Show ContentsBalance History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The many generations and branches of the Balance family can all place the origins of their surname with the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name reveals that an early member worked as a maker of balances and scales and the precise weights needed in the use of such devices having derived from the English word balancer and the Old French word balancier. The Norman Conquest of England in 1066 led to a mingling of French and the various dialects of English that were then common. As a result, the line between English and French name origins is often less than definitive in cases dating from this time.

Early Origins of the Balance family

The surname Balance was first found in Warwickshire, where they held a family seat from early times.

Early History of the Balance family

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Balance Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Balance were recorded, including Balancer, Balance, Ballancer, Ballance, Balauncer, Ballauncer, Balancor and many more.

Early Notables of the Balance family (pre 1700)

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United States Balance migration to the United States +

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Balance family emigrate to North America:

Balance Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Joseph Balance who arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Jo Balance, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [1]
Balance Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Christina Balance, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Balance (post 1700) +

  • C. Balance, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1880 [2]

  1. 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)
  2. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 3) . Retrieved from on Facebook