German Submitted Surnames
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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).
From a short form of a personal name containing the Old High German element thank
Patronymic from the personal name Anger
. Habitational name for someone from the city of Angers.
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
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
the Germanic ethnic name for someone from Denmark
Habitational name for someone from Denning in Bavaria. Denning is related to Middle Low German denne meaning "wooded vale".
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.
From the given name Diel
, 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.
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
Topographic name for someone who lived in a place where thistles grew, from German Distel
"thistle" (see Distel
) and -er
, suffix denoting an inhabitant.
Variant of Dittmar
. In eastern Germany, this form has been used for Dittmar since the 15th century.
Derived from Middle Low German top
"pot". This is an occupational surname originally given to a potter.
Habitational name for someone from any of several places in Bavaria named Dörfling.
DOHRMANN Low German
North German topographic name for someone who lived by the gates of a town or city (see Thor
DONTH Low German (Rare)
Donth is a very rare surname that comes from Germany. No real information about this surname.
Topographic name for someone living near bushes or brush, from Middle High German doste, toste ‘leafy branch’, or a habitational name from a house with a sign depicting a bush. Also an altered spelling of Dasch
From a Germanic personal name formed with theud ‘people’, ‘race’ + hard ‘hardy’, ‘strong’ or hari, heri ‘army’
DREYFUSS German, Jewish
Originates from the German city of Trier. The Latin name for the city was "Treveris," whose pronunciation eventually developed into Dreyfuss. The spelling variants tend to correspond to the country the family was living in at the time the spelling was standardized: the use of one "s" tends to be more common among people of French origin, while the use of two tends to be found among those of German descent
Variant of Trux
, which itself is a contracted form of Truxes
and derived from the German word Truchsess
, ultimately from Middle High German truhsaeze
and Old High German truhtsazzo
"band; cohort; regiment" and saza
"seat; chair").... [more]
DUBACH German (Swiss)
A surname describing a person from the town of Tübach in St. Gallen, Switzerland.
DUCK English, Irish, Dutch, Low German, German
English from Middle English doke
, hence a nickname for someone with some fancied resemblance to a duck or a metonymic occupational name for someone who kept ducks or for a wild fowler. ... [more]
Derived from Middle Low German düster
"dark" combined with Old High German wald
From a Germanic personal name formed with the element agi ‘point (of a sword)’.
From a Germanic personal name composed of the elements agil
"edge", "point (of a sword)" + hard
"brave", "hardy", "strong" or ward "guard".
A Latinized joining of the German words irmin
(world, all-encompassing) and trud
German from Middle High German eich(e)
‘oak’, hence a topographic name for someone who lived near an oak tree. In some cases, it may be a habitational name for someone from any of several places named with this word, for example Eiche or Eichen, or for someone who lived at a house distinguished by the sign of an oak.
Habitational name from any of various places, notably one southeast of Heidelberg, named from Middle High German eichel meaning "acorn" + berc meaning "mountain", "hill", or topographic name for someone who lived on an oak-covered hill.
Habitational name for someone from any of the various places called Eichelberg.
EICHHORN German, Jewish
German topographic name for someone who lived on or near an oak-covered promontory, from Middle High German eich
(e) ‘oak’ + horn
‘horn’, ‘promontory’. German from Middle High German eichhorn
‘squirrel’ (from Old High German eihhurno
, a compound of eih
‘oak’ + urno
, from the ancient Germanic and Indo-European name of the animal, which was later wrongly associated with hurno
‘horn’); probably a nickname for someone thought to resemble the animal, or alternatively a habitational name for someone who lived at a house distinguished by the sign of a squirrel... [more]
Topographic name for someone who lived on or owned property surrounded by water, from Middle High German eilant
Derived from German Einhorn
(Middle High German einhorn
) "unicorn", denoting someone who lived at a house distinguished by the sign of a unicorn.
