Barbara Hirsbrunner

Female19 January 1710–

Brief Life History of Barbara

When Barbara Hirsbrunner was christened on 19 January 1710, in Sumiswald, Bern, Switzerland, her father, Christen Hirsbrunner, was 32 and her mother, Apollonia Reist, was 27. She was buried in Sumiswald, Bern, Switzerland.

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Family Time Line

Christen Hirsbrunner
Apollonia Reist
Anna Hirsbrunner
Verena Hirsbrunner
Daniel Hirsbrunner
Hans Hirsbrunner
Caspar Hirsbrunner
Barbara Hirsbrunner
Heinrich Hirsbrunner
Christen Hirsbrunner
Jacob Hirsbrunner
Apollonia Hirsbrunner
Verena Hirsbrunner
Ulrich Hirsbrunner
Isaac Hirsbrunner

Sources (2)

  • Barbara Hirssbrunner, "Switzerland, Catholic and Reformed Church Records, 1418-1996"
  • Switzerland, Church Records, 1277-1992; Sumiswald christening record of Barbara Hirßbrunner

Parents and Siblings

Siblings (13)

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World Events (3)


Revolution in Switzerland. Farmers in occupied territories become free citizens. Centralistic parliamentary republic according to French model. Occupation by French troops and some battles of Napoleon vs. Austria and Russia in Switzerland.


Switzerland is one of the first industrialized countries in Europe.


"Civil war brings Helvetic Republic to an end. French emperor Napoleon enforces a constitution negotiated under his ""mediation""."

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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