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BALFE Family History

Recorded as Balf, Balfe, Balffye, Belf, Bolf, Bulfoy, and possibly others, this is an Irish surname although probably of Norman or Welsh origin. Although there are quite a lot of spellings all are relatively rare. It is said that an immigrant family from an unknown country settled in County Meath in the 13th century, and the chief of them had a speech defect. This may well be so, the name seems to originate from the Gaelic word 'balbh' meaning to stammer. Anything is possible with surnames, and the vast majority of Irish surnames do originate from a medieval nickname for the original chief...

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