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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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.
SAUR     German
Variant of SAUER.
SAX     Low German
South German variant of Sachs.
SCHAAD     German, Dutch
Variant of Schade.
SCHAAF     German
Metonymic occupational name for a shepherd, from Middle High German schāf ‘sheep’. In some cases it may have been a nickname for someone thought to resemble a sheep, or a habitational name for someone living at a house distinguished by the sign of a sheep... [more]
SCHADE     German, Dutch, Scottish, English
German and Dutch: from schade ‘damage’, a derivative of schaden ‘to do damage’, generally a nickname for a thug or clumsy person, or, more particularly, a robber knight, who raided others’ lands.... [more]
SCHAEFFLER     German
Variant of SCHÄFFLER.
SCHÄFFLER     German
Occupational name for a cooper, from an agent derivative of Middle High German scheffel "bushel".
SCHAFFNER     German, German (Swiss)
German: occupational name for a steward or bailiff, variant of Schaffer.... [more]
SCHALK     German
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SCHATTNER     German, Jewish
Habitational name for someone from any of several places named Schaten or Schatten, or a topographic name for someone living in a shady location, from Middle High German schate "shade", "protection".
SCHATZ     German, Jewish
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic) metonymic occupational name for a treasurer, from German Schatz ‘treasure’, Middle High German scha(t)z. It may also have been a nickname for a rich man (or ironically for a miser), or else for a well-liked person or a ladies’ favorite, from the use of the vocabulary word as a term of endearment... [more]
SCHÄTZEL     German
German diminutive of Schatz, or a nickname for a lover meaning "little sweetheart" (from the same word used as a term of endearment).
SCHAUBERT     German
Variant of Schubert.
SCHAUMBURG     German, Dutch, Belgian
Habitational name from any of the places called Schaumburg or Schauenburg in Germany, or Schauwberg in Brabant, Belgium.
SCHAUS     German, Luxembourgish
A nickname for a simpleton, from schaus, a word in Rhenish Franconian and Lower Rhine dialects of German.
SCHAUWECKER     German
habitational name for someone from Schaubeck near Marbach (Württemberg).
SCHEETZ     German
Anglicized version of the German surname, Schütz, "archer," "yeoman," "protect."
SCHELL     German
Means "noisy" or "loud" from the German word "schel"
SCHEMMEL     German
Nickname for a disabled person, from Middle High German schemel "stool", which was used as a crutch by invalids.
SCHENK     German, Dutch, Jewish
German and Dutch: from Middle High German, Middle Dutch schenke, ‘cupbearer’, ‘wine server’ (from Old High German scenko, from scenken ‘to pour out or serve’), hence an occupational name for a cupbearer or server of wine... [more]
SCHENKEL     German, Dutch, Jewish
German, Dutch, and Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname for someone with long or otherwise notable legs, from Middle High German schenkel, Middle Dutch schenkel, schinkel ‘thigh’, ‘lower leg’, German Schenkel ‘thigh’.
SCHEUNEMANN     German
It literally means someone who either lives near (or in, if poor &/or homeless) a barn or works within its general vicinity.
SCHICKLGRUBER     German (Austrian)
This was the surname of Maria Schicklgruber (April 15, 1795 - January 7, 1847), the mother of Adolf Hitler.
SCHIEFELBEIN     German
Habitational name from Schievelbein in Pomerania.
SCHILD     German, Dutch
Occupational name for a maker or painter of shields, from Middle High German, Middle Dutch schilt "shield".
SCHILDHAUER     German
First appeared during the Middle Ages in Central Europe/Germany. The name means "Shield-Maker" and suggests correlation to Blacksmiths or or other forms of metalwork in the time period.
SCHINK     Upper German, Dutch
Nickname for someone with long or otherwise remarkable legs, from Middle High German schinke ‘thigh’, ‘leg’. Compare Schenkel. ... [more]
SCHLEMMER     German
Derived from a Middle High German word meaning "feast" and thus used as a nickname for a "gourmet".
SCHLEY     German
Name for someone living by the Schlei river.
