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The Baab surname first began to be used in the German state of Bavaria, some time after the 12th century, when hereditary surnames were adopted according to fairly general rules, and names that were derived from locations became particularly common. The family name Baab is a local surname. Originally denoting the proprietorship of an estate or influence within a village, the German preposition von, which means from or of, used with local names, was taken as a mark of aristocracy. The surname Baab was given to someone who lived in Bavaria. During the Middle Ages, the Baab family became a part of the landed aristocracy and wielded considerable prestige and influence in the region of Bavaria. They also expanded into other parts of the German territories after the 16th century. Following the general pattern of great European migration, and specific interests in military, political and religious occupations, the Baab family relocated and prospered in numerous different regions on the European continent.

Baab Early Origins



The surname Baab was first found in Bavaria, where the name Baab was anciently associated with the tribal conflicts of the area. They declared allegiances to many nobles and princes of early history, lending their influence in struggles for power and status within the region. They branched into many houses, and their contributions were sought by many leaders in their search for power.

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Baab Spelling Variations


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Baab Spelling Variations



One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Baab include Baab, Baabe, Baabb, Baabbe, Baabes, Baabs and others.

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Baab Early History


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Baab Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Baab research. Another 151 words (11 lines of text) covering the year 1772 is included under the topic Early Baab History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Baab Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Baab Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Baab Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



The great European flow of migration to North America, which began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century, was particularly attractive to those from Bavaria who wished to escape either poverty or religious persecution. For many Bavarian tenant farmers, the chance to own their own land was a major incentive. So the widespread colonization of the United States began in 1650, when many immigrants from Germany settled in pockets in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. In Canada, German settlement centered in Ontario and the prairie provinces. Among those of this surname listed in various historical records were:

Baab Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Jacob Baab arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746
  • Jacob Baab, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1746
  • Tobias Baab settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1752

Baab Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Christopher Baab who was listed as having arrived in America in 1818
  • Valentine Baab who arrived in Mississippi in 1874

Baab Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Jony Baab and Karoline Spangenberger Baab both of whom were recorded as having arrived in Ohio in 1928

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Contemporary Notables of the name Baab (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Baab (post 1700)



  • Michael James Baab (b. 1959), former American NFL football center who played from 1982 to 1992

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
    2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    3. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
    4. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    5. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Journeys German Immigration, Settlement and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    6. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    7. Karlsruhe. Badisches Generallandesarchiv Baden Emigration lists 1866-1911. Salt Lake City: Microfilm of Card Index by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Print.
    8. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    9. Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. Print.
    10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    11. ...

    The Baab Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Baab Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 20 June 2016 at 16:20.

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