German Submitted Surnames
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Topographic name for someone living on a main street, from Middle High German strasse
, German Strasse
"street, road" and man
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]
Name given in 1056 a.d. Meaning- Keeper of the Royal Horses.
Means "straw" when translated from German, indicating a thin man, a person with straw-colored hair, or a dealer of straw.
German (also Strübel): from a diminutive of Middle High German strūp (see Strub).... [more]
Sturtz comes from an alpine village in Germany. It literately means "to stumble".
Sugar is the surname of talented storyteller, writer, and composer Rebecca Rae Sugar (creator of animated series Steven Universe).
North German from Middle Low German su
‘sow’, either a metonymic occupational name for a swineherd or an offensive nickname.
Nickname for a bitter or cantankerous person, from Middle Low German sūr meaning "sour".
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.
English and South German occupational name for a shoemaker or cobbler (rarely a tailor), from Middle English suter
, Middle High German suter
(from Latin sutor
, an agent derivative of suere
Americanized form of German Schweitzer meaning Swiss.
Habitational name from any of several places so named in Germany.
Ethnic or regional name for a German speaker from Transylvania or Szepes, etymologically a derivative of German SACHS
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
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]
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic) topographic name or Jewish ornamental name from German Tannenbaum
‘fir tree’, ‘pine tree’.
German habitational name from a place so named in Brandenburg, of Slavic origin.
Ornamental and topographic name derived from German Tal
Derived from Old High German thiot
THOMAGerman, German (Swiss)
German and Swiss German: variant of Thomas. Greek: genitive patronymic from Thomas. Genitive patronymics are particularly associated with Cyprus.
TIMMGerman, 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
Metonymic occupational name for a joiner, from German "Tisch", Yiddish "tish" meaning table
Derived from Old High German dorn / torn
"thorn". As a surname, it was usually given to someone who lived near a thorn hedge.
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.
From a nickname for a trustworthy person, from late Middle High German triuwe
‘loyal’. As a Jewish surname it is mainly ornamental.
It is derived from the Middle High German "Drehseler," meaning "turner," and was most likely initially borne by a turner or lathe worker.
TROTTEREnglish, 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]
Surname common among the Amish and the Mennonites. It is the Pennsylvania German form of the German last name "Dreier", "Dreyer" or "Treyer". Hans Treyer, an early Anabaptist leader, died as a martyr of his faith in Bern in 1529... [more]
Metonymic occupational name for a drummer, from Middle High German trumpe
Derived from the Czech word "třída," which means class, kind, category, grade, or avenue and place.
The Germanic spelling of the Hungarian name Çsida
. Derived from the Turkish word for rider, or man on horseback.
nickname from Slavic (Old Slavic toliti ""to soothe or calm"")
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.
From a pet form of a Germanic compound personal name beginning with odal
German surname meaning "from the city of Ulm".
Habitational name for someone from a place called Ilshofen (old form Ulleshoven), near Schwäbisch Hall.
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]
Topographic name for someone who lived below a mountain ridge, from Middle High German under
meaning ‘under’ + rein
URBANEnglish, 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").
From Middle Low German ūt-echtisch ‘outsider’, a term denoting someone who was not a member of a particular guild.
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.
From French origin, denoting someone who lives or comes from a valley.
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
Topographic name for someone living by a low hill, from Middle Low German bulte
"mound", "low hill".
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’.
Altered form of German Hilgard
, from the female personal name Hildegard
, composed of the Germanic elements hild
"strife, battle" and gard
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."
Means "bird song" in German. From the German words vogel (bird) and sang (song).
From a German personal name composed of the elements folk ‘people’ + berht ‘bright’, ‘famous’. In the U.S. this name is often Americanized as Fulbright and Fullbright.
