Balfour History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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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.
Early Origins of the Balfour family
The surname Balfour was first found in Fife, where they held a family seat from ancient times.
Early History of the Balfour family
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Balfour Spelling Variations
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.
Early Notables of the Balfour 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...
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In the United States, the name Balfour is the 14,692nd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 
Migration of the Balfour family to Ireland
Some of the Balfour family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Balfour migration to the United States +
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
- George Balfour, who landed in Rhode Island in 1701 
- William Balfour, who landed in Virginia in 1738 
- Janet Balfour, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1775 
- Andrew Balfour, who arrived in North Carolina in 1782 
Balfour Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Walter Balfour, who arrived in America in 1807 
- John Balfour, who landed in America in 1855 
- Gilbert, James, Janet, Samuel, William Balfour, all arrived at the Port of Philadelphia in Pennsylvania between 1820 to 1860
- Joseph Balfour, who landed in Arkansas in 1884 
Balfour migration to Canada +
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Balfour Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
Balfour migration to Australia +
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Balfour Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Robert Balfour, aged 31, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Star Queen" 
- Archibald Balfour, aged 49, a engineer, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Utopia"
- Robert Balfour, aged 19, a edinburgh, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Utopia"
- John Balfour, aged 14, a engineer, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Utopia"
- Elizabeth Balfour, aged 16, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Utopia"
Balfour migration to New Zealand +
Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:
Balfour Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Mr. David Inglis Balfour, Australian settler travelling from Port of Hobart, Tasmania, Australia on board the ship "David Owen" arriving in New Zealand in 1832 
- Mr. William Balfour, Scottish settler travelling from Clyde aboard the ship "Sir William Eyre" arriving in Bluff, Southland, South Island, New Zealand in April 1863 
- Mrs. Balfour, Scottish settler travelling from Clyde aboard the ship "Sir William Eyre" arriving in Bluff, Southland, South Island, New Zealand in April 1863 
- Mr. James Balfour, Scottish settler travelling from Clyde aboard the ship "Sir William Eyre" arriving in Bluff, Southland, South Island, New Zealand in April 1863 
- Mr. William Balfour, (b. 1834), aged 30, British settler travelling from Plymouth aboard the ship "Ivanhoe" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 13th June 1864 
Contemporary Notables of the name Balfour (post 1700) +
- Grant Robert Balfour (b. 1977), Australian-born, American Major League Baseball player
- Eric Salter Balfour (b. 1977), American actor
- Michael Balfour (1918-1997), American actor
- John Patrick Douglas Balfour (1904-1976), 3rd Baron Kinross Scottish historian
- John Blair Balfour PC, QC (1837-1905), 1st Baron Kinross, Scottish lawyer and Liberal politician
- John Hutton Balfour FRSE FRS FRCSE FLS MWS (1808-1884), Scottish botanist, Professor of Botany, University of Glasgow (1841)
- James Maitland Balfour (1820-1856), Scottish Member of Parliament
- James Balfour (1583-1584), Lord Pittendreich Scottish judge and politician
- James Balfour (1731-1809), Scottish Church of England missionary in Newfoundland
- Sir Isaac Bayley Balfour (1853-1922), Scottish botanist
- ... (Another 11 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Related Stories +
- ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
- ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
- ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
- ^ South Australian Register Monday 1st January 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Star Queen 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/starqueen1854.shtml
- ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
- ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html