Show ContentsBallio History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The long and noble heritage behind the name of Ballio first began in medieval France. Many names derived from Old French roots arrived in England and Scotland after the Norman Conquest of the 11th century. The surname Ballio 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 Ballio family

The surname Ballio 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) 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. 1

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." 2

Early History of the Ballio family

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Ballio Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Baliol, Balliol, Belyall, Balliole, Baliole, Balliol and many more.

Early Notables of the Ballio family

Notable among the family at this time was

  • Guy I de Balliol (died c. 1130-1133), a Picard Baron who was granted land in northern England in the late eleventh century...
  • He is regarded as the progenitor of the noble family, the House of Balliol (de Bailleul.) John de Balliol (c. 1208-1268), was an English nobleman, belonging to the House of Balliol, eponym of Balliol...
  • John Balliol or John de Balliol (c.1249-1314), known as Toom Tabard ('empty coat'), was King of Scots from 1292 to 1296...
  • Edward Balliol or Edward de Balliol (c. 1283-1364), son of John Balliol, a claimant to the Scottish throne during the Second War of Scottish Independence...

Migration of the Ballio family

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.

  1. 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)
  2. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print. on Facebook