Baylham History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The Baylham name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name comes from having lived in Suffolk, where they held a family seat in the village of Baylham, from which they took their name.

Early Origins of the Baylham family

The surname Baylham was first found in Suffolk, in the village and civil parish of Baylham. The village dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 when it was first listed as Beleham and probably meant "homestead or enclosure at a river-bend" from the Old English words "begel" + "ham" or "hamm." [1]

The parish, in the union and hundred of Bosmere and Claydon, East division of Suffolk, 3 miles from Needham-Market was small but contained about 275 inhabitants in the late 1890s. [2]

Important Dates for the Baylham family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Baylham research. Another 287 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1212, 1275, 1500, 1568, 1577, 1635, 1684, 1830, 1600 and 1642 are included under the topic Early Baylham History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Baylham Spelling Variations

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Baylham has undergone many spelling variations, including Baalham, Balan, Baylham, Balum, Balam, Ballam, Balaam and many more.

Early Notables of the Baylham family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Baylham Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Baylham family to Ireland

Some of the Baylham family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Baylham family

To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Baylham were among those contributors: Charles Baalam who sailed to New England in 1656. Charles Balam arrived in Barbados in 1679 and William Balam sailed to Philadelphia in 1856.

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Citations

  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
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