The surname Baars 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. Baars 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 Baars family
The surname Baars 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 Baars family
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Baars Spelling Variations
In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians
spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations
of the name Baars include Baar, Bar, Bahr, Baaren, Barr, Baher, Baren and others.
Early Notables of the Baars family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Baars family to the New World and Oceana
For many Germans, emigration to North America was an inviting alternative to the trials of life in the old country. From the mid-17th into the present century, thousands of Germans migrated across the Atlantic. They capitalized on the chance to escape poverty and persecution, and to own their own land. After 1650, Germans settled throughout the states of Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many also landed in Canada, settling in Ontario or father west on the rich land of the prairies. Among them: Johan Baar who arrived in New York in 1709; Johannes Baar came to Philadelphia, Pa. in 1754; Wilhelm Baar arrived in Philadelphia, Pa. in 1754; Conrad Baar who was listed as having arrived in Pennsylvania in 1765.