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Surnames have evolved from various sources and prior to the late middle ages it was not unusual for one person to be known by several "surnames" during their lifetime. The most usual sources for surnames are patronymic, place name, occupation & nickname.

The surname Ballard is not common in England, H.B.Guppy in his book "The Homes of Family Names in Great Britain" published in 1890 by Harrison says that it is most common in Hereford and Kent where it still only accounted for 7% of the population of those counties. Research conducted in 1993 showed that Ballards accounted for 1 in 7,500 of the population of the UK with Worcestershire, Sussex, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Kent, Buckinghamshire & Hertfordshire showing the greatest "density".

The first known reference to a Ballard in official sources is in 1196 and refers to Peter Ballard who is mentioned in the Curia Regis rolls for Northamptonshire. The second reference is in 1210 for Adam Ballard who also appears in the Curia Regis rolls, this time for Cambridgeshire. England, however, is not the only country in which there were Ballards from an early date. From at least the late 13th century, when Jean Ballard is recorded as working on the stained glass windows of Chartres Cathedral, Ballard has been a surname in France. Prior to this there is reference in the English State Papers to the Ballardi of Lucca, merchants of immense wealth who even lent money to King Edward III. This adds another dimension to the question we all ask ... "What does the surname mean ?".

Traditional sources state that Ballard is a Middle English nickname meaning "Bald head" and indeed Whycliff is quoted using the expression Ballarde when referring to a bald headed man. This then assumes an English origin, but what of the French ? The possibility exists that the name arrives in France from an early English migration or it may be that the reverse happened and recent research by Adrian Ballard may well support that. Alternatively both French and English occurrences arise through a migration from Italy!

If the surname is of French origin what might that be? Baring-Gould, in 1910, put forward the proposition that the name "Bee" (indicating a bee-keeper) was comparatively unusual and less used than the number of bee-keepers might suggest. He went on to speculate that the names Able and Abeillard were derived form the French arbeille for bee and that Ballard was a further derivation of Abeillard.

Finally there is the possibility that the names originated independently in separate countries, from separate sources and that they resulted in the same modern spelling of Ballard. Quite a coincidence!

With the fluidity of surnames in the medieval period heraldry is often a good source of information concerning allegiances & marriages. It is also a fascinating subject in its own right & you might like to look at the page dedicated to Ballard Heraldry.

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23 Jun 1868 - 05 Mar 1913

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abt 1852 Ohio, United States
abt 1832 Greene, Ohio, United States - 02 Sep 1911
1960s Privacy Level: Private with Public Family Tree (Yellow) photo Active member2561
12 Mar 1923 Douglas, Converse, Wyoming, United States - 31 Jul 1994
04 Mar 1897 Mississippi, United States - 24 Jul 1988
16 Sep 1851 Circleville, Pickaway, Ohio, United States - 12 Dec 1924
28 Jun 1868 New Zealand - 09 Mar 1954
09 May 1832 Rockbridge, Virginia, United States - 09 Oct 1911 photo
06 Mar 1871 Rockbridge, Virginia, United States - 28 Sep 1951 photo
1619 Alfriston, Sussex, England - 06 Feb 1634
27 Mar 1860 Ohio, United States - 30 Aug 1864
27 Jun 1897 Garrard, Kentucky, United States - 19 Jul 1992
26 Nov 1873 Mississippi, United States - 30 Sep 1948 photo
Living Ballard photo
abt 1863 Illinois, United States
01 Aug 1873 Rockbridge, Virginia, United States - 02 Jan 1959 photo
Jan 1863 Ohio, United States - 05 Jul 1908
17 Jun 1829 Greene, Ohio, United States - 08 May 1905
1868 Hitchin, Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom - 28 Jan 1947
17 May 1869 Indiana, United States - 24 Aug 1943
05 Jul 1880 Nelson, Nelson, New Zealand - 09 Mar 1917
1812 Kentucky, United States - 1880
abt 1786 Bolton, Lancashire, England - abt Dec 1850
abt 1499 Leicestershire, England - bef 1557
1620 Etchingham, Sussex, England
03 Sep 1916 Dartford, Kent, England, United Kingdom - 1990
1631 Alfriston, Sussex, England - Dec 1631
1634 Alfriston, Sussex, England
abt 1845 Sydney, Colony of New South Wales - 08 Nov 1879
04 Oct 1914 New York City, New York, United States of America - 29 Mar 1977 photo
Aug 1827 Greene, Ohio, United States - 10 Dec 1874
abt 1866 Indiana, United States
03 Nov 1864 Fayette, Ohio, United States - 12 Feb 1953
25 Jul 1866 Rockbridge, Virginia, United States - 19 Sep 1956 photo
13 Nov 1917 Winnetka, Cook County, Illinois, United States of America - 01 Aug 1988 photo
1623 Alfriston, Sussex, England
13 Feb 1904 Arkansas, United States - 25 Dec 1993
29 Aug 1885 Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, United States of America - 18 Mar 1952 photo
Living Ballard
09 Jun 1896 Menifee, Kentucky, United States - 24 Nov 1986
1902 Kentucky, United States - 14 Jul 1934
24 Dec 1867 Jefferson Township, Fayette, Ohio, United States - 10 Mar 1935
13 Mar 1940 Idaho Falls, Bonneville, Idaho, United States - 26 Apr 2002
15 Feb 1876 Rockbridge, Virginia, United States - 02 Sep 1936 photo
abt 1858 Ohio, United States
abt 1760 Childwall, Lancashire, England
abt 1625 Ludford, Shropshire, England
abt 1702 Somerset, England
abt Jan 1855 Ohio, United States
11 Jul 1895 Cromwell House, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England, United Kingdom - 27 Sep 1915
02 Sep 1831 Parramatta, Colony of New South Wales - 1871
15 Dec 1900 Richland, Keokuk, Iowa, United States - 30 Aug 1952
abt 1844 Ohio, United States - 21 Oct 1924
16 Sep 1821 Adams, Ohio, United States - 19 Apr 1872
abt 1811 Kentucky, United States - abt 1886
abt 1844 Ohio, United States
26 Sep 1847 Charleston, Lee, Iowa, United States - 04 May 1925

