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


Similar surnames: Bell, Wall, Bald, Hall, Fall, Bill, Balle, Boll, Bahl, Call

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Ball Family Origin

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Ball Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

    38%
  • Laborer

    7%
  • Keeping House

    6%
  • Carpenter

    3%

In 1880, the most common Ball occupation in the USA was Farmer. 38% of Ball's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Ball family was Carpenter. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Ball.

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United States

Between 1941 and 2004, Ball life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Ball in 1941 was 33, and 75 in 2004.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Ball

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