The long and noble heritage behind the name of Balleyle first began in medieval France. Many names derived from Old French roots arrived in England
after the Norman Conquest
of the 11th century. The surname Balleyle was originally derived from one of numerous place names in France such as Bailleul-en-Vimeu in Picardy, or Bailleul in Northern France. These place names are generally thought to come from the Old French word "baille," which meant "fortification."
Early Origins of the Balleyle family
The surname Balleyle was first found in Northumberland
, where they held a family seat
in their territories. Guy de Bailleul, owner of the fiefs of Bailleul, Dampierre, Harcourt, and Vinoy in Normandy
was a Norman Baron
, who accompanied Duke William to England
. Around the year 1093, he was granted the Barony of Biwell in Northumberland
by William Rufus, son of William the Conqueror, who was King of England
from 1087-1100. Without a doubt, the most famous of the family was John Balliol (c.1249-1314), King of Scots from 1292 to 1296. Also known as Johan de Bailliol, Jhon BalliIain and Iain Bailiol, little is known of his heritage and his early life. He was likely descended from Bernard I de Balliol (died c. 1154), Lord of Balliol. His fourth son was Bernard II de Balliol (died c. 1190) who was also Lord of Balliol and Barnard Castle. He is best known for his capture of William the Lion, King of the Scots, near Alnwick in 1174. CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3) Yorkshire
, more specifically the North Riding of Yorkshire
was found to have early records of the family. "The Balliols were anciently proprietors [of Kirkby in Cleveland] as were also the families of Kirkby and Eure." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Balleyle family
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Balleyle Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Baliol, Balliol, Belyall, Balliole, Baliole, Balliol and many more.
Early Notables of the Balleyle family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Balleyle family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Thomas Baliol, who arrived in New York, NY in 1823; and N.C. Balleul who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1844.