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The origins of the Balent name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It comes from when the family lived in Suffolk, where they held a family seat in the village of Baylham, from which they took their name.

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The surname Balent was first found in Suffolk, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Balent were recorded, including Baalham, Balan, Baylham, Balum, Balam, Ballam, Balaam and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Balent research. Another 472 words (34 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1212, 1275, 1500, 1568, 1577, 1600, 1635, 1684, and 1830 are included under the topic Early Balent History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Balent Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Balent family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 108 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Balent family emigrate to North America: Charles Baalam who sailed to New England in 1656. Charles Balam arrived in Barbados in 1679 and William Balam sailed to Philadelphia in 1856.

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The Balent Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Balent 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.

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