Baverstock is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Baverstock family lived in Wiltshire where they held a family seat from the 11th century. The family takes its name from a place called Baverstock in this area.
The surname Baverstock was first found in Wiltshire at Baverstock, a small village and former civil parish. Conjecturally they were Lords of the manor of Baverstock, originally Babestoche, which was held at the time of the taking of the Domesday Book Survey in 1086, by the Abbess of Wilton.
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Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Baverstocke, Baverstock, Baverstoke, Bayverstock, Beaverstock, Beaverstocke and many more.
Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Baverstock or a variant listed above:
Baverstock Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
the family of Baverstock who landed in New England in 1720
Baverstock Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
E. Baverstock, aged 10, originally from London, arrived in New York in 1892 aboard the ship "Britannic" from Liverpool, England
Harry Baverstock, aged 42, arrived in New York in 1893 aboard the ship "New York" from Southampton, England
Baverstock Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Fred Baverstock, aged 39, arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Mauretania" from Southampton, England
Constance Baverstock, aged 43, originally from London, England, arrived in New York in 1922 aboard the ship "Lapland" from Southampton, England
Alban Henry Baverstock, aged 51, originally from Winborne, England, arrived in New York in 1923 aboard the ship "Aquitania" from Southampton, England
Elizabeth Baverstock, aged 63, originally from Hempton, England, arrived in New York in 1924 aboard the ship "Aurania (1924)" from Liverpool, England
Edward Baverstock, aged 71, originally from Hempton, England, arrived in New York in 1924 aboard the ship "Aurania (1924)" from Liverpool, England
Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Baverstock Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Mr. Timothy Baverstock, (b. 1802), aged 30, English convict who was convicted in Berkshire, England for 7 years for larceny, transported aboard the "Camden" on 21st September 1832, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, he died in 1838 
Ray Baverstock (b. 1963), English former professional football midfielder
Gillian Mary Baverstock (1931-2007), née Pollock, a British author and eldest daughter of English novelist Enid Blyton and her first husband, Hugh Pollock
Herbert Baverstock (1883-1951), English footballer who played for the Bolton Wanderers (1905-1921) and then Blackpool (1921-1922); in all he made over 350 appearances
Donald Leighton Baverstock, English television executive and producer, Controller of BBC One (1963-1965)
Garry Frederick Baverstock OA (b. 1949), Australian Perth-based architect, property developer, author and scientist, founder of Ecotect Architects in 1969, Life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects
Dr. Keith Baverstock, professor in the department of Environmental Sciences, University of Kuopio, Finland
John Baverstock Knight (1785-1859), English painter from Langton, near Blandford, Dorset