The tale of the name Ballfart begins with a family who lived in the barony of Balfour, in the parish of Markinch in Fife
. The name is a topographic
surname, which was given to a family who held a barony or lands, had houses, manors or estates in the area. The name may also be derived from the Gaelic word baile
which means a place
and the Pictish word pawr
which means pasture.
Early Origins of the Ballfart family
The surname Ballfart was first found in Fife
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Ballfart family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ballfart research.Another 227 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1280, 1350, 1699, 1907, 1660, 1698, 1767, 1600, 1658, 1650, 1658, 1525, 1583, 1547, 1630, 1694, 1619, 1639, 1688 and 1713 are included under the topic Early Ballfart History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Ballfart Spelling Variations
Before the first dictionaries appeared in the last few hundred
years, scribes spelled according to sound. spelling variations
are common among Scottish names. Ballfart has been spelled Balfour, Balfoure, Balfower, Balfowir, Balford, Balforde and many more.
Early Notables of the Ballfart family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the Clan
at this time was Sir William Balfour (died 1660), from Pitcullo, Fifeshire
, General of the parliamentary forces during the English Civil War; Robert Balfour, 4th of Balbirnie (1698-1767); Sir Michael Balfour of Burleigh; Sir James Balfour, 1st Baronet
(1600-1658), Scottish annalist and antiquary, Lord Lyon King... Another 80 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ballfart Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Ballfart family to Ireland
Some of the Ballfart family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 123 words (9 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 Ballfart family to the New World and Oceana
In those unstable times, many had no choice but to leave their beloved homelands. Sickness and poverty hounded travelers to North America, but those who made it were welcomed with land and opportunity. These settlers gave the young nations of Canada and the United States a strong backbone as they stood up for their beliefs as United Empire Loyalists and in the American War of Independence
. In this century, the ancestors of these brave Scots have begun to recover their illustrious heritage through Clan
societies and other heritage organizations. Early passenger and immigration lists reveal many Scottish settlers bearing the name Ballfart: Gilbert, James, Janet, Samuel, William, all arrived at the Port of Philadelphia in Pennsylvania between 1820 to 1860.