German Surnames

German names are used in Germany and other German-speaking areas such as Austria and Switzerland. See also about German names.
There are 725 names matching your criteria.

ABBING     Dutch, German
Variant of ABBINK.
ABEL     English, French, Danish, Norwegian, Dutch, Spanish, German
Derived from the given name ABEL.
ABELN     German
Derived from the given name ABEL.
ABRAHAM     Jewish, English, German, French
Derived from the given name ABRAHAM.
ABT     German, Dutch
Derived from Old Low German abt "abbot".
ACHILLES     English, German
Derived from the given name ACHILLES.
ACHTERBERG     Dutch, German
Denoted a person hailing from one of the various places that bore this name in Germany... [more]
ACKER     English, German
Denoted a person who lived near a field, derived from Middle English acker or Old High German ackar meaning "field" (related to the word acre).
ACKERMANN     German
Variant of ACKER.
ADAM     English, French, German, Jewish
Derived from the given name ADAM.
ADENAUER     German
Denoted a person from the city of Adenau in Germany.
ADLER     German
Means "eagle" from the German word Adler.
ADLERSFLÜGEL     German
Means "eagle's wing" from the German words Adler "eagle" and Flügel "wing".
AESCHELMAN     German
Denoted a man from the Aeschel Valley on the Swiss-German border.
ALBERT     English, French, Catalan, Hungarian, German
Derived from the given name ALBERT.
ALBRECHT     German
From the German given name ALBRECHT.
ALESHIRE     German
Anglicized form of ALESHITE.
ALESHITE     German
Denoted a person from Ehlscheid, Germany.
ALTHAUS     German
Means "dweller by or in the old house" from German alt "old" and Haus "house"... [more]
AMSEL (2)     German
Means "a blackbird" in German.
ANDREAS     German
Derived from the given name ANDREAS.
ANDRES     German
Derived from the given name ANDREAS.
ARMBRÜSTER     German
Variant of ARMBRUSTER.
ARMBRUSTER     German
Means "crossbow maker" from German armbrust "crossbow"... [more]
ARTZ     Dutch, German
Variant of AARTS.
AUE     German
Means "dweller on the pasture" from Middle High German ouwe "pasture"... [more]
AUER     German
Means "dweller at a swamp or marsh".
AUGUSTIN     French, German
From the given name AUGUSTIN.
AUST     German
Derived from Aust, an archaic diminutive of AUGUST.
BAASCH     German, Dutch
Means "boss" from the Middle Low German baas.
BACH     German
Topographic name for someone who lived by a stream, from Middle High German bach meaning "stream".
BACHMEIER     German
Means "a farmer whose farm is beside a stream" from Middle High German bach "stream" and mei(g)er "steward".
BÄCKER     German
Newer variant of BECKE.
BADER     German
Derived from Old High German bad "a bath", most likely referring to a bath attendant.
BÄHR     German
Menas "bear" or "boar" from Middle High German bër "bear" or ber "boar"... [more]
BAMBACH     German
Variant of BAUMBACH.
BAUER     German
From Middle High German bur or bure meaning "peasant, farmer".
BAUERS     German
Variant of BAUER.
BAUM     German, Jewish
Means "a tree" in German.
BAUMANN     German, Jewish
From Middle High German buman meaning "farmer".
BAUMBACH     German
Derived from the place name Baumbach.
BAUMGARTNER     German
Means "a person who works at an orchard" from German baumgarten "orchard"... [more]
BAUMHAUER     German
Means "a woodcutter" from Middle High German boum "a tree", houwen "to chop"... [more]
BAYER     German
From German Bayern "Bavaria", referring to person from Bavaria.
BECK (1)     German
Variant of BECKE.
BECKE     German
German occupational name from Middle High German becke meaning "baker".
BECKENBAUER     German
Means "basin or bowl maker" in German.
BECKER     German
Variant of BECKE.
BECKERT     German
Variant of BECKE.
BEHREND     German
Derived from the given name BERND.
BEHRENDS     German
Variant of BEHREND.
BEITEL     German
Variant form of BEUTEL.
BELTZ     German
Derived from Middle High German belz "fur".
BENN     German
Derived from the given name BERNHARD.
BERG     German, Swedish
Means "mountain" in German and Swedish.
BERGER (2)     German
Means "person living on a mountain", from Old High German berg "mountain".
BERGFALK     Swedish, German
Derived from berg meaning "mountain" and falk meaning "falcon"... [more]
BERINGER     Dutch, German
From the old Germanic given name Beringer.
