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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GUMP     German
Occupational name or nickname from Middle High German gumpen, gumpeln ‘to clown’. from a short form of a Germanic personal name formed with gund ‘battle’, ‘war’. Compare Gombert.
GUNZENHAUSER     German, Jewish
Habitational name for someone from either of two places named Gunzenhausen, one in Württemberg and the other in Bavaria.
GUST     German
German: from a short form of the personal name Jodocus, which is either a Latinized form of a Breton name, Iodoc, borne by a 7th-century Breton saint (compare Jost and Joyce) or from a reduced form of the personal name Augustus.... [more]
GUTHRIE     Scottish, Irish, German
Scottish: habitational name from a place near Forfar, named in Gaelic with gaothair ‘windy place’ (a derivative of gaoth ‘wind’) + the locative suffix -ach. Possibly an Anglicized form of Scottish Gaelic Mag Uchtre ‘son of Uchtre’, a personal name of uncertain origin, perhaps akin to uchtlach ‘child’.... [more]
GUTTENBERG     German, Jewish
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): habitational name from any of various places, for example in Bavaria, called Guttenberg, from the weak dative case (originally used after a preposition and article) of Old High German guot ‘good’ + berg ‘mountain’, ‘hill’... [more]
GUTTING     German
Of uncertain origin. Probably from a Germanic personal name formed with god "good" or god, got "god".
HABERKORN     German
Metonymic occupational name for a dealer in oats, from Middle High German haber(e) "oats" and korn "grain".
HABERMANN     German
Derived from Late Middle High German haber and Middle High German and Middle Low German haver(e) "oat" and man "man", this surname denoted someone who dealt in oat or who produced and dealt in oat groats, porridge or grits.
HABERMANN     German, Jewish
Occupational name for a grower or seller of oats, composed of the elements Haber and the agent suffix -mann.
HABSBURG     German
This surname may have been used by someone whose descendants originated from the House of Habsburg, which was one of the most important royal houses in Europe. It is assumed that the surname is derived from High German Habichtsburg meaning "hawk castle," but some historians and linguists believe that it may actually be derived from Middle High German hab/hap meaning "ford", as there is a river with a ford nearby.
HACKMANN     German, Jewish
Occupational name for a butcher or a woodcutter.
HAENER     German
Variant of HÄHNER or HÄNNER.
HAESSLY     German (Swiss)
Variant of Hässli.
HAFER     German, Jewish
Metonymic occupational name for a grower of or dealer in oats, from German Hafer "oats". Compare Haber. As a Jewish surname, it is in many cases ornamental.
HAGELBERG     German, Polish
Hagel means 'mountain' and berg means 'hail' or 'ice'.
HAGEMANN     German, Danish
1. German: topographic name for someone who lived by a hedge or enclosure, from Middle High German hac ‘enclosure’, ‘hedge’, Middle Low German hage + mann ‘man’. ... [more]
HAHM     German
Metonymic occupational name for a sealer of weights and measures, from Middle High German hāme ‘(standard) measure’.
HÄHNER     German
Pet form of HEINRICH.
HAHNER     German
Occupational name for a poultry farmer, from an agent derivative of Middle High German hane "rooster".
HAHNER     German
Habitational name for someone from any of several places called Hahn or Hag.
HAID     German
HALBERSTADT     German
Habitational name from any of various places so named, notably the city near Magdeburg and Halberstadt near Königstein in Saxony.
HALBROCK     Low German
Variation of Holbrook.
HAMBERG     German, Danish, Jewish
German, Danish, and Jewish (Ashkenazic) habitational name from any of several places named Hamberg. Jewish (Ashkenazic) variant of Hamburg.
HAMBERGER     German, Jewish
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic) habitational name for someone from any of various places named Hamberg. Jewish (Ashkenazic) variant of Hamburger.
HAMBURG     German, Jewish
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic) habitational name from the great city and port at the mouth of the river Elbe, named with the Germanic elements ham ‘water meadow’ + burg ‘fortress’, ‘fortified town’.
