German Surnames

German names are used in Germany and other German-speaking areas such as Austria and Switzerland. See also about German names.
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KAISER     German
From Middle High German keiser meaning "emperor"... [more]
KALB     German
Means "calf" (the animal) in German.
KALBFLEISCH     German
Occupational surname that indicated a butcher who sold veal meat or a butcher who slaughtered calves... [more]
KAPPEL     German, Dutch
Means "a person who lives near or works at a chapel" from Middle High German kappel "chapel".
KARL     Dutch, German
From the given name KARL.
KASPAR     German, Slovene
Derived from the given name KASPAR.
KASSMEYER     German
From the Low German area around Paderborn... [more]
KÄSTNER     German
Means "cabinet maker" from German kasten "box".
KATZ     German
Derived from the German word Katze "cat".
KAUBE     German
From the name of a town, Kaub, in Germany.
KÄUFER     German
Variant of KAUFER
KAUFER     German
Means "a trader" in German.
KAUFFMANN     German, Jewish
Variant of KAUFMAN
KAUFMAN     German, Jewish
Means "merchant" in German.
KEIL     German
From the Middle Ages in Germany, it literally means "wedge shaped"... [more]
KELLER     German, Hungarian
From Middle High German këller meaning "cellar"... [more]
KEMPF     German
German form of KEMP... [more]
KERNER     German
Derived from German kern "seed"... [more]
KERPER     German
Variant of GERBER
KERWAR     German
Variant of GERBER
KERWER     German
Variant of GERBER
KIEFER (1)     German
Means "pine tree" in German.
KIEFER (2)     German
Derived from German kufe meaning "barrel"... [more]
KIRCHNER     German
Derived from Middle High German kirche "church"... [more]
KISTLER     German
Occupational name meaning "chest maker, cabinetmaker" in German.
KISTNER     German
Variant of KÄSTNER.
KLEID     German, Jewish
Occupational name for a tailor, from German Kleid meaning "garment, clothing".
KLEIN     German, Dutch, Jewish
Means "little" from German klein or Yiddish kleyn... [more]
KLOSSNER     German
Derived from German Klausner meaning "hermit".
KNEF     German
Occupational name for a shoemaker (derived from Low German knif meaning "shoemaker's knife").
KNEIB     German
Variant of KNEF
KNELLER     German
Originally a nickname for a noisy or disruptive person, derived from Old German knellen "to make noise, to cause a disturbance".
KNEPP     German
Variant of KNOPF
KNOCHENMUS     German
From German knochen "bone" and mus "sauce"... [more]
KNOPF     German
Means "button" in German, originally belonging to a button maker or button seller.
KNOPP     German
Variant of KNOPF
KOCH     German
From a German word meaning "cook". This is a very common German name.
KOCK     Low German
From Middle Low German kok meaning "cook".
KOENIG     German
German cognate of KING.
KÖHL     German
Variant of KOHL
KOHL     German
Derived from Middle High German kol "cabbage".
KÖHLER     German
Variant of KOHLER
KOHLER     German
From Middle High German koler meaning "charcoal burner" or "charcoal seller".
KOLBE     German
Means "mace" in German... [more]
KÖNIG     German
German cognate of KING, from Middle High German künnic, künec.
KÖNIGSMANN     German
Means a "king's man", or someone who played a king in a play.
KOPP     German
Derived from the given name JACOB.
KRAEMER     German
Variant of KRÄMER.
KRÄMER     German
From Middle High German kræmer, kramære, kromer and Middle Low German kramer, kremer, kromer meaning "shopkeeper, grocer".
KRAMER     German, Jewish
Variant of KRÄMER.
KRANTZ     Jewish, German, Dutch
Variant of KRANZ
KRANZ     Dutch, German
Derived from Middle High German kranz "wreath".
KRAUS     German
From Middle High German krus meaning "curly"... [more]
KRAUSE     German
Variant of KRAUS
KRAUSS     German
Variant of KRAUS
KRAUß     German
Variant of KRAUS
KREBS     German
German word meaning "crab", perhaps a nickname for a person with a crab-like walk.
KRON     German, Swedish
Means "crown", perhaps a nickname for one who worked in a royal household.
KRUCKEL     German
Nickname for a crippled person or someone who walked with a cane, from German krücke meaning "cane".
KRÜGER (1)     Low German
In northern Germany: From Middle Low German kroger, kruger meaning "host".
KRÜGER (2)     German
In southern Germany: Means "potter" from Middle High German kruoc meaning "jug, pot".
