Swiss Surnames

Swiss names are used in the country of Switzerland in central Europe.
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ABANOItalian
Originally denoted a person from the town of Abano, Latin Aponus, which was derived from the old Celtic root ab meaning "water".
ABATANGELOItalian
From Italian abate meaning "abbot, priest" combined with the given name ANGELO.
ABATANTUONOItalian
From Italian abate meaning "abbot, priest" combined with the given name ANTONIO.
ABATEItalian
From Italian abate meaning "abbot, priest", derived via Latin and Greek from an Aramaic word meaning "father". This was used either as a nickname or an occupational name for a worker in a priest's house.
ABATEGIOVANNIItalian
From Italian abate meaning "abbot, priest" combined with the given name GIOVANNI.
ABATESCIANNIItalian
From Italian abate meaning "abbot, priest" combined with the given name GIANNI.
ABBÀItalian
Variant of ABATE.
ABBADELLIItalian
Means "little abbot" from Italian abate and the diminutive suffix -elli.
ABBANDONATOItalian
Means "forsaken, abandoned" in Italian.
ABBATEItalian
Variant of ABATE.
ABBATICCHIOItalian
Means "little abbot" from Italian abate and the diminutive suffix -icchio, from Latin -iculus.
ABBIATIItalian
Originally a name for a person from the city of Abbiategrasso, near Milan in Italy, called Abiatum in Latin.
ABEL (1)English, French, Danish, Spanish
Derived from the given name ABEL.
ABEL (2)German
Derived from a diminutive of the given name ALBERT.
ABELLIItalian
From the given name ABELE.
ABELNGerman
Patronymic derived from a diminutive of ALBERT.
ABRAHAMJewish, English, German, French, Spanish, Dutch
Derived from the given name ABRAHAM.
ABRAMIItalian
Derived from the given name ABRAMO.
ABRAMOItalian
Derived from the given name ABRAMO.
ABTGerman
German cognate of ABATE.
ACARDIItalian
Derived from the Norman name Achard, a form of EKKEHARD.
ACCIAIItalian
Derived from medieval Italian accia meaning "axe", ultimately from Latin ascia.
ACCONCIOItalian
From the medieval Italian given names Accuntius or Acconcius, of uncertain meaning.
ACCORSIItalian
From the given name BONACCORSO.
ACCORSOItalian
From the given name BONACCORSO.
ACCURSIOItalian
From the given name BONACCORSO.
ACERBIItalian
From Italian acerbo meaning "bitter, harsh, severe".
ACHILLESGerman
Derived from the given name ACHILLES.
ACHTERBERGDutch, German
From the name of various places in the Netherlands and Germany, for example the village of achterberg in Utrecht. The place names are derived from Low German achter "behind" and berg "mountain, hill".
ACKERGerman, English
Denoted a person who lived near a field, derived from Middle English aker or Middle High German acker meaning "field".
ACKERMANNGerman
Denoted a person who lived near a field, from Middle High German acker "field" and man "man".
ACONEItalian
Possibly from the name of a harbour in Bithynia (in modern Turkey).
ACQUAItalian
Means "water" in Italian, indicating one who dwelt by or transported water.
ACQUAFREDDAItalian
Denoted a person who came from one of the various places in Italy with this name, derived from Italian meaning "cold water".
ACQUARONEItalian
Meaning uncertain, possibly from a place name or an occupation derived from Italian acqua "water".
ACQUATIItalian
From the name of a village, part of the city of Lecco in Lombardy. Its name is presumably derived from Italian acqua "water".
ADAMEnglish, French, German, Polish, Romanian, Jewish
Derived from the given name ADAM.
ADAMIItalian
Means "son of ADAMO".
ADAMOItalian
Italian form of ADAM.
ADAMOLIItalian
Diminutive form of ADAMI.
ADDARIOItalian
Derived from the given name Addarius, of unknown meaning.
ADELARDIItalian
Means "son of ADELARDO".
ADENAUERGerman
Denoted a person from the town of Adenau in Germany. The name of the town is of uncertain etymology.
ADESSOItalian
Perhaps a nickname for a punctual or fast person, from Italian adesso meaning "now, at this moment".
ADIMARIItalian
Means "son of ADEMARO".
ADLERGerman, Jewish
Means "eagle" in German.
ADRIATICOItalian
Originally denoted a person who lived near the Adriatic sea.
AFFINIItalian
From Latin affinis meaning "neighbouring, kindred".
