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The annals of Scottish history reveal that Balfour was first used as a name by ancestors of the Pictish tribe of ancient Scotland. The Balfour family 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.
The surname Balfour was first found in Fife, where they held a family seat from ancient times.
Before the first dictionaries appeared in the last few hundred years, scribes spelled according to sound. spelling variations are common among Scottish names. Balfour has been spelled Balfour, Balfoure, Balfower, Balfowir, Balford, Balforde and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Balfour research. Another 227 words (16 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 Balfour History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
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...
Another 80 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Balfour Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Some of the Balfour family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 123 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
In those unstable times, many had no choice but to leave their beloved homelands. Sickness and poverty hounded travelers to North America, but those who made it were welcomed with land and opportunity. These settlers gave the young nations of Canada and the United States a strong backbone as they stood up for their beliefs as United Empire Loyalists and in the American War of Independence. In this century, the ancestors of these brave Scots have begun to recover their illustrious heritage through Clan societies and other heritage organizations. Early passenger and immigration lists reveal many Scottish settlers bearing the name Balfour:
Balfour Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Balfour Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Balfour Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
Balfour Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
The Balfour Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Balfour 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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