Meaning: “Ba’al protects the king.”
The name is believed to be a corruption of the Biblical Phoenician name, Belshazzar, which appears in the Book of Daniel as the name of a Babylonian king.
In Christian folklore, the name is attributed to one of the Three Wise Men, in both the Eastern and Western Christian Church, Balthazar is honored as a saint.
The designated name-day is January 6th.
Other forms of the name include:
- Baltasar (Basque/Galician/Maltese/Spanish)
- Hausl (Bavarian)
- Balthazar (Catalan/English/French/Dutch/German)
- Baltazaru (Corsican)
- Baltazar (Croatian/Czech/Polish)
- Hauser (German: Austrian dialectical form)
- Boldizsár/Baltazár (Hungarian)
- Baldasarre (Italian)
- Baltazaras (Lithuanian)
- Bautesar (Occitanian)
- Balser/Balzer (Romansch)
- Valtasar (Russian)
- Baltazár (Slovak)
- Boltežar (Slovene)
- Baltsar (Swedish)
As for nicknames, Bolt might make an interesting choice.