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What does Balfour mean?

Balfour Pronunciation of Balfour as a boys' name is of Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Balfour is "grazing land". Also the name of a town in northern Scotland. In Robert Louis Stevenson's "Kidnapped", David Balfour is the young, idealistic hero. The Balfour Declaration of 1917 was a declaration of British support for its limited Jewish settlement in Palestine. It was named for its author, British Foreign Secretary Arthur James Balfour, and Balfour was occasionally used as a given name in Israel afterward.


ASSOCIATED WITH gaelic, scotland, hero, british (england), support (counsel)


VARIANTS Balfer, Balfor, Balfore, Ballfour



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How popular is Balfour?

Balfour is a rare given name for men but a very popular last name for all people (#13311 out of 150436, Top 9%). (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Balfour has yet to make it into the Top 2000 so far. (2018 U.S. SSA RECORDS)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Balfour name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Balfour outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar-sounding names are Bailor, Balbo, Balder, Baldomar, Baldor, Baldur, Balto, Balu, Barbour, Bardou, Bardoul, Baylor, Bayou, Gilmour, Mansour, Telfour, Tellfour (see Telford), Zahour and Zaylour (see Taylor). Like Balfour, these names are not commonly used.

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