EINSTEIN German, Jewish
From German ein
meaning “one” and stein
meaning “stone”; also a habitational name from any of the various locations from Middle High German einsteinen
meaning “to enclose or surround with stone”... [more]
From a short pet form of the personal name Isenhart
, from Old High German isan
‘iron’ + hart
‘hardy’, ‘strong’. From Isenlin
, a compound of Middle High German isen
‘iron’ + the hypocoristic suffix -lin
, hence a nickname for a blacksmith, ironworker, or dealer in iron.
EISEN German, Jewish
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): metonymic occupational name for an ironworker or smith, or an ironmonger, from Middle High German isen
‘iron’, German Eisen
. It may also have been used as a nickname, with reference to the strength and hardness of iron or to its color, while as a Jewish name it was also adopted as an ornamental name from modern German Eisen
‘iron’ or the Yiddish cognate ayzn
EISENBERGER German, Jewish
Habitational name for someone from any of the several places called Eisenberg. As a Jewish name it is also an ornamental name.
ELICH German, American
Surname meaning "noble" from edelik
. Notable bearer is professional ice hockey player Matt Elich.
Respelling of German Elender
, a nickname for a stranger or newcomer, from Middle High German ellende
‘strange’, ‘foreign’, or a habitational name for someone from any of twenty places named Elend, denoting a remote settlement, as for example in the Harz Mountains or in Carinthia, Austria.
This name means "Black Alder Tree Courtyard" and was inspired by a tree in a yard at the family farm in Nettelstedt, Germany.
From a variant of the old personal name Elsung.
A topographic name for someone who lived by land where grain was grown, a status name for someone who owned such land, or a metonymic occupational name for someone who grew or dealt in grain.
ENGELBERT German, English, French
From a Germanic personal name composed of engel
) + berht
‘bright’, ‘famous’. The widespread popularity of the name in France during the Middle Ages was largely a result of the fact that it had been borne by a son-in-law of Charlemagne
; in the Rhineland it was more often given in memory of a bishop of Cologne (1216–25) of this name, who was martyred.
ENGLANDER German, Jewish
Ethnic name derived from German Engländer
, meaning 'Englishman', thus denoting an incomer from England. In some cases, the Jewish name may be an ornamental adoption.
Occupational name for a fruit grower or dealer, from Middle High German epfeler meaning "grower of or dealer in apples".
ERMAN German (Modern), French (Modern)
Erman is a shortened French adaption of the Swiss-German surname Ermendinger
, itself derived from the older surname Ermatinger
, a name connected to the village of Ermatingen on the Swiss shore of Lake Constance, and came into existence during the early or middle 18th century when Jean-Georges Ermendinger (1710-1767), a Swiss fur trader from Geneva, married into a French speaking Huguenotte family... [more]
ERMATINGER German (Swiss)
The surname Ermatinger derives from the village of Ermatingen on the Swiss shore of Lake Constance. It simply means "from Ermatingen".... [more]
The surname Ermendinger was derived from the older surname Ermatinger
, a name connected to the village of Ermatingen on the Swiss shore of Lake Constance, and came into existence at some point during the early 17th or late 16th century when a branch of the Ermatinger
family relocated from Schaffhausen, Switzerland, to Mulhouse, Alsace... [more]
ERNSBERGER German (Anglicized, Modern)
Also spelled (Ehrnsberger) has been said that a Christian Ernsberger or Ehrnsberger came to the U.S. in 1710 from Germany but i dont know from where in Germany.
South German: from a pet form of a personal name beginning with Ort-, from Old High German ort "point" (of a sword or lance)
ESAU Welsh, German
From the Biblical personal name Esau, meaning ‘hairy’ in Hebrew (Genesis 25:25).
ESCHER Dutch, German
German habitational name for someone from any of the various places called Esch, Esche, or Eschen.