AFRICANIItalian
Means "son of Africano", the Italian form of AFRICANUS.
AFRICANOItalian
From the given name Africano, the Italian form of AFRICANUS.
AGANIItalian
Means "son of Agano", a given name of unknown meaning.
AGGIOItalian
Possibly from the name Aggius, probably related to the Germanic name AGI.
AGLIItalian
From place names like Agliè, Aglietti, Agliana and Agliate, all originating from the Latin name Allius or Alleius.
AGNELLIItalian
From Italian agnello meaning "lamb" (ultimately from Latin agnus), denoting a pious or timid person.
AGNELLINIItalian
From a diminutive of AGNELLI.
AGNUSDEIItalian
From Latin Agnus Dei meaning "lamb of God". This was a nickname for someone who was particularly religious or someone who wore this symbol.
AGOSTIItalian
Means "son of Agosto", a variant of AUGUSTO.
AGOSTINIItalian
Means "son of AGOSTINO".
AGRESTAItalian
From Latin agrestis meaning "rural, rustic".
AGRICOLAItalian
From Latin agricola meaning "farmer".
AIELLOItalian
From various place names in Italy, such as Aiello del Friuli, Aiello del Sabato and others. They are derived from Latin agellus meaning "little field".
AIOLFIItalian
Means "son of Aiolfo", which is derived from the Germanic name AGILULF.
AIRALDIItalian
Means "son of AROLDO".
AIRÒItalian
From the given name AROLDO.
AITAItalian
Originally denoted a person from Aieta, Italy, a place name derived from Greek αετος (aetos) "eagle".
ALAGONAItalian
From the name of the Spanish region of Aragon, which was a medieval kingdom. The region was named for a river, which was itself derived from an Indo-European root meaning "water".
ALAMANNIItalian
From ALEMANNIA, the Latin name for Germany.
ALBANESIItalian
Originally indicated a person who came from ALBANIA.
ALBANIItalian
Derived from the given name ALBANO.
ALBANOItalian
Derived from the given name ALBANO.
ALBERICIItalian
Means "son of ALBERICO".
ALBEROItalian
From Italian albero meaning "tree", ultimately from Latin arbor, referring to someone who lived in the woods or worked as a woodcutter.
ALBERTEnglish, French, Catalan, Hungarian, Romanian, German
Derived from the given name ALBERT.
ALBINIItalian
Means "son of ALBINO".
ALBRECHTGerman
From the given name ALBRECHT.
ALDEBRANDIItalian
Means "son of Aldebrando", an Italian form of ALDEBRAND.
ALDERISIItalian
Means "son of Alderissius", a Latinized form of a Germanic name of unknown meaning.
ALDUINOItalian
Derived from the Italian given name Alduino, derived from the Germanic name ALDWIN.
ALEMAGNAItalian
From ALEMANNIA, the Latin name for Germany.
ALEPPOItalian
From the name of the Syrian city of Aleppo, which is from Arabic خالاب (Khalab), of uncertain meaning.
ALESCIItalian
Means "son of ALESSIO".
ALESCIOItalian
From the given name ALESSIO.
ALESHIREGerman
Anglicized form of ALSCHER.
ALESIItalian
Variant of ALESCI.
ALESINIItalian
Means "son of Alesino", a diminutive of ALESSIO.
ALFEROItalian
From the given name ADALFARUS.
ALIBERTIItalian
Means "son of ALBERTO".
ALINARIItalian
Means "son of Alinario", which is from the Germanic name ELLANHER.
ALIPRANDIItalian
Means "son of ALIPRAND".
ALLARDFrench, English
Derived from the given name ADALHARD (or the Old English cognate ÆÐELRÆD).
ALLEGRIItalian
From an Italian nickname derived from allegro meaning "quick, lively".
ALÒItalian
Variant of ALOI.
ALOIItalian
From a dialectal form of the name ALOISIO.
ALOIAItalian
Variant of ALOI.
ALOISIItalian
From the given name ALOISIO.
ALSCHERGerman
Means "son of ADALHEIDIS".
ALTAMURAItalian
From the name of the Italian city of Altamura, which means "high walls" in Italian.
ALTHAUSGerman
Name for a person dwelled in or by an old house, from German alt "old" and haus "house".
ALTIMARIItalian
Derived from the given name Altimaro, an alteration of ADELMAR.
ALTOVITIItalian (Rare)
Derived from the Lombard given name ALTWIDUS.
