Swiss Surnames

Swiss names are used in the country of Switzerland in central Europe.
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STRAUBGerman
From Old High German strub meaning "rough, unkempt".
STROBELGerman
Diminutive form of STRAUB.
STROHKIRCHGerman
Means "straw church" in German.
STROMANGerman
Means "straw man" in German, an occupational name for a seller of straw.
STUBERGerman
Occupational name for the owner of an inn, derived from Old High German stuba "room".
STÜCKGerman, Jewish
From Old High German stucki meaning "piece, part".
STUMPFGerman
Nickname for a short person or a topographic name someone who lived near a prominent stump, from Middle High German stumpf.
STURMGerman
Means "storm" in German, originally a nickname for an volatile person.
SUESSGerman
Variant of SÜß. A famous bearer was the American children's author Dr. Seuss (1904-1991), who was born Theodor Seuss Geisel.
SULZBACHGerman
Toponymic name from German places named Sulzbach meaning "salty stream", derived from Old High German sulza "salty water" and bah "stream".
SÜSSGerman
Variant of SÜß.
SÜßGerman
From Old High German suozi meaning "sweet".
SWANGOGerman
Americanized form of SCHWANGAU.
SWITZERGerman
Americanized form of SCHWEITZER.
TAFANIItalian
From the nickname tafano meaning "gadfly", indicating an annoying person.
TAILLERFrench
Means "tailor" from Old French tailleur.
TAMAROItalian
Possibly from the Germanic given name THIETMAR. It is typical of the area around Trieste in northern Italy.
TAMBOIAItalian
Possibly means "drummer", from Italian tamburo meaning "drum".
TANGEMANGerman
Originally indicated a person from a place named Tange in northern Germany.
TANZERGerman
Means "dancer" in German, derived from Middle High German tanzen "to dance".
TANZIItalian
From a short form of the given name COSTANZO.
TARANTINOItalian
Locational name that originally designated a person who came from Taranto, a city in southeast Italy, which was originally called Ταρας (Taras) by Greek colonists. A famous bearer of this name is the American director Quentin Tarantino (1963-).
TASSEFrench
From Old French tasse "purse, bag", an occupational name for a maker or seller of purses.
TAUBEGerman
From a nickname meaning meaning "dove" in German.
TAVERNAItalian
From the place name Taverna, common in different parts of Italy. It means "inn, tavern" in Italian.
TEDESCOItalian
From Italian tedesco meaning "German".
TERRANOVAItalian
Means "new land" in Italian.
TERZIItalian
From the given name TERZO, or a name for a third child.
TESSAROItalian
Occupational name meaning "weaver", ultimately from Latin texarius.
TESTAItalian
From an Italian nickname meaning "head".
TEUFELGerman
From a nickname meaning "devil" in German, given to a mischievous person or one who was devil-like.
THAYERFrench
Americanized form of TAILLER.
THIBAULTFrench
Derived from the given name THIBAULT.
THOMASEnglish, French
Derived from the given name THOMAS.
TIRABOSCHIItalian
Possibly of Germanic origin meaning "shepherd". This surname is typical of Lombardy.
TIVOLIItalian
Derived from the resort town of Tivoli, near Rome, originally called Tibur in Latin, of uncertain origin.
TOBIASEnglish, German, Jewish
From the given name TOBIAS.
TODAROItalian
From a regional form of a given name Todaro, a variant of TEODORO. It is quite common in Sicily.
TOLKIENGerman
Derived from the Saxon Tollkühn meaning "foolhardy". A famous bearer was the English author J. R. R. Tolkien (1892-1973).
TOLONIItalian
Derived from the given name BARTOLOMEO.
TORNINCASAItalian
From a medieval Italian name given to a boy born after the death of a previous one, derived from Italian ritorna in casa "come back home".
TOSELLIItalian
Diminutive form of TOSI.
TOSETTIItalian
Diminutive form of TOSI.
TOSIItalian
Means "clean-shaven", usually denoting a younger man, from Latin tonsus "shaved".
TOSTOItalian
From a nickname for a tough, stubborn person, from Italian tosto "hard, tough".
TRAPANIItalian
From the name of the Sicilian city of Trapani, derived from Greek δρεπανη (drepane) meaning "sickle".
TRAVERFrench
French variant of TRAVERS.
TRAVEREFrench
French variant of TRAVERS.
TRAVERSEnglish, French
From an English and French place name that described a person who lived near a bridge or ford, or occasionally as an occupational name for the collector of tolls at such a location. The place name is derived from Old French traverser (which comes from Late Latin transversare), which means "to cross".
