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Origin and popularity of the name BALTAZAR


Baltazar : 1: Spanish Portuguese Catalan and German; Hungarian and Slovak (Baltazár): from the Biblical personal names Balthazar and Belshazzar which were originally distinct but by medieval times had come to be regarded as variants of a single name. The first is from Aramaic Balshatzar Babylonian Baal tas-assar ‘may Baal preserve his life’ the second from Babylonian Baal shar-uzzur ‘may Baal protect the king’. The latter was borne by the Chaldean king for whom the Hebrew prophet Daniel interpreted the writing on the wall (Daniel 5). The main reason for the popularity of Balthazar as a personal name in medieval Europe was that according to legend it was the name of one of the three Magi from the East who attended Christ's birth. His supposed relics were venerated at first in Milan but after 1164 in Cologne. This surname is most common in Mexico.2: Altered form of Italian Baldassarre or one of its variants or cognates.


Source : DAFN2 : Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, ©2022 by Patrick Hanks and Oxford University Press

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