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The Baughman surname comes from the German word "baum," or "boum" in Middle High and Old German, meaning "tree." As such, Baughman may have originally been a nickname for someone who lived by a tree. Other instances of the Baughman surname no doubt derive from the Middle High German word "bumann," meaning "a farmer."


The surname Baughman was first found in the Rhine region, where the name was anciently associated with the tribal conflicts of the area. They declared allegiances to many nobles and princes of early history, lending their influence in struggles for power and status within the region. They branched into many houses, and their contributions were sought by many leaders in their search for power. The earliest trace of the Baumann family is found in Strasbourg, where they flourished at the beginning of the 14th century.

Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Baughman include Baumann, Bauman, Baumman, Baumenn, Baumen and many more.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Baughman research. Another 175 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1676, 1789, 1790, 1816, 1818, 1819, and 1824 are included under the topic Early Baughman History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Notables with the name Baughman during this period were Nicolaus Baumann, the son of the Doctor of Law Joachim Baumann, who was a senator in Stralsund, Pomerania, and the Lord of the estates at Luedershagen. He was ennobled in...

Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Baughman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Between the 17th and 20th centuries, hundreds of thousands of Europeans came to North America, and many Rhinelanders were among them. They had many various reasons for making the choice: to escape poverty and persecution, for adventure, and for the opportunity to own their own land. Ellis Island, one of the main American immigration centers, saw many settlers as they moved on to the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, and New York. In Canada, they found homes in Ontario, and on the great plains of the Midwestern provinces. The Baughman were among of the early German families that came to North America:

Baughman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Henry Baughman, who landed in Somerset County, Pennsylvania in 1844
  • Frederick William Baughman, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1856
  • John Baughman, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1872

  • Nick Baughman, American businessman in the music industry
  • Justin Reis Baughman (b. 1974), retired American professional baseball player
  • Milo Ray Baughman Jr., one of the leading American modern furniture designers of the second-half of the 20th century
  • Elise Paige Baughman, American voice actress
  • Fred Baughman (b. 1932), American best known as an outspoken critic of psychiatry

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    Other References

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    2. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
    3. Steed, Henry Wickham . The Hapsburg Monarchy. London: Constable and Company, 1919. Print.
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    5. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    6. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
    8. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    9. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmachers Wappenbuch. München, Battenberg: 1975. Print.
    10. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
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    The Baughman Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Baughman 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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