TRAVERSAItalian
Italian form of TRAVERS.
TRAVERSEFrench
French variant of TRAVERS.
TRAVERSIItalian
Italian form of TRAVERS.
TRAVERSINIItalian
Italian variant of TRAVERS.
TRAVERSOItalian
Italian form of TRAVERS.
TRAVERTFrench
French variant of TRAVERS.
TREMBLAYFrench
From French tremble meaning "aspen".
TRITTENGerman
Originally denoted someone who lived by a set of steps, from Middle High German trit "step".
TRUCCOItalian
Denoted a person coming from a place of this name in northern Italy.
TRUMBAUERGerman
Possibly from Middle High German trame "rafter, frame" and bauer "peasant, neighbour".
TSCHIDAGerman
Possibly derived from a Slavic given name of unknown meaning.
TUMICELLIItalian
Possibly from a diminutive of the given name BARTOLOMEO.
TURATIItalian
From the name of the town of Turate near Como in Lombardy.
TURCHIItalian
Means "Turkish" in Italian.
UBERTIItalian
Derived from the given name UBERTO.
UCCELLOItalian
Means "bird" in Italian, either a nickname for a person who resembled a bird or an occupational name for a birdcatcher.
UGGERIItalian
Derived from the given name EDGARDO.
UGHIItalian
From the given name UGO.
UNGARETTIItalian
Diminutive of UNGARO.
UNGAROItalian
Means "Hungarian" in Italian.
UNKLEGerman
Possibly denoted a person from the town of Unkel in Rhineland Palantinate, Germany.
UNRUHGerman
Refers to a restless, fidgety, nervous person, from German unruhe meaning "unrest".
VACCAItalian
Means "cow" in Italian, originally denoting a person who worked with cattle.
VACCAROItalian
Occupational name meaning "cowherd" in Italian.
VALENTIItalian
Patronymic from the given name Valente, an Italian form of VALENS. A famous bearer of the surname was Jack Valenti (1921-2007), advisor to American president Lyndon Johnson.
VALERIOItalian
From the given name VALERIO.
VARANOItalian
Derived from one of the many towns of this name in Italy.
VENTIMIGLIAItalian
From the name of the historical Italian city Ventimiglia, now near the French border, ultimately from Latin Albintimilium.
VENTURAItalian, Spanish, Portuguese
From the given names BONAVENTURA (Italian), BUENAVENTURA (Spanish) and BOAVENTURA (Portuguese).
VERONAItalian
From the name of the city of Verona, one of the most important historical cities of northern Italy. The meaning of the city's name is uncertain.
VESCOVIItalian
Derived from Italian vescovo meaning "bishop".
VESPAItalian
From an Italian nickname meaning "wasp".
VESTRIItalian
From the given name SILVESTRO.
VICARIOSpanish, Italian
Means "vicar" in Spanish and Italian, an ecclesiastic title used to denote a representative of a bishop. It is derived from Latin vicarius meaning "substitute, deputy".
VICOItalian
Means "town" in Italian, derived from Latin vicus.
VICTORFrench, English
Derived from the male given name VICTOR.
VIETHGerman
From the given name VEIT.
VIGOItalian
Variant of VICO.
VILLAItalian, Spanish
Means "town" in Italian and Spanish, from Latin. It was originally given to a person who came from a town, as opposed to the countryside.
VILLENEUVEFrench
French cognate of VILLANUEVA.
VINCENT (1)English, French
From the given name VINCENT.
VINCI (1)Italian
From the given name VINCENTE.
VINCI (2)Italian
Originally indicated a person from Vinci near Florence, the birthplace of Leonardo da Vinci.
VIOLAItalian
From the given name VIOLA.
VITALIItalian
From the given name VITALE.
VOCLAINFrench
From the Old French given name VAUQUELIN.
VOGELGerman, 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.
VOGTGerman
Occupational name from Middle High German voget meaning "bailiff, lawyer", ultimately from Latin advocatus.
VOGTSGerman
Patronymic variant of VOGT.
VOIGTGerman
Variant of VOGT.
VOIGTSGerman
Patronymic variant of VOGT.
VOLKGerman
Derived from given names beginning with the Germanic element fulc meaning "people".
VOLL (2)German
Variant of VOLK.
VOLTOLINIItalian
From the name of the alpine valley of Valtellina in Lombardy, northern Italy.
VON BRANDTGerman
Means "from the area cleared by fire", from Middle High German brant.