SCHLOTE     German
literal meaning: smokestack
SCHMALTZ     German (Rare), German (Austrian, Rare)
Schmaltz is a German and Austrian surname. It was used as an occupational surname for chandlers.
SCHMUCK     German, German (Austrian)
From Middle High German smuc meaning "jewel", "finery", hence a metonymic occupational name for a jeweler, or a nickname for someone who wore a prominent jewel or ornament.North German: nickname from Middle Low German smuck meaning "neat", "dainty".
SCHNIEDER     German
North German and American variant of Schneider
SCHOCK     German
German origin. Means "shock" in German, as in surprise.
SCHOEN     German, Jewish, Dutch
German (Schön) nickname for a handsome or pleasant man, from Middle High German schoene ‘fine’, ‘beautiful’; ‘refined’, ‘friendly’, ‘nice’. ... [more]
SCHOENWETTER     German
German (Schönwetter): nickname for someone with a happy disposition, from Middle High German schœn ‘beautiful’, ‘fine’, ‘nice’ + wetter ‘weather’.
SCHÖMER     German
Nickname for an offensive person, from Middle High German schemen "to insult."
SCHOMMER     German
"one who was a gossip, a vagabond or rascal"... [more]
SCHÖN     German, Swedish
Derived from Middle High German schoene "beautiful, friendly".
SCHÖNENBERGER     German
Habitational name for someone from any of several places in Germany and Switzerland named Schönenberg.
SCHOTTE     German
From schotte, an ethnic name for a Scottish person or somebody of such descent.
SCHOTTLANDER     German, Jewish, Dutch
From German Schottland, 'Scotland' and, in some cases, denoted an immigrant from Scotland or Ireland. Numerous Irish fled to continental Europe after the Anglo-Norman invasion in the 13th century.... [more]
SCHÖTTMER     German
Habitational name for someone from Schötmar in the Lippe area.
SCHRAM     German, English, Yiddish
Derived from German Schramme (Middle High German schram(me)) and Yiddish shram, all of which mean "scar".
SCHREIBER     German
German for "scribe" or "secretary"
SCHROCK     German
Some think that the last name Schrock comes from the German word which meant something along the lines of "Jump" or "Leaps" and was probably a nickname to someone who was a great jumper, or someone who was easily startled.
SCHRÖDINGER     German
Denoted a person from Schröding, a old placename in Bavaria.
SCHUKNECHT     German
Occupational name for a shoemaker’s assistant, from Middle High German schuoch meaning "shoe" + knecht meaning "journeyman", "assistant".
SCHÜLER     German
Variant of SCHULER.
SCHULLER     German
Variant of SCHULER.
SCHULLER     German
Possibly a habitational name from Schüller in the Eifel.
SCHUTTE     Dutch, Low German
Dutch and North German (Schütte) occupational name for an archer, from Middle Low German schutten ‘to shoot’. Compare German Schuetz.
SCHUTZ     German
Occupational surname for an archer or a watchman (from Middle High German schützen "to guard or protect"). Also a habitational name from Schutz, a place near Trier, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany.
SCHWAAB     German
The surname of German VfB Stuttgart footballer Daniel Schwaab, born in Waldkirch, Germany.
SCHWAB     German, Jewish
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): regional name for someone from Swabia (German Schwaben), from Middle High German Swap, German Schwabe ‘Swabian’. The region takes its name from a Germanic tribe recorded from the 1st century BC in the Latin form Suebi or Suevi, of uncertain origin; it was an independent duchy from the 10th century until 1313, when the territory was broken up.
SCHWAN     German
Means "Swan" in German.
SCHWANBECK     German
Habitational name from any of several places so named, for example near Lübeck and near Anklam.
SCHWANDT     German
Topographic name for someone who lived in a forest clearing, from Middle High German swant (from swenden "to thin out", "make disappear", causative from swinden "to disappear" modern German schwinden.
SCHWANDT     German
Habitational name from any of the various places called Schwand or Schwanden, all in southern Germany, named with this element, from Middle High German swant (from swenden "to thin out", "make disappear", causative from swinden "to disappear" modern German schwinden.
