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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.

Early Origins of the Baab family

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.

Early History of the Baab family

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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.

Early Notables of the Baab family (pre 1700)

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United States Baab migration to the United States +

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, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1746 [1]
  • Tobias Baab, who 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

Contemporary Notables of the name Baab (post 1700) +

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

  1. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8) on Facebook