ALUNNIItalian
From Italian alunno meaning "student".
AMADEIItalian
Means "son of AMADEO".
AMADORIItalian
Means "son of AMATORE".
AMALBERTIItalian
Means "son of Amalberto", from the Germanic name AMALBERT.
AMANTEAItalian
From the name of a town in Calabria, Italy. It is possibly derived from Arabic (dating from the Arab raids of the 9th century) meaning "the fortress".
AMATOItalian
From the given name AMATO.
AMATOREItalian
From the given name AMATORE.
AMBROGIItalian
Means "son of AMBROGIO".
AMBROSIItalian
Means "son of AMBROGIO".
AMERIGHIItalian
Means "son of AMERIGO".
AMORETTOItalian
From a diminutive of the given name AMORE.
AMSEL (2)German
Means "blackbird" in German.
ANDRÉFrench
Derived from the given name ANDRÉ.
ANDREASGerman, Greek
Derived from the given name ANDREAS.
ANDRESGerman
Derived from the given name ANDREAS.
ANGIOLIItalian
Means "son of ANGIOLO".
ANSALDIItalian
Means "son of ANSALDO".
ANSELMETTIItalian
Means "son of Anselmetto", a diminutive of ANSELMO.
ANSELMIItalian
Means "son of ANSELMO".
ANTONINIItalian
Means "son of ANTONINO".
ANTONINOItalian
Derived from the given name ANTONINO.
AQUILAItalian
From a nickname meaning "eagle" in Italian.
AQUINOItalian, Spanish
From the name of an Italian town near Rome, derived from Latin aqua meaning "water", the home town of the 13th-century saint Thomas Aquinas. In Italy the surname is derived directly from the town's name. As a Spanish-language surname, it was sometimes bestowed by missionaries in honour of the saint as they evangelized in Spanish colonies.
ARBEITGerman
From German arbeit meaning "work".
ARBOREItalian
From Latin arbor meaning "tree".
ARCHAMBAULTFrench
From the archaic French given name Archambault, which is related to ARCHIBALD.
ARDICCIONIItalian
Means "son of Ardiccione", a derivative of ARDITO.
ARDIZZONEItalian
From a diminutive of the given name ARDITO.
ARDOVINIItalian
Means "son of ARDUINO".
ARENAItalian
Italian cognate of ARENAS.
ARLOTTIItalian
Means "son of ARLOTTO".
ARMANDOItalian, Portuguese, Spanish
Derived from the given name ARMANDO.
ARMANIItalian
Means "son of ERMANNO".
ARMATIItalian
From Italian armato meaning "armed, armoured, equipped".
ARMBRUSTERGerman
Means "crossbow maker" from German armbrust "crossbow". The word armbrust was originally from Latin arcuballista meaning "bow ballista", but was modified under the influence of German arm "arm" and brust "breast".
ARNOLFIItalian
Means "son of ARNOLFO".
ARNONIItalian
Means "son of Arnone" from the medieval name Arnone, of uncertain origin.
ARRIGHETTIItalian
Means "son of Arrighetto", a diminutive of the given name ARRIGO.
ARRIGHIItalian
Means "son of ARRIGO".
ARRIGUCCIItalian
Means "son of Arriguccio", a diminutive of the given name ARRIGO.
ARTHUREnglish, French
From the given name ARTHUR.
AUEGerman
From German meaning "meadow by a river, wetland". There are many places with this name in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
AUERGerman
From German aue meaning "meadow by a river, wetland".
AUGUSTINFrench, German
From the given name AUGUSTIN.
AUSTGerman
Derived from Aust, an archaic diminutive of AUGUST.
AZZARÀItalian
Sicilian name, derived from Greek dialects of southern Italy. It is from Greek ψαρας (psaras) meaning "fisherman".
BABINFrench
From the given name Babin, a medieval diminutive of BABYLAS.
BACHGerman
Topographic name for someone who lived by a stream, from Middle High German bach meaning "stream". This name was borne by members of the Bach musical family, notably the composer Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750).
BACHMANGerman
Anglicized form of BACHMANN.
BACHMANNGerman
Denoted a person who lived near a stream, from German bach "stream" and mann "man".
BACHMEIERGerman
Originally referred to a farmer whose farm was beside a stream, from Middle High German bach "stream" and meier "steward, tenant farmer".
BÄCKERGerman
Variant of BECKER, mostly found in northern Germany.
