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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. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Another source claims the name was Celtic or Gaelic in origin "from Ball, a place, a round elevation; and ard, high. The Gaelic word Ballart signifies noisy, boasting. Bal also signifies a lord, and ard, high." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. Print
Yet another source claims the name was "an ancient baptismal name, Balard." [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.


Ballard Early Origins



The surname Ballard was first found in various counties and shire of England. Various sources claim different first records of the family. "Ballard is another old Kent name. The Ballards owned Sapinton manor from the time of Henry IV. until that of Philip and Mary. Robert Ballard, butler of Richard II., received from his Sovereign the manor of West Combe. In the reign of Henry VI., Thomas Ballard, of Horton Parva, was one of the sheriffs of Kent." [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
Kirby's Quest notes that the earliest record of the name was temp. Edward III when Richard Balleheved and Petrr Ballard were listed there. [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list: Alurell Balard in Essex, 1273; Dreu Ballard in Huntingdonshire; and Thomas Ballard in Somerset. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

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Ballard Spelling Variations


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Ballard 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 Ballard has appeared include Ballard, Bellard, Bellhird, Belhyrd, Bellerd, Bellird, Belard, Balard, Ballird and many more.

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Ballard Early History


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Ballard Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ballard research. Another 143 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1379, 1615, 1634, 1657, 1630, 1689, 1680, 1682, 1654 and 1710 are included under the topic Early Ballard History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Ballard Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Ballard Early Notables (pre 1700)



Distinguished members of the family include Henry Bellard, a prominent 14th century landholder in Yorkshire; and Colonel Thomas Ballard (1630-1689) English-born, early American colonial Virginia landowner and politician...

Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ballard Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Ballard In Ireland


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Ballard In Ireland



Some of the Ballard family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 78 words (6 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 Ballard arrived in North America very early:

Ballard Settlers in 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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Ballard Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Edward 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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Ballard Settlers in 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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Ballard Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Elia Ballard, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750

Ballard Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Lt. Ballard, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1801
  • Norman Ballard, who landed in Canada in 1829

Ballard Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Ballard, aged 22, a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Prince Regent"
  • William Ballard, aged 22, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1851
  • Fanny Elizabeth Ballard, aged 18, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Steadfast"

Ballard Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Ballard, aged 24, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Indus" in 1843
  • Isabella Ballard, aged 21, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Indus" in 1843
  • Luke Ballard, aged 25, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1865
  • Elizabeth Ballard, aged 24, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1865
  • Matthew Ballard, aged 3, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1865
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Ballard (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Ballard (post 1700)



  • Gregory "Greg" Ballard (1955-2016), American NBA basketball player and assistant coach
  • James T. Ballard, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Texas, 1928
  • Jasper N. Ballard, American politician, Member of Missouri State Senate 16th District, 1895-98
  • Jeremiah Ballard (d. 1823), American politician, Mayor of Elizabethtown, New Jersey, 1822-23
  • John Ballard, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Onondaga County, 1804-05; Member of New York State Senate Western District, 1806-10
  • John A. Ballard, American Republican politician, Mayor of Akron, Ohio, 1966-79
  • John Reginald Ballard (1893-1949), American Democrat politician, Investigator; Member of West Virginia Democratic State Executive Committee, 1945-49
  • John S. Ballard, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1972
  • John S. Ballard, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from California 42nd District, 2000
  • John T. Ballard, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Kentucky, 1888, 1900
  • ... (Another 70 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Ballard Historic Events


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Ballard Historic Events




HMS Hood

  • Mr. Arthur Ballard (b. 1920), English Boy 1st Class serving for the Royal Navy from Leicester, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Edward Ballard, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Robert Duane Ballard (b. 1942), American oceanographer and marine geologist who discovered the wreck of the RMS Titanic in 1985

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Suggested Readings for the name Ballard


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Suggested Readings for the name Ballard



  • 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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Citations


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  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. Print
  3. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  4. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  5. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.

Other References

  1. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  2. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  3. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  4. 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.
  5. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  6. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  8. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  9. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  11. ...

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.

This page was last modified on 14 November 2016 at 15:07.

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