Balam History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name Balam has a long Anglo-Saxon heritage. The name comes from when a family lived in Suffolk, where they held a family seat in the village of Baylham, from which they took their name.
Early Origins of the Balam family
The surname Balam was first found in Suffolk, in the village and civil parish of Baylham. The village dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 when it was first listed as Beleham and probably meant "homestead or enclosure at a river-bend" from the Old English words "begel" + "ham" or "hamm." 
The parish, in the union and hundred of Bosmere and Claydon, East division of Suffolk, 3 miles from Needham-Market was small but contained about 275 inhabitants in the late 1890s. 
Early History of the Balam family
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Balam Spelling Variations
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Balam have been found, including Baalham, Balan, Baylham, Balum, Balam, Ballam, Balaam and many more.
Early Notables of the Balam family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Balam family to Ireland
Some of the Balam family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Balam migration to the United States +
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Balam, or a variant listed above:
Balam Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Charles Balam, who arrived in Barbados in 1679
- Thomas Balam, who arrived in South Carolina in 1683 
Balam Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- William Balam, who sailed to Philadelphia in 1856
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- ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
- ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)