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The ancestors of the first family to use the name Balcom lived among the ancient Scottish people called the Picts. The Balcom family lived in Balcomie, in the parish of Crail, in the county of Fifeshire.

Balcom Early Origins



The surname Balcom was first found in Fife, where they held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066.

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Balcom Spelling Variations


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Balcom Spelling Variations



In the Middle ages, spelling and translation were not yet regulated by any general rules. spelling variations in names were common even among members of one family unit. Balcom has appeared Balcom, Balcome, Balcomb, Balcomm, Balcombe and others.

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Balcom Early History


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Balcom Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Balcom research. Another 117 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1297, 1359, 1380, and 1672 are included under the topic Early Balcom History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Balcom Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Balcom Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Balcom 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



Faced by this persecution and the generally unstable political climate of those days, many Scots chose to leave their homeland for Ireland, Australia, and North America in search of greater opportunity and freedom. The colonies across the Atlantic were the most popular choice, but a passage there was neither cheap nor easily suffered. Passengers arrived sick and poor, but those who made it intact often found land and more tolerant societies in which to live. These brave settlers formed the backbone of the burgeoning nations of Canada and the United States. It is only this century that the ancestors of these families have begun to recover their collective identity through the patriotic highland games and Clan societies that have sprung up throughout North Ameri ca. Research into early immigration and passenger lists revealed many immigrants bearing the name Balcom:

Balcom Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Alexander Balcom, who came to Rhode Island in 1664
  • Henry Balcom, who is on record in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1664

Balcom Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • S. Balcom who arrived in San Francisco, California, in 1802
  • Pelimon A Balcom, who landed in Colorado in 1884

Balcom Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • A. Balcom, aged 29, who landed in America from London, in 1903
  • Fred Balcom, aged 30, who landed in America, in 1907
  • Lena Balcom, aged 27, who emigrated to America, in 1907
  • Carrie M. Balcom, aged 38, who settled in America, in 1908
  • Chester Balcom, aged 27, who emigrated to the United States, in 1911
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Balcom Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Jonas Balcom, who arrived in Nova Scotia some time between 1735-1835

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Contemporary Notables of the name Balcom (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Balcom (post 1700)



  • Homer G. Balcom (1870-1938), American structural engineer who was responsible for designing the Empire State Building
  • C.M. "Sandy" Balcom, American co-founder of the Balcom and Vaughan Pipe Organ, In c., a builder of pipe organs based in Seattle until the early 1980s
  • Sam R. Balcom, American director and writer, known for The Ore (2007), Texas Fortune (2005) and The Damage Done (2010)
  • Linda K. "Lannie" Balcom (1941-1991), American model and actress
  • Ransom Balcom, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Chenango County, 1847
  • Lyman Balcom, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Steuben County 2nd District, 1868
  • Henry Balcom, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Chenango County, 1838
  • George Lewis Balcom (1819-1900), American Republican politician, Member of Vermont State House of Representatives, 1855-57; Member of New Hampshire State House of Representatives, 1883-84
  • Carroll H. Balcom, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Massachusetts 3rd District, 1946, 1948
  • Benjamin H. Balcom, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1960
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Balcom Historic Events


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Balcom Historic Events




Halifax Explosion

  • Mr. Harold C. Balcom (1890-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who survived the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917 but later died due to injuries

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Motto


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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.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Donaldson, Gordon and Robert S. Morpeth. Who's Who In Scotish History. Wales: Welsh Academic Press, 1996. Print. (ISBN 186057-0054).
    2. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    3. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
    4. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
    5. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    6. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    7. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
    8. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    9. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    10. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
    11. ...

    The Balcom Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Balcom 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.

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