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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 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

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 the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 4 Bach families living in Ohio. This was about 36% of all the recorded Bach's in the 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 US 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
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
  • Teacher
  • Housewife
  • Saleslady
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Census Records

There are 60,000 census records available for the last name Bach. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bach census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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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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