The Berkach family name is linked to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name comes from the personal name Bartholomew. Bat(e)
was a pet form of this personal name and when combined with 'cock' which was a common suffix for other names like Wilcox, Simcock and others became Batcock.
Early Origins of the Berkach family
The surname Berkach was first found in Worcestershire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Berkach family
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Berkach Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Berkach include Babcock, Badcock, Babbcock, Batcock, Badcocke and many more.
Early Notables of the Berkach family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Berkach family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Berkach were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: James Babcock, who arrived in Plymouth, MA in 1623; William Badcocke, who came to St. Christopher in 1633; David Babcock, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1640.