German Submitted 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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AACKER     German
Variant spelling of the surname Acker.
ABEGG     German, German (Swiss)
Topographic name for someone who lived near the corner of a mountain, from German ab meaning "off" and Egg, dialect form of Eck(e) meaning "promontory", "corner".
ABPLANALP     German, German (Swiss)
Topographic name for someone living high on a mountainside, from German ab- "below", "off" + Planalp "high, flat mountain-meadow".
ABRESCH     German, Dutch, Jewish
From a pet form of the Biblical name Abraham.
ABSHER     German
Absher comes from either the German surname Habich, which comes from the surname hawk. Literally meaning someone who had hawk-like features.
ACH     German
Topographic name for someone who lived by a spring or stream, from Old High German aha meaning "running water".
ACHENBACH     German
Habitational name from places in Hesse and Westphalia named Achenbach, from the obsolete word Ach or Ache (from Middle High German ahe meaning "water", "stream") + Bach meaning "brook".
ACORN     German
Origin uncertain; most probably an Americanized form of German Eichhorn.
AEBIG     German (Archaic)
Short form of Adalbert, used in the 16th century.
AERNI     German (Swiss)
Variant spelling of Ärni.
AHLBORN     German
From the old personal name Albern, from Germanic adal meaning "noble" and boran meaning "born".
ALDINGER     German
Habitational name for someone from Aldingen in Württemberg.
ALLEMAN     French (Cajun), Spanish (Canarian), German
From the French and Spanish word for "German". Believed to have originated in the Alsace-Lorraine region. Some holders of the name migrated to the Canary Islands and are part of the larger Isleños population that settled throughout the Americas... [more]
ALLEMANN     German (Swiss)
Allemann (also spelled Alleman, Allemand, Aléman, Allamont, Allemagne, Alemaye, Alemán, and Allamán) is a surname that can be found primarily in Switzerland deriving from the Latin surname, Alemannus, which refers to someone of Germanic descent, specifically from the Alamanni tribe... [more]
ALLENBACH     German, German (Swiss)
Habitational name from any of several places called Allenbach.
ALLENDORF     German
Habitational name from any of ten or more places called Allendorf.
ALLGEIER     German
The harried officials at Ellis Island began to assign surnames based upon the pronunciation of the name by the immigrant, rather than attempting to ferret out the actual spelling. ... [more]
ALMENDINGER     German, German (Swiss)
Habitational name for someone from a place called Allmendingen, of which there are two examples in Switzerland, in Bern canton, and one in Baden-Württemberg in Germany.
ALSCHEID     German
Probably originally a locational surname and a place name for a village which no longer exists. Alscheid (Luxembourgish: Alschent) is a village in the commune of Kiischpelt, in northern Luxembourg. As of 2001, the village had a population of 47.... [more]
ALTERS     German
Shortened form of Alterstein.
ALTERSTEIN     German
Means "old stone" in German.
ALTHOFF     German
A surname predominantly found in Westphalia and the Rhineland region of Germany which is derived from German alt "old" and Hof (Hoff in the local dialects) "farmstead; farm; manor".
ALTMEYER     German
Status name for an older steward, headman, or tenant farmer, as distinguished from a younger one, from Middle High German alt ‘old’ + meier ‘steward’, ‘headman’, ‘tenant farmer’
ALTRINGER     German
Habitational name for someone from a place called Altringen or Aldingen, of which there are two in Württemberg.
ALWARDT     German
From the personal name Adelward, composed of the Germanic elements adal ‘noble’ + ward ‘keeper’, ‘protector’.
AMES     English, German
English: from the Old French and Middle English personal name Amys, Amice, which is either directly from Latin amicus ‘friend’, used as a personal name, or via a Late Latin derivative of this, Amicius.... [more]
AMMANN     German
A contraction of Ambetmann, for a court official. If there is a double "M", the origin might be Swiss.
AMMER     German, English (Rare)
This surname may be derived from Middle High German amer which means "bunting (as in the bird)." As such, it is used as a nickname for someone with a fine voice or someone who is a flamboyant dresser.... [more]
AMREIN     German (Swiss)
Topographic name from am ‘at’ + Rain ‘edge of plowed land’.
