Baudin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The notable Baudin family arose among the Cornish People, a race with a rich Celtic heritage and an indomitable fighting spirit who inhabited the southwest of England. While surnames were well-known during the English medieval period, Cornish People originally used only a single name. The way in which hereditary surnames came into common use is interesting. As the population of medieval Europe multiplied, people began to assume an extra name to avoid confusion and to further identify themselves. Under the Feudal System of government, surnames evolved and they often reflected life on the manor and in the field. Patronymic surnames were derived from given names and were the predominant type of surname among the Celtic peoples of Britain. However, the people of Cornwall provide a surprising exception to this rule, and patronymic surnames are less common among them than other people of Celtic stock, such as their Welsh neighbors. This is due to the greater influence of English bureaucracy and naming practices in Cornwall at the time that surnames first arose. This type of surname blended perfectly with the prevailing Feudal System. One feature that is occasionally found in Cornish surnames of this type is the suffix -oe or -ow; this is derived from the Cornish plural suffix -ow. is a patronymic surname that came from the ancient Germanic personal name Baldwin. Interestingly, the name Baudin was originally derived from the words bald, meaning bold, and wine, meaning friend or protector.

Early Origins of the Baudin family

The surname Baudin was first found in Cornwall, where they held a family seat from ancient times. [1]

"The Sieur de Baudewin, whose name occurs on the Roll, became, after the battle of Hastings, Castellan of Montgomery, and from him that town acquired its Welsh appellation of Tre Faldwiri, or town of Baldwin. There scarcely exists a doubt that this Norman Chief was patriarch of the ancient and respectable Shropshire family of Bawdewin, or Baldwyn, of which was Thomas Baldwyn, Esq., of Diddlebury, who suffered imprisonment in the Tower of London, temp. Queen Elizabeth, and went through much suffering, as his epitaph, still remaining at Diddlebury, quaintly records." [2]

Early History of the Baudin family

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Baudin Spelling Variations

Cornish surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. Lastly, spelling variations often resulted from the linguistic differences between the people of Cornwall and the rest of England. The Cornish spoke a unique Brythonic Celtic language which was first recorded in written documents during the 10th century. However, they became increasingly Anglicized, and Cornish became extinct as a spoken language in 1777, although it has been revived by Cornish patriots in the modern era. The name has been spelled Bawden, Bawdin, Bawdewen, Bawdwin, Bawdewyn, Baudin and many more.

Early Notables of the Baudin family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was Father William Bawden (1563-1632), who was an English Jesuit and schoolmaster who was implicated in the Gunpowder plot. He...
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United States Baudin migration to the United States +

An examination into the immigration and passenger lists has discovered a number of people bearing the name Baudin:

Baudin Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jacques Baudin, who settled in Louisiana in 1756
  • Theo Baudin, who settled in Philadelphia in 1794
  • Theo H. Baudin, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1794
Baudin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Jean Laurens Baudin, who arrived in Louisiana in 1805 [3]
  • Barthelemy Baudin, who landed in New York NY in 1837 [3]
  • Frantz Baudin, aged 29, who arrived in New York in 1849 [3]
  • E. N. Baudin, who settled in Philadelphia in 1857
  • Emd. Nicholas Baudin, who settled in Philadelphia in 1857
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Baudin migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Baudin Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Pierre Baudin, son of Aubin and Nicole, who married Étienette Desmarest, daughter of Antoine and Isabelle, in Quebec on 3rd September 1669 [4]
  • René Baudin, son of Charles and Jeanne, who married Suzanne Vallée, daughter of Pierre and Marie-Thérèse, in Quebec on 10th January 1687 [4]
  • Philippe Baudin, son of François and Marie, who married Anne Aumier, daughter of Jean and Anne, in Charlesbourg, Quebec on 12th January 1699 [4]
Baudin Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Pierre Baudin, son of René and Suzanne, who married Marie-Anne Aupry, daughter of Louis and Anne, in La Prairie, Quebec on 28th November 1718 [4]
  • René Baudin, son of René and Suzanne, who married Louise Circé, daughter of François and Marie-Madeleine, in Saint-Ours, Quebec on 14th January 1720 [4]
  • Philippe Baudin, son of René and Suzanne, who married Marie-Rosalie Mignot, daughter of Jean and Marie-Xainte, in Rivière-Ouelle, Quebec on 7th August 1720 [4]
  • Guillaume Baudin, son of René and Suzanne, who married Marie Dupuy, daughter of Moise and Marie-Anne, in La Prairie, Quebec on 11th January 1722 [4]
  • Michel Baudin, son of René and Suzanne, who married Françoise Dupuis, daughter of Moise and Marie-Anne, in La Prairie, Quebec on 21st September 1725 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ Barber, Henry, British Family Names London: Elliot Stock, 62 Paternoster Row, 1894. Print.
  2. ^ Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. ^ Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 1, Institut Drouin, 1958.


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