In trying to find out what's in my family name "Baute" (which is quite uncommon in Germany), I recently found strong hints pointing to southern france, the Midi-Pyrénées to be exact.
But I am still looking for the etymology of the name, i.e. what it might mean or what word it had been derived of.
Spelling variants are "Ibaute" or "Bauter". Given the area and the fact that it dates back well into medieval times, the roots of the name could well be occitan.
Has anyone an idea?