Shopping Cart
0 Items
100% Satisfaction Guarantee - no headaches!
An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2016


A family in the Pictish tribe of ancient Scotland was the first to use the name Balbirnie. They lived in the lands of Balbirnie in Fife. The name is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties.

 More

In medieval Scotland, names were more often spelled according to sound than any regular set of rules. An enormous number of spelling variations were the result. Over the years, the name Balbirnie has been spelled Balbirnie, Balbirney, Ballbirnie, Ballbirney, Ballbyrnie, Bawbyrny, Baldbernie and many more.

First found in Fife, where they held a family seat from ancient times.


 More

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Balbirnie research. Another 193 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1260, 1483, 1508, 1622 and 1699 are included under the topic Early Balbirnie History in all our PDF Extended History products.

 More

More information is included under the topic Early Balbirnie Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

 More

Some of the Balbirnie family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 111 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

 More

In such difficult times, Ireland, Australia, and North America looked like better homes for many Scots. The trips were expensive and grueling, but also rewarding, as the colonies were havens for those unwelcome in the old country. That legacy did not die easily, though, and many were forced to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence. The Scottish legacy has resurface in more recent times, though, through Clan societies, highland games, and other organizations. Immigration and passenger lists have shown many early immigrants bearing the old Scottish name of Balbirnie:

Balbirnie Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Charles Balbirnie who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1827 and then moved westward

 More

  • James Balbirnie, American Republican politician, Mayor of Muskegon, Michigan; Elected 1899
  • Andrew Balbirnie (b. 1990), Irish right-handed batsman cricketer


 More

Most Popular Family Crest Products
 
Balbirnie Armorial History With Coat of ArmsBalbirnie Armorial History With Coat of Arms
Balbirnie Coat of Arms & Surname History PackageBalbirnie Coat of Arms & Surname History Package
Balbirnie Family Crest Image (jpg) Heritage SeriesBalbirnie Family Crest Image (jpg) Heritage Series
Balbirnie Coat of Arms/Family Crest Key-chainBalbirnie Coat of Arms/Family Crest Key-chain
Balbirnie Coat of Arms/Family Crest Coffee MugBalbirnie Coat of Arms/Family Crest Coffee Mug
Balbirnie Armorial History with FrameBalbirnie Armorial History with Frame
Balbirnie Framed Surname History and Coat of ArmsBalbirnie Framed Surname History and Coat of Arms

 More

 More

  1. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  2. Skene, William Forbes Edition. Chronicles of the Picts, Chronicles of the Scots and Other Early Memorials of Scottish History. Edinburgh: H.M. General Register House, 1867. Print.
  3. Scarlett, James D. Tartan The Highland Textile. London: Shepheard-Walwyn, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0-85683-120-4).
  4. Warner, Philip Warner. Famous Scottish Battles. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-004-4).
  5. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  6. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
  7. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and Don Pottinger. Clan Map Scotland of Old. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1983. Print.
  8. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
  10. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  11. ...

The Balbirnie Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Balbirnie Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 3 November 2015 at 11:30.

Sign Up


100% Satisfaction Guarantee - no headaches!