This very unusual surname is English. Despite its appearance as Bucktrout it has nothing whatsover to do with either deer or fish, but is locational. The various spelling forms also include Buckthorpe, Buckthought, Bucktharp and Bugthorpe, and the name derives from the parish and village of Bugthorpe, also known as Buckthorpe, and first recorded in the famous Domesday Book of 1086. Even then it appears as both Buchetorp and Burghetorp, so it is hardly surprising that over the centuries a number of dialectal surname forms have developed. The village is about ten miles east of the city of York, and is named from an original Viking landowner called "Buggi". This was a pre 7th century Scandanavian personal name for a "rounded person", to which was added the suffix originally "torp" meaning an outlying farm, one about three miles from the main settlement, which in this case was probably Pocklington. Amongst the earliest examples of the surname recording is that of Geoffrey de Bugetorp, in the charters known as the "Testa de Neville, sive Liber Feodorum", during the reign of King Henry 111 of England, (1216- 1272), and Hamelin de Bugtorp of Nottingham, in the "Hundred Rolls" of 1273. Later examples of the surname recordings taken from surviving early church registers include: Thomas Bucktrout, the son of Richory Bucktrout, christened at Aberford, near Wetherby, in the West Riding of Yorkshire, on March 25th 1553, and Theodocia Buckthorpe, who on May 15th 1677, married Nathanll Hubbard at the church of St. Mary-le-Bone, in the city of London. Throughout the centuries surnames in every country have continued to "develop", often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.
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