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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NIED     Upper German
South German: habitational name from Nied in Hesse.
NIEDERHÄUSER     German, Swiss
Habitational name from any of numerous places named Niederhaus or Niederhausen, denoting the lower of two dwellings or settlements or one in a low-lying position.
NIEHAUS     German
North German: topographic name from Middle Low German nie ‘new’ + hus ‘house’; or a habitational name from a common North German and Westphalian farm name with the same meaning.
NIEMEYER     Low German
North German nickname for a newly arrived steward or tenant farmer, from Middle Low German nie ‘new’ + Meyer.
NIES     German
German: from a reduced form of the personal name Dionys (see Dennis), which was stressed on the last syllable; this was a popular personal name as a result of the influence of the French Saint Denis... [more]
NIESEN     Dutch, German
Dutch: patronymic from the personal name Nijs, a reduced form of Denijs (see Dennis). ... [more]
NIGG     German, German (Swiss)
From a short form of the personal name Niklaus, a German form of Nicholas.
NIKKEL     German, Dutch
Possibly an altered spelling of Dutch Nikel, from the personal name, a Dutch form of Nicholas.
NOHR     German
NONNENMACHER     German
Occupational name for a gelder of hogs, from Middle High German nunne, nonne meaning "nun", and by transfer "castrated hog" + an agent derivative of machen meaning "to make".
NORA     Italian, German
Italian and German: from a short form of the feminine personal names Eleonora or Leonora.
NORRELL     English, German (?)
A locational surname from the Germanic (Old English/Old Norse) term for the north. It either refers to someone who lived in a location called Northwell, lived north of a well, spring or stream (Old English weall)... [more]
NOTBOHM     German, Low German
Low German cognate of High German Nussbaum.
NUHN     German
NÜRNBERGER     German, Jewish
Habitational name for someone from the city of Nürnberg in Bavaria.
NUSS     German
from Middle High German nuz ‘nut’, hence a metonymic occupational name for a gatherer and seller of nuts, or a nickname for a man thought to resemble a nut in some way
OBENAUF     German
Surname used to refer to someone who lived 'up there' (on a mountain, hill, etc.).
OBERLIN     German, English
From Oberst and the suffix Lynn.... [more]
OCHSNER     German (Swiss)
Means "Oxen Herder" in Swiss. It is pronounced as OCKSNER, and it is just as popular in Switzerland as Smith is in the US.
OFFUTT     German
Possibly a respelling of German Auffahrt ‘ascension’.
OHNMACHT     German
Means "powerlessness; helplessness; without power" in German. This was often used to describe someone very weak.
OLEVIAN     German (Latinized)
Olevian is a latinised word meaning "from Olewig" (a town today incorporated into Trier, Germany). ... [more]
OPEL     German
Derived from the given name ALBERT.
OPP     German
Generally considered a (very) contracted form of given names that contained the Old High German element od "fortune; wealth" (or a variant thereof) and a second element that began with or contained the letter B, for example Audobald.
OROWITZ     Jewish, German
The name comes from a famous Rabbinical dynasty.... [more]
OVERHOLSER     German (Swiss)
The Oberholtzer family originated in the Swiss village of Oberholtz, south of Zurich, before the 15th century. However, in 1661, one family left Switzerland for the Palatinate in Germany.
PACKARD     English, Norman, Medieval English, German (Anglicized)
English from Middle English pa(c)k ‘pack’, ‘bundle’ + the Anglo-Norman French pejorative suffix -ard, hence a derogatory occupational name for a peddler. ... [more]
PAGE     German
Metonymic occupational name for a horse dealer, from Middle Low German page "horse".
PAINTER     English, Medieval French, German
English: from Middle English, Old French peinto(u)r, oblique case of peintre ‘painter’, hence an occupational name for a painter (normally of colored glass). In the Middle Ages the walls of both great and minor churches were covered with painted decorations, and Reaney and Wilson note that in 1308 Hugh le Peyntour and Peter the Pavier were employed ‘making and painting the pavement’ at St... [more]
PALLMANN     German
The name Pallmann originates from the Landsuhl area of Bavaria, Germany (nor in Rhineland-Palatinate). The meaning of the name is unknown. Some Pallmanns came to America and Americanized the spelling, by dropping the second "n", while others retained the "n".
PALMTAG     German
Means "Palm Sunday" in German.
