The vast movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest
of 1066 brought the Bayverstok family name to the British Isles. They 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.
Early Origins of the Bayverstok family
The surname Bayverstok 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.
Early History of the Bayverstok family
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Bayverstok Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. When the Normans
became the ruling people of England
in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Baverstocke, Baverstock, Baverstoke, Bayverstock, Beaverstock, Beaverstocke and many more.
Early Notables of the Bayverstok family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bayverstok family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England
. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Bayverstok or a variant listed above were: the family of Baverstock who landed in New England
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