Ball Cove

Place Name: Ball Cove

Feature Type (Year Approved): Road (1999)

Name Origins: Commemorative


1 English: (i) nickname from Middle English bal, ball(e) ‘ball, sphere, globe, round body’ (Old French balle or Old English *beall(a)). (ii) nickname possibly from a Middle English adjective *ball in the sense ‘bald’, from ball ‘a white streak, a bald place’, balle being the weak form. (iii) relationship name from Balle, an Old Scandinavian personal name found in place-names in England, which may have survived as Middle English Balla, found in  in Book of Fees (Hants). The Scandinavian name may be for ballr ‘dangerous’ in an older sense of ‘brave’.

2 English: locative name from Middle English bal, ball(e) ‘knoll, rounded hill’. This is the same word as ‘ball, sphere, globe, round body’ in (), applied topographically.

From: Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland

Cultural Affiliation: English

Gender: Male

Naming Edmonton: From Ada to Zoie

William Robinson Ball (1855-1951) was one of the founders of the United Farmers of Alberta and the Alberta Wheat Pool. Born in Prince Edward Island, Ball moved to the United States in his youth. In 1895, he came back to Canada and travelled by prairie schooner to Hillsdale, Alberta, settling on a homestead 22 kilometres from Edmonton. Shortly before WWI, Ball moved to Edmonton and was employed as a wood-turner and upholsterer. After two years, however, he returned to farming. In 1923, he retired and moved to Edmonton. Ball Cove is in the Blackmud Creek neighbourhood.

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