Baulch History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The present generation of the Baulch family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name comes from having lived at or near a bank or ridge. Further research showed the name was derived from the Old English word Balca which means dweller by the bank or ridge. [1]

Early Origins of the Baulch family

The surname Baulch was first found in Oxfordshire, where William Belch was first listed as a Templar in 1185. Later, William le Belch was listed as holding lands in Essex in 1295 and Robert Balch was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Sussex in 1328. [1]

Kirby's Quest lists "Robert Balch, Somerset, 1 Edward III" (holding lands there during the first year's reign of Edward III.) [2]

Sir Toby Belch is a character in William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night.

Important Dates for the Baulch family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Baulch research. Another 164 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1185, 1295, 1327, 1332, 1604, 1659, 1735, 1670, 1744, 1669 and 1670 are included under the topic Early Baulch History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Baulch Spelling Variations

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Baulch include Balch, Balche, Belch, Belche, Ballch, Bellch, Ballche and many more.

Early Notables of the Baulch family (pre 1700)

Another 36 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Baulch Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Baulch migration to the United States

Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Baulch were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Baulch Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Edwin C. Baulch, aged 19, who immigrated to the United States, in 1897
Baulch Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Sidney Robert Baulch, aged 32, who immigrated to the United States from Uplyme, England, in 1913
  • Percy Stuart Baulch, aged 39, who settled in America from Sutton, England, in 1920
  • Ben Baulch, aged 21, who landed in America, in 1921

Baulch migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Baulch Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Charles Baulch, aged 18, a farm labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Melbourne"

Contemporary Notables of the name Baulch (post 1700)

  • Crosbie Baulch (1959-1980), Australian sprint canoer at the 1980 Summer Olympics
  • Ernest Douglas Baulch (1917-1996), Australian portrait artist
  • James Steven Baulch (b. 1973), British sprint athlete and television presenter

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Citations

  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
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