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Bau Name Meaning

German: of uncertain origin; probably from Old High German buan ‘to live at a place’, or an occupational name from Middle High German bu, bou ‘cultivation’ or perhaps from a short form of compounds with this element, such as Bauhofer, Baumann. French: of uncertain origin. Perhaps a variant of Beau meaning ‘handsome’, though it has also been suggested that it may derive from an obsolete personal name of Germanic origin. Chinese : variant of Bao 1. Chinese : variant of Bao 2. Chinese : variant of Bao 3.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Baum, Lau, Rau, Bay, Hau, Kau, Ban, Dau, Bax, Bao

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Where is the Bau family from?

You can see how Bau families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bau family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Bau families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 2 Bau families living in Ohio. This was 100% of all the recorded Bau's in the USA. Ohio had the highest population of Bau families in 1840.
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What did your Bau ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Secretary were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Bau. 34% of Bau men worked as a Laborer and 24% of Bau women worked as a Secretary. Some less common occupations for Americans named Bau were Truck Driver and Housework.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
    34%
  • Farmer
    25%
  • Clerk
    25%
  • Truck Driver
    17%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Secretary
    24%
  • Laundress
    16%
  • Clerk
    16%
  • Housework
    16%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Bau. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 16,000 military records available for the last name Bau. For the veterans among your Bau ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Bau lifespan?

Between 1961 and 2003, in the United States, Bau life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1988, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Bau in 1961 was 68, and 86 in 2003.

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