Bavant is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England
with the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Bavant family lived in Suffolk
, where soon after the Norman Conquest
, the village of Eston-Bavent was named after this illustrious family. Originally the name comes from the hamlet of Bavant (Bavent)
in the Caen region of Normandy.
Early Origins of the Bavant family
The surname Bavant was first found in Suffolk
, where the family gave its name to the village of Eston-Bavent after the Conquest. The name was originally associated with the hamlet of Bavent in the Caen region of France.
Early History of the Bavant family
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Bavant Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Bavant are characterized by many spelling variations
. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Bavant include Bavent, Baven, Bavin, Bauvent, Bavvent, Bavant and many more.
Early Notables of the Bavant family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bavant family to the New World and Oceana
Faced with the chaos present in England
at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia
in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Bavant, or a variant listed above: Mary Bavin who arrived in Virginia in 1650 and Thomas Bavin in 1750.