Ballch History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Of all the Anglo-Saxon names to come from Britain, Ballch is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived at or near a bank or ridge. Further research showed the name was derived from the Old English word Balca which means dweller by the bank or ridge. 
Early Origins of the Ballch family
The surname Ballch was first found in Oxfordshire, where William Belch was first listed as a Templar in 1185. Later, William le Belch was listed as holding lands in Essex in 1295 and Robert Balch was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Sussex in 1328. 
Kirby's Quest lists "Robert Balch, Somerset, 1 Edward III" (holding lands there during the first year's reign of Edward III.) 
Sir Toby Belch is a character in William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night.
Early History of the Ballch family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ballch research. Another 164 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1185, 1295, 1327, 1332, 1604, 1659, 1735, 1670, 1744, 1669 and 1670 are included under the topic Early Ballch History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Ballch Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Ballch has been spelled many different ways, including Balch, Balche, Belch, Belche, Ballch, Bellch, Ballche and many more.
Early Notables of the Ballch family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ballch family
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Ballchs to arrive in North America: John Balch, who arrived in Salem Massachusettes in 1620; Benjamin Balch, who sailed to Massachusettes in 1624 and John Balch, who arrived in Texas in 1836..