The Pictish clans of ancient Scotland
were the ancestors of first people to use the name Ballbirnay. The name was found in the lands of Balbirnie in Fife
. The name is a topographic
surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation
names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local
names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties.
Early Origins of the Ballbirnay family
The surname Ballbirnay was first found in Fife
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Ballbirnay family
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Ballbirnay Spelling Variations
In the Middle ages, spelling and translation were not yet regulated by any general rules. spelling variations
in names were common even among members of one family unit. Ballbirnay has appeared Balbirnie, Balbirney, Ballbirnie, Ballbirney, Ballbyrnie, Bawbyrny, Baldbernie and many more.
Early Notables of the Ballbirnay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ballbirnay family to Ireland
Some of the Ballbirnay family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 111 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Ballbirnay family to the New World and Oceana
Faced by this persecution and the generally unstable political climate of those days, many Scots chose to leave their homeland for Ireland
, and North America in search of greater opportunity and freedom. The colonies across the Atlantic were the most popular choice, but a passage there was neither cheap nor easily suffered. Passengers arrived sick and poor, but those who made it intact often found land and more tolerant societies in which to live. These brave settlers formed the backbone of the burgeoning nations of Canada and the United States. It is only this century that the ancestors of these families have begun to recover their collective identity through the patriotic highland games and Clan
societies that have sprung up throughout North America. Research into early immigration and passenger lists revealed many immigrants bearing the name Ballbirnay: Charles Balbirnie who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1827; and then moved westward.