Family name origins & meanings
- Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic) : habitational name for someone from the town of Balta in southern Ukraine.
- German : from a reduced form of the personal name Baltazar.
- German : in Tyrol, Austria, a variant of Walter.
- German : possibly also a reduced form of Swabian Balt(e)ner, from Middle High German balteniere ‘pilgrim’, ‘beggar’, ‘vagrant’. Compare Baldner.