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

The Babcock family name is linked to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name comes from the personal name Bartholomew. Bat(e) was a pet form of this personal name and when combined with 'cock' which was a common suffix for other names like Wilcox, Simcock and others became Batcock.

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Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Babcock include Babcock, Badcock, Babbcock, Batcock, Badcocke and many more.

First found in Worcestershire, where they held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Babcock research. Another 121 words(9 lines of text) covering the years 1790, 1622, 1698, 1668 and 1814 are included under the topic Early Babcock History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Babcock were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Babcock Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • James Babcock, who arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1623
  • George Babcock, who settled in Boston in 1638
  • George Babcock, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1638
  • David Babcock, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1640
  • Robert Babcock, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1648


Babcock Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • James Babcock, who landed in Connecticut in 1702
  • Jonathan Babcock, who arrived in Connecticut in 1711
  • Jonathan Babcock, who settled in Connecticut in 1711
  • William Babcock, who arrived in Beverly, Massachusetts in 1723
  • Luke Babcock, who arrived in New England in 1770


Babcock Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Amos Babcock, who arrived in New York, NY in 1822
  • Mr. Babcock, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1822
  • James Babcock who settled in New York in 1823
  • B T Babcock, aged 22, landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • H L Babcock, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851


Babcock Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Tilda Babcock, who landed in Colorado in 1906

Babcock Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Benjamin Babcock, who arrived at Annapolis, Nova Scotia in 1782
  • Mr. John Babcock Sr., U.E who settled in Canada c. 1783
  • Mr. Benjamin Babcock U.E who settled in Kingston, Ontario c. 1783
  • Capt. David Babcock U.E who settled in Kingston, Ontario c. 1783
  • Capt. David William Babcock U.E who settled in Canada c. 1783


Babcock Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • John Babcock, who landed in Canada in 1833

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  • Alpheus Babcock (1785-1842), American piano and musical instrument maker
  • Orville Elias Babcock (1835-1884), American Civil War General in the Union Army
  • Barbara Babcock (b. 1937), American Emmy Award winning television actress
  • Harold Delos Babcock (1882-1968), American astronomer and winner of the 1953 Bruce Medal, one of the highest honors in the field of astronomy
  • Stephen Moulton Babcock (1843-1931), American agricultural chemist
  • Brigadier-General Franklin Babcock (1885-1972), American Chief Investigation Division, Office of the Inspector-General (1942-1946)
  • Tim Milford Babcock (1919-2015), American politician, 16th Governor of Montana (1962-1969), 22nd Lieutenant Governor of Montana (1961-1962)
  • Courtney Babcock (b. 1972), Canadian runner and two-time national champion in the women's 5000 metres


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  • Record of the Ancestors and Descendants of Nathan Burch (1781-1858) and Damaris Babcock (1783-1869) of Brookfield, Madison County, New York by Harold John Witter.
  • Slade-Babcock Genealogy by Carl Boyer.
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  3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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  10. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
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The Babcock Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Babcock 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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