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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.
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.
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.
Another 97 words(7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ballard Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
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
Ballard Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Ballard Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
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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