Ball (surname)

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Ball is a surname of English 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 surname shared by several notable people:

born before 1800
born before 1900
born before 1950
born in or after 1950

See also[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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