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Origins Available: German, Welsh


The surname Bach came from the western region of Britain known as Wales. This name started out as a nickname for a small or short man, derived from the Welsh word "bach," which means "little."

Bach Early Origins



The surname Bach was first found in Denbighshire (Welsh: Sir Ddinbych), a historic county, created in 1536 at the Act of Union with England, and located in Northeast Wales, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

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Bach Spelling Variations


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Bach Spelling Variations



Welsh surnames are relatively few in number, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations. There are many factors that explain the preponderance of Welsh variants, but the earliest is found during the Middle Ages when Welsh surnames came into use. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, which often resulted in a single person's name being inconsistently recorded over his lifetime. The transliteration of Welsh names into English also accounts for many of the spelling variations: the unique Brythonic Celtic language of the Welsh had many sounds the English language was incapable of accurately reproducing. It was also common for members of a same surname to change their names slightly, in order to signify a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations. For all of these reasons, the many spelling variations of particular Welsh names are very important. The surname Bach has occasionally been spelled Baugh, Bach, Bagh, Bawgh, Baughe, Bawghe and others.

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Bach Early History


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Bach Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bach research. Another 300 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1391, 1450, 1545, and 1600 are included under the topic Early Bach History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bach Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bach Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Bach Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, many people from Wales joined the general migration to North America in search of land, work, and freedom. These immigrants greatly contributed to the rapid development of the new nations of Canada and the United States. They also added a rich and lasting cultural heritage to their newly adopted societies. Investigation of immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Bach:

Bach Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Jos Bach, who landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Thomas Bach came to Virginia in 1638

Bach Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Gabriel Bach came to Georgia in 1734
  • Johan Bach settled in Philadelphia in 1744
  • Andreas Bach, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1768

Bach Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Harriet Bach arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1863
  • Alfred Bach arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1863
  • Thomas Bach arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1863
  • Helen Bach arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Countess of Kintore" in 1870
  • Maria Bach arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Countess of Kintore" in 1870
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bach (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bach (post 1700)



  • John William "Johnny" Bach (1924-2016), American professional basketball player and coach
  • Barbara Bach (b. 1947), American actress and model known as the Bond girl from the James Bond movie The Spy Who Loved Me
  • August Bach, German politician in the former East German government
  • Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), prolific German composer whos works include: Brandenburg concertos; the Goldberg Variations; the English Suites; the Mass in B Minor; the St Matthew Passion; and many more
  • Wilhelm Friedmann Bach (1710-1784), German composer, eldest son and pupil of Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach (1732-1795), German composer, ninth son of Johann Sebastian Bach

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Bach Historic Events


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Bach Historic Events




Empress of Ireland

  • Miss Edith Christina Bach (1874-1914), American Second Class Passenger from Rochester, Minnesota, United States who survived the sinking on the Empress of Ireland on May 29th 1914
  • Mr. Reinholdt Bach (1836-1914), American Second Class Passenger from Rochester, Minnesota, United States who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    2. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    3. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    4. Bradsley C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print.
    5. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    6. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    7. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    9. Morgan, T. J. Morgan and Prys Morgan. Welsh Surnames. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 1985. Print.
    10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    11. ...

    The Bach Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bach Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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