VON ESSENGerman
Means "from Essen", a city in Germany, possibly a derivative of Old High German asc meaning "ash tree".
VON GRIMMELSHAUSENGerman
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 INGERSLEBENGerman
Means "from Ingersleben", a town in Germany, which means "INGE's village".
VONNEGUTGerman
Possibly from the Germanic vonn meaning "hunting track" and gut meaning "good". A famous bearer was the American author Kurt Vonnegut (1922-2007).
VOSSGerman
From Middle Low German vos meaning "fox". It was originally a nickname for a clever person or a person with red hair.
VOßGerman
Variant of VOSS.
WAGNERGerman
From Middle High German wagener meaning "wagon maker, cartwright". This name was borne by the German composer Richard Wagner (1813-1883).
WAHNERGerman
Variant of WAGNER.
WALKENHORSTGerman
Possibly derived from a German place name Falkenhorst, from Falken meaning "falcons" and Horst meaning "thicket".
WALTEREnglish, German
Derived from the given name WALTER.
WALTHERGerman
From the given name WALTHER.
WALTZGerman
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".
WAXWEILERGerman
Denoted a person from Waxweiler, a village in the Eifel region of Germany.
WEBERGerman
German cognate of WEAVER (1).
WECHSLERGerman, Jewish
Means "money changer, banker", from German wechseln "to exchange".
WEDEKINDGerman
From the given name WIDUKIND.
WEEBERGerman
German cognate of WEAVER (1).
WEHNERGerman
Variant of WAGNER.
WEHUNTGerman
Americanized form of German WIEGAND.
WEIGANDGerman
From the given name WIEGAND.
WEIMANNGerman
From German Wein meaning "wine", an occupational name for a wine seller or producer.
WEINERGerman
Variant of WAGNER.
WEISSGerman
From Middle High German wiz meaning "white". This was originally a nickname for a person with white hair or skin.
WEIßGerman
Variant of WEISS.
WELTERGerman
Derived from the given name WALTER.
WENDELGerman
Derived from the given name WENDEL.
WENDELLGerman
Derived from the given name WENDEL.
WERNERGerman
From the given name WERNER.
WERNHERGerman
From the given name WERNER.
WESTEnglish, German
Denoted a person who lived to the west of something, or who came from the west.
WETZELGerman
From the given name WENZEL.
WIECKGerman
Means "village, town", derived from Latin vicus.
WIEGANDGerman
From the given name WIEGAND.
WILDGRUBEGerman
From the name of a German town, derived from German wild "wild, untamed" and Grube "hollow, pit".
WINKLERGerman
Derived from Old High German winkil meaning "corner".
WINTEREnglish, German, Swedish
From Old English winter or Old High German wintar meaning "winter". This was a nickname for a person with a cold personality.
WIRNERGerman
From the given name WERNER.
WIRNHIERGerman
From the given name WERNER.
WIRTGerman
Variant of WIRTH.
WIRTHGerman, Jewish
Occupational name for an innkeeper, derived from German wirt meaning "host".
WOLFGerman, English
From Middle High German or Middle English wolf meaning "wolf", or else from a Germanic given name beginning with this element.
WOLTERGerman
From the given name WALTER.
WÖRNERGerman
From the given name WERNER.
WÖRNHÖRGerman
From the given name WERNER.
WRUCKGerman
From Middle Low German wrok meaning "cantankerous".
XYLANDERGerman
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.
YOUNTGerman (Anglicized)
Americanized form of JUNDT.
ZANETTIItalian
Derived from a diminutive of the given name GIOVANNI. A famous bearer is Argentinian soccer player Javier Zanetti (1973-).
ZANGARIItalian
Southern Italian name, derived from Greek τσαγκαρης (tsankaris) meaning "shoemaker, cobbler".
ZAPPAItalian
From Italian zappa meaning "hoe, mattock", probably denoting a farmer. Two musicians of Italian origin have bore this name: Francesco Zappa (1717-1803) and Frank Zappa (1940-1993).
ZELLWEGERGerman (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-).
ZENIItalian
Means "son of ZENO".
ZIMMERMANNGerman, Jewish
From the German word for "carpenter", derived from Middle High German zimber "timber, wood" and mann "man".
ZINIItalian
Derived from names such as Lorenzino, a diminutive of LORENZO, or Vincenzino, a diminutive of VINCENZO.
ZINOItalian
Derived from the given name Zino, a short form of names ending with -zino, such as Lorenzino, a diminutive of LORENZO, or Vincenzino, a diminutive of VINCENZO.
ZUNINOItalian
Derived from the given name GIOVANNI.