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Where did the English Babbin family come from? What is the English Babbin family crest and coat of arms? When did the Babbin family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Babbin family history?

The illustrious surname Babbin is classified as a habitation surname, which was originally derived from a place-name, and is one form of surname belonging to a broader group called hereditary surnames. Habitation names were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Topographic names, form the other broad category of surnames that was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree.

Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. As a general rule, the greater the distance between an individual and their homeland, the larger the territory they were named after. For example, a person who only moved to another parish would be known by the name of their original village, while people who migrated to a different country were often known by the name of a region or country from which they came. Babbin is a place-name from in Somerset. There is a Babbington in Nottinghamshire as well. The place-name is derived from the Old English personal name Babba, with the addition of the suffix tun, and Old English word that means farm or enclosure. Later, tun came to mean village, fortress, and then town. The literal translation of the place-name is "farm that belongs to Babba."

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Since the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules, Breton surnames have many spelling variations. Latin and French, which were the official court languages, were also influential on the spelling of surnames. The spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules. Therefore, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England after the Norman Conquest, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. The name has been spelled Babbington, Babington, Babinton, Babbingtone, Bappington, Bapinton, Bappintone and many more.

First found in the county of Northumberland where they held a family seat from very ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Babbin research. Another 203 words(14 lines of text) covering the years 1370, 1400, 1615, 1691, 1612, 1669, 1660, 1561 and 1586 are included under the topic Early Babbin History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 137 words(10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Babbin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Babbin, or a variant listed above: Michael Babbington who settled in Virginia in 1635 and Thomas Babbington who arrived in Jamaica in 1679.

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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Foy est tout
Motto Translation: Faith is everything.

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  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
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The Babbin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Babbin Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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