Bauerschmidt Families in Europe
This is not a complete listing of all areas in Europe containing
Bauerschmidts; nor is it a complete listing of historical Bauerschmidts
in Europe. Rather, it is a summary of research regarding historical
Bauerschmidt clans and individuals in Europe. Hopefully, this list can
help save you time searching for ancestors in a particular country or region.
NOTE: No historical information has yet been found to indicate the presence of
Bauerschmidts in the Czech Republic, but there are stories
that the name originated in this area. These are obviously
not based in any real data, but are included here for now.
Information is available on Bauerschmidts families in the areas:
If you have information on other Bauerschmidt families, either
current or historical, that you would like to add to this webpage,
send us an e-mail and we will include them.
We have now obtained definitive proof that the surname Bauerschmidt
was in use in Austria as far back as the 1700s. Kaspar Bauernschmid
was listed as the Baumeister in Oberhollabrunn, Austria in the 1760s.
Karl Eduard Bauernschmid, the politician and journalist, was born in
Vienna in 1801. The Bauerschmidt name does appear several times in directories
for Vienna in the mid-1800s. Still it should be pointed out that many
of the references to people with this surname in Austria are for individuals who
were actually born in Germany such as Major Hugo Bauernschmitt of the
Alpenkorps or the impressionist painter Maria Bauernschmidt-Clementschitsch.
Although it is not very common, the Bauernschmid spelling can still be found
in Austrian phone directories for the northwestern region around Grieskirchen.
The famous sculptor Jan Pieter van Baurschmidt was actually born in
Wormersdorfer, Germany. But he became established in Antwerp, Belgium
where his son, Jan Pieter van Baurscheit, the younger, was born. His son
went on to become a well known architecht. So there were Bauerschmidts
living in Belgium for most of the 18th century. Because the father and
son were responsible for many sculptures and buildings in this time period,
references to the name using the Flemish spellings Bauerscheit or Bouwerschyt
can still be found even though the surname is no longer in use in modern Belgium.
We have no current information on Bauerschmidts in the Czech
Rebuplic. However, the western border regions are German speaking
areas, and some U.S. immigrants came from German villages near the Czech
border. Bauerschmidts can still be found on the German side of the Czech
border from Hoff south to Cham. There are many stories that the name "Bauerschmidt"
originated in the Czech Republic; even our own French relatives tell these stories.
Although it is unlikely that this is true, we are not aware of any
reliable research for this region to definitively answer this question.
If anyone has reliable information about Bauerschmidts in the Czech Republic,
please contact us.
Although there are Bauernschmidts who were born in the U.S. living
in Denmark, the only historical reference to Bauerschmidts in
Denmark comes from a port of New York passenger list
for the English vessel Abyssinia that sailed from Liverpool in
1872. One George Bauerschmidt is listed as a passenger from Denmark.
It is our personal belief that this is an error and that George (who we
suspect to have been a Frenchman) was mistakenly listed along with the
Danish passengers who disembarked ahead of him. However, until this is
definitively proven as a mistake, there is still the possibility that
there may have been some Bauerschmidts living in Denmark in the 1870s.
The Alsace region of France borders the German states of Bavaria and
Baden Wurttemberg. German surnames are common in this area and the
residents of some towns still speak the Alsatian language. Several
Bauerschmidt families show up in Strausborg records (both civil and
church) from the 1800s. In many instances, the individuals appear to
have moved across the river from Germany proper. However, at least one
family can be traced back to the descendants of Jean Georges Bauerschmitt
of Wintershausen (also in Alsace, near Hagenau) circa 1740. This
indicates that Bauerschmidts were living in the Alsace region since at
least the early 18th century. For information on French Alsatian
Bauerschmitts have been living in the greater Phalsbourg area
(Lutzelbourg, Trois Maison, Henridorff, Phalsbourg, Sarrebourg) of the
French region of Lorraine (Moselle) since at least the 1720s.
Although this region is not traditionally Germanic speaking, German
surnames are fairly common in both civil and church records of the 18th
and 19th centuries. These Bauerschmitt families can trace their roots
back to one Jean Bauerschmitt of Lutzelbourg. Although it is conceivable
that these familes could have moved westward from Alsace, so far all
attempts to connect them with Alsace Bauerschmitts have been futile.
For more information on the Phalsbourg Bauerschmitts, contact
In addition to the Phalsbourg area, there was also one family of
Bauerschmitts living in St. Germaine-en-Laye in the 1760s. These
Bauerschmitts descended from Valentin Bauerschmitt, an officer of
the French King.
Many Bauerschmidt immigrants came to the U.S. from towns such as Ellerdorf,
Tiefenhochstadt, Wambach and Graeffenburg in the Bavarian region of Germany.
