This interesting surname with variant spellings Ballard, Bollaert, Bullard, Bouillard and Bolleart has two possible origins. Firstly, it may be from the old French "boule" meaning round or bare and with the suffix "ard" could be translated as "one who was bald headed". It could also derive from the middle English "bole" meaning fraud or deceit and would have originated as a nickname for "a deceitful person". The suffix "ard" is often used in surnames and refers to a person characterized by a certain quality.
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