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Where did the German Bauer family come from? What is the German Bauer family crest and coat of arms? When did the Bauer family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Bauer family history?

The historical and enchanting region of Austria is the birthplace of the distinguished family name Bauer. Austria, which was originally home to a Celtic people, was conquered by the Roman Empire in about 15 BC. Following the fall of Rome, Austria was repeatedly invaded by barbarian tribes, such as the Vandals, Visigoths, and Huns, who swept in from the east. During the 5th and 6th centuries, the Alemanni, Avars and Slavs settled Austria. The Avars were defeated in 785 by the Frankish emperor Charlemagne, who set up the East Mark, which later became known as the Österreich. Otto I defeated the Magyars in 955. Austria was ruled by the Babenburger dynasty until 1278, when they were succeeded by the Hapsburg dynasty, which ruled Austria until the 20th century.


One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. 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. In later years the name branched into many houses, each playing a significant role in the local social and political affairs.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bauer research. Another 355 words(25 lines of text) covering the years 1524, 1538, 1761, 1781, 1786, 1803, 1809, 1846, 1859, and 1882 are included under the topic Early Bauer History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 54 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bauer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Austria was made a republic after the First World War. The Austro-Hungarian Empire was broken up by the Treaty of Versailles and many of its people found themselves in the new nation of Czechoslovakia. Many other Austrians and expatriate Austrians made their way to North America in the 20th century. Most landed in Philadelphia, later continuing on to the states of Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Some Austrian settlers also went to western Canada and Ontario. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Bauer or a variant listed above:

Bauer Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Anna Margreet Bauer, who arrived in New York in 1709
  • Christian Bauer, who landed in America in 1709
  • Johann Christoph Bauer, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1731
  • Joh Martin Bauer, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • Nickel Bauer, who landed in America in 1738

Bauer Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Georg Bauer, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1803
  • Joh Phillip Bauer, aged 21, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1806
  • Christine Bauer, aged 9, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1806
  • Samuel Bauer, aged 7, landed in Pennsylvania in 1806
  • Salome Bauer, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1807

Bauer Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century

  • Catherina Bauer, age 40, who arrived in New York State in 1901
  • Albert Bauer, who arrived in Alabama in 1913
  • August Bauer, who arrived in Alabama in 1921


  • Lieutenant Colonel Harold William Bauer (1908-1942), American Marine Corps aviator and fighter pilot ace with eleven aerial victories, awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1942, eponym of the USS Bauer (DE-1025), a Dealey-class destroyer escort
  • Rudolph Andreas "André" Bauer (b. 1969), American politician, the 87th Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina from 2003 to 2011
  • Charita Bauer (1922-1985), American soap opera actress
  • Chris Bauer (b. 1966), American actor
  • Hank Bauer (1922-2007), American baseball player
  • Gustav Bauer, American Olympic sliver medalist for wrestling at the 1904 Summer Games
  • Gustav Bauer (1870-1944), German Social Democratic chancellor in the early days of the Weimar Republic
  • Wilhelm Bauer (1822-1875), German inventor of the first U-boat, the "Brandtaucher"
  • Caroline Bauer (1807-1878), German actress
  • Bruno Bauer (1809-1882), German philosopher, theologian and historian



  • 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.

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The Bauer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bauer Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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