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The distinguished surname Ballesta is of Spanish descent, and is believed to be of occupational origin as it is derived from the occupation or trade of the original bearer of the name. The surname derives from the Spanish word "ballestero," or "crossbowman," from the term "ballesta," meaning "crossbow." The surname Ballesta thus means "son or descendant of the crossbowman."

Ballesta Early Origins



The surname Ballesta was first found in the northeastern region of the Iberian peninsula. The earliest references to the Spanish surname Ballesta date back to the thirteenth century, when one Ramon Ballester was lord of the castle of Alaro in 1285, at the time of the conquest of Mallorca by King Alfonso of Aragon.

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Ballesta Spelling Variations


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Ballesta Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Ballestero, Ballesteros, Ballesta, Ballesté and many more.

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Ballesta Early History


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Ballesta Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ballesta research. Another 137 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1387, 1370, 1333 and 1405 are included under the topic Early Ballesta History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Ballesta Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Ballesta Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent among bearers of the family name in this era was Antonio Ballester (died 1387), Archbishop of Athens from 27 March 1370, when appointed by Pope Urban VI, until his death; Arnaldo Ballester, who was counselor to the...

Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ballesta Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Alonso Ballersteros who arrived in New Spain in 1567 with his wife Constanza de Sese, Pedro Ballester who voyaged to Guatemala in 1577; and Francisco Ballesteros who sailed to Havana, Cuba with his wife Jeronima Perez de Ballesteros in 1597. Among later settlers were Jose Ballestero who emigrated to Puerto Rico in 1816.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Ballesta (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Ballesta (post 1700)



  • Sinesio Ballesta, American politician, U.S. Consular Agent in Zaza, 1884-89
  • Juan Cano Ballesta, Spanish university professor

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-209).
    2. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    3. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    4. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    5. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    6. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. García Carraffa, Alberto and Arturo. Diccionario Heráldico y Genealógico de Apellidos Españoles y Americanos 88 Volumes. Madrid: A. Marzo. Print.
    8. Chronological list of passengers to Spanish America (including Florida and Louisiana, 1538-1559). From documents in the "Indian Archives". Sevilla. Print.
    9. Archivo General De Indias, Sevilla. Catalogo de Pasajeros a Indias durante los Siglos XVI, XVII y XVIII Edited by the docents of the General Indian Archives under the Director of the Archives, Don Cristobal Bermudez Plata 3 Volumes - Volume 1 1509-1534. Sevilla, Spain: Imprenta de la Gavidia, 1940. Print.
    10. Colletta, John P. They Came in Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    11. ...

    The Ballesta Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ballesta 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 January 2016 at 15:26.

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