Show ContentsBallingall History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The annals of Scottish history reveal that Ballingall was first used as a name by descendants of the Pictish tribe of ancient Scotland. The Ballingall family lived in the lands of Ballinghall in Kinross. The name is a topographic or local surname, which was given to a family who held a barony or lands, had houses, manors or estates in the area.

Early Origins of the Ballingall family

The surname Ballingall was first found in on the lands of Kinross, where they have held a family seat from very ancient times. They have held the lands of Ballingall, in the parish of Orwell in that shire for many centuries.

Early History of the Ballingall family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ballingall research. Another 53 words (4 lines of text) covering the year 1566 is included under the topic Early Ballingall History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ballingall Spelling Variations

During the Middle Ages, there was no basic set of rules and scribes wrote according to sound. The correct spelling of Scottish names were further compromised after many haphazard translations from Gaelic to English and back. Spelling variations of the name Ballingall include Ballingal, Ballingall, Ballinghall, Ballengall, Bangall, Balingual, Ballingaw and many more.

Early Notables of the Ballingall family

Notable amongst the Clan at this time was

  • Sir George Ballingall. Professor of Military Surgery
  • Hugh Ballingall of Ardarroch

Ireland Migration of the Ballingall family to Ireland

Some of the Ballingall family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 34 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Ballingall migration to the United States +

Scots left their country by the thousands to travel to Australia and North America. Desperate for freedom and an opportunity to fend for themselves, many paid huge fees and suffered under terrible conditions on long voyages. Still, for those who made the trip, freedom and opportunity awaited. In North America, many fought their old English oppressors in the American War of Independence. In recent years, Scottish heritage has been an increasingly important topic, as Clan societies and other organizations have renewed people's interest in their history. An examination of passenger and immigration lists shows many early settlers bearing the name of Ballingall:

Ballingall Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Ballingall, who arrived in Virginia in 1656 [1]
Ballingall Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Alexander and Roger Ballingall who settled in Boston, Massachusetts in 1755
Ballingall Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • George David Ballingall, aged 53, who immigrated to the United States from Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1905
  • Jessie Ballingall, aged 40, who settled in America from Glasgow, in 1905
  • Minnie Ballingall, aged 40, who landed in America from Burntisland, Scotland, in 1907
  • Robert Ballingall, aged 19, who immigrated to the United States from Leven, Scotland, in 1907
  • Charles Gulland Ballingall, aged 40, who immigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1908
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Ballingall migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Ballingall Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Jessie Dorothy Ballingall, aged 6, who immigrated to Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada, in 1923
  • Marguerite Ballingall, aged 39, who immigrated to Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada, in 1923
  • Mary Elizabeth Ballingall, aged 8, who settled in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada, in 1923

Contemporary Notables of the name Ballingall (post 1700) +

  • Chris Ballingall (b. 1932), American female professional baseball catcher who played from 1953 through 1954 in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League
  • Patrick Ballingall, American politician, Delegate to Illinois State Constitutional Convention from Cook County, 1847 [2]
  • P. M. Ballingall, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Iowa, 1888 [2]
  • George H. Ballingall, American politician, Delegate to Indiana State Constitutional Convention, 1850-51 [2]
  • Sir George Ballingall (1780-1855), Scottish physician and surgeon, Regius professor of military surgery at Edinburgh University [3]

The Ballingall Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Foritudine et decore
Motto Translation: By boldness and gracefulness.

  1. 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)
  2. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 14) . Retrieved from
  3. Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 6 June 2019 on Facebook