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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VOGELSANG     German
Means "bird song" in German. From the German words vogel (bird) and sang (song).
VOGL     German (Austrian)
Southern German variant of Vogel.
VOGLER     German
Occupational name for a birdcatcher.
VOLKMUTH     German
Volk: People... [more]
VOLKSMÄRCHEN     German
A German surname meaning "folk tale".
VOLLBRECHT     German
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 HAMMERSMARK     Popular Culture, German (?)
Means "from Hammersmark" in German. Bridget von Hammersmark is a fictional character in Quentin Tarantino's film 'Inglourious Basterds' from 2009.
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"... [more]
VON WHITTENMEYER     German
Germanian... [more]
VOSBERG     Dutch, German
Topographic name for someone who lived by a hill frequented by foxes, from Middle Low German vos "fox" and berg "hill", "mountain".
VOSBURG     Dutch, German
Variant of VOSBERG.
WACHTER     German, Dutch
Occupational name for a watchman, from Middle High German wachtære, wehtære, Middle Dutch wacht(e)re. (cf. WAITE).
WACHTMANN     German
Occupational name for a watchman.
WAGENMANN     German
Occupational name from Middle High German wagenman ‘hauler’, ‘wagoner’.
WAGGONER     German
German name; variant of Wagner
WAHLBERG     German, Swedish, Norwegian
Wahlberg is a topographic surname composed of German wal "field, meadow" and berg "mountain, hill".
WALCH     German
From the personal name Walcho.
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 "stone".
WALLEE     German
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.
WARNECKE     German
North German from a pet form of the personal name Warner, Low German form of Werner.
WARNEKE     German
German variant spelling of Warnecke.
WARNKE     German
German variant of Warnecke.
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]
WÄSCHER     German
Occupational surname for a washer, from Middle High German waschen, weschen "to wash".
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'.
WEIDMANN     German
Name meaning, "hunter".
WEIHER     German
Meaning:... [more]
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.
WEIMAR     German
Habitational name from any of several places called Weimar in Hesse and Thuringia.... [more]
WEINBERG     German, Jewish
Weinberg means "Vineyard" in german.
WEINGARTNER     German
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]
WEINMANN     German, Jewish
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic) occupational name for a viticulturalist or wine merchant, Middle High German winman, German Weinmann.
WEINREICH     German
from the name "Winrich"... [more]
WEINSTEIN     Jewish, American, German
Means "wine stone" in German.
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".
WEISMAN     German, German (Austrian), Jewish
A German surname meaning "white man"
WELFING     German
Name given to our family by our relative, a German king.
WELKER     German
Variant of WALKER.
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]
WELSCH     German
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.
WELTRAUM     German
A German surname meaning "outer space".
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).
WENTZ     German (Rare)
Originally a pet form of the given names Werner and Wenceslaw. Meaning "guard" or "army".
WEPENER     South African, German
South African, German decent/history
WERDUM     German
Werdum is a municipality in the district of Wittmund, in Lower Saxony, Germany.
WERTHEIMER     German, Jewish
Habitational name for someone from Wertheim.
WESCHLER     German
Variant of Wäscher.
WESELOH     German
German habitational name from a place so named near Hannover.
WESNER     German
Habitational name for someone from any of several places named Wessen.
WESTER     German
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]
WETTSTEIN     German (Rare)
North German: variant of Wetzstein, from Middle Low German wetsten "whetstone".
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]
WIDEMAN     German
From the Germanic personal name Widiman, composed of witu ‘wood’ or wit ‘wide’, ‘broad’ + man ‘man’. Americanized form of German Weidmann ‘huntsman’.
WIDMAN     German
Altered spelling of German Widmann.
WIDMANN     German
Variant of Wiedmann ‘huntsman’ and Wideman.
WIEBE     German
From a short form of any of various Germanic personal names beginning with wig ‘battle’, ‘war.’
WIEDEMANN     German
Variation of Wideman.
WIEDMANN     Upper German
North German variant of Widemann (see Wideman).
WIEMANN     Low German
Variant of Weinmann, from Middle Low German, Middle High German winman ‘viticulturalist’, ‘wine merchant’. Variant of Wiedemann. ... [more]
WIESENTHAL     German
Habitational name from any of various places called Wiesent(h)al.
