In Scottish history, few names go farther back than Balphour, whose ancestors lived among the clans of the Pictish tribe. They lived in the barony of Balfour, in the parish of Markinch in Fife
. 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. The name may also be derived from the Gaelic word baile
which means a place
and the Pictish word pawr
which means pasture.
Early Origins of the Balphour family
The surname Balphour was first found in Fife
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Balphour family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Balphour research.Another 227 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1280, 1350, 1699, 1907, 1660, 1698, 1767, 1600, 1658, 1650, 1658, 1525, 1583, 1547, 1630, 1694, 1619, 1639, 1688 and 1713 are included under the topic Early Balphour History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Balphour 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. Balphour has been spelled Balfour, Balfoure, Balfower, Balfowir, Balford, Balforde and many more.
Early Notables of the Balphour family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the Clan
at this time was Sir William Balfour (died 1660), from Pitcullo, Fifeshire
, General of the parliamentary forces during the English Civil War; Robert Balfour, 4th of Balbirnie (1698-1767); Sir Michael Balfour of Burleigh; Sir James Balfour, 1st Baronet
(1600-1658), Scottish annalist and antiquary, Lord Lyon King... Another 80 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Balphour Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Balphour family to Ireland
Some of the Balphour family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 123 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Balphour family to the New World and Oceana
This oppression forced many Scots to leave their homelands. Most of these chose North America as their destination. Although the journey left many sick and poor, these immigrants were welcomed the hardy with great opportunity. Many of these settlers stood up for their newfound freedom in the American War of Independence
. More recently, Scots abroad have recovered much of their collective heritage through highland games and other patriotic functions and groups. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has located various settlers bearing the name Balphour: Gilbert, James, Janet, Samuel, William, all arrived at the Port of Philadelphia in Pennsylvania between 1820 to 1860.