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"BALL. A name of uncertain origin. It may be from Baett, an Old English (Anglo-Saxon) personal name, which, however, is only known from its existence in place name compounds. There was also an Old Norse Balle. (2) It may be a development from the word "bold,' (3) a form of BAUD, (4) a diminutive of BALDWIN, etc. 0 "(The surnames of Scotland. George Fraser Black, 1866-1948)


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Birth, Death and Marriage Records for the Ball Genealogy

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Some Famous People with the surname of Ball

Wikipedia Sir Alexander John Ball, 1st Baronet (1757 ? 20 October 1809) was a British Admiral and the first British governor of Malta.
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Wikipedia Hugo Ball (February 22, 1886 ? September 14, 1927) was a German author, poet and one of the leading Dada artists.
Wikipedia Harvey Ross Ball (10 July 1921 ? 12 April 2001) is the earliest known designer of the Smiley.
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Wikipedia George Wildman Ball (December 21, 1909 ? May 26, 1994) was an American diplomatBiography.
Wikipedia John Dudley Ball (1911?1988), writing as John Ball, was an American writer best known for mystery novels involving the African-American police detective Virgil Tibbs.
Wikipedia Marcia Ball (born March 20, 1949, Orange, Texas) is an American blues singer and pianist, born in Orange, Texas but who grew up in Vinton, Louisiana.
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Wikipedia John Ball (20 August 1818 ? 21 October 1889) was an Irish politician, naturalist and Alpine traveller, eldest son of an Irish judge, Nicholas Ball and his wife Jane Sherlock.
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Wikipedia John Ball (November 12 1794 ? February 5 1884) was born at Tenny Hill, Grafton County, New Hampshire.
Wikipedia David James Ball (born 3 May 1959, Blackpool, Lancashire) is an English producer and electronic musician, who has played in bands such as Soft Cell and The Grid, and collaborated with other producers including Ingo Vauk and Chris Braide.
Wikipedia Webster Clay Ball (October 6, 1847 ? 1922) was a jeweler and watchmaker born in Fredericktown, Ohio.
Wikipedia Michael Ashley Ball (born 27 June 1962, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire) is an Olivier Award winning English actor, singer, and radio and TV presenter who is best known for the song "Love Changes Everything" and musical theatre roles such as Marius in "Les Mis?rables", Alex in "Aspects of Love", Caractacus Potts in "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" and Edna Turnblad in "Hairspray" for which he won the 2008 Laurence Olivier Award for best actor in a musical.
Wikipedia Taylor Ball (born December 28, 1987) is an American television and film actor known for his portrayal of Brian Miller in the television sitcom "Still Standing".
Wikipedia The New Zealand-born cartoonist Murray Hone Ball (born 1939 in Feilding in the Manawatu) has become known for his "Stanley the Palaeolithic Hero" (the longest running cartoon in Punch magazine), "Bruce the Barbarian", "All the King's Comrades" (also in Punch) and the long-running "Footrot Flats" comic series.
Wikipedia Bobby Ball (born 28 January 1944) is one half of the comedy double act Cannon and Ball, along with Tommy Cannon.
Wikipedia Albert Ball VC, DSO & Two Bars, MC (14 August 1896 ? 7 May 1917) was an English First World War fighter pilot and recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest decoration for gallantry "in the face of the enemy" that can be awarded to members of the British or Commonwealth armed forces.
Wikipedia Edward Ball (March 21, 1888 ? June 24, 1981) was a powerful figure in business and politics in Florida for decades despite the fact that he never held public office and did not own the assets he controlled.
Wikipedia Kenny Ball (born Kenneth Daniel Ball, 22 May 1930, Ilford, Essex, England) is a British jazz musician, best known as the lead trumpet player in Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen.
Wikipedia John Thomas Ball QC (24 July 1815 ? 17 March 1898) was an Irish barrister and politician in the Parliament of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.
Wikipedia Blessed Margaret Ball (1515 ? 1584) was born Margaret Birmingham near Skryne in County Meath, and died of deprivation in the dungeons of Dublin Castle.
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Wikipedia Mary Ball (1812?1892) was an Irish naturalist and entomologist most noted for her studies of Odonata and for her discovery of the curious phenomenon of stridulation in aquatic bugs.
Wikipedia Walter Ball (born 1911, date of death unknown) was cartoonist for the Canadian comic strip feature "Rural Route", which became a familiar fixture in the "Toronto Star" Weekly between 1956 until the publication's demise in 1968.
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Wikipedia Percival Ball (17 February 1845 ? 4 April 1900) was an English sculptor active in Australia.
Wikipedia Liam Ball (born May 17, 1951) was an Irish Olympic swimmer at both the 1968 Mexico City and 1972 Munich Olympic Summer Games, competing in the Men's 100 metres Breaststroke and Men's 200 metres Breaststroke at each.
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Wikipedia David Stewart Ball (born January 4, 1981 in Fairfield, California) is an American football defensive end for the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League.
Wikipedia Joe Ball (4 April 1931 ? December 4, 1974) was professional footballer as a winger.
Wikipedia Kevin Ball aka 'The Hatchet' (born 12 November 1964 in Hastings) is a former professional footballer and now coach.