HAMBURGER     German, Jewish
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic) habitational name for someone from Hamburg.
HAMEL     Yiddish, Dutch, German
The name Hamel has three origins.... [more]
HAMER     English, German
From the town of Hamer in Lancashire from the old english word Hamor combining "Rock" and "Crag". It is also used in Germany and other places in Europe, possibly meaning a maker of Hammers.
HAMMER     German, English, Jewish
From Middle High German hamer, Yiddish hamer, a metonymic occupational name for a maker or user of hammers, for example in a forge, or nickname for a forceful person.
HAMMERSCHMIDT     German, Jewish
Occupational name for a blacksmith, from German hamer, 'hammer' and schmidt, 'smith. See Hammersmith.
HAMMERSMITH     German, English
Normally an anglicization of German Hammerschmidt. Perhaps also from Norwegian Hammersmed.... [more]
HAMP     English, German
English: unexplained; compare Hemp.... [more]
HÄNDEL     German
Derived from HANS or HEINRICH.
HÄNER     German
Variant of HANNER.
HANER     German
Altered spelling or variant of HAHNER.
HÄNNER     German
Pet form of HEINRICH.
HANNER     German
From a pet form of Hann, short form of JOHANN.
HARBACH     German
Habitational name from any of several places named Harbach.
HARDEKOP     German (Rare)
Derived from Middle High German hart "hard" and kopf "head". As a surname, it was given to a hard-headed, stubborn person.
HARLESS     English, German
English: probably a variant spelling of Arliss, a nickname from Middle English earles ‘earless’, probably denoting someone who was deaf rather than one literally without ears.
HARMSE     Dutch, Low German
The surname Harmse is derived from Harms or Harm, a Low-German / Niederdeutsch surname or name. In Plattdeutsch/Low Saxon the word sine is used as a possessive construction, hence Harmse indicates that it is the child of Harms, Harm, or Harmensze... [more]
HAROLD     English, Norman, German
English from the Old English personal name Hereweald, its Old Norse equivalent Haraldr, or the Continental form Herold introduced to Britain by the Normans. These all go back to a Germanic personal name composed of the elements heri, hari ‘army’ + wald ‘rule’, which is attested in Europe from an early date; the Roman historian Tacitus records a certain Cariovalda, chief of the Germanic tribe of the Batavi, as early as the 1st century ad... [more]
HARTMAN     German
Variant of Hartmann.
HASH     German
HASSELBACH     German
Habitational name from any of the places in various parts of Germany called Hasselbach.
HASSLACHER     German
hass=hate; lacher=laughter... [more]
HÄSSLI     German (Swiss), French (Rare)
Swiss German diminutive form of Haas. This is a French surname via Alsace-Lorraine. A notable bearer is French footballer (soccer player) Eric Hassli (1981-).
HATTENDORF     German, Jewish
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): habitational name from places called Hattendorf, near Alsfeld and near Hannover. The element hatt, had means ‘bog’
HAUCK     German
Derived from the first name Hugo.
HAUEIS     German
Derived from Middle High German houwen "to beat" and isen "iron". This surname denoted a smith.
HAUS     German
Topographic and occupational name for someone who lived and worked in a great house, from Middle High German, Middle Low German hus "house" (see House).
HAUSCH     German
From the Germanic personal name Huso, a short form of a compound name composed with hus ‘house’, ‘dwelling’ as the first element.
HAUSER     German, Jewish
From Middle High German hus "house", German haus, + the suffix -er, denoting someone who gives shelter or protection.
HAUSLE     German (Austrian)
Topographical name for someone who's House was near the Woods, from German "Häus" House "le" Woods
HAUSMANN     German
From Middle High German hus "house" (see HAUS) + man "man".
HAUSWIRTH     German
From Middle High German haus 'house' and wirt 'owner' or 'master'.
HAVNER     German
Variant of Hafner.
