The German surname Bauman is a topographic name for someone who lived by a tree that was particularly noticeable in some way, from Middle High German, Old High German boum meaning “tree,” or else a nickname for a particularly tall person. The name is first recorded in the 17th Century in the Westphalia region of Germany. Early recordings of the name in the New World include Mr. Bauman who arrived in Philadelphia from Germany in 1805 and John Bauman who arrived in Maryland in 1840. Today there are approximately 17,000 bearers of the name Bauman living in the US.
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