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Where did the English Balan family come from? What is the English Balan family crest and coat of arms? When did the Balan family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Balan family history?

The origins of the Balan name come from when the Anglo-Saxon tribes ruled over Britain. The name Balan was originally derived from a family having lived in Suffolk, where they held a family seat in the village of Baylham, from which they took their name.

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Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Balan include Baalham, Balan, Baylham, Balum, Balam, Ballam, Balaam and many more.

First found in Suffolk, where they held a family seat from ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Balan research. Another 472 words(34 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1212, 1275, 1500, 1568, 1577, 1600, 1635, 1684, and 1830 are included under the topic Early Balan History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Balan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Balan family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 108 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: Charles Baalam who sailed to New England in 1656. Charles Balam arrived in Barbados in 1679 and William Balam sailed to Philadelphia in 1856.

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  10. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
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The Balan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Balan Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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