PARDUHN     German
Variant Of Pardon From Middle English Pardun, Pardon "Pardon" A Metonymic occupational name for a pardoner, a person licensed to sell papal pardons or indulgences. German: either a cognate of 1 (also for a sexton), from Old French pardon ‘pardon’, or perhaps a nickname from Middle Low German bardun, Middle High German purdune ‘pipe’ (instrument), ‘tenor’ (voice).
PARTENHEIMER     German
Habitational name for someone from Partenheim in Rheinhessen.
PASCH     German
Topographic name for a field or meadow which was used at Easter as a playground; etymologically two sources seem to be combined: Latin pascuum ‘pasture’ and Middle Low German pāsche(n) ‘Easter’.
PAULEY     English, German
English: from a medieval pet form of Paul.... [more]
PAULICK     German
German (of Slavic origin) spelling of Pavlik, a Slavic derivative of Paul.
PAYSEN     German, Frisian
Patronymic from the personal name Pay, the Frisian form of Paul.
PAYSON     German, Frisian
German and Frisian variant spelling of Paysen, a patronymic from the personal name Paul.
PECHMAN     German
"Pechman" means "man with bad luck" in many European languages (Polish, German, and Dutch predominantly), though in German, it originally referred to one who prepared, sold, or used pitch.
PEIK     German
From Middle Low German pek ‘sharp, pointed tool or weapon’.
PEIKERT     German
Probably an occupational name for a drummer.
PEIPER     German (Austrian)
Occupational name for a piper, from Middle High German piper. In some cases it may be derived from Sorbian pipar "pepper", thus being an occupational name for a spicer or a nickname for one with a fiery temper.
PELLE     Danish, German
From the personal name Pelle, a vernacular form of PETER.
PELLE     German
From Middle Low German pelle "precious purple silk cloth", presumably an occupational name for a maker or seller of such cloth or for a maker of official and church vestments.
PELTZ     German, Jewish
Occupational name for a furrier, from Middle High German bellez, (modern German pelz) "fur", "animal skin".
PELTZER     German, Jewish
Variant of PELZER.
PELZ     German, Jewish
Variant of PELTZ.
PELZER     German
Occupational name for a furrier, from an agent derivative Middle High German bellez "fur".
PENNING     English, Dutch, Low German
From early Middle English penning, Low German penning, and Middle Dutch penninc, all meaning "penny". It was used as a topographic surname or a nickname referring to tax dues of a penny.
PENNING     Upper German
Shortened form of Panno, which is a personal given name.
PETKE     German
German surname derived from a diminutive form for Peter.
PETZOLD     German
German. Derives from a pet form of a Slavic version of the given name Peter.
PFEFFER     German, Jewish
Occupational name for a spicer, or a nickname for a person with a fiery temper, for a small man, or for a dark-haired person. Derived from German Pfeffer "pepper".
PFEIFFER     German
Occupational name for a pipe player. From German Pfeife "whistle, pipe".
PFEIL     German
From Middle High German pfil ‘arrow’ (from Latin pilum ‘spike’, ‘javelin’), either a metonymic occupational name for an arrowsmith or possibly a nickname for a tall thin man.
PFUHL     German
a topographic name for someone who lived by a swamp or pond, Middle High German phuol.... [more]
PFUND     German
metonymic occupational name for a sealer of weights, or for a wholesale merchant, from Middle High German pfunt ‘pound’ (as a measure of weight and a unit of currency).
PIEPER     German
Occupational name for a piper.
PILGRIM     English, German
From Middle English pilegrim, pelgrim or Middle High German bilgerin, pilgerin (from Latin pelegrinus "traveler"; see Pellegrino). This originated as a nickname for a person who had been on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land or to some seat of devotion nearer home, such as Santiago de Compostella, Rome, or Canterbury... [more]
PINK     English, German
Nickname, possibly for a small person, from Middle English pink penkg ‘minnow’ (Old English pinc).English (southeastern): variant of Pinch .Variant spelling of German Pinck, an indirect occupational name for a blacksmith, an onomatopoeic word imitating the sound of hammering which was perceived as pink(e)pank... [more]
PIONKE     German, Polish
Germanized form of Slavic Pinoek, which is a nickname from pionek ‘puppet’.
PLÁŇSKER     Czech (Rare, Archaic), Slovak (Rare, Archaic), German (Rare, Archaic)
Originating from Bohemia, a region between The Czech Republic and Germany. The name means "forest clearing", Pláň: forest, sker: clearing. It is a very rare last name with only about 20 holders of it.
