The Babcock Families in America and Canada
can trace their origins to England to the twelfth century and are probably of
Saxon origin. The Babcock family in England spelled their name Badcock;
probably pronounced "Badco". The name was changed in America after many
misspellings by magistrates (Badcock, Badcooke, Badcocke and Badcook) to name a
few. It finally became Babcock about 1680 when it was spelled that way in the
Probate records of John Badcock's estate.
There is some evidence of the family presence in Wivenhoe, Essex County
near the sea. Wright's History of Essex makes reference to the Badcock Mansion
that was occupied by Sir Richard. There is come assertion that the Badcock
family may have been founded A. D. 449 by a Saxon warrior in the ranks of
Hengist and Horsa, who came with a Saxon army to help the English against the
Picts and Scots.
The solid ground of fact, therefore, upon which at last we stand may be
indicated in about two words:
1. Our branch of the Babcock folk
came from old England to New England early in the seventeenth century-certainly
prior to 1642.
2. We share with the English
Badcocks a coat of arms which helps to show that, as a family, we have lived
long enough in the world to know how to live wisely and, therefore well.*.
*Stephen Babcock, Babcock Genealogy, xv