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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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Where is the Ball family from?

You can see how Ball families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Ball family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Ball families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 236 Ball families living in New York. This was about 16% of all the recorded Ball's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Ball families in 1840.
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What did your Ball ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Ball. 16% of Ball men worked as a Laborer and 8% of Ball women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Ball were Truck Driver and Maid.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
    16%
  • Farmer
    14%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    3%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    8%
  • Teacher
    7%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
  • Maid
    5%
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Passenger Lists

There are 74,000 immigration records available for the last name Ball. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 170,000 military records available for the last name Ball. For the veterans among your Ball ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Ball lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, 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.

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