The Norman Conquest
in 1066 brought much change to the island nation, including many immigrants with new names. Among these immigrants were the ancestors of the Balen family, who lived in Cornwall
. The family originated from the region around the fortress of Balon near Le Mans in France, and the name was carried to England
by Hamelin de Balon during the Norman Conquest
Early Origins of the Balen family
The surname Balen was first found in Cornwall
, where they held a family seat
from the 11th century. The family originated from the region around the fortress of Balon near Le Mans in France and the name was carried to England
by Hamelin de Balon during the conquest.
Early History of the Balen family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Balen research.Another 403 words (29 lines of text) covering the years 1090, 1224, 1273, 1275, 1297, 1327, and 1500 are included under the topic Early Balen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Balen Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Balen were recorded, including Balleine, Ballin, Ballon, Balon, Balun, Baalun, Ballom, Balin, Ballen and many more.
Early Notables of the Balen family (pre 1700)
More information is included under the topic Early Balen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Balen family to the New World and Oceana
The unstable environment in England
at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland
, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Balen arrived in North America very early: Susan Ballin who arrived in Barbados in 1654.