The name Balwin came to England
with the ancestors of the Balwin family in 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 Balwin family
The surname Balwin 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 Balwin family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Balwin research.Another 87 words (6 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 Balwin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Balwin Spelling Variations
Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Balwin family name include Baldwin, Baldwine, Baldwyn, Baldwyne, Baldwynn and others.
Early Notables of the Balwin 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 Balwin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Balwin family to Ireland
Some of the Balwin family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 185 words (13 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 Balwin family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Balwin family to immigrate North America: 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 Balwin 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.