PLUM     English, German, Jewish
English and North German: from Middle English plum(b)e, Middle Low German plum(e) ‘plum’, hence a topographic name for someone who lived by a plum tree, or a metonymic occupational name for a fruit grower... [more]
PLUMER     German, English, Dutch
North German (Plümer) and English: variant of Plum, the suffix -er denoting habitation or occupation. Altered form of South German Pflümer, an occupational name for a grower or seller of plums, from an agent derivative of Middle High German pflume ‘plum’... [more]
POBANZ     German
Nickname for a braggart or bogeyman, of uncertain Slavic origin.
POEHLER     German
German (Westphalian): topographic name for someone who lived by a muddy pool, from an agent noun derived from Middle Low pol ‘(muddy) pool’.
POELZER     German
pronounced,Pfowelser,it means person skilled with bird's,as in Hawk's or Eagle's(bird's of prey).From Palatine,or Austria(a Royal house).
PÖGE     German
German cognate of Page.
POH     German
From a dialect word for standard German Pfau ‘peacok’, a nickname for a vain person or for someone with a strutting gait.
POHL     German
1 topographic name from Middle Low German pol "(muddy) pool" (Low German Pohl).... [more]
POLAND     English, German, French (Anglicized), Irish (Anglicized)
English and German name is derived from the Middle High German Polan, which means "Poland". The surname originally signified a person with Polish connections.This French surname originated from an occupational name of a poultry breeder, or from a fearful person; it is derived from the Old French poule, which means "chicken".In other cases, particularly in Ireland, the English Poland is a variant of Polin,which is in turn an Anglicised form of the original Gaelic spelling of Mac Póilín, which translated from Irish means "son of little Paul"... [more]
POLEY     French, German, Jewish
French: variant of Polet, Paulet, pet forms of Paul.... [more]
POLK     German
Ethnic name for a Pole.
POMERANTZ     German
Occupational name for an importer or seller of bitter (Seville) oranges, Middle High German pomeranz (medieval Latin pomarancia, composed of the elements arancia, the name imported with the fruit.
POPP     German, English
From a Germanic personal name Poppo, Boppo, of uncertain origin and meaning, perhaps originally a nursery word or a short form of for example Bodobert, a Germanic personal name meaning ‘famous leader’... [more]
PÖPPEL     South German, German
Comes from a pet form of the personal name Popp.
POSTHUMUS     Dutch, Low German
From a personal name which was given to a posthumous child, i.e., one born after the death of his father, derived from Latin postumus "last, last-born" (superlative of posterus "coming after, subsequent") via Late Latin posthumus, which was altered by association with Latin humare "to bury", suggesting death (i.e., thought to consist of post "after" and humus "grave", hence "after death"); the one born after the father's death obviously being the last.
PRADL     Hungarian, German (Austrian)
Meaning unknown. Possibly originating somewhere in Hungary.
PRECHT     German
Variant of BRECHT.
PREGLER     German
Nickname for a chatterer or grumbler, from an agent derivative of Middle High German breglen ‘to chatter’, ‘complain’, ‘yell’, ‘roar’.
PREÜS     German
Variant spelling of Preüss.
PREÜSS     German (East Prussian)
Origin: From the New Latin 'Prussia', the Latin form used by Peter of Dusburg for the name of the region in the now-extinct language of its Baltic inhabitants, 'Prūsa'. Prussia (German: About this sound Preußen; Latin: Borussia, Prutenia; Latvian: Prūsija; Lithuanian: Prūsija; Polish: Prusy; Old Prussian: Prūsa; Danish: Prøjsen; Russian: Пру́ссия) was a German kingdom and historic state originating out of the Duchy of Prussia and the Margraviate of Brandenburg... [more]
PRIOR     English, Scottish, Dutch, German
Derived from Latin prior meaning "superior". It was used as an occupational surname for a prior, which is a head of a religious house, below an abbot.
PROPHET     English, Scottish, French, German
Scottish, English, French, and German: nickname from Middle English and Old French prophete, Middle High German prophet ‘prophet’, ‘seer’, ultimately from Greek prophetes ‘predictor’, from pro ‘before’ + a derivative of phemi ‘to speak’... [more]
PROTZMAN     German
A habitational name for someone from any of various places in Lower Saxony, Brandenburg, and Luxembourg called Protz.
PRUSSEIT     German (East Prussian)
East Prussian German (and thus heavily Lithuanian influenced) name meaning "a Prussian".
PUDWILL     German
Of Slavic origin, habitational name from Podewils in Pomerania.
PULLMAN     German
Variant of Puhlmann, itself a variant of Puhl.... [more]
PULVER     Low German, French, English
I comes from the Latin verb meaning "to make powder." This name was given to either an alchemist or one who made gunpowder.
