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Ballou Name Meaning

French: of uncertain origin; possibly related to Bal. Possibly a variant spelling of Bellew.

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

Similar surnames: Ballon, Ballow, Ballor, Ballin, Bally, Balon, Tallon, Salloum, Vallot

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Where is the Ballou family from?

You can see how Ballou families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Ballou family name was found in the USA between 1840 and 1920. The most Ballou families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 66 Ballou families living in Rhode Island. This was about 87% of all the recorded Ballou's in the USA. Rhode Island had the highest population of Ballou families in 1840.
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What did your Ballou ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Salesman and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Ballou. 15% of Ballou men worked as a Salesman and 15% of Ballou women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Ballou were Painter and Stenographer.

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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.

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Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Salesman
  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Painter

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
  • Teacher
  • Housekeeper
  • Stenographer
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Ballou. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 6,000 military records available for the last name Ballou. For the veterans among your Ballou ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Ballou lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Ballou life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1940, and highest in 1959. The average life expectancy for Ballou in 1940 was 28, and 74 in 2004.

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