BERNAT     German
Derived from the German given name BERNHARD.
BEST     German
Derived from the name of the river Beste... [more]
BEUTEL     German
From the German word Beutel, derived from Middle High German biutel meaning "bag"... [more]
BEYER     German
Variant of BAYER.
BEYERSDORF     German
Americanization of what may have been originally Baurnes des Dorf, or "village of the farmers"... [more]
BIEBER     German, Jewish
From Middle High German biber "beaver", German Biber, or Yiddish biber, hence a nickname, possibly a nickname for a hard worker, or from some other fancied resemblance to the animal... [more]
BIERMANN     German
Derived from German bier "beer" and mann "man"... [more]
BISCHOFFS     German
German cognate of BISHOP.
BLAU     German
Means "blue" in German, most likely used to refer to a person who wore blue clothes.
BLECHER     German
Occupational name for someone who worked with tin or sheet metal, from German blech "tin".
BLEIER     German
Means "a worker of lead", derived from German blei "lead".
BLUMENTHAL     German, Jewish
Derived from German Blumen "flowers" and thal "valley".
BLUMSTEIN     Jewish, German
Means "flower stone" in German.
BOCKER     German
Possibly Old German meaning "cooper (barrel maker)".
BOEHLER     German
Variant of BÖHLER.
BOER     Dutch, Low German
From West Low German Boer meaning "farmer".
BOESCH     German
Variant of BÖSCH.
BÖHLER     German
Derived from the name of several towns called Böhle in Germany.
BÖHM     German
Originally indicated a person from Bohemia (Böhmen in German)... [more]
BÖHME     German
Variant of BÖHM.
BÖHMER     German, Jewish
Variant of BÖHM.
BOHN     German
Occupational name for a grower of beans derived from Middle High German, Middle Low German bone "bean".
BORCHARD     German
Derived from the given name BURKHARD.
BÖSCH     German
Derived from a nickname of the given name SEBASTIAN.
BOSCH     German, Dutch
Derived from Dutch bussch "wood".
BÖTTCHER     German
Occupational name meaning "cooper (barrel maker)" in German.
BRAHMS     German
Variant of BRAMS... [more]
BRAND     German, English
Derived from the Germanic given name BRANDO or its Old Norse cognate BRANDR.
BRANDT     German
Variant of BRAND.
BRANT     German, English
Variant of BRAND.
BRAUER     German
Derived from Middle Low German bruwer meaning "brewer".
BRAUN     German
Variant of BRUN.
BRAUNE     German
Variant of BRUN.
BREINER     German
Derived from Middle High German brie "porridge".
BREISACHER     German
Originally denoted one who came from the town of Breisach, located in Germany.
BREITBARTH     German
Means "broad beard" from German breit "broad" and bart "beard", originally a nickname for someone with a full beard.
BRETZ     German
Indicated a person from Breetz, a town in lower Saxony.
BRINKERHOFF     Dutch, German
Means "home on or near a hill" (that is, "on the brink").
BRODBECK     German
Means "a bread baker" from Middle High German brot "bread", becke "baker".
BROSE     German
Derived from the given name AMBROSE.
BROTZ     German
Variant of PROTZ.
BRUHN     German
Variant of BRUN.
BRUN     German
From Middle High German brun meaning "brown"... [more]
BRUNE     German
Variant of BRUN.
BUCHHOLZ     German
Means "beech wood" from German Buch "beech" and Holz "wood".
BUCKHOLTZ     German
Variant of BUCHHOLZ.
BUHR     Low German
Low German form of BAUER.
BUMGARNER     German
Variant of BAUMGARTNER.
BURGSTALLER     German
From German Burg for a "fortress, castle", and from German Stelle, the site of such a castle... [more]
BUSCH     German
Means "bush" in German... [more]
CARVER (2)     German
Variant of the German surname GERBER.
CHEVROLET     French, German (Swiss)
From chèvre meaning "goat" and lait meaning "milk", perhaps a name used to describe a farmer who cultivated goats.
CLINE     German
Anglicized spelling of KLEIN.
DAHL     Dutch, German, Norwegian, Swedish, Danish
From Middle Low German dal or Old Norse dalr both meaning "valley"... [more]
DENZEL     German
Variant of TANZER.
DERRICK     English, German
Derived from the given name Derrick, which is a form of DEREK... [more]
DIEFENBACH     German
From an old German place name which meant "deep creek".
DIETER     German
Derived from the given name DIETER.
