Balf History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The Balf family name was first used by descendants of the Pictish people of ancient Scotland. It is a name for someone who lived in the barony of Balfour, in the parish of Markinch in Fife. The name is a topographic or local surname, which was given to a family who held a barony or lands, had houses, manors or estates in the area. The name may also be derived from the Gaelic word baile which means a place and the Pictish word pawr which means pasture.

Early Origins of the Balf family

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

Important Dates for the Balf family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Balf research. Another 114 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1280, 1350, 1699, 1907, 1660, 1698, 1767, 1600, 1658, 1650, 1658, 1525, 1583, 1547, 1630, 1694, 1619, 1639, 1688 and 1713 are included under the topic Early Balf History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Balf Spelling Variations

Scribes in the Middle Ages did not have access to a set of spelling rules. They spelled according to sound, the result was a great number of spelling variations. In various documents, Balf has been spelled Balfour, Balfoure, Balfower, Balfowir, Balford, Balforde and many more.

Early Notables of the Balf family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the Clan at this time was Sir William Balfour (died 1660), from Pitcullo, Fifeshire, Scotland, General of the parliamentary forces during the English Civil War; Robert Balfour, 4th of Balbirnie (1698-1767); Sir Michael Balfour of Burleigh; Sir James Balfour, 1st Baronet (1600-1658), Scottish annalist and antiquary, Lord Lyon King of Arms from 1650-1658; Sir James Balfour (1525-1583) Lord Pittendreich, Scottish judge and politician, who...
Another 65 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Balf Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Balf family to Ireland

Some of the Balf family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 68 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Balf migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Balf Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Anne Balf, aged 21, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Northern Light" [1]

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Citations

  1. ^ South Australian Register Monday 9th April 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Norther Light 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/northernlight1855.shtml
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