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
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
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Baar Spelling Variations
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)
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Migration of the Baar family to the New World and Oceana
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
Baar Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Baar (post 1700)
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