AMSLER     American, German (Swiss)
As a Swiss German surname it is from the Swiss place name Amslen.
AMSPACHER     German
Habitational name for someone from a place called Amsbach
AMSTUTZ     German (Swiss), German (Austrian)
Topographic name for someone living near or at the foot of a steep mountainside, German am Stutz ‘at the escarpment’.
ANACKER     German
Nickname for a day laborer, as opposed to someone who owned fields, from Middle High German āne meaning "without" + acker meaning "field".
ANDES     German
Variant spelling of Anthes.
ANDROS     German (Swiss), Hungarian
Derivative of the personal name Andreas. Perhaps a reduced form of Greek Andronikos, Andronidis, or some other similar surname, all patronymics from Andreas.
ANGERHOFER     German
Habitational name for someone from Angerhof in Bavaria.
ANSCHÜTZ     German
Occupational name for someone whose job was to keep a dam or pool filled with water. (Anschützen "to fill up")
APPLER     German
Variant of Eppler.
APT     German, Yiddish
German: variant of Abt.... [more]
ARBEITER     German
Occupational name from Middle High German arbeiter ‘laborer’.
ARENSBERG     German
From Old High German arn 'eagle' and berg, 'mountain'.
ARFORD     German
Derived from town of Erfurt, Germany
ARLINGHAUS     German
Perhaps a habitational name from Oerlinghausen in North Rhine-Westphalia.
ARNDT     German
Derived from the personal name Arndt.
ÄRNI     German (Swiss)
From a much altered pet form of the personal name Arnold.
ASCHER     German
Derived from German asche meaning "ash" (tanners worked with ash)
AßMAN     German
Derived from the given name Erasmus + the... [more]
AU     Upper German, Swiss, German (Swiss), German (Austrian)
South German, Swiss, and Austrian topographic name from dialect Au ‘water meadow’, ‘stream’ (see Aue).
AUERBACH     German, Jewish
Topographical name for someone who lived by a stream (Middle High German bach) that was near a swamp or marsh (auer).
AUSSENDORF     German
Originated in Germany. Means "Out of the Village". First used in the year 1135.
AUT     Czech, German (Swiss), Russian, Catalan
Means "Hard Worker" in Czech.... [more]
AVEN     Scandinavian, English, German, Dutch, French (Anglicized)
Scandinavian: unexplained.... [more]
BACHHUBER     German (Rare)
German cognate of Brookhouse.
BAEDER     German (Austrian)
Means something like "bath house" which historically was associated with health or medicine.
BAER     German
Derived from Old High German bero "bear".
BAERTSCH     German
Means "loyalty".
BALDT     German (Rare)
Variant of Boldt.
BALSAM     German
Occupational name for a seller of spices and perfumes.
BALSAN     German
Variant of Balsam.
BALSANO     German (Austrian), Italian
The roots of the distinguished surname Balzano lie in Austria. The name derives itself from "Balthasar," the name of one of the three Magi who followed the star to Bethlehem, and was popular as both a first name and a family name during the 18th century.... [more]
BALSON     German
Variant of Balsam.
BARBE     German
From Middle High German barbe, the name of a species of fish resembling the carp; hence by metonymy an occupational name for a fisherman or fish dealer, or possibly a nickname for someone thought to resemble the fish in some way.
BÄRG     German
Variant of Berg.
BARNER     Low German
North German derivative of the old Germanic personal name Barnher or Bernher (see Berner).
