SITZ (1) German
Derived from a given name beginning with the Germanic element sigu
SITZ (2) German
Means "house owner", derived from Old High German siz
SOMMER (1) German, English
Means "summer", from Old High German sumar
or Old English sumor
. This was a nickname for a cheerful person, someone who lived in a sunny spot, or a farmer who had to pay taxes in the summer.
SOMMER (2) German
From Middle High German sumber
meaning "basket, wickerwork, drum".
Means "sun" from Middle High German sunne
. It probably denoted someone of cheerful temperament or a person who lived in a sunny area.
Means "worry, care, anxiety" in German, from Old High German sorga
Occupational name for a nailsmith, from Middle High German span nagel
Possibly from German spielen
meaning "to play, to jest" combined with meyer
meaning "village headman". Perhaps it referred to someone who was played or acted as the village headman.
Means "sharp" in German, indicating the original bearer lived near a pointed hill.
Means "sharp nail" in German, an occupational name for a nailsmith.
STARK English, German
From a nickname meaning "strong, rigid", from Old English stearc
or Old High German stark
STEIN German, Jewish
From Old High German stein
meaning "stone". It might indicate the original bearer lived near a prominent stone or worked as a stonecutter. As a Jewish name it is ornamental.
Means "stone man" in German, used as a habitational name for a person who lived near a prominent stone or an occupational name for a stone worker.
Occupational name for a post maker, from Old High German stanga
Name for a dweller by a stump of a large tree, from Middle Low German stubbe
Derived from Middle High German stiuben
meaning "to run away". It may have been given as a nickname to a cowardly person or a thief.
Means "stump leg" from Middle Low German stoppel
"stump" and bein
From Old High German strub
meaning "rough, unkempt".
Means "straw man" in German, an occupational name for a seller of straw.
Occupational name for the owner of an inn, derived from Old High German stuba
Nickname for a short person or a topographic name someone who lived near a prominent stump, from Middle High German stumpf
Means "storm" in German, originally a nickname for a volatile person.
Variant of SÜß
. A famous bearer was the American children's author Dr. Seuss (1904-1991), who was born Theodor Seuss Geisel.
Toponymic name from German places named Sulzbach meaning "salty stream", derived from Old High German sulza
"salty water" and bah
From Old High German suozi
Originally indicated a person from a place named Tange in northern Germany.
Means "dancer" in German, derived from Middle High German tanzen
From a nickname meaning meaning "dove" in German.
From a nickname meaning "devil" in German, given to a mischievous person or one who was devil-like.
Derived from the Saxon Tollkühn
meaning "foolhardy". A famous bearer was the English author J. R. R. Tolkien (1892-1973).
Originally denoted someone who lived by a set of steps, from Middle High German trit
Possibly from Middle High German trame
"rafter, frame" and bauer
Possibly derived from a Slavic given name of unknown meaning.
Possibly denoted a person from the town of Unkel in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany.
Refers to a restless, fidgety, nervous person, from German unruhe
UNTERBRINK Low German
Means "dweller under the slope" from Old Low German undar
"under" and brink
VOGEL German, Dutch
From Old High German and Old Dutch fogal
meaning "bird". It was originally an occupational name for a bird catcher, or a nickname for a person who liked to sing.
Occupational name from Middle High German voget
meaning "bailiff, lawyer", ultimately from Latin advocatus
Derived from given names beginning with the Germanic element fulc
VON BRANDT German
Means "from the area cleared by fire", from Middle High German brant
VON ESSEN German
Means "from Essen", a city in Germany, possibly a derivative of Old High German asc
meaning "ash tree".
VON GRIMMELSHAUSEN German
Means "from Grimmelshausen", a town in Germany. It is itself derived from Grimmel
, of uncertain meaning, and hausen
meaning "houses". A famous bearer was the German author Hans Jakob Christoffel von Grimmelshausen (1621-1676).
Possibly from the Germanic vonn
meaning "hunting track" and gut
meaning "good". A famous bearer was the American author Kurt Vonnegut (1922-2007).
From Middle Low German vos
meaning "fox". It was originally a nickname for a clever person or a person with red hair.
From Middle High German wagener
meaning "wagon maker, cartwright". This name was borne by the German composer Richard Wagner (1813-1883).
Possibly derived from a German place name Falkenhorst
, from Falken
meaning "falcons" and Horst
WANG (2) German, Dutch
From Middle High German and Middle Dutch wange
meaning "cheek", possibly a nickname for someone with round or rosy cheeks.
Denoted a person from Waxweiler, a village in the Eifel region of Germany.
From German Wein
meaning "wine", an occupational name for a wine seller or producer.
From Middle High German wiz
meaning "white". This was originally a nickname for a person with white hair or skin.
WEST English, German
Denoted a person who lived to the west of something, or who came from the west.
Means "village, town", derived from Latin vicus
From the name of a German town, derived from German wild
"wild, untamed" and Grube
Derived from Old High German winkil
WINTER English, German, Swedish
From Old English winter
or Old High German wintar
meaning "winter". This was a nickname for a person with a cold personality.
WIRTH German, Jewish
Occupational name for an innkeeper, derived from German wirt
WOLF German, English
From Middle High German or Middle English wolf
meaning "wolf", or else from a Germanic given name beginning with this element.
From Middle Low German wrok
From Greek ξυλον (xylon)
meaning "wood, forest" and ανδρος (andros)
meaning "man". This surname was a Greek translation of German surnames of the same meaning.
ZELLWEGER German (Swiss)
Originally denoted a person from the Appenzell region of Switzerland. The place name is derived from Latin abbatis cella
meaning "estate of the abbot". A famous bearer is actress Renée Zellweger (1969-).
ZIMMERMANN German, Jewish
From the German word for "carpenter", derived from Middle High German zimber
"timber, wood" and mann