Balendant 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 Lanarkshire
, where the family was found since the early Middle Ages.
Early Origins of the Balendant family
The surname Balendant was first found in Lanarkshire
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Lannraig) a former county in the central Strathclyde region of Scotland
, now divided into the Council Areas of North Lanarkshire
, South Lanarkshire, and the City of Glasgow, where they had been settled from ancient times.
Early History of the Balendant family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Balendant research.Another 155 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1153, 1153, 1460, 1680, 1800, 1545, 1608, 1605, 1671, 1616 and 1661 are included under the topic Early Balendant History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Balendant 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. Balendant has been spelled Ballentine, Ballantyne, Ballantine, Ballentyne, Bannentyne, Bannantyne, Ballanden, Ballanden, Ballendine, Ballendyne, Ballentine and many more.
Early Notables of the Balendant family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family at this time was George Bannatyne (1545-1608), collector of Scottish poems, eponym of the Bannatyne Club in Edinburgh; Richard Bannatyne (died 1605), Scottish clergyman and scribe who served as secretary... Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Balendant Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Balendant family to Ireland
Some of the Balendant family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 101 words (7 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 Balendant family to the New World and Oceana
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: Dougal Ballentine who settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1767; William Ballintin, who settled in Philadelphia in 1802; and George Bennantine, who settled in Philadelphia in 1853. When the Latter Day Saint movement was getting started in the United States, and about the time they had settled in Nauvoo, missionaries were sent into Great Britain. One man who was particularly impressed by the message of these missionaries was John Ballantyne, a poor farm worker who lived in Jedburgh, Roxburghshire
with his wife Janet and nine children. John and his family joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints there in Scotland
. Then he and a group of other Saints decided to move to Nauvoo, Illinois. So together they chartered a sailing vessel, the “.