The surname Bauerschmidt has been in use in that area for at least 600
years. Early examples of the surname have been documented throughout the
breadth of the Bavarian state. Reference to "der Burenschmid" in Ummenhofen
can be found in 'Das Lehenbuch des Hochstifts Augsburg' published in 1424. The
surname "Pauernschmidt" appears twice in the 'Reichssteuerregister'
of Nürnberg for the year 1497. "Henrich Bauerschmidt" of Kronach is among those
included in the register of the University of Leipzeig for the year 1516.
"Hans Pauerschmidt" is listed as a leaseholder in Bamberg in the year 1521.
These examples indicate both the wide geographic range for use of the
surname and the significant variations in spelling throughout Bavaria.
The Bauerschmidt surname is still in use in this region as
evidenced by our fun links page, where 10 different Bavarian cities
Some of the early 19th century Bauerschmidt immigrants came from
Hessen towns such as Kassel, and Offenbach. The surname "Bauernschmitt"
is still in use in both these areas 200 years later. This spelling also
appears to have been in use in the Frankfurt area for almost 500 years.
Some of the earliest Bauerschmidt immigrants to the U.S. were from
the Palatinate region of Germany. Jacob Bauerschmiedt and his son came
from Klein Gartach in 1752. The "Bauernschmitt" spelling can still be
found in the southeast region of the Palatinate state from Bad
Dürkheim to Germersheim, while the "Bauerschmitt" spelling is
used in the area around Worms. The "Bauerschmitz" spelling probably
originated in the western Trier-Saarburg area where it can still be
Although not many Bauerschmidt immigrants came from the Rhineland region
of Germany, the surname can be found there. Catholic church records document
several spellings in use for almost three centuries in the area west of the
Moselle river. The "Bauernschmitt" spelling is still in use in the Cochen-Zell
area. Research of church records in the Eiffel region of the Rhineland state indicates
that Bauerschmidt was one of the 7 most common surnames in the village of Kenn,
Germany during the 1700 and 1800s. For more information on genealogy in the Eiffel
region of Rhineland see
Thomas Pick's rootsweb site
. For further research on the village of Kenn, he has
an extract of Kenn church records for the years 1730 to 1880
Longuich church records
for the Eiffel area are also now available on-line.
Many Bauerschmidt immigrants who came to the U.S. were from the
Thuringia region of Germany, including towns such as Benshausen,
Steinach and Struth. In addition, several Bauerschmidt immigrants
came from northern Bavarian towns such as Kronach and Stadsteinach,
that are near Thuringia. Because of this, some of these families have
postulated that the Bauerschmidt surname originated in the greater
Thuringia Wald. Although this is probably not true, the Bauerschmidt
surname has been in use in the Kronach area since at least 1510,
indicating almost 500 years of continuous usage in this region. Most
of the major spellings can still be found in German phonebooks for
Thuringia, particularly in the area from Schmaldkin-Meiningen
on the west to Gotha-Weimar on the north to Saalfeld-Rudolstadt on
For more information on Bauerschmidts in Thuringia, particularly the
Struth-Helmershof region, see
AlanB's Bauerschmidt-Frank-Kroencke-Antoni family tree or contact him at
For information about Bauerschmidts in Stadsteinach, see the information on
this FamilyTreeMaker site, as compiled by
George M Bauerschmidt, out of Rochester, New York.
Bauerschmidts can also be found in the Lower Saxxony region of
Germany, especially in the former kingdom of Hannover. The "Bauerschmidt"
spelling still appears in modern phone books in the area around Gifhorn.
Some early Bauerschmidt immigrants to the U.S. came from towns such as
Hannover and Moringen. Bauerschmidts have also been living in the Harz mountain
region since at least the 18th century. Some of the more prominent
Bauerschmidt families in that area included Georg Ludolph Wilhelm
Bernhard Bauerschmidt of Luchow, who served as Burgermeister of der Stadt
Osterode am Harz in the 1860s. For further information on Georg, consult
the German genealogical journal, Quellen Zur Genealogie, 1979.
There were two major historical periods of German immigration into
Russia. The first occured during the reign of the czar Peter the Great
during the early 1700s. The second occurred during the reign of Catherine
the Great during the 1760s-1790. Bauerschmidts appear to have entered
Russia along with the other German immigrants during both of these periods.
Their presence has been historically documented in the Luthern church
records of Kiev. In fact, Wilhelm Ferdinand Bauerschmidt was pastor of
the Evangelical Luthern church of Kiev from 1799-1810. His daughter,
Elisabeth, married the pastor of Gatschina bei St. Petersburg. It is
unknown whether there are any Bauerschmidt descendants living in Russia
today. For more information on historical records of German immigrants
in Kiev, including the Bauerschmidt pastors, consult Genealogishes
Jahrbuch, Band 23, 1983.