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The notable Bawden family arose among the Cornish People, a race with a rich Celtic heritage and an indomitable fighting spirit who inhabited the southwest of England. While surnames were well-known during the English medieval period, Cornish People originally used only a single name. The way in which hereditary surnames came into common use is interesting. As the population of medieval Europe multiplied, people began to assume an extra name to avoid confusion and to further identify themselves. Under the Feudal System of government, surnames evolved and they often reflected life on the manor and in the field. Patronymic surnames were derived from given names and were the predominant type of surname among the Celtic peoples of Britain. However, the people of Cornwall provide a surprising exception to this rule, and patronymic surnames are less common among them than other people of Celtic stock, such as their Welsh neighbors. This is due to the greater influence of English bureaucracy and naming practices in Cornwall at the time that surnames first arose. This type of surname blended perfectly with the prevailing Feudal System. One feature that is occasionally found in Cornish surnames of this type is the suffix -oe or -ow; this is derived from the Cornish plural suffix -ow. is a patronymic surname that came from the ancient Germanic personal name Baldwin. Interestingly, the name Bawden was originally derived from the words bald, meaning bold, and wine, meaning friend or protector.

Bawden Early Origins



The surname Bawden was first found in Cornwall, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

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Bawden Spelling Variations


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Bawden Spelling Variations



Cornish surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. Lastly, spelling variations often resulted from the linguistic differences between the people of Cornwall and the rest of England. The Cornish spoke a unique Brythonic Celtic language which was first recorded in written documents during the 10th century. However, they became increasingly Anglicized, and Cornish became extinct as a spoken language in 1777, although it has been revived by Cornish patriots in the modern era. The name has been spelled Bawden, Bawdin, Bawdewen, Bawdwin, Bawdewyn, Baudin and many more.

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Bawden Early History


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Bawden Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bawden research. Another 119 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1563 and 1632 are included under the topic Early Bawden History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bawden Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bawden Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the family at this time was Father William Bawden (1563-1632), who was an English Jesuit and schoolmaster who was implicated in the Gunpowder plot. He...

Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bawden Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Investigation of immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Bawden:

Bawden Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Lambert Bawden, who landed in Maryland in 1837

Bawden Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Ann Bawden arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Aboukir" in 1847
  • Elizabeth Bawden, aged 18, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "William Prowse"
  • James Bawden, aged 33, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Thetis"
  • Betsy Bawden, aged 47, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Lord Raglan"
  • Catherine Bawden, aged 15, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Lord Raglan"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bawden Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Bawden, aged 23, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Accrington" in 1863
  • Elizabeth Ann Bawden, aged 21, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Accrington" in 1863
  • John Bawden, aged 37, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jessie Osborne" in 1867
  • Tomasin Bawden, aged 36, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jessie Osborne" in 1867
  • William James Bawden, aged 14, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jessie Osborne" in 1867
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bawden (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bawden (post 1700)



  • Peter Colwell Bawden (1929-1991), Canadian businessman and former Member of Parliament (1972-1979)
  • Grace Bawden (b. 1992), Australian classical crossover singer
  • Nina Bawden CBE (b. 1925), British novelist and children's writer
  • Edward Bawden (1903-1989), British Painter

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Bawden Historic Events


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Bawden Historic Events




Empress of Ireland

  • Miss Florence Annie Bawden (1890-1914), American Second Class Passenger from Hillsboro, Indian, United States who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Miss Elizabeth Bawden (1883-1914), American Second Class Passenger from Hillsboro, Indian, United States who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    2. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    3. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    4. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    5. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    6. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    7. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    8. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    9. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    10. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    11. ...

    The Bawden Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bawden Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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