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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SIEMON German
Variant of SIMON.
SIMMON German
From the given name SIMON (1).
SIMON English, French, German, Dutch, Hungarian, Jewish
Derived from the given name SIMON (1).
SIMONEIT German
From the given name SIMON (1).
SIMONS English, German
Derived from the given name SIMON (1).
SITZ (1) German
Derived from a given name beginning with the Germanic element sigu meaning "victory".
SITZ (2) German
Means "house owner", derived from Old High German siz "seat, domicile".
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 or sommer meaning "basket, wickerwork, drum".
SONNEN German
Means "sun" from Middle High German sunne. It probably denoted someone of cheerful temperament or a person who lived in a sunny area.
SORG German
Variant of SORGE.
SORGE German
Means "worry, care, anxiety" in German, from Old High German sorga.
SOUTHERS German
Possibly an Americanized form of SAUTER.
SPANNAGEL German
Occupational name for a nailsmith, from Middle High German span nagel "connecting bolt".
SPECHT German
Means "woodpecker" in German.
SPELLMEYER German
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.
SPITZ German
Means "sharp" in German, indicating the original bearer lived near a pointed hill.
SPITZNAGEL German
Means "sharp nail" in German, an occupational name for a nailsmith.
SPITZNOGLE German
Americanized form of SPITZNAGEL.
SPONAUGLE German
Americanized form of SPANNAGEL.
STARK English, German
From a nickname meaning "strong, rigid", from Old English stearc or Old High German stark.
STAUSS German
Means "buttocks" from Middle High German stuz.
STEEN Low German
Low German variant of STEIN.
STEFFEN Low German, English
Derived from the given name STEPHEN.
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.
STEINMANN German
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.
STENGER German
Occupational name for a post maker, from Old High German stanga "pole".
STERN (2) German, Jewish
German cognate of STARR.
STEUBE German
Variant of STEUBEN.
STEUBEN German
Name for a dweller by a stump of a large tree, from Middle Low German stubbe "stub".
STIEBER German
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.
STOPPELBEIN German
Means "stump leg" from Middle Low German stoppel "stump" and bein "leg".
STRAUB German
From Old High German strub meaning "rough, unkempt".
STROBEL German
Diminutive form of STRAUB.
STROHKIRCH German
Means "straw church" in German.
STROMAN German
Means "straw man" in German, an occupational name for a seller of straw.
STUBER German
Occupational name for the owner of an inn, derived from Old High German stuba "room".
STÜCK German, Jewish
From Old High German stucki meaning "piece, part".
STUMPF German
Nickname for a short person or a topographic name someone who lived near a prominent stump, from Middle High German stumpf.
STURM German
Means "storm" in German, originally a nickname for a volatile person.
SUESS German
Variant of SÜß. A famous bearer was the American children's author Dr. Seuss (1904-1991), who was born Theodor Seuss Geisel.
SULZBACH German
Toponymic name from German places named Sulzbach meaning "salty stream", derived from Old High German sulza "salty water" and bah "stream".
SÜSS German
Variant of SÜß.
SÜß German
From Old High German suozi meaning "sweet".
SWANGO German
Americanized form of SCHWANGAU.
SWITZER German
Americanized form of SCHWEITZER.
TANGEMAN German
Originally indicated a person from a place named Tange in northern Germany.
TANZER German
Means "dancer" in German, derived from Middle High German tanzen "to dance".
TAUBE German
From a nickname meaning meaning "dove" in German.
TEUFEL German
From a nickname meaning "devil" in German, given to a mischievous person or one who was devil-like.
TIEDEMANN Low German
Derived from the given name TIEDEMANN.
TOBIAS English, German, Jewish
From the given name TOBIAS.
TOLKIEN German
Derived from the Saxon Tollkühn meaning "foolhardy". A famous bearer was the English author J. R. R. Tolkien (1892-1973).
TRITTEN German
Originally denoted someone who lived by a set of steps, from Middle High German trit "step".
TRUMBAUER German
Possibly from Middle High German trame "rafter, frame" and bauer "peasant, neighbour".
TSCHIDA German
Possibly derived from a Slavic given name of unknown meaning.
UNKLE German
Possibly denoted a person from the town of Unkel in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany.
