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Where did the English Ballard family come from? What is the English Ballard family crest and coat of arms? When did the Ballard family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Ballard family history?

Ballard is an ancient Anglo-Saxon name. It was a name given to a person who was a person known for their lack of hair. As a point of interest, the name is derived from the Old English word ball-ard, which means a bald headed man.

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One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Ballard has appeared include Ballard, Bellard, Bellhird, Belhyrd, Bellerd, Bellird, Belard, Balard, Ballird and many more.

First found in Yorkshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ballard research. Another 401 words(29 lines of text) covering the years 1379, 1500, 1657, 1630, 1689, 1680, 1682, 1654 and 1710 are included under the topic Early Ballard History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 97 words(7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ballard Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Ballard arrived in North America very early:

Ballard Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • William Ballard, who landed in New England in 1633
  • Elizabeth Ballard, aged 26, arrived in New England in 1635
  • Hester Ballard, aged 2, landed in America in 1635
  • Jo Ballard, aged 1, arrived in America in 1635
  • Christopher Ballard, who landed in Maryland in 1649


Ballard Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Edwd Ballard, who arrived in Virginia in 1714
  • Jean Bte Charles Ballard, aged 17, arrived in Louisiana in 1719
  • Jean Bin Charles Ballard, aged 17, landed in Louisiana in 1719
  • Jean Ole Charles Ballard, aged 17, landed in Louisiana in 1719
  • Henry Ballard, who arrived in Virginia in 1719


Ballard Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Benjamin Ballard, who came to Philadelphia in 1808
  • Benjamin Ballard, who settled in New York, NY in 1828
  • Anthony Ballard, who arrived in Michigan in 1832
  • R Ballard, aged 28, arrived in Key West, Fla in 1838
  • E Ballard, aged 22, landed in Key West, Fla in 1838


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  • Robert Duane Ballard (b. 1942), American oceanographer and marine geologist who discovered the wreck of the RMS Titanic in 1985
  • James Graham Ballard (b. 1930), British (Shanghai, China born) writer
  • Harold Ballard (1903-1990), Canadian sports entrepreneur and former owner of the Toronto Maple Leafs hockey team
  • Jacqueline Margaret "Jackie" Ballard (b. 1953), British politician and journalist and former Director General of the RSPCA
  • Geoffrey Ballard OBC (1932-2008), Canadian businessman/scientist, founder of Ballard Power Systems
  • William "Bill" Ballard (1946-2014), Canadian businessman and concert promoter, son of Harold Ballard


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  • The Ballard History from 1420 to 1903 by Ballard Family Association.
  • They Came to Texas: The Family History and Genealogy of Cecil Raymond Ballard and Maurice (Bradford) Ballard, 1734-1975 by C. R. Ballard.
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  2. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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  4. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  5. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  6. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  7. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  8. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  9. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  10. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
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The Ballard Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ballard Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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