Multiple theories and origins.
- From a short form of the Middle English given name Baldwin.
- A toponymic surname for a person that lives near a knoll or rounded hill (i.e. somewhere shaped like a ball).
- From the Old Norse given name Balle.
- A habitational surname for a person from Ball, Cornwall.
- An English surname.
- ball (round or roundish object, most often used for games)
The German words Kugel and Ball are usually distinguished inasmuch as the former refers to solid balls (such as those used for billiards or bowling) while the latter refers to air-filled or elastic balls (such as tennis or soccer balls). This distinction may be neglected colloquially or jokingly.
- Tanzball m (dance)