Show ContentsBalzer History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The roots of the distinguished surname Balzer 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 Balzer family

The surname Balzer 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. [1]

Early History of the Balzer family

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Balzer 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 Balzer include Baltzer, Balthasar, Balthezer, Balthesser, Ballthasar, Balthazar, Ballthezer, Balz (Pomerania), Baltzel and many more.

Early Notables of the Balzer family (pre 1700)

During this period prominent bearers of the name Balzer were Thomas Baltzar (1630-1663), a renowned violinist, who achieved fame in London. He was born at Lubeck and settled in England in 1656. "He was the first great violinist that had been heard in England at the time. At the Restoration he...
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Balzer Ranking

In the United States, the name Balzer is the 9,163rd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [2]

United States Balzer migration to the United States +

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 Balzer were

Balzer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Johannes Schmidt Balzer, who settled in Texas in 1845

Contemporary Notables of the name Balzer (post 1700) +

  • George Balzer (1915-2006), American two-time Emmy Award-winning screenwriter, television producer who worked extensively for Jack Benny
  • Edward J. Balzer, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1936 [3]
  • Arthur J. Balzer (b. 1895), American Democratic Party politician, Member of Wisconsin State Assembly from Milwaukee County 3rd District, 1933-40, 1955-56; Candidate for Mayor of West Allis, Wisconsin, 1936 [3]
  • Karin Balzer (1938-2019), East German four-time gold medalist hurdler
  • Falk Balzer (b. 1973), German silver medalist hurdler at the 1998 European Championships, son of Karin Balzer
  • Johann Balzer (1738-1799), 18th-century Bohemian engraver

  • Lothar Balzer (b. 1911), German Leutnant zur See who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck (1941) during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he survived the sinking [4]

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  4. Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from on Facebook