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The surname of VERBECK was an English, German, Dutch, Swedish and Spanish topographic name for someone who lived by a stream, originally derived from the Old German BACHE. It was also a Catalan name for someone who lived in a sunless spot, rendered in medieval documents in the Latin form OPACUS. The name also meant who came from BOLLINGEN, on Lake Zurich in Switzerland. The name has spread widely throughout Europe and into the United States of America in many forms which include BACHE, BOLLINGBRAKE, BOLLINBACH, BASZEK, BACHMAN, VERBEEK, BACH and UBACH. The most notable member of this name was Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) the German composer, one of the supremely great musicians of the world, born in Eisenach. An orphan before he was ten, he was placed in the care of his elder brother, Johann Christoph Bach (1671-1721) organist at Ohrdurf. The latter placed his music library out of bounds to Sebastian, who soon acquired the nocturnal habit of copying out scores, a habit which continued throughout his life, and which eventually ruined his eyesight. At the time of his death he was engaged on his masterly series of fugues for keyboard 'The Art of Fugue'. When the first immigrants from Europe went to America, the only names current in the new land were Indian names which did not appeal to Europeans vocally, and the Indian names did not influence the surnames or Christian names already possessed by the immigrants. Mostly the immigrant could not read or write and had little or no knowledge as to the proper spelling, and their names suffered at the hands of the government officials. The early town records are full of these mis-spelt names most of which gradually changed back to a more conventional spelling as education progressed. The lion depicted in the arms is the noblest of all wild beasts which is made to be the emblem of strength and valour, and is on that account the most frequently borne in Coat-Armour.

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Last Updated: May 9, 2020

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