PUSCHAT     German (East Prussian)
East Prussian German (and thus heavily Lithuanian influenced) surname derived from Lithuanian pušaite "(young) pine tree", which - allegedly - used to be a term of endearment for a young girl.
PÜTT     German
Habitational name from any of several places so named in Rhineland, Westphalia, and Pomerania, but in most cases a topographic name from Middle Low German putte ‘pit’, ‘well’, ‘puddle’, ‘pond’.
QUAAS     German
Nickname for a big eater, from Middle Low German quās meaning "guzzling", "feasting".
QUADE     Irish, German
As an Irish surname, it is a variant of Quaid.... [more]
QUADERER     German
Nickname for someone stocky, from Middle High German quader meaning "building stone".
QUANDT     German, History
From Middle Low German quant "prankster, joker". ... [more]
QUARTZ     German
The name refers to the common mineral "quartz"
QUAST     German
habitational name from any of several places so named in northern Germany. metonymic occupational name for a barber or nickname for someone who wore a conspicuous tassel or feather, from Middle Low German, Middle High German quast(e) "tuft", "tassel", "brush", also "fool".
QUETZ     German
German family name originating from the town of Quetz (today Quetzdölsdorf).... [more]
RAAB     German
Derived from German rabe "raven". As a surname, it was given to a person with black hair.
RAABE     German
Cognate of Rabe.
RAASCH     German
Variant of Rasch.
RABE     German
German surname meaning "raven, crow".
RABENSTEIN     German
Habitational name from any of numerous places called Rabenstein.
RACHEL     English, German
From the English female given name RACHEL or derived from German rau "rough".
RADER     German
Variation of Rademacher, meaning "maker of wheels" in German ("rat" meaning wheel), later shortened to Rader and other variations such as Redder, Raeder, Redler, etc.
RADLOFF     Low German
North German: From the Old Norse Radulf.... [more]
RAFFENSPERGER     German
Altered spelling of Ravensburger or Ravensberger, a habitational name for someone from Ravensburg in Württemberg, but there are a number of similar surnames, for example Raffenberg, a farm name near Hamm, and Raffsberger.
RAGATZ     German (Swiss)
Habitational name from Ragaz in Grison canton.
RAHE     German
Nickname for a rough individual, from a North German variant of Rauh.
RAINBOLT     German (Anglicized)
Anglicanization of Reinbold.
RAISCH     German, German (Swiss)
From Middle High German rīsch, rūsch ‘reed’, ‘rush’, hence a topographic name for someone who lived near a reed bed, or perhaps a metonymic occupational name for someone who used or harvested reeds... [more]
RAITER     German
Occupational name for a taxman or accountant, from an agent derivative of Middle High German reiten ‘to reckon’, ‘to calculate’.
RANDEL     French, German
French: from a pet form of the Germanic personal name Rando, a short form of various compound names formed with rand ‘(shield) rim’ as the first element. Compare Randall.... [more]
RANDOLPH     English, German
Classicized spelling of Randolf, a Germanic personal name composed of the elements rand "rim (of a shield), shield" and wolf "wolf". This was introduced into England by Scandinavian settlers in the Old Norse form Rannúlfr, and was reinforced after the Norman Conquest by the Norman form Randolf.
RANG     German
Variant of Range.... [more]
RANGE     German, French
German: nickname for a ragamuffin, from Middle High German range ‘naughty boy’, ‘urchin’.... [more]
RANGEL     German, Spanish, Portuguese
A variant of Rengel. This name is also found in Portugal.
RANGER     English, German, French
English: occupational name for a gamekeeper or warden, from Middle English ranger, an agent derivative of range(n) ‘to arrange or dispose’.... [more]
RAPHAN     German
Unknown
RAPPOLD     German
From a personal name composed of the Germanic elements rad "counsel", "advice" + bald "bold", "brave".
RASCH     German, Jewish
Nickname for a quick or rash person from Middle High German, German rasch ‘quick’, ‘hot-headed’, ‘hasty’.
RATHER     German, Jewish
1. Occupational name for a counsellor or nickname for a wise person, from Middle High German rater ‘adviser’. ... [more]
RATHGEBER     German
From Middle High German ratgebe or Middle Low German ratgever "giver of advice, counselor", an occupational name for an adviser or wise man.
RAU     German
Nickname for a ruffian, earlier for a hairy person, from Middle High German ruch, ruhe, rouch "hairy", "shaggy", "rough".
