A surname of England, from a compound of Bat(e), a pet name for Bartholomew, from the Hebrew - 'son of Talmai', 'abounding in furrows' and cock (see ALCOCK), or from an old English personal name Bada. See also BATTCOCK, with which confusion is not unlikely, and BARTLE, BARTLETT, BATEMAN, BATTES, BATTEN. (Withycombe, Reaney). Guppy traced the name in Devon, Berkshire and Somerset.



At Ferryland: Colonial Records: October 10, 1770 - Tobin, Dennis. This Brickus resident complained that another boatkeeper has stolen four barrows of fish: Badcock, John.
  District Court Actions: June 6, 1791 - Badcock, John - Ordered to survey stage head in Brigus.
  District Court Actions: October 8, 1795 - Badcock, John - Member of jury in Kenny and others theft cases.
  District Court Actions: March ??, 1807 - Badcock, ??? - Sued this Brigus resident for money owed: Sloane, ???
  District Court Actions: November 1, 1807 - Badcock, ??? Charged Conners with neglect of duty but was found guilty of supplying him with liquor.
  Surrogate Court Records: December 11, 1816 - Badcock, John - Occupied fishing rooms sold to John Morry in Brigus.
  Surrogate Court Records: October 21, 1818 - Coryear, Henry - Sued: Battcock, John.
  Surrogate Court Records: October 9, 1819 - Battcock, John - Sued: Hickey and Co.
  Supreme Court Records: May 23, 1826 - William Badcock & John Badcock, - Members of Petty Jury.
  District Court Actions: February 7, 1831 - Badcock, John - This Brigus resident was assaulted by: Brophy, Lawrence.
  District Court Actions: February 23, 1835 - Badcock, William - Appointed surveyor of high ways in Brigus.
At Caplin Bay: Ferryland Census 1800: John Badcock, Mary Badcock, William - 5, John - 2, Mary - 7.
  A list of names of all Masters, Servants, and Dieters residing in the District of Ferryland for the Winter of 1799 & Spring of 1800: John Badcock, Master with one dieter, Philip McDaniel, working for him.
At Brigus South: Voter's List for Brigus: 1840, 1841, 1842, 1844, 1845, 1846 - William Badcock; 1847 - William & Michael Badcock; 1849, 1852 - William Badcock; 1855 - William, John & Thomas Badcock; 1859 - John, Michael, Thomas, & Peter Badcock.
Family History: Most of the oldest records, directly of indirectly, associate the Badcock family exclusively with Brigus South, however, for some reason, they were living at Caplin Bay during the winter of 1799/1800. According to surviving records, John Badcock had been in the Ferryland area as far back as 1770. Family research acknowledges that John was from Devonshire and was a boatkeeper in Brigus. John was likely Church of England, however his children appear to have been raised Roman Catholic; his wife Mary, in all likelihood being a Roman Catholic. A strong commitment to the Roman Catholic faith was fostered in this family and in later generations, two descendents were Roman Catholic priests.

The folklore on the change of the family surname from Badcock to Battcock says it was changed to make the family name "more Catholic". However, the surname was Badcock for well over half a century before it changed from Badcock to Bat(t)cock. When it was changed, it is not known if it was deliberate or due to phonetic misspellings. One of the earliest mention of the surname, with a single t instead of a d, is for Thomas Batcock, from Brigus, who was elected as a member of government for Ferryland District in 1869.
  Other than the listing of the Badcock surname at Caplin Bay in 1800 there is no other evidence that the family lived there for any extended length of time. This could have been a one-time over-wintering event or they may have been staying there that year for any number of reasons. The family surname as Battcock still survives at Brigus South, and like most families, there are many descendants living in the Brigus South and Cape Broyle area, and throughout other parts of Newfoundland and Canada and the U.S.A.

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