Balfour Family History

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Balfour Name Meaning

Scottish: habitational name from any of several places in eastern Scotland named with Gaelic bail(e) ‘village’, ‘farm’, ‘house’ + pùir, genitive case of pór ‘pasture’, ‘grass’ (lenited to phùir in certain contexts). The second element is akin to Welsh pawr ‘pasture’. The principal British family bearing this name derives it from lands in the parish of Markinch, Fife. According to the traditional pronunciation, the accent falls on the second syllable, but these days it is found more commonly on the first.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Alford, Badour, Galford, Baldon, Balcom, Balfe, Halford, Latour

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Balfour Family Origin

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Balfour Family Occupations

What did your Balfour ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Annuitant, Farmer and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Balfour. The most common Balfour occupation in the UK was Annuitant. 3% of Balfour's were Annuitants. A less common occupation for the Balfour family was Coal Miner.

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  • Annuitant

  • Farmer

  • Labourer

  • Coal Miner


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Balfour Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 48,000 census records available for the last name Balfour. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Balfour census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 10,000 immigration records available for the last name Balfour. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 6,000 military records available for the last name Balfour. For the veterans among your Balfour ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Balfour Life Expectancy

What is the average Balfour lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Balfour life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1991. The average life expectancy for Balfour in 1945 was 25, and 74 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Balfour ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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