Origin of the Name Bacon
The ancient history of the name Bacon
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. The name Bacon is usually of occupational origin, describing a person who was employed as a pig-keeper, an important job in medieval Europe. This name is usually of Anglo-Norman descent and is derived from the French 'le Bacoun'. It is found in many ancient manuscripts including the 'Hundred Rolls', England, in the year 1273 when a Cecilia Bacun of County Norfolk and a Wtmer Bacon of County Suffolk were recorded. A Walterus Bacun was recorded in the 'Poll Tax' of the West Riding of Yorkshire in the year 1379.
Names were recorded in these ancient documents to make it easier for their overlords to collect taxes and to keep records of the population at any given time. When the overlords acquired land by either force or gifts from their rulers, they created charters of ownership for themselves and their vassals. It was by creating, maintaining and updating these reference books that they were able to maintain their authority and enforce laws.
In Ireland the name was introduced after the twelfth century Norman invasion led by the famous Strongbow. Famous bearers of the name include Roger Bacon (1214-1294) the Franciscan Scholar and the Irish artist Francis Bacon (1909-1992).
The Bacon coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Bacon descendants.