BARTEK     Polish, Czech, Slovak, German
Polish, Czech, Slovak, and eastern German: from a pet form of a vernacular form of the personal name Bartolomaeus (Czech Bartoloměj, Polish Bartłomiej, German Bartolomäus)
BARWICK     English, German
English: habitational name from any of various places called Barwick, for example in Norfolk, Somerset, and West Yorkshire, from Old English bere ‘barley’ + wic ‘outlying farm’, i.e. a granary lying some distance away from the main village.... [more]
BAUERDICK     German
A surname originating from the Rhineland region of Germany. It is derived from German Bauer (Bur in the locals dialects) "farmer" and Deich (Diek and Dick in the local dialects) "levee" or Teich "pond"... [more]
BAUERSACK     German
Semi-Germanized form of the Polish surname Burczak, originally derived from Polish burczec "growl; shout".... [more]
BAUMKÖTTER     German (Modern)
From the German words 'Baum' meaning 'tree' and 'Kötter' a type of villager who dwelt in a cottage, similar to the Scottish Cotter. "Presumably a 'Baumkötter' earned money from a small orchard on their property."
BAY     English, French, Dutch, Scottish, German, Danish, Norwegian
English, French, and Dutch: nickname for someone with chestnut or auburn hair, from Middle English, Old French bay, bai, Middle Dutch bay ‘reddish brown’ (Latin badius, used originally of horses).... [more]
BAYERS     German
Variant of Bayer.
BEAS     German
Possibly also a variant spelling of German Bies.
BECHER     German
Shortened form of Becherer as well as a surname given to for someone who distilled or worked with pitch, in which case it is derived from Middle High German bech / pech "pitch".
BECHMANN     German (Rare)
Surname denoting someone who worked with pitch, from Middle High German bech / pech "pitch" and man, a suffix which can mean "man" or simply be used as a name suffix.
BEDSAUL     German
Americanized form of the German surname Petzold, which comes from a Slavic pet form of the name Peter.
BEEKMAN     German, Anglo-Saxon
This name derives from the pre 5th century Olde German and later Anglo-Saxon word "bah" or "baecc". This word describes a stream, or as a name specifically someone who lived or worked by a stream.
BEER     English, German, Dutch, German (Swiss)
Habitational name from any of the forty or so places in southwestern England called Beer(e) or Bear(e). Most of these derive their names from the West Saxon dative case, beara, of Old English bearu ‘grove’, ‘wood’ (the standard Old English dative bearwe being preserved in Barrow)... [more]
BEHN     German
From the German male personal name Behn, a shortened form of Bernhard. A famous bearer was the English novelist and dramatist Aphra Behn (1640-1689).
BEHNEN     German
Derived from the given name Bernhard.
BEHR     German, Dutch
German and Dutch variant of the personal name Bähr (see Baer).
BEHRENDT     German
Dutch and North German surname which is a variant of Behrend.
BEHRINGER     German
Habitational name for someone from either of two places called Behringen, near Soltau and in Thuringia, or from Böhringen in Württemberg.
BEIHL     English, German
Variant of BIEHL, a short form of BIEHLER.
BEINING     German
This famous surname, one of the earliest recorded in history, and recorded in over two hundred spellings from Benedicte, Benech and Bennet, to Banish, Beinosovitch and Vedyasov, derives from the Roman personal name "Benedictus", meaning blessed.
BELZER     German
Occupational name for a furrier, from an agent derivative of Middle High German bel(li)z "fur"
BENDER     German, German (East Prussian)
As a German surname, Bender is a regional occupational surname from the Rhineland area denoting a "barrel-maker" (the Standard German Fassbinder became "Fassbender" in the local dialects and ultimately was shortened to Bender).... [more]
BENNING     German
From the Germanic name Berno, which was derived from Old German "bero", meaning bear.
BENS     Dutch, German
Patronymic from a short form of Bernhard.
BENTS     German
Variant of Benz.
BENZ     German
South German: (in Alemannic areas) from a short form of the Germanic personal name Berthold, or to a lesser extent of Bernhard
BERBER     German
Possibly a habitational name from a place called Berber near Kevelaer.
BERENTZEN     German
The surname is derived from the given name Bernd and was formerly written "Bernd sin Sohn" which meant "son of Bernd". The spelling Berentzen developped through the years.
BERGDAHL     Swedish, German
Combination of Swedish berg "mountain, hill" and dal "valley".
BERGHOLD     German
Surname that denoted the owner of a vineyard.
BERGMANN     German, Swedish
German variant of BERG combined with the suffix mann "man" or a Swedish Variant of BERGMAN.
