The ancient roots of the Balldok family name are in the Anglo-Saxon
culture. The name Balldok comes from when the family 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 Balldok family
The surname Balldok was first found in Bedfordshire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Balldok family
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Balldok Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Balldok has appeared include Baldock, Balldock, Balldcock, Baldcock and others.
Early Notables of the Balldok family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Balldok family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Balldok arrived in North America very early: 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.