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Meaning and Origin of: Lauer

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Last name origin & meaning:

  • German, Alsatian, and Jewish (Ashkenazic) : nickname from Middle High German lūre, German Lauer ‘crafty or cunning person’, ‘cheat’ (apparently originally ‘one with narrowed eyes’).
  • German : occupational name for a tanner, Middle High German lōwer, from ‘tannin’, which is extracted from the bark of trees.
  • South German : habitational name from Lauer in Franconia, named from the stream on which it stands.

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