Beaverstok History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Beaverstok is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England with the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Beaverstok 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.
Early Origins of the Beaverstok family
The surname Beaverstok 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 Beaverstok family
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Beaverstok Spelling Variations
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.
Early Notables of the Beaverstok family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Beaverstok family
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, travelling 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 Beaverstok or a variant listed above: the family of Baverstock who landed in New England in 1720.
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