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Please Help! Tracing Family Names back to Europe

  1. Ivorwen profile image74
    Ivorwenposted 8 years ago

    For the past decade I have been trying to trace several family names (Surnames) back to their European origins. 

    Two are giving me particular trouble, as I can not trace them outside of the USA. 

    I would like to know the meaning of these names and any associated history.  If you have information, or know how to find info, and could direct me, I would appreciate it greatly.

    The names are:

    Aznoe, previously spelled Aznaux, of French origins.

    Baltensperger, of German origins.

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      sandra rinckposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Oh that's tuff.  Many surnames derived as trade names I think in the 11 hundreds making them nearly impossible to trace.

      Do you have your family tree?

  2. Ivorwen profile image74
    Ivorwenposted 8 years ago

    I have family trees traced back to when the names came into the USA for these two names, but not beyond that.

  3. mugshot profile image80
    mugshotposted 8 years ago

    http://www.ancestry.com/facts/Baltenspe … rigin.ashx

    http://www.swissroots.org/swissroots/en … p;p=&c[]=Men+of+Bern&rg=10&jreg=0&m=&action=show&id=

    Seems to me that Baltensperger may be Swiss not German.

    Sorry I couldnt be more help

  4. Ivorwen profile image74
    Ivorwenposted 8 years ago

    Thank you for that information.  The second is a resource I had not come across before.