KRUGER     German
Variant of KRÜGER (1) and KRÜGER (2).
KRUSE (1)     German
Variant of KRAUS
KRUSE (2)     German
Occupational surname meaning "potter", from Middle High German kruse "pot, jug".
KÜCHLER     German
Occupational surname for a baker who made small cakes or cookies... [more]
KUHN     German
Derived from a diminutive of the German given name KONRAD.
KUNDERT     German
Derived from the given name KONRAD.
KUNKEL     German
Occupational name for a maker of spindles (Middle German kunkel "spindle", ultimately from Latin conus "cone").
KUNKLE     German
Variant of KUNKEL
KUNTZ     German
Derived from a nickname of KONRAD.
KUNZE     German
Derived from a nickname of the given name KONRAD.
KURZMANN     German
Means "short man" in German.
LABERENZ     German
Variant of LORENZ
LAFRENTZ     German
Variant of LORENZ
LAFRENZ     German
Variant of LORENZ
LANDAU     German, Jewish
Derived from the German town of Landau, which meant "land valley".
LANG     Danish, Norwegian, German
From Scandinavian lang, Middle High German lanc and Middle Low German lank all meaning "long"... [more]
LANGE     Danish, Norwegian, German
Variant of LANG
LANGENBERG     German, Swedish
Means "long mountain" in German.
LANGER     German, Jewish
German form of LONG.
LARENZ     German
Variant of LORENZ
LAURENZ     German
Variant of LORENZ
LAURITZ     German
Variant of LORENZ
LAWERENZ     German
Variant of LORENZ
LAWRENZ     German
Variant of LORENZ
LEHMANN     German
From Middle High German lehenman "vassal, liege man".
LEHRER     German, Jewish
German surname meaning "teacher".
LEITNER     German
Referred to one who dwells on the hillside; one who came from the Leite "slope"... [more]
LEITZ     German
Derived from the archaic given name Leutz, a form of LUTZ.
LEITZKE     German
Derived from either Leitzkau, a town close to Magdeburg, Germany, or from LEITZ.
LENZ     German
Means "springtime" in German, from a nickname.
LEVERENZ     German
Variant of LORENZ
LEWERENTZ     German
Variant of LORENZ
LEWERENZ     German
Variant of LORENZ
LICHTENBERG     German
From Low German licht "light" and berg "hill".
LIEBERENZ     German
Variant of LORENZ
LINDEN     German
Derived from German linde meaning "lime tree".
LOEWE     German
Variant of LÖWE.
LOHRENZ     German
Variant of LORENZ
LORENTZ     German
Variant of LORENZ
LORENZ     German
Derived from the German given name LORENZ.
LORENZEN     Low German
From northern Germany meaning "son of LORENZ".
LORIS     German
Variant of LORENZ
LORITZ     German
Variant of LORENZ
LÖWE     German
Means "lion" in German.
LUDWIG     German
From the German given name LUDWIG.
LUTHER     German
From the given name LEUTHAR.
MAAS     Dutch, Low German
From the given name MAAS.
MAIER     German, Jewish
Variant of MEYER (1).
MANDEL     German, Jewish
Variant of MENDEL; also means "an almond" in German.
MANDELBAUM     German, Jewish
Means "an almond tree" in German.
MANN     German, English
From a nickname meaning "man"... [more]
MARQUERING     Dutch, German
Derived from the given name Marquer, which was in turn derived from Marquard... [more]
MARTIN     English, French, German
Derived from the given name MARTIN.
MARTZ     German
Derived from an archaic diminutive of MARTIN.
MAS (2)     German, Dutch
Aphetic form of THOMAS.
MAURER     German
Occupational name meaning "wall builder" in German.
MAUS     German
From a nickname meaning "mouse" from the word mûs (Middle High German, Old High German).
MAYER (1)     German
Variant of MEYER (1).
MEIER     German, Jewish
Variant of MEYER (1).
MEIN     German
Derived from the given name MEINO.
MEINDL     German
Diminutive form of MEIN.
MEINHARDT     German
Derived from the given name MEINHARD.
MEISNER     German, Dutch
Variant of MEISSNER
MEISSNER     German
Means "a person from Meissen, Germany".
MELSBACH     German
German for "miller by the brook".
MENDEL     Jewish, German
Derived from the given name MENDEL... [more]
MENDELSOHN     Jewish, German
Means "son of MENDEL".
MENDELSSOHN     Jewish, German
Means "son of MENDEL".
MESSERLI     German
Occupational name for a cutler (a knife maker), from German Messer "knife".