BERINGER     German
Variant spelling of BEHRINGER.
BERLIN     German, English, Swedish
Habitational name from the city in Germany, the name of which is of uncertain meaning. It is possibly derived from an Old Slavic stem berl- meaning swamp or from a West Slavic word meaning "river lake".... [more]
BERN     German, Scandinavian, German (Swiss)
German and Scandinavian: from the personal name Berno, a pet form of Bernhard. In South German it comes from the habitational name from Bern, Switzerland, notably in the south; in other parts from the personal name Berno.
BERNER     German, Low German
German habitational name, in Silesia denoting someone from a place called Berna (of which there are two examples); in southern Germany and Switzerland denoting someone from the Swiss city of Berne. ... [more]
BERNFIELD     German
An Americanized variant of the German surname, "Bergfeld", meaning "mountain field".
BERNIUS     German (Latinized), Lithuanian
German-Latinized form of Berner.... [more]
BERTRAM     German
Derived from the German given name Bertram.
BESKE     German
Likely derived from Peschke and Peske, vernacular forms of the given name Petrus.
BESSEL     German
Of uncertain origin; possibly from the name of a place or river.
BESSELMAN     German
Derived from the German surname BESSEL + suffix man "man".
BETZ     German
Derived from a Thuringian short form of the personal name Bernhard.
BEVER     German
Nickname from bever ‘beaver’, possibly referring to a hard worker, or from some other fancied resemblance to the animal.
BEY     French, German, Frisian, Muslim
North German and Frisian: from the Old Frisian personal name Beyo or Boy/Boye (see Boye).... [more]
BHAER     German
Likely a variant of German BAER, meaning "bear". A notable bearer is character Friedrich Bhaer, Jo's husband in Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.
BIBER     German
Varient of Bieber.
BIEBRICH     German
Town of Biebrich Germany
BIELER     German, Jewish
Jewish (Ashkenazic): habitational name from any of the many places in eastern Europe whose name incorporates the Slavic element byel- ‘white’.... [more]
BIERKLE     German (Anglicized), Polish (Anglicized)
The surname Bierkle is most likely an anglicized form of the Polish Bierkowski, or the German Bierkandt.... [more]
BILDERBACK     German (Modern, Archaic)
German: habitational name from any of the three places in northern Germany named Billderbeck, formerly Bilderbeck.... [more]
BILLARD     English, German
From a short form of the personal name Robillard, a derivative of Robert.... [more]
BINDER     German
From an agent derivative of binden "to bind".
BIRNBAUM     German
Topographic name for someone who lived by a pear tree, from Middle High German bir "pear" and boum "tree".
BISCHOFFSHAUSEN     German, German (Austrian), German (Swiss)
Means "bishop's house" in German
BITTENBENDER     German
Altered form of BITTENBINDER.
BITTENBINDER     German
Occupational name for a cooper, from Middle High German büte(n) "cask", "(wine) barrel" + binder "binder" (agent derivative of binden "to bind").
BITTERMAN     English, German
Name given to a person who was bitter.
BITTNER     German
Variant of BÜTTNER.
BLAKESMITH     German (Anglicized)
Derived from the German, Blechschmidt, it means "tin smith", and/or, blacksmith.
BLASIUS     German, Dutch, Scandinavian
From the Latin personal name Blasius. This was a Roman family name, originating as a byname for someone with some defect, either of speech or gait, from Latin blaesus "stammering" (compare Greek blaisos "bow-legged")... [more]
BLAU     German
From Middle High German blā "blue" (Old High German blāo), applied as a nickname with various senses: someone who habitually wore blue clothes, a dyer, someone with blue eyes, a sickly or pale person, someone with a bluish complexion resulting from poor circulation, etc.
BLAUM     German
German last name, likely a variant of the last name Blom or Blum, referring to the word flower/blooming.
BLAUSTEIN     German, Jewish
Ornamental name from German blau "blue" and Stein "stone", i.e. lapis lazuli.
