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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JANSON     German, Dutch, Swedish, English
Means "son of JAN (1)".
JANZ     German
Means "son of 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.
JUNDT     German
Derived from a diminutive of the feminine given name JUDITH.
JUNG     German
From Middle High German junc meaning "young".
JUNGE     German
Variant of JUNG.
KAHLER     German
From a nickname meaning "bald-headed" in German.
KAISER     German
From Middle High German keiser meaning "emperor". The word originates from the Latin name CAESAR.
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. In German kalb means "calf" and fleisch means "meat".
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. The ending of the name is derived from German meyer "farmer".
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
Means "wedge shaped" in German. It was used to denote a person who owned a wedge-shaped piece of land.
KELLER     German, Hungarian
From Middle High German këller meaning "cellar". This is either an occupational name for a cellarer or a name for a person who lived in a cellar.
KEMPF     German
German form of KEMP. In order to Americanize the name, some people dropped the letter f, altering the name to the English version.
KERNER     German
Derived from German kern "seed". It is an occupational name for one who sold or planted seeds.
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". This was an occupational name for a barrel maker.
KIRCHNER     German
Derived from Middle High German kirche "church". The name was probably given to someone who worked at a church or lived near one.
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. A famous bearer of this name is clothes designer Calvin Klein (1942-).
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". It probably referred to someone who worked in the butcher trade.
KNOPF     German
Means "button" in German, originally belonging to a button maker or button seller.
KNOPP     German
Variant of KNOPF.
KOCH     German
German cognate of COOK.
KOCK     Low German
Low German cognate of COOK.
KOENIG     German
German cognate of KING.
KOENIGSMANN     German
Variant of KÖNIGSMANN.
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. A mace is a heavy medieval war club with a spiked or flanged metal head, used to crush armour.
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". Originally a nickname for a person with curly hair.
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. It is derived from Middle High German kuoche "cake, pastry".
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". It was originally a nickname for a tall person or family.
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". This is the name of several places in Germany.
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
Derived from the given name LORENZ.
LORENZ     German
Derived from the given name LORENZ.
LORENZEN     Danish, Low German
Means "son of LORENS".
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 (1)     German
Variant of MEYER (1).
MANDEL     German, Jewish
Means "almond" in German.
MANN     German, English
From a nickname meaning "man". This may have originally been given in order to distinguish the bearer from a younger person with the same name.
MARKWARDT     German
Variant of MARQUARDT.
MARQUARDT     German
From Old German marka "border, boundary" and ward "protector". This was an occupational name for a border guard.
MARQUERING     Dutch, German
Possibly a derivative of MARQUARDT.
MARQUERINK     Dutch, German
Possibly a derivative of MARQUARDT.
MARTIN     English, French, German, Czech
Derived from the given name MARTIN.
MARTZ     German
Derived from an old diminutive of MARTIN.
MAS (2)     Dutch, Low German
Variant of MAAS.
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 (1)     German
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
Originally denoted a person from Meissen, Germany.
MELSBACH     German
Means "mill stream" in German.
MENDEL     Jewish, German
Derived from the given name MENDEL. A famous bearer was Gregor Mendel (1822-1884), a Czech monk and scientist who did experiments in genetics.
MENDELSOHN     Jewish, German
Means "son of MENDEL".
MENDELSSOHN     Jewish, German
Means "son of MENDEL".
MERTENS     Dutch, Low German, Flemish
From the given name MERTEN.
MESSER     German
Occupational surname for one who made knives, from German messer "knife".
MESSERLI     German (Swiss)
Swiss diminutive form of MESSER.
MESSMANN     German
Variant of MESSER.
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 meier meaning "higher, superior". It 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, Jewish
Ornamental surname meaning "morning star" in German.
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, derived from Middle High German mülnære or müller.
NAGEL     German, Dutch
Means "nail" in German and Dutch, and is probably related to the occupation of carpenter. It could also refer to a smith who specifically made nails.
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. It was first spelled Nurnberger and then Nuremberger.
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 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
Originally indicated a person from Oppenheim, Germany.
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 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 Latin papa. Usually denoting a pompous man or one who played the part in a play.
PAPP (2)     German
Means "glutton" from Late Latin pappare meaning "to eat".
PATERNOSTER     English, French, German, Italian
Occupational name for a maker of rosaries, also called paternosters. They are derived from the Latin phrase pater noster "our Father", the opening words of the Lord's Prayer.
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.
PENZIG     German, Yiddish
Denoted a person who came from Penzig, the German name for Pieńsk, a town in southwest Poland. Pieńsk is derived from Polish pień meaning "tree stump" or "tree trunk".
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". It was used in reference to feudal tax obligations.
PLANK     German, English
Means "plank" from Latin plancus. This could have referred to a person who lived by a plank bridge over a stream, someone who was as thin as a board, or a carpenter.
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
From a nickname meaning "showy, pompous", derived from an old southern German word meaning "toad".
RADEMACHER     German
Variant of RADEMAKER.
RADEMAKER     Dutch, German
From the old occupation of rademaker which referred to a person who made raden "wheels" (singular rad).
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". It occurs in the northern Eifel region in Rheinland.
REGENBOGEN     German, Jewish
From a 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". It is therefore occupational and applied to greengrocers.