HAY     English, Scottish, Irish, Welsh, French, Spanish, German, Dutch, Frisian
Scottish and English: topographic name for someone who lived by an enclosure, Middle English hay(e), heye(Old English (ge)hæg, which after the Norman Conquest became confused with the related Old French term haye ‘hedge’, of Germanic origin)... [more]
HAYDN     German
Meaning "heathen". It is used in honour of the Austrian composer Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809).
HAYDT     German
Varient of Heid.
HEBER     German
Occupational name for a carrier (someone who loaded or transported goods), from an agent derivative of Middle High German heben "to lift".
HEBERT     German
Variant of Heber.
HECHT     German, Dutch
From Middle High German hech(e)t, Middle Dutch heect, hecht "pike", generally a nickname for a rapacious and greedy person. In some instances it may have been a metonymic occupational name for a fisher and in others it may be a habitational name from a house distinguished by a sign depicting this fish.
HEFNER     German, Jewish
Recorded in several spellings including Hafner, Haffner, and Hevner, this is as surname of early Germanic origins. ... [more]
HEID     German, Jewish
Topographic name from Middle High German heide, German Heide ‘heath’, ‘moor’. Compare Heath.... [more]
HEIDENREICH     German
From the medieval personal name Heidenrich, ostensibly composed of the elements heiden 'heathen', 'infidel' (see Heiden 2) + ric 'power', 'rule', but probably in fact a variant by folk etymology of Heidrich.
HEIGL     German
Derived from the given name Hugo.
HEILAND     German
South German: from Middle High German heilant ‘savior’, ‘Christ’, presumably either a name given to someone who had played the part of Christ in a mystery play or an occupational name for a healer, from Middle High German heilen ‘to heal’, ‘save’.
HEILIGER     German
Heiliger means "Holy" or "Holy One" in German.
HEIMBACH     German
Town / City in Germany
HEIMBURG     German
German for "home". Originates in the German village of Heimburg (not to be confused with Hamburg) and the nearby castle of the same name.
HEIN     German, Dutch, Danish, Jewish
German, Dutch, Danish, and Jewish (Ashkenazic): from a short form of the Germanic personal name Heinrich.
HEINBOKEL     German
(Hein) is a short form of the name Heinrich, (the German form of the name Henry) & Bokel is a place name in Lower Saxony, Schleswig-Holstein & North Rhine-Westphalia.
HEINER     German
From the given name HEINER.
HEINL     German
South German variant of Heinle.
HEINLE     German
This surname is derived from what may be a pet form of Heinrich.
HELD     German
The German word for "hero", ultimately derived from Middle High German helt.... [more]
HELLENBRAND     German
Derived from germanic: hildtja = battle, brandt = sword, or prandt = burning wood/torch. Other view: Hilda is the Nordic Queen of the Underworld, Goddes of Death, so Sword/Torch of Hilda.... [more]
HELLWIG     German, Dutch
Curiously it started out life in ancient history as the baptismal name, Hell-wig. "luck" & "war;" this name literally translates to, "battle-battle."
HELMEYER     German, Dutch, Danish
From Hel in Norse mythology and Meyer meaning "higher, superior". It means ´blessed´ or ´holy´. The name is mostly found in Germany, but also in the Netherlands and some parts of Denmark.
HELMKE     German
from a pet form of Helm
HELMSTEDT     German
German
HENCE     German, English, Welsh
An American spelling variant of Hentz derived from a German nickname for Hans or Heinrich or from an English habitation name found in Staffordshire or Shropshire and meaning "road or path" in Welsh.
HENKER     German
Occupational name for an Executioner, from the German word "Henker" meaning Hangman.
HENLEY     English, Irish, German (Anglicized)
English: habitational name from any of the various places so called. Most, for example those in Oxfordshire, Suffolk, and Warwickshire, are named with Old English héan (the weak dative case of heah ‘high’, originally used after a preposition and article) + Old English leah ‘wood’, ‘clearing’... [more]
HENNEN     German, Dutch
Patronymic of Henne.
