Balch Family History

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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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Balch Ethnicity Estimate

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  • France


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Balch Family Origin

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Balch Family Occupations

What did your Balch ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Balch occupation in the USA was Farmer. 34% of Balch's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Balch family was Farm Laborer. Farmer, Keeping House and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Balch.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer

  • Farm Laborer


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Balch Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 36,000 census records available for the last name Balch. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Balch census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

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Draft Card

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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Balch Life Expectancy

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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