The name Baldwent was carried to England
in the enormous movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest
of 1066. It comes from the Germanic elements bald,
which means bold,
which means friend
Early records show that Baldwin, the Count of Flanders
(1172-1205), led the Fourth Crusade and became the first Latin Emperor of Constantinople (1204). Baldwin of Exeter
or Baldwin of Forde (c.1125-1190) was Bishop of Worcester in 1180 and Archbishop of Canterbury between 1185 and 1190.
Early Origins of the Baldwent family
The surname Baldwent was first found in Shropshire
, where this ancient family "was early seated at Diddlebury, (or Delbury,) in Coverdale, which appears to have come from the heiress of Wigley. Robert Baldwin of Diddlebury died anno 1398, and was ancestor of the family." CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
"The Sieur de Baudewin, whose name occurs of the Roll [of Battle Abbey] became after the battle of Hastings Catellan of Montgomery. There scarcely exists a doubt that this Norman Chief was patriarch of the ancient family of Bawdewin, or Baldwyn. " CITATION[CLOSE]
Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
"The parish [of Witsbury in Wiltshire] formed part of the possessions of Breamore Priory, founded by Baldwin de Redveriis in the reign of Henry I. It is situated on the highest land between Hants and Wilts, commanding an extensive view of the New Forest, and southward to the sea over a wide tract of fertile country." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list: Stephen filius Baldewyn in Cambridgeshire; Thomas Baldwyn in Oxfordshire; Robert Baldewyne in Cambridgeshire. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6) Later, the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 list Johannes Bawdwyn.
Early History of the Baldwent family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Baldwent research.Another 203 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1905, 1593, 1640, 1644, 1620, 1696, 1691, 1659, 1618, 1683, 1659, 1585, 1500, 1295, 1307 and 1659 are included under the topic Early Baldwent History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Baldwent Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. When the Normans
became the ruling people of England
in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Baldwin, Baldwine, Baldwyn, Baldwyne, Baldwynn and others.
Early Notables of the Baldwent family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Charles Baldwin (born 1593) was an English politician, Member of Parliament for Ludlow (1640-1644); and his son, Sir Timothy Baldwin (1620-1696), was an English academic and lawyer from Burwarton, Shropshire... Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Baldwent Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Baldwent family to Ireland
Some of the Baldwent family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 248 words (18 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Baldwent family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England
. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Baldwent or a variant listed above were: George Baldwin who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1620; Edward who settled in Virginia in 1650; and Richard in Boston in 1638. In Newfoundland, Mary and Richard were planters in 1724 in Placienta.
The Baldwent Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Je n'oublierai pas
Motto Translation: I will never forget.