Bavaria is the ancestral home of the Aurbach family. Aurbach is a local name, first used as a surname for someone who lived in several places in Southern Germany having derived from the Old German words Aurochs, a kind of wild bull that is now extinct, and bach, which means stream. The word auerbach can also mean a marshy brook.
Early Origins of the Aurbach family
Bavaria, where the name came from humble beginnings but gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. It later became more prominent as many branches of the same house acquired distant estates and branches, some in foreign countries, always elevating their social status by their great contributions to society.
Early History of the Aurbach family
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Aurbach 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 Aurbach include Auerbach, Auerback, Auerbacke, Auerbache, Aurbach, Urbach and many more.
Early Notables of the Aurbach family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the name Aurbach in this period include Berthold Auerbach (1812-1882), German writer of village life in the Black Forest. Auerbach's Keller was a...
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Migration of the Aurbach 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 Aurbachs to arrive in North America, and among them were: Louis Auerbach, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1852.
Contemporary Notables of the name Aurbach (post 1700)
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