HENTZ     German
From a nickname for Hans or Heinrich.
HERBARTH     German, Norman
References Old Norse Deity "Odin" being one of the "Son's of Odin". Remember that the Geats became the Ostrogoths through the Denmark pass--referenced in Beowulf. Or, it means "Warrior of the Bearded One", perhaps a King... [more]
HERBOLSHEIMER     German
Habitational name for someone from either of two places called Herbolzheim, in Baden and Bavaria.
HERDER     German
An occupational surname in reference to herding animals. The anglicized pronounciation is "Her-der", but is Germanically pronounced, "Herr-der".
HERGENÖTHER     German
Habitational name for someone from Hergenroth near Limburg or from Hergenrode near Darmstadt, both in Hessen.
HERTZEL     German
The ancestral home of the Hertzel family is in the German province of Bavaria. Hertzel is a German nickname surname. Such names came from eke-names, or added names, that described their initial bearer through reference to a physical characteristic or other attribute... [more]
HERTZOG     German, Jewish
Variant of HERZOG.
HESS     German (?)
It is arguably both tribal and residential, originating from the pre 10th century A.D. It is believed to have originally described people who came from the region known as Hesse. The translation of this name is the 'hooded people'
HEYER     English, German, Dutch
English variant of Ayer. ... [more]
HICK     German
From a derivative of a Slavic pet form of HEINRICH.
HICK     German
From Hiko, a pet form of any of the Germanic personal names formed with hild "strife", "battle" as the first element.
HIEDLER     German
Topographic name for someone living near a hiedl “subterranean river”.
HIERONYMUS     Dutch, German
From the Greek given name ‘Ιερωνυμος (Hieronymos) meaning "sacred name". (See JEROME.)
HIGHLAND     English, German
English, Scottish, and Irish: variant spelling of Hyland.... [more]
HILBERT     English, French, Dutch, German
English, French, Dutch, and German: from a Germanic personal name composed of the elements hild ‘strife’, ‘battle’ + berht ‘bright’, ‘famous’.
HILLEGAS     German
German: Variant of Hillegass from a variant of the Germanic personal name Hildegaud, composed of hild ‘strife’, ‘battle’ + got, of uncertain meaning (perhaps the same word as Goth).
HILTZ     German
Variant of HILZ.
HIMMEL     German
German word for "sky"
HIMMLER     German, History
Derived from German Himmel "heaven, sky". This was a topographic name for someone living at a high altitude. ... [more]
HINKEBEIN     Dutch, German
Nickname for someone with a limp, from Middle Low German hinken meaning "to limp" + bein meaning "leg".
HINKEL     German
Nickname for a timid, fearful person, from dialect hinkel ‘chicken’
HINKELMAN     German
Elaborated variant of Hinkel, with the addition of Middle High German 'man'.
HINKLEMAN     German
Variant of Hinkelman.
HINSON     German
It means "son of Hinrich"
HIRSEKORN     German
Hirsekorn - millet grain - seems to be of Jewish origin
HIRT     Upper German (Anglicized)
From the word Hirten meaning sheep herder. {Hirt}
HITTLE     German (Anglicized)
Americanized form of German Hüttl (see Huettl).
HOCHFELD     German
Means "high field".
HOCK     German
Topographic name for someone living by a hedge, from a dialect variant of Heck.
HOCKTON     German
In relation to Hock a wine producing region and probably being adopted into Britain via Anglo Saxon settlers.
HOERMAN     English, German
Variant of Herman. Variant of Hörmann.
HOFERLE     German (Austrian)
Means "Yard Clearing" from a Combination of the Austrian word Höfer meaning "yard" or "court" with the ancient suffix "le" meaning woodland or clearing.
HOFMANN     German, Jewish
Variant of Hoffmann. The surname in this spelling is also found in Denmark.
