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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STRASSMANNGerman, Jewish
Topographic name for someone living on a main street, from Middle High German strasse, German Strasse "street, road" and man "man".
STRAUSSGerman, 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]
STRIGLGerman
Name given in 1056 a.d. Meaning- Keeper of the Royal Horses.
STROHEnglish, German
Means "straw" when translated from German, indicating a thin man, a person with straw-colored hair, or a dealer of straw.
STRUBELGerman
German (also Strübel): from a diminutive of Middle High German strūp (see Strub).... [more]
STURTZGerman
Sturtz comes from an alpine village in Germany. It literately means "to stumble".
SUGARGerman (Rare)
Sugar is the surname of talented storyteller, writer, and composer Rebecca Rae Sugar (creator of animated series Steven Universe).
SUHLow German
North German from Middle Low German su ‘sow’, either a metonymic occupational name for a swineherd or an offensive nickname.
SUHRGerman
Nickname for a bitter or cantankerous person, from Middle Low German sūr meaning "sour".
SUMMEREnglish, 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.
SUMMERLINEnglish, German, Scottish
An English surname.... [more]
SUTTERGerman, 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’).
SWISHERGerman
Americanized form of German Schweitzer meaning Swiss.
SYDOWLow German
Habitational name from any of several places so named in Germany.
SYLERGerman
Altered spelling of German Seiler.
SZÁSZGerman
Ethnic or regional name for a German speaker from Transylvania or Szepes, etymologically a derivative of German SACHS.
TABBERTGerman, 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]
TANNENGerman, 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]
TANNENBAUMJewish, German
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic) topographic name or Jewish ornamental name from German Tannenbaum ‘fir tree’, ‘pine tree’.
TATKEGerman
Unknown source.
TAUFERGerman (Rare, Archaic)
Taufer is a german surname. The meaning of Taufer is "to dip".... [more]
TEETESGerman (Anglicized)
Americanized form of German Dietz
TEITLOFFGerman (East Prussian, ?)
maybe German or English ?
TEMPLINGerman
German habitational name from a place so named in Brandenburg, of Slavic origin.
TESCHERGerman, Danish
Occupational name for a joiner or a variant of Tasch.
THALJewish, German
Ornamental and topographic name derived from German Tal "valley".
THEISENGerman, Danish, Norwegian
German, Danish, and Norwegian: patronymic from a reduced form of the personal name Matthias or Mathies (see Matthew).
THEISSENGerman
North German: patronymic from Theiss.
THIELGerman
Derived from Old High German thiot "people".
THIESSENGerman, Danish
Reduced form of the personal name Matthias or Mathies.
THOMAGerman, German (Swiss)
German and Swiss German: variant of Thomas. Greek: genitive patronymic from Thomas. Genitive patronymics are particularly associated with Cyprus.
THOMANGerman
Derived from the personal name Thoman.
THORNLow 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]
THREETAmerican (Anglicized), German
Americanization of German Tritt.
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... [more]
TISCHJewish, German
Metonymic occupational name for a joiner, from German "Tisch", Yiddish "tish" meaning table.
TÖPFERGerman
It literally means "potter".
TORNGerman
Derived from Old High German dorn / torn "thorn". As a surname, it was usually given to someone who lived near a thorn hedge.
TRAUSCHGerman, 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".
TRAUTWIGGerman (Modern)
From an Ancient German given name made of the name elements TRUD "strength" and WIG "fight"
TREICHELGerman (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.
TREUGerman, Jewish
From a nickname for a trustworthy person, from late Middle High German triuwe ‘loyal’. As a Jewish surname it is mainly ornamental.
TREXLERGerman
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]
TROYIrish, English, German, Jewish, French, Dutch
As an Irish surname, it is a reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Troighthigh, meaning ‘descendant of Troightheach’.... [more]
TROYERGerman (Anglicized)
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]
TRUMBOFrench, German
French (Alsatian) form of German Trumbauer.
TRUMPGerman
Metonymic occupational name for a drummer, from Middle High German trumpe "drum".
TRUXGerman
Variant of Drux.
TSCHIDAGerman
Derived from the Czech word "třída," which means class, kind, category, grade, or avenue and place.
TSCHIDAGerman
The Germanic spelling of the Hungarian name Çsida. Derived from the Turkish word for rider, or man on horseback.
