"Baal protects the King"

Balthazar Origin and Meaning

The name Balthazar is a boy's name of Greek origin meaning "Baal protects the King".

This evocative name of one of the Three Wise Men of the Orient, also spelled Balthasar, may finally be ready for prime time. Balthazar, Melchior and Caspar were the Magi who brought gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh to the baby Jesus, though their names were not mentioned in the Bible.

Balthazar, in its various spellings, has been attached to a number of distinguished artists, writers and philosophers of the past; the most prominent contemporary bearer is Balthazar Getty, actor and great-grandson of J. Paul Getty. The iconoclastic modern painter Balthus was born Balthasar.

Balthazar is well represented in literature. The name appears in no fewer than four Shakespeare plays, is the title of a Lawrence Durrell novel, is the main character of a Balzac novel, and has been seen in everything from a James Bond film to Buffy the Vampire Slayer to The Smurfs to Xbox and online games, and there is a J. P. Donleavy novel titled The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B.

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Famous People Named Balthazar

  • Balthazar BaroFrench poet, playwright and novelist
  • Balthazar Alexis Henri SchauenburgFrench Revolutionary general
  • (Paul) Balthazar GettyAmerican actor
  • Balthazar P. MelickAmerican founder of Chemical Bank
  • Balthazar Johannes "B.J." Vorster4th President of South Africa
  • Balthazar Venn Reznor (b. 2011)son of singer Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails
  • Balthazar Saint Tillman (b. 2011)son of NFL player Travares Tillman
  • Balthazar Wolf Burwell (b. 2015)son of TV journalist Victoria Recano and Tom Burwell
  • Balthazar Clémentison of French actor Pierre Clémenti
  • Balthazar Rassam (b. 2018)son of Charlotte Casiraghi and Dimitri Rassam.

Balthazar in Pop Culture

  • Balthazarone of the Three Wise Men
  • Balthazarcharacters in Shakespeare's "The Merchant of Venice," "Romeo & Juliet" "Much Ado About Nothing," and "The Comedy of Errors"
  • Balthazar Blakecharacter in movie "Sorcerer's Apprentice"
  • Balthazarangel on TV's "Supernatural"
  • "Balthazar" novel in The Alexandria Quartet by Lawrence Durrell
  • "BalthazarImpresario," a song by Frank Turner
  • BalthazarMagi computer in Japanese amine "Neon Genesis Evangelion"
  • Balthazar Brattvillain in movie "Despicable Me 3"
  • Sofia Balthazarmain character in "Sofia The First"
  • Balthazarthe name of Cole Turner's demonic form in "Charmed"
  • Balthazar M. Edisonmale human who became the Villain "Krall" in the 2016
  • Film "Star Trek: Beyond"