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

From the historical and fascinating Italian region of Venice emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Balli family. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adapt a second name to identify themselves as populations grew and travel became more frequent. The process of adopting fixed hereditary surnames was not complete until the modern era, but the use of hereditary family names in Italy began in the 10th and 11th centuries. Italian hereditary surnames were developed according to fairly general principles and they are characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. Although the most common type of family name found in the region of Venice is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name, the nickname type of surname is also frequently found. Nickname surnames were derived from an eke-name, or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. The surname Balli came from a person who was nicknamed a "rascal" deriving its origin from the Italian word balosso.


In comparison with other European surnames, Italian surnames have a surprising number of forms. They reflect the regional variations and the many dialects of the Italian language, each with its own distinctive features. For example, in Northern Italy the typical Italian surname suffix is "i", whereas in Southern Italy it is "o". Additionally, spelling changes frequently occurred because medieval scribes and church officials often spelled names as they sounded rather than according to any specific spelling rules. The spelling variations in the name Balli include Balli, Ballo, Balla, Balletti, Balletto, Ballini, Ballotti, Balloni, Ballone, Ballon, Ballandi, Ballanti, Ballante, Ballantini, Balleri, Ballero, Ballerini, Ballerino, Ballarini, Ballarin, Ballaro, Ballatore, Balladore, Ballacchi, Ballada, Ballai, Ballardi, Bellarini, Ballaroto, Ballonio, Ballotta and many more.

First found in where the Ballone branch of the family date back to the 11th century.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Balli research. Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Balli History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 247 words (18 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Balli Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Early immigration records have shown some of the first Ballis to arrive on North American shores:

Balli Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • M. E. Balli, aged 22, who settled in America from Caverono, in 1893
  • Alfred Balli, aged 26, who emigrated to the United States, in 1894
  • Franci Francesco Balli, aged 13, who emigrated to the United States, in 1895
  • Celso Balli, aged 20, who landed in America from Italy, in 1899

Balli Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Bennigno Balli, aged 11, who emigrated to America, in 1907
  • Gumaro Balli, aged 28, who landed in America from Salento, Salerno, in 1910
  • Amalia Balli, aged 23, who landed in America from Raiano, Italy, in 1912
  • Giovanni Balli, aged 21, who landed in America from Pantecurone, Italy, in 1916
  • Guiseppe Balli, aged 20, who settled in America from Cavergno, Switzerland, in 1920


  • Reynaldo Balli Jr., American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Texas 15th District, 1996
  • Daniele Balli (b. 1967), Italian football goalkeeper


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The Balli Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Balli 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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