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Balch Name Meaning

English: from Middle English balch, belch ‘balk’, ‘beam’ (Old English bælc, balca), possibly denoting someone who lived in a house with a roof beam rather than in a simple hut; alternatively it may have been a nickname for a man built like a tree trunk, i.e. one of stocky, heavy build. English: nickname from Middle English balche, belche ‘swelling’ (Old English bælc(e)). This was probably chiefly given in the sense ‘swelling pride’, ‘overweening arrogance’, but it can also mean ‘eructation’, ‘belch’ and may therefore in some cases have been acquired by a man given to belching. Welsh: from the adjective balch, which has a range of meanings—‘fine’, ‘splendid’, ‘proud’, ‘arrogant’, ‘glad’—but the predominant meaning is ‘proud’ and from this the family name probably derives.

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

Similar surnames: Bach, Beach, Belch, Bauch, Hatch, Bald, Balke, Balcom, Masch, Rauch

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Where is the Balch family from?

You can see how Balch families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Balch family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Balch families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 42 Balch families living in Massachusetts. This was about 25% of all the recorded Balch's in USA. Massachusetts had the highest population of Balch families in 1840.
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What did your Balch ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Balch. 17% of Balch men worked as a Farmer and 16% of Balch women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Balch were Carpenter 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

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
  • Stenographer
  • Housekeeper
  • Saleslady
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Passenger Lists

There are 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Balch. 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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There are 6,000 military records available for the last name Balch. For the veterans among your Balch ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Balch lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Balch life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Balch in 1944 was 62, and 79 in 2004.

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