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The Auer family name first began to be used in the German state of Bavaria. After the 12th century, as hereditary surnames began to be adopted, names that were derived from locations became particularly common. The family name Auer is a local surname. Originally denoting the proprietorship of an estate or influence within a village, the German preposition von, which means from or of, used with local names, was taken as a mark of aristocracy. The surname Auer was given to someone who lived in a wooded area, meadow, or pasture. The name stems from the German word Aue, which means woods or meadow. The name von der Aue gained widespread recognition from Hartmann von der Aue, who was a renowned poet of the 12th and 13th centuries. After the 13th century, the name Auer became particularly popular in Bavaria, which was the primary location of seven noble families bearing this name. The Auer family possessed vast estates and resided in an elegant feudal home in Bavaria. They also played an influential role in the social, economic and political development of the region.

Auer Early Origins



The surname Auer was first found in Bavaria, where the Auer family name is considered to have made an early contribution to the feudal society which became the backbone of early development in Europe. The name became prominent in local affairs and branched into many houses which played important roles in the savage tribal and national conflicts, as each group sought political supremacy. The name derives from the German word "Aue," which means meadow or pasture. Hartmann von der Aue ("of or from the meadow") was a renowned poet of the 12th and 13th centuries, and the name von der Aue gained widespread designation for those living in a wooded or pastured area. The name was particularly popular in Bavaria, which was the primary location of seven noble families bearing this name, dating back to the 13th century.

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Auer Spelling Variations


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Auer Spelling Variations



Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Auer include Auer, Auers, Auerr, Auerre, Aur, Aure, Aurr and many more.

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Auer Early History


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Auer Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Auer research. Another 230 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1502, 1639, 1761, and 1767 are included under the topic Early Auer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Auer Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Auer Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 23 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Auer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



The great European flow of migration to North America, which began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century, was particularly attractive to those from Bavaria who wished to escape either poverty or religious persecution. For many Bavarian tenant farmers, the chance to own their own land was a major incentive. So the widespread colonization of the United States began in 1650, when many immigrants from Germany settled in pockets in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. In Canada, German settlement centered in Ontario and the prairie provinces. Among those of this surname listed in various historical records were:

Auer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Hans Auer arrived in Carolina in 1734
  • Hans Ulrich Auer arrived in Carolina or Pennsylvania in 1734 with his wife Verena Eberhardt and their four children
  • Hans Auer, who arrived in Carolina in 1734
  • Hans Ulrich Auer, who landed in Carolina in 1734
  • Verena Eberhard Auer, aged 27, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1735
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Auer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Jacob Auer, who landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1844
  • Joseph Auer, who landed in New York, NY in 1846
  • Melchior Auer, who landed in America in 1848
  • Aloys Auer, who arrived in North America in 1848
  • Franz Auer, who landed in Albany, NY in 1854
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Auer Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Johann Baptist Auer, who arrived in Quebec in 1848

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Contemporary Notables of the name Auer (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Auer (post 1700)



  • Victor Lee "Vic" Auer (1937-1972), American silver medalist sports shooter at the 1972 Summer Olympics
  • Matthew Auer, American educator, Dean of the Hutton Honors College at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana
  • Jonathan P. "Jon" Auer (b. 1969), American musician
  • John F. Auer (1866-1951), American sailor in the United States Navy, recipient of the Medal of Honor
  • Howard Joseph "Howie" Auer (1908-1985), American NFL football player
  • Gregory M. Auer (1937-1993), American art director, screenwriter and cameraman, Manager of Special Effects for Warner Brothers Studio
  • Florence Auer (1880-1962), American theater and motion picture actress
  • Edward Auer (b. 1941), American classical pianist, first American to win the International Chopin Piano Competition
  • Karl Auer, American politician, U.S. Consular Agent in Macassar, 1897
  • Jennifer L. Auer, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Georgia, 1996
  • ... (Another 14 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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    Other References

    1. Karlsruhe. Badisches Generallandesarchiv Baden Emigration lists 1866-1911. Salt Lake City: Microfilm of Card Index by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Print.
    2. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
    3. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    5. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
    6. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
    7. Schenk, Trudy. Wuerttemberg Emigration Index Volume I-VIII. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1986. Print.
    8. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    9. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Hopeful Journeys German Immigration, Settlement, and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    10. Tarneller, Josef. Zur Namenkunde Tirolen Familiennamen. Bozen: Buchhandlung, 1923. Print.
    11. ...

    The Auer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Auer 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.

    This page was last modified on 28 October 2015 at 09:39.

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