BLITZ     German
This surname is presumed to be coming from a nickname for a fast runner or a quick tempered person, from German blitz(er) meaning "lightning" (ultimately from Middle High German blicze.)
BLUHM     German
German alternate spelling of the Italian surname, Blum meaning flower.
BLUME     German, English
Could be from the Jewish surname Blum of from Swedish Blom. It could also be from the English word bloom.
BOCK     German
Altered spelling of German Böck (see Boeck) or Bach.... [more]
BODEMAN     German
Bodeman is an occupational name meaning "adherent of the royal messenger".
BODEN     German, Low German
Patronymic from the personal name BODE or a topographic name for someone living in a valley bottom or the low-lying area of a field. From Middle High German boden "ground, bottom".
BODIN     German
Probably derived from various Germanic personal names beginning with Bod- "messenger", or from the habitational name Boddin, name of several places in Mecklenburg and Brandenburg.
BOEHM     German, Dutch, Jewish
Ethnic name for a native or inhabitant of Bohemia (now the western part of the Czech Republic), from Böhmen, German name of Bohemia (Middle High German Böheim, Beheim). This derives its name from the tribal name Baii + heim "homeland"; the Baii were a tribe, probably Celtic, who inhabited the region in the 1st century A.D. and were gradually displaced by Slavic settlers in the period up to the 5th century... [more]
BOETTCHER     German
Occupational name for a cooper, from Middle High German botecher, bötticher, bütticher, an agent derivative of botech(e), bottich, bütte "vat", "barrel".
BOIS     French, German
From French bois "forest"
BOLDING     English, German
Patronymic from Bold as a personal name.
BOLDT     German
From the Germanic personal name Baldo, a short form of the various compound names with the first element bald ‘bold’.
BOLT     Danish, German
Variant of Boldt.
BONGARD     German, French
In german a rhenish place name "Obstgarten" (orchard).... [more]
BONUS     French, German, Dutch
Humanistic Latinization of vernacular names meaning ‘good’, for example French Lebon or Dutch de Goede
BOOMHOUWER     German, Dutch
Boomhouwer, means "Cutter of Trees", or "The one who hews trees", having Boom translating into "tree", houw meaning to "hew" or to "cut", and er meaning "the one who".... [more]
BOOT     English, Dutch, German
English: metonymic occupational name for a maker or seller of boots, from Middle English, Old French bote (of unknown origin).... [more]
BORCHERT     German, English
Variant of Borchardt (see BURKHARD).
BORMANN     German
This surname is presumed to be a variant of Bornemann, which is made up of Middle Low German born meaning "spring" and man meaning "man," denoting someone who lived by a spring or a well.
BORSOK     Russian, Jewish, German (Austrian)
Pronouced "Boar-sook"... [more]
BOYE     English, German, Dutch, Frisian, Danish
From a Germanic personal name, Boio or Bogo, of uncertain origin. It may represent a variant of Bothe, with the regular Low German loss of the dental between vowels, but a cognate name appears to have existed in Old English, where this feature does not occur... [more]
BRÄGER     German
Habitational name for someone from Bräg in Bavaria.
BRANDENBURG     German (East Prussian, Rare)
From a state in eastern Germany, formerly known as Prussia, containing the capital city of Berlin. Ancient. Associated with the Margravate (Dukedom) of Brandenburg, the seat of power in the Holy Roman Empire... [more]
BRANDIS     German, Jewish, Swiss
German & Swiss: Habitational name from a former Brandis castle in Emmental near Bern, Switzerland, or from any of the places so named in Saxony, Germany. A famous bearer of the name is Jonathan Brandis (1976-2003).... [more]
BRANDNER     German
Variant of BRANTNER.
BRANNER     Danish, German, English
Danish variant of BRANDER and German variant of BRANTNER.
BRASE     German
North German variation of Brass.
BRASS     English, German
English (Northumberland): variant of Brace.... [more]
BRAUNDT     German
Variant of Brandt.
BRAUNERSHRITHER     German, Dutch, English
This name mean Leather (Tanned) Knight, or a fighter of leather armor, or in Dutch, Leather writer, one who branded print on leather
BRECHT     German
From a short form of any of various personal names formed with Germanic element berth " bright" "famous".
