Balkech is a name whose history is connected to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Balkech family once 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 Balkech family
The surname Balkech was first found in Bedfordshire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Balkech family
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Balkech Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Balkech family name include Baldock, Balldock, Balldcock, Baldcock and others.
Early Notables of the Balkech family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Balkech family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Balkech surname or a spelling variation of the name include: 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.