German: byname or occupational name for someone who drove donkeys, from Middle High German esel
‘donkey’ + the agent suffix -er
ESS Low German, German (Swiss)
North German: topographic name for someone living on or owning land that was waterlogged or partly surrounded by water, from Middle Low German es ‘swamp’, ‘water’. ... [more]
EULER German, Jewish
Occupational name for a potter, most common in the Rhineland and Hesse, from Middle High German ul(n)ære
(an agent derivative of the dialect word ul
"pot", from Latin olla
FAHN Low German
Topographic name for someone who lived by a bog, from a Westphalian field name van
"marsh", or a habitational name from a place named with this word.
FALKENBERG German, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian (Rare)
Habitational name from any of several places, especially in eastern Germany and Bavaria, named from Old High German falk meaning "falcon" + berg meaning "mountain", "hill"; such place names are often associated with the presence of a castle, as falconry was a privilege of the nobility.
Habitational name from any of several places named from Old High German falke meaning "falcon" + hag meaning "hedge", "fencing". A place so named is documented west of Berlin in the 14th century.
Occupational name for a falconer, Middle High German vakenoere
. In medieval times falconry was a sport practised only by the nobility; it was the task of the falconer to look after the birds and train young ones.
North German: nickname for a reliable steadfast person, or from a short form of any of the various personal names beginning with the element fast ‘steadfast’, ‘firm’, for example Fastert.
FEDIE Low German
Originally spelled as 'Fidi' in Austria, later changed to Fedie when bearers of the name immigrated to the United States. The meaning of the name is "faith."
Occupational name for a filemaker, from Feil + the agent suffix -er.
FEIT German, Jewish
Variant of Veit
. Also, nickname from Middle High German feit ‘adorned’, ‘pretty’ (the same word as French fait, Latin factus).
This is the name of my great-great grandmother born in Germany, married to Andreas Lutz, also born in Germany.
Habitational name from a place called Fernau or Fernow.
Nickname for a fat man, from Middle Low German vett meaning "fat".
Habitational name for someone from any of the places called Feuerbach.
Feuerhahn comes from the Old High German words (fivr) meaning "fire" & (hano) meaning "cock".
This name comes from the German feuer meaning fire, and stein meaning stone. This was a name commonly given to a blacksmith.
Topographic name for someone who lived near pine trees (originally bei den Fichten, Feichten, or Feuchten), from Old High German fiohta
. The vowel of the first syllable underwent a variety of changes in different dialects.
FICHTER German (Austrian)
Habitational name deriving from places named with this word in Württemberg, Bavaria, Saxony, or Austria.
The Fichtner family name first began to be used in the German state of Bavaria. After the 12th century, hereditary surnames were adopted according to fairly general rules, and names that were derived from locations became particularly common
FIENE German, Low German
A nickname for an elegant person, from Middle Low German fin
, meaning ‘fine’. Can also be a locational name from several fields and places named Fiene.
FINGER English, German, Jewish
Probably applied as a nickname for a man who had some peculiarity of the fingers, such as possessing a supernumerary one or having lost one or more of them through injury, or for someone who was small in stature or considered insignificant... [more]
FINK German, Slovene, English, Jewish
Nickname for a lively or cheerful person, Jewish ornamental name derived from the Germanic word for "finch", and German translation of Slovene Šinkovec
which is from šcinkovec
From a place called Fischbach, or a topographic name from German meaning fisch
'fish' + bach
FLEISCHMAN German (Austrian)
Fleischman translates in English to Meat Man, or Butcher It is most often used with a single "n" for those who were persecuted as Jews. Other Germanic spellings for Christians and others not deemed Jewish are Fleischmann
, or Fleishmann
Flerchinger is a name with origins from the city of Flörschingen or Flörange in the Saarland region on the French and German border.
FLINT English, German
Topographic name for someone who lived near a significant outcrop of flint, Old English, Low German flint
, or a nickname for a hard-hearted or physically tough individual.