RÄUBER     German, German (Swiss)
German, Swiss German: derogatory nickname, from Middle High German roubære ‘robber’, ‘bandit’, ‘highwayman’ (from roub, roup ‘booty’, ‘spoils’).
RAUCH     German
Perhaps an occupational nickname for a blacksmith or charcoal burner, from Middle High German rouch, German Rauch ‘smoke’, or, in the case of the German name, a status name or nickname relating to a hearth tax (i.e. a tax that was calculated according to the number of fireplaces in each individual home).
RECHT     German
Probably a habitational name from a place so named in the Rhineland.
RECHT     German, Jewish
Nickname for an upright person, from Middle High German reht, German recht "straight". As a Jewish name it is mainly of ornamental origin.
RECK     German
Nickname from Middle High German recke ‘outlaw’ or ‘fighter’. North German and Westphalian: from Middle Low German recke ‘marsh’, ‘waterlogged ground’, hence a topographic name, or a habitational name from a place named with this term.
RECKTENWALD     German
habitational name from Recktenwald, near Saarbrücken.
REDDING     English, German, Dutch
English variant spelling of Reading. In 1841 Redding was the most commonly used surname in all of Buckinghamshire. A famous bearer is Otis Redding.... [more]
REDIG     Dutch, Upper German
Dutch and North German variant of Redding.
REDNER     German
German: possibly a variant of Redmer, or an occupational name for a spokesman, Middle High German rednære.
REESE     Low German, Dutch, German
Nickname for a very big man, from Middle Low German, Middle Dutch rese ‘giant’.... [more]
REEVER     German
Possibly an altered form of German Riefer, a patronymic from the personal name Rüef, a reduced form of Rudolf.
REICHSTEIN     German
Habitational name from places named Reichstein (in Saxony) or Reichenstein (in Rhineland, Schleswig-Holstein, and Württemberg).
REIMER     German
From a Germanic personal name, a reduced form of Reinmar, composed of the elements ragin "counsel" + mari, meri "fame".
REIMERS     German
North German variant of REIMER.
REINBOLD     German
From a Germanic personal name composed of the elements ragin "counsel" + bald "bold", "brave."
REINKING     German
Reinking is a German-derived surname meaning "one who is neat and tidy"
REISE     German, Jewish
German (Westphalia) topographic name, from Middle Low German ris, res ‘swamp’. ... [more]
REISER     German, Upper German
Habitational name for someone from Reis or Reissen in Bavaria (see Reis). An occupational name from Middle High German reisære ‘warrior’, ‘traveler’. ... [more]
REISNER     German
A habitational name for someone from a place called Reisen (for example in Bavaria), Reissen in Thuringia, or Reussen on the Saale river. A variant of Reiser Also from an agent derivative of Middle High German, Middle Low German rise ‘veil’; perhaps an occupational name for someone who made veils.
REISS     German, Jewish, French (Huguenot)
German: variant of Reis or from any of several Germanic personal names composed with ric ‘power(ful)’. Also from the French Huguenot forename Ris, rendered as Reis and Reiss.... [more]
REISSER     Upper German
An occupational name for a woodcutter, Middle High German risser.
REMIS     Greek, Dutch, German, Asturian
Greek from a medieval Greek personal name, Remis, a vernacular form of the personal name Remigius (see French Remy). ... [more]
RENGEL     German (Swiss)
From a pet form of a Germanic personal name formed with rang "curved", "bending"; "slender".
REPASS     German (Swiss)
An Americanization of the Swiss Rippas. The first recorded person with this surname was from Ziefen, Switzerland.
REQUA     German
Variant of Ricward, from a Germanic personal name composed of the elements ric ‘power(ful)’ + ward ‘guardian’.
RESEN     German
Unknown source.
REUSSER     Swiss, German, Upper German
In Switzerland, an occupational name for a fisherman or maker of fish traps, from an agent derivative of Middle High German riuse ‘fish trap’, ‘weir basket’. A nickname from an agent noun based on Middle High German riusen ‘to moan or complain’... [more]
REX     English, German (Latinized)
English: variant of Ricks. ... [more]
REZNOR     German
May be a variant of the German surname Reisner, a habitational name for someone from a place called Reisen (for example in Bavaria), Reissen in Thuringia, or Reussen on the Saale river.
RHEIN     German
From the German name for the River Rhine, denoting somebody whom lived within close proximity to the river. The river name itself comes from a Celtic word meaning 'to flow' (Welsh redan, 'run, flow').
