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The Maurer surname comes from the German word "mauer," meaning "wall;" as such, the name is thought to have originally been occupational, for a builder of stone walls.

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The surname Maurer was first found in Austria, where the name Maurer became noted for its many branches in the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region. In their later history the name became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they grew into this most influential family.

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 Maurer include Maurer, Maurere, Maurers, Maureres, Maurerr, Maurrer, Maurerrs, Maurrers, Maurerre, Maurreres, Maureer, Morer, Moorer and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Maurer research. Another 264 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1677, 1701, 1777, and 1787 are included under the topic Early Maurer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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More information is included under the topic Early Maurer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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 Maurer or a variant listed above:

Maurer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Georg Maurer and his wife Apolonia Dorothea Buchi Maurer, who arrived in New York from the Palatinate region in 1710 with their three children
  • Albrecht Maurer, who landed in Carolina in 1734
  • Johannes Maurer, who landed in Georgia in 1734-1741
  • Marguerite Maurer, aged 42, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1735
  • Elizabeth Maurer, aged 19, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1735
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Maurer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Abraham Maurer, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1827
  • John Maurer, who arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1832
  • Christoph Maurer, who arrived in Texas in 1846
  • Peter Maurer, who landed in Galveston, Tex in 1846
  • Catherine Maurer, aged 20, landed in New York, NY in 1847
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Maurer Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Jacob Maurer, who arrived in Arkansas in 1900
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  • Andrew Lee Maurer (1948-2016), American NFL football offensive lineman who played from 1970 to 1977
  • William Allen Maurer (b. 1872), American Republican politician, Canadian County Judge, 1911-15, 1919-22; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Oklahoma, 1916
  • Theodore W. Maurer, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 33rd District, 1962
  • Ron Maurer, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Oregon, 2008
  • Rolf Maurer, American politician, Candidate for Connecticut State Senate 27th District, 2011
  • Nina R. Maurer, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1956 (alternate), 1964
  • Maria Maurer, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Oregon, 2008
  • John Maurer (1900-1968), American Republican politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives from Wayne County 1st District, 1947-48; Defeated, 1948
  • Lucille Maurer (1922-1996), American Democrat politician, Economist; Delegate to Maryland State Constitutional Convention, 1967-68; Member of Maryland State House of Delegates, 1969-87
  • Jeremiah Maurer, American politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Somerset County, 1895-96
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  • A Genealogy of Jacob S. Maurer and Wife Elisabeth Rickli by William Benz Maynard.
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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. Kneschke, Dr. Ernest Heinrich. Neues allgemeines Deutsches Adels-Lexicon 9 Volumes New General German Aristocracy Lexicon. Leipzig: Friedrich Voigt, 1859. Print.
    3. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    4. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
    5. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
    6. Kapff, Rudolf. Schwäbische Geschlechtsnamen. Stuttgart: Verlag Silberburg, 1927. Print.
    7. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
    8. 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).
    9. Brechenmacher, Josef Karlmann. Deutches Namenbuch. Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp, 1928. Print.
    10. Schenk, Trudy. Wuerttemberg Emigration Index Volume I-VIII. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1986. Print.
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