Anglo-Saxon names to come from Britain, Ballcox 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 Ballcox family
Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066.
Early History of the Ballcox family
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Ballcox Spelling Variations
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. Ballcox has been spelled many different ways, including Baldock, Balldock, Balldcock, Baldcock and others.
Early Notables of the Ballcox family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ballcox 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 Ballcoxs 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.
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