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Bauer Name Meaning

German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): status name for a peasant or nickname meaning ‘neighbor fellow citizen’ from Middle High German (ge)būr Middle Low German būr denoting an occupant of a būr a small dwelling or building. This word later fell together with Middle High German būwære an agent noun from Old High German būwan ‘to cultivate’ later also (at first in Low German dialects) ‘to build’. The precise meaning of the Jewish surname which is of later formation is unclear. This surname is also found in France (Alsace and Lorraine) the Netherlands Denmark Hungary Poland Czechia Slovakia Croatia and Slovenia often as a translation into German of corresponding Slavic status names or surnames.

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


Similar surnames: Lauer, Bader, Baker, Baer, Brauer, Mauer, Sauer, Beer, Nauer, Bauder

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Where is the Bauer family from?

You can see how Bauer families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bauer family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Bauer families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 15 Bauer families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 38% of all the recorded Bauer's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Bauer families in 1840.
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What did your Bauer ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Bauer. 13% of Bauer men worked as a Farmer and 8% of Bauer women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Bauer were Clerk and Housekeeper. .

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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

  • Farmer
    13%
  • Laborer
    10%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Clerk
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Stenographer
    8%
  • Housewife
    6%
  • Clerk
    6%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
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Passenger Lists

There are 88,000 immigration records available for the last name Bauer. 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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There are 147,000 military records available for the last name Bauer. For the veterans among your Bauer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Bauer lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Bauer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Bauer in 1941 was 36, and 78 in 2004.

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