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 735 names matching your criteria.

ABEL (2)     German
Derived from a diminutive of the given name ALBERT.
ABELN     German
Patronymic derived from a diminutive of ALBERT.
ABRAHAM     Jewish, English, German, French, Spanish, Dutch
Derived from the given name ABRAHAM.
ABT     German
German cognate of ABATE.
ACHILLES     German
Derived from the given name ACHILLES.
ACHTERBERG     Dutch, German
From the name of various places in the Netherlands and Germany, for example the village of achterberg in Utrecht. The place names are derived from Low German achter "behind" and berg "mountain, hill".
ACKER     German, English
Denoted a person who lived near a field, derived from Middle English aker or Middle High German acker meaning "field".
ACKERMANN     German
Denoted a person who lived near a field, from Middle High German acker "field" and man "man".
ADAM     English, French, German, Polish, Romanian, Jewish
Derived from the given name ADAM.
ADENAUER     German
Denoted a person from the town of Adenau in Germany. The name of the town is of uncertain etymology.
ADLER     German, Jewish
Means "eagle" in German.
AHLERS     Low German
Means "son of ALARD".
ALBERT     English, French, Catalan, Hungarian, Romanian, German
Derived from the given name ALBERT.
ALBRECHT     German
From the given name ALBRECHT.
ALESHIRE     German
Anglicized form of ALSCHER.
ALSCHER     German
Means "son of ADALHEIDIS".
ALTHAUS     German
Name for a person dwelled in or by an old house, from German alt "old" and haus "house".
AMSEL (2)     German
Means "blackbird" in German.
ANDREAS     German
Derived from the given name ANDREAS.
ANDRES     German
Derived from the given name ANDREAS.
ARBEIT     German
From German arbeit meaning "work".
ARMBRÜSTER     German
Variant of ARMBRUSTER.
ARMBRUSTER     German
Means "crossbow maker" from German armbrust "crossbow". The word armbrust was originally from Latin arcuballista meaning "bow ballista", but was modified under the influence of German arm "arm" and brust "breast".
AUE     German
From German meaning "meadow by a river, wetland". There are many places with this name in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
AUER     German
From German aue meaning "meadow by a river, wetland".
AUGUSTIN     French, German
From the given name AUGUSTIN.
AUST     German
Derived from Aust, an archaic diminutive of AUGUST.
BAASCH     Low German
From Middle Low German baas meaning "boss".
BACH     German
Topographic name for someone who lived by a stream, from Middle High German bach meaning "stream". This name was borne by members of the Bach musical family, notably the composer Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750).
BACHMAN     German
Anglicized form of BACHMANN.
BACHMANN     German
Denoted a person who lived near a stream, from German bach "field" and mann "man".
BACHMEIER     German
Originally referred to a farmer whose farm was beside a stream, from Middle High German bach "stream" and meier "steward, tenant farmer".
BÄCKER     German
Variant of BECKER, mostly found in northern Germany.
BADER     German
Derived from Old High German bad "bath", most likely referring to a bath attendant.
BÄHR     German
From Middle High German bër "bear" or ber "boar". This was originally a nickname for a strong or brave person.
BAIER     German
Variant of BAYER.
BAMBACH     German
Variant of BAUMBACH.
BAUER     German
From Old High German bur meaning "peasant, farmer".
BAUERS     German
Variant of BAUER.
BAUM     German, Jewish
Means "tree" in German.
BAUMANN     German, Jewish
From Middle High German bumann meaning "farmer, builder".
BAUMBACH     German
From a place name meaning "tree stream" in German.
BAUMER     German
Means "tree" in German.
BAUMGARTEN     German
Variant of BAUMGARTNER.
BAUMGARTNER     German
Occupational name for a person who worked or lived at an orchard, from German Baumgarten "orchard" (derived from Baum "tree" and Garten "garden").
BAUMHAUER     German
Occupational name meaning "woodcutter", derived from German Baum "tree" and hauen "to chop".
BAYER     German
Originally denoted a person from Bavaria, from its German name BAYERN.
BECK (1)     English, German, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian
Cognate of BACH, from Middle English bekke (from Old Norse), Low German beke or Old Norse bekkr all meaning "stream".
BECK (2)     German
Variant of BECKER, from southern German beck.
BECKE     German
Variant of BECK (1) or BECK (2).
BECKENBAUER     German
Means "farmer living by a stream" in German.
BECKER     German
Derived from Middle High German becker meaning "baker".
BECKERT     German
Variant of BECKER.
BEHREND     German
Derived from the given name BERND.
BEHRENDS     German
Derived from the given name BERND.
BEHRINGER     German
From the given name BERENGAR.
BEITEL     German
Variant of BEUTEL.
BELTZ     German
Occupational name for a tanner of hides, derived from Middle High German belz meaning "fur".
BERG     German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
From a Germanic and Norse word meaning "mountain".
BERGER (2)     German, Dutch
Variant of BERG.
BERINGER     German, English
From the given name BERENGAR.
BERNHARD     German
From the given name BERNHARD.
BEST (2)     German
Derived from the name of the river Beste, meaning unknown.
BEUTEL     German
From Middle High German biutel meaning "bag", originally belonging to a person who made or sold bags.
BEYER     German
Variant of BAYER.
BEYERSDORF     German
Means "farmers village", from German Bauer meaning "farmer" and Dorf meaning "village".
BIEBER     German, Jewish
From Middle High German biber "beaver", possibly a nickname for a hard worker.
BIERMANN     German
Derived from German bier "beer" and mann "man". The name may have referred to a brewer or a tavern owner.
