Low German Submitted Surnames
Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
BERNERGerman, Low German
German habitational name, in Silesia denoting someone from a place called Berna (of which there are two examples); in southern Germany and Switzerland denoting someone from the Swiss city of Berne. ... [more]
BODENGerman, Low German
Patronymic from the personal name BODE
or a topographic name for someone living in a valley bottom or the low-lying area of a field. From Middle High German boden
North German: topographic name denoting someone who lived by a well or spring, from Middle Low German born ‘spring’, ‘well’ + man ‘man’.
BRASDutch, Low German
Dutch and North German: from Old French and Middle Dutch bras ‘arm’. This was probably a descriptive nickname for someone with some peculiarity of the arm, but the word was also used as a measure of length, and may also have denoted a surveyor.
BRUEGGEMANNLow German, German
North German (Brüggemann): topographic name for someone who lived near a bridge or a metonymic occupational name for a bridge keeper or street paver, Middle Low German brüggeman (see Bruckman
North German topographic name for someone who lived by the gates of a town or city (see Thor
DONTHLow German (Rare)
Donth is a very rare surname that comes from Germany. No real information about this surname.
DUCKEnglish, Irish, Dutch, Low German, German
English from Middle English doke
, hence a nickname for someone with some fancied resemblance to a duck or a metonymic occupational name for someone who kept ducks or for a wild fowler. ... [more]
ESSLow German, German (Swiss)
North German: topographic name for someone living on or owning land that was waterlogged or partly surrounded by water, from Middle Low German es ‘swamp’, ‘water’. ... [more]
Topographic name for someone who lived by a bog, from a Westphalian field name van
"marsh", or a habitational name from a place named with this word.
Originally spelled as 'Fidi' in Austria, later changed to Fedie when bearers of the name immigrated to the United States. The meaning of the name is "faith."
FIENEGerman, Low German
A nickname for an elegant person, from Middle Low German fin
, meaning ‘fine’. Can also be a locational name from several fields and places named Fiene.
Low German surname composed of the element gode
and the diminutive suffix -ke
can mean either "good", "God" or "a Goth".
Metonymic occupational name for a maker of metal or earthenware vessels, from Middle Low German grope
GRAWERTLow German, German (East Prussian)
As a Low German name, Grawert is derived from Middle High German grā
and Old High German grāo
"gray" (originally "shimmery, gleaming"). As a surname, it was a nickname given to someone with gray hair.... [more]
HARMSEDutch, Low German
The surname Harmse is derived from Harms or Harm, a Low-German / Niederdeutsch surname or name. In Plattdeutsch/Low Saxon the word sine is used as a possessive construction, hence Harmse indicates that it is the child of Harms, Harm, or Harmensze... [more]
Occupational name from Middle Low German meaning "small trader". Americanized form of Hauck
. It has been used in the House of Nassau-Ter Haar.
KÜHLGerman, Low German
The spelling Kühl results from a folk-etymological association with High German kühl
‘cool’ (Middle High German küel(e)
, a nickname from Middle High German küel
‘cool’, ‘calm’... [more]
North German nickname for a newly arrived steward or tenant farmer, from Middle Low German nie
‘new’ + Meyer
PENNINGEnglish, Dutch, Low German
From early Middle English penning
, Low German penning
, and Middle Dutch penninc
, all meaning "penny". It was used as a topographic surname or a nickname referring to tax dues of a penny.
POSTLow German, Danish, Dutch
Topographic name for someone who lived near a post or pole (Middle Low German, Middle Dutch post
, from Latin postis
), presumably one of some significance, e.g. serving as a landmark or boundary, or a habitational name from any of several places in northern Germany called Post, probably from this word.
POSTHUMUSDutch, Low German
From a personal name which was given to a posthumous child, i.e., one born after the death of his father, derived from Latin postumus
"last, last-born" (superlative of posterus
"coming after, subsequent") via Late Latin posthumus
, which was altered by association with Latin humare
"to bury", suggesting death (i.e., thought to consist of post
"after" and humus