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The ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of England produced the name of Ball. It was given to a person who was bald deriving its origin from the Old English word Bealla, which meant bald. The surname may also refer to someone who had a rotund or stocky stature.

Ball Early Origins



The surname Ball was first found in Cheshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066.

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Ball Spelling Variations


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Ball Spelling Variations



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 Ball has appeared include Ball, Balle, Balls, Balders and others.

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Ball Early History


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Ball Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ball research. Another 203 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1381, 1887, 1631, 1690, 1680, 1626, 1640, 1631, 1690, 1675, 1664, 1530, 1553 and 1992 are included under the topic Early Ball History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Ball Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Ball Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables of the family at this time include William Ball (or Balle, c. 1631-1690), an English astronomer; Sir Peter Ball (died 1680), an English lawyer and politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1626 and 1640, Attorney General to Queen Henrietta Maria; William Ball (Balle) (c. 1631-1690), an English...

Another 113 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ball Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Ball In Ireland


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Ball In Ireland



Some of the Ball family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 349 words (25 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 Ball arrived in North America very early:

Ball Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • James Ball, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1622
  • Mrs. Robert Ball, who arrived in Virginia in 1622
  • Goodwife Ball settled in Virginia in 1623
  • Mrs. Ball, who landed in Virginia in 1623
  • Richard Ball settled in Virginia in 1624
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Ball Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Eliz Ball, who landed in Virginia in 1705
  • Samuel Ball, who arrived in Virginia in 1705
  • Will Ball, who landed in Virginia in 1705
  • Catharina Ball, who landed in New York in 1709
  • Richard Ball, who landed in Virginia in 1714
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Ball Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Matthew Ball, who landed in Maryland in 1803
  • Prudence Ball, aged 30, arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1804
  • James Ball, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1807
  • Luke Ball, who arrived in America in 1810
  • Abraham Ball, aged 45, arrived in New York in 1812
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Ball Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • William Ball was a fisherman of St. John's or Petty Harbour, Newfoundland in 1740 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  • Richard Ball was a J.P. of the Ferryland District, Newfoundland in 1750 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  • Mary Ball, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1778
  • Private Jacob Ball U.E. (b. 1764) born in New Fane, Vermont, USA from Vermont, USA who settled in Sutton, Brome-Missisquoi Regional County, Quebec c. 1783 part of the Queen's Loyal Rangers, 4th Company with Captain Justus Sherwood's Company, he married Elizabeth H. Stone in 1785 the had 5 children, he died in 1831 in Knowlton, Quebec [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Ball U.E., (née Stone) (b. 1771) who settled in Sutton, Brome-Missisquoi Regional County, Quebec c. 1783 she married Private Jacob Ball in 1785, died in 1865 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Ball Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • George Ball was a planter of Cuckold's Cove, Newfoundland in 1824 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  • Edward Ball, aged 30, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the ship "Edwin" from Dublin, Ireland
  • Henry Ball from County Waterford, Ireland, was married in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1838 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  • Stephen H Ball, who arrived in Canada in 1841
  • Abraham Ball was a fisherman of Reccontre in 1850. There is a Ball Island and Captain Ball Rock in Newfoundland [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

Ball Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • George Jennings Ball, English convict from Southampton, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on September 21, 1826, settling in New South Wales, Australia [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1826 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1826
  • James Ball, English convict from Northampton, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on November 13, 1832, settling in New South Wales, Australia [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 27) Andromeda voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1832 with 186 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/andromeda/1832
  • Thomas Ball arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lady Emma" in 1837 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LADY EMMA 1837. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837LadyEmma.htm
  • Elizabeth Ball arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lady Emma" in 1837 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LADY EMMA 1837. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837LadyEmma.htm
  • Amos Ball arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lady Emma" in 1837 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LADY EMMA 1837. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837LadyEmma.htm
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Ball Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Alfred Ball landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Richard Ball landed in Wellington & Wanganui, New Zealand in 1841
  • Thomas T Ball landed in Wanganui, New Zealand in 1843
  • Phillip Ball, aged 40, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Seringapatam" in 1856
  • Elizabeth Ball, aged 36, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Seringapatam" in 1856
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Ball (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Ball (post 1700)



  • Lucille Désirée Ball (1911-1989), American actress, comedienne, television star and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • William Sherman Ball (1871-1935), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Kentucky, 1920; U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky, 1922-27
  • William Hazen Ball (1858-1922), American Republican politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives from Berrien County 2nd District, 1909-12
  • William Lee Ball (1781-1824), American Democrat politician, Member of Virginia State Legislature; U.S. Representative from Virginia, 1817-24
  • William Floyd Ball, American Republican politician, Member of Kentucky State House of Representatives 84th District, 1942-43; Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Kentucky, 1944
  • William Ball, American politician, Mayor of Fremont, California, 1989-94; Defeated, 1994
  • William Ball (b. 1830), American Republican politician, Supervisor of Hamburg Township, Michigan, 1863-65; Member of Michigan State House of Representatives, 1865-68, 1881-82
  • Wilbur F. Ball, American politician, Mayor of Fargo, North Dakota, 1890-92, 1894-96
  • Wilard L. Ball, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Colorado, 1964
  • Walter Ball, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Indiana, 1936
  • ... (Another 122 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Ball Historic Events


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Ball Historic Events




HMS Hood

  • Mr. William Ball (b. 1923), English Leading Stoker serving for the Royal Navy from Liverpool, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. Philip A Ball (b. 1922), English Stoker 1st Class serving for the Royal Navy from Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. Charles F D Ball (b. 1920), English Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Kemp Town, Brighton, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. John Ball, British Marine, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Percy Ball, aged 19, English First Class Plate Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking by escaping in life boat 13
  • Mrs. Ada E. Ball, (née Hall), aged 36, English Second Class passenger from Bristol, Avon who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on life boat 10

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Suggested Readings for the name Ball


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Suggested Readings for the name Ball



  • Ball Cousins: Descendants of John and Sarah Ball and of William and Elizabeth Richards of Colonial Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania by Margaret B. Kinsey.
  • Ball Family Chart by Charles M. Noble.

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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Fulcrum dignitatis virtus
Motto Translation: Virtue is the support of dignity


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1826 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1826
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 27) Andromeda voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1832 with 186 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/andromeda/1832
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LADY EMMA 1837. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837LadyEmma.htm

Other References

  1. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  2. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  3. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  4. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  5. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  8. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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The Ball Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ball 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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