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
Occupational name for a worker of lead, derived from German blei "lead".
BLUM     German, Jewish
Means "flower" in German and Yiddish.
BLUMENTHAL     German, Jewish
Derived from German Blumen "flowers" and Thal "valley".
BÖCKER     German
Variant of BÖTTCHER.
BOEHLER     German
Variant of BÖHLER.
BÖHLER     German
Derived from the name of several German towns called Boll or Böhl, meaning "hill".
BÖHM     German
Originally indicated a person from the region of BOHEMIA (Böhmen in German).
BÖHME     German
Variant of BÖHM.
BÖHMER     German, Jewish
Variant of BÖHM.
BOHN     German
Occupational name for a bean grower, derived from Middle High German bone "bean".
BORCHARD     German
Derived from the given name BURKHARD.
BORCHARDT     German
Derived from the given name BURKHARD.
BÖSCH (1)     German
Derived from a diminutive of the given name SEBASTIAN.
BOSCH (1)     Dutch, Low German
Derived from Middle Dutch bosch meaning "wood, forest".
BÖTTCHER     German
Occupational name meaning "cooper, barrel maker" in German.
BRABAND     German
Derived from the name of the region of Brabant in the Netherlands and Belgium. It possibly means "ploughed region" or "marshy region" in Old High German.
BRAHMS     German
Derived from the given name ABRAHAM. A famous bearer of this surname was the German composer Johannes Brahms (1833-1887).
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     Low German
Derived from Middle Low German bruwer meaning "brewer".
BRAUN     German
Variant of BRUN.
BRAUNE     German
Variant of BRUN.
BREINER     German, Swedish
Occupational name derived from Middle High German brie "porridge".
BREISACHER     German
Originally denoted one who came from the town of Breisach, in Germany. The town's name is possibly from a Celtic word meaning "breakwater".
BREITBARTH     German
From Old High German breit "broad" and bart "beard", originally a nickname for someone with a full beard.
BRETZ     German
Indicated a person from the town of Breetz in Brandenburg, Germany. The meaning of the town's name is unknown.
BRINKERHOFF     German
From a German place name meaning "farm near a slope".
BRODBECK     German
Means "bread baker" from Middle High German brot "bread" and 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". It was originally a nickname for a person who had brown hair or skin.
BRUNE     German
Variant of BRUN.
BUCHHOLZ     German
From Middle High German buoche "beech" and holz "wood".
BUCKHOLTZ     German (Anglicized)
Anglicized form of BUCHHOLZ.
BUHR     Low German
Low German form of BAUER.
BUMGARNER     German
Variant of BAUMGARTNER.
BURGSTALLER     German
From German Burg "fortress, castle" and Stelle "place, position". This was a name given to a person dwelling at or near such a site.
BUSCH     German
Means "bush" in German, a name for someone who lived close to a thicket.
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". A famous of this surname was author Roald Dahl (1916-1990) who is mostly remembered for children's stories such as 'Matilda' and 'Henry Sugar'.
DENZEL     German
Variant of TANZER.
DERRICK     English, German
Derived from the given name Derrick, which is a form of DEREK. A famous bearer of this surname is the character of Stephan Derrick (played by Horst Tappert), the lead character in the German series 'Derrick'.
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.
DIRKS     Dutch, German
Means "son of DIRK".
DIRKSEN     Dutch, German
Means "son of DIRK".
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". A turner was a person who worked on a lathe and created small objects from wood or bone used for decoration.
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. A turner was a person who worked on a lathe and created small objects from wood or bone used for decoration.
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. The name was originally given to someone who lived on land cleared of forest.
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". Probably unrelated to the Old French word forest, which was derived from Latin, Old High German forst was derived from foraha meaning "fir tree".
FÖRSTNER     German
Denoted a keeper or one in charge of a forest (see FORST).
FOTH     Low German
From a nickname meaning "foot" in Low German.
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. The name most likely referred to someone outside the feudal system.
FREUD     German
Means "joy" in German. A famous bearer was the psychologist Sigmund Freud (1856-1939).
FREUDENBERGER     German
Means "friend of the mountain", from German freund, freud meaning "friend" and berg meaning "mountain". The name comes from the Baden/Bavarian area of Germany, as early at the 1400s, and can be found in not only Germany, but Austria and Switzerland as well, due to migration.
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". It was originally a nickname for a person with red hair.
FUHRMANN     German
Derived from Middle High German vuorman "cartwright".
FÜRST     German
Means "a prince" in German. The word fürst itself is derived from Old High German furisto "first".
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. This surname is common in Germany and Switzerland, as are its variants Garber and Garver... [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". The name might have referred to a person who worked at or lived close to a bell tower.
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". This name indicated a person who lived on or near a forest-covered mountain.
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". It also means "good spirit, good cheer". It was a name for an optimistic person.
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". This was an occupational name for one who grew or sold oats.
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". It was originally a nickname for a proud and pugnacious person.
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". It is a nickname for a timid person.
HASEK     German
Means "hare" from the German word haase.
HASENKAMP     German
Means "rabbit field", from Middle German hase "rabbit" and kamp "field". It was documented in the year 1300.
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", referring to a butcher or to a woodchopper.
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. It was a reference to a resident of a house with no land.
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. This was a nickname for a person who raised, herded, or hunted deer.
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     Danish, Low German, Dutch
Referred originally to a person from the region of Holstein (between Germany and Denmark). A famous bearer of this name was the English composer Gustav Holst (1874-1934).
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". The name was given to someone who lived close to a wood, or worked with wood.
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). This name is from southern Germany.
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
Means "son of JAN (1)".


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