The name Ballancer is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. It was originally a name for someone who worked as 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
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.
Early Origins of the Ballancer family
The surname Ballancer was first found in Warwickshire
, where they held a family seat
from early times.
Early History of the Ballancer family
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Ballancer Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Ballancer are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Ballancer include Balancer, Balance, Ballancer, Ballance, Balauncer, Ballauncer, Balancor and many more.
Early Notables of the Ballancer family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ballancer family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Ballancer or a variant listed above: Joseph Balance who arrived in Virginia in 1635.