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The long and noble heritage behind the name of Steinauer first began in medieval Austria. While the patronymic and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the name of the father and mother respectively, are the most common form of a hereditary surname in Germany, occupational surnames also emerged during the late Middle Ages. Many people, such as the Steinauer family, adopted the name of their occupation as their surname. However, an occupational name did not become a hereditary surname until the office or type of employment became hereditary. The surname Steinauer was an occupational name for a stone cutter. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the Old German word stein, meaning stone. In some cases the name may be topographical in nature and derive from the fact the original bearer lived near a prominent stone or rock.

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The surname Steinauer was first found in Austria, in the cities of Berne and Neuchatel, where the name was anciently associated with the tribal conflicts of the area. They declared allegiances to many nobles and princes of early history, lending their influence in regional political struggles for power. They branched into many houses in Austria, and their contributions were sought by many leaders in their search for power.

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 Steinauer include Steiner, Steinert, Steinertz, Steinerth, Steinere, Stein, Steine and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Steinauer research. Another 265 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1796, 1809, 1810, 1820, 1838, and 1863 are included under the topic Early Steinauer History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 43 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Steinauer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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 Steinauer or a variant listed above:

Steinauer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Charles Steinauer, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1872
  • Joseph Steinauer, who landed in Colorado in 1884

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  9. Steed, Henry Wickham . The Hapsburg Monarchy. London: Constable and Company, 1919. Print.
  10. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
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The Steinauer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Steinauer 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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