SCHWARZKOPF     German
Means "black head", from German Schwarz "black", and Kopf "head".
SCHWEDER     German, Upper German
German: ethnic name for a Swede.... [more]
SCHWEER     Low German
North German: variant of Schweder or Schwehr.
SCHWEHR     German
German: relationship name, a variant of Schwäher, a variant of Schwager.
SCHWEINHARDT     German
an occupational or nickname having to do with pigs
SCHWEINSTEIGER     German
Means "Swine Climber". ... [more]
SCHWEITZ     German
Ethnic name for a Swiss, from German Schweitz meaning "Swiss".
SCHWEND     German
Variant of SCHWANDT.
SCHWER     Upper German, German, Jewish
South German relationship name from Middle High German sweher ‘father-in-law’. ... [more]
SCHWING     German
Occupational name for someone whose job was to swingle flax, i.e. to beat the flax with a swingle in order to remove the woody parts of the plant prior to spinning, from Middle German swingen meaning "to swing" or swing meaning "swingle".
SEAGER     English, German (Modern)
English: from the Middle English personal name Segar, Old English S?gar, composed of the elements s? ‘sea’ + gar ‘spear’.... [more]
SEBERT     German, French
From a German personal name composed of the elements sigi meaning "victory" + berht meaning "bright", "famous".
SEE     English, German
Topographic name for someone who lived by the sea-shore or beside a lake, from Middle English see meaning "sea", "lake" (Old English sǣ), Middle High German sē. Alternatively, the English name may denote someone who lived by a watercourse, from an Old English sēoh meaning "watercourse", "drain".
SEES     German
Variant of Seese.
SEESE     German
Comes from a Germanic personal name, Sigizo, from a compound name formed with sigi ‘victory’ as the first element.
SEIB     German
Short form of SEIBOLD. Ultimately derived from names composed of the Germanic name element sigi "victory".
SEID     German
From the Germanic given name Sito, a short form of a compound name formed with sigi "victory".
SEIDE     German, Jewish
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): from Middle High German side, German Seide ‘silk’ (from Late Latin seta, originally denoting animal hair), hence a metonymic occupational name for a manufacturer or seller of silk.
SEIDER     German
Originating in the region of Saxony. Name of a silk merchant, from the German word for silk: seide
SEIDMAN     Jewish, German
Derived from SEID.
SEILER     German
German and Jewish occupational surname for a rope maker.
SEIM     Upper German
German: metonymic occupational name for a beekeeper, from Middle High German seim ‘honey’.
SEINFELD     German, Jewish
From the German word sein "to be" and the word of German Jewish origin feld which means "field". It was a name given to areas of land that had been cleared of forest.
SEITZ     Upper German
A mainly Bavarian surname, from a reduced form of the personal name Seifried, a variant of Siegfried. Germanized spelling of Slovenian Zajc, nickname from zajec "hare".
SEIWERT     German
Variant of SEIVERT.
SELZ     German
The Selz is a river in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, and a left hand tributary of the Rhine. It flows through the largest German wine region, Rheinhessen or Rhenish Hesse. Also, Seltz (German: Selz) is a commune in the Bas-Rhin department of the Alsace-Champagne-Ardenne-Lorraine region in north-eastern France.... [more]
SENG     German
1. Topographic name for someone who lived by land cleared by fire, from Middle High German sengen ‘to singe or burn’. ... [more]
SENN     German
Derived from the Middle High German word senne meaning "dairy farmer".
SENSENBACH     German
A topographic name formed with an unexplained first element + Middle High German bach ‘creek’. Pretty common in Iowa and Pennsylvania.
SEWINA     German, Polish
The first available record of the Sewina family name is around 1620 in the province of Silesia, a mixed cultural region between Germany and Poland. Once part of the Prussian Empire and Germany. After World War Two, the area is now part of Poland... [more]
SEYLER     German
Germanic surname
SHADE     English, German, Dutch, Scottish
Topographic name for someone who lived near a boundary, from Old English scead ‘boundary’.nickname for a very thin man, from Middle English schade ‘shadow’, ‘wraith’.... [more]
SHADEL     German (Anglicized, ?)
