The history of the Balloun family name begins after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. They lived in Cornwall
. The family originated from the region around the fortress of Balon near Le Mans in France, and the name was carried to England
by Hamelin de Balon during the Norman Conquest
Early Origins of the Balloun family
The surname Balloun was first found in Cornwall
, where they held a family seat
from the 11th century. The family originated from the region around the fortress of Balon near Le Mans in France and the name was carried to England
by Hamelin de Balon during the conquest.
Early History of the Balloun family
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Balloun 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 Balleine, Ballin, Ballon, Balon, Balun, Baalun, Ballom, Balin, Ballen and many more.
Early Notables of the Balloun family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Balloun family to the New World and Oceana
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 Balloun or a variant listed above were: Susan Ballin who arrived in Barbados in 1654.
Contemporary Notables of the name Balloun (post 1700)
- Charles F. Balloun, American Republican politician, Member of Iowa State Senate 21st District; Elected 1970 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 14) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html