MESSMANN     German
Occupational surname for one who made knives, from German messer "knife".
MESSNER     German
Occupational surname for a churchwarden.
METZ (1)     German
Occupational name for a cutler derived from Middle High German metze "knife".
METZ (2)     German
Derived from Mätz, a diminutive form of the given name MATTHIAS.
METZGER     German
Means "butcher" in German, given to people who practiced that profession.
MEYER (1)     German
From the Middle High German word mei(g)er which means "higher, superior" and was used for landholder's stewards or great farmers or leaseholders (nowadays a Meier is a dairy farmer)... [more]
MICHEL (1)     French, German, Dutch, Basque, Polish
Derived from the given name MICHEL, MITXEL or MICHAŁ.
MOHREN     Dutch, German
Dutch and German form of MOORE (2).
MÖLLER     Low German
Low German form of MÜLLER.
MORGENSTERN     German
German lexicon surname which means "morning star".
MOSER     German
Name for someone who lived near a peat bog, from the Middle High German word mos.
MUELLER     German
Variant of MÜLLER.
MUHLFELD     German
Means "mill field" German.
MÜLLER     German
German equivalent of MILLER... [more]
NAGEL     German, Dutch
Means "nail" in German and Dutch, and is probably related to the occupation of carpenter... [more]
NEUMAN     Jewish, German
Variant of NEUMANN
NEUMANN     German
From Middle High German niuwe and man "new man".
NUREMBERG     German
Derived from the name of a city in Germany... [more]
NUSSBAUM     German, Jewish
Means "nut tree" from the Germanic words nuß meaning "nut" and baum meaning "tree".
NUSSENBAUM     German, Jewish
Variant of NUSSBAUM
OBERST     German
Means "from the uppermost end of a village, top of a house" from the Middle High German ober, obar.
OELBERG     German
Means "oil hill" from the Germanic oel "oil" and berg "hill".
OHME     German
Means "uncle".
OLIVER     Catalan, English, French, German, Scottish
Derived from the given name OLIVER.
OPPENHEIMER     German
Means "from Oppenheim".
OTT     English, German
From the given name OTTO.
OTTO     German
From the German given name OTTO.
OURSLER     German
Anglicized form of URSLER
PAHLKE     German
Means "tall, thin, pole-like" from the Old French piel, although it may also have denoted a person who lived by a pole, or who worked with poles.
PAPKE     German
Means "pope" from the Latin papa... [more]
PAPP (2)     German
Means "glutton" from the Late Latin pappare meaning "to eat".
PATERNOSTER     English, French, German, Italian
Occupational name for a maker of rosaries, also called paternosters... [more]
PAUL     English, French, German, Dutch
From the given name PAUL.
PAULIS     Dutch, German
From Latin name Paulus (see PAUL).
PAWLITZKI     German
From the given name PAUL... [more]
PENZIG     German, Yiddish
Denotes a person who comes from Penzig, the German name for Pieńsk, a town in southwest Poland... [more]
PETER     English, German, Dutch
Derived from the given name PETER.
PETERS     English, German
Derived from the given name PETER.
PFAFF     German
Means "pope" in German. This may have been a nickname for a pious person.
PFENNING     German
Derived from the term pfenni(n)c or pfennig, meaning "penny"... [more]
PLANK     German, English
Means "plank" from the Latin plancus... [more]
PLETCHER     German
Originally a name for someone who lived by a field where cattle fodder was grown or else grew cattle fodder, from pletsch or bletsch.
PORSCHE     German
Derived from the given name BORIS.
PORTNER     German
Derived from German pfoertner, which means "gatekeeper".
PRINZ     German, Jewish
Means "prince", used as an ornamental surname by Jews or as a nickname for someone who acted in a princely manner.
PROTZ     German
Derived from an old German word meaning "snowy".
RADEMACHER     German
Variant of RADEMAKER
RADEMAKER     Dutch, German
From the old occupation of rademaker which referred to a person who made raden (singular rad, the old Dutch word for "wheel").
RAPP (2)     German, Jewish
Means "dark haired" or "raven-like".
RASKE     Danish, Dutch, German, Norwegian
Variant of RASK, used in Germany and the Netherlands.
RASKOB     German
Variant of RASKOPH
RASKOP     German
Variant of RASKOPH
RASKOPH     German
From a nickname meaning "hot head"... [more]
REGENBOGEN     German, Jewish
From the German word meaning "rainbow".
