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

Baldwin is one of the names carried to England in the great wave of migration from Normandy following the Norman Conquest in 1066. It is based on the Germanic elements bald, which means bold, and wine, which means friend or protector. Early records show that Baldwin, the Count of Flanders (1172-1205), led the Fourth Crusade and became the first Latin Emperor of Constantinople (1204). Baldwin of Exeter or Baldwin of Forde (c.1125-1190) was Bishop of Worcester in 1180 and Archbishop of Canterbury between 1185 and 1190.

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Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Baldwin, Baldwine, Baldwyn, Baldwyne, Baldwynn and others.

First found in Shropshire, where this ancient family "was early seated at Diddlebury, (or Delbury,) in Coverdale, which appears to have come from the heiress of Wigley. Rober Baldwin of Diddlebury died anno 1398, and was ancestor of the family." [1]


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Baldwin research. Another 173 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1905, 1593, 1640, 1644, 1620, 1696, 1691, 1659, 1618, 1683 and 1659 are included under the topic Early Baldwin History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 135 words(10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Baldwin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Baldwin family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 165 words(12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Baldwin or a variant listed above:

Baldwin Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • George Baldwin who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1620
  • Nicholas Baldwin, who landed in Virginia in 1622
  • Hugh Baldwin, who landed in Virginia in 1623
  • Jo Baldwin, who landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Wm Baldwin, who landed in Virginia in 1635


Baldwin Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Inc Baldwin, who arrived in Virginia in 1701
  • Edward Baldwin, who landed in Maryland in 1753
  • Samuel Baldwin, who landed in America in 1774

Baldwin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Cath Baldwin, who arrived in New York, NY in 1812
  • Thomas Baldwin, who landed in New York in 1822
  • Daniel Baldwin, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1838
  • John P Baldwin, aged 31, arrived in Key West, Fla in 1838
  • Benjamin Baldwin, who landed in Mobile County, Ala in 1840


Baldwin Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Mary and Richard Baldwin were planters in 1724 in Placienta, Newfoundland
  • Rebecca Baldwin, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Luke Baldwin, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Mary and William Baldwin settled in Harbour Grace, Newfoundland in 1765
  • Mr. John Baldwin U.E born in Philadelphia, USA who settled in St. George, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783 he was part of the Penobscot Association


Baldwin Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Mary Baldwin, aged 21, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the brig "Thomas Hanford" from Cork

Baldwin Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century


  • S J Baldwin, who arrived in St John, New Brunswick in 1907

Baldwin Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Maria Baldwin, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "America" on December 30, 1830, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • William Baldwin arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1839
  • Eliza Baldwin arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairlee" in 1840
  • Joseph Baldwin, English convict from Oxford, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on August 08, 1849, settling in Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia
  • William Baldwin arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Anna Maria" in 1849


Baldwin Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • William Baldwin arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Stately" in 1851
  • William Baldwin, aged 38, a drummer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Inchinnan" in 1852
  • Sarah Baldwin, aged 35, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Inchinnan" in 1852
  • Michael Baldwin, aged 11, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Inchinnan" in 1852
  • James Baldwin, aged 9, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Inchinnan" in 1852


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  • Mrs. Mary Margaret Baldwin (d. 1915), (née MacCauley), American 1st Class Passenger from New York, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Mr. Harry Bradley Baldwin (d. 1915), American 1st Class Passenger from New York, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Caleb Cook Baldwin (b. 1820), American clergyman, one of the first Presbyterian missionaries to Foochow, China
  • Dwight Hamilton Baldwin (1821-1899), American founder of the Baldwin Piano Company in 1857
  • David Dwight Baldwin (1831-1912), American businessman, educator, and biologist from Honolulu, Kingdom of Hawaii
  • Abraham Baldwin (1754-1807), American politician, Patriot, and Founding Father from the U.S. state of Georgia
  • Brigadier-General Geoffrey Prescott Baldwin (1892-1951), American Chairman of I Section, War Department Manpower Board (1943-1946)
  • Stephen Andrew Baldwin (b. 1966), American actor, director, producer, and author
  • Daniel Leroy Baldwin (b. 1960), American actor, producer and director
  • Roger Nash Baldwin (1884-1981), founder of the American Civil Liberties Union and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom

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  • The Baldwins: From Virginia Westward by Frank C. Baldwin.
  • The Descendants of Joseph Baldwin by Donald J. Sublette.
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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: Je n'oublierai pas
Motto Translation: I will never forget.

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  1. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.

Other References

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  4. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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  7. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  8. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  9. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  10. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
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The Baldwin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Baldwin 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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