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Multiple Origins for the Surname Bach


German


The ancestral home of the Bach family is in the German state of Bavaria. The name Bach is an occupational hereditary surname, a type of surname that was taken from a word describing or common to the profession of the original bearer. It is a name for a baker in Old German. Bach is also a German local name for someone who lived by a stream, which was originally derived from the German word "bach" which means stream.

Bach Early Origins



The surname Bach was first found in Augsburg, Bavarian Swabia, where the family gained a significant reputation for its contributions to the emerging mediaeval society. The name became prominent as many branches of the family founded separate houses and acquired estates in various regions, always elevating their social status by their great contributions to society.

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Bach Spelling Variations


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Bach Spelling Variations



One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Bach include Bach, Bache, Bacher, Baechle, Bachle, Back, Backe, Bacch, Bacche, Baach, Baacher and many more.

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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 425 words (30 lines of text) covering the years 1578, 1545, 1854, 1604, 1673, 1685, 1750, 1714, 1788, 1735, 1782, 1813 and 1893 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)



Prominent among members of the name Bach in this period include Johann (Johannes) Bach (1604-1673), a German composer and musician of the Baroque; and Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), who is considered by many to be the supreme giant of musical history. Of his twenty children, Karl Philipp Emanuel (1714-1788) was possibly...

Another 81 words (6 lines of text) are 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



European migration to North America began in the mid-17th century and continued unabated until the mid-20th. Many Bavarians made the long trip to escape poverty or persecution based on their religious beliefs. The chance for tenant farmers to own their own land was also a major drawing card. They settled all across the United States in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many came to Canada also, settling in Ontario and the prairie provinces. Analysis of immigration records has shown some of the first Bachs to arrive in North America, and among them were:

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
  • 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
  • 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

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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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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: In cruce spes mea
Motto Translation: In the cross is my hope.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Preuss, Otto. Die Lippischen Familiennamen mit Berücksichtigung der Ortsnamen. Detmold: Meyer'sche Hofbuchh, 1887. Print.
    2. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmachers Wappenbuch. München, Battenberg: 1975. Print.
    3. Bahlow, Hans (Edda Gentry trns). Dictionary of German Names . Madison, Wisconsin: Max Kade Institute, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-924119-35-7).
    4. Strassburger, Ralph B. Pennsylvania German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    5. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
    6. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    7. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
    8. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
    9. Karlsruhe. Badisches Generallandesarchiv Baden Emigration lists 1866-1911. Salt Lake City: Microfilm of Card Index by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Print.
    10. Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. 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.

    This page was last modified on 9 January 2017 at 09:15.

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