Barbara Otzenberger

Brief Life History of Barbara

When Barbara Otzenberger was christened on 14 February 1613, in Rüderswil, Bern, Switzerland, her father, Hans Otzenberg, was 27 and her mother, Anna Mosimann, was 21. She married Hans Hofer on 5 April 1633, in Lützelflüh, Bern, Switzerland. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 4 daughters.

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Hans Hofer
Barbara Otzenberger
Marriage: 5 April 1633
Peter Hofer
Anna Hofer
Elsbeth Hoffer
Stini Hoffer
Christen Hofer
Leni Hofer
Hans Hofer

Sources (13)

  • Barbara Otzenberger in entry for Hanns Hoffer, "Switzerland, Catholic and Lutheran Church Records, 1418-1996"
  • Babj Azenberg in entry for Anna Hofer, "Switzerland, Catholic and Lutheran Church Records, 1418-1996"
  • Barbli Otzberg in entry for Stini Hoffe, "Switzerland, Catholic and Lutheran Church Records, 1418-1996"

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All European peace treaty formally accepts Switzerland as an independent nation.

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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