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
Warwickshire, where they held a family seat from early times.
Early History of the Balance family
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Balance Spelling Variations
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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Migration of the Balance family to the New World and Oceana
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
Balance Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Balance (post 1700)
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