The Babbs of Devon, England

At long last I have completed my canvassing of the Babb families of Devon and thus of the Babbs of England. As expected the great county of Devon holds a number of surprises. The most surprising of which is that at least 3 distinct unrelated lineages (The Falcons, The Good Shepherds and The Gryphons) of Babbs can be found within its borders. This is supported both by DNA evidence and the existing paper trail.

In all we currently find 33 different pedigrees in this county, 2 of which I added to encompass the Doddiscombsleigh and Totnes Babbs that many have visited as part of the Babb Reunions. For some reason they were omitted in Ian Babb’s list of Trees, but exist in his paper based research.

Many of these lines are no doubt related to the 3 DNA established lines, but the paper trail lacks evidence to conclusively prove the relationships. For this we will need more DNA tests. As always, if you descend from any of the Babb lineages in England, please contact me and let’s talk about getting your DNA tested.

The Babb Pedigrees of Devon are linked below for your review:

Along with the previous lineages I’ve posted in this series it brings us to 73 total pedigrees of English Babbs. There is also a line of Babbs of German origin in the US and another of unknown origin in Barbados that I’ve yet to document. This gives us 75 total known groups for which to truly begin our DNA research as we enter our new unified world of Babb!




4 responses to “The Babbs of Devon, England”

  1. My grandfather was a Babb. Francis Tidwell Babb from Alabama, US. I’m very interested in learning about my ancestry. Please let me know how I can find out more information. Thanks!

  2. Hi I’ve been looking into my family tree on my mother’s side. Her mother, my grandmother was Rosina Babb – she and her parents came from North London but her grandfather Thomas Henry Babb looks to have moved up from North Tawton.

    • Hi Shelly! We do need to find a male who still bears the surname of Babbs to do the test. We use Y-DNA testing because it can spot matches from before surnames were in common use. The Ancestry/23&Me type of tests are only good through about 4 generations before they become useless.

      Do you have a brother or uncle we could test?

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