Babberstoke History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Babberstoke is a name whose history on English soil dates back to the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest of England of 1066. The Babberstoke family lived in Wiltshire where they held a family seat from the 11th century. The family takes its name from a place called Baverstock in this area.
Early Origins of the Babberstoke family
The surname Babberstoke was first found in Wiltshire at Baverstock, a small village and former civil parish. Conjecturally they were Lords of the manor of Baverstock, originally Babestoche, which was held at the time of the taking of the Domesday Book Survey in 1086, by the Abbess of Wilton.
Early History of the Babberstoke family
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Babberstoke Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Baverstocke, Baverstock, Baverstoke, Bayverstock, Beaverstock, Beaverstocke and many more.
Early Notables of the Babberstoke family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Babberstoke family
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Babberstoke or a variant listed above were: the family of Baverstock who landed in New England in 1720.
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