The origins of the Babey name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. It comes from when the family lived in Suffolk
. The surname Babey 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
Early Origins of the Babey family
The surname Babey was first found in Dorset
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest
in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Babey family
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Babey Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Babey were recorded, including Babe, Babb, Babbs, Babbe and others.
Early Notables of the Babey family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Babey family to Ireland
Some of the Babey family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Babey family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Babey family emigrate to North America: Edward Babb, who settled in Virginia in 1639; Patrick Babe arrived in New England
in 1761; George, James, John, Luke, and Owen, all arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from 1833 to 1858. In Newfoundland, John Bab(b) settled in St. John's in 1681.
Contemporary Notables of the name Babey (post 1700)
- Peter Paul Toney Babey (1849-1855), Mi'kmaw chief and physician, also known as Peter Bobbeie, from Nova Scotia; he led a Mi'kmaw band living at Bear River