Floerke Name Meaning German (Flörke): from a pet form of the personal names Florian or Florentinus, from Latin Florus (from florere ‘to bloom’).Dictionary of American Family Names, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-508137-4... [more]
It is from Germany and it is based on the personal name Volz, which was popular in former times. It means son or descendant of a Volz or Folz
[Foust} maybe german. The Fout name can be traced back to Denmark.
In German means "stone of the Franks". The name appeared mostly in the regions of Westphalia and Rhineland. In Mary Shelley (1797-1851)'s "Frankenstein", the main character, Victor Frankenstein (1770-1793) and his family bore this name... [more]
Status name of the feudal system denoting a free man, as opposed to a bondsman, from an inflected form of Middle High German vri
Archaic occupational name, from Middle High German, Middle Low German vrier
, denoting a man who had the ceremonial duty of asking guests to a wedding.
Status name for a free man, as opposed to a bondsman or serf, in the feudal system, from Middle High German vri
Nickname for someone who was handsome, cheerful, or energetic, from Middle High German vrisch
nickname from Middle High German vruot ‘clever’, ‘astute’
FULBRIGHT German (Anglicized)
Americanized form of German surname Vollbrecht, composed of the elements folk ‘people’ + berht ‘bright’, ‘famous’
FURMAN Polish, Czech, Slovak, Jewish, Slovene, English, German (Anglicized)
Polish, Czech, Slovak, Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic), and Slovenian: occupational name for a carter or drayman, the driver of a horse-drawn delivery vehicle, from Polish, Yiddish, and Slovenian furman
, a loanword from German (see Fuhrmann
GALISHOFF Upper German, German (Austrian)
Derived from the ancient Roman name "Gallus", meaning "rooster" in Latin. "Hoff" meaning house combines the growing or tending to poultry on a farm house, hence the name "Galishoff" which has been modified over the millennia... [more]
GANZ German, German (Swiss)
Variant of Gans 'goose'. German: from a short form of the Germanic personal name Ganso, a cognate of modern German ganz 'whole', 'all'.
GASSER German (Swiss)
Occupational name for a goat herd from Middle High German geiz meaning "Goat" and (n)er an agent suffix.
Possibly an altered spelling of German Göttling
, from a Germanic personal name formed with god
‘god’ or god
‘good’ + -ling
suffix of affiliation, or, like Gättling
(of which this may also be an altered form), a nickname from Middle High German getlinc
Habitational name from any of various places named with Middle High German gau, göu ‘area of fertile agricultural land’.
Derived from Slavic gaj
"grove", this name denoted a forest warden.
From a Germanic given name composed of the elements geb
"gift" and hard
"hardy", "brave", "strong".
GELLER Yiddish, German, Russian
The name may derive from the German word "gellen" (to yell) and mean "one who yells." It may derive from the Yiddish word "gel" (yellow) and mean the "yellow man" or from the Yiddish word "geler," an expression for a redheaded man... [more]
German patronymic from a short form of a Germanic personal name beginning with the element gar
GERMAN English, Norman, German, Jewish, Greek
From Old French germain
meaning "German". This sometimes denoted an actual immigrant from Germany, but was also used to refer to a person who had trade or other connections with German-speaking lands... [more]
GERTSCH German (Swiss)
From a short form of any of the Germanic personal names formed with gēr
meaning ‘spear’, ‘lance’.
This is an old Germanic name meaning "spear wolf" (ger "spear" and wulf "wolf.")
From a shortened form of the Germanic personal name Gisulf
, literally "hostage wolf". It was borne by American actress Lillian Gish (?1893-1993), original name Lillian de Guiche.
Nickname from Middle High Geman glander meaning "gleam", "sparkle", "shine", for someone with such a temperament.
Meant "person who lives by a church bell-tower or in a house with the sign of a bell", "bell-ringer" or "town crier" (German Glocke
"bell"). It was borne by Sir William Glock (1908-2000), a British music administrator.
