SOMMER (1) German
From Middle High German sumer
and Middle Low German sommer
meaning "summer". This was a name for farmers who had to deliver their taxes in the summer or who had their fields in the south of the village.
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".
Means "sun" from Middle High German sunne
. It probably denoted someone of a cheerful temperament, though in some cases it could describe a person who lived in a sunny area.
Means "worry, care, anxiety" from Middle High German sorge
Means "nailsmith" from Middle High German span-nagel
The second element meyer
means "village headman". The first element is possibly from the Germanic spielen
meaning "to play, jest". Perhaps it referred to someone who was playing or acting as the village headman.
STARK English, German
From a nickname meaning "strong, brave" in Old German and Old English.
STEIN German, Jewish
From the Old High German word stein
meaning "stone". It is common in German-Jewish names like Bernstein and Orenstein.
Means "stone man" either used as an occupational name for a stone worker, a habitational name for a man who lived by a stone or as a nickname for a strong man. It most commonly a habitational name.
Means "dweller on a starry hill, mountain" from German stern
"star" and berg
Derived from the High German verb stiuben
"to escape". The name was given as a nickname to a cowardly person, or a thief.
STOPPELBEIN (2) German
Means "dweller by a tree stump on communal land" from the Middle Low German stoppel
"stump" and bein(t)
Means "rough, unkempt" from Middle High German strup
Means "rough, unkempt" from Middle High German strob
Means literally "straw church" in German. Apparently it is a German translation of a Swedish aristocratic name.
Occupational surname meaning "straw-dealer" in German.
Derived from German die Stube
"room". The name was most likely used to denote the owner of an inn.
SUESS German, Jewish
From a Jewish ornamental name from Middle High German süss
Toponymic name from places named Sulzbach, which were named such because the area had salty water, hence the meaning "salty brook".
Indicated a person from from Tange, Oldenburg. It can also be derived directly from Middle High German tange
meaning "sandy ridge between moors".
From a nickname meaning "devil", given to a mischievous person or one who was devil-like.
Derived from the Saxon Tollkühn
meaning "foolhardy". A famous bearer was author J. R. R. Tolkien (1892-1973).
Topographic name for someone who lived by a step or flight of steps, from Middle High German trit
Means "strong neighbour, peasant" from German trum
"strong" and bauer
Derived from a Slavic given name of unknown origin.
Denoted a person from the town of Unkel in Rhineland Palantinate, located near Bonn on the Rhine.
Refers to a restless, fidgety, nervous person, from German unruhe
Means "dweller under the slope, edge" from the Middle Low German unter
"under" and brinc
Originally a name designating a person from Ursel, Germany.
VANN (2) Dutch, German
Means "dweller by a water (a freshwater lake)" from Middle High German vann
From Middle High German vogel
meaning "bird". It was originally a nickname for a happy person.
From the Middle High German occupational name voget, vogt, voit
meaning "overseer, bailiff, lawyer".
Derived from given names that began with the Germanic element folk
VON BRANDT German
Means "from the area cleared by fire" from Middle High German brant
VON GRIMMELSHAUSEN German
Means "from Grimmel's houses", from von
meaning "from", Grimmel
, a name or place, alternatively a word of uncertain meaning, and hausen
, the plural of the word for "house".
Possibly means "(dweller by the) good hunting track" from the Germanic vonn
"hunting track" and gut
VON WEGBERG German
Means "from Wegberg", a small town in the state of Nordrhein-Westfalen in Germany, close to the border of the Netherlands.
VOSS Low German
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
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