REUTER (1)     German, Jewish
Means "dweller in a clearing" or "clearer of woodland" from Middle High German riute.
REUTER (2)     German, Jewish
Means "highwayman" from 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. All denote a person of a rosy complexion or a person who lived in an area abundant with roses... [more]
ROSENBERG     German, Jewish
Means "rose mountain" 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". It was originally a nickname for a person with red hair.
ROTHBAUER     German
From Middle High German roten "to clear land" and bur or bure "farmer".
ROTHENBERG     German, Jewish
Means "red mountain" from German rot meaning "red" and berg meaning "mountain".
ROTHSCHILD     German, Jewish
Means "red shield, sign" from German rot "red" and German or Yiddish s(c)hild "sign, shield". The surname originally came from a family who took their name from a house with a red shield or sign on it... [more]
SACHS     German
From Old German sachs, which means "Saxon". The Saxons were a Germanic tribe, their name ultimately deriving from the Old Germanic word sahs meaning "knife"... [more]
SALLER (1)     German
Originally denoted a person from Sallern, Bavaria.
SALLER (2)     German
Means "(dweller by) a sallow tree" from Middle High German salhe.
SALOMON     English, French, Italian, German, Danish, Norwegian, Polish, Jewish, Hungarian
Derived from the given name SALOMON.
SALZWEDEL     German
Originally denoted a person from Salzwedel, Germany, which is of Old Saxon origin meaning "salt ford".
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. Saüßer is the German spelling, Anglicized to Sauber.
SCHÄFER     German
From Middle High German schæfære meaning "shepherd".
SCHEER     German
From a word meaning "shearer" or "cutter". The word was used both for barbers, who cut hair, and tailors, who cut cloth to make garments.
SCHEINBERG     German, Jewish
Means "lovely, beautiful mountain" from 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"). As a German name it also denoted a tavernkeeper.
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". A famous bearer was Oskar Schindler (1908-1974), who saved over a thousand Polish Jews during World War II.
SCHIRMER     German
Means "fencer, fencing master" from Old High German skirmen meaning "to defend".
SCHLENDER     German
From Middle High German slinderen "to dawdle" or Middle Low German slinden "to swallow, eat".
SCHLIMME     German
Means "bad" from German schlimme.
SCHLUSSER     German
Means "keeper of the keys" or "jailer" in German.
SCHMELING     German
Means "small, slender" in German.
SCHMID     German
Variant of SCHMIDT.
SCHMIDT     German
Occupational name derived from Middle High German smit "smith, metalworker", a cognate of SMITH.
SCHMITT     German
Variant of SCHMIDT.
SCHMITZ     German
Variant of SCHMIDT, originating in the Rhine area in western Germany.
SCHNEIDER     German, Jewish
From German schneider or Yiddish shnayder, making it a cognate of SNYDER.
SCHNOOR     German
Variant of SCHNUR.
SCHNUR     German, Jewish
Means "rope maker" from German schnur or Yiddish shnur.
SCHOETTMER     German
Originally indicated a person 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 Middle High German schrecken.
SCHREIER     German, Jewish
German and Yiddish word meaning "screamer, shrieker, crier", perhaps an occupational name for a town crier. There are two main branches of people with the name: Lutherans from Bavaria, and Ashkenazi Jews from the area of the Austro-Hungarian Empire formerly known as Galicia, which is today in southwestern Ukraine.
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". This was a name given to cobblers.
SCHUHMACHER     German
From the Middle High German occupational name schuochmacher meaning "shoemaker".
SCHULER     German
Means "scholar, student priest" from 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
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 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". It originally described a person with black hair or a black complexion.
SCHWARZENEGGER     German
Means "harrower of the dark fields" or "dark harrower of the fields" from German schwarz meaning "dark, black" and egge meaning "harrow". A well-known bearer of this name is actor and politician Arnold Schwarzenegger.
SCHWENKE     German
Derived from the Middle High German word swenke which means "to swing". This was probably a hint at the gait of the person. Alternatively, it can be derived from the given name Sweneke, a Low German form of the name SWANHILD... [more]
SCHWINGHAMMER     German
From German words for "swing" and "hammer". This was originally a nickname for a blacksmith.
SEEGER     German
From the given name SIEGER.
SEELENFREUND     German, Jewish
From German seele meaning "soul" and freund meaning "friend".
SEIDEL     German, Jewish
From the German word seidel meaning "beer mug".
SENFT (1)     German
Means "mustard seller" from German Senf(t).
SENFT (2)     German
Nickname for a helpful, kind person from Middle High German senfte meaning "soft, accommodating".
SHEINFELD     German, Jewish
Means "lovely, beautiful field" from 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".
SIEGER     German
From the given name SIEGER.
SIEKERT     German
Derived from the given name SIEGBERT.
SIEMON     German
Variant of SIMON.
SILVERSTEIN     German, Jewish
Means "silver stone" from German Silber and Stein. It was adopted when Jews in Europe were compelled to take surnames in the early part of the 19th century.
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.
SISKIN     German, Jewish
Means "sweet child" from the words suess meaning "sweet" and kind meaning "child".
SISKIND     German, Jewish
Variant of SISKIN.


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