Auburn is an unincorporated community at the four-corner intersection of Ross, Morgan, Reily and Hanover townships on Hamilton-Scipio Road (Ohio 129) at the northern end of Morgan-Ross Road. It also has been called Mount Auburn, Gandertown and Selkirk. The first post office in 1882 was Mount Auburn, but the name caused confusion because of the Cincinnati suburb of the same name. There was an Auburn post office in 1875 in Hanover Township, but it became Selkirk from March 8, 1894, until Feb. 28, 1900. Selkirk honored John W. Owens, a leading businessman, whose birthplace had been Selkirk in Wales. "The first establishment of a public nature was an upright steam sawmill, built by John W. Owens," said the 1882 county history. The unofficial name Gandertown is said to have been the result of a quarrel over some wild geese, or because one of the first residents there raised geese. The community is believed to have been named for Auburn in Yorkshire, England, famous because of Oliver Goldsmith's poem, "The Deserted Village" (1770). Houck is another name that has been attached to Auburn.
According to George Crout, that same poem led to the name Auburndale for a Middletown subdivision. The plat for Auburndale, developed by the Middletown Improvement Company, was recorded in October 1905. It is southeast of Tytus Avenue and includes Tytus, Henry, Van, Auburn, Elsmere and Malvern avenues and Catalpa Drive.