Investigation in September 1945 showed that the Dutch surname 'Bebelaar' descended from the surname 'Bäbler', originating from the Swiss Canton Glarus, particularly in the villages Engi, Matt and Elm in the Sernf Valley. General information on the name 'Bäbler' can be found here.
With thanks to several Swiss Archives, in particular the "Landesarchiv Glarus", and the Reformed Church Registers it was possible to make a nearly complete descendant line from Meinrad Bäbler (1538) until Jodel Bäbler (1738). The continuing descendant line in the Netherlands, with the transformation of the surname Bäbler into Bebelaar in 1811, could be found in various registers and other formal documents in the Dutch General Archives. Information covering the period 1843 upto 1900 was collected at various District Courts. From 1900 onwards most information was collcted through marriage certificates and formal announcements of birth, marriage and death. Most of the work has been done by:
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Poor living conditions in Europe during the 18th and 19th century forced quite a number of Bäblers from Glarus, Switserland, to emigrate to the the United States of America and build a new living, particularly in Missouri en Wisconsin. Descendants of these immigrants can be reconized by their names Babler, Baebler, Bebler en Beblar.
Also in neigbouring countries of Switserland, such as Germany, Austria, Italy, Slovenia en Servia the name Bäbler will be found until today. Also on other continents the name can be found
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December 12, 2013