RHINE     German, French, English, Irish
A habitational name for an individual whom lived within close proximity of the River Rhine (see Rhein). The river name is derived from a Celtic word meaning 'to flow' (Welsh redan, 'flow').... [more]
RIBBECK     German (East Prussian)
Possibly translates roughly to fish in some dialects.
RICHARDT     German
Variant of Richard.
RICHERS     English, German
From a Germanic personal name composed of the elements ric ‘power(ful)’ + hari, heri ‘army’. The name was introduced into England by the Normans in the form Richier, but was largely absorbed by the much more common Richard... [more]
RICKELS     German
Patronymic form of Rickel or possibly Richel. May have been derived from any of a number of Old German personal names including Richild (or the feminine form Richeldis) or Richold.
RICKEN     German
From a short form of any of the Germanic personal names composed with rīc "power(ful)".
RIECHERS     German
German patronymic from Richard.
RIECK     German
South German: from a pet form of the personal name Ru(o)diger, a compound of Old High German hrod ‘renown’ + ger ‘spear’, ‘lance’ (see Roger). ... [more]
RIEGEL     German
From Middle High German rigel "bar, crossbeam, mountain incline", hence a topographic name or a habitational name from any of numerous places named with this word in Baden, Brandenburg, and Silesia; in some instances it may have been a metonymic occupational name for a maker of crossbars, locks, etc.
RIEK     German
German: variant spelling of RIECK.
RIESER     Swiss, German
Alemannic form of Reiser. A habitational name for someone from Ries near Passau. Alemannic variant of Rüsser and Rüser, a variant of Reusser. Altered spelling of Riesser, a habitational name for someone from Ries(s), a region of Bavaria.
RIETH     German
"reed" -- a tall, slender-leaved plant of the grass family that grows in water or on marshy ground.
RIETSCHEL     German
Variant of Ritschel.
RIND     German
Probably a metonymic occupational name for a cattle dealer or butcher, from Middle High German rint meaning "cow".
RINDT     German
Variant of Rind.
RINGELBERG     German
From the mountain on which sat Castle Ringel.
RINGGOLD     German
Comes from Germanic ring "ring" or "assembly" and wald "rule"
RIPPAS     German (Swiss)
The first recorded person with this surname was from Ziefen, Switzerland.
RITCH     English, German, German (Swiss)
1. English: variant spelling of Rich. ... [more]
RITCHINGS     French, German, English
This surname has at least three distinct separate origins. ... [more]
RITSCHEL     German, History
Derived from Old High German hruod "fame". This was the maiden name of Magda Goebbels who was the wife of Paul Joseph Goebbels. Her husband was Nazi Germany's propaganda minister between the years 1933 and 1945... [more]
RITTENHOUSE     German
Means "Knight House."
RIX     German
given to a person who resided near a hill, stream, church, or tree
ROBER     German
Variant of Röber (see Roeber).
ROBIN     Scottish, English, French, German
From the personal name Robin, a pet form of Robert, composed of the short form Rob and the hypocoristic suffix -in.
ROCHMAN     German
Variant of RÜCKMANN.
ROCHMANN     German
Variant of RÜCKMANN.
ROCKEFELLER     German
Means "from Rockenfeld." Some famous bearers include founder of the Standard Oil Company and philanthropist John Davison Rockefeller (1839-1937), and 41st Vice President of the U.S.A. Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller (1908-1979).
ROCKMAN     German
Possibly a habitational name for someone from Rockau in Thuringia.
ROCKMAN     German, Jewish
Possibly an altered spelling of ROCHMAN.
ROEBER     Low German
Habitational name from a place named Roben, for example in Thuringia or Schleswig. From a Germanic personal name based on hrod ‘renown’, ‘victory’. Low German variant of Räuber and Rauber.
ROEHRENBAECK     German
qwerftghyjkl
ROEL     English, Spanish, Dutch, German
From the name Roeland, meaning "famous country".
ROESCHLAUB     German (Rare, Archaic)
Comes from the Bavarian meaning 'Rustling Leaves'
ROHLFS     German, Dutch (Rare)
Variant of Rolfs.
ROHME     German
From the Germanic personal name Ruom (Old High German hruom ‘fame’), a short form of Ruombald and similar personal names containing this element.
ROHR     German, Jewish
Topographic name for someone who lived in an area thickly grown with reeds, from Middle High German ror. Also a habitational name from one of the several places named with this word.
ROHRBACH     German, German (Swiss)
German and Swiss German: habitational name from any of numerous places called Rohrbach (‘reed brook’ or ‘channel brook’) in many parts of Germany, Switzerland, and Austria. It is a common surname in Pennsylvania.
