Ballesteros History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished surname Ballesteros 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 Ballesteros thus means "son or descendant of the crossbowman."

Early Origins of the Ballesteros family

The surname Ballesteros was first found in the northeastern region of the Iberian peninsula. The earliest references to the Spanish surname Ballesteros 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 Ballesteros family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ballesteros research. Another 69 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1387, 1370, 1333 and 1405 are included under the topic Early Ballesteros History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ballesteros Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Ballesteros 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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United States Ballesteros migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Ballesteros Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Leonor De Ballesteros, who arrived in Espanola in 1811 [1]
  • Juan Or Ballesteros, who arrived in America in 1812 [1]
  • Juan De Ballesteros, who landed in America in 1817 [1]
  • Gonzalo De Ballesteros, who arrived in Dominican Republic in 1834 [1]
  • Francisco Ballesteros, who landed in America in 1834 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Ballesteros (post 1700) +

  • Severiano "Seve" Ballesteros (1957-2011), Spanish golfer, winner of the Masters (1980 and 1983) and the Open Championship (1979, 1984, and 1988), inductee into the World Golf Hall of Fame (1999)
  • Victoria Ballesteros, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1996 [2]
  • Javier "Javi" Ballesteros (b. 1986), Spanish footballer
  • Francisco Ballesteros (1770-1832), Spanish General during the Peninsular War
  • Ángel Ballesteros (b. 1940), Spanish poet and historian
  • Sergio Martínez Ballesteros (b. 1975), Spanish footballer
  • Chasty Ballesteros, Canadian actress
  • Roberto Alcântara Ballesteros (b. 1977), Brazilian footballer
  • Ernesto "Estong" Ballesteros (b. 1973), former Filipino professional basketball player
  • María Ballesteros (b. 1924), Filipina actress during the 1940s and early 1950s


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 14) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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