Peter Balmer

2 December 1816–24 June 1881 (Age 64)
Wilderswil, Bern, Switzerland

The Life of Peter

When Peter Balmer was born on 2 December 1816, in Wilderswil, Bern, Switzerland, his father, Ulrich Balmer, was 40 and his mother, Anna Rytz, was 33. He married Anna Heim on 3 December 1846. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 4 daughters. He died on 24 June 1881, at the age of 64.

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Peter Balmer
Anna Heim
Marriage: 3 December 1846
Anna Balmer
Margarethe Balmer
Peter Balmer
Frederick Balmer
Marianna Balmer
Elisabeth Balmer

Spouse and Children

3 December 1846


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World Events (3)


Age 32

New Federal Constitution combining elements of the U.S. constitution (Federal State with central and cantonal (state) governments and parliaments) and of French revolutionary tradition. The Principles of this constitution are still valid today.

Age 32

Made capital 1848

Age 47

Jean Henru Dunant founded the Red Cross in Geneva.

Name Meaning

1 English and Scottish: occupational name for a seller of spices and perfumes, from an agent derivative of Middle English, Old French basme, balme, ba(u)me ‘balm’, ‘ointment’ (Latin balsamum ‘aromatic resin’).2 South German and Swiss German: habitational name from any of the places in Switzerland and Baden called Balm, which almost certainly get their names from a Celtic word meaning ‘cave’.3 German: from the Germanic personal name Baldemar, composed of the elements bald ‘bold’ + mar ‘famous’.

LOAD TEST -- Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (2)

  • Peter Balmer in entry for Frederick Balmer, "Ohio, Deaths, 1908-1953"
  • Switzerland, Church Records, 1277-1992; Peter Balmer birth and christening record

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