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Ball Family History

Ball Name Meaning
English: nickname for a short, fat person, from Middle English bal(le) ‘ball’ (Old English ball, Old Norse b{o,}llr).English: topographic name for someone who lived on or by a knoll or rounded hill, from the same Middle English word, bal(le), used in this sense.English: from the Old Norse personal name Balle, derived either from ballr ‘dangerous’ or b{o,}llr ‘ball’.South German: from Middle High German bal ‘ball’, possibly applied as a metonymic occupational name for a juggler, or a habitational name from a place so named in the Rhine area.Dutch and German: short form of any of various Germanic personal names formed with the element bald (see Bald).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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Name Distribution of Ball Families

  • Number of Ball families
     551 - 1,100
     184 - 550
     1 - 183
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Ball families
     2,434 - 4,865
     812 - 2,433
     1 - 811
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Ball families
     39 - 76
     14 - 38
     1 - 13
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Ball Family Origin

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Ball Immigration Information

from the New York Passenger Lists

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Average Life Expectancy for Ball

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Ball Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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