- Borrowed from German Bau, perhaps a short form of compounds with this element, such as Bauhofer or Baumann.
- Borrowed from French Bau, perhaps a variant of Beau.
- Variant of Bao, a surname of Chinese origin.
Bau (plural Baus)
- A surname.
- According to the 2010 United States Census, Bau is the 37544th most common surname in the United States, belonging to 593 individuals. Bau is most common among White (60.54%), Asian/Pacific Islander (23.95%) and Hispanic/Latino (11.47%) individuals.
- Hanks, Patrick, editor (2003), “Bau”, in Dictionary of American Family Names, volume 1, New York City: Oxford University Press, →ISBN, page 115.
From Middle High German bū, bou, from Old High German bū. The plural form Bauten is that of the related Low German Bute (“building”), from Middle Low German bûwete. The singular Baute did not catch on in standard German.
- building, construction (the act of constructing)
- building site, construction site (place where such constructing takes place)
- Synonym: Baustelle
- building, construction, edifice (built-up structure, house)
- burrow (of an animal, especially under ground)
- (colloquial) prison, jail
- Nowadays the plural is Bauten for “buildings” and Baue for “burrows”. The other senses do not have a common plural form.
- A third plural Bäue with umlaut is obsolete.
Bau m (plural Bai)