Bulch is a surname which was recorded in the cities of Budapest and Kapuvar during a national census of certain skilled trades for Hungary in 1890 - 93. Hungary was forcibly joined to Austria to produce the Austro-Hungarian Empire, at best a fragile mustering of central European states, who later formed much of Yugoslavia, and later still collapsed into civil war at the end of the 20th century. Austro-Hungary provided much of the catalyste for the First World War of (1914 - 1918). For further detailed information which may lead to the development of a Bulch family tree or trees, we recommend that viewers should visit the RadixIndex site which is specific for Hungarian records of the period.Our aim however is to try to establish an origin and meaning for Bulch, from a region of Europe where traditionally records were kept, and equally traditionally these were destroyed by various forms of war, which throughout the centuries swept the region. Indeed the incredible survival of the register which lead to the creation of the RadixIndex is worthy of a lifetime''s research in itself. Hungarian is related to Finnish, although both countries have no known cultural or ethnic links, as well as lying about fifteen hundred miles apart. Hungarian surnames preceed the forename, but otherwise follow the usual western procedure of being in groups such as patronymics, nicknames, job descriptive, locational, topographic, etc. Although Germanic surnames are not generally found in Hungary, what might be described as very near copies certainly are. Bulch is very similar to the German Bulck and Bulk, the latter being first recorded in Hannover in 1350. It was probably a nickname for a large (or small) person.
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