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The ancient name of Ballance finds its origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from a name for a maker of balances and scales and the precise weights needed in the use of such devices having derived from the English word balancer and the Old French word balancier. The Norman Conquest of England in 1066 led to a mingling of French and the various dialects of English that were then common. As a result, the line between English and French name origins is often less than definitive in cases dating from this time.

Ballance Early Origins



The surname Ballance was first found in Warwickshire, where they held a family seat from early times.

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Ballance Spelling Variations


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Ballance Spelling Variations



Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Ballance family name include Balancer, Balance, Ballancer, Ballance, Balauncer, Ballauncer, Balancor and many more.

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Ballance Early History


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Ballance Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ballance research. Another 359 words (26 lines of text) covering the years 1196, 1283, 1300, 1500 and 1316 are included under the topic Early Ballance History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Ballance Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Ballance Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Ballance Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Ballance surname or a spelling variation of the name include :

Ballance Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Jo Ballance, aged 19, landed in Virginia in 1635
  • William Ballance, who landed in Virginia in 1656

Ballance Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • H. Ballance arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Surat" in 1864
  • Eleanor Ballance arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Surat" in 1864

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Contemporary Notables of the name Ballance (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Ballance (post 1700)



  • Laura Jane Ballance (b. 1968), American bassist in the rock band Superchunk
  • Willis "Bill" Ballance (1918-2004), American radio talk show host
  • Frank W. Ballance Jr., (b. 1942), American politician and attorney, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from North Carolina (2003-2004)
  • L. Charles Ballance, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Delegate to Michigan State Constitutional Convention from Grand Traverse District, 1961
  • Frank W. Ballance Jr. (b. 1942), American Democrat politician, Member of North Carolina State House of Representatives, 1982-85; Member of North Carolina State Senate, 1989-2002
  • Chris Ballance (b. 1952), English-born, Scottish playwright and politician, former Member of the Scottish Parliament for the South of Scotland region (2003-2007)
  • Gary Simon Ballance (b. 1989), English first-class cricketer
  • Gary Ballance (b. 1984), Irish professional wrestler from Dublin who uses the ring name Bingo Ballance
  • John Ballance (1839-1893), Irish-born, New Zealand politician, 14th Premier of New Zealand (1891-1893)
  • Charles Alfred Ballance (1856-1936), English surgeon who specialized in the fields of otology and neurotology who developed Ballance's sign, the first president of the Society of British Neurological Surgeon

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    2. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    3. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    4. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    5. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    6. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    8. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    9. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    10. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    11. ...

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

    This page was last modified on 14 January 2016 at 15:20.

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