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In ancient Scotland, the first people to use Ballantine as a surname were the Strathclyde- Britons. It was a name someone who lived in Lanarkshire, where the family was found since the early Middle Ages.

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The surname Ballantine was first found in Lanarkshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Lannraig) a former county in the central Strathclyde region of Scotland, now divided into the Council Areas of North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, and the City of Glasgow, where they had been settled from ancient times.

The origin of rules governing the spelling of names and even words is a very recent innovation. Before that, words and names were spelled according to sound, and, therefore, often appeared under several different spelling variations in a single document. Ballantine has been spelled Ballentine, Ballantyne, Ballantine, Ballentyne, Bannentyne, Bannantyne, Ballanden, Ballanden, Ballendine, Ballendyne, Ballentine and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ballantine research. Another 155 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1153, 1153, 1460, 1680, 1800, 1545, 1608, 1605, 1671, 1616 and 1661 are included under the topic Early Ballantine History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 117 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ballantine Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Ballantine family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 101 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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The persecution faced in their homeland left many Scots with little to do but sail for the colonies of North America. There they found land, freedom, opportunity, and nations in the making. They fought for their freedom in the American War of Independence, or traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In both cases, they made enormous contributions to the formation of those great nations. Among them:

Ballantine Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • William Ballantine, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1647

Ballantine Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • David Ballantine, who arrived in New York in 1801
  • Robert Ballantine, who arrived in New York in 1819
  • John Ballantine, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1830
  • George Ballantine, who landed in New York in 1836
  • James Ballantine, who arrived in New York in 1847

Ballantine Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • William Ballantine, aged 6, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Salus" in 1833
  • Jane Ballantine, aged 5, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Salus" in 1833
  • Ellen Ballantine, aged 18 months, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Salus" in 1833

Ballantine Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Moses Ballantine, aged 19, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "South Sea"

Ballantine Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • J. W. Ballantine, aged 24, arrived in Bluff, New Zealand aboard the ship "Christian McAusland" in 1875
  • Isabella Ballantine, aged 27, arrived in Bluff, New Zealand aboard the ship "Christian McAusland" in 1875
  • Margaret Ballantine, aged 28, a cook, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rangitikei" in 1884
  • Mary Ballantine, aged 17, a housemaid, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rangitikei" in 1884

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  • Whitney W. Ballantine (1910-1992), American Republican politician, Candidate for Wayne State University Board of Governors, 1959
  • Thomas Austin Ballantine Jr. (1926-1992), American Democrat politician, Circuit Judge in Kentucky, 1964-77; U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Kentucky, 1977-91
  • Muriel Erna Ballantine, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Massachusetts, 1972
  • Mary Keith Ballantine (b. 1926), American Republican politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives 23rd District, 1979-82
  • Joseph William Ballantine (b. 1888), American politician, U.S. Consul in Dairen, 1921-23; Tokyo, 1923-29; U.S. Consul General in Canton, 1930-32
  • James Ballantine (1855-1896), American Republican politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Delaware County, 1890; Member of New York State Senate 26th District, 1896
  • Edward D. Ballantine, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1940, 1944 (alternate), 1948 (alternate)
  • Arthur Atwood Ballantine Jr. (1914-1975), American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Colorado, 1960
  • Carl Ballantine (b. 1922), American actor
  • Peter Ballantine (1791-1883), Scottish-American founder of Patterson & Ballantine Brewing Company in 1840 in Newark, New Jersey, eponym of Ballantine Ale

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