The roots of the distinguished surname Balthasar lie in Austria
. The name derives itself from "Balthasar," the name of one of the three Magi who followed the star to Bethlehem, and was popular as both a first name and a family name during the 18th century.
Early Origins of the Balthasar family
The surname Balthasar was first found in Austria
, where the name Baltheser was anciently associated with the tribal conflicts of the area.The Baldus, Baldes and Baldes were originally pet forms of the variant Balthasar which was the local
patron saint and were often found in Rhineland
Bahlow, Hans (Edda Gentry trns.)Dictionary of German Names Madison, Wisconsin: Max Kade Institute, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-924119-35-7)
Early History of the Balthasar family
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Balthasar Spelling Variations
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 Balthasar include Baltzer, Balthasar, Balthezer, Balthesser, Ballthasar, Balthazar, Ballthezer, Balz (Pomerania), Baltzel and many more.
Early Notables of the Balthasar family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Balthasar family to the New World and Oceana
After the First World War, Austria
became a republic. The Treaty of Versailles broke up the empire in 1919 and many of the Sudeten Germans were incorporated into the new nation of Czechoslovakia. In the 20th century, many Austrians migrated to other parts of Germany
or Europe, as well as to North America. In the United States, the majority of settlers landed in Philadelphia, and moved on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Many German settlers also migrated to Canada, particularly Ontario and the Prairies. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Balthasar were
Balthasar Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Johann Balthasar, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1733
- Regula Balthasar, who arrived in Carolina in 1743
Balthasar Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Martin Balthasar, who landed in Philadelphia in 1867
- Martin Balthasar, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1867
Contemporary Notables of the name Balthasar (post 1700)
- Wilhelm Balthasar, German fighter pilot and flying ace in the Luftwaffe, during World War II, credited with 40 aerial victories, awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
- John Balthasar Brungardt (b. 1958), American Roman Catholic bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Dodge City, Kansas
- Johann Balthasar Bullinger (1713-1793), Swiss landscape artist, portrayer and engraver
- Balthasar Cordier (1592-1650), Belgian theologian
- Count Balthasar Klossowski de Rola Balthus (b. 1908), French painter
- Balthasar Bekker (1634-1698), Dutch theologian