Derived from the German 'Schadle', meaning cranium or skull.
SHAFFNER     German, German (Swiss)
Americanized version of German occupational name for a steward or bailiff, variant of Schaffner and Schaffer.... [more]
SHAINWALD     German
German for "beautiful forest", probably (?) related to Sheinfeld
SHATNER     German (Anglicized), Jewish (Anglicized)
Anglicized form of Schattner. A notable bearer was Canadian actor William Shatner (1931-), who is known for his roles as Captain James T. Kirk in 'Star Trek', T.J. Hooker in 'T.J. Hooker', Denny Crane in 'Boston Legal', and the Priceline Negotiator in Priceline.com commercials.
SHEARER     English, Scottish, German
From Germanic schere, 'to shear', so was most likely a nickname for a person who sheared sheep.... [more]
SHIEMKE     German, Polish, Slavic
Americanized spelling of Kashub Name: "Shiemke" Root Name: "Schimke" "Szymek" or "Szymko" ... [more]
SHOEN     German (Anglicized), Jewish
Americanized spelling of German or Ashkenazic Jewish Schön or Schoen.
SHONKWILER     German (?), Dutch (?)
German or Dutch?
SHOWECKER     German
Variant of Schauwecker
SIECK     German
The name is originally spelled "Siecke". Eric Siecke came from Norway and settled in Holstein, Germany in the year 1307. The final "e" was dropped by most of the family, though one branch still retains it... [more]
SIEGFRIED     German
From a Germanic personal name composed of the elements sigi "victory" and fridu "peace". The German surname has also occasionally been adopted by Ashkenazic Jews.
SIEVERT     Low German, Dutch, Swedish
Derived from the given name SIVERT. A Sievert (Sv) is a unit measuring the effect of ionizing radiation on the human body (called equivalent absorbed radiation dose). It was named after Swedish medical physicist Rolf Sievert (1896 – 1966).
SIEVERTSEN     German
Patronymic of Sievert.
SIEWERT     German
Derived from the Frisian and Low German given name Sievert.
SILBER     German, Jewish
From Middle High German "silber," meaning "silver." Metonymic occupational name for a silversmith, or often, in the case of the Jewish surname, an ornamental name.
SILBERMAN     German, Jewish
Variant of Silber, with the addition of Middle High German man meaning "man" or Yiddish man meaning "man".
SILBERSTEIN     German, Jewish
From Middle High German silber "silver" and stein "stone"; a habitational name from a place so named in Bavaria, or a topographic name.... [more]
SIMBECK     German
Originates from the German prefix sim meaning "of the head" and the German word becka meaning "bull". When combined in this order, the meaning was "bull-headed", meaning stubborn and obstinant.
SIMM     German
A shortening of the given name Simon.
SING     German, Chinese (Cantonese), Indian
German: probably a variant of Seng. ... [more]
SINGER     German
variant of Sänger, in the sense of ‘poet’
SKELTON     English, German, Norwegian (Rare)
Habitational name from places in Cumbria and Yorkshire, England, originally named with the same elements as Shelton, but with a later change of ‘s’ to ‘sk’ under Scandinavian influence.
SMOKE     English, German, German (Austrian)
Possibly a variant of English Smock or an altered form of German Schmuck.
SNYDER     Dutch, English, German, Yiddish, Jewish
Means "tailor" in Dutch, an occupational name for a person who stitched coats and clothing.... [more]
SOETE     Low German
Derived from Low German söt /seut "sweet".
SOLDNER     German
German surname meaning mercenary. German spelling has umlaut over the O, but American spelling is Soldner or Soeldner.
SOMMERFELD     German, Jewish
German cognate of SUMMERFIELD
SONNENBLUME     German
Means "sunflower" in German.
SONTAG     German, Jewish
"sunday;" usually given to a person who was born on a sunday.
SPARK     English, German
Northern English: from the Old Norse byname or personal name Sparkr ‘sprightly’, ‘vivacious’.... [more]
SPECK     German
Variant of Specker as well as a locational surname from one of various places called Speck, Specke and Specken in northern Germany and Spöck in southern Germany, as well as an occupational surname derived from German Speck "bacon" denoting a butcher who sepcialized in the production of bacon, as well as a derisive nickname for a corpulent person.
