Bally History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Bally is a name whose history on English soil dates back to the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. The name Bally comes from a person who held the civil office of the same name in Normandy. The title 'Le Bailli' was approximately equal to that of Viscount or sheriff. [1] There was also a place named Bailleul-En-Vimeu which is about six miles south of Abbeyville in the Somme, Normandy from which some instances of the surname may have evolved. The name Bally is also an occupational name for a steward or official, deriving from "baiulivus" in Late Latin. In Scotland the word bailie, rather than bailiff is still used as the title for an officer in the courts.

Early Origins of the Bally family

The surname Bally was first found in Northumberland. However, there is still great controversy over the earliest origins of the name. There was great popular belief that the name was changed from Balliol, due to the unpopularity of the two Scottish Kings of that name. However, many historians, such as Bain, find no evidence for such a change, and cite very early instances of the name Baillie, such as William de Bailli, who appeared as a juror on an inquest concerning forfeited lands in Lothian around 1311-12. [2]

Early records of the Baillie Clan indicate that the aforementioned William de Bailli was also known as Baillie of Hoperig, who acquired the lands of Lamington in Lanarkshire. His son William was granted a charter confirming ownership of these same lands in 1358. Alexander, the eldest grandson of William and two brothers fled the country after they had beaten and killed their tutor. After serving in the army, Alexander received the lands of Dunain and Dochfour, and was appointed the Constable of Inverness. Another brother of Alexander's married a daughter of Sir Patrick Hume's in 1492, and from this union descended the Baillies of Jerviswood.

Important Dates for the Bally family

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Bally Spelling Variations

Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Baillie, Bailey, Bailie, Bayly, Bayley, Bailley, Baly, Ballye, Bayllie and many more.

Early Notables of the Bally family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John Balliol King of Scotland from 1292-1296; Dr Richard Baylie (1585-1667), twice President of St John's College, Oxford, twice Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University and Dean of Salisbury; John Bayley (died 1611), an English politician, Mayor of Salisbury in 1587, Member of the Parliament for Salisbury in 1589; Robert Baillie of Jerviswood (1632-1684), a civil and religious reformer, eventually put to death for his outspokenness; Robert Baillie (Baillie of Jerviswood) (ca.1634-1684), a Scottish conspirator implicated in the Rye House Plot against King Charles...
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Migration of the Bally family to Ireland

Some of the Bally family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Bally migration to the United States

Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Bally or a variant listed above:

Bally Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Richard Bally, who landed in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1638 [3]
  • John Bally, who landed in Virginia in 1641 [3]
  • Charles Bally, who arrived in Maryland in 1673 [3]
  • Robert Bally, who arrived in Maryland in 1674 [3]
  • Elizabeth Bally, who arrived in Maryland in 1677 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Bally Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Tho Bally, who arrived in Virginia in 1705 [3]
  • Sophia Bally, who landed in Virginia in 1714 [3]
  • Martha Bally, who landed in Georgia in 1738 [3]
  • Anne Bally, aged 25, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1775 [3]
  • Francis Bally, who landed in New York in 1798 [3]
Bally Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Bally, who landed in America in 1803 [3]
  • I Bally, who arrived in America in 1805 [3]
  • James Bally, who landed in America in 1805 [3]
  • Francis G Bally, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1824 [3]
  • A Del Bally, aged 45, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1831 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bally migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bally Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Francois Bally, who landed in Montreal in 1659
  • Henri Bally, who landed in Montreal in 1659

Contemporary Notables of the name Bally (post 1700)

  • Étienne Marcel Bally (1923-2018), French gold, two-time silver medalist sprinter at the 1950 European Championships

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Citations

  1. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
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