When William Henry Maurer was born on 5 July 1892, in Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States, his father, William A Maurer, was 37 and his mother, Margaret Louise Dohany, was 34. He married Emma Margaret Maloney on 20 October 1919, in Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. He lived in Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States in 1895 and Kane Township, Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States in 1900. He died on 18 July 1935, in Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States, at the age of 43, and was buried in Saint Joseph Cemetery, Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States.
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): occupational name for a mason, especially a builder of walls of stone or brick, from an agent derivative of Middle High German mūre, German Mauer ‘wall’ (from Latin murus ‘wall’, especially a city wall). In the Middle Ages the majority of dwellings were built of wood (or lath and plaster), and this term would have specifically denoted someone employed in building defensive walls, castles, churches, and other public buildings. This form of the surname is also found in some other European countries, e.g. in France (Alsace and Lorraine), the Netherlands, Poland, Czechia, Slovakia, and Slovenia (see also 2 below). Compare Mourer and Mowrer .
In some cases also an Americanized or Germanized form of Slovenian Mavrer or Mavrar: occupational name of German origin (see 1 above), at least in some cases applied as a translation into German of the Slovenian surname Zidar .