Ballester Family History
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Ballester Name Meaning
Catalan: occupational name for a maker of crossbows or a soldier armed with a crossbow, from Catalan ballester ‘crossbowman’ or ‘crossbow maker’, an agent derivative of ballesta ‘crossbow’ (Latin ballista ‘(military) catapult’). English and German: occupational name, cognate with 1, from an agent derivative of Middle English, Old French baleste ‘crossbow’.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press