The surname Bahar 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. Bahar 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 Bahar family
The surname Bahar 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 Bahar family
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Bahar 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 Bahar include Baar, Bar, Bahr, Baaren, Barr, Baher, Baren and others.
Early Notables of the Bahar family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bahar family to the New World and Oceana
Many Germans emigrated across the Atlantic to seek better lives in North America. This great migration began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century. Resettlement was particularly attractive to those from Westphalia
as a means of escape from poverty and religious persecution. For many Westphalian
farmers, the chance to own one's own land was also a major incentive. The process of the widespread colonization of the United States began in 1650, when many immigrants from Germany
settled in pockets in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. In Canada, German settlements centered around Ontario and the Prairie provinces. 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.