TUELLGerman
nickname from Slavic (Old Slavic toliti ""to soothe or calm"")
TYLSONEnglish, German (Anglicized)
English: variant of Dyson (see surname Dye). ... [more]
ÜBERMACHTGerman
Same given to someone with a lot of power.
UHLERGerman
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.
UHLMANNGerman
From a pet form of a Germanic compound personal name beginning with odal ‘inherited property’.
ULENSPEGELLow German, Literature
This is the name of Dyl Ulenspegel is a trickster figure originating in Middle Low German folklore, possibly meaning "owl mirror".
ULMERGerman
German surname meaning "from the city of Ulm".
ULRICHGerman
Derived from the personal name Ulrich.
ULSHAFERGerman
Altered form of ULSHÖFER.
ULSHÖFERGerman
Habitational name for someone from a place called Ilshofen (old form Ulleshoven), near Schwäbisch Hall.
UNGERGerman
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]
UNTERREINERGerman
Topographic name for someone who lived below a mountain ridge, from Middle High German under meaning ‘under’ + rein meaning ‘ridge’.
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").
UTECHGerman
From Middle Low German ūt-echtisch ‘outsider’, a term denoting someone who was not a member of a particular guild.
VADERGerman (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.
VALEEGerman
From French origin, denoting someone who lives or comes from a valley.
VALLIEGerman
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.
VANDERBILTDutch, German
Topographic name for someone living by a low hill, from Middle Low German bulte "mound", "low hill".
VEERSGerman (Rare)
German variant of Weers.
VELTEGerman
German variant of Velten.
VELTENDutch, German
Dutch and German from a vernacular form of the personal name Valentin (see Valentine).
VETTERGerman
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’.
VILBIGGerman
Unknown.
VILLARDGerman
Altered form of German Hilgard, from the female personal name Hildegard, composed of the Germanic elements hild "strife, battle" and gard "fortress, stronghold".
VILLASURDAGerman
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."
VILLWOCKGerman
Of uncertain and much debated origin.... [more]
VOELKERGerman
My maiden name Surname.
VOGELSANGGerman
Means "bird song" in German. From the German words vogel (bird) and sang (song).
VOGLGerman (Austrian)
Southern German variant of Vogel.
VOGLERGerman
Occupational name for a birdcatcher.
VOLKMUTHGerman
Volk: People... [more]
VOLKSMÄRCHENGerman
A German surname meaning "folk tale".
VOLLBRECHTGerman
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 HAMMERSMARKPopular Culture, German (?)
Means "from Hammersmark" in German. Bridget von Hammersmark is a fictional character in Quentin Tarantino's film 'Inglourious Basterds' from 2009.
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"... [more]
VOSBERGDutch, German
Topographic name for someone who lived by a hill frequented by foxes, from Middle Low German vos "fox" and berg "hill", "mountain".
WACHTERGerman, Dutch
Occupational name for a watchman, from Middle High German wachtære, wehtære, Middle Dutch wacht(e)re. (cf. WAITE).
WACHTMANNGerman
Occupational name for a watchman.
WAGENMANNGerman
Occupational name from Middle High German wagenman ‘hauler’, ‘wagoner’.
WAGGONERGerman
German name; variant of Wagner
WAHLGerman, Jewish
From Middle High German Walhe, Walch "foreigner from a Romance country", hence a nickname for someone from Italy or France, etc. This surname is also established in Sweden.
WAHLBERGGerman, Swedish, Norwegian
Wahlberg is a topographic surname composed of German wal "field, meadow" and berg "mountain, hill".
WALCHGerman
From the personal name Walcho.
WALDGerman, English
Topographic name for someone who lived in or near a forest (Old High German wald, northern Middle English wald).
WALDSTEINGerman, Jewish
Habitational surname for a person from a place in Bohemia called Waldstein, which is derived from Middle High German walt "forest" + stein "stone".
WALLEEGerman
Of French origin, denoting a person who lives in or is from a valley.
WAPELHORSTLow German
"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.
WARNECKEGerman
North German from a pet form of the personal name Warner, Low German form of Werner.
WARNEKEGerman
German variant spelling of Warnecke.
WARNKEGerman
German variant of Warnecke.
WARNSDutch, 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]
WÄSCHERGerman
Occupational surname for a washer, from Middle High German waschen, weschen "to wash".
WASSERGerman, Jewish
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'.
