Babent History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The history of the Babent family name begins after the Norman Conquest of 1066. They lived in Suffolk, where soon after the Norman Conquest, the village of Eston-Bavent was named after this illustrious family. Originally the name comes from the hamlet of Bavant (Bavent) in the Caen region of Normandy. 
Early Origins of the Babent family
The surname Babent was first found in Suffolk, where the family gave its name to the village of Eston-Bavent after the Conquest. The name was originally associated with the hamlet of Bavent in the Caen region of France.
"Picot de Bavet is entered as holding one knight's fee in Norfolk of William de Albini. It was derived from Bavent, lying on the Dive, a little south of Varaville, in Normandy." 
"Another Norfolk mesne-lord appears in the Liber Niger, Hubert de Baduent, an undertenant of the Honour of Rie. From him descended Adam de Bavent, who in the following century obtained through his wife a share of the estate of William de Wiston in Sussex, and was the father of another Adam, married to Alice de Scudamore. The latter had died before 1292, when the wardship of his son Roger was in dispute between the King and William de Say; and the contest was revived fourteen years afterwards by William's son Geoffrey; the young heir being then still under age. Roger de Bavent came from Sussex to the coronation of Edward II. " 
Peter Babyon, Babyo, or Babion ( fl. 1317-1366), was an English poet and divine in the reign of Edward II, by birth an Englishman. 
Early History of the Babent family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Babent research. Another 263 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1216, 1272, 1273, 1272, 1307, 1273, 1500, 1619, 1626, 1559, 1559, 1552, 1586 and 1552 are included under the topic Early Babent History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Babent Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Bavent, Baven, Bavin, Bauvent, Bavvent, Bavant and many more.
Early Notables of the Babent family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Walter de Bavent, a prominent 13th century landholder in Lincolnshire.
William Bavand (fl. 1559), having been educated at Oxford, became a student in the Middle Temple, and published in 1559 'A work touching the...
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Migration of the Babent family
Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Babent name or one of its variants: Mary Bavin who arrived in Virginia in 1650 and Thomas Bavin in 1750.
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- ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
- ^ Cleveland, Dutchess of The Battle Abbey Roll with some Account of the Norman Lineages. London: John Murray, Abermarle Street, 1889. Print. Volume 1 of 3
- ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print