German Submitted Surnames
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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 SYDOW Swedish, 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
VOSBERG Dutch, German
Topographic name for someone who lived by a hill frequented by foxes, from Middle Low German vos
"fox" and berg
WACHTER German, Dutch
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’.
WALD German, English
Topographic name for someone who lived in or near a forest (Old High German wald
, northern Middle English wald
WALDSTEIN German, Jewish
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.
WAPELHORST Low 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.
WARNS Dutch, 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 German, 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'.
WEIL German, 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).
WEILER German, Jewish
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
WEINMANN German, Jewish
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic) occupational name for a viticulturalist or wine merchant, Middle High German winman
, German Weinmann
WEINSTOCK English, 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]
WEISENBURGER German, Jewish
Habitational name for someone from any of numerous places named Weissenburg "white fortress".
Name given to our family by our relative, a German king.
WELLER English, 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]
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.
WELTY German (Swiss)
From a Swiss German diminutive of the German given name Walther
. A literary bearer was the American writer Eudora Welty (1909-2001).
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.
WESTERMANN Low 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]
WICK English, 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]
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’.
WILD Medieval 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
WIND English, German, Danish
Nickname for a swift runner, from Middle English wind
"wind", Middle High German wint
"wind", also "greyhound".
WINEHOUSE Jewish, 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]
WINKEL German, 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]
WINKELMANN German, 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]
Habitational name from any of several places named with Middle High German winter
"winter" and berg
WITTENBERG Low German
Habitational name for someone from a place called Wittenberg, Wittenberge, or Wittenbergen.
WITTENBORN Low German
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
WITZ German, 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]
German: nickname from Middle High German witzic ‘clever’, ‘prudent’, ‘knowing’.
WOLF English, 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.
WOLF English, 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
WOLF English, 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 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
WOWEREIT German (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]
WRIEDT German, Dutch
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".
WURDEMANN German (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]
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.
XYLANDER German (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)
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.
ZACKERT English, German
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".
ZAMLOCH German (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]
(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]
ZEHREN German (Swiss)
From a prepositional phrase from Middle High German ze hērren, an occupational name for someone was in service of a lord.
ZEIMET German, 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’.
ZELLER German, 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.
ZENNER Upper 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'.
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’.
ZORANSKY German (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]
Originating in Germany around 1191, meaning "to tear apart" or "destroy". Very close DNA to the surnames Friedrich
ZUBER German, 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]
Habitational name for someone from the Swiss city of Zurich.
ZWILLING German, Jewish
Means "a twin", as in a twin brother or twin sister. Often given to those who were twins.