BREIDEGAM     German
"bridegroom"
BREIT     German
From Middle High German breit meaning "broad". a nickname for a stout or fat person.
BREITZMANN     German
Derived from the name of a town called "Britz" in Germany + the suffix "mann" for man.
BREUNIG     German, German (Austrian), American
Origin probably in Frankfurt am Main... [more]
BRINCK     German
Means "home on or near a hill".... [more]
BRINCLHOF     German
Variant of Brinkerhoff.
BRINER     German (Swiss)
Habitational name for someone from Brin in Grison canton (Graubünden) or from the Brin valley.
BROCKER     German
North German topographic name for someone who lived by a swamp, from Middle Low German brook bog + the suffix -er denoting an inhabitant.
BROCKMAN     German
German in origin, in heraldry a "brock" is represented by a badger. It could mean wet/water and man. It also has been said to mean broker.
BROOK     German, Dutch
Topographic name for someone who lived by a water meadow or marsh, from Low German brook, Dutch broek (cf. BRUCH).... [more]
BROOK     German, Jewish
Americanized spelling of German BRUCH and Jewish BRUCK.
BROTTMAN     German
Dr Mikita Brottman
BRUCH     German
Topographic name for someone who lived by a marsh or a stream that frequently flooded, from Middle High German bruoch "water meadow" or "marsh" (cognate to old English broc "brook", "stream" cf... [more]
BRÜCK     German
Topographic name for someone who lived near a bridge, or an occupational name for a bridge keeper or toll collector on a bridge, from Middle High German bruck(e) "bridge".
BRUCK     German
Variant of BRÜCK.
BRUCKER     German
Variant of BRÜCK.
BRUCKHEIMER     German (Rare)
Bruckheimer is a German surname and is for someone who lived near a bridge.... [more]
BRUCKNER     German
Topographic name for someone living by a bridge or an occupational name for a bridge toll collector; a variant of Bruck with the addition of the suffix -ner.
BRUDER     German
From a byname meaning "brother", occasionally used for a younger son, i.e. the brother of someone important, or for a guild member.
BRUECK     German
Variant of BRÜCK.
BRUECKMAN     Low German
it means "bridge man" or one who cares for a bridge
BRUEN     German
This is my 2nd great uncle's wife's Surname of German ancestry.
BRUNNER     German (Austrian)
Brunner came from Tyrolean and Bavarian place names, or Brno.... [more]
BRUNSWICK     English, German
English habitational name from the city in Saxony now known in German as Braunschweig. ... [more]
BUCH     German
Topographic name for someone who lived by a beech tree or beech wood, from Middle High German buoche, or a habitational name from any of the numerous places so named with this word, notably in Bavaria and Württemberg... [more]
BUCHER     German
Upper German surname denoting someone who lived by a beech tree or beech wood, derived from Middle High German buoche "beech tree".
BUCHWALDER     German, German (Swiss)
Buchwalder is a German Surname.
BUELTER     German, English
Middle European variant of Butler, also meaning "a vat or large trough used to contain wine." The name originated in southern Germany in the mid-seventeenth century.
BUERMEISTER     German
North German: status name for the mayor or chief magistrate of a town, from Middle Low German bur ‘inhabitant, dweller’, ‘neighbor’, ‘peasant’, ‘citizen’ + mester ‘master’.
BUETTNER     German
Variant of BÜTTNER.
BUNTING     English, German
English: nickname from some fancied resemblance to the songbird... [more]
BURDORF     German
Means little farmer in german
BURGER     English, German, Dutch
Status name for a freeman of a borough. From Middle English burg, Middle High German burc and Middle Dutch burch "fortified town". Also a German habitational name for someone from a place called Burg.
BURGMEIER     German
Occupational name for the tenant farmer of an estate belonging to a castle or fortified town, from Middle High German burc "(fortified) town, castle" and meier "tenant farmer" (see Meyer).
BURKHALTER     German
Topographic name composed of the Middle High German elements burc "castle" "protection" and halter from halde "slope".
