Anglo-Saxon name. The name was originally given to 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.
Early Origins of the Ballans family
Warwickshire, where they held a family seat from early times.
Early History of the Ballans family
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Ballans Spelling Variations
spelling variations under which the name Ballans has appeared include Balancer, Balance, Ballancer, Ballance, Balauncer, Ballauncer, Balancor and many more.
Early Notables of the Ballans family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ballans family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Ballans arrived in North America very early: Joseph Balance who arrived in Virginia in 1635.
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