Balderas History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Balderas is an ancient Scottish name that was first used by the Strathclyde-Briton people of the Scottish/English Borderlands. It is a name for someone who lived in the region of West Lothian or Linlithgow.

Early Origins of the Balderas family

The surname Balderas was first found in West Lothian, or Linlithgow, where they were very anciently seated. The lands of Balderstone were originally held by a man named Baldhere or Bealdhere, or Baldheres town. He held a family seat there about the year 1150.

Early History of the Balderas family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Balderas research. Another 161 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1599, 1628, 1634, and 1663 are included under the topic Early Balderas History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Balderas Spelling Variations

In Medieval times, spelling and translation were not nearly so highly developed as today. They were generally carried out according to the sound and intuition of the bearer. For that reason spelling variations are extremely common among early Scottish names. Balderas has been spelled Balderstone, Balderstoun, Balderston, Balderton, Batherstain, Baldirston, Baldirstone, Baldirstan, Baldirstoun, Baldeston and many more.

Early Notables of the Balderas family (pre 1700)

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


United States Balderas migration to the United States +

Unrest, poverty, and persecution caused thousands to look for opportunity and freedom in the North American colonies. The crossing was long, overcrowded, and unsanitary, though, and came only at great expense. Many Strathclyde families settled on the east coast of North America in communities that would form the backbone of what would become the great nations of the United States and Canada. The American War of Independence caused those who remained loyal to England to move north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In the 20th century, Strathclyde and other Scottish families across North America began to recover their collective heritage through highland games and Clan societies. Among them:

Balderas Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Liboria Balderas, aged 40, originally from Havana, Cuba, who arrived in New York in 1908 aboard the ship "Saratoga" from Havana, Cuba [1]
  • Roberto Balderas, aged 23, originally from Mexico City, Mexico, who arrived in New York in 1923 aboard the ship "San Juan" from Vera Cruz, Mexico [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Balderas (post 1700) +

  • Hector Balderas, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Mexico, 2008 [3]
  • Sindey Balderas Melgar (b. 1976), Mexican footballer and defender
  • Sindey Balderas Melgar (b. 1976), Mexican footballer and defender


The Balderas 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: Constance et ferme
Motto Translation: Perserverance and decision.


  1. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXP8-QZ3 : 6 December 2014), Liboria Balderas, 10 Jun 1908; citing departure port Havana, Cuba, arrival port New York, ship name Saratoga, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  2. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JNN6-RM5 : 6 December 2014), Roberto Balderas, 20 Mar 1923; citing departure port Vera Cruz, Mexico, arrival port New York, ship name San Juan, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 3) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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