".......It is a fascinating book which well merits study in detail. I fully recommend it."


Journal of One-Name Studies, April-June 2008


Peter Badham's book about the surname origins and history was published in May 2007.


Awarded first place in the Book category of the Guild of One-Name Studies publications Awards 2009.


Badham Delvings is a unique compilation for those interested in the origins, history and development of the Badham surname. Combining fact, research and biography, it represents decades of work by the author and many others.


View some full page extracts HERE

From 13th-century ap Adam beginnings in Gwent and the Welsh March, the book charts 700 years of family dispersion and migration around the world. The state of current research and knowledge is explored as well as suggestions for future directions for information gathering and research. Placing the development of the surname firmly in the context of local and national history, the author tells the stories of some of its key figures in an attempt to weave a colourful tapestry of Badham lives. Some of the topics covered are:

Where Badhams were found • Early Welsh roots of the surname • Badham surname variants • Distribution from Gwent into Herefordshire • The feudal context and disentangling genealogies • West Country ap Adam migrations • The West Wales enclave and Irish connections • Across the pond to USA and Canada – Black Badhams, Mormon Badhams, Hereford cattle • Hereford to the Antipodes – the Badhams of Essex, Suffolk and New South Wales • Medieval lawyer and chronicler Adam Usk • Walter Badham, Groom of Henry VIII’s Chamber • Badhams on both sides of the law • Letters, 1741–53, of companion Elizabeth Badham, daughter of smuggler John Badham.

240 pages, 20 x 25.8 cm, highly illustrated with more than 60 maps, photographs and period topographical prints, about half of them in colour. With personal-name index, place-name index and a glossary.

Price: £22.50


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