The distinguished surname Balleste 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 Balleste thus means "son or descendant of the crossbowman."
Early Origins of the Balleste family
The surname Balleste was first found in the northeastern region of the Iberian peninsula. The earliest references to the Spanish surname Balleste 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.
Early History of the Balleste family
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Balleste Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Ballestero, Ballesteros, Ballesta, Ballesté and many more.
Early Notables of the Balleste family (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 Balleste Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Balleste family to the New World and Oceana
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.