The English name of Ballard is an Old English ‘ball-ard’ which meant a bald-headed man. It can also refer to a white spot. As a Gaelic term it can mean strong and brave. Spelling variations for Ballard are Belard, Bullard, Ballird, Belward, Bellyard, Bellard, Belhyrd, Bellhird and Balard. In Scotland the Ballard surname is in Lanarkshire, Aberdeenshire and Kirkcudbrightshire. In England the Ballard surname is mostly in Yorkshire county, around London and in Kent and Sussex counties. The states of California, Oklahoma, New York, North Carolina, Indiana, Ohio, Tennessee, Alabama, Texas and Illinois have the Ballard surname in higher numbers within the United States. Famous: James Graham Ballard (English writer), Geoffrey Ballard (founder of the Ballard Power Systems in Canada), Robert D. Ballard (discoverer of the RMS Titanic wreckage), Clint Ballard Jr. (a songwriter), Kaye Ballard (actress and comedian) and Harold Ballard (owner of the Canadian Toronto Maple Leafs).