HOHENSEE     German
Habitational name from any of several places so named in Pomerania and East Prussia, or perhaps from Hohenseeden near Magdeburg.
HOHN     German
Derived from Middle High German hon "chicken". As a surname, it was given to someone who either bred or traded in chickens.... [more]
HOLBROCK     Low German
Variation of Holbrook.
HOLBROOK     English, German (Anglicized)
English: habitational name from any of various places, for example in Derbyshire, Dorset, and Suffolk, so called from Old English hol ‘hollow’, ‘sunken’ + broc ‘stream’. ... [more]
HOLL     German, Dutch, English
Short form of German HÖLD or a topographic name meaning "hollow" or "hole".
HOLLAND     Irish (Anglicized), Irish, English, Scottish, German, Danish, Jewish, Dutch
Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hÓileáin, a variant of Ó hAoláin, from a form of FAOLÁN (with loss of the initial F-).... [more]
HOLLANDER     German, English, Jewish, Dutch, Swedish
Regional name for someone from Holland.
HOLTER     English, German, Norwegian
Derived from English holt meaning "small wood". A topographic name for someone who lived near a small wooden area, as well as a habitational name from a place named with that element.
HOLTEY     German
Old German name meaning "Wood Island". Holt means wood and ey means island. Family can be traced back to around 650 A.D. and is located in the Ruhr and Essen area of Germany.
HOLTHAUS     German
North German: topographic name for someone who lived by a copse (a small group of trees), from Middle Low German holt ‘small wood’ + haus ‘house’.
HOLTZ     German
Topographic name from Middle High German holz "small wood, copse".
HOLTZCLAW     German (Anglicized, Modern)
Americanized spelling of German Holzklau, which translates into modern German as "wood thief", but is probably a nickname for someone who gathered wood, from Middle High German holz "wood" + a derivative of kluben "to pick up", "gather", "steal".
HOLZHEIM     German
The meaning of Holzheim is " wood home". Holz=wood and heim=home. ... [more]
HOLZINGER     German, Jewish
Habitational name for someone from any of various places called Holzing or Holzingen.
HOLZSCHUH     German
Occupational - from German holz "wood", and schuh "shoe".
HOMBERG     German
The surname Hamberg could be derived from it.
HONIG     German, Jewish
Metonymic name for a gatherer or seller of honey, from Middle High German honec, honic "honey", German Honig.
HOOT     Dutch, German
The Dutch form is a habitation name for someone who lived in the hout or "woods" while the German form hoth is from an occupational name for a maker of hats.
HORNEY     German (Anglicized)
German: Eastphalian or Americanized form of a personal name composed of the Germanic elements hard ‘hardy’, ‘brave’, ‘strong’ + nit ‘battle fury’, ‘eagerness to fight’, or a habitational name from a place so called in Brandenburg or in the Rhineland... [more]
HORNSETH     German
Name of a German farm.
HÖRSCHELMANN     German
This denotes familial origin in the former village of Hörschel (annexed to Eisenach in 1994).
HOSP     German (Austrian)
Means "odd bird" or "strange man"
HOUCK     German
Nickname from Middle Dutch houck, a marine fish, or from Middle Dutch hoec, houck ‘buck’. variant of Hoek.
HOUSEAL     French (Anglicized), German (Anglicized)
French (Lorraine) spelling of German Häusel, a topographic name meaning ‘small house’, a diminutive of Haus. ... [more]
HOWDYSHELL     American, German
Americanized (i.e., Anglicized) form of the Swiss German Haudenschild, which originated as a nickname for a ferocious soldier, literally meaning "hack the shield" from Middle High German houwen "to chop or hack" (imperative houw) combined with den (accusative form of the definite article) and schilt "shield".
HRACH     German (Austrian, Rare), Czech (Rare)
Originated in the Czech-speaking region of Bohemia in Austria, pre-1900. From Czech hrách, meaning "pea." Given either to a very short man or to a gardener.
