Last name origins & meanings:
- German (Bär): from Middle High German ber
‘bear’, a nickname for someone thought to resemble the animal in some
way, a metonymic occupational name for someone who kept a performing
bear, or a habitational name for someone who lived at a house
distinguished by the sign of a bear. In some cases, it may derive from
a personal name containing this element.
- Jewish (Ashkenazic): from the Yiddish male personal
name Ber, from Yiddish ber ‘bear’.
- Dutch: from
Middle Dutch baer ‘naked’, ‘bare’. Debrabandere suggests it may
have been a nickname for someone who wore ragged clothes.
- The family name Baer was established in Northampton Co., PA, in
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