SPERLICH     German
German
SPIEGEL     German, Jewish
Metonymic occupational name for a maker or seller of mirrors, from Middle High German spiegel, German Spiegel "mirror" (via Old High German from Latin speculum, a derivative of specere "to look").
SPIEGLER     German, Jewish
Occupational name for a maker or seller of mirrors, from Middle High German spiegel, German Spiegel "mirror" and the agent suffix -er.
SPIELBERG     Jewish, German
From Old High German spiegel "lookout point" or German Spiel "game, play" and berg "mountain". Locational surname after a town in Austria. A famous bearer is American director Steven Spielberg (1946-present).
SPIES     German
While it translates to the plural of "spy" in English, Spies is a semi-common name found throughout Germany and the surrounding nations. This surname is also popular throughout states with a high German population.
SPINDLER     English, German, Jewish
Occupational name for a spindle maker, from an agent derivative of Middle English spindle, Middle High German spindel, German Spindel, Yiddish shpindl "spindle, distaff".
SPITZ     German, Yiddish
From the German spitz "point", referring to a person who lives near a pointy hill or a field that is pointed at one end.
SPOHR     German
Occupational name for a maker of spurs, from Middle High German spor ‘spur’, or a topographic name, from Middle High German spor ‘spoor’, ‘animal tracks’.... [more]
SPRINGER     German, English, Dutch, Jewish
Nickname for a lively person or for a traveling entertainer. It can also refer to a descendant of Ludwig der Springer (AKA Louis the Springer), a medieval Franconian count who, according to legend, escaped from a second or third-story prison cell by jumping into a river after being arrested for trying to seize County Saxony in Germany.
STADTMUELLER     German
From Middle High German stet meaning "place", "town" + müller meaning "miller", hence an occupational name for a miller who ground the grain for a town.
STAHL     German
Metonymic occupational name for a smith or armorer, from Middle High German stal "steel, armor".
STÄHLE     German
Variant of Stahl.
STALLINGS     German
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STALLMAN     German
Variant of Staller. German: topographic name for someone who lived in a muddy place, from the dialect word stal. English: habitational name from Stalmine in Lancashire, named probably with Old English stæll 'creek', 'pool' + Old Norse mynni 'mouth'.
STANCEL     German
Probably an altered spelling of Stancil or possibly of German Stenzel.
STANDFUß     German
It literally means "pedestal".
STANG     German, Jewish
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic) from Middle High German stang, German Stange ‘pole’, ‘shaft’, hence a nickname for a tall, thin person, a metonymic occupational name for a maker of wooden shafts for spears and the like, or a metonymic occupational name for a soldier.
STANISLAW     Polish, German
Polish from the personal name Stanislaw, composed of the Slavic elements stani ‘become’ + slav ‘glory’, ‘fame’, ‘praise’. This surname is well established in German-speaking lands.
STANTZ     German
Possibly an altered spelling of German Stanz, a habitation name from places called Stans or Stanz in Austria and Switzerland (see also Stentz).
STAR     German, Dutch, Jewish, English
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname from German Star, Middle High German star, ‘starling’, probably denoting a talkative or perhaps a voracious person.... [more]
STATE     German
Nickname from Middle High German stæt(e) meaning "firm", "steadfast", "constant".
STAUB     German (Swiss), German, Jewish
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic) occupational nickname for a miller, from Middle High German stoup, German Staub ‘dust’. The Jewish surname may also be ornamental.
STAUCH     German
From Middle High German stuche, a term used to denote both a type of wide sleeve and a headcovering. Also a habitational name from a place called Staucha, near Dresden.
STAUFFER     German
This surname refers either to various towns named Stauffen or else it might be derived from Middle High German stouf "high rock/cliff/crag".
STEGALL     German
Grandmother marian name
STEGER     German
Means "head miner" or "overman" from the German verb "steigen" meaning "to climb" or in this case "to lead a climb".