UNRUH German
Refers to a restless, fidgety, nervous person, from German unruhe meaning "unrest".
UNTERBRINK Low German
Means "dweller under the slope" from Old Low German undar "under" and brink "edge, slope".
VIETH German
From the given name VEIT.
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.
VOGT German
Occupational name from Middle High German voget meaning "bailiff, lawyer", ultimately from Latin advocatus.
VOGTS German
Patronymic variant of VOGT.
VOIGT German
Variant of VOGT.
VOIGTS German
Patronymic variant of VOGT.
VOLK German
Derived from given names beginning with the Germanic element fulc meaning "people".
VOLL (2) German
Variant of VOLK.
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).
VON INGERSLEBEN German
Means "from Ingersleben", a town in Germany, which means "INGE's village".
VONNEGUT German
Possibly from the Germanic vonn meaning "hunting track" and gut meaning "good". A famous bearer was the American author Kurt Vonnegut (1922-2007).
VOSS German
From Middle Low German vos meaning "fox". It was originally a nickname for a clever person or a person with red hair.
VOß German
Variant of VOSS.
WÄGNER German
Variant of WAGNER.
WAGNER German
From Middle High German wagener meaning "wagon maker, cartwright". This name was borne by the German composer Richard Wagner (1813-1883).
WÄHNER German
Variant of WAGNER.
WAHNER German
Variant of WAGNER.
WALKENHORST German
Possibly derived from a German place name Falkenhorst, from Falken meaning "falcons" and Horst meaning "thicket".
WALTER English, German
Derived from the given name WALTER.
WALTHER German
From the given name WALTHER.
WALTZ German
From a diminutive of the given name WALTHER.
WANG (2) German, Dutch
From Middle High German and Middle Dutch wange meaning "cheek", possibly a nickname for someone with round or rosy cheeks.
WANG (3) German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
From Old High German wang or Old Norse vangr meaning "grassy slope, meadow".
WAXWEILER German
Denoted a person from Waxweiler, a village in the Eifel region of Germany.
WEBER German
German cognate of WEAVER (1).
WECHSLER German, Jewish
Means "money changer, banker", from German wechseln "to exchange".
WEDEKIND German
From the given name WIDUKIND.
WEEBER German
German cognate of WEAVER (1).
WEGENER Low German
Low German variant of WAGNER.
WEGNER Low German
Low German variant of WAGNER.
WEHNER German
Variant of WAGNER.
WEHNERT German
Variant of WAGNER.
WEHUNT German
Americanized form of German WIEGAND.
WEIGAND German
From the given name WIEGAND.
WEIMANN German
From German Wein meaning "wine", an occupational name for a wine seller or producer.
WEINER German
Variant of WAGNER.
WEISS German
From Middle High German wiz meaning "white". This was originally a nickname for a person with white hair or skin.
WEIß German
Variant of WEISS.
WELTER German
Derived from the given name WALTER.
WENDEL German
Derived from the given name WENDEL.
WENDELL German
Derived from the given name WENDEL.
WERNER German
From the given name WERNER.
WERNHER German
From the given name WERNER.
WEST English, German
Denoted a person who lived to the west of something, or who came from the west.
WETZEL German
From the given name WENZEL.
WIECK German
Means "village, town", derived from Latin vicus.
WIEGAND German
From the given name WIEGAND.
WILDGRUBE German
From the name of a German town, derived from German wild "wild, untamed" and Grube "hollow, pit".
WINKLER German
Derived from Old High German winkil meaning "corner".
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.
WIRNER German
From the given name WERNER.
WIRNHIER German
From the given name WERNER.
WIRT German
Variant of WIRTH.
WIRTH German, Jewish
Occupational name for an innkeeper, derived from German wirt meaning "host".
WOLF German, English
From Middle High German or Middle English wolf meaning "wolf", or else from a Germanic given name beginning with this element.
WOLTER German
From the given name WALTER.
WÖRNER German
From the given name WERNER.
WÖRNHÖR German
From the given name WERNER.
WRUCK German
From Middle Low German wrok meaning "cantankerous".
XYLANDER German
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.
YOUNT German (Anglicized)
Americanized form of JUNDT.
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 "man".