BURKHARDT     German
Burk is German for "Strong", and hardt is the "heart of a castle".
BURMEISTER     German
North German: status name for the mayor or chief magistrate of a town, from Middle Low German bur ‘inhabitant, dweller’, ‘neighbor’, ‘peasant’, ‘citizen’ + mester ‘master’.
BUSSE     German, English
German: variant of Buss. ... [more]
BÜTTNER     German
Occupational name for a cooper or barrel-maker, an agent derivative of Middle High German büte(n) "cask", "wine barrel". This name occurs chiefly in eastern German-speaking regions.
BYERS     German (Anglicized)
Americanized spelling of German Bayers.
CABLE     English, German
English: metonymic occupational name for a maker of rope, especially the type of stout rope used in maritime applications, from Anglo-Norman French cable ‘cable’ (Late Latin capulum ‘halter’, of Arabic origin, but associated by folk etymology with Latin capere ‘to seize’).... [more]
CARLIN     Irish (Anglicized), Scottish, French, Swedish, Italian, Jewish (Anglicized), German
Irish (now also common in Scotland) anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Cairealláin, an Ulster family name, also sometimes Anglicized as Carlton, meaning ‘descendant of Caireallán’, a diminutive of the personal name Caireall... [more]
CARLING     Swedish, German
Swedish: from the personal name Karl + the common suffix of surnames -ing ‘belonging to’.... [more]
CARNER     German, English
Americanized spelling of German Karner or Körner (see Koerner).... [more]
CHRIST     German
From the Latin personal name Christus "Christ" (see Christian). The name Christ (Latin Christus) is from Greek Khristos, a derivative of khriein "to anoint", a calque of Hebrew mashiach "Messiah", which likewise means literally "the anointed".
CHRISTIAN     English, German, French
From the personal name Christian, a vernacular form of Latin Christianus "follower of Christ" (see Christ). This personal name was introduced into England following the Norman conquest, especially by Breton settlers... [more]
CHRISTL     German
Pet form of the given name Christian.
CLAASSEN     German
The name Claassen means "son of Klaus." It's primarily German, but it's also Dutch and Danish.
CLINKENBEARD     Low German
Possibly an Americanized form of North German Klingebiel, a variant of Klingbeil.
COARD     German
Derived from the first name Konrad.
COERS     German, Dutch
Derived from the given name Konrad
COLES     English, Scottish, Irish, German (Anglicized), English (American)
English: from a Middle English pet form of Nicholas.... [more]
CONRAD     German
Americanized spelling of KONRAD.
CONRADI     German, Danish, Norwegian
Latinization of a patronymic from the personal name Konrad.
COPPENHAVER     German
Americanized spelling, probably originally spelled Kopenhaver or Koppenhaver. Means "owner of a hill".
CORDS     German
Derived from the first name Konrad.
CORE     English (American), German (Anglicized)
Core is the anglicized form of the German surname Kohr, also spelled Kürr. Alternately, it is an English name of Flemish origin.
CRABB     English, Scottish, German, Dutch, Danish
English and Scottish, from Middle English crabbe, Old English crabba ‘crab’ (the crustacean), a nickname for someone with a peculiar gait. English and Scottish from Middle English crabbe ‘crabapple (tree)’ (probably of Old Norse origin), hence a topographic name for someone who lived by a crabapple tree... [more]
CRAMER     German, English
Variant of German surname KRÄMER.
CRAUWELS     Flemish, Dutch, German
Derrives from the Middle Dutch (medieval Dutch) word "crauwel" and Middle High German word "kröuwel" which means "flesh hook", "curved fork" or "trident". The word is no longer used. The first person with this name was most likely a farmer, butcher or a person that runned an inn or a hostel that was named after this tool.
CREMA     Italian, German
From the italian city "Crema"
CRESS     German, Jewish, Belarusian
The maiden name of my Great Grandmother.... [more]
CUSTER     German (Anglicized)
Anglicization of the German surname Köster or Küster, literally "sexton". A famous bearer was George Custer (1839-1876), the American cavalry general. General Custer and his army were defeated and killed by Sioux and Cheyenne forces under Sitting Bull in the Battle of Little Bighorn (1876; also known colloquially as Custer's Last Stand).
