Origins Available: English
Early Origins of the Balestra family
The surname Balestra was first found in Devon
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century in Devon.
Early History of the Balestra family
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Balestra Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Balestra has undergone many spelling variations
, including Balister, Ballister, Ballester, Ballaster, Balster, Balaster, Balester, Ballyster and many more.
Early Notables of the Balestra family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Balestra family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Balestra were among those contributors: Jose Balister, aged 35, who arrived at Ellis Island
, in 1921; and William Balister, aged 20, who arrived at Ellis Island, in 1922.