of personal taxation. It came to be known as Poll Tax in England.
Many of the people with surname Buckett had moved to Ireland during the 17th century.
Individuals with the surname Buckett landed in the United States in three different centuries respectively in the 17th, and 18th. Some of the people with the name Buckett who arrived in the United States in the 17th century included Mary Buckett, who came to Massachusetts in 1623. Ann Buckett, who came to Virginia in 1657.
The following century saw more Buckett surnames arrive. Some of the people with the surname Buckett who arrived in the United States in the 18th century included Luce Buckett, who landed in Virginia in 1701.
Some of the individuals with the surname Buckett who landed in Australia in the 19th century included John Buckett at the age of 42, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship “Melbourne”. Alfred Buckett at the age of 18, who was a copper miner, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship “Melbourne”. Thomas Buckett at the age of 15, who was a copper miner, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship “Melbourne.”
Here is the population distribution of the last name Buckett: England 586; United States 334; Australia 186; Scotland 66; New Zealand 64; Canada 34; Spain 13; United Arab Emirates 2; South Africa 1; France 1.
Ian Martin Buckett was born in December in the year 1967 near Holywell in Flintshire. He is an old international rugby union front row forward who played for Swansea and London Welsh and played Division rugby for North Wales. He was a member of the 1992 Oxford University team and achieved three full caps for Wales.
Samuel Barclay Beckett (April 1906–December 1989) was an Irish novel writer, playwright, theater producer, and poet, who resided in Paris for most of his adult life and composed in both English and French. He was widely considered among the most important writers of the 20th century. His work offers a depressing, tragicomic outlook on human life, often coupled with black comedy and entertainment, and became increasingly minimalist in his next job. He was considered one of the last modernist authors and one of the key characters in what Martin Esslin called the “Theatre of the Absurd.”
Mr. Philip J Buckett (b. 1912), was an English Sailor serving for the Royal Navy Missionary Reserve from Hampshire, England.
The two main devices (symbols) in the Buckett blazon are the leopard’s face and chevron. The two main tinctures (colors) are gules and argent.
The bold red colour on a heraldic shield is known as gules. It has a long history within heraldry, it is known that one of those who besieged the scottish castle of Carlaverock in 1300 was the French knight Euremions de la Brette who had as his arms a simple red shield.1The Siege of Carlaverock, N. Harris, Nichols & Son, London, 1828, P180. The word gules is thought to come from the Arabic gule, or “red rose” 2Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 313. Later writers associated it with the precious stone ruby and the metal iron 3Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53, perhaps because of the red glow of iron in the heat of the blacksmith’s forge.
Argent is the heraldic metal Silver and is usually shown as very pure white. It is also known more poetically as pearl, moon (or luna) 4Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53. In a sketch or drawing it is represented by plain, unmarked paper 5A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P11.
The leopard’s face (sometimes, incorrectly referred to as a leopard’s head occurs very frequently in heraldry 6A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Lion. Early heraldic artists tended to treat lions and leopards as the same animal, but during the development of British Heraldry the heads of the two creatures have adopted separate, and more realistic forms. Wade would have us associate leopards with warriors, especially those who overcome ”hazardous things by force and courage” 7The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P65
The chevron is one the major shapes used upon a shield, known as ordinaries. The inverted ‘V’ of the chevron is perhaps thought to have originated to represent a military scarf folded on the shield 8A Display of Heraldry, J. Guillim, Blome, London, 1679, (various), or additional cross-pieces used to strengthen the shield and painted a different colour.9The Pursuivant of Arms, J. R. Planche, Hardwicke, London 1859. It has also acquired the meaning of “Protection… granted… to one who has achieved some notable enterprise” 10The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P45, possibly becuase of its resemblance to the roof truss of a house.
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|1.||↑||The Siege of Carlaverock, N. Harris, Nichols & Son, London, 1828, P180|
|2.||↑||Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 313|
|3.||↑||Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53|
|4.||↑||Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53|
|5.||↑||A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P11|
|6.||↑||A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Lion|
|7.||↑||The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P65|
|8.||↑||A Display of Heraldry, J. Guillim, Blome, London, 1679, (various)|
|9.||↑||The Pursuivant of Arms, J. R. Planche, Hardwicke, London 1859|
|10.||↑||The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P45|