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OTHER FORMS: Hapsburg, Von Habsburg, Von Hapsburg
CONTRIBUTOR: edding on 6/16/2015
Meaning & History
This surname may have been used by someone whose descendants originated from the House of Habsburg, which was one of the most important royal houses in Europe. It is assumed that the surname is derived from High German Habichtsburg meaning "hawk castle," but some historians and linguists believe that it may actually be derived from Middle High German hab/hap meaning "ford", as there is a river with a ford nearby.