Balleine family page
George Orange Balleine
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Origin of Surname
Balleine, the French word for 'whalebelly', may have been an insulting nickname, reported Jersey historian the Rev George Balleine (see below) in his booklet on the origin of Jersey surnames. The derivation may have been from a man who played Jonah in a miracle play; or perhaps in local terms it was more simply a man from La Baleine south of Coutances
This family settled in Jersey at a very early period, probably from France.
As recorded in the Extente of 1331, Philip Balein was a member of the jury empanelled to ascertain the King's dues in the parish of St John.
John de la Balleine, possibly born in Jersey in 1310, was a crossbowman at Mont Orgueil Castle in 1337. Some researchers claim that he was the founder of the family in Jersey, but, if so, he cannot have been born there, and he would not have been French. The truth is that there is no documentary evidence surrounding the arrival of the Balleines in Jersey, and although John de la Balleine is shown at the head of the group of trees below, with a birth date of c1425, it is doubtful that he was the father of Thomyn at Generation 2 in the main tree.
Arms : Argent, a lion rampant sable, armed and langued gules.
- Ballaine, 1749
- Balaynne, 1528
- de la Ballayne, 1479
- de la Baleyn, 1340
The set of trees below starts with a common source in the first tree, and links from one tree to another are included. There is some overlap with the two trees above, which are from a separate source. An error has been identified in the last tree in this set, which has now been corrected, but this has caused us to institute further checks on other trees in the set.
- Descendants of John de la Balleine
- Descendants of Michel Balleine
- Descendants of Pierre Balleine
- Descendants of Jean Balleine (1608)
- Descendants of Jean Balleine (1703)
- Descendants of Elie Balleine
- Descendants of Josue Balleine
- Descendants of Thomas Balleine
The following two trees follow essentially the same lineage. The second tree starts a generation earlier and includes more branches
- Ancestry family tree which contains over 600 Balleines, the great majority born in Jersey Note: To access this tree you need an Ancestry subscription
Family histories and biographies
- The Balleine family of St Peter, a family history by Roland de Caen
- A history of the Balleine family
- Among the more distinguished members of this family was George Orange Balleine, of Pembroke College, Oxford. He was inducted in 1812 to the living of St Ouen, which he exchanged in 1815, with the Rev Francis Ricard, of St Peter, where he remained until 1829, when he transferred to St Martin. He died in 1856. His sons were the Rev John James Balleine, MA, of Pembroke College, Cambridge, Chaplain and Naval Instructor of HMS Tribune, Austin Humphrey Balleine, Cuthbert Francis Balleine and the Rev Le Couteur Balleine, MA of Trinity College, Cambridge, Rector of Saint Mary, Jersey.
- Arthur Edwin Balleine
- Austin Humphrey Balleine
- Cuthbert Francis Balleine
- George Reginald Balleine
- John Arthur Balleine
- George Orange Balleine
- Robert Wilfred Balleine MC
- Hilda Catherine Mary Balleine
- Balleine family members mentioned in a major history of privateering
Great War service
Emigrant to Canada
Allan Cyril Balleine, killed in action in the Great War
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