Early records reveal that this surname originated in Germany. Etymology may be defined as the history of a word, revealed through the analysis of its parts, and by tracing its roots to past times and even to foreign languages. Such a study is of particular interest when applied to a name. The last name Bauer is derived from the status name for a peasant and or nickname meaning ‘neighnour, fellow citizen’, from the Germanic word ‘Bauer’, derived from the Middle High German word ‘(ge)bur’ and (Old High German word ‘giburo’). The Middle High German word denoted an occupier of a ‘bur’, a small dwelling or building ( derivied from the Old English word ‘bur’, meaning modern and the English word ‘bower’). This word later fell together with the Middle High German word ‘buwoeere (from the Old High German word ‘buari’), an agent noun from the Old High German word ‘buan’ meaning to cultivate, or to build. The German surname thus had two possible senses: ‘peasant’ and ‘neighbour’, fellow citizen. Historical archives have been unable to definitely determine the exact period of settlement in North America but It is believed that the forefathers of this surname were part of the exodus of migrants that followed the Treaty of Peace signe…
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