Ball (surname)

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Ball is a surname of English/German Jewish origin. First mention of the name appeared in Cheshire.

This surname has multiple potential origins, as do quite a few other short surnames:

A multiplicity of origins for this surname is also supported by genetic analysis.[3]

In the United Kingdom, according to a study based on data available from Experian, the surname has declined in use by 55% between 1881 and 2008, possibly though not certainly due to negative connotation elicited by the surname.[4]

List of people with the surname[edit]

Ball is a common surname that may refer to:

Arts and music[edit]

Business[edit]

  • Edmund Ball (1855–1925), American entrepreneur, one of the Ball Brothers
  • Edward Ball (businessman) (1888–1981), American businessman and political figure
  • Ernie Ball (1930–2004), American entrepreneur, musician, and guitar innovator
  • Frank Ball (1857–1943), American entrepreneur, one of the Ball Brothers
  • Harvey Ball (1921–2001), American entrepreneur; earliest known designer of the Smiley

Military[edit]

  • Albert Ball (1896–1917), English World War I fighter pilot; recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • Alexander Ball (c. 1756 – 1809), English admiral of the Royal Navy and Governor of Malta
  • Henry Lidgbird Ball (1756–1818), British Royal Navy officer who discovered and explored Lord Howe Island
  • William L. Ball III, United States Secretary of the Navy

Politics, law, and diplomacy[edit]

Religion[edit]

Sciences and mathematics[edit]

Sports[edit]

Writing and education[edit]

Other[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Last Name: Ball", Internet Surname Database (Name Origin Research), retrieved 21 Dec 2011 
  2. ^ Seary, E; Kirwin, William; Lynch Sheila MP, Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, p. 20, ISBN 9780773517820 – via Google Books 
  3. ^ Perkins, Steven C.; Ball, Mike (16 Jun 2006), "Ball Surname Y Chromosome DNA Study", RootsWeb, retrieved 21 Dec 2011 
  4. ^ Garth, John (25 March 2009), "R.I.P. Smellie, Bottom and Balls - the surnames that are dying of embarrassment", Mail Online (United Kingdom: Associated Newspapers), retrieved 22 Dec 2011 

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