From an Old German personal name, Godilo, Godila.German (Gödel): from a pet form of a compound personal name beginning with the element god ‘good’ or god, got ‘god’.Variant of Godl or Gödl, South German variants of Gote, from Middle High German got(t)e, gö(t)te ‘godfather’.
GOEBBELS German, History
Originally an occupational name for a brewer. Paul Joseph Goebbels was a German politician and Reich Minister of Propaganda in Nazi Germany from 1933 to 1945.
GOEDEKE Low German
Low German surname composed of the element gode
and the diminutive suffix -ke
can mean either "good", "God" or "a Goth".
Patronym from a Germanic name: good or god + man.
GOLD English, German
From Old English, Old High German gold
"gold", applied as a metonymic occupational name for someone who worked in gold, i.e. a refiner, jeweler, or gilder, or as a nickname for someone who either had many gold possessions or bright yellow hair.
GOLDWATER German (Anglicized), Jewish (Anglicized)
This name is an Anglicized form of the German or Ashkenazic ornamental surname 'Goldwasser', or 'Goldvasser'. The name derives from the German or Yiddish gold', gold, with 'wasser', water, and is one of the very many such compound ornamental names formed with 'gold', such as 'Goldbaum', golden tree, 'Goldbert', golden hill, 'Goldkind', golden child, 'Goldrosen', golden roses, and 'Goldstern', golden star.
GOMBERT French, German
French and German: from Gundbert
, a Germanic personal name composed of the elements gund ‘battle’ + berht ‘bright’, ‘famous’. The name was relatively popular in both France and Germany during the Middle Ages, and was also adopted by Ashkenazic Jews... [more]
The name of a small town in Saxony. Derived from old Sorbian word "Zgorelc" meaning "settlement on a burned-out forest."
Topographic name for someone who lived by a dike or ditch, or habitational name from either of two places in Thuringia named with this word: Grabe and Graba.
Means "digger of ditches or graves" (from a derivative of Middle High German graben
"ditch"). A famous bearer was US actress, dancer and singer Betty Grable (1916-1973).
GRAF German, German (Swiss)
Status name from Middle High German grave
, which was used as a title denoting various more or less aristocratic dignitaries and officials. In later times it became established as a title of nobility equivalent to the Romance count... [more]
GRAPE Low German
Metonymic occupational name for a maker of metal or earthenware vessels, from Middle Low German grope
GRASS English, German
Topographic name for someone who owned or lived by a meadow, or a metonymic occupational name for someone who made or sold hay, from Middle English gras
, Middle High German gras
"grass, pasture, grazing".
GRAU German, Jewish
Nickname for someone with gray hair or a gray beard, from German grau
Habitational name from a place so named near Hannover.
Either from the northern form of Graf
, but more commonly a topographic name from Middle Low German grave
"ditch", "moat", "channel", or a habitational name from any of several places in northern Germany named with this word.
GRAWERT Low German, German (East Prussian)
As a Low German name, Grawert is derived from Middle High German grā
and Old High German grāo
"gray" (originally "shimmery, gleaming"). As a surname, it was a nickname given to someone with gray hair.... [more]
Means "stone from the cliff or ridge" from German greben
, (cliff or ridge) and stein
GREENBERGER German, Jewish
Anglicized form of the German surname Grünberger
, which is formed from the words grün
"mountain", and the habitational suffix -er. This name indicated a person who lived on or near a forest-covered mountain.
Nickname for an irritable or irascible person, from Middle High German, Middle Low German grellen
"to be angry".
Habitational name from a place named Grelle.
Nickname for an irritable, irascible person, from Middle High German, Middle Low German grellen
"to be angry".
From a nickname for a cheerful person, from Middle High German grille "cricket" (Old High German grillo, from Late Latin grillus, Greek gryllos). The insect is widely supposed to be of a cheerful disposition, no doubt because of its habit of infesting hearths and warm places... [more]
A nickname for a strong, heavy man, or for a lout, from Middle High German g(e)rop