Bauer Family History
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