Of all the Anglo-Saxon
names to come from Britain, Balkach is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived 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 Balkach family
The surname Balkach was first found in Bedfordshire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Balkach family
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Balkach Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Balkach has been spelled many different ways, including Baldock, Balldock, Balldcock, Baldcock and others.
Early Notables of the Balkach family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Balkach family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Balkachs to arrive in North America: Dasey Baldock, who came to Virginia in 1638; Sarah Baldock, who arrived in Maryland in 1774; Richard Baldock, who settled in Rappahannock Virginia in 1747.