Ballen is one of the names that was brought to England
in the wave of migration following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Ballen family lived in Cornwall
. The family originated from the region around the fortress of Balon near Le Mans in France, and the name was carried to England
by Hamelin de Balon during the Norman Conquest
Early Origins of the Ballen family
The surname Ballen was first found in Cornwall
, where they held a family seat
from the 11th century. The family originated from the region around the fortress of Balon near Le Mans in France and the name was carried to England
by Hamelin de Balon during the conquest.
Early History of the Ballen family
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Ballen Spelling Variations
Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Ballen family name include Balleine, Ballin, Ballon, Balon, Balun, Baalun, Ballom, Balin, Ballen and many more.
Early Notables of the Ballen family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ballen family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Ballen family to immigrate North America: Susan Ballin who arrived in Barbados in 1654.
Contemporary Notables of the name Ballen (post 1700)