The surname of BADCOCK was of the baptismal group of surnames meaning 'the son of Bartholomew', an ancient and still popular personal name. Early records of the name mention BADECOK (without surname) recorded in the year 1200 in London. Geoffrey Batecock was documented in 1273 London. Roger Badecok, 1306 County Devon. Stephen Badcok of County Somerset, was documented during the reign of Edward III (1327-1377). Badokok Jarvis of Yorkshire was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Edward Badcocke was recorded in County Lancashire in the year 1563. John Forwood and Briget Bedcocke were married at St. Thomas The Apostle, London in the year 1609. John Forward and Briget Bedcocke were married at St. Thomas the Apostle, London in the year 1609. John Fell and Margarie Badcock were married at St. Peter, Cornhill, London in 1611. At first the coat of arms was a practical matter which served a function on the battlefield and in tournaments. With his helmet covering his face, and armour encasing the knight from head to foot, the only means of identification for his followers, was the insignia painted on his shield, and embroidered on his surcoat, the draped and flowing garment worn over the armour. The origin of badges and emblems, are traced to the earliest times, although, Heraldry, in fact, cannot be traced later than the 12th century, or at furthest the 11th century. At first armorial bearings were probably like surnames and assumed by each warrior at his free will and pleasure, his object being to distinguish himself from others. It has long been a matter of doubt when bearing Coats of Arms first became hereditary. It is known that in the reign of Henry V (1413-1422), a proclamation was issued, prohibiting the use of heraldic ensigns to all who could not show an original and valid right, except those 'who had borne arms at Agincourt'. The College of Arms (founded in 1483) is the Royal corporation of heralds who record proved pedigrees and grant armorial bearings.
Arms registered at Essex and Kensington, County Middlesex
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