WASSERGerman
Topographic name from Middle High German wazzer "water".
WEIDMANNGerman
Name meaning, "hunter".
WEIHERGerman
Meaning:... [more]
WEILGerman, Jewish
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).
WEILERGerman, Jewish
Habitational name from any of several places so named in southern Germany. Jewish (Ashkenazic): variant of Weil.
WEIMARGerman
Habitational name from any of several places called Weimar in Hesse and Thuringia.... [more]
WEINBERGGerman, Jewish
Weinberg means "Vineyard" in german.
WEINGARTNERGerman
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 "garden"... [more]
WEINMANNGerman, Jewish
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic) occupational name for a viticulturalist or wine merchant, Middle High German winman, German Weinmann.
WEINREICHGerman
from the name "Winrich"... [more]
WEINSTEINGerman, Jewish
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]
WEISENBURGERGerman, Jewish
Habitational name for someone from any of numerous places named Weissenburg "white fortress".
WEISMANGerman, German (Austrian), Jewish
A German surname meaning "white man"
WELFINGGerman
Name given to our family by our relative, a German king.
WELKERGerman
Variant of WALKER.
WELLEREnglish, German
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]
WELSCHGerman
From Middle High German welsch, walsch "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.
WELTRAUMGerman
A German surname meaning "outer space".
WELTYGerman (Swiss)
From a Swiss German diminutive of the German given name Walther. A literary bearer was the American writer Eudora Welty (1909-2001).
WENDGerman
Variant of Wendt.
WENDTGerman, Danish
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]
WENTZGerman (Rare)
Originally a pet form of the given names Werner and Wenceslaw. Meaning "guard" or "army".
WEPENERSouth African, German
South African, German decent/history
WERDUMGerman
Werdum is a municipality in the district of Wittmund, in Lower Saxony, Germany.
WERTHEIMERGerman, Jewish
Habitational name for someone from Wertheim.
WESELOHGerman
German habitational name from a place so named near Hannover.
WESNERGerman
Habitational name for someone from any of several places named Wessen.
WESTERGerman
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.
WESTERMANNLow German
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]
WETTSTEINGerman (Rare)
North German: variant of Wetzstein, from Middle Low German wetsten "whetstone".
WICKEnglish, German
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]
WIDEMANGerman
From the Germanic personal name Widiman, composed of witu ‘wood’ or wit ‘wide’, ‘broad’ + man ‘man’. Americanized form of German Weidmann ‘huntsman’.
WIDMANGerman
Altered spelling of German Widmann.
WIDMANNGerman
Variant of Wiedmann ‘huntsman’ and Wideman.
WIEBEGerman
From a short form of any of various Germanic personal names beginning with wig ‘battle’, ‘war.’
WIEDMANNUpper German
North German variant of Widemann (see Wideman).
WIEMANNLow German
Variant of Weinmann, from Middle Low German, Middle High German winman ‘viticulturalist’, ‘wine merchant’. Variant of Wiedemann. ... [more]
WIESELGerman, Jewish
Means "weasel" in German.
WIESENTHALGerman
Habitational name from any of various places called Wiesent(h)al.
WIESNERGerman
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]
WILLScottish, English, German
Scottish and northern English from the medieval personal name Will, a short form of William, or from some other medieval personal names with this first element, for example Wilbert or Willard... [more]
WILLEGerman
From a short form of any of the Germanic personal names beginning Willi-, as for example, Willibrant, Willihart.
WILLSGerman
Patronymic from any of the Germanic personal names beginning with wil "will, desire".
WINDEnglish, German, Danish
Nickname for a swift runner, from Middle English wind "wind", Middle High German wint "wind", also "greyhound".
WINDGerman
Variant of Wendt.
WINEHOUSEJewish, German
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]
WINKELMANNGerman, Jewish
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]
WINTERBERGGerman
Habitational name from any of several places named with Middle High German winter "winter" and berg "mountain".
WINTERSEnglish, German
Patronymic form of Winter.
WISSMACHGerman
I think it is German
WITTENLow German
North German patronymic from Witte.
WITTENBERGLow German
Habitational name for someone from a place called Wittenberg, Wittenberge, or Wittenbergen.
WITTENBORNLow German
Habitational name from any of several places so named, for example near Bad Segeberg and near Neubrandenburg.
