The ancestors of the Balcam family were part of an ancient Scottish tribe called the Picts
. They lived in Balcomie, in the parish of Crail, in the county of Fifeshire
Early Origins of the Balcam family
The surname Balcam was first found in Fife
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Balcam family
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Balcam Spelling Variations
Prior to the invention of the printing press in the last hundred
years, documents were basically unique. Names were written according to sound, and often appeared differently each time they were recorded. Spelling variations
of the name Balcam include Balcom, Balcome, Balcomb, Balcomm, Balcombe and others.
Early Notables of the Balcam family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Balcam family to the New World and Oceana
The freedom of the North American colonies was enticing, and many Scots left to make the great crossing. It was a long and hard journey, but its reward was a place where there was more land than people and tolerance was far easier to come by. Many of these people came together to fight for a new nation in the American War of Independence
, while others remained loyal to the old order as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of Scots in North America have recovered much of this heritage in the 20th century through Clan
societies and other such organizations. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important and early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Balcam: Alexander Balcom, who came to Rhode Island in 1664, Henry Balcom, who is on record in Charlestown, MA in 1664; Jonas Balcom, who arrived in Nova Scotia some time between 1735-1835.
Contemporary Notables of the name Balcam (post 1700)
- Laban S. Balcam, American politician, U.S. Consular Agent in Yarmouth, 1863 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 3) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
The Balcam Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Dum spiro spero
Motto Translation: While I have breath I hope.