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Origin and popularity of the name BALFOUR


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.

Source : DAFN2 : Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, ©2022 by Patrick Hanks and Oxford University Press

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