STEHR     German
From Middle High German ster ‘ram’, hence probably a nickname for a lusty person, or possibly a metonymic occupational name for a shepherd.
STEINBACH     German, Jewish
German habitational name from any of the many places named Steinbach, named with Middle High German stein ‘stone’ + bach ‘stream’, ‘creek’. ... [more]
STEINBECK     German
Denotes a person hailing from one of the many places in Germany called Steinbeck or Steinbach, from Middle High German stein "stone" and bach "stream, creek". In some cases it is a South German occupational name for a mason... [more]
STEINBERG     German
From stony mountain. From "stein" meaning stone, and "berg" meaning mountain.
STEINER     German, Jewish
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): occupational name for someone who worked with stone: a quarry-man, stone-cutter, or stonemason; an agent derivative of Stein. Also can be a topographic name for someone who lived on stony ground or near a prominent outcrop of rock.
STEINMETZ     German, Jewish
Occupational name from Middle High German steinmetze, German steinmetz "stonemason", "worker in stone".
STELTER     German
nickname for a disabled person; from Middle Low German stelte, stilt "wooden leg"
STEM     German
Tis is my Surname, of German ancestry.
STEMPFER     German
Derived from occupation means 'Stump remover'
STENZEL     German
German from a reduced pet form of the Slavic personal name Stanislaw (see Stencel, Stanislaw).
STERN     German
From the German word stern, meaning "star".
STERNKE     Low German (Rare, ?)
From the German word or surname Stern meaning "star" and the Low German diminutive "-ke". The exact origins of this surname are unknown.
STOEHR     German
From Middle Low German store ‘sturgeon’, hence a metonymic occupational name for someone who caught or sold sturgeon, or a nickname for someone with some supposed resemblance to the fish... [more]
STOHR     German
North German (Stöhr): see Stoehr.... [more]
STOLLER     German, Jewish, English
Habitational surname for someone from a place called Stolle, near Zurich (now called Stollen).... [more]
STOLLERMAN     German
A man from Stoll, a province of Germany.
STOLTENBERG     German, Norwegian
Habitational name from places so called in Pomerania and Rhineland. A famous bearer is Jens Stoltenberg (b. 1959), Prime Minister of Norway 2000-2001 and 2005-2013.
STORCH     German, Jewish
From Middle High German storch "stork", hence a nickname for someone thought to resemble the bird.
STORCK     German
German. from the meaning the House of the Storks. ... [more]
STORM     English, German, Dutch, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian (Rare)
Nickname for a man of blustery temperament, from Middle English, Middle Low German, storm, Old Norse stormr meaning "storm".
STRASSMANN     German, Jewish
Topographic name for someone living on a main street, from Middle High German strasse, German Strasse "street, road" and man "man".
STRASSMANN     German, Jewish
Topographic name for someone living on a main street, from Middle High German strasse, German Strasse "street, road" combined with man "man".
STRAUS     German, Jewish
Variant of STRAUSS
STRAUSS     German, Jewish
From the German word strauß, meaning "ostrich." In its use as a Jewish surname, it comes from the symbol of the building or family that the bearer occupied or worked for in the Frankfurter Judengasse... [more]
STRIGL     German
Name given in 1056 a.d. Meaning- Keeper of the Royal Horses.
STRUBEL     German
German (also Strübel): from a diminutive of Middle High German strūp (see Strub).... [more]
STURTZ     German
Sturtz comes from an alpine village in Germany. It literately means "to stumble".
SUH     Low German
North German from Middle Low German su ‘sow’, either a metonymic occupational name for a swineherd or an offensive nickname.
SUHR     German
Nickname for a bitter or cantankerous person, from Middle Low German sūr meaning "sour".
SUMMER     English, German
From Middle English sum(m)er, Middle High German sumer "summer", hence a nickname for someone of a warm or sunny disposition, or for someone associated with the season of summer in some other way.
SUMMERLIN     English, German, Scottish
An English surname.... [more]
SUTTER     German, English
English and South German occupational name for a shoemaker or cobbler (rarely a tailor), from Middle English suter, souter, Middle High German suter, sutære (from Latin sutor, an agent derivative of suere ‘to sew’).
