Baum Family History
Baum Name Meaning
German: topographic name for someone who lived by a tree that was particularly noticeable in some way from Middle High German Old High German boum ‘tree’ or else a nickname for a particularly tall person. Jewish (Ashkenazic): artificial name from German Baum ‘tree’ or a short form of any of the many artificial surnames containing this word as the final element for example Feigenbaum ‘fig tree’ (see Feige ) and Mandelbaum ‘almond tree’ (see Mandel ). English (Leicestershire): variant of Balme a habitational name from Balne in Yorkshire so named with Middle English balne ‘bath bathing place’ (from Latin balneum ‘bathing place’). There is no early evidence suggesting possible derivation from Middle English balme baume ‘balm balsam’ though this word has probably influenced the name.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press