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The Balbach surname first began to be used in the German state of Bavaria, some time after the 12th century, when hereditary surnames were adopted according to fairly general rules, and names that were derived from locations became particularly common. The family name Balbach is a local surname. Originally denoting the proprietorship of an estate or influence within a village, the German preposition von, which means from or of, used with local names, was taken as a mark of aristocracy. The surname Balbach was given to someone who lived in the village of Balbach in Franconia. Originally, the bearers of this surname were concentrated in Franconia and Bavaria, however, the Balbach family rapidly expanded into other parts of Germany, branching into numerous autonomous houses.

Balbach Early Origins



The surname Balbach was first found in Franconia, where the name became noted for its many branches with the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region. In their later history the family became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they grew into a most influential family. The family name may derive from, or have lent itself to, the village of Balbach in Franconia.

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Balbach Spelling Variations


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Balbach 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 Balbach include Balbach, Balback, Ballbach, Balbache, Ballbache, Bahlbach and many more.

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Balbach Early History


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Balbach Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Balbach research. Another 161 words (12 lines of text) covering the year 1694 is included under the topic Early Balbach History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Balbach Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Balbach Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Balbach Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



The great European flow of migration to North America, which began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century, was particularly attractive to those from Bavaria who wished to escape either poverty or religious persecution. For many Bavarian tenant farmers, the chance to own their own land was a major incentive. So 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 settlement centered in Ontario and the prairie provinces. Among those of this surname listed in various historical records were:

Balbach Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Christoph Balbach, who came to America in 1804
  • Christoph Balbach, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1804
  • David Balbach who landed in Philadelphia in 1812

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Contemporary Notables of the name Balbach (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Balbach (post 1700)



  • George J. Balbach (1910-1996), American politician, Justice of New York Supreme Court, 1961-86
  • George J. Balbach (1910-1996), Justice of New York Supreme Court (1961-1986)
  • Louis Balbach (1896-1943), American Olympic diver
  • Edith Balbach, Senior Lecturer in Community Health at Tufts University
  • Edward Balbach Jr. (1839-1910), President of Balbach Smelting & Refining Company and inventor of the metallurgical "Balbach Process"

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
    2. Brechenmacher, Josef Karlmann. Deutches Namenbuch. Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp, 1928. Print.
    3. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
    4. Bahlow, Hans (Edda Gentry trns). Dictionary of German Names . Madison, Wisconsin: Max Kade Institute, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-924119-35-7).
    5. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
    6. Bahlow, Hans. Abhandlungen zur Namenforschung und Buchgeschichte. 1980. Print. (ISBN 978-3768690522).
    7. Jones, George F. The Germans of Colonial Georgia 1733-1783 Revised edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0806311614).
    8. 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).
    9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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    The Balbach Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Balbach 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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