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The long and noble heritage behind the name of Balliol 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 Balliol 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."

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

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Balliol research. Another 457 words (33 lines of text) covering the years 1212, 1269, 1240, 1296, 1292, 1296, 1364, 1332, 1338, 1356, 1287, 1289 and 1290 are included under the topic Early Balliol History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Balliol Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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.

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  • King Edward de Balliol (1283-1364), eldest son of John II de Balliol, who ruled from Scotland in name from 1332 to about 1338


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The Balliol Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Balliol Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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