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abt 1848 Winchester, Clark, Kentucky, United States - 15 Sep 1885
20 Aug 1874 Union, Georgia, United States - 1901
abt 1842 England, United Kingdom - 13 Oct 1922 photo
21 May 1836 Greene, Ohio, United States - 10 Aug 1892
1854 Bethnal Green, Middlesex, England, United Kingdom - 27 Jan 1928
abt 1849 Ohio, United States - abt 1888
22 Sep 1884 Kentucky, United States - 19 Jul 1957
13 Apr 1946 Newberg, Yamhill, Oregon, United States - 20 Jun 2009
01 Feb 1861 New Zealand - 30 Sep 1949
abt 1848 Ohio, United States
abt 1638 Alfriston, Sussex, England - Nov 1638
17 May 1901 Honey Grove, Fannin, Texas, United States - 02 Aug 1986
02 Feb 1925 Torrington, Goshen, Wyoming, United States - 04 Feb 1999
10 Mar 1859 Prymont, New South Wales, Australia - 18 Dec 1930
aft 1665
abt 1755 Godstone, Surrey, England
abt 1555 Weston Subedge, Gloucestershire, England - abt 1610
abt 1648 Kent, England - bef 16 Dec 1704
09 Apr 1878 Rockbridge, Virginia, United States - 01 Jun 1916 photo
29 Oct 1816 Adams, Ohio, United States - 09 Nov 1882
1853 Bethnal Green, Middlesex, England, United Kingdom - 24 Mar 1932
19 Feb 1920 Winnetka, Cook County, Illinois, United States of America - 03 Jan 1964
29 Jun 1821 Adams, Ohio, United States - 12 Feb 1911
01 Dec 1846 Ohio, United States - 24 Jan 1931
05 Jun 1863 Mount Sterling, Montgomery, Kentucky, United States - 27 May 1939
abt 1846 Ohio, United States
31 Jul 1785 Framingham, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States - 10 Oct 1875
19 Jul 1947 Oregon, United States - 30 Dec 2011
1881 Kentucky, United States
1620 Alfriston, Sussex, England
16 Feb 1848 North Carolina, United States - 21 Jul 1934
01 Apr 1868 Rockbridge, Virginia, United States - 20 Oct 1955 photo
17 Apr 1836 Ohio, United States - abt 1884
abt 1850 Ohio, United States - abt 1900
Nov 1860 Rockbridge, Virginia, United States - 11 May 1872 photo
28 Oct 1895 Mississippi, United States - 10 Jan 1927
07 May 1860 Vermilion, Illinois, United States - 06 Sep 1946
1854 Marion, Alabama, United States - abt 1896
1627 Alfriston, Sussex, England
29 Nov 1923 Winnetka, Cook County, Illinois, United States of America - 25 Nov 2006
14 Dec 1853 Ohio, United States - 22 Sep 1918
17 May 1836 Ross Township, Greene, Ohio, United States - 10 Feb 1892
08 Nov 1858 Rossville, Vermilion, Illinois, United States - 21 May 1935
1858 Kentucky, United States
16 Jun 1886 Carthage, Smith, Tennessee, United States - Sep 1972
26 Jun 1900 Violet, St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana, United States - 27 Jun 1993
Aug 1879 Ohio, United States
1950s Privacy Level: Private with Public Family Tree (Yellow) photo Active member12640
abt 1517 Greenwich, Kent, England - abt 1552 photo
05 Feb 1859 Illinois, United States - 13 Feb 1910
03 Feb 1916 Cedar City, Iron, Utah, United States - 28 Sep 1984
1634 Alfriston, Sussex, England - Mar 1634
abt 1692 Westfield, Sussex, England
abt 1655 Portsmouth, Hampshire, England
16 Dec 1873 New Zealand - 02 Apr 1936

B cont.

