Badelow History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Badelow is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo Saxon tribes of Britain. The first people to bear this distinguished name lived at Badley, a parish, in the union and hundred of Bosmere and Claydon, E. division of Suffolk, [1] or at Baddeley Green in Staffordshire. The latter dates back to 1227 when it was known as Baddilige and literally meant "woodland clearing or a man called Badda." [2]

Other sources note that the family could have originated at Baddiley, a parish in Cheshire, near Nantwich. [3] [4] [5]

Early Origins of the Badelow family

The surname Badelow was first found in Hampshire where Robert de Badelea was listed in the Pipe Rolls of 1187. Later, Gilbert de Badele was found in the Assize Rolls for Lancashire in 1227 and John de Baddyleye in the Subsidy Rolls for Staffordshire in 1327. [6]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 include William de Badeleye, Essex and Geoffrey de Badele, Suffolk. [3]

Robert de Badele, Norfolk, Henry III— Edward I was listed in the Testa de Nevill, sive Liber Feodorum, temp. Henry III-Edward I. [7]

Early History of the Badelow family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Badelow research. Another 93 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1608, 1703, 1646, 1708, 1688, 1708, 1648, 1704, 1650, 1653 and 1650 are included under the topic Early Badelow History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Badelow Spelling Variations

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 Badelow include Baddely, Baddeley, Baddiley, Badley, Badly, Badely, Badgely, Badlely and many more.

Early Notables of the Badelow family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include John Battely (Batteley) (1646-1708), an English antiquary and clergyman, Archdeacon of Canterbury (1688-1708); and his brother Nicholas Battely (1648-1704), an English clergyman and antiquary, editor of William Somner’s Cantuaria Sacra. Richard Baddeley...
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Migration of the Badelow family

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 Badelow were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: John Badeley who settled in Virginia in 1623; Thomas Badley settled in Virginia in 1642; Tom Badgley settled in San Francisco, California, in 1852.



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ Barber, Henry, British Family Names London: Elliot Stock, 62 Paternoster Row, 1894. Print.
  5. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  6. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  7. ^ Testa de Nevill or "Liber Feodorum" or "Book of Fees," thought to have been written by Ralph de Nevill, for King John (1199–1216)


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