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The ancient Pictish-Scottish family that first used the name Balnaves lived in the lands of Balneaves in the parish of Kinkell in Angus. The name is a topographic or local surname, which was given to a family who held a barony or lands, had houses, manors or estates in the area. Even today, there is a small farm in the area called Balneaves.

Early Origins of the Balnaves family


The surname Balnaves was first found in Angus (Gaelic: Aonghas), part of the Tayside region of northeastern Scotland, and present day Council Area of Angus, formerly known as Forfar or Forfarshire, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say before the eleventh century. They held a family seat on the lands of Balneaves in the parish of Kinkell, the site is still marked by three aged trees, which are bounded by Kyrkness and Louchor. Laurence Balnaves attended the beating of the boundaries of his territories in 1395.

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Early History of the Balnaves family

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Early History of the Balnaves family


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Balnaves Spelling Variations

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Balnaves Spelling Variations


The arts of spelling and translation were yet in their infancies when surnames began, so there are an enormous number of spelling variations of the names in early Scottish records. This is a particular problem with Scottish names because of the numerous times a name might have been loosely translated to English from Gaelic and back. Balnaves has been spelled Balneaves, Balnaves, Balnavis, Banese, Bannese, Bennase, Bennese, Benes and many more.

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Early Notables of the Balnaves family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Balnaves family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Balnaves family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Balnaves family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Balnaves Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Robert Balnaves, aged 39, a weaver, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Bucephalus"
  • Allison Balnaves, aged 15, a weaver, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Bucephalus"
  • Ann Balnaves, aged 17, a weaver, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Bucephalus"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Balnaves (post 1700)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Balnaves (post 1700)


  • Henry Balnaves (1512-1579), Scottish reformer

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The Balnaves Motto

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The Balnaves 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: Hinc origo
Motto Translation: Hence our origin.


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