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Maurer Name Meaning

German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): occupational name for a mason especially a builder of walls of stone or brick from an agent derivative of Middle High German mūre German Mauer ‘wall’ (from Latin murus ‘wall’ especially a city wall). In the Middle Ages the majority of dwellings were built of wood (or lath and plaster) and this term would have specifically denoted someone employed in building defensive walls castles churches and other public buildings. This form of the surname is also found in some other European countries e.g. in France (Alsace and Lorraine) the Netherlands Poland Czechia Slovakia and Slovenia (see also 2 below). Compare Mourer and Mowrer . In some cases also an Americanized or Germanized form of Slovenian Mavrer or Mavrar: occupational name of German origin (see 1 above) at least in some cases applied as a translation into German of the Slovenian surname Zidar .

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

Similar surnames: Mauer, Mauser, Laufer, Mauter, Mahler, Murer, Mander, Mauler, Marder

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Where is the Maurer family from?

You can see how Maurer families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Maurer family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Maurer families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 34 Maurer families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 63% of all the recorded Maurer's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Maurer families in 1840.
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What did your Maurer ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Maurer. 12% of Maurer men worked as a Laborer and 8% of Maurer women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Maurer were Truck Driver and Clerk. .

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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
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Stenographer
  • Teacher
  • Clerk
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There are 32,000 military records available for the last name Maurer. For the veterans among your Maurer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Maurer lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Maurer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1948, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Maurer in 1940 was 37, and 76 in 2004.

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