Balsam Family History
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Balsam Name Meaning
Jewish (Ashkenazic): ornamental name from German Balsam or Yiddish balzam ‘balm’, ‘balsam’. German: occupational name for a seller of spices and perfumes, from Latin balsamum ‘balsam’, ‘aromatic resin’. German: variant of Balsel (see Baltzell). English: habitational name from Balsham in Cambridgeshire, named with an Old English personal name, Bæll(i), + ham ‘homestead’, ‘village’, or Balstone in Devon.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press