Baldt History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The German state of Prussia, which reached the zenith of its power in the late 19th century, is the glorious birthplace of the distinguished surname Baldt. In the medieval era, after the fall of the Roman Empire, the German lands were inhabited by a variety of Barbarian tribes. The borders of the Barbarian kingdoms changed frequently, but the region that became known as Prussia was roughly divided between the areas of Brandenburg-Prussia, West Prussia, and East Prussia. The colorful history of East Prussia, which was located on the southern shore of the Baltic Sea and was bordered by Poland and Lithuania, provides a glimpse at the oldest origins of the Baldt family.

Early Origins of the Baldt family

The surname Baldt was first found in Prussia, where the name Bauld emerged in mediaeval 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 Baldt family

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Baldt 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 Baldt include Bauld, Bault, Baulte, Baulde, Baul, Baud, Baut, Bauldt and many more.

Early Notables of the Baldt family (pre 1700)

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United States Baldt migration to the United States +

The state of Prussia was a great influence on the shape of modern Germany. After the Second World War, Prussia's land was divided among the Soviet Union, Poland, East Germany and West Germany and the state was abolished. Some Prussians remained in those countries after the war, while many others migrated to North America in search of a new start. Philadelphia was their primary point of entry to the United States, after which many of them moved on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. A large number of Prussians also migrated to Ontario and the prairie provinces as United Empire Loyalists. Analysis of immigration records has shown some of the first Baldts to arrive in North America, and among them were:

Baldt Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jacob Baldt, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1743 [1]
  • Johannes Baldt, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1743 [1]
  • Mathias Baldt, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1787 [1]
  • Catha and Mathias Baldt who were both listed as having arrived in Philadelphia in 1787
  • Catha Baldt, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1787 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Baldt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Anna Elizabeth Baldt, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1802 [1]
  • Debus Baldt, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1802 [1]

The Baldt 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: Pax in bello
Motto Translation: Peace in war.

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8) on Facebook
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