BADERGerman
Derived from Old High German bad "bath", most likely referring to a bath attendant.
BAGGIItalian
Variant of BAGGIO.
BAGGIOItalian
Originally denoted a person from the Italian town of Baggio (now part of Milan). It is probably derived from Latin Badalocum meaning "watch place".
BAGLIOItalian
Italian cognate of BAILEY.
BAGNIItalian
From Latin balnea "bath", referring to a person who worked as a bath house attendant.
BAGNOLIItalian
Diminutive form of BAGNI.
BÄHRGerman
From Middle High German bër "bear" or ber "boar". This was originally a nickname for a strong or brave person.
BAIERGerman
Variant of BAYER.
BALBONIItalian
Derived from the given name BALBINO.
BALDIItalian
Derived from the given name BALDO.
BALDINIItalian
Derived from the given name Baldino, a diminutive of BALDO.
BALDINOTTIItalian
Derived from the given name Baldinotto, from the Latin name Baldinoctus, a diminutive of BALDO.
BALDOVINIItalian
Derived from the given name BALDOVINO.
BANDINIItalian
From the Latin name Bandinus, a derivative of Bandus, which is of unknown meaning.
BANDONIItalian
From Italian bandone meaning "sheet of iron".
BARBIERIItalian
Italian cognate of BARBER.
BARONEItalian
From the title barone "baron", derived via Latin from Germanic baro "man, warrior, servant".
BARREFrench
French cognate of BARR.
BARSOTTIItalian
Meaning uncertain, possibly derived from the Germanic word baro "man, warrior, servant".
BARTALOTTIItalian
Means "son of Bartalotto", a diminutive of BARTOLO.
BARTOLOMEIItalian
Derived from the given name BARTOLOMEO.
BARTOLOMEOItalian
Derived from the given name BARTOLOMEO.
BASILEItalian
From the given name BASILIO.
BASSANELLIItalian
Diminutive form of BASSANI.
BASSANIItalian
Derived from the place name Bassano, belonging multiple villages in Italy.
BASSIItalian
Variant of BASSO, common in northern Italy.
BASSOItalian
Originally a nickname for a short person, from Latin bassus "thick, low".
BATTAGLIAItalian
From a nickname meaning "battle" in Italian.
BAUDINFrench
From the given name Baud, French form of BALDO.
BAUERGerman
From Old High German bur meaning "peasant, farmer".
BAUERSGerman
Variant of BAUER.
BAUMGerman, Jewish
Means "tree" in German.
BAUMANNGerman, Jewish
From Middle High German bumann meaning "farmer, builder".
BAUMBACHGerman
From a place name meaning "tree stream" in German.
BAUMERGerman
Variant of BAUM.
BAUMGARTNERGerman
Occupational name for a person who worked or lived at an orchard, from German Baumgarten "orchard" (derived from Baum "tree" and Garten "garden").
BAUMHAUERGerman
Occupational name meaning "woodcutter", derived from German Baum "tree" and hauen "to chop".
BAYERGerman
Originally denoted a person from Bavaria, from its German name BAYERN.
BAZZOLIItalian
From Italian bazza meaning "protruding chin".
BEAUCHÊNEFrench
From French place names derived from beau "beautiful" and chêne "oak".
BEAUFORTFrench
From various French place names derived from beau "beautiful" and fort "strong place, fortress".
BEAULIEUFrench
From various French place names derived from beau "beautiful" and lieu "place".
BEAUMONTFrench, English
From French place names derived from beau "beautiful" and mont "mountain".
BECK (1)English, German, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian
Cognate of BACH, from Middle English bekke (from Old Norse), Low German beke or Old Norse bekkr all meaning "stream".
BECK (2)German
Variant of BECKER, from southern German beck.
BECKENBAUERGerman
Means "farmer living by a stream" in German.
BECKERGerman
Derived from Middle High German becker meaning "baker".
BEHRENDGerman
Derived from the given name BERND.
BEHRENDSGerman
Derived from the given name BERND.
BEHRINGERGerman
From the given name BERENGAR.
BEITELGerman
Variant of BEUTEL.
BÉLANGERFrench
From the given name BÉRENGER.
BELLAMYFrench, English
From Old French bel ami meaning "beautiful friend".
BELLANDIItalian
Means "son of Bellando", from a medieval given name derived from Latin bellandus meaning "which is to be fought".
BELLANDINIItalian
Diminutive form of BELLANDI.
