The surname ‘Babcock’ is of English origin. It is a diminutive of the name ‘Babb’, derived from the mediaeval female name ‘Babb’, a pet form of ‘Barbara’, or the nickname meaning ‘baby’, from the Middle English word ‘bab(e)’. However, a more probable source is the Old English personal name ‘Babba’, found in several place names, including ‘Babbacombe’, in Devon and ‘Babington’, in Somerset. This is of uncertain origin, perhaps a nursery name from a child’s babbling. Public and Civil registry archive’s confirm that the surname ‘Babcock’ and or it’s variant’s, date as far back as the reign of Edward III, were a ‘Walter Babbe’, from Somerset, England, is recorded in Kirkby’s Quest. Historical archive’s have been unable to definitely determine the exact period of settlement in North America but It is believed that the forefather’s of this surname were part of the exodus of migrants that followed the Treaty of Peace signed in Paris in 1763, when great Britain obtained ownership of the whole of North America east of the Missisipi River excepting New Orleans. The chief reasons causing working class people to emigrate were, …
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