Bowersox Family Genealogy Forum
The name is occupational and locational. "Bauer" is farmer and "Sachs" means from Saxony. This happened when Hans Bauer, a Saxon, moved to Unterfranken in Germany during the early 16th century. Germany has many regional dialects and it would have been obvious to anyone in Unterfranken that Hans Bauer was a Saxon. Thus, the records from the period show Hans referred at Hans Bauer der Sachs. The "der" was lost in a couple of generations and "Bauer" and "Sachs" contracted to "Bauersachs" with its anglacized spelling most commonly Bowersox or Bowersocks.
The other story of Bauer and Sachs families sans heirs is a nice story but just that. The "family crest" that has been passed around, and originally sold to my late cousin Gale Bowersox Niven, is the crest of the Bauer family of Vienna and no relation to our farmer ancestor from Saxony.