The German state of Bavaria
is the ancestral home of the Aur family. Aur is a local
name, first used as a surname for 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 Aur became particularly popular in Bavaria
, which was the primary location of seven noble families bearing this name. The Aur 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.
Early Origins of the Aur family
The surname Aur 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.
Early History of the Aur family
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Aur Spelling Variations
In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians
spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations
of the name Aur include Auer, Auers, Auerr, Auerre, Aur, Aure, Aurr and many more.
Early Notables of the Aur family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Aur family to the New World and Oceana
European migration to North America began in the mid-17th century and continued unabated until the mid-20th. Many Bavarians made the long trip to escape poverty or persecution based on their religious beliefs. The chance for tenant
farmers to own their own land was also a major drawing card. They settled all across the United States in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many came to Canada also, settling in Ontario and the prairie provinces. Analysis of immigration records has shown some of the first Aurs to arrive in North America, and among them were: Anthony Auer, who landed in Philadelphia in 1772. Hans Auer arrived in Carolina in 1734. William Auer arrived in Philadelphia in 1868. Hans Ulrich Auer arrived in Carolina or Pennsylvania in 1734 with his wife Verena Eberhardt and their four children..