Photo courtesy of Karlheinz Röll of Leiberstung
Church in Leiberstung
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The Ibach Archives
The Ibach archives consists of genealogies, family histories, family recipes, family traditions, and a potpourri of Ibach related things. Our Webmeister, Art Ibach is known for his jokes - so you might find some of those here also.
Grand Duchy-of Baden 1806 - 1914
The Ibach Surname
By Art Ibach
As with many surnames, there are various spellings for Ibach; IBACH, EBACH,YBACH, EYBACH, EIBACH, UBACH and the "americanized" EBAUGH. Ibach is a place name. A name given to people who came from villages of that name. Originally they were Ibachers or German for those people from Ibach. The word Ibach is a contraction of two separate words. The Germanic word, Bach, means brook, creek, small stream or rivulet. That word remains unchanged yet today.
Yew Tree Branch
The "I" is a different story. It is now believed to be a dialectic abbreviation of the present German word "Eibe" or yew tree. This word has evolved from ywa to Iwa to Iba to eibe. The oldest spelling for Ibach may have been Ywach; the 'Yw' for Ywa and the 'ach' for Bach. (The 'B' from Bach is commonly omitted in contracted German place names.) So what does 'yew brook' or 'Ibach' really mean? For this, we need to understand how places were named.
Early explorers/missionaries, usually were or had map makers who would note and name prominent mountains, water resources and other natural resource sites. When they named a small brook Ibach, they were really noting the location of a particular brook where yew trees could be found. These rare yew trees flourished only along certain brooks that had the right elevation and climatic conditions.
Why would medieval man care about these trees enough to name the spots where they grew? The heartwood of yew trees contained the strongest most resilient material available at that time for crossbows and longbows. Prized by archers and hunters alike. In fact, William Tell was purported to have lived near what is now Ibach, Schwyz, Switzerland. If the legend is true about William Tell shooting an apple off his son's head, it's likely he did it with an Ibach bow! So, where are all of these villages called Ibach?
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Updated 12 Mar 2002