VON SYDOWSwedish, German
von Sydow is a German and Swedish noble family from Pomerania, an area in modern day Poland and Germany. Some members of the family immigrated to Sweden in 1724. The name literary means "from Sydow
Topographic name for someone who lived by a hill frequented by foxes, from Middle Low German vos
"fox" and berg
Occupational name for a watchman, from Middle High German wachtære
, Middle Dutch wacht(e)re
. (cf. WAITE
Occupational name from Middle High German wagenman ‘hauler’, ‘wagoner’.
From Middle High German Walhe
"foreigner from a Romance country", hence a nickname for someone from Italy or France, etc. This surname is also established in Sweden.
Topographic name for someone who lived in or near a forest (Old High German wald
, northern Middle English wald
Habitational surname for a person from a place in Bohemia called Waldstein, which is derived from Middle High German walt
"forest" + stein
Of French origin, denoting a person who lives in or is from a valley.
"Wapel" (pronounced VA-pel) is a river in Northern Germany. "Horst" means 'eagle's nest' in modern German but also means 'man of the forest' in Old German.
Dutch habitational name from places so named in Friesland and Overijssel. The one in Friesland was the site of a famous victory of Frisians over the Hollanders in the 14th century. ... [more]
Occupational surname for a washer, from Middle High German waschen
Wasser Family History. German: topographic name from Middle High German wazzer 'water'. Jewish (Ashkenazic): ornamental name or a metonymic occupational name for a water-carrier, from German Wasser, Yiddish vaser 'water'.
Topographic name from Middle High German wazzer
South German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): habitational name from any of various places so named in Baden, Bavaria, and Württemberg, from Latin villa ‘country house’, ‘estate’ (later used of a group of houses forming a settlement).
Habitational name from any of several places so named in southern Germany. Jewish (Ashkenazic): variant of Weil
Habitational name from any of several places called Weimar in Hesse and Thuringia.... [more]
Derived from German weingärtner
meaning "wine maker, vintner", which itself is derived from German weingarten
meaning "vineyard". The latter is a composite word consisting of German wein
"wine" combined with German garten
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic) occupational name for a viticulturalist or wine merchant, Middle High German winman
, German Weinmann
Ashkenazi Jewish surname meaning "wine stone" from German wein
meaning “wine” and stein
meaning “stone, rock”. It refers to potassium bitartrate crystals produced as a result of fermenting grapes.
WEINSTOCKEnglish, German, Hebrew
This surname of WEINSTOCK is the English variant of the German surname WENSTOCK, an occupational name for a producer or seller of wine, derived originally from the Old German WEIN. The name was also adopted by Ashkenazic Jews, largely recollecting the prominence of wine in the Jewish Scriptures and its used in Jewish ceremonies... [more]
Name given to our family by our relative, a German king.
Either from the Olde English term for a person who extracted salt from seawater, or from the English and German "well(e)," meaning "someone who lived by a spring or stream."... [more]
From Middle High German welsch
"person from a Romance country (especially Italy), foreigner", hence an ethnic name or in some cases perhaps a nickname for someone who had trading or other connections with the Romance countries.
From a Swiss German diminutive of the German given name Walther
. A literary bearer was the American writer Eudora Welty (1909-2001).
Ethnic name for a Wend, Middle High German wind(e)
. The Wends (also known as Sorbians) once occupied a large area of northeastern Germany (extending as far west as Lüneburg, with an area called Wendland), and many German place names and surnames are of Wendish origin... [more]
Werdum is a municipality in the district of Wittmund, in Lower Saxony, Germany.
German habitational name from a place so named near Hannover.
Habitational name for someone from any of several places named Wessen.
From Middle High German wëster
‘westerly’, hence a topographic name for someone who lived to the west of a settlement, or a regional name for one who had migrated from further west.
From Middle Low German wester
meaning "westerly" and man
meaning "man", making it a topographic surname for someone who lived west of a settlement or a regional surname for someone who had moved to the west... [more]
English: topographic name for someone who lived in an outlying settlement dependent on a larger village, Old English wic (Latin vicus), or a habitational name from a place named with this word, of which there are examples in Berkshire, Gloucestershire, Somerset, and Worcestershire... [more]
From the Germanic personal name Widiman
, composed of witu
‘wood’ or wit
‘wide’, ‘broad’ + man
‘man’. Americanized form of German Weidmann
From a short form of any of various Germanic personal names beginning with wig
Habitational name from any of various places called Wiesent(h)al.
