Show ContentsBabe History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The history of the Babe family goes back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from the family living in Suffolk. The surname Babe refers to a person who came from Babe, which may refer to an area known as the Hundred of Babegh in the county of Suffolk. The place-name literally means Babba's enclosure. Babba is a personal name meaning protector. [1] [2]

Le Babbe is a nickname from babe, a Middle English word used c. 1230 meaning 'infant, young child'. [3]

Early Origins of the Babe family

The surname Babe was first found in Suffolk where Alwinus Babbe was listed in the Feet of Fines for 1198. A few years later, Richard Babbe was found in the Pipe Rolls for Devon in 1203. Ralph le Babb(e) was found in Wiltshire in 1199 and Walter le Babbe in the Subsidy Rolls for Sussex in 1327. [3]

Early History of the Babe family

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Babe Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Babe include Babe, Babb, Babbs, Babbe and others.

Early Notables of the Babe family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Babe family to Ireland

Some of the Babe family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Babe migration to the United States +

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled 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 ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Babe or a variant listed above:

Babe Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jon Babe, who landed in Virginia in 1703 [4]
  • Patrick Babe, who arrived in New England in 1761
Babe Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Luke Babe, who arrived in New York, NY in 1817 [4]
  • Wilhelm Babe, who landed in Texas in 1845 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Babe (post 1700) +

  • Jerome Lewellyn Babe (1837-1893), American diamond miner and inventor; he emigrated to the Cape Colony c. 1865 as a salesman for the Winchester Repeating Arms Company but soon got involved in diamonds developing the "Yankee Baby" mineral screen

  1. Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York: Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  3. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8) on Facebook