Last name: BALFOUR

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All you have to know about the last name BALFOUR

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BALFOUR : This last name is indexed 76,276 times on Geneanet!

Origin of last name

BALFOUR : 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 the barony of Balfour 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.

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