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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."

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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.

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


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ballesteros research. Another 137 words (10 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.

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Another 129 words (9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ballesteros Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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
  • Juan Or Ballesteros, who arrived in America in 1812
  • Juan De Ballesteros, who landed in America in 1817
  • Gonzalo De Ballesteros, who arrived in Dominican Republic in 1834
  • Francisco Ballesteros, who landed in America in 1834


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  • Victoria Ballesteros, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1996
  • 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
  • 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)
  • 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


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  1. de Cadenas, Vicente Y Viicent. Heraldic Patronimica Española Y Sus Patronimicos Compuestos. Madrid: Hidalguía, 1976. Print.
  2. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  3. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
  4. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  5. de Cadenas, Vicente Y Viicent. Caballeros de La Orden de Santiago Siglo XVIII. Madrid: Hidalguía, 1996. Print.
  6. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
  7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  8. Chronological list of passengers to Spanish America (including Florida and Louisiana, 1538-1559). From documents in the "Indian Archives". Sevilla. Print.
  9. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  10. 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.
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