Baldock History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The history of the Baldock family goes back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from the family living in Hertfordshire. The name was taken from the market town of Baldock in Hertfordshire. This place name is of an unusual Arabic derivation. The town was named by the Knights Templar, who held a manor in the area in the 12th century, after the city of Baghdad, which was spelled Baldac in Old English. It means the city of Dat.

Early Origins of the Baldock family

The surname Baldock was first found in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire.

One of the first records of the family was Ralph de Baldock (d. 1313), "Bishop of London and Lord Chancellor, whose early history is unknown, first appears in 1271 as holding the prebendal stall of Holborn, in which Robert Burnel, Edward I's great chancellor, had preceded him. Robert de Baldock (d. 1327), was Lord Chancellor, [and] first appears in the records as obtaining a grant of the royal rights over a manor in Surrey in 1287." [1]

Important Dates for the Baldock family

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Baldock Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Baldock include Baldock, Balldock, Balldcock, Baldcock and others.

Early Notables of the Baldock family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Sir Robert Baldock (c.1624-1691), an English judge who claimed descent from Robert de Baldock, Lord Chancellor in Essex during King Edward's reign...
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Baldock migration to the United States

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Baldock or a variant listed above:

Baldock Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Dasey Baldock, who settled in Virginia in 1638
  • Dasey Baldock, who landed in Virginia in 1638 [2]
Baldock Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Richard Baldock, who settled in Rappahannock Virginia in 1747
  • Sarah Baldock, who arrived in Maryland in 1774

Baldock migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Baldock Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Alfred Baldock, and his wife Harriet, who arrived in Montreal in 1848 from Sussex

Baldock migration to Australia

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

Baldock Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Charles Baldock, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Australia [3]
  • John Baldock, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairfield" in 1840 [4]
  • Sabina Baldock, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairfield" in 1840 [4]
  • Elizabeth Baldock, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairfield" in 1840 [4]
  • James Baldock, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairfield" in 1840 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Baldock migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Baldock Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. Isabella Baldock, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Matoaka" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 26th September 1859 [5]
  • Mr. William Baldock, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Matoaka" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 26th September 1859 [5]
  • William Baldock, aged 38, a farm labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waikato" in 1874
  • Mary A. Baldock, aged 24, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waikato" in 1874
  • John Baldock, aged 7, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waikato" in 1874
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Contemporary Notables of the name Baldock (post 1700)

  • Jan Baldock (b. 1948), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Wisconsin, 2004 [6]
  • Bobby Ray Baldock (b. 1936), American politician, U.S. District Judge for New Mexico, 1983-85; Judge of U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, 1985- [6]
  • Sarah Baldock (b. 1975), English organist and choral conductor
  • Sam Baldock (b. 1989), English professional football striker
  • John Markham Baldock (1915-2003), English politician, member of the UK Parliament (1950-1953)
  • Tyler Baldock (b. 1984), Canadian goalkeeper
  • Darrel John "The Doc" Baldock (b. 1938), Australian rules football player
  • Larry Baldock (b. 1954), New Zealand politician, member of the NZ Parliament (2002-)

Citations

  1. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 190 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1822
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) FAIRFIELD 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Fairfield.htm
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 3) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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