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Where did the English Balkwell family come from? What is the English Balkwell family crest and coat of arms? When did the Balkwell family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Balkwell family history?The name Balkwell reached England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Balkwell family lived in Derbyshire, in the town of Bakewell.
Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Balkwell family name include Bakewell, Backwell, Bakwell, Balkwell, Balkwill, Backwall, Bakewill, Bagwell and many more.
First found in Derbyshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times at Bakewell the central town of the Peak District, and were granted lands by William the Conqueror for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Balkwell research. Another 236 words(17 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1682, 1725, 1752, 1768, 1795, 1819, and 1843 are included under the topic Early Balkwell History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 23 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Balkwell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Balkwell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 127 words(9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Balkwell family to immigrate North America:
Balkwell Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
The Balkwell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Balkwell 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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