According to Answer.com the name Schönauer is a habitational name for someone from any of several places called Schönau. The House of Names indicates the name is a toponymic local name deriving from a feature of the physical geography where the original bearer lived or held land. In this case, it is derived from the German words schoene which means "beautiful," and auer which means "from the meadow."
The Schönauer name traces back to the mid-1500s and originates in the Jura Mountain region of Switzerland. Family members were involved in the Protestant Reformation and became followers of Ulrich Zwingli. Later generations of the family followed the Anabaptist teachings after its doctrinal break from Zwingli. By the time of the Schönauer family's emigration to Pennsylvania in the mid-1700s, those that immigrated in 1744 and 1751 and settled in Lancaster County most closely followed the Mennonite faith, and the other family branch that immigrated in 1754 and made their home in Berks County adhered to Lutheran doctrine.
Commercial Uses of Name
Schönauer Apfel Schnapps is a delightful mix of crisp, clean apple juice and the finest doubles distilled grain spirits, best enjoyed chilled as a shot, on the rocks with club soda, or in a variety of other mixed drinks. It is produced from wheat and rye and then blended with the juices of apples from "Altes Land," an area of reclaimed fertile marshland straddling parts of Lower Saxony and Hamburg, one of the best known fruit growing areas of Germany. Product retails in the U.S. for about $24.00-$25.00 for a 3/4-liter bottle.