Wikipedia Jerry Lee Ball (born December 15, 1964 in Beaumont, Texas) is a former professional American football defensive lineman in the NFL.
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Wikipedia Nicholas Ball (born 11 April 1946) is an English actor.
Wikipedia Terrance James Ball (born November 29, 1944 in Selkirk, Manitoba) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman who played four seasons in the National Hockey League for the Philadelphia Flyers and Buffalo Sabres.
Wikipedia Cornelius "Neal" Ball (April 22, 1881 ? October 15, 1957), the American baseball player, achieved fame on July 19, when he pulled off the first unassisted triple play in Major League baseball history in a game against the Boston Red Sox.
Wikipedia Thomas Henry Ball (January 14, 1859 ? May 7, 1944) was a Texas politician and a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives.
Wikipedia Mother Frances Mary Teresa Ball (born in Dublin 9 January 1794; died 19 May 1861) was the foundress of the Irish Branch of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary (IBVM).
Wikipedia Larry Lavern Ball (born September 27, 1949 in Iowa City, Iowa) is a retired American football linebacker.
Wikipedia David Ball (born June 6, 1984 in Berlin, Vermont) is a professional American and Canadian football wide receiver for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League.
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Wikipedia Sam Ball (born June 7, 1944 in Henderson, Kentucky) was a National Football League offensive lineman from 1966 through 1970.
Wikipedia David 'Dave' J Ball (born 30 March 1950 in Handsworth, Birmingham, England) is a guitar player who is currently resident of New Zealand but working in various parts of the World.
Wikipedia Charles Ball (1780 - ?) was an African-American slave from Maryland, best known for his account as a fugitive slave, "The Life and Adventures of Charles Ball" (1837).
Wikipedia The Right Reverend David Standish Ball (born June 11, 1926) was the seventh Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Albany in the United States from 1984 to 1998.
Wikipedia Cedric Glenn Ball (born April 16 1968, in Worcester, Massachusetts) is a retired American professional basketball player.
Wikipedia Michael Thomas Ball (born 14 February 1932) is an Anglican clergyman and co-founder of the Community of the Glorious Ascension.
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Wikipedia William Ball (9 April 1886 ? 30 September 1942) was an English professional footballer who played as a full-back.
Wikipedia Alan Sheffield Ball (born March 29, 1985 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American football cornerback and safety for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League.
Wikipedia Christopher Ball (born 7 July 1936) is a British clarinettist, composer and conductorBall was born in Leeds, England, and studied clarinet and piano at the Royal Manchester College of Music where his contemporaries included Harrison Birtwistle (a fellow clarinet student), Peter Maxwell Davies, Alexander Goehr and John Ogdon.
Wikipedia John Thomas "Jack" Ball (13 September 1907 ? 1976) was an English footballer, who played for clubs including Southport, Manchester United, Sheffield Wednesday, Huddersfield Town and Luton Town.
Wikipedia Carsten Thomas Ball (born 20 June 1987) is a professional Australian tennis player.
Wikipedia Ronald "Ronnie" Ball (December 22, 1927 ? 1984) was a jazz pianist born in Birmingham, England.
Wikipedia Nathan "Nate" Barker Ball (born May 13, 1983 in Newport, Oregon) works as a host on the PBS Kids show "Design Squad".
Wikipedia Frederick Henry Ball (July 17 1915 ? February 5 2007) was an American movie studio executive, actor, brother of comedienne Lucille Ball.
Wikipedia Estil Cortez Ball (1913-1978) was an American singer-songwriter, fingerstyle guitarist, and country gospel and folk musician from Rugby in Grayson County, Virginia.
Wikipedia John "Johnny" Ball (born 13 March 1925) was an English footballer who played at right back for Manchester United and Bolton Wanderers in the late 1940s and 1950s.
Wikipedia Eugene Ball (born October 12, 1972) is an Australian jazz music composer and acclaimed trumpeter who won the best Australian jazz composition award for "Fool Poet's Portion" in 2008.
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Wikipedia Jason Ball (born march 21, 1979 in Fayetteville, North Carolina) is a former professional American football center for three seasons for the San Diego Chargers.
Wikipedia James "Jim" Chandler Ball (February 22 1884 ? April 7 1963) was an American professional baseball player who played in the National League for parts of two season spanning 1907-1908.
Wikipedia Keith Ball (born 26 October 1940) a English footballer.
Wikipedia Edward Ball (February 10, 1859 ? July 31, 1917) was an English cricketer who played for Gloucestershire.
Wikipedia Alex Ball born 9 January, 1990 in Barnsley, Yorkshire, England is a rugby union player for Leeds Carnegie in the Guinness Premiership.
Wikipedia Sonja Ball (born on October 20, 1956 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada) is a Canadian voice actress.
Wikipedia Lucille D?sir?e Ball (August 6, 1911 ? April 26, 1989) was an American comedienne, film, television, stage and radio actress, model, film and television executive, and star of the sitcoms "I Love Lucy", "The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour", "The Lucy Show" and "Here's Lucy".
Wikipedia Tony Ball is a British television executive, chairman of Kabel Deutschland and former CEO of BSkyB.
Wikipedia George Walter Ball (born September 13, 1877 in Detroit, Michigan - December 15, 1946 in Chicago, Illinois) was a baseball player in the Negro Leagues.