Early Origins of the Bavill family
The surname Bavill was first found in Norfolk
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy
, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron
, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England
to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the under-tenant of the lands of Bayfield which were held by under-tenant Walter Giffard from the King (Duke William) and who was recorded in the Domesday Book
census of 1086. Walter (Gautier)Giffard was Count of Longueville, and his main seat was at Aveton Manor. He and his relations held many manors.
Early History of the Bavill family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bavill research.Another 100 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1208, 1390, 1461, 1531, 1531 and 1668 are included under the topic Early Bavill History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bavill Spelling Variations
Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Bavill family name include Bayfield, Baifield, Bafield, Bayfeld and others.
Early Notables of the Bavill family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Richard Bayfield (died 1531) was an English Protestant martyr. After exile to the Low Countries, he then returned to England
and was active in circulating the New Testament and other prohibited books, including the works of Luther, Zwingli and Melancthon. He was discovered... Another 51 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bavill Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bavill family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Bavill Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Jean Jaque Bavill, who settled in Nova Scotia in 1752