The ancestors of the name Balloombe date back to the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Balloombe family lived in Suffolk
, where they held a family seat
in the village of Baylham, from which they took their name.
Early Origins of the Balloombe family
The surname Balloombe was first found in Suffolk
, in the village and civil parish of Baylham. The village dates back to the Domesday Book
of 1086 when it was first listed as Beleham and probably meant "homestead or enclosure at a river-bend" from the Old English words "begel" + "ham" or "hamm." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
The parish, in the union and hundred of Bosmere and Claydon, East division of Suffolk, 3 miles from Needham-Market was small but contained about 275 inhabitants in the late 1890s. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Balloombe family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Balloombe research.Another 354 words (25 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1212, 1275, 1500, 1568, 1577, 1635, 1684, 1830, 1600 and 1642 are included under the topic Early Balloombe History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Balloombe Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Balloombe are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Balloombe include: Baalham, Balan, Baylham, Balum, Balam, Ballam, Balaam and many more.
Early Notables of the Balloombe family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Balloombe family to Ireland
Some of the Balloombe family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 88 words (6 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 Balloombe family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Balloombe or a variant listed above: Charles Baalam who sailed to New England
in 1656. Charles Balam arrived in Barbados in 1679 and William Balam sailed to Philadelphia in 1856.