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
Early History of the Balleste family
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Balleste Spelling Variations
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...
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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.
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