ROHRLACH     German (Rare), American
Form a place name, e.g., Rohrlach (Kreis Hirschberg) in Silesia (now Trzcińsko, Poland)
ROHRSEN     German
Unknown source.
ROLAND     French, German, Scottish
French, German, English, and Scottish: from a Germanic personal name composed hrod ‘renown’ + -nand ‘bold’, assimilated to -lant ‘land’. (Compare Rowland).... [more]
ROLF     German
English: Composed of the Germanic elements hrod ‘renown’ + wulf ‘wolf’. This name was especially popular among Nordic peoples in the contracted form Hrólfr and seems to have reached England by two separate channels; partly through its use among pre-Conquest Scandinavian settlers, partly through its popularity among the Normans, who, however, generally used the form Rou (see Rollo).... [more]
ROLFS     German
This surname means "son of Rolf," a patronymic surname from northern Germany.
ROLL     Upper German, German, English
German: from Middle High German rolle, rulle ‘roll’, ‘list’, possibly applied as a metonymic occupational name for a scribe.... [more]
ROLLIN     English, German
English: variant of Rolling.... [more]
ROMAN     Catalan, French, Polish, English, German, Hungarian, Romanian, Ukrainian, Belorussian
From the Latin personal name Romanus, which originally meant "Roman". This name was borne by several saints, including a 7th-century bishop of Rouen.
ROMMEL     Upper German, Dutch
Nickname for an obstreperous person, from Middle Low German, Middle Dutch rummeln, rumpeln to make a noise, create a disturbance (of imitative origin). Variant of Rummel.
ROMP     English, German
Likely a variant of Rump.
RÖNTGEN     German
Meaning uncertain. This was the name of German physicist Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen (1845-1923) who discovered and studied x-rays. Röntgen called the radiation "X" because it was an unknown type of radiation... [more]
ROSBERG     German
Meaning "rose" "mountain"
ROSEN     German, Jewish
Means "Roses" in German
ROSENBAUM     German
Means rose tree of tree of roses in German
ROSENBAUM     German
Habitational name for someone who lived at a house distinguished by the sign of a rosebush, Middle High German rōsenboum.
ROSENCRANTZ     German
Means "rose wreath" in German.
ROSENHEIM     German (Rare)
Derived from "home of roses".
ROSENTHAL     German, Jewish
name for any of numerous places named rosenthal or rosendahl. means " rose valley"
ROSER     German
German: topographic name for "someone who lived at a place where wild roses grew" (see Rose 1), with the suffix -er denoting an inhabitant.German (Röser): habitational name from places called Rös, Roes, or Rösa in Bavaria, Rhineland, and Saxony, or a variant of Rosser.Swiss German (Röser): from a short form of a Germanic personal name based on hrod "renown".English: "unexplained".
ROSZHART     German
The original spelling of the name is Roßhart. Roß means "horse" and hart means "hard" in German. The name was changed when the family immigrated to the United States in the 1850's. Some took on the name "Rosshart", and some "Roszhart" as the ß has the "sss" sound.
ROTHFUS     German
Middle High German rot "red" + vuoz "foot", a nickname for someone who followed the fashion for shoes made from a type of fine reddish leather. Or a variant of Rotfuchs, from the Middle Low German form fos "fox", a nickname for a clever person.
ROTHMAN     German, Jewish
German (Rothmann) and Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname for a person with red hair, from an elaborated form of Roth 1. ... [more]
ROTHMANN     German
German: see Rothman.
ROTSTEIN     German
German surname that means "red stone".
ROTT     German
As far as I've researched the name dates back to a man by the name of Count Palatine Kuno von Rott (~1083). After he got land from the Pfalzfrafs which seem to be a nobile family line.... [more]
ROTTSCHEIT     German
Modernization of Rotscheidt, also a city in Germany (Rottscheidt) bearing another modern alternate spelling. When broken down it ultimately means "red" and "piece of wood", implying that the families of today descends from woodwrokers.
RÖVER     German
This surname was originally used as a derogative nickname for an unscrupulous individual, from Middle Low German rover meaning "pirate, robber."
ROVER     English, German (Anglicized)
This surname is derived from Middle English roof (from Old English hrof) combined with the agent suffix (i)er, which denotes someone who does/works with something. Thus, the surname was originally used for a constructor or repairer of roofs.... [more]
RUCH     German (Swiss)
It was originally a nickname for a greedy person, from Middle High German ruoch ‘eager,’ ‘intent.’... [more]
RUCKER     German
Middle High German: nickname rucken "to move or draw". North German: nickname from Middle Low German rucker "thief", "greedy or acquisitive person". German: from a reduced form of the Germanic personal name Rudiger... [more]
RUCKMAN     German
Variant of RÜCKMANN.
