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About the study
The photo above is of Robert Martin Wombacher (bottom row, 2nd from left) and his six sons. Also had 3 daughters. Robert's father is John P. Wombacher, who emigrated from Germany to the United States. John's father is Konrad (Conrad) Wombacher.
Robert Martin Wombacher, 1861-1948
John P. Wombacher, 1809-1896
Konrad (Conrad) Wombacher, 1783-????
Origins of the Wombacher name is uncertain--it is certainly an rather uncommon name compared to most German surnames. There is a river Wembach which could be an origin of the name. The name could mean "swamp waters".
According to the Karte zum Namen website ( http://www.verwandt.de/karten/absolut/wombacher.html), most Germans with that name live around the Aschaffenburg, Darmstadt and Offenbach areas of Bavaria. Andreas Wombacher comes in Germany most frequently. Claudia and Barbara are the next often found first name, followed by Christof , Gerold , Ulrich , Peter , Hartmut Andreas , Laurence and Louis .
History of the name
So far, no known historical occurrences within Germany. However, several Wombachers have made the local news for being active in the towns/cities of Peoria, Illinois (USA) and in Duluth/Proctor Minnesota (USA). Several were employed at the local railroad depot in Duluth, owned hardware businesses, and have served on the local town council.
Aschaffenburg (17), Offenbach(5), Reutlingen (4), Mainz (2), Main-Kinzig-Kreis (2), Altötting (2), Groß-Gerau (2), Nürnberg(2) and Miltenberg with 2 entries.