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Bau Name Meaning

German: metonymic occupational name from Old High German Middle High German bou ‘cultivation of fields’ or topographic name for someone in a conspicuous building Middle High German bou. Italian (Veneto; also Baù): of German or ancient Germanic origin (see 1 above and 3 below). French: from the ancient Germanic personal name Bavo. Alternatively (at least and Alsace and Lorraine) a surname of German origin (see 1 above). Compare Lebeau Chinese: variant of Bao 1-

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

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 USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 2 Bau families living in Ohio. This was 100% of all the recorded Bau's in 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 USA 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
  • Farmer
  • Clerk
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Secretary
  • Stenographer
  • Clerk
  • Housework
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Census Records

There are 4,000 census records available for the last name Bau. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bau census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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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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