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Balla Family History

Balla Name Meaning

Hungarian: from a short form of Ballabás a variant of the personal name Barnabás (see Barnaby ). This surname is also common in Slovakia. Italian: from balla which in its earliest sense meant ‘dance’ but from the 14th century was used to denote goods packed for transport i.e. ‘bale or bundle (of merchandise)’. Hence it came to be used as a metonymic occupational name for a carrier. Albanian: nickname or metonymic occupational name from balla ‘half-soles’ (in shoe repair). Alternatively a cognate of Balli . Indian (Andhra Pradesh): name found in the Kamma community of cultivators perhaps a habitational name from the Balla village in Andhra Pradesh. Central African (Cameroon): unexplained.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Ball, Bolla, Bala, Ballo, Palla, Ballas, Galla, Bella, Walla, Halla

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Where is the Balla family from?

You can see how Balla families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Balla family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Balla families were found in USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 2 Balla families living in Maryland. This was 100% of all the recorded Balla's in USA. Maryland had the highest population of Balla families in 1840.
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What did your Balla ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Balla. 36% of Balla men worked as a Laborer and 18% of Balla women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Balla were Clerk and Housekeeper. .

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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
  • Farmer
  • Machinist
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Clerk
  • Stenographer
  • Waitress
  • Housekeeper
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What is the average Balla lifespan?

Between 1951 and 2004, in the United States, Balla life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 1974. The average life expectancy for Balla in 1951 was 63, and 78 in 2004.

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