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Balaban Family History

Balaban Name Meaning
Ukrainian, Belorussian, Romanian, and Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): from a Russian word meaning ‘hawk’, probably usually applied as a descriptive nickname, although it could also be an occupational name for a falconer. In Ukrainian and Belorussian balaban also means ‘chatterer’. In patronymic form (Balabanov) it is also found as a Russian and Bulgarian surname.Greek: nickname for a big man, from Turkish balaban ‘tame bear’, or a shortened form of some other family name derived from this word, such as Balabanis, Balabanidis, Balabanos, or Balabanopoulos.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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4,567 Birth, Marriage, and Deaths
1,081 Military Records
2,280 Immigration Records
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Name Distribution of Balaban Families

  • Number of Balaban families
     11 - 19
     4 - 10
     1 - 3
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Balaban families
     2 - 1
     2 - 1
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Sorry, we couldn't find geographic distribution information for the Balaban last name
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Balaban Family Origin

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Balaban Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Balaban

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Balaban Family Occupations

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Military Service by Balaban

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