Bebberstake History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The name Bebberstake was brought to England in the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Bebberstake 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 Bebberstake family
The surname Bebberstake 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 Bebberstake family
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Bebberstake Spelling Variations
Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval 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. The name has been spelled Baverstocke, Baverstock, Baverstoke, Bayverstock, Beaverstock, Beaverstocke and many more.
Early Notables of the Bebberstake family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bebberstake family
Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Bebberstake or a variant listed above: the family of Baverstock who landed in New England in 1720.
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