Gender: Male Meaning of Balthazar: "Baal protects the King" Origin of Balthazar: Phoenician

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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Segem Says:


this sounds like a villain name as a first name or a badasz one as a last name

letmein Says:


Sounds like a Pokemon Bulbasaur! Lmao!

SloaneSquare Says:


Great name but one would need an estate in the country and inherited title to pull it off.

JossieChris Says:


Love nn Balty. Need a cool mn/last name combo to take this to the next level. Makes me think of Lord of the Flies wildchild savagery. Fiery spirited type of name. I knew a Shawndor and a Zoltan that I feel could be brothers to this name.

beachbear Says:


It's an impressive name...but I couldn't personally use it because of its meaning.

Poppet93 Says:


Useful if your child is destined to grow up and become a demon lord or a bad 80's fantasy movie villain!

LavenderLullabies Says:


Sounds like the sort of name you'd hear on an alien in a sci-fi movie. Or a Pokèmon. I think it's because of the "zar" ending.

BeccaBaker Says:


This sounds like a Pokemon name.

Zelliew Says:


It sounds intimidating to me

lesliemarion Says:


How can it sound pretentious with its solid history? Jermajesty, now that's pretentious.

headintheclouds Says:


I LOVE this name. It's always been one of my favorite boy names, but it's also been on the fence between a viable name choice or on my Guilty Pleasures list. Now I think it'd be one of my top choices for a middle name. I love how cool and sort of retro-vintage, yet also olden and regal Balthazar seems to me. The nickname Baz is adorable, and this name can definitely be wearable on a real-life person.

nessette Says:


I've been on the fence about this name. It felt unwieldy on my tongue. But after quite a lot of consideration, I think it, and the nn "Baz", is beginning to grow on me.

beth_crosby87 Says:


I don't like it because of Supernaturals connotation

Guest Says:


so pretentious-sounding.

lesliemarion Says:


Beautiful name -- look, sound, associations.