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.
Early Origins of the Balan family
The surname Balan 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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
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. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Balan family
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Balan Spelling Variations
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.
Early Notables of the Balan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Balan family to Ireland
Some of the Balan family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Balan family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Balan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Andrew Balan, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1897
Contemporary Notables of the name Balan (post 1700)
- Vidya Balan (b. 1978), Indian actress
- Ion Balan (b. 1962), Moldovan politician, Member of the Moldovan Parliament (2009-)