Ball family page
Arthur Archer Ball (1877-1946) ran Devonshire Dairy at 59 Great Union Road at the beginning of the 20th century. His wife, Kate Elizabeth, and baby daughter, whose name is not known, are pictured on the doorstep, possibly with an employee, in about 1914. Arthur's father William (1824- ) and elder brothers John and Percy, also lived at the property in 1911. Arthur and his brothers were born in Jersey. Their father came from Cornwall, and Kate Elizabeth was from Plymouth
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Origins of surname
Various suggestions are made for the origins of this common English surname. The most common is that it is derived from old English bealla, meaning 'ball' and indicated a short, rounded person, or, because the word 'bald' has the same derivation, a man with a hairless patch on his head.
It may also have meant someone living near a knoll, or rounded hill. A third suggestion is that it came from the Germanic bald, meaning 'bold'
The first appearance of this surname in Jersey records was the baptism of Ann, daughter of George and Elizabeth Ball, in St Helier in 1744. It was not until the end of the 18th century that a family became established in the island
Great War service
These wills created by members of the Ball family are now held by Jersey Archive. By visiting the archive site and using the names, dates and reference numbers shown here, it is possible to view a copy of each will. You will have to subscribe to the Archive's online service to do this. To find out more about this collection, which covers the period from 1663 to 1948, and how to search for your family's wills there, visit our Jersey wills page
- Raulin Ball 8 May 1680 - D/Y/A/3
- Thomas Ball of Colchester, Essex, now of Jersey, desires to be buried in St Helier's Cemetery, 27 December 1820 - D/Y/A/19
- Thomas Ball of Einnim, Victoria Avenue, St Helier - 27 February 1948, D/Y/A/119
- Mary Ball, Millbrook, St Lawrence, widow of John Francis Tisson - 10 April 1930, D/Y/A/90
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