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During that dark period of history known as the Middle Ages, the name of Baez was first used in Austria. While the patronymic and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the name of the father and mother respectively, are the most common form of a hereditary surname in Germany, occupational surnames also emerged during the late Middle Ages. Many people, such as the Baez family, adopted the name of their occupation as their surname. However, an occupational name did not become a hereditary surname until the office or type of employment became hereditary. The surname Baez was an occupational name for a fine collector. Tracing the origin of the name further, we found the name Baez was derived from the German word buoze, which means fine.


The surname Baez was first found in Austria, where the name Bez made a great early contribution to the feudal society of early of Europe. The name Bez became prominent in local affairs and branched into many houses which played important roles in the savage tribal and national conflicts which resulted as various groups sought to maximize their power and status in an ever changing territorial profile.

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 Baez include Bez, Bezz, Bezze, Beze, Bes, Bese, Baz, Baez, Bazz, Baezz, Bazze, Baezze, Baze, Baeze, Bas, Baes, Base, Baese, Bezer and many more.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Baez research. Another 296 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1603 and 1606 are included under the topic Early Baez History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 24 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Baez Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Austria was made a republic after the First World War. The Austro-Hungarian Empire was broken up by the Treaty of Versailles and many of its people found themselves in the new nation of Czechoslovakia. Many other Austrians and expatriate Austrians made their way to North America in the 20th century. Most landed in Philadelphia, later continuing on to the states of Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Some Austrian settlers also went to western Canada and Ontario. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Baez or a variant listed above:

Baez Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Johan Geo Baez, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1749

Baez Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Sebastian Baez, who arrived in New Spain in 1836
  • Ximon Baez, who landed in Florida in 1838
  • Cristobal De Baez, who arrived in Florida in 1863
  • Antonio Baez, who landed in Peru in 1879

Baez Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Cecilis Baez, aged 42, who landed in America from Paris, in 1904
  • Cornelis Baez, aged 6, who landed in America from Paris, in 1904
  • Chas. Baez, who emigrated to America, in 1905
  • Gustav Baez, aged 25, who landed in America from Furth, Germany, in 1911
  • Jesus Baez, aged 21, who landed in America from Brehet France, in 1912


  • John C. Baez (b. 1961), American mathematical physicist, cousin of Joan Baez
  • Joan Baez (b. 1941), born Joan Chandos Báez, American folk singer who has released over 30 albums, she received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007
  • Albert Baez (1912-2007), Mexican-born, American physicist, recipient of the Dennis Gabor Award (1991), father of Joan Baez
  • Danys Baez (b. 1977), Cuban born baseball player for the Baltimore Orioles


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The Baez Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Baez 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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