Last name: Ball

This interesting name has a number of possible derivations. Firstly, it may be of early medieval English origin, from a nickname for a short, rounded person, derived from the Middle English "bal(le)", ball, a development of the Olde English pre 7th Century "bealla", and influenced by the Old Norse "bollr". In some cases the nickname may have referred to a bald man, from the same word used in the sense of a round, hairless patch on the skull; interestingly, the modern English term "bald" derives from a contracted form of the Middle English "ballede", from "bal(le)" with "-ede", that is, "having a balle". Secondly, the surname Ball may be topographical in origin, from the same term, "bal(le)", used in the transferred sense of denoting someone who lived by a knoll or rounded hill. Finally, Ball may derive from the Old Norse personal name "Balle", of obscure etymology, but believed to be derived from "bal", torture, pain, or the Old German personal name "Balle", from "bald", bold. Early recordings of the name from each of these derivations include: Robert le Bal (1296, Sussex); Henry atte Balle (1327), Somerset); and Norman Balle (1183, Northamptonshire). One Robart Ball was a very early emigrant to the American colonies; he is recorded as resident in Virginia in 1624, having arrived in the "London Marchant" in 1619, a year before the arrival of the "Mayflower's". The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Godwin Balle, which was dated 1137, in the "Early London Personal Names", by E. Ekwall, during the reign of King Stephen, known as "Count of Blois", 1135 - 1154. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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Caitlin Ball

My grandfathers family were from the Birmingham area and most of them still live in England.

Laura Ball
My dad was James A Ball and his father was Arnold Roscoe Ball
from Cambridge Springs , Pa.
I thought Ball was German.

Garrett ball
Short rounded person why

larry
Kentucky seems to big on the ball family. critt and Virginia ball are my grandparents my father larry and mother Sonia Bledsoe are from blackmont ky and went to hall high

serigne maguette ball
i am senegalese and my name is ball and i do not understand

Graham ball
Alot of my family are Irish and from around ireland and mainly Dublin and Wicklow and funny enough there is a family around the corner from Us with the second name ball and no relation as I no any way ha

Susan Cala
Try looking here... http://www.newenglandballproject.com/g0/p999.htm

Susan Wilton
My father Arthur Ball, Grandfather was Jesse Ball from Street, Somerset, one of 9 children, whose father was Frank Ball and his father William Ball born 1814-1862. Most of the Balls worked for C & J Clarks

Pamela Dickinson
My grandfather was called Golden Ball and was born in Brigg, Lincolnshire, and then moved to Harrogate when he was about 7 years old. Does anyone out there know about him or his family?

Donna Ball
My father was youngest of 13 in Leicester, UK. My grandfather (Charles Ball) was an orphan at Barnardos in London born around mid-late 1920s. We know that he met my grandmother (Thelma) in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) during the 2nd World War and that there are connections with Malta. Not really sure where to go from here. Would love to know more about the Ball family and where we are from! :)

Michael Ball
P. M. Ball. From Staffordshire, UK. Now living in Australia. We have a family tree going back to 1500s. A 500 year unbroken Male line of farmers. All titled as Yeomen with one managing to be a Gentleman.

Julia Lynn Ball

What do the initials in P.M. Ball stand for? My GGGrandfather was named Parks E. Ball. He was born in Chester, South Carolina, around 1803 to John Ball and Sara Martin. This is according to Ancestry.com and Parks' tombstone is in my ancestors cemetery in Pickensville, Alabama. He died in 1880 and was married to Zilpha Spraggins. She is buried next to him. John Ball and Sarah Martin died in South Carolina but we're previously from Virginia.

D. L. Ball
My mother was born in hazard co. and father in virginia. Now live in Ohio.

C L ball
I am a direct descendent of Marry Ball, Of the Ball Clan out of Kentucky ! family moved there before civil war . Hazard ky is full of the Ball clan.