WIESNER     German
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]
WILDE     Irish, English, German, Dutch, Jewish
Variant of Wild.
WILDER     English, German, Danish, Yiddish
Variant of Wild.
WILL     Scottish, 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]
WILLE     German
From a short form of any of the Germanic personal names beginning Willi-, as for example, Willibrant, Willihart.
WILLS     German
Patronymic from any of the Germanic personal names beginning with wil "will, desire".
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]
WINKLER     German
My Great Grandmother's maiden name
WINTERBERG     German
Habitational name from any of several places named with Middle High German winter "winter" and berg "mountain".
WINTERS     English, German
Patronymic form of Winter.
WISSMACH     German
I think it is German
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.
WITTER     German
From a Germanic personal name, composed of the elements widu "wood" and hari "army".
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]
WITZIG     German
German: nickname from Middle High German witzic ‘clever’, ‘prudent’, ‘knowing’.
WOELK     German
German variant spelling of Wölk (see Wolk).
WOELKE     German
German variant spelling of Wölke, itself a variant of Wolk.
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)... [more]
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]
WOLFORD     German
Means where the wolves cross the river/stream. Wolf meaning the animal and Ford meaning crossing a body of shallow water.... [more]
WOLFRAM     English, German
From the given name Wolfram.
WOLKEN     German
Surname derived from a diminutive of the given name Wolter, a Low German form of Walter.... [more]
WOLLSCHLÄGER     German
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’).
WOOLEVER     German
Morphed from the German surname Wohleber which means well-liver
WOOLF     German (Modern), English
Variant of WOLF.
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]
WOZZEK     German
Germanized form of VOYTEK.
WRIEDT     German, Dutch
Nickname from Middle Low German wrēt, wrede meaning "fierce", "evil", "angry".
WULFHART     German
Could mean "brave wolf" from the German elements "wulf" (variant of "wolf") and "hard" (meaning "brave, hardy").
WÜRDEMANN     German
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]
WURNIG     German
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.
WURSTER     German
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     German
Württemberg is an historical German territory. Together with Baden and Hohenzollern, two other historical territories, it now forms the Federal State of Baden-Württemberg.
WYANDT     German
Americanized form of German WIEGAND... [more]
XANDER     German
From a short form of the personal name Alexander.
XANDERS     German
Variant of Xander.
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) "man"... [more]
YAEGER     German
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.
YAGER     German
Americanized form of JÄGER, meaning "hunter."
YOCUM     German (Anglicized), English
Americanized form of Jochum, a Low German form of the given name Joachim.
YUENGLING     German
"youngling" or a "young person"
ZABEL     German
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.
ZAGER     German
habitational name from ZAGER, a place near Wollin
ZAHN     German
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".
ZÄHNE     German
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.
ZAHNER     German
Name given to people who lived in Zahna, near Wittenberg.
ZAHNISER     German
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".
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]
ZANTO     German
Unknown origin and history.
ZBÄREN     German (Swiss)
Zbären means "Bear hunter".
ZEHNER     German
(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.
ZEILINGER     German
Habitational name for someone from Zeiling in Bavaria.
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.
ZELLNER     German, Jewish
Variant of ZÖLLNER.
ZELMER     German
Variant of ZELLMER.
ZENKER     German
means light
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'.
ZERFAS     German
Derived from a Low German and Upper German form of the personal name Servatius.
ZIEGENHORN     Upper German (Archaic)
Goat horn, either 1. the horn of a goat, 2. Goat mountain, or 3. From goat mountain.
ZIEGLER     German (Modern)
"Brick-mason."
ZIELENBACH     German
Literally translates to "aiming brook"
ZIELSDORF     German
Habitational name from an unidentified place, perhaps Ziersdorf in Lower Austria.
ZILLIER     Upper German
ancient form of selear
ZIMMER     German
Shortening of Zimmermann
ZIPPLIES     German (East Prussian)
Lithuanian-Germanized form of the Swiss German surname Süpply
ZOLLER     German, Jewish
Occupational name for a customs officer, Middle High German zoller.
ZOPF     German
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]
ZORN     German
Originating in Germany around 1191, meaning "to tear apart" or "destroy". Very close DNA to the surnames Friedrich and Rothchild.
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]
ZÜRCHER     German
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.
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