HUBE     German
HUBERT     German, Dutch, English, French, Jewish
From a Germanic given name composed of the elements hug "heart", "mind", "spirit" and berht "bright", "famous".
HUETTL     Upper German
South German (Hüttl) diminutive of Hütt (see Huett).
HUFF     German
From the Germanic personal name Hufo, a short form of a compound name formed with hug "heart, mind, spirit" as the first element.
HULSE     German
derived from Holtz, means "a wood"
HUMBERT     German, Dutch, French
From a Germanic personal name composed of the elements hun "Hun, giant" or hun "bear cub" and berht "bright, famous". This was particularly popular in the Netherlands and North Germany during the Middle Ages as a result of the fame of a 7th-century St... [more]
HUMBOLDT     German
German surname, composed of the elements hun "bear cub, giant, Hun" and bold "brave, commanding," hence "giant command."
HUNDERTMARK     German
A nickname for a wealthy man, from Middle High German hundert meaning "hundred" + mark, a denomination of coin.
HUNSBERGER     German
Habitational name for someone from a place called Hunsberg or Huntsberg.
HUNSINGER     German
Variant of Huntzinger.
HUNTZINGER     German
Habitational name for someone from Hintschingen, earlier Huntzingen.
HUSTED     German
The name was originally spelled "Hustedt" and means "homestead." The family name originated in northern Germany. One branch of the family migrated to England, and a branch of that family to the United States.
HUTZEL     German
from a Germanic personal name, Huzo
HUX     German
Probably from a topographic name Huck or Hucks, of uncertain origin. It occurs in many place and field names.
ICKES     German, English
In German the meaning is unknown.... [more]
ILGENFRITZ     German
Compound patronymic, meaning "Fritz, the son of Ilg".
IMMER     German, Anglo-Saxon
German: habitational name for someone from a place named Immer near Oldenburg in Lower Saxony. ... [more]
IMMERMANN     German
Habitational name for someone from a place named Immer near Oldenburg in Lower Saxony.
ISENBARGER     German, Jewish
Respelling of German or Jewish Eisenberger.
ITZSTEIN     German
Name that originated from broad regions around the river Itz in Thuringia, Germany. The word "Stein" (German word for stone) historically was also used to describe castles on a hill or at a river, thus a possible meaning of the name is "castle at the river Itz".
JACOBI     Jewish, English, Dutch, German
From the Latin genitive Jacobi ‘(son) of Jacob’, Latinized form of English Jacobs and Jacobson or North German Jakobs(en) and Jacobs(en).
JACOBSMEYER     German
Habitational name from an estate so named.
JÄGERMEISTERSSEN     German
Means son of the "Master-Hunter". Originally given to the son of the master-hunter in hunting camps.
JAHN     German
Unknown meaning.
JAHNS     German
Patronymic from the personal name Jahn.
JÄNICKE     German
From a pet form of the personal name Johann.
JANNUSCH     German
From a pet form of the personal name Jan.
JARSDEL     German
Are you near extinct or possibly extend last name, referring to the opening part of a jar.
JENDRE     German (Anglicized, Rare), Czech (Anglicized, Rare), Slovak (Anglicized, Rare), Danish (Anglicized, Rare)
Jendre is an anglicized version of many surnames throughout Europe that start with 'Jendre'.... [more]
JENNER     German
Derived from the name Januarius.
JETER     French (Huguenot), German
Jeter is a French and German surname. It is the last name of former New York Yankees baseball player, Derek Jeter. It's also the last name of Carmelita Jeter, an American sprinter who specializes in the 100 meter sprint.
JOB     English, French, German, Hungarian
English, French, German, and Hungarian from the personal name Iyov or Job, borne by a Biblical character, the central figure in the Book of Job, who was tormented by God and yet refused to forswear Him... [more]
JODIET     German
Unknown
JOHANNING     German
North German patronymic from Johann, German form of John.