WITTERGerman
From a Germanic personal name, composed of the elements widu "wood" and hari "army".
WITZGerman, Jewish
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]
WITZIGGerman
German: nickname from Middle High German witzic ‘clever’, ‘prudent’, ‘knowing’.
WOELKGerman
German variant spelling of Wölk (see Wolk).
WOELKEGerman
German variant spelling of Wölke, itself a variant of Wolk.
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)... [more]
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]
WOLFORDGerman
Means where the wolves cross the river/stream. Wolf meaning the animal and Ford meaning crossing a body of shallow water.... [more]
WOLFRAMEnglish, German
From the given name Wolfram.
WOLKGerman, American
Surname derived from a northern German short form of the given name Walter.
WOLKENGerman
Surname derived from a diminutive of the given name Wolter, a Low German form of Walter.... [more]
WOLLSCHLÄGERGerman
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’).
WOOLEVERGerman
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]
WOZZEKGerman
Germanized form of VOYTEK.
WRIEDTGerman, Dutch
Nickname from Middle Low German wrēt, wrede meaning "fierce", "evil", "angry".
WULFHARTGerman
Could mean "brave wolf" from the German elements "wulf" (variant of "wolf") and "hard" (meaning "brave, hardy").
WÜRDEMANNGerman
From the German "Würde"-honour or dignity, and "Mann"-man or person. "Man of Honour" or "Person of Dignity".
WURDEMANNGerman (Rare)
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]
WURNIGGerman
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.
WURSTERGerman
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.
WÜRTTEMBERGGerman
Württemberg is an historical German territory. Together with Baden and Hohenzollern, two other historical territories, it now forms the Federal State of Baden-Württemberg.
WYANDTGerman
Americanized form of German WIEGAND... [more]
XANDERGerman
From a short form of the personal name Alexander.
XYLANDERGerman (Rare)
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) "man"... [more]
YAEGERGerman
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.
YAGERGerman
Americanized form of JÄGER, meaning "hunter."
YOCUMGerman (Anglicized), English
Americanized form of Jochum, a Low German form of the given name Joachim.
YUENGLINGGerman
"youngling" or a "young person"
ZABELGerman
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.
ZACKERTEnglish, German
An Americanization of the German surnames Zacher and Zachert. It comes from a vernacular form of the personal name Zacharias.
ZAGERGerman
habitational name from ZAGER, a place near Wollin
ZAHNGerman
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".
ZÄHNEGerman
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.
ZAHNERGerman
Name given to people who lived in Zahna, near Wittenberg.
ZAHNISERGerman
Alteration of German Zahneisen and/or Zahnhäuser and/or Zahneiser. 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".
ZAMLOCHGerman (Austrian)
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]
ZANTOGerman
Unknown origin and history.
ZBÄRENGerman (Swiss)
Zbären means "Bear hunter".
ZEHNERGerman
(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]
ZEHRENGerman (Swiss)
From a prepositional phrase from Middle High German ze hērren, an occupational name for someone was in service of a lord.
ZEILINGERGerman
Habitational name for someone from Zeiling in Bavaria.
ZEIMETGerman, Luxembourgish
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.
ZENKERGerman
means light
ZENNERUpper German
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'.
ZERFASGerman
Derived from a Low German and Upper German form of the personal name Servatius.
ZIEGENHORNUpper German (Archaic)
Goat horn, either 1. the horn of a goat, 2. Goat mountain, or 3. From goat mountain.
ZIELENBACHGerman
Literally translates to "aiming brook"
ZIELSDORFGerman
Habitational name from an unidentified place, perhaps Ziersdorf in Lower Austria.
ZIPPLIESGerman (East Prussian)
Lithuanian-Germanized form of the Swiss German surname Süpply
ZOLLERGerman, Jewish
Occupational name for a customs officer, Middle High German zoller.
ZOPFGerman
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]
ZORNGerman
Originating in Germany around 1191, meaning "to tear apart" or "destroy". Very close DNA to the surnames Friedrich and Rothchild.
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]
ZUCKERBERGGerman, Jewish
Means "sugar mountain" from German zucker meaning "sugar" and berg meaning "mountain, hill".
ZÜRCHERGerman
Habitational name for someone from the Swiss city of Zurich.
ZWILLINGGerman, Jewish
Means "a twin", as in a twin brother or twin sister. Often given to those who were twins.
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