Bach Family History
Bach Name Meaning
German: topographic name for someone who lived by a stream, Middle High German bach ‘stream’. This surname is established throughout central Europe and in Scandinavia, not just in Germany. Jewish (Ashkenazic): ornamental name from German Bach ‘stream’, ‘creek’. English: topographic name for someone who lived by a stream, Middle English bache. Welsh: distinguishing epithet from Welsh bach ‘little’, ‘small’. Norwegian: Americanized spelling of the topographic name Bakk(e) ‘hillside’ (see Bakke). Polish, Czech, and Slovak: from the personal name Bach, a pet form of Bartomolaeus (Polish Bartlomiej, Czech Bartolomej, Slovak Bartolomej (see Bartholomew) or possibly in some cases of Baltazar or Sebastian).
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press