The story of the Baldbirny family begins in ancient Scotland
among the Pictish clans. The Baldbirny family 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.
Early Origins of the Baldbirny family
The surname Baldbirny was first found in Fife
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Baldbirny family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Baldbirny research.Another 193 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1260, 1483, 1508, 1622 and 1699 are included under the topic Early Baldbirny History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Baldbirny Spelling Variations
Translation has done much to alter the appearance of many Scottish names. It was a haphazard process that lacked a basic system of rules. Spelling variations
were a common result of this process. Baldbirny has appeared Balbirnie, Balbirney, Ballbirnie, Ballbirney, Ballbyrnie, Bawbyrny, Baldbernie and many more.
Early Notables of the Baldbirny family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Baldbirny family to Ireland
Some of the Baldbirny 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 and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Baldbirny family to the New World and Oceana
Many Scots left their country to travel to the North American colonies in search of the freedom they could not find at home. Of those who survived the difficult voyage, many found the freedom they so desired. There they could choose their own beliefs and allegiances. Some became United Empire Loyalists and others fought in the American War of Independence
. The Clan
societies and highland games that have sprung up in the last century have allowed many of these disparate Scots to recover their collective national identity. A search of immigration and passenger ship lists revealed many early settlers bearing the Baldbirny name: Charles Balbirnie who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1827; and then moved westward.