Barbara Wälti

about 1720–about 1747 (Age 27)
Biglen, Bern, Switzerland

The Life Summary of Barbara

Barbara Wälti was born about 1720, in Biglen, Bern, Switzerland. She married Christen Schmutz on 6 March 1744, in Vechigen, Bern, Switzerland. They were the parents of at least 2 sons. She died about 1747, at the age of 27.

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Christen Schmutz
Barbara Wälti
about 1720–1747
Marriage: 6 March 1744
Christian Schmutz
Hans Schmutz

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Name Meaning

From Latin, meaning ‘foreign woman’ (a feminine form of barbarus ‘foreign’, from Greek, referring originally to the unintelligible chatter of foreigners, which sounded to the Greek ear like no more than bar-bar). St Barbara has always been one of the most popular saints in the calendar, although there is some doubt whether she ever actually existed. According to legend, she was imprisoned in a tower and later murdered by her father, who was then struck down by a bolt of lightning. Accordingly, she is the patron of architects, stonemasons, and fortifications, and of firework makers, artillerymen, and gunpowder magazines.

Dictionary of First Names © Patrick Hanks and Flavia Hodges 1990, 2003, 2006.

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Sources (4)

  • Barbara Welki in entry for Christ Schmutz, "Switzerland, Catholic and Lutheran Church Records, 1418-1996"
  • Barbara Wälti in entry for Hans Schmid, "Switzerland, Catholic and Lutheran Church Records, 1418-1996"
  • Barb Wälti in entry for Hanss Schmutz, "Switzerland, Catholic and Lutheran Church Records, 1418-1996"

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