REIER     English, German
Variant of ROYER
REIHER     German
Variant of ROYER
REITER     German
Variant of REUTER (1).
RETTIG     German
Derived from Middle Low German redik for "radish"... [more]
REUTER (1)     German, Jewish
Means "dweller in a clearing" or "clearer of woodland" from the Middle High German riute.
REUTER (2)     German, Jewish
Means "highwayman" from the Middle High German riutœre.
RICHARD     English, French, German, Dutch
From the given name RICHARD.
RICHTER     German
From Middle High German rihtære meaning "judge".
RIER     English, German
Variant of ROYER
RIESE     German, Jewish
Means "giant" from German Riese.
RITTER     German
From the German word ritter meaning "rider, knight", a cognate of RYDER.
ROSE (1)     English, French, German, Scottish, Jewish
Means "rose" from the Middle English, Old French and Middle High German rose... [more]
ROSENBERG     German, Jewish
Means "mountain of roses" in German.
ROSENFELD     German, Jewish
Means "field of roses" in German.
ROT     German, Jewish
Variant of ROTH
ROTH     German, Jewish
From Middle High German rot meaning "red"... [more]
ROTHBAUER     German
From Middle High German roten "to clear land" and bur or bure "farmer".
ROTHENBERG     German, Jewish
Means "red mountain" from the German rot meaning "red" and berg meaning "mountain".
ROTHSCHILD     German, Jewish
Means "red shield, sign" from the German rot "red" and the German or Yiddish s(c)hild "sign, shield"... [more]
SACHS     German
From Old German sachs, which means "Saxon"... [more]
SALLER (1)     German
Means "from Sallern, Bavaria".
SALLER (2)     German
Means "(dweller by) a sallow tree" from the Middle High German salhe.
SALOMON     English, French, Italian, German, Danish, Norwegian, Polish, Jewish, Hungarian
Derived from the given name SALOMON.
SALZWEDEL     German
Means "from Salzwedel, Germany".
SAMSON     English, French, German, Jewish, Dutch
Derived from the name SAMSON.
SAMUEL     English, French, German, Jewish
Derived from the given name SAMUEL.
SANDER     German
Derived from the given name ALEXANDER.
SAUBER     German
Means "clean" in German... [more]
SCHÄFER     German
From Middle High German schæfære meaning "shepherd".
SCHEER     German
From a word meaning "shearer" or "cutter"... [more]
SCHEINBERG     German, Jewish
Means "lovely, beautiful mountain" from the German schön "fine, beautiful" and berg meaning "mountain".
SCHENCK     German, Dutch, Jewish
From Middle High German, Middle Dutch schenke meaning "wine server" (from Old High German scenken "to pour out")... [more]
SCHERMER     Dutch, Low German
Occupational name for a fencer or swordsman, akin to Old High German skirmen "to defend".
SCHINDLER     German, Jewish
Means "shingler, roof tiler"... [more]
SCHIRMER     German
Means "fencer, fencing master" from the Old High German skirmen meaning "to defend".
SCHLENDER     German
Means "to dawdle" from the Middle High German slinderen or "to swallow, eat" from the Middle Low German slinden.
SCHLIMME     German
Means "bad" from the German schlimme.
SCHLUSSER     German
Means "keeper of the keys" or "jailer" in German.
SCHMELING     German
Means "small, slender".
SCHMID     German
Variant of SCHMIDT
SCHMIDT     German
From the occupation of schmied, which means "smith, metalworker".
SCHMITT     German
Variant of SCHMIDT
SCHMITZ     German
Variant of SCHMIDT, originating in the Rhine area in western Germany.
SCHNEIDER (2)     German, Jewish
Means "tailor" from the German schneider or Yiddish shnayder.
SCHNOOR     German
Variant of SCHNUR
SCHNUR     German, Jewish
Means "rope maker" from the German schnur or Yiddish shnur.
SCHOETTMER     German
Means "from Schötmar, Germany".
SCHRÄDER     Low German
Variant of SCHRADER
SCHRADER     Low German
From Middle Low German schrader or schroder meaning "tailor".
SCHRECK     German
Means "to frighten, jump" from the Middle High German schrecken.
SCHREIER     German, Jewish
German and Yiddish word that means "screamer" or "shrieker" or "crier", perhaps an occupational name for a town crier... [more]
SCHRÖDER (1)     Low German
Northern German variant of SCHRADER
SCHRÖDER (2)     German
Southern German variant of SCHRÖTER
SCHROETER     German
Variant of SCHRÖTER
SCHRÖTER     German
From Middle High German schrotaere meaning "a carrier of wine or beer barrels".
