Badenoch History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The story of the Badenoch family begins in ancient Scotland among the Pictish clans. The Badenoch family lived in the lands of Badenoch, in Inverness.

Early Origins of the Badenoch family

The surname Badenoch was first found in Inverness-shire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Nis) divided between the present day Scottish Council Areas of Highland and Western Isles, and consisting of a large northern mainland area and various island areas off the west coast, the shire was anciently both a Pictish and Norwegian stronghold. The Lord of Badenoch was a magnate who ruled the lordship of Badenoch in the 13th century and early 14th century. It is generally believed that lordship was created out of the territory of the Meic Uilleim, after William Comyn, jure uxoris Earl of Buchan, Justiciar of Scotia and Warden of Moray who defeated Gille Escoib MacUilleim. After the death of John III Comyn, Lord of Badenoch (d. 1306), the lordship was taken into royal hands.

Early History of the Badenoch family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Badenoch research. Another 84 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1454, 1460 and 1521 are included under the topic Early Badenoch History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Badenoch Spelling Variations

Translation has done much to alter the appearance of many Scottish names. It was a haphazard process that lacked a basic system of rules. Spelling variations were a common result of this process. Badenoch has appeared Badenach, Badenack, Badenoch, Badenock, Badinoch, Badynoch, Badyenoch, Baidenach and many more.

Early Notables of the Badenoch family (pre 1700)

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Australia Badenoch migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Badenoch Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Isabella Badenoch, aged 28, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Standard" [1]
  • Eliza Badenoch, aged 20, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Standard" [1]
  • John Badenoch, aged 32, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "John Bunyan" [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Badenoch (post 1700) +

  • Arthur Hill "Art" Badenoch (1884-1972), American football player, coach of football, basketball, and baseball, and college athletics administrator from Chicago, Illinois
  • George Huntley Badenoch (1882-1915), Scottish professional football outside forward from Castle Douglas, Scotland who played from 1901 to 1909
  • Olukemi Olufunto Badenoch (b. 1980), née Adegoke, a British Conservative politician from Wimbledon, London, Vice Chairman of the Conservative Party for Candidates (2018-), Member of Parliament for Saffron Walden (2017-)


  1. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) STANDARD 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/standard1852.shtml.
  2. ^ South Australian Register Wednesday 24th May 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) John Bunyan 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/johnbunyan1854.shtml


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