German (Silesian) Submitted Surnames

These names are a subset of German names used by speakers of Silesian German in the region of Silesia, eastern Germany. It is distinct from the Slavic Silesian language or dialect spoken in Poland and the Czech Republic.
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ADERS German (Silesian)
Variation of Eders, a topographic name for someone who lived on a patch of bare, uncultivated land, from Middle High German (o)ed(e) 'wasteland'. It may also be a habitational name from any of the numerous places named with this element.
BRUECKNER German, German (Silesian)
German (Brückner): from Middle Low German brugge, Middle High German brugge, brücke, brügge ‘bridge’ + the agent suffix -ner, hence a topographic name for someone living by a bridge, an occupational name for a bridge toll collector, or in the southeast (Silesia for example) a bridge keeper or repairer... [more]
EXNER German (Silesian)
Variant of Oxner (see OCHSNER).
GEISTER German (Silesian)
Occupational name for a goatherd, from an agent derivative of Geist
JASCHKE German (Silesian)
Possibly derivative from the given name JOHANNES
KNAUER German (Silesian)
Nickname for a gnarled person, from Middle High German knur(e) 'knot', 'gnarl'. habitational name for someone from either of two places in Thuringia called Knau.
NERGER German (Silesian)
My family name, Nerger, is listed in the "Deutsches Namenlexicon" by Hans Bahlow. The meaning, given in the lexicon, is "ernahrer" or provider.
NIETZSCHE German, German (Silesian)
Derived from a Silesian diminutive for the given name Nikolaus. A famous bearer was Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (1944-1900), a German philologist and philosopher.
THORN Low German, German, German (Silesian), Polish, Luxembourgish
In North German, Danish, and Luxembourgish, it is a habitational name for someone who lived near a tower, from Middle Low German torn "tower".... [more]
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