Ball (surname)

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Ball is an English surname that has multiple potential origins, as do quite a few other short surnames:

In the United Kingdom, according to a study based on data available from Experian, the surname declined in use by 55% between 1881 and 2008, possibly though not certainly due to negative connotation elicited by the surname.[3]

List of people with the surname[edit]

Arts and music[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


  • 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]


Sciences and mathematics[edit]


Writing and education[edit]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "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. ^ 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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