Ballin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The name Ballin was brought to England by the Normans when they conquered the country in 1066. The ancestors of the Ballin family lived in Cornwall. The family originated from the region around the fortress of Balon near Le Mans in France, and the name was carried to England by Hamelin de Balon during the Norman Conquest of England. 
Early Origins of the Ballin family
The surname Ballin was first found in Cornwall, where they held a family seat from the 11th century. The family originated from the region around the fortress of Balon near Le Mans in France and the name was carried to England by Hamelin de Balon during the conquest.
John de Baalun or Balun (d. 1235), was justice itinerant, "a Baron who possessed estates in Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, and Wiltshire, and was descended from one Hameline de Baalun, who came over with the Conqueror, built the castle of Abergavenny, and died in 1089. His father was Reginald de Balun, and in 1207 John de Balun paid a fine for the lands of Hameline, on behalf of his father, to Geoffrey Fitz-Ace and Agnes, his wife. In 12 John (1210-1211) Balun accompanied the king to Ireland, but at the end of John's reign lost his lands for taking part in the barons' attack upon the king. " 
Early History of the Ballin family
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Ballin 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 Ballin 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 Ballin include Balleine, Ballin, Ballon, Balon, Balun, Baalun, Ballom, Balin, Ballen and many more.
Early Notables of the Ballin family
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| Ballin 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 Ballin, or a variant listed above:
Ballin Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Alonzo Ballin, aged 26, who arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Limon" from Port Limon, Costa Rica 
- Claudine Ballin, aged 35, who arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "France" from Le Havre, France 
- Joseph Ballin, aged 52, arrived in New York in 1921 aboard the ship "Hansa" from Hamburg, Germany 
| Ballin migration to West Indies
The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. 
Ballin Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
- Susan Ballin who arrived in Barbados in 1654
|Contemporary Notables of the name Ballin (post 1700)
- Mabel Ballin (1887-1958), American actress
- Hugo Ballin, American artist
- Harmon R. Ballin, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1988 
- Camillo Ballin (1944-2020), Italian Roman Catholic bishop, writer, missionary, and educator
- Ernst Hirsch Ballin (b. 1950), Dutch politician
- Albert Ballin (1857-1918), German shipping magnate