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Ball Name Study

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Surnames/tags: Ball Balle
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About the Project

The Ball Name Study project serves as a collaborative platform to collect information on the Ball name. The hope is that other researchers like you will join the study to help make it a valuable reference point for other genealogists who are researching or have an interest in the Ball name.

As a One Name Study, this project is not limited to persons who are related biologically. Individual studies can be used to branch out the research into specific methods and areas of interest, such as geographically (England Balls), by time period (18th Century Balls), or by topic (Ball DNA, Ball Occupations, Ball Statistics). These studies may also include a number of family branches which have no immediate link with each other. Some researchers may even be motivated to go beyond the profile identification and research stage to compile fully sourced, single-family histories of some of the families they discover through this name study project.

Also see the related surnames and surname variants.

How to Join

To join the BALL Name Study, first start out by browsing our current teams and research pages to see if there is a specific study ongoing that fits your interests. If so, feel free to add your name to the Membership list below, post an introduction comment on the specific team/research page, and then dive right in!

If a team or research page does not yet exist for your particular area of interest, please contact the Name Study Coordinator: Ros Haywood for assistance.


Related Surnames and Surname Variants


Surname Distribution

See the Ball surname in the 1881 census

Notable Namebearers

living or possibly-living people are not included

  • Alan Ball, Jr (1945–2007), English professional footballer and football club manager
  • Alan Ball, Sr (1924–1982), English professional footballer and football club manager
  • Sir Albert Ball, Lord Mayor of Nottingham
  • 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
  • Alfred Ball (1890–1952), English footballer
  • Sir Alfred Henry Wynne Ball, Deputy Commander of RAF Strike Command, Spitfire pilot
  • Alice Ball (1892-1916), chemist; invented the Ball Method for treating leprosy
  • Bartholomew Ball (died 1573), Mayor of Dublin 1553-1554
  • Benjamin Ball (1833–1893), English-born French psychiatrist
  • Bobby Ball (1925–1954), American racecar driver
  • Catherine Ball, known as the Baroness de Calabrella (c. 1788–1856), British writer and newspaper owner
  • David Standish Ball (1926-2017), American Episcopal bishop
  • Edward Hughes Ball (1798–1863), later Edward Hughes Ball Hughes or "The Golden Ball", British dandy
  • Elmer Darwin Ball (1870–1943), American entomologist
  • Ernie Ball (1930–2004), American entrepreneur, musician, and guitar innovator
  • Estil C. Ball (1913-1978), American folk musician
  • Harvey Ball (1921–2001), American entrepreneur; earliest known designer of the Smiley
  • Henry Lidgbird Ball (1756–1818), British Royal Navy officer who discovered and explored Lord Howe Island
  • Hugo Ball (1886–1927), German author and poet
  • Isabel Worrell Ball (1855–1931), American journalist and editor
  • John Ball (died 1381), English Lollard priest; prominent figure in the Peasants' Revolt
  • John Ball (Puritan) (1585–1640), English author and educator
  • John Ball (1794–1884), American pioneer and state politician
  • John Ball (1818–1889), Irish politician, naturalist and Alpine traveller
  • John Ball (1861–1940), English amateur golfer
  • John Ball (1911–1988), American author
  • Joseph Hurst Ball (1905–1993), American journalist and national politician
  • Kenny Ball (1930–2013), English jazz musician
  • Leo Anton Karl de Ball (1853–1916), German-Austrian astronomer
  • Lucille Ball (1911–1989), American comedian and actor
  • Margaret Ball (1515–1584), beatified by the Roman Catholic Church as martyr of the faith
  • Mary (Ball) Washington (1708–1789) mother of George Washington
  • Mary Ball (1812–1892), Irish naturalist and entomologist
  • Nicholas Ball (died 1609), alderman, Mayor of Dublin 1582–1583
  • Nicholas Ball (1550-1586), Mayor of Totnes, Devon
  • Nicholas Ball (died 1865), Irish barrister
  • Robert James Ball (1857-1928), Canadian M.P.
  • Robert Stawell Ball (1840-1913), astronomer
  • Rudi Ball (1910–1975), German-South African; only athlete of Jewish descent to represent Germany in the 1936 Winter Olympic Games; Hall of Fame
  • Samuel Ball (1935–2009), Australian education researcher
  • Thomas Ball (1819–1911), American sculptor
  • Walter Ball (died 1598), alderman, Mayor of Dublin 1580-1581
  • Walter Ball (1877–1946), Negro League baseball player
  • Walter Ball (1911–1995), cartoonist
  • Webb C. Ball (1847–1922), American railroad engineer who established the first rules for railroad chronometers
  • Whitney Lynn Ball (1962-2015), American philanthropist
  • Wilfrid Ball (1853–1917), British painter
  • William Ball (or Balle) 17th century, British astronomer; founder Fellow of the Royal Society
  • William Ball, English footballer (1886–1942)
  • William Ball, American stage director (1931–1991)
  • William Macmahon Ball (1901–1986), Australian academic and diplomat


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Hi, I have a family member "Mary (Ball) Corbishley", https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Ball-18808, I have no information about her parents or siblings, I have been researching the name "BALL" for sometime now. I have added the Name Study sticker to my profile, https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Olson-6823, I'm happy to help adding sources to the Ball profiles that have none, it may help me find my family. Elsie.
posted by Elsie (Olson) Hagley
Hello Elsie

Glad you found the Ball Name Study (the name appears in my maternal line). Looking forward to seeing those sources!

posted by Ros Haywood