DIETRICH     German
Derived from the given name DIETRICH.
DIRCHS     Dutch, German
Variant of DIRCKS.
DITTMAR     German
Derived from a given name of the elements theud meaning "people" or "race" and mari or meri meaning "famous".
DOHMAN     German
Derived from a diminutive of the given name THOMAS.
DRECHSLER     German
Variant of DRESSLER.
DREHER     German
Means "a turner" from Middle High German dræhen "to turn"... [more]
DRESCHNER     German
Derived from Middle High German dreschen "to thresh, to separate the grains from a cereal plant".
DRESDNER     German
Means "a person from Dresden" in German.
DRESSLER     German
Means "a turner" from Middle High German dreseler... [more]
DUERR     German
Variant spelling of DÜRR.
DUNKLE     German
Means "dark" in German.
DUNST     German
Derived from Middle High German dunst "haze".
DÜRR     German
Derived from Middle High German dürre "thin".
EBERHARDT     German
Derived from the given name EBERHARD.
EBNER (1)     German
Means "dweller on a flat piece of land" from Middle High German eben(e).
EBNER (2)     German
Means "judge, arbiter" from Middle High German ebenœre.
ECKSTEIN     German
From German eck meaning "corner" and stein meaning "stone".
EGGER     German
Means "a plow man" from eggen "to dig".
EICHEL     German
Means "acorn" in German.
EILERTS     German
Derived from the given name EILERT.
ENGEL     German
Derived from a German given name starting with Engel-, for example ENGELBERT.
ENNS     German
Derived from a short form of the German given name ANSELM.
ESSER     German
Means "cartwright" from Middle Old German asse "axle".
ESSERT     German
Variant of ESSER.
EVERHART     German
Variant of EBERHARDT.
FABEL     German
Derived from a diminutive of the given name FABIAN.
FAERBER     German
Variant spelling of FÄRBER.
FALK     Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, German
From Old Norse falker or Middle High German valke "falcon".
FALKENRATH     German
Means "keeper of the falcon" with falk from the Germanic valke for "falcon" and rath meaning "keeper".
FÄRBER     German
Means "a dyer" from German farbe "colour".
FASHINGBAUER     German
From Fasching, a German carnival (Fastnacht meaning "eve of the beginning of the fast", or the time before Lent) celebrated in Austria and Catholic Bavaria, and bauer meaning "farmer".
FAUST     German
Derived from the given name Faust, a form of FAUSTUS.
FEIGENBAUM     German, Jewish
Means "a fig tree" in German.
FELD     German, Jewish
Means "field" in German... [more]
FELDT     German, Jewish
Variant of FELD.
FENSTERMACHER     German
Means "window maker" in German.
FERTIG     German
Means "ready, prepared" in German.
FIEDLER     German
Means "a fiddler" in German.
FISCHER     German
Occupational surname meaning "fisherman" in German.
FLATER     German
Means "field" in German.
FLEISCHER     German
Means "butcher" in German.
FOERSTNER     German
Variant of FÖRSTNER.
FORST     German
Derived from Old High German forst "forest"... [more]
FÖRSTNER     German
Denoted a keeper or one in charge of a forest (see FORST).
FOTH     Low German
From a nickname meaning "foot".
FRANK (3)     German, Dutch, Danish, Norwegian
Name for a person from Franconia in Germany, so called because it was settled by the Frankish people.
FRANKE     German, Dutch, Flemish
Variant of FRANK (3).
FREI     German
Means "free" in German... [more]
FREUD     German
Means "joy" in German... [more]
FREUDENBERGER     German
Means "friend of the mountain", from German freund, freud meaning "friend" and berg meaning "mountain"... [more]
FREUND     German
Middle High German vriunt, modern German Freund "friend".
FRIED     German
Derived from the given name FRIEDRICH.
FRIEDRICH     German
Derived from the given name FRIEDRICH.
FROMM     German
Derived from Middle High German vrom "noble, honourable".
FROST     English, German
From Old English and Old High German, a nickname for a person who had a cold personality or a white beard.
FUCHS     German
From Middle High German vuhs meaning "fox"... [more]
FUHRMANN     German
Derived from Middle High German vuorman "cartwright".
FÜRST     German
Means "a prince" in German... [more]
FUX     German
Variant of FUCHS.
GABLER     German
Occupational name for someone who made or sold forks, from German gabel "fork".
GAERTNER     German
German variant of GARDNER.
GARB     German
Variant of GARBER.
