Balston History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Balston family

The surname Balston was first found in Suffolk where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1327 when Robert Balston held estates in that shire.

Early History of the Balston family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Balston research. Another 91 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1883, 1455, 1487, 1605, 1678 and 1630 are included under the topic Early Balston History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Balston Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Balston family name include Balston, Balstone, Balliston, Ballistone and others.

Early Notables of the Balston family (pre 1700)

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United States Balston migration to the United States +

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Balston surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Balston Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Elizabeth Balston, who settled in Massachusetts in 1630
  • William Balston, who settled in Massachusetts in 1630
  • Jonathan Balston, who settled in Boston in 1620-1650
Balston Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • A. G. Balston, who settled in New York, NY in 1823
  • Elisabeth Balston, who settled in Allegany Co., Maryland in 1870

Australia Balston migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Balston Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Miss Mary Balston, English convict who was convicted in Dorset, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Buffalo" on 4th May 1833, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [1]
  • Mr. Eli Balston, English convict who was convicted in Dorset, England for life, transported aboard the "Eden" on 27th August 1836, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Balston (post 1700) +

  • George Richard Balston (d. 1967), English Lieutenant-Colonel in the Royal Field Artillery, decorated with the Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
  • Thomas Balston (1883-1967), English publisher and distinguished scholar of English book production and illustrations


The Balston 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: J'espere
Motto Translation: I hope.


  1. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 3rd November 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/buffalo
  2. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 20th October 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/eden


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