CYPHER     German (Anglicized, Rare)
Fanciful Americanized spelling of German Seifer.
DAHLKE     German
Eastern German: from a pet form of the Slavic personal names Dalibor or Dalimir, which are both derived from dal- ‘present’, ‘gift’.
DAHMER     German, Danish
A northern German or Danish habitual name for someone from one of the many places named Dahme in Brandenburg, Holstein, Mecklenburg, or Silesia. A famous bearer of this name was Jeffrey Dahmer, serial killer (1960 - 1993).
DALEIDEN     German, Dutch (Rare)
Habitational name from a place in the Rhineland called Daleiden.
DAMM     German
From a short form of a personal name containing the Old High German element thank "thanks", "reward".
DAMM     German, Danish
Topographic name from Middle High German damm "dike".
DANGERS     German
Patronymic from the personal name Anger. Habitational name for someone from the city of Angers.
DANSER     German, French, English
German: variant of Danzer. Altered spelling of English Dancer.... [more]
DANZ     German
Derived from a given name, a short form of the name Tandulf, the origins of which are uncertain. (In some cases, however, this surname may have originated as a nickname denoting a person who liked to dance, from the Middle High German word tanz, danz "dance".)
DÄNZER     German
Occupational name for a professional acrobat or entertainer; variant of Tanzer.
DAUM     German, Jewish
Nickname for a short person, from Middle High German doum "tap", "plug", or dume, German Daumen "thumb".
DECK     German
DEEL     Low German
Variant of Diehl.
DEGRAFFENRIED     German, German (Swiss)
Derived from a place in Switzerland. ... [more]
DEHN     German
the Germanic ethnic name for someone from Denmark
DENNINGER     German
Habitational name for someone from Denning in Bavaria. Denning is related to Middle Low German denne meaning "wooded vale".
DEPP     German
Derived from Germanic depp which is a nickname for a joker (person who plays jokes on others). A notable bearer is Johnny Depp, an American actor.
DEPPE     German
Variant spelling of Depp.
DERHODES     German
We think this is German or maybe French
DEUTCH     German (Rare), Jewish (Rare)
"German". Used as a last name for those who had none in the 17-18th century. Continues to today, albeit rarely.
DEXHEIMER     German
From the German village Dexheim (south of Mainz).
DIAMANT     German (Austrian), Jewish, German, English, French (?), Swedish (Rare), Russian (?)
A Jewish surname. It comes from the German word "diamant" meaning diamond. It is an occupational surname for a jeweller.
DICKERMAN     English, German, Jewish
Possibly derived from Middle High German dic(ke) "strong, thick" and Mann "man, male, husband".
DICKTER     German
From dichter, the German word for "poet".
DIDSCHUS     German (East Prussian)
East Prussian German name meaning "tall; big", from Old Prussian didis (or Old Prussian didszullis "the tall one").
DIECKMANN     German
"one who lives on a dike"
DIEHL     German
From the given name Diel, Tiel, from Thilo, a diminutive of given names beginning with Diet-, as such as Dietrich.
DIELMANN     German (Modern)
It was once spelled as "Dielhmann" and sometimes with one "n". The meaning is unknown, but when I used Google's translator "dielh" means "the" and "mann" was "man.
DIETERLIN     German
From "Dieterlein", a diminuative of the given name Dieter
DIETZ     German
From a short form of the personal name Dietrich.
DILLIE     German
Probably an altered spelling of Dilley or Dilly or possibly of German Dillier. A variant of Dilger.
DINJER     German (Rare)
Occupational surname that originated in the German dialect spoken in the Rhineland-Palatinate region. ... [more]
DISTEL     German, North German, Dutch
Topographic name for someone who lived by a patch of ground overgrown with thistles, or perhaps a nickname for a "prickly" person, from Middle High German, Middle Low German, Middle Dutch distel "thistle".
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