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Ballou is a name whose history on English soil dates back to the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest of England of 1066. The Ballou family lived in Cheshire where they were first established at Moreton on the Wirral Peninsula. Originally, the name was a variation of the Old French belleau or bella aqua, which means good water or clear water and likely is derived from the name of any number of locations so named in Normandy.

Ballou Early Origins



The surname Ballou was first found in Cheshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Moreton in the Wirral Peninsula. The name of the Norman noble who was granted lands at Moreton was interchangeably Bellet or Bellot of Callouville in Normandy, but emerged in the 12th century as Bellow or Bellows. The family held a family seat at Moreton at the time of the Norman Conquest of England by Duke William of Normandy in 1066 A.D. Moreton is now a seaside resort. East Rudham, Norfolk was "anciently the property of the family of Belet." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Wroxton in Oxfordshire was also and ancient family seat. "This place was distinguished for an extensive monastery, founded for a prior and brethren of the Augustine order, and dedicated to the Blessed Virgin, about the year 1230, by Michael Belet, who endowed it with the lordships of Wroxton and Balscot." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Ballou Spelling Variations


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Ballou Spelling Variations



Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Bellowe, Bellow, Bellows, Bellot, Bellet, Bellett, Bellowes, Beloe, Belloe, Bellough, Belloes, Beloes, Belloughs, Ballot, Ballott, Ballow, Ballowe, Ballows, Ballowes and many more.

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Ballou Early History


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Ballou Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ballou research. Another 235 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 166 and 1663 are included under the topic Early Ballou History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Ballou Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Ballou Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Ballou Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Ballou In Ireland


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Ballou In Ireland



Some of the Ballou family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 33 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Ballou or a variant listed above were:

Ballou Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Maturin Ballou, who arrived in Providence, Rhode Island in 1639
  • William Ballou, who landed in Providence, Rhode Island in 1644
  • Mathurin Ballou, who landed in Providence, Rhode Island in 1645

Ballou Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Joseph Ballou, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1750

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Contemporary Notables of the name Ballou (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Ballou (post 1700)



  • Noble Winfred Ballou (1897-1963), American Major League Baseball pitcher who played from 1925 to 1929
  • Tyson Brett Ballou (b. 1976), American model
  • Mikell Randolph "Mike" Ballou (b. 1947), American NFL linebacker who played for the Boston Patriots in 1970
  • Sullivan Ballou (1829-1861), American lawyer, politician and officer in the Union Army during the American Civil War
  • Maturin Murray Ballou (1820-1895), American writer and publisher, co-founder of Gleason's Pictorial, was the first editor of the Boston Daily Globe
  • Mary Ballou (1809-1904), American memoirist
  • Latimer Whipple Ballou (1812-1900), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Rhode Island (1875-1881)
  • Hosea Ballou II (1796-1861), American Universalist minister, the 1st President of Tufts University from 1853 to 1861
  • Esther Williamson Ballou (1915-1973), American music educator, organist and composer
  • Emily Ballou, American multiple award winning poet, novelist and screenwriter
  • ... (Another 20 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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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: Vita et pectore puro
Motto Translation: With pure life and heart.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  3. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  4. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  5. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  6. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  7. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  8. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  9. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
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The Ballou Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ballou 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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