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Ballenger is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England with the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Ballenger family lived in Nottingham in the midlands of England. However, the family was originally descended from the Bellengers, the Knights of Facomberg in Picardy, France and the name has been corrupted from the name of the French Boulanger family, who were chevaliers (knights) of Hainaut and Flanders.

Early Origins of the Ballenger family

The surname Ballenger was first found in Worcestershire where John Belinger was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of 1275. [1]

From this earliest record, we move to 16th century London where William Bellinger is buried at St. Peter, Cornhill in 1563; and the same church records show Thomas Bland and Rose Bellynger married at that time. William Bellinger and Dorothy Ferrybye were married in 1572-3 and later, Richard Ashman and Joan Belinger were married in 1620. [2]

Early History of the Ballenger family

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Ballenger Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Ballenger are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Ballenger include Ballenger, Ballinger, Bellinger, Bellenger and others.

Early Notables of the Ballenger family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Francis Bellinger (died 1721), an English physician, an original member of the Spalding Society. John Bellinger was a "bookseller in London; Cliffords...
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Ballenger Ranking

In the United States, the name Ballenger is the 7,359th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [3]

Ireland Migration of the Ballenger family to Ireland

Some of the Ballenger family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Ballenger migration to the United States +

Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Ballenger, or a variant listed above:

Ballenger Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Andrew Ballenger, who landed in Virginia in 1717 [4]
  • Edward Ballenger, who arrived in Virginia in 1733 [4]
  • James Ballenger, who landed in Virginia in 1775 [4]
Ballenger Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Ballenger, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1853
Ballenger Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Enger Ballenger, who immigrated to the United States, in 1910
  • Frank Ballenger, aged 40, who landed in America, in 1911
  • William L. Ballenger, who landed in America, in 1911
  • Courteney Ballenger, who landed in America, in 1919
  • Horrace Ballenger, aged 25, who settled in America, in 1922

Australia Ballenger migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Ballenger Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Michael Ballenger, Canadian convict who was convicted in St Johns, Newfoundland, Canada for 7 years, transported aboard the "Bangalore" on 1st January 1850, arriving in Moreton Bay, Queensland, Australia [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Ballenger (post 1700) +

  • Thomas Lee Ballenger (1882-1987), American historian, author and teacher
  • Roger Ballenger, American politician, an Oklahoma Senator since 2006
  • Pelham Ballenger (1894-1948), American Major League Baseball third baseman
  • Frank Ballenger, American college football coach
  • Thomas Cass Ballenger (b. 1926), American politician, United States House of Representatives for North Carolina (1986 to 2005)
  • William Howard Ballenger, American politician, Member of South Carolina State Senate 1st District, 1972-76; Circuit Judge in South Carolina 10th Circuit; Elected 1976 [6]
  • Louis E. Ballenger, American Republican politician, Member of Kentucky State House of Representatives, 1962-69 [6]
  • Ben Ballenger, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Senator from Georgia, 2000 [6]

  1. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  4. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  5. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 11th September 2020). Retrieved from
  6. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 14) . Retrieved from on Facebook