BELLEROSEFrench
Means "beautiful rose" in French.
BELLINCIONIItalian
Means "son of Bellincione", from a medieval name (borne for example by Dante's grandfather) which was probably a derivative of Italian bello "beautiful, fair".
BELLINIItalian
From Italian bello meaning "beautiful".
BELLOSpanish, Italian
Means "beautiful" in Spanish and Italian, originally a nickname for an attractive person.
BELLOMOItalian
From a nickname derived from Italian bello "beautiful, fair" and uomo "man".
BELLONIItalian
Augmented form of BELLO.
BELMONTFrench, English
French and English form of BELMONTE.
BELMONTESpanish, Italian
From various place names in Italy and Spain meaning "beautiful mountain".
BELTZGerman
Occupational name for a tanner of hides, derived from Middle High German belz meaning "fur".
BENCIVENNIItalian
Means "son of Bencivenne", from the medieval name Bencivenga, a Tuscan variant of BENVENUTO.
BENEDETTIItalian
From the given name BENEDETTO.
BENENATIItalian
Means "son of Benenato", given name derived from Latin bene "good, well" and natus "good".
BENETTONItalian
Northern Italian variant of BENEDETTI.
BENINIItalian
Means "son of Benino" from a diminutive of Bene or Beno, short forms of BENEDETTO.
BÉRANGERFrench
From the given name BÉRENGER.
BERARDIItalian
From the given name BERARDO.
BERGGerman, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
From a Germanic word meaning "mountain".
BERGAMASCHIItalian
Originally indicated an inhabitant of the city of BERGAMO in Lombardy.
BERGER (1)French
Occupational name meaning "shepherd", from Old French bergier.
BÉRINGERFrench
From the given name BÉRENGER.
BERINGERGerman, English
From the given name BERENGAR.
BERNARDFrench, English, Dutch, Czech
From the given name BERNARD.
BERNHARDGerman
From the given name BERNHARD.
BERTIItalian
Derived from the given name BERTO.
BERTOLINIItalian
Derived from a diminutive of the given name BERTOLDO.
BERTRANDFrench
Derived from the given name BERTRAND.
BEST (2)German
Derived from the name of the river Beste, meaning unknown.
BEUTELGerman
From Middle High German biutel meaning "bag", originally belonging to a person who made or sold bags.
BEYERGerman
Variant of BAYER.
BEYERSDORFGerman
Means "farmers village", from German Bauer meaning "farmer" and Dorf meaning "village".
BIAGIItalian
Means "son of BIAGIO".
BIANCARDIItalian
Italian form of BLANCHARD.
BIANCHIItalian
From Italian bianco meaning "white", originally given to a person who was white-haired or extremely pale.
BICCHIERIItalian
Means "drinking glasses" in Italian, referring originally to a person who made or sold them.
BIEBERGerman, Jewish
From Middle High German biber meaning "beaver", possibly a nickname for a hard worker.
BIERMANNGerman
Derived from German bier "beer" and mann "man". The name may have referred to a brewer or a tavern owner.
BIONDIItalian
Means "fair-haired, blond" in Italian. This name was borne by the American swimmer Matt Biondi (1965-).
BISCHOFFSGerman
German cognate of BISHOP.
BLAISEFrench
Derived from the given name BLAISE.
BLANCFrench
Means "white" in French. The name referred to a person who was pale, or whose hair was blond.
BLANCHARDFrench, English
Derived from the given name BLANCHARD.
BLANCHETFrench
From a diminutive of the name BLANC.
BLAUGerman
Means "blue" in German, most likely used to refer to a person who wore blue clothes.
BLECHERGerman
Occupational name for someone who worked with tin or sheet metal, from German blech "tin".
BLEIERGerman
Occupational name for a worker of lead, derived from German blei "lead".
BLUMGerman, Jewish
Means "flower" in German and Yiddish.
BLUMENTHALGerman, Jewish
Derived from German Blumen "flowers" and Thal "valley".
BOERIOItalian
From Italian boaro meaning "cowherd".
BÖHLERGerman
Derived from the name of several German towns called Boll or Böhl, meaning "hill".
BÖHMGerman
Originally indicated a person from the region of BOHEMIA (Böhmen in German).
BÖHMEGerman
Variant of BÖHM.
BOHNGerman
Occupational name for a bean grower, derived from Middle High German bone "bean".
BOIVINFrench
Nickname for a wine drinker, from Old French boi "to drink" and vin "wine".