JOHANNKNECHT     German
John The Servant
JORGENSON     German, English
Respelling of Jørgensen or Jörgensen (see Jorgensen) or the Swedish cognate Jörgens(s)on.
JOST     Dutch, German
Dutch and German: from a personal name, a derivative of the Breton personal name Iodoc (see Joyce), or from the personal name Just.
JÜNGER     German, Jewish
German (Jünger) distinguishing name, from Middle High German jünger ‘younger’, for the younger of two bearers of the same personal name, usually a son who bore the same name as his father... [more]
JUNK     German
Variant of Jung.
KACHEL     German
Occupational name for a potter, from Middle High German kachel "pot", "earthenware vessel".
KÄCHELE     German
Variant of KACHEL.
KÄCHLER     German
Variant of KACHEL.
KACHLER     German
Variant of KACHEL.
KACKLEY     German
Probably an Americanized spelling of German Kächele (see KACHEL).
KADEN     German
Habitational name for someone from Kaaden in North Bohemia, or any of several other places called Kaden.
KAHN     German
Kahn is the German word that means, in informal contexts, "small boat." It is also a Germanized form of the Jewish surname Cohen
KALANDER     German
Status name for the chairman or a member fraternity that held meetings on the first of each month, from Latin ad calendas.
KALLWEIT     German (East Prussian)
East Prussian German (and thus heavily Lithuanian influenced) name meaning "smith; blacksmith; farrier", derived from Old Prussian kalt "to forge; to hammer" and Old Prussian kalweitis "the village smith".
KALP     German, Jewish
From Middle High German kalp ‘calf’, German Kalb, probably applied as a metonymic occupational name for someone who reared calves.
KALTHOFF     German
German (Westphalian): habitational name from a place named as 'the cold farm', from Middle High German kalt "cold" + hof "farmstead", "manor farm’, "court".
KAMM     German
It's origins are of German descent, meaning "comb"
KANDT     German
Probably from Middle High German kant meaning "jug" (from Latin olla cannata meaning "pot with one spout") and hence an occupational name for a maker or seller of jugs.
KANT     German
KARI     Finnish, German (Austrian), Slovene (?), Hungarian, Indian, Marathi
As a Finnish name, it is a topographic and ornamental name from kari "small island", "stony rapids", "sandbar", or "rocky place in a field". This name is found throughout Finland.... [more]
KÄRLIN     German, South Slavic
German and Southern Slavic from the personal name Karl (Slavic Karlo). Also an altered spelling of German Gerling.
KARLSBERG     German
Means "Carl's Mountain" in German language, it is also used in other Germanic languages
KASPER     German, Czech
From the given name Kasper.
KATHRINER     German (Swiss, Rare)
From the given name Kathrin + er meaning "of, from."
KAU     German
From Middle High German gehau "(mountain) clearing" hence a topographic name for a mountain dweller or possibly an occupational name for a logger.
KAU     German
Topographic name for someone who lived by a mineshaft, from Middle High German kouw(e) "mining hut".
KAUFMANN     German
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): occupational name for a merchant or wholesaler (see Kaufer). Jewish (Ashkenazic): variant spelling of Kaufman.
KAULITZ     German (East Prussian)
Famous bearers of this surname are Bill Kaulitz (German singer, songwriter, voice actor, designer, and model) and his twin brother Tom Kaulitz (German singer, songwriter, voice actor, designer, and model) are both in the German pop-rock / alternative rock band, Tokio Hotel.
KAUS     German
From a regional (Hessian) variant of the habitational name Kues, from a place on the Mosel river, probably so named from Late Latin covis "field barn", "rack" and earlier recorded as Couese, Cobesa.
KAUSCH     German
Pet name derived from the Old High German personal name Gozwin, of uncertain origin.
KAUSCH     German
From a medieval form of the Old High German personal name CHUZO.
KAUT     German
Netonymic occupational name for a flax grower or dealer, from Middle High German kute, from Kaut(e) "male dove", hence a metonymic occupational name for the owner or keeper of a dovecote.
