When Helen W Balch was born on 21 February 1863, in Saratoga Springs, Saratoga, New York, United States, her father, William Skinner Balch, was 49 and her mother, Vesta Ann Child, was 26. She lived in Newton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States for about 20 years and Auburndale, Riverside, California, United States in 1934. She was buried in Saratoga Springs, Saratoga, New York, United States.
English (Somerset and Wiltshire): nickname from an unrecorded Middle English balche or belche, presumably from Old English bælce ‘belch, belching; stomach; pride, arrogance’, probably applied in the sense ‘swelling pride, arrogance’, but in some cases it may have been acquired by a man given to belching.
English (Somerset and Wiltshire): possibly a nickname from Middle English balche, a noun or adjective derived from Old English bælcan ‘to shout’, for a man who habitually shouted.
Americanized form of German Bolch .