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This notable and long-established surname is of Old French origin, and is a status name for a young knight or novice at arms, deriving from the Old French "bacheler", from the medieval Latin "baccalarius". The name was introduced into England by the Normans after the Conquest of 1066, and was adopted into Middle English. By the 14th Century the word "bachelor" had already been extended to mean "(young) unmarried man", but it is unlikely that many bearers of the surname derive it from the word in that sense.

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