Baulcher History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The ancestry of the name Baulcher dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family 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. 
Early Origins of the Baulcher family
The surname Baulcher 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. 
Kirby's Quest lists "Robert Balch, Somerset, 1 Edward III" (holding lands there during the first year's reign of Edward III.) 
Sir Toby Belch is a character in William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night.
Early History of the Baulcher family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Baulcher 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 Baulcher History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Baulcher Spelling Variations
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Baulcher have been found, including Balch, Balche, Belch, Belche, Ballch, Bellch, Ballche and many more.
Early Notables of the Baulcher family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Baulcher family
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Baulcher, or a variant listed above: John Balch, who arrived in Salem Massachusettes in 1620; Benjamin Balch, who sailed to Massachusettes in 1624 and John Balch, who arrived in Texas in 1836..
- Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
- 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.