Badynoch History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Badynoch is a name whose ancestors lived among the Picts, a tribe in ancient Scotland. The Badynoch family lived in the lands of Badenoch, in Inverness.

Early Origins of the Badynoch family

The surname Badynoch 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.

Important Dates for the Badynoch family

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

Badynoch Spelling Variations

The appearance of the printing press and the first dictionaries in the last few hundred years did much to standardize spelling. Prior to that time scribes spelled according to sound, a practice that resulted in many spelling variations. Badynoch has been spelled Badenach, Badenack, Badenoch, Badenock, Badinoch, Badynoch, Badyenoch, Baidenach and many more.

Early Notables of the Badynoch family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Badynoch family

The expense of the crossing to the North American colonies seemed small beside the difficulties of remaining in Scotland. It was a long and hard trip, but at its end lay the reward of freedom. Some Scots remained faithful to England and called themselves United Empire Loyalists, while others fought in the American War of Independence. Much of this lost Scottish heritage has been recovered in the last century through Clan societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important, early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Badynoch: John Badenack who settled in Virginia in 1690.

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