Baar History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Baar evolved in the ancient German province of Westphalia. It is a nickname, a style of hereditary surname that developed out of the traditional German "eke-names," that identified people by naming them after a physical characteristic or other identifiable trait. Baar is a name for a person who was short and stout, as the name was derived from the Latin word "Bassus," which means "thick" or "wide."

Early Origins of the Baar family

The surname Baar was first found in Westphalia, where the name Baar emerged in medieval times as one of the notable families of the region. From the 13th century the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of the nation.

Early History of the Baar family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Baar research. Another 75 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1798, 1872, 1696, 1710 and 1720 are included under the topic Early Baar History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Baar Spelling Variations

Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Baar include Baar, Bar, Bahr, Baaren, Barr, Baher, Baren and others.

Early Notables of the Baar family (pre 1700)

Notables of the period with the name Baar were Johann Christian Felix Bahr (1798-1872) German philologist and historian, best known for his work on the history of Roman literature, "Gersc hichte der romischen Litteratur" and his edition of Herodotus' works. Ernst Theophilus Baron was a famous lute player, born at Breslau Feb. 27, 1696. His first instruction was...
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United States Baar migration to the United States +

After 1650, thousands of German settlers came to North America to escape the religious persecution and poverty that wracked Europe and to make the most of the opportunity to own their own land in a new country. They settled across the United States in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California, and in Canada in Ontario and on the fertile plains of the prairie provinces. Among them:

Baar Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Johan Baar who arrived in New York in 1709
  • Johannes Baar, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1754
  • Wilhelm Baar, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1754
  • Conrad Baar who was listed as having arrived in Pennsylvania in 1765
Baar Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Moses Baar, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1846

Contemporary Notables of the name Baar (post 1700) +

  • Emil N. Baar, American politician, Justice of New York Supreme Court 2nd District, 1951 [1]
  • Emil Nathaniel Baar (b. 1891), American lawyer
  • Judy Baar Topinka, American Republican politician, Illinois State Treasurer, 2004 [2]

  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 28) . Retrieved from
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 12) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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