KAUT     German
Topographic name from the Franconian dialect word Kaut(e) "hollow", "pit", "den".
KAUTZ     German
Nickname for a shy or strange person, from Middle High German kuz "screech owl".
KAUTZMAN     German
Variant of KAUTZMANN.
KAUTZMANN     German
Variant of KAUTZ, with the addition of Middle High German -man "man".
KAYLOR     Scottish, German
Variant of Scottish Keillor.... [more]
KAYSER     German
Variant of KAISER.
KEEL     English (Anglicized), English, Irish, German (Swiss), German (Anglicized)
English habitational name from Keele in Staffordshire, named from Old English cy ‘cows’ + hyll ‘hill’, or from East and West Keal in Lincolnshire, which are named from Old Norse kjolr ‘ridge’... [more]
KEEL     German (Swiss)
Swiss German variant of Kehl.
KEEL     German (Anglicized)
Americanized spelling of German Kühl (see Kuhl), Kiehl, or Kiel.
KEGLER     German
Nickname for a skilled or enthusiastic skittles player, from an agent derivative of Middle High German kegel meaning "skittle", "pin".
KEHLER     German
Habitational name from various places called Kehl, notably the town across the Rhine from Strasbourg. In some cases it may be a variant of Köhler.
KEIM     German
Unknown.
KEINATH     German
Possibly a variant of Keinrath, from the personal name Konrad. ... [more]
KEIPER     German
Similar to the origins of Kuiper (Dutch) and Cooper (English), Keiper was an occupation which means "cooper" or "barrelmaker".
KELCH     German
nickname from Middle High German kelch "double chin", "goiter". from another meaning of Middle High German kelch "glass", "chalice", hence a metonymic occupational name for a chalice maker or a habitational name for someone living at a house distinguished by the sign of a chalice.
KELLEN     German
From the name of a place in Rhineland, which is derived from Middle Low German kel (a field name denoting swampy land) or from the dialect word kelle meaning "steep path, ravine".
KELSCH     German (Anglicized)
Partly Americanized form of German Koelsch.
KEMPER     German, Dutch
German: status name denoting a peasant farmer or serf, an agent noun derivative of Kamp ... [more]
KERCHNER     German, Jewish
Variant of KIRCHNER.
KERSTEIN     German
Derived from -kirsch "cherry" and -stein "stone", variant of Kirstein.
KESSEL     German
From the Middle High German kezzel meaning "kettle, cauldron"; either an occupational surname for a maker of copper cooking vessels or a habitational/topographic name derived from the same word.
KESSLER     German, Dutch, Jewish
Occupational surname denoting a coppersmith or maker of copper cooking vessels; derived from Middle High German kezzel "kettle, cauldron" and/or Middle Dutch ketel.
KEUCH     German
Variation of Kuch.
KIEL     German
German surname of several possible origins and meanings.... [more]
KIENLIEN     German (East Prussian)
Julie Lienlien, Spouse Eduard Lehmann, Mother of Anna Katharina Lehmann (b. 1858)
KIESTLER     German
Possibly a form of Kistler an occupation name for a joiner or cabinet maker.
KIFF     German
Topographic name from a Westphalian dialect Kiff "outhouse, tied cottage, shack".
KILBURG     German, Luxembourgish
"Kyll castle," from German burg (castle) near the Kyll river in Germany. Also "wedge mountain" in Swedish: kil (wedge) and berg (mountain).
KILLIAN     Irish (Anglicized, Modern), German
Meaning "little church". From cill (Irish for "church") and -ín, a Gaelic diminutive.
KILMESTER     German
Kilmester is attested as a surname near Rostock in the 13th century.
KIND     English, German, Jewish, Dutch
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic) from Middle High German kint, German Kind ‘child’, hence a nickname for someone with a childish or naive disposition, or an epithet used to distinguish between a father and his son... [more]
KINDLEBERGER     German
One who lights bergs
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