nickname surname; that is, it is derived from a nickname given to the original bearer. For the name Babst, the nickname means one of papal character. It was given to someone noted for their ecclesiastical bearing. A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character.
Early Origins of the Babst family
Saxony, where the name became noted for its many branches within the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied and enrolled by the princes of the region. Chronicles first mention one Hinrich Paves of Luebeck in 1322, a Heinricus der Babest in 1250 around the upper Rhine, and a Burchard der Babest, mayor of Breisach, in 1290. Often it meant "one of papal character." In their later history the family became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of nobility as their influence grew.
Early History of the Babst family
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Babst Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Pabst, Papst, Babst, Pabste, Pabbste, Paabste and others.
Early Notables of the Babst family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Babst family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Adam Pabst arrived in Philadelphia, Pa. in 1752; Elisa Pabst settled in Texas in 1845; Johann Adam Pabst came to Philadelphia in 1753 (also registered as Johann Adam Babst).
Contemporary Notables of the name Babst (post 1700)
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