11 Jul 1892 Kentucky, United States - 28 Jul 1940
1930s - 2010s Privacy Level: Private with Public Biography and Family Tree (Yellow) photo
abt 1853 Ohio, United States - 15 Dec 1925
28 Feb 1841 Ohio, United States - 19 Nov 1869
abt 1802 York, South Carolina, United States - abt Feb 1875
12 Oct 1859 Rockbridge, Virginia, United States - 05 Nov 1934 photo
1950s Privacy Level: Private with Public Biography and Family Tree (Yellow) Active member2094
23 Jun 1916 Winnetka, Cook County, Illinois, United States of America - 21 Nov 2012
abt 1750 Princess Anne, Colony of Virginia
27 Jan 1821 Adams, Ohio, United States - 14 Sep 1853
bef 10 Aug 1788 Sutton Valence, Kent, England
16 Sep 1930 Torrington, Goshen, Wyoming, United States - 05 Mar 1999
abt 1330 England - abt 1382
abt 1778 England
08 Apr 1796 Great Malvern, Worcestershire, England - 25 Oct 1853
abt 1807 County Cavan, Ireland - 04 Jan 1881
abt 1879 Louisiana, United States
bef 30 Sep 1873 Hitchin, Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom - 30 Mar 1918
10 Jun 1917 Menifee, Kentucky, United States - 16 Apr 1992
Oct 1844 Ohio, United States - 17 Nov 1923
1617 Berwick, Sussex, England
1647 Alfriston, Sussex, England
1651 Berwick, Sussex, England
abt 1593 of, Alfriston, Sussex, England
23 Mar 1905 Smith, Tennessee, United States - 11 Mar 1987
08 Mar 1885 Maidstone, Kent, England - 13 Oct 1940
bef 16 Jul 1567 Lichfield, Staffordshire, England
26 Sep 1829 Montgomery, Kentucky, United States - 07 May 1904
abt 1818 Adams, Ohio, United States - 09 Nov 1882
12 Apr 1864 Rockbridge, Virginia, United States - 24 Mar 1941 photo
02 Oct 1873 Mount Pleasant, Marshall, Mississippi, United States - 08 Dec 1905
1656 Alfriston, Sussex, England - Nov 1714
27 Oct 1846 Weaverville, Buncombe, North Carolina, United States - 20 Jan 1893

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14 Mar 1906 Cabarrus, North Carolina, United States - 14 May 1989
09 Sep 1836 Glasgow, Rockbridge, Virginia, United States - 13 Mar 1906 photo

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05 Mar 1911 Rutherford, Tennessee, United States - 14 Aug 1993
1831 Falkirk, Stirlingshire, Scotland, United Kingdom - 26 Sep 1898
11 Sep 1890 Garrison On Hudson, New York, United States of America - 22 Oct 1981 photo

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28 Jul 1867 Greymouth, West Coast, New Zealand - 12 Oct 1942

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15 Jun 1888 Smith, Tennessee, United States - Jul 1975

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1811 Rodman, Jefferson County, New York, United States - 05 May 1893

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24 Jul 1910 Rockville, Washington, Utah, United States - 30 Jun 2004

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25 Aug 1855 Bath, Kentucky, United States - abt 1920

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19 Mar 1824 Overton County, Tennessee, United States - 21 Mar 1896 photo

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1847 Penzance, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom - 08 Jan 1887
05 May 1902 Wilson, Tennessee, United States - 24 Dec 1980
13 Sep 1926 Olney, Young, Texas, United States - 18 Oct 2003
1842 Michigan - bef 1896
1877 New Zealand - 1959
01 May 1903 Wilson, Tennessee, United States - 26 Mar 2000

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25 Apr 1923 Anderson, South Carolina, United States - 14 Jan 2005

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1841 Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom - 12 Sep 1898

R

04 Sep 1857 Montgomery, Kentucky, United States - 15 Jan 1926

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09 Sep 1747 Bedford, Middlesex, Massachusetts - 09 Jan 1832 photo

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1851 London, England, United Kingdom - 02 Nov 1927

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abt 30 Oct 1830 Trenton, Hancock, Maine, United States - 10 Oct 1899




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