Where did the German bauer family come from? What is the German coat of arms/family crest? When did the bauer family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the history of the family name?
The German states were home to a diverse assortment of national groups during the medieval era. As a consequence, German surnames were subject to frequent spelling alterations and are distinguished by scores of regional variations. Surnames also evolved and changed with the German language, which was characterized by a multitude of local dialects and divided into the broad language groups of High and Low German. High German became the standard, Modern German language, whereas Low German, which was spoken in Westphalia, is closer to Dutch. Many German surnames may be recognized as belonging to a particular region by their suffixes. It was also common in Germany to add phrases to a name to express something about a person's place of origin, religious background, or character. Furthermore, since very few people were literate in the Middle Ages, names were often recorded in official documents by scribes who transcribed them according to how they sounded, rather than according to uniform spelling rules. The many spelling variations of the name bauer include Bauer, Baur, Bauerr, Bauerre, Bower, Boerema, Bohr, Burr and many more.
First found in Austria and Bavaria, where the name contributed greatly to the development of an emerging nation which would later play a large role in the tribal and national conflicts of the area.
After the First World War, Austria became a republic. The Treaty of Versailles broke up the empire in 1919 and many of the Sudeten Germans were incorporated into the new nation of Czechoslovakia. In the 20th century, many Austrians migrated to other parts of Germany or Europe, as well as to North America. In the United States, the majority of settlers landed in Philadelphia, and moved on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Many German settlers also migrated to Canada, particularly Ontario and the Prairies. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name bauer were Adam Bauer, age 28; who came to Canada in 1783; Catherina Bauer, age 40; who arrived in New York State in 1901; Frederick Bauer, who settled in Philadelphia, Pa. in 1855. Jacob Bauer came to Philadelphia in 1749.
Suggested Readings for the name bauer
* Alsace to America: The History of the Bauer Family by Stephen Francis Bauer.
* The Bauer Family; Descendants of Johann Jacob Bauer (1796-1858) and His Wife Mary Elizabeth (Roehner) Bauer (1794-1856) of Union County, New Jersey by Harriet Stryker-Rodda.
Some noteworthy people of the name bauer
* Caroline Bauer (1807-1878), German actress
* Gustav Bauer (1870-1944), German Social Democratic chancellor in the early days of the Weimar Republic
* Otto Bauer (1881-1938), Austrian politician, one of the founders of the Socialist educational movement "Die Zukunft"
* Baron Peter Thomas Bauer (b. 1915), Hungarian professor Emeritus of economics in London
* Wilhelm Bauer (1822-1875), inventor of the first U-boat, the "Brandtaucher"
* Wolfgang Bauer, Austrian writer and playwright.
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