German: habitational name for someone from a place called Wiesen
, or topographic name for someone who lived by a meadow, a derivative of Middle High German wise ‘meadow’.
WILDMedieval English, English, German, Jewish
English: from Middle English wild
‘wild’, ‘uncontrolled’ (Old English wilde
), hence a nickname for a man of violent and undisciplined character, or a topographic name for someone who lived on a patch of overgrown uncultivated land.... [more]
Patronymic from any of the Germanic personal names beginning with wil
WINDEnglish, German, Danish
Nickname for a swift runner, from Middle English wind
"wind", Middle High German wint
"wind", also "greyhound".
Anglicized variant of German and Yiddish 'Weinhaus'. From German wein
, 'vine, grapevine' and haus
'house, building, home', likely indicating a house with a vineyard. ... [more]
WINKELGerman, Jewish, Dutch, Belgian
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): topographic name for someone who lived on a corner of land in the country or a street corner in a town or city, from Middle High German winkel, German Winkel ‘corner’... [more]
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): topographic name for someone who lived on a corner or kept a corner shop (see Winkel
), with the addition of Middle High German man, German Mann ‘man’. ... [more]
Habitational name from any of several places named with Middle High German winter
"winter" and berg
Habitational name for someone from a place called Wittenberg, Wittenberge, or Wittenbergen.
Habitational name from any of several places so named, for example near Bad Segeberg and near Neubrandenburg.
From a Germanic personal name, composed of the elements widu
"wood" and hari
From the medieval personal name Witzo
, a short form of any of several Germanic compound names beginning with wig ‘battle’. Also a variant of Witzig
. ... [more]
German: nickname from Middle High German witzic ‘clever’, ‘prudent’, ‘knowing’.
WOLFEnglish, German, Jewish
From Middle High German wolf
meaning "wolf". It can also be given in reference to the Hebrew tribe of Benjamin; the symbol for that tribe was the wolf.
WOLFEnglish, German, Danish, Norwegian, Jewish, Scottish, Irish, Swedish, Dutch, Welsh, Flemish
From the Old English & German wulf
and other Germanic cognates, all meaning 'wolf, wild dog'. (Swedish, Norwegian & Danish ulv
, Scots wouf
, Yiddish volf
& Dutch wolf
WOLFEnglish, Danish, German
From a short form of the various Germanic compound names with a first element wolf
"wolf", or a byname or nickname with this meaning. The wolf was native throughout the forests of Europe, including Britain, until comparatively recently... [more]
Means where the wolves cross the river/stream. Wolf meaning the animal and Ford meaning crossing a body of shallow water.... [more]
Surname derived from a northern German short form of the given name Walter.
Surname derived from a diminutive of the given name Wolter, a Low German form of Walter.... [more]
Occupational name for someone who prepared wool for spinning by washing and combing or carding it, from Middle High German wolle(n)slaher, -sleger, Middle Low German wullensleger (literally ‘wool beater’).
Morphed from the German surname Wohleber which means well-liver
WOWEREITGerman (East Prussian)
East Prussian German (and thus heavily Lithuanian influenced) name meaning "squirrel", from Old Prussian wowere
and Lithuanian voveraite
(which, apart from "squirrel", also means "chanterelle").... [more]
Nickname from Middle Low German wrēt, wrede meaning "fierce", "evil", "angry".
Could mean "brave wolf" from the German elements "wulf" (variant of "wolf") and "hard" (meaning "brave, hardy").
From the German "Würde"-honour or dignity, and "Mann"-man or person. "Man of Honour" or "Person of Dignity".
