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Excerpt from Dr. Seary's, Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, MUN 1977.
BALL, a surname of England and Ireland, from an Old Danish personal name f or from various Old and Middle English and Old French words with such meanings as plump, ball, bald, bald place, knoll, or from the English place name Ball (Cornwall). (Reaney, Cottle, Spiegelhalter).
Guppy found the name widespread, Spiegelhalter in Devon, and MacLysaght scattered in Ireland, mainly in Leinster and Ulster.
Early instances: William, fisherman of St. John's or Petty Harbour, about 1739-43 (CO 194.11, 24); Richard, J.P., Ferryland district, 1750 (CO 194.12); James, of Harbour Grace Parish, 1817 (Nfld. Archives HGRC); George, planter of Cuckold's Cove (now Dunfield), 1824 (DPHW 64B); Patrick, of Harbour Grace, 1830 (Nfld. Archives HGRC); Richard, from ? Falmouth, married at St. John's, 1835 (Nfld. Archives BRC); Henry, from Waterford, married at St. John's, 1838 (Nfld. Archives BRC); John, of Grand Bank, 1840 (DPHW 109); William, of Exploits Burnt Island, 1843 (DPHW 86); Elizabeth, of Kings Cove Parish, 1847 (Nfld. Archives KCRC); Abraham, fisherman of Rencontre, 1850 (DPHW 102); George, of Trinity (unspecified), 1856 (Nfld. Archives KCRC).
Modern status: Scattered, especially at Stanhope, Northern Arm and elsewhere in the Gander district and Deer Lake.
Place names (not necessarily from the surname): Ball Island 47-09 55-04, ----- Point 49-31 55-04; Captain Ball Rock 46-42 55-47
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Page Revised: July 2002 (Don Tate)
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