SWISHER     German
Americanized form of German Schweitzer meaning Swiss.
SYDOW     Low German
Habitational name from any of several places so named in Germany.
SYLER     German
Altered spelling of German Seiler.
SZÁSZ     German
Ethnic or regional name for a German speaker from Transylvania or Szepes, etymologically a derivative of German SACHS.
TABBERT     German, Frisian
From Middle Low German tabbert, Middle Dutch tabbaert ‘tabard’, a sleeveless overgarment worn by men in the Middle Ages, (ultimately from French tabard, from Late Latin tabardum)... [more]
TANNEN     German, Jewish
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic) habitational name from any of several places in Lower Saxony or Baden named with German Tannen ‘pine’, or from a short form of any of the many compound names formed with this element... [more]
TANNENBAUM     Jewish, German
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic) topographic name or Jewish ornamental name from German Tannenbaum ‘fir tree’, ‘pine tree’.
TATKE     German
Unknown source.
TATS     German
TAUFER     German (Rare, Archaic)
Taufer is a german surname. The meaning of Taufer is "to dip".... [more]
TEETES     German (Anglicized)
Americanized form of German Dietz
TEITLOFF     German (East Prussian, ?)
maybe German or English ?
TEMPLIN     German
German habitational name from a place so named in Brandenburg, of Slavic origin.
TESCHER     German, Danish
Occupational name for a joiner or a variant of Tasch.
THAL     Jewish, German
Ornamental and topographic name derived from German Tal "valley".
THEISEN     German, Danish, Norwegian
German, Danish, and Norwegian: patronymic from a reduced form of the personal name Matthias or Mathies (see Matthew).
THEISSEN     German
North German: patronymic from Theiss.
THIEL     German
Derived from Old High German thiot "people".
THIESSEN     German, Danish
Reduced form of the personal name Matthias or Mathies.
THOM     German
THOMA     German, German (Swiss)
German and Swiss German: variant of Thomas. Greek: genitive patronymic from Thomas. Genitive patronymics are particularly associated with Cyprus.
THOMAN     German
Derived from the personal name Thoman.
THORN     Low German, German, German (Silesian), Polish, Luxembourgish
In North German, Danish, and Luxembourgish, it is a habitational name for someone who lived near a tower, from Middle Low German torn "tower".... [more]
THREET     American (Anglicized), German
Americanization of German Tritt.
TIESCH     Jewish, German
Variant of Tisch.
TIMM     German, Dutch, English
English: probably from an otherwise unrecorded Old English personal name, cognate with the attested Continental Germanic form Timmo. This is of uncertain origin, perhaps a short form of Dietmar... [more]
TISCH     Jewish, German
Metonymic occupational name for a joiner, from German "Tisch", Yiddish "tish" meaning table.
TÖPFER     German
It literally means "potter".
TORN     German
Derived from Old High German dorn / torn "thorn". As a surname, it was usually given to someone who lived near a thorn hedge.
TRAUSCH     German, Slavic, Low German, Luxembourgish
A nickname either derived from Trauschke, a nickname from Old Slavic drugu "companion", or from Middle Low German druus "sullen", "dour".
TRAUTWIG     German (Modern)
From an Ancient German given name made of the name elements TRUD "strength" and WIG "fight"
TREICHEL     German (Swiss)
Swiss German: from a word meaning ‘cow bell’, presumably a nickname for a cowherd or farmer, or a metonymic occupational name for someone who made cow bells.
TREU     German, Jewish
From a nickname for a trustworthy person, from late Middle High German triuwe ‘loyal’. As a Jewish surname it is mainly ornamental.
TREXLER     German
It is derived from the Middle High German "Drehseler," meaning "turner," and was most likely initially borne by a turner or lathe worker.
TROTTER     English, Scottish, German
Northern English and Scottish: occupational name for a messenger, from an agent derivative of Middle English trot(en) 'to walk fast' (Old French troter, of Germanic origin). ... [more]
TROY     Irish, English, German, Jewish, French, Dutch
As an Irish surname, it is a reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Troighthigh, meaning ‘descendant of Troightheach’.... [more]
TRUMBO     French, German
French (Alsatian) form of German Trumbauer.
