For years I have
wondered what my last name’s origin was. I knew it was
of German origin but what about the name itself?
According to Google’s language translation it is
half-waxed or half-grown. So what does that mean.
Several years ago one of my nephews through email was in
contact with a Halbgewachs person in Germany. This
person told us that the name meant half-wax because many
years ago the family kept honeybees and paid half of
their taxes in beeswax. Very interesting and it could
fit the first Google meaning.
had the pleasure to travel to Germany last year. While I
was there I took the time find my ancestor roots which
proved to be very interesting. I knew most of our
history in the United States but nothing from Germany.
Through a few great discoveries I found my direct family
in Germany! And even better one of my German cousins had
my Halbgewachs family history back to 1488. Absolutely
amazing!!! But it even gets better than that. He had a
small book of Halbgewachs family crests or seals. One of
the crests is of my great grandfather back 15
generations and guess what there is on the seal? It has
bee hives on it!!!! Incredible. I discussed the idea of
our name meaning half-wax. They felt it had more to do
with half-grown or half-mature. I do not have a
definitive answer for my name’s meaning but I do have
some evidence that it could have to do with beeswax with
beehives on the family seal. I love keeping bees and my
father loved keeping bees and now we find it has been a
family tradition for generations.