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Balla Family History

Balla Name Meaning

Hungarian: from a short form of Ballabás a variant of the personal name Barnabás (see Barnaby ). This surname is also common in Slovakia. Italian: from balla which in its earliest sense meant ‘dance’ but from the 14th century was used to denote goods packed for transport i.e. ‘bale or bundle (of merchandise)’. Hence it came to be used as a metonymic occupational name for a carrier. Albanian: nickname or metonymic occupational name from balla ‘half-soles’ (in shoe repair). Alternatively a cognate of Balli . Indian (Andhra Pradesh): name found in the Kamma community of cultivators perhaps a habitational name from the Balla village in Andhra Pradesh. Central African (Cameroon): unexplained.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Ball, Bolla, Bala, Ballo, Palla, Ballas, Galla, Bella, Walla, Halla

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You can see how Balla families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Balla family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Balla families were found in USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 15 Balla families living in Manitoba. This was about 68% of all the recorded Balla's in Canada. Manitoba had the highest population of Balla families in 1911.
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What did your Balla ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer was the top reported job for people in the Canada named Balla. 43% of Balla men worked as a Farmer. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1921

  • Farmer
    43%
  • Clerk
    29%
  • Laborer
    29%
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Passenger Lists

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There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Balla. For the veterans among your Balla ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Balla lifespan?

Between 1951 and 2004, in the United States, Balla life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 1974. The average life expectancy for Balla in 1951 was 63, and 78 in 2004.

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