TRUMP     English, German
English (Devon): metonymic occupational name for a trumpeter, from Middle English trumpe ‘trumpet’.German (Bavaria): metonymic occupational name for a drummer, from Middle High German trumpe ‘drum’... [more]
TRUX     German
Variant of Drux.
TSCHIDA     German
Derived from the Czech word "třída," which means class, kind, category, grade, or avenue and place.
TSCHIDA     German
The Germanic spelling of the Hungarian name Çsida. Derived from the Turkish word for rider, or man on horseback.
TUELL     German
nickname from Slavic (Old Slavic toliti ""to soothe or calm"")
TYLSON     English, German (Anglicized)
English: variant of Dyson (see surname Dye). ... [more]
ÜBERMACHT     German
Same given to someone with a lot of power.
UHLER     German
Uhler is an Ortsgemeinde – a municipality belonging to a Verbandsgemeinde, a kind of collective municipality – in the Rhein-Hunsrück-Kreis in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. It belongs to the Verbandsgemeinde of Kastellaun, whose seat is in the like-named town.
UHLMANN     German
From a pet form of a Germanic compound personal name beginning with odal ‘inherited property’.
ULENSPEGEL     Low German, Literature
This is the name of Dyl Ulenspegel is a trickster figure originating in Middle Low German folklore, possibly meaning "owl mirror".
ULMER     German
German surname meaning "from the city of Ulm".
ULRICH     German
Derived from the personal name Ulrich.
ULSHAFER     German
Altered form of ULSHÖFER.
ULSHÖFER     German
Habitational name for someone from a place called Ilshofen (old form Ulleshoven), near Schwäbisch Hall.
UNGER     German
German, Jewish (Ashkenazic), and Slovenian: ethnic name for a Hungarian or a nickname for someone who had trade relations with Hungary, from the ethnic term Unger ‘Hungarian’ ... [more]
UNTERREINER     German
Topographic name for someone who lived below a mountain ridge, from Middle High German under meaning ‘under’ + rein meaning ‘ridge’.
URBAN     English, French, German, Czech, Slovak, Polish, Ukrainian, Belarusian, Hungarian, Jewish
From a medieval personal name (Latin Urbanus meaning "city dweller", a derivative of urbs meaning "town", "city").
UTECH     German
From Middle Low German ūt-echtisch ‘outsider’, a term denoting someone who was not a member of a particular guild.
VADER     German (Rare)
From Middle Low German vader meaning ‘father’, ‘senior’; in the Middle Ages this was used a term of address for someone who was senior in rank or age.
VALEE     German
From French origin, denoting someone who lives or comes from a valley.
VALLIE     German
Probably an altered spelling of German Valee, a fairly common surname of French origin denoting someone who lived in a valley. The name in Germany is also spelled Wallee.
VANDERBILT     Dutch, German
Topographic name for someone living by a low hill, from Middle Low German bulte "mound", "low hill".
VEERS     German (Rare)
German variant of Weers.
VELTE     German
German variant of Velten.
VELTEN     Dutch, German
Dutch and German from a vernacular form of the personal name Valentin (see Valentine).
VERMETTE     German
Variant of METTE.
VETTER     German
from a nickname from Middle High German veter(e) ‘uncle’, ‘nephew’. The word is from Old High German fetiro (a derivative of fater ‘father’), which was used more generally to denote various male relatives; the meaning of modern German Vetter is ‘cousin’.
VILLARD     German
Altered form of German Hilgard, from the female personal name Hildegard, composed of the Germanic elements hild "strife, battle" and gard "fortress, stronghold".
VILLASURDA     German
Villasurda is a Germanic name dating back to the time of the Vikings. It, roughly translated from a Norse word, means, "the one who is fat."
VILLWOCK     German
Of uncertain and much debated origin.... [more]
VISSERS     Flemish, Dutch, German
Variation of Fischer.
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