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An ancient Strathclyde-Briton family from the Scottish/English Borderlands were the first to use the name Balderston. They lived in the region of West Lothian or Linlithgow.

Balderston Early Origins



The surname Balderston 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.

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Balderston Spelling Variations


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Balderston Spelling Variations



Before the printing press standardized spelling in the last few hundred years, no general rules existed in the English language. Spelling variations in Scottish names from the Middle Ages are common even within a single document. Balderston has been spelled Balderstone, Balderstoun, Balderston, Balderton, Batherstain, Baldirston, Baldirstone, Baldirstan, Baldirstoun, Baldeston and many more.

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Balderston Early History


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Balderston Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Balderston research. Another 241 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1599, 1628, 1634, and 1663 are included under the topic Early Balderston History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Balderston Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Balderston Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Balderston 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



For Scottish immigrants, the great expense of travel to North America did not seem such a problem in those unstable times. Acres of land awaited them and many got the chance to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence. These Scots and their ancestors went on to play important roles in the forging of the great nations of the United States and Canada. Among them:

Balderston Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Balderston, who arrived in America in 1810
  • John Balderston, who arrived in Maryland in 1834

Balderston Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Balderston arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Gratitude" in 1848

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Contemporary Notables of the name Balderston (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Balderston (post 1700)



  • Keith Justin Balderston (b. 1970), American actor, known for 5 Minutes (2014), Lunch Break (2013) and Revenge (2013)
  • John Lloyd Balderston (1889-1954), American two-time Academy Award nominated playwright and screenwriter, known for The Last of the Mohicans (1992), Frankenstein (1931) and Dracula (1931)
  • Kurt Balderston, Canadian curler from Sexsmith, Alberta, Canadian Mixed champion in 1992

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Suggested Readings for the name Balderston


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Suggested Readings for the name Balderston



  • The Balderston Family, Colora Branch.
  • Balderston Family History by Marion Balderston.

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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: Constance et ferme
Motto Translation: Perserverance and decision.


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Citations


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    Other References

    1. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. The Charters of David I The Written Acts of David I King of Scots, 1124-53 and of His Son Henry, Earl of Northumerland, 1139-52. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1999. Print.
    2. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
    3. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
    4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
    5. Black, George F. The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3).
    6. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Socts Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Modern Application of the Art of Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
    7. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. 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. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    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.
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    The Balderston Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Balderston 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 22 November 2016 at 08:05.

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