GARBER     German
Variant of GERBER.
GÄRTNER     German
German variant of GARDNER.
GARVER     German
Variant of GERBER.
GASS     German, Jewish
Name for someone who lived on a street in a city, from German gasse.
GEHRIG     German
Variant of GEHRING.
GEHRING     German
Variant of GERHARD.
GEIER     German
Means "vulture" in German, a nickname for someone who is greedy.
GEIGER     German
Means "fiddle player" in German. This was an occupational name for a fiddler.
GEISLER     German
Variant of GEISZLER.
GEISSLER     German
Variant of GEISZLER.
GEISZLER     German
From German geiss meaning "goat" and the suffix ler signifying an occupation, thus "goat-herder".
GENSCH     German
From the given name Gensch, a Sorbian form of JOHN.
GERBER     German
German for "tanner" or "leather dresser", which makes it an occupational German surname... [more]
GERHARD     German
Derived from the given name GERHARD.
GERHARDT     German
Variant of GERHARD.
GERIG     German
Variant of GEHRING.
GERST     German
Derived from Middle High German gerst "barley".
GERSTLE     German
Variant of GERST.
GERVER     German
Variant of GERBER.
GIEHL     German
German form of GILES.
GIESE     German, Danish
Derived from a short form of the given name GISELBERT or any other Germanic name with the first element gisil.
GLÖCKNER     German
Derived from Middle High German glocke "bell"... [more]
GOEBEL     German
Derived from the given name Göbel, a diminutive of the Old German name Godebert, which is derived from god "God" and beraht "bright".
GOLDSCHMIDT     German
Means "goldsmith" in German.
GORMAN (1)     German
From a given name derived from the Germanic elements ger "spear" combined with mann "man".
GOTT     German
Derived from the short form of various Germanic compound given names whose first element is either god meaning "good" or god or got meaning "god".
GOTTI     German
Variant of GOTT.
GOTTLIEB     German
Derived from the German given name GOTTLIEB.
GOTTSCHALK     German
From a given name meaning "servant of god" from Germanic god "god" and scalc "servant".
GRANER     German, Hungarian
Meaning "of Gran", Gran being the German name for Esztergom, a small city in northern Hungary.
GREENBERG     German, Jewish
Anglicized form of the German surname Grünberg, which is formed from the words grün "green" and Berg "mountain"... [more]
GROOS     German
Variant of GROß.
GROS     German
Variant of GROß.
GROSS     German
Variant of GROß.
GROß     German
From Middle High German groz meaning "tall, big".
GROßE     German
Variant of GROß.
GROSSE     German
Variant of GROß.
GRÖßEL     German
Variant of GROß, used in southern Germany.
GROßEL     German
Variant of GROß, used in southern Germany.
GROßER     German
Variant of GROß.
GROSSER     German
Variant of GROß.
GROSZ     German
Variant of GROß.
GRÜNEWALD     German
Means "green forest" from German grüne "green", Wald "forest".
GÜNTHER     German
Derived from the given name GUNTHER.
GUNTHER     German
Derived from the given name GUNTHER.
GUTERMUTH     German
Derived from the Middle High German words guot meaning "good" and muot meaning "mind or spirit"... [more]
GWERDER     German (Swiss)
From the Swiss German word gwerig, an adjective meaning "agile" or "alert".
HAAS     Dutch, German
Variant of HASE.
HAASE     German
Variant of HASE.
HABER     German, Jewish
Derived from Middle High German Haber "oats"... [more]
HABICH     German
German cognate of HAWK.
HABICHT     German
German cognate of HAWK.
HAFNER     German
Derived from Middle German hafen "pot, dish", referring to a potter.
HAHN     German
From Middle High German han, hane meaning "rooster"... [more]
HALL     English, German, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish
Means simply "hall", given to one who either lived in or worked in a hall (the house of a medieval noble).
HALLE     German
German variant of HALL.
HARMAN     English, French, German
Variant of HERMANN.
HARTMANN     German
From the German given name HARTMANN.
HASE     German
From Middle High German and Middle Low German hase meaning "hare, rabbit"... [more]
HASEK     German
Means "hare" from the German word haase.
HASENKAMP     German
Means "rabbit field", from Middle German hase "rabbit" and kamp "field"... [more]
HASS     German
From the given name Hasso, a diminutive of Germanic names beginning with the element hadu meaning "combat".
HAUER     German
Derived from Middle High German houwen "to chop"... [more]
HAUPT     German
German cognate of HEAD (1) or HEAD (2).
