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The lineage of the name Balch begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It is a result of when they lived at or near a bank or ridge. Further research showed the name was derived from the Old English word Balca which means dweller by the bank or ridge.

Balch Early Origins



The surname Balch was first found in Oxfordshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

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Balch Spelling Variations


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Balch Spelling Variations



Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Balch has undergone many spelling variations, including Balch, Balche, Belch, Belche, Ballch, Bellch, Ballche and many more.

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Balch Early History


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Balch Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Balch research. Another 421 words (30 lines of text) covering the years 1185, 1295, 1327, 1332, 1500, 1659, and 1735 are included under the topic Early Balch History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Balch Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Balch Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Balch Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Balch were among those contributors:

Balch Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Balch, who arrived in Salem Massachusettes in 1620
  • Benjamin Balch, who sailed to Massachusettes in 1624
  • John Balch, who arrived in Maryland in 1658
  • Rikert Balch, who arrived in Virginia in 1664

Balch Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Cornelius Balch, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1713

Balch Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Balch, who arrived in Texas in 1836
  • D W Balch, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • H F Balch, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1860

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Contemporary Notables of the name Balch (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Balch (post 1700)



  • H. J. Balch, American politician, Member of Mississippi Territorial House of Representatives, 1811-13
  • Ernest A. Balch, American politician, Mayor of Kalamazoo, Michigan, 1927-28
  • Charles V. Balch, American politician, Independent Candidate for Virgin Islands legislature from St. Thomas-St.John, 2000
  • Charles I. Balch, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Manchester, 1912
  • Benjamin T. R. Balch, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for New York State Assembly from Kings County 14th District, 1920, 1921
  • Henry Herbert Balch, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maryland, 1936; Member of Maryland State Senate, 1950
  • Henry Hezekiah Balch (1877-1969), American politician, U.S. Consul in SAINT Stephen, 1914; Yarmouth, 1915-16; Asuncion, 1916-21; Adelaide, 1921-27; Monterrey, 1928-29; U.S. Consul General in Dublin, 1931-38; Genoa, 1942
  • Horatio G. Balch, American politician, Postmaster at Bangor, Maine, 1807-09
  • J. V. Balch, American Republican politician, Candidate for West Virginia State House of Delegates from Brooke County, 1944
  • James B. Balch, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Secretary of State of Michigan, 1904, 1912; Member of Michigan Democratic State Central Committee, 1915, 1927; Mayor of Kalamazoo, Michigan, 1915-18
  • ... (Another 11 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Balch Historic Events


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Balch Historic Events




HMS Hood

  • Mr. Percy H Balch (b. 1920), English Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Binstead, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    2. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    4. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    5. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    6. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    7. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    8. 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).
    9. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    10. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
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    The Balch Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Balch 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.

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