SCHUBERT     German
Variant of SCHUCHARD
SCHUCHARD     German
From Middle High German schuochwürhte, schuochworhte, or schuchwarte meaning "shoemaker".
SCHUCHARDT     German
Variant of SCHUCHARD
SCHUCHERT     German
Variant of SCHUCHARD
SCHUHART     German
From the old German words schouch "shoe" and wurhte "maker"... [more]
SCHUHMACHER     German
From the Middle High German occupational name schuochmacher meaning "shoemaker".
SCHULER     German
Means "scholar, student priest" from the German Schule meaning "school".
SCHULT     Low German
Low German variant of SCHULTHEIß
SCHULTE     Low German
Low German variant of SCHULTHEIß
SCHULTES     German
Early New High German variant of SCHULTHEIß
SCHULTHEIS     German
Variant of SCHULTHEIß
SCHULTHEIß     German
Occupational surname derived from Middle High German schultheiße meaning "mayor, judge".
SCHULTZ     German
Variant of SCHULTHEIß
SCHULTZE     German
Variant of SCHULTHEIß
SCHULZ     German
Variant of SCHULTHEIß
SCHULZE     German
Variant of SCHULTHEIß
SCHUMACHER     German
Variant of SCHUHMACHER
SCHUSTER     German
From the Middle High German occupational name schuoster meaning "shoemaker".
SCHUTTMANN     German
Means "watchman, guard" from the Middle High German schützen.
SCHWANGAU     German
From a town in Germany that means "swan land".
SCHWARTZ     German
Variant of SCHWARZ
SCHWARZ     German, Jewish
From Middle High German swarz meaning "black"... [more]
SCHWARZENEGGER     German
Means "harrower of the dark fields" or "dark harrower of the fields" from the German schwarz meaning "dark, black" and egge meaning "harrow"... [more]
SCHWENKE     German
Derived from the Middle High German word swenke which means "to swing"... [more]
SCHWINGHAMMER     German
From German words for "swing" and "hammer"... [more]
SEELENFREUND     German, Jewish
Middle High German vriunt, modern German freund, meaning "friend" and modern German seele, meaning "soul".
SEIDEL     German, Jewish
From the German word seidel meaning "beer mug".
SENFT (1)     German
Means "mustard seller" from the German Senf(t).
SENFT (2)     German
Nickname for a helpful, kind person from the Middle High German senfte meaning "soft, accommodating".
SHEINFELD     German, Jewish
Means "lovely, beautiful field" from the German schön "fine, beautiful" and feld meaning "field".
SHRIVER     German
Occupational name referring to an official or public writer, from German schreiben "to write".
SIEGEL (1)     German
Means "maker of seals or signet rings".
SIEGEL (2)     German
Derived from diminutive forms of Germanic names beginning with the element sigi meaning "victory".
SIEKERT     German
Derived from the given name SIEGBERT.
SIEMON     German
Variant of SIMON
SILVERSTEIN     German, Jewish
Means "silver stone" from German Silber and Stein... [more]
SIMEN     German
Variant of SIMON
SIMMON     German
Variant of SIMON
SIMON     Czech, Dutch, English, French, German, Hungarian, Jewish
Derived from the Hebrew given name SIMON.
SIMONS     English, German
Derived from the given name SIMON.
SINASOHN     German, Jewish
Variant of SINASON
SISKIN     German, Jewish
Means "sweet child" from the words suess meaning "sweet" and kind meaning "child".
SISKIND     German, Jewish
Variant of SISKIN
SITZ (1)     German, Jewish
Derived from a given name beginning with the Germanic element sigi meaning "victory".
SITZ (2)     German, Jewish
Means "house owner" from the Middle High German siz "seat, domicile".
SLUSSER     German
Variant of SCHLUSSER
SOLBERG     Danish, German, Norwegian, Swedish
From the Germanic elements sol "sun" combined with berg "mountain".
SOMMER (1)     German
From Middle High German sumer and Middle Low German sommer meaning "summer"... [more]
SOMMER (2)     German
From Middle High German soumære, sommer and Middle Low German somer(e) meaning "sumpter, animal driver".
SOMMER (3)     German
From Middle High German sumber, sommer meaning "basket, wickerwork or drum".
SOMMER (4)     Low German
From Middle Low German somer meaning "long and slim stake, pile, post".
SONNEN     German
Means "sun" from the Middle High German sunne... [more]
SORG     German
Variant of SORGE


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