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Bach Family History

Bach Name Meaning

German: topographic name for someone who lived by a stream Middle High German bach ‘stream’. This surname is also found in some other European countries most notably in Denmark and France (Alsace and Lorraine) but also in e.g. the Netherlands Czechia (see also 5 below) and Croatia. Jewish (Ashkenazic): artificial name from German Bach ‘stream creek’. English: topographic name for someone who lived by a stream Middle English bach(e) bech(e) ‘stream’ (Old English bæce). Welsh: nickname a distinguishing epithet from Welsh bach ‘little small’. Polish Czech and Slovak: from the personal name Bach a pet form of Bartholomaeus (Polish Bartłomiej Czech Bartoloměj Slovak Bartolomej; see Bartholomew ) or in some cases Baltazar or Sebastian . Americanized form of Norwegian Bakk or Bakke .7: Germanized or Americanized form of Slovenian Bah .8: Chinese: variant Romanization of the surnames 白 and 柏 possibly based on their Cantonese pronunciation see Bai 1 and 9: Vietnamese (Bạch): from the Chinese surname 白 see Bai

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Back, Beach, Mach, Buch, Bache, Brach, Pach, Hach, Lach, Bacha

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Where is the Bach family from?

You can see how Bach families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bach family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Bach families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 4 Bach families living in Ohio. This was about 36% of all the recorded Bach's in USA. Ohio had the highest population of Bach families in 1840.
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What did your Bach ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Bach. 11% of Bach men worked as a Laborer and 10% of Bach women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Bach were Clerk and Saleslady. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
    11%
  • Farmer
    10%
  • Salesman
    8%
  • Clerk
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Stenographer
    10%
  • Teacher
    8%
  • Housewife
    7%
  • Saleslady
    6%
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Passenger Lists

There are 19,000 immigration records available for the last name Bach. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 31,000 military records available for the last name Bach. For the veterans among your Bach ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Bach lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Bach life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1992. The average life expectancy for Bach in 1940 was 38, and 77 in 2004.

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