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In ancient Anglo-Saxon England, the ancestors of the Ballein surname lived in Suffolk, where they held a family seat in the village of Baylham, from which they took their name.

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It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Ballein 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 Ballein include: Baalham, Balan, Baylham, Balum, Balam, Ballam, Balaam and many more.

First found in Suffolk, where they held a family seat from ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ballein research. Another 472 words (34 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1212, 1275, 1500, 1568, 1577, 1600, 1635, 1684, and 1830 are included under the topic Early Ballein History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Ballein Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Ballein family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 108 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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 Ballein or a variant listed above: Charles Baalam who sailed to New England in 1656. Charles Balam arrived in Barbados in 1679 and William Balam sailed to Philadelphia in 1856.

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