Ballard History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

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]

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] Yet another source claims the name was "an ancient baptismal name, Balard." [3]

Early Origins of the Ballard family

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]

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] The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list: Alurell Balard in Essex, 1273; Dreu Ballard in Huntingdonshire; and Thomas Ballard in Somerset. [1]

Important Dates for the Ballard family

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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.

Early Notables of the Ballard family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include John Ballard (d. 1586), English Roman Catholic priest who owes his fame solely to his connection with the Babington conspiracy; Colonel Thomas Ballard (1630-1689) English-born, early American...
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Ballard migration to the United States

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 [6]
  • Elizabeth Ballard, aged 26, who arrived in New England in 1635 [6]
  • Hester Ballard, aged 2, who landed in America in 1635 [6]
  • Jo Ballard, aged 1, who arrived in America in 1635 [6]
  • Christopher Ballard, who landed in Maryland in 1649 [6]
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Ballard Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Edward Ballard, who arrived in Virginia in 1714 [6]
  • Jean Bte Charles Ballard, aged 17, who arrived in Louisiana in 1719 [6]
  • Jean Bin Charles Ballard, aged 17, who landed in Louisiana in 1719 [6]
  • Jean Ole Charles Ballard, aged 17, who landed in Louisiana in 1719 [6]
  • Henry Ballard, who arrived in Virginia in 1719 [6]
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Ballard Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Benjamin Ballard, who settled in 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, who arrived in Key West, Fla in 1838 [6]
  • E Ballard, aged 22, who landed in Key West, Fla in 1838 [6]
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Ballard migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

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 migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Ballard Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Ballard, aged 22, a farm servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Prince Regent" [7]
  • William Ballard, aged 22, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1851 [7]
  • Fanny Elizabeth Ballard, aged 18, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Steadfast" [8]

Ballard migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Ballard Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John Ballard, aged 24, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Indus" in 1843
  • Isabella Ballard, aged 21, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Indus" in 1843
  • Mr. Edward Ballard, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Egmont" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 14th June 1858 [9]
  • Mrs. Eliza Ballard, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Egmont" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 14th June 1858 [9]
  • William Ballard, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Pegasus" in 1865
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Contemporary Notables of the name Ballard (post 1700)

  • Gregory "Greg" Ballard (1955-2016), American NBA basketball player and assistant coach
  • C. Ray Ballard, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1976 [10]
  • C. A. Ballard, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1884 [10]
  • Byron L. Ballard (b. 1890), American Democrat politician, Chair of Ingham County Democratic Party, 1920-24; Candidate for Michigan State Senate 14th District, 1926; Treasurer of Michigan Democratic Party, 1937 [10]
  • Brian Ballard, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Florida, 2008 [10]
  • Bland Ballard (1819-1879), American politician, U.S. District Judge for Kentucky, 1861-79 [10]
  • Betty M. Ballard, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1988 [10]
  • Bert M. Ballard (1900-1968), American politician, Mayor of Roswell, New Mexico, 1955-60 [10]
  • Ben Ballard Jr., American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Texas, 1932 [10]
  • B. W. Ballard, American Democrat politician, Member of North Carolina State House of Representatives from Franklin County, 1905-06; Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from North Carolina, 1924 [10]
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Historic Events for the Ballard family

HMS Hood
  • Mr. Arthur Ballard (b. 1920), English Boy 1st Class serving for the Royal Navy from Leicester, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [11]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Edward Ballard, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [12]
HMS Royal Oak
  • Eric Frank Ballard (1923-1939), born in Leicester, Leicestershire, England, British Boy 1st Class with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [13]
RMS Titanic
  • Robert Duane Ballard (b. 1942), American oceanographer and marine geologist who discovered the wreck of the RMS Titanic in 1985 [14]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Galen O. Ballard, American Fireman First Class working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he survived the sinking [15]

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Citations

  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.
  6. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PRINCE REGENT 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851PrinceRegent.htm
  8. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) STEADFAST 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/steadfast1852.shtml
  9. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  10. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 14) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  11. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  12. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  13. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
  14. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
  15. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html
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