HAUSLER     German
From the German word haus meaning "house", combined with the suffix -er denoting an inhabitant... [more]
HAVENER     German
Variant of HAFNER.
HEIDRICH     German
From the German given name Heidenreich (nowadays merely used as a surname) which comes from the Old High German words heidan meaning "heathen", and reich "power".
HEINRICH     German
Derived from the German given name HEINRICH.
HEINRICHS     German
Variant of HEINRICH.
HEINTZE     German
Derived from a diminutive of HEINRICH.
HELLEWEGE     German
Derived from the German given name Hellwig, which is a newer form of both Helmwig meaning "helmet and battle" and HEILWIG.
HEPPENHEIMER     German
From Heppenheim, the name of a city in Hessen.
HERBERT     English, German, French
Derived from the male given name HERBERT.
HERMANN     German
From the given name HERMANN.
HERRMANN     German
Variant of HERMANN.
HERTZ     German
Derived from German herz meaning "heart", a nickname for a big-hearted person.
HERZOG     German
From a German title meaning "duke".
HILDEBRAND     German
From the given name HILDEBRAND.
HINRICHS     German
Derived from the given name HINRICH.
HINTZEN     German
Means "son of Hintz", a diminutive of HENRY.
HIRSCH (1)     German
Means "deer" in German... [more]
HOCH     German
Means "tall" in German.
HOCHBERG     German, Jewish
Means "high hill" in German.
HOEFLER     German
Variant of HOFER.
HOFER     German
Occupational surname meaning "farmer" in German.
HOFFMAN     German
Variant of HOFMANN.
HOFFMANN     German
Variant of HOFMANN.
HÖFLER     German
Variant of HOFER.
HOFMANN     German
From Middle High German hove(s)man or hofman meaning "farmer, owner of a farmstead".
HOFMEISTER     German
Means "master of the household", from Middle German hof "household, court" and meister "master, keeper".
HOLST     Low German, Dutch, Danish
Referred originally to a person from the region of Holstein (between Germany and Denmark)... [more]
HOLTZER     German
Means "a person who lives near a forest" in German.
HÖLZER     German
Variant of HOLTZER.
HOLZER     German
Variant of HOLTZER.
HOLZKNECHT     German
Occupational name for a woodworker's apprentice, from Old German holz "wood" and knecht "apprentice, servant".
HOLZMANN     German
Derived from German holz "wood" and mann "man"... [more]
HOOVER     German
Name for a land-owner, from Old German huoba, a measure of land.
HORN (1)     English, German, Norwegian, Danish
Occupational name for one who carved objects out of horn or who played a horn.
HORN (2)     English, German, Norwegian, Danish
Originally given to a person who lived near a horned-shaped geographical feature, such as a mountain or a bend in a river.
HOROWITZ     German, Jewish
From the German name for Horovice, a town in the Central Bohemian Region of the Czech Republic.
HOUK     German
Derived from the medieval German region of Huc, located in northeastern Germany.
HÜBER     German
Variant of HUBER.
HUBER     German
From Middle High German huober or huob(e)ner meaning "man who owns a hube" (a hube is a piece of land of 30-60 acres)... [more]
HUFF     English, German
Means "spur of a hill" in Old English.
HUFFMAN     German
Variant of HOFMANN.
HUFFMANN     German
Variant of HOFMANN.
HUMMEL (1)     German, Danish, Dutch, Norwegian
Derived from the given name HUMBERT.
HUMMEL (2)     German, Danish, Dutch, Norwegian
Nickname for a busy person (from the Germanic word hommel meaning "bee").
HUTMACHER     German
German equivalent of the Dutch HOEDEMAKER.
INGERSLEBEN     German
From the name of the town of Ingersleben, Germany, which meant "Inge's village".
JAEGER     German
Variant of JÄGER.
JÄGER     German, Jewish
From Middle High German jeger(e) meaning "hunter".
JAGER     German
Variant of JÄGER.
JANS     Dutch, German, English
Means "son of JAN (1)".
JANSON     English, German
Means "son of JAN (1)".
JANZ     Dutch, German
From the given name JAN (1).
JOLLENBECK     German
In the village of Jollenbeck Germany, there is a river called the Jölle river which gave Jöllenbeck its name.
JORDAN (1)     English, French, German, Polish
Derived from the given name JORDAN.
JUND     German
Derived from the feminine given name JUTTA.
JUNG     German
From Middle High German junc meaning "young".


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