Low German Surnames

These names are used in northern Germany and the eastern Netherlands where Low German is spoken. See also German names.
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AHLERS     Low German
Means "son of ALARD".
BAASCH     Low German
From Middle Low German baas meaning "boss".
BOSCH (1)     Dutch, Low German
Derived from Middle Dutch bosch meaning "wood, forest".
BRAUER     Low German
Derived from Middle Low German bruwer meaning "brewer".
BUHR     Low German
Low German form of BAUER.
FOTH     Low German
From a nickname meaning "foot" in Low German.
HOLST     Danish, Low German, Dutch
Referred originally to a person from the region of Holstein (between Germany and Denmark). A famous bearer of this name was the English composer Gustav Holst (1874-1934).
KOCK     Low German
Low German cognate of COOK.
KRÜGER (1)     Low German
In northern Germany: From Middle Low German kroger, kruger meaning "host".
LORENZEN     Danish, Low German
Means "son of LORENS".
MAAS     Dutch, Low German
From the given name MAAS.
MAS (2)     Dutch, Low German
Variant of MAAS.
MERTENS     Dutch, Low German, Flemish
From the given name MERTEN.
MÖLLER     Low German
Low German form of MÜLLER.
SCHERMER     Dutch, Low German
Occupational name for a fencer or swordsman, akin to Old High German skirmen "to defend".
SCHRÄDER     Low German
Variant of SCHRADER.
SCHRADER     Low German
From Middle Low German schrader or schroder meaning "tailor".
SCHRÖDER (1)     Low German
Northern German variant of SCHRADER.
SCHULT     Low German
Low German variant of SCHULTHEIß.
SCHULTE     Low German
Low German variant of SCHULTHEIß.
SOMMER (4)     Low German
From Middle Low German somer meaning "long and slim stake, pile, post".
STEEN     Low German
Low German variant of STEIN.
STEFFEN     Low German, English
Derived from the given name STEPHEN.
TIEDEMAN     Low German
Derived from the given name DIEDERICK.
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.
WEGENER     Low German
Low German variant of WAGNER.
WEGNER     Low German
Low German variant of WAGNER.
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