This is a German surname, also spelled WÜRDEMANN (original) and often rendered as WUERDEMANN in English. It come from the German "würde", "dignity" or "honor" and "mann", meaning "man" or "person".... [more]
German origin from the place name am Virgen originally meaning a person from the town of Virgen in Tyrol. Construed as a family name in 1501.
Derived from German Wurst
(Middle High German wurst
) "sausage" and thus either denoted a butcher who specialized in the production of sausages, or was used as a nickname for a plump person or someone who was particularly fond of sausages.
Württemberg is an historical German territory. Together with Baden and Hohenzollern, two other historical territories, it now forms the Federal State of Baden-Württemberg.
Modern coinage, derived from Greek ξυλον (xylon)
"wood, forest" combined with Greek ανδρος (andros)
"of a man". The latter element is the genitive of Greek ανηρ (aner)
Yaeger is a relatively uncommon American surname, most likely a transcription of the common German surname "Jaeger/Jäger" (hunter). The spelling was changed to become phonetic because standard English does not utilize the umlaut.
Americanized form of JÄGER, meaning "hunter."
The surname has multiple meanings. It may come from a Slavic given name, or the High German word zabel
, meaning "board game" - given, perhaps, as a nickname to those who played many board games.
An Americanization of the German surnames Zacher and Zachert. It comes from a vernacular form of the personal name Zacharias.
habitational name from ZAGER, a place near Wollin
Zahn was a nickname given to a person with a peculiar tooth or a strange or defective set of teeth. It comes from the Middle High German Zan(t)
, which means "tooth".
The German surname Zähne is derived from the Middle High German word "zan," which means "tooth." It is believed that the surname takes its origin from a nickname, most likely bestowed on the original bearer due to either a prominent tooth or a missing tooth.
Name given to people who lived in Zahna, near Wittenberg.
Alteration of German Zahneisen
. Refers to someone from a place called Zahnhausen. Also refers to those who made false teeth out of iron: Zan
means "tooth" and iser
means "iron" or "ironworker".
Altered, likely Americanized or Germanized, version of the Czech surname Zemlicka
. Zemlicka derives from žemle
, meaning "bread roll," and was a name given to bakers.... [more]
(chiefly Bavaria, Austria, Switzerland, and Württemberg): occupational name for an official responsible for collecting, on behalf of the lord of the manor, tithes of agricultural produce owed as rent.... [more]
From a prepositional phrase from Middle High German ze hērren, an occupational name for someone was in service of a lord.
Western German and Luxembourgeois: probably a variant spelling of Zeimert, a variant of Zeumer, an occupational name for a harness maker, from an agent derivative of Middle High German zoum ‘bridle’.
ZELLERGerman, Dutch, English, Jewish
Originally denoted someone from Celle, Germany or someone living near a hermit's cell from German zelle
"cell". It is also occupational for someone employed at a zelle
, for example a small workshop.
South German: unflattering nickname for a surly, snarling person, from an agent derivative of Middle High German zannen 'to growl or howl' or 'to bare one's teeth'.
Habitational name from an unidentified place, perhaps Ziersdorf in Lower Austria.
Nickname for someone who wore his hair in a pigtail or plait, Middle High German zopf, zoph, or from a field name from same word in the sense ‘tail’, ‘end’, ‘narrow point’.
ZORANSKYGerman (East Prussian)
The surname Zoransky (alternatively Zoranski) is of Prussian origin and traces back to 1525 when Prussia was formed. The surname Zoransky or Zoranski is of nobility class, however, the family was stripped of its rights and titles in 1834 during the Needle losses which took place 1794-1870... [more]
ZUBERGerman, German (Swiss)
German: Metonymic occupational name for a cooper or tubmaker, from Middle High German zuber
‘(two-handled) tub’, or a habitational name from a house distinguished by the sign of a tub. ... [more]
Means "sugar mountain" from German zucker
meaning "sugar" and berg
meaning "mountain, hill".
Habitational name for someone from the Swiss city of Zurich.
Means "a twin", as in a twin brother or twin sister. Often given to those who were twins.