RÜCKMANN     German
From a Germanic personal name based on hrok "intent", "eager" (Old High German ruoh).
RUDAT     German (East Prussian)
East Prussian German (and thus heavily Lithuanian influenced) name meaning "russet; auburn; reddish brown", derived from Old Prussian ruds and Lithuanian rudas.
RUDE     Norwegian, German
German: From a pet form of a personal name formed with Old High German hrōd "fame", for example Rudolf or Rüdiger. See also Ruhe.... [more]
RUDNER     German
German: unexplained. Perhaps a variant of Redner.
RUDOLF     German
From a personal name composed of Old High German hrōd "renown" and wolf "wolf", equivalent to English Ralph. This name is also found in Slovenia.
RUEDIG     German
Variation of Rudig.
RUESCH     German (Swiss), Jewish
Swiss/German variant of Rusch. Meaning "shaggy," "bristly," "unkempt," or "quick."
RUF     German
From a reduced form of the personal name Rudolf.
RUFF     German
Variant of Ruf.
RUGE     German
Nickname from Middle High German ruowe, ruge ‘quiet’, ‘calm’ or Low German rug ‘rough’, ‘crude’.... [more]
RUHE     German
Variant of Ruge. (Rühe) is also a nickname from Rüde ‘hound.’ Habitational name from places named Rühen, Rüden, Rhüden in northern Germany.
RUHLAND     German
Variation of Rüland.
RULAND     German
Medieval form of Roland.
RUMMEL     German, Dutch
North German and Dutch: variant of Rommel.... [more]
RUMSCHLAG     German
This name is possibly a derivative of the German word for "envelope" which is spelled 'Umschlag'.
RUTH     English, German (Swiss)
English: from Middle English reuthe ‘pity’ (a derivative of rewen to pity, Old English hreowan) nickname for a charitable person or for a pitiable one. Not related to the given name in this case.... [more]
RUTMAN     Jewish, German
1. Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): origin uncertain; perhaps a variant of Rothman. ... [more]
RUTMANN     German
German: see Rutman.
RUTT     English, German
English: variant of Root.... [more]
RYDÉN     German, Swedish
Can come from the island Rügen in Germany. Bengt Rydén was the cheif editor at a Swedish magazine called Veckans Affärer.
RYNE     German (Swiss)
Respelling of Swiss German Rhyn, a topographic name for someone living on the Rhine river, Middle High German Rin.
SACHTLEBEN     German
Nickname for someone perceived to lead a carefree, easy life, from Middle Low German sacht(e) meaning "soft" + leben meaning "life".
SACKMANN     German
Occupational name from Middle High German sacman meaning "baggage servant", one who was in charge of transporting and looking after a knight’s baggage and supplies on campaign.
SADAT     German (Rare)
The last name Sadat means "master" and "gentleman," and is originally a religious last name which was popular in the west, more precisely in Germany.
SAENGER     German, Jewish
Occupational name for a chorister or a nickname for someone who liked singing, from Middle High German senger, German Sänger meaning "singer".
SALLWASSER     German
It is derived from the German words (Salz) meaning "salt", & (Salweide) meaning "water".
SALTZMAN     Jewish, German
Altered spelling of SALZMANN.
SALZMANN     German, Jewish
Occupational name for a producer or seller of salt, from German salz "salt" + mann "man".
SAMIS     Dutch, German
From a pet form of the personal name Samuel.
SAND     English, Scottish, Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, German, Jewish
Topographic name for someone who lived on patch of sandy soil, from the vocabulary word sand. As a Swedish or Jewish name it was often purely ornamental.
SANDE     German
Variant of Sand.
SANDMEIER     German, German (Swiss), German (Austrian)
From Middle High German sand combined with Meier, referring to a tenant farmer whose farm was on sandy soil.
SANZ     German, Spanish
From a short form, Sando, of a Germanic personal name formed with sand "true" and variant of Sancho.... [more]
SAUER     German, Jewish
Nickname for an embittered or cantankerous person, from Middle High German sur, German sauer "sour".
SAUERWEIN     German
Occupational nickname for someone who sold sour wine, or perhaps a nickname for someone with a sour disposition, from Middle High German sur "sour" + win "wine", i.e. vinegar.
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