The Pictish clans of ancient Scotland
were the ancestors of first people to use the name Ballforde. The name was found 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 Ballforde family
The surname Ballforde was first found in Fife
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Ballforde family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ballforde 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 Ballforde History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Ballforde Spelling Variations
In the Middle ages, spelling and translation were not yet regulated by any general rules. spelling variations
in names were common even among members of one family unit. Ballforde has appeared Balfour, Balfoure, Balfower, Balfowir, Balford, Balforde and many more.
Early Notables of the Ballforde 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 Ballforde Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Ballforde family to Ireland
Some of the Ballforde 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 Ballforde family to the New World and Oceana
Faced by this persecution and the generally unstable political climate of those days, many Scots chose to leave their homeland for Ireland
, and North America in search of greater opportunity and freedom. The colonies across the Atlantic were the most popular choice, but a passage there was neither cheap nor easily suffered. Passengers arrived sick and poor, but those who made it intact often found land and more tolerant societies in which to live. These brave settlers formed the backbone of the burgeoning nations of Canada and the United States. It is only this century that the ancestors of these families have begun to recover their collective identity through the patriotic highland games and Clan
societies that have sprung up throughout North America. Research into early immigration and passenger lists revealed many immigrants bearing the name Ballforde: Gilbert, James, Janet, Samuel, William, all arrived at the Port of Philadelphia in Pennsylvania between 1820 to 1860.