Balcam family page
Sydney Charles Balcam (1909-1961)
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Origin of Surname
We have not found a derivation for this surname but it is possible that it is a variant of the Breton Balc'h, which is variously interpreted as proud or boastful.
However, family researchers suggest that the name comes from the town of Balcombe, in Sussex, and has the same derivation as Balston, which our family page suggests is connected with Beald's Valley in Devon. The name is derived from the old English bealu = 'evil' and cumb = 'valley'.
The birth of an Elie Balcam is recorded in Jersey in 1661, the son of Jean Balcam. Elie married Elizabeth Cabot and they had seven children. Philippe, who married Marie Fiot, had four children; Jean, who married Sarah Jacobs and Hannah Proctor, had 11, and Francois, who married Anne Renouf and Jean Cook, had 12 children. Francis William Balcam, a descendant of Jean, his first child by his first wife, emigrated to Australia, arriving in March 1864 on the "Naval Reserve" with his mother and two sisters. They settled in Glenlyon.
These wills created by members of the Balcam family are now held by Jersey Archive. By visiting the archive site and using the names, dates and reference numbers shown here, it is possible to view a copy of each will. You will have to subscribe to the Archive's online service to do this. To find out more about this collection, which covers the period from 1663 to 1948, and how to search for your family's wills there, visit our Jersey wills page
- Abraham Balcam, bequeaths to the poor of St Helier, £30 tournois of the order 11 March 1786 - D/Y/A/14
- Jean Balcam of St Helier, bequeaths to the poor of St Helier, 10s 10 March 1856 - D/Y/A/28
- Michel Balcam of St Helier, desires to be buried in St Helier's Cemetery, bequeaths to the poor of St Helier, 6 shillings sterling 24 June 1786 - D/Y/A/14
- John James Balcam, a rope maker, was at 25 Queen Street in the 1850s and at 2 Queen Street in the 1830s