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This interesting name has a number of possible derivations. Firstly, it may be of early medieval English origin, from a nickname for a short, rounded person, derived from the Middle English "bal(le)", ball, a development of the Olde English pre 7th Century "bealla", and influenced by the Old Norse "bollr". In some cases the nickname may have referred to a bald man, from the same word used in the sense of a round, hairless patch on the skull; interestingly, the modern English term "bald" derives from a contracted form of the Middle English "ballede", from "bal(le)" with "-ede", that is, "having a balle"...

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Jacquie Holyoak

I am looking for my Ball family in Ireland. I have them all that emigrated to Canada but am at a Brick wall where he came from. Charles Ball born about 18__ (?) in Ireland and died May 15th 1888 in York, Ontario, Canada. (married Margaret Murphy) He apparently came to Canada with his two brothers "Abraham Ball ~ 1824 Ireland to 1892 dying in Port Neuf Quebec Canada" (married Susannah Williamson from Ireland) and "John Ball born 1822 Ireland and died in 1886 in York, Ontario, Canada" (married Mary Jane Wilson) If anyone has any information on these 3 men I would be grateful if you could contact me.


My gggrandfather John Ball is listed on the census as being from Ireland. He came to the states and settled in NY, had a son named James who had a son named John Gregory "Lucky" Ball (my grandfather) who became a lion trainer and fairly famous sword swallower. He swallowed 16 swords one time. I would love to find out what part of Ireland he came from since I love all things Irish. We have visited Dublin and stayed at Greystone. Love it!! Also my maiden name is Byrne...went to Bray and Glendolough and felt very much at home. If you have any info..I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you. Dixie Gettings

Anthony Barrett

(Part 1 of 3) The Ball name can be found in the British Isles, but its origin according to DNA is from the north-west coast of the Emerald Island. The Ball story [dominated by DNA tribal marker R1b-L513, Subgroup A1] can trace their origins to the Finn Valley in Donegal, Ireland from 50 BCE. Perhaps the journey begins with the Clanna Dedad; Deda, son of Sen or Deda Mac Sin. The Ball surname origin is from a Northern Ui Neill [R1b-L513] tribe. The Cenél Eoghan and the tribes of Donegal conquered much of Ulster (Derry and Tyrone).

Anthony Barrett

(Part 2 of 3) Cenél Eoghan will expand across northern Ireland with their cousins Cenél Conaill and the Northern Ui Neill between 500-800 BCE. The clans of Finn Valley have the same DNA as people from Gwynedd in Brittany. But how could this be? Recent discoveries from DNA testing are unlocking the migration patterns of Celtic tribes as late as 800 CE to 1200 CE. The Ball story begins in pre-history Ireland then moves to Scotland as they form part of the Dalriada. Descendants of their tribe will then travel to Brittany, France during the Dark Ages.

Anthony Barrett

(Part 3 of 3) Discover their newly found untold story and how forgotten texts bring their story back to life. From the ebook, “The Tribe Within” learn how DNA unfolds this amazing tale and if you look in the right places, how history narrates this evidence. There is another written account of their story, but it is camouflaged in smoke and myth – it will become the tales of King Arthur. Come follow in the footsteps of Deda Mac Sin and visit

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