Bauer Name & History




Status name for a peasant or nickname meaning 'neighbor', 'fellow citizen', from Middle High German (ge)bur, Middle Low German bur, denoting an occupant of a bur, a small dwelling or building. This word later fell together with Middle High German buwaere, an agent noun from Old High German buan 'to cultivate', later also (at first in Low German dialects) 'to build'. The German surname thus has two possible senses: 'peasant' and 'neighbor', 'fellow citizen'.

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