Balard History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Balard is a name of Anglo-Saxon origin. It was a name given to a person known for their lack of hair. As a point of interest, the name is derived from the Old English word ball-ard, which means a bald headed man. 
Another source claims the name was Celtic or Gaelic in origin "from Ball, a place, a round elevation; and ard, high. The Gaelic word Ballart signifies noisy, boasting. Bal also signifies a lord, and ard, high."  Yet another source claims the name was "an ancient baptismal name, Balard." 
Early Origins of the Balard family
The surname Balard was first found in various counties and shire of England. Various sources claim different first records of the family. "Ballard is another old Kent name. The Ballards owned Sapinton manor from the time of Henry IV. until that of Philip and Mary. Robert Ballard, butler of Richard II., received from his Sovereign the manor of West Combe. In the reign of Henry VI., Thomas Ballard, of Horton Parva, was one of the sheriffs of Kent." 
Kirby's Quest notes that the earliest record of the name was temp. Edward III when Richard Balleheved and Petrr Ballard were listed there.  The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list: Alurell Balard in Essex, 1273; Dreu Ballard in Huntingdonshire; and Thomas Ballard in Somerset. 
Important Dates for the Balard family
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Balard 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 Balard were recorded, including Ballard, Bellard, Bellhird, Belhyrd, Bellerd, Bellird, Belard, Balard, Ballird and many more.
Early Notables of the Balard family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include John Ballard (d. 1586), English Roman Catholic priest who owes his fame solely to his connection with the Babington conspiracy; Colonel Thomas Ballard (1630-1689) English-born, early American...
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Balard migration to Canada
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 Balard family emigrate to North America:
Balard Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Louis Balard, also known as Latour, son of Pierre and Sébastienne Pilin, diocese d'Ausion, who died in 1732 in Quebec
Contemporary Notables of the name Balard (post 1700)
- Anthoine Jérôme Balard (1802-1876), French chemist and pharmacist, professor at the College of Trace and member of the Academy of Sciences (1844), who discovered bromine in 1826 and showed the analogy between chloride and iodine
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