The tale of the name Balmain begins with a family who lived in the old lands of Balmanno in Kincardine. The name is a topographic
surname, which was given to a family who held a barony or lands, had houses, manors or estates in the area.
Early Origins of the Balmain family
The surname Balmain was first found in Kincardine, where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Balmain family
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Balmain Spelling Variations
Before the first dictionaries appeared in the last few hundred
years, scribes spelled according to sound. spelling variations
are common among Scottish names. Balmain has been spelled Balmano, Belmano, Belmanno, Bolmano, Ballmanno and many more.
Early Notables of the Balmain family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Balmain family to the New World and Oceana
In those unstable times, many had no choice but to leave their beloved homelands. Sickness and poverty hounded travelers to North America, but those who made it were welcomed with land and opportunity. These settlers gave the young nations of Canada and the United States a strong backbone as they stood up for their beliefs as United Empire Loyalists and in the American War of Independence
. In this century, the ancestors of these brave Scots have begun to recover their illustrious heritage through Clan
societies and other heritage organizations. Early passenger and immigration lists reveal many Scottish settlers bearing the name Balmain:
Balmain Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- William Balmain, who arrived in New England in 1783 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Balmain Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Mr. William Balmain U.E. (b. 1737) born in Glasgow, Scotland from New York, USA who settled in Scotchtown [Canning Parish], Queens County, New Brunswick c. 1783, then in Waterborough Parish he arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick as a passenger aboard the ship "Otter", he married Margaret Niven they had 9 children, he died in 1809 by falling from a window in Saint John, New Brunswick CITATION[CLOSE]
Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
Contemporary Notables of the name Balmain (post 1700)
- William Balmain (1762-1803), Australian surgeon at the first European settlement in Sydney
- Pierre Alexandre Balmain (1914-1982), French couturier