This interesting topographical name is of Olde English pre 10th century origin and derives from 'Balca', which translates as the ridge or possibly a bridge formed with tree trunks. The name can also be locational and derive from the village of Balk, near to Thirsk in North Yorkshire, the meaning being the same. In the modern idiom, the spellings are recorded as Balk, Balke, and Baulk and it is possible that some derive from the Dutch-Flemish 'Balk', heraldically recorded before 1680, the Coat of Arms being blue, charged with a gold fesse between a knights spur and two acorns. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Robert Balch. which was dated 1273 in the Pipe Rolls of Somerset during the reign of King Edward 1, known as the Hammer of the Scots 1272-1307. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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  • baulk — baulk, balk 1. pronunciation. It should be pronounced bawlk (with l). 2. spelling. The usual BrE spelling is baulk, although balk is more common in AmE. The primary use is as a verb meaning (1) followed by at: ‘to hesitate, refuse to go on’, as… …   Modern English usage

  • baulk — (chiefly US also balk) ► VERB 1) (baulk at) hesitate to accept (an idea). 2) thwart or hinder (a plan or person). 3) (of a horse) refuse to go on. ► NOUN ▪ a roughly squared timber beam. ORIGIN originally …   English terms dictionary

  • baulk — [bo:k, bo:lk US bo:k, bo:lk] a British spelling of ↑balk …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • baulk — [ bɔk ] another spelling of balk …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • baulk — alternative spelling of BALK (Cf. balk), especially in billiards, in reference to a bad shot …   Etymology dictionary

  • baulk — [bôk] n., vt., vi. BALK …   English World dictionary

  • baulk — /bɔk / (say bawk) verb (i) 1. to stop, as at an obstacle: he baulked at making the speech. 2. (of horses) to stop short and stubbornly refuse to go on. 3. Sport to make an incomplete or misleading move, especially an illegal one. –verb (t) 4. to… …  

  • baulk — UK [bɔːk] / US [bɔk] verb [intransitive] Word forms baulk : present tense I/you/we/they baulk he/she/it baulks present participle baulking past tense baulked past participle baulked a) to be unwilling to do something or let something happen,… …   English dictionary

  • Baulk — Bauk Bauk, Baulk Baulk, n. & v. See {Balk}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • baulk — [bɔ:lk, bɔ:k] (chiefly US also balk) verb 1》 (baulk at) hesitate to accept (an idea or undertaking). 2》 thwart or hinder (a plan or person). 3》 (of a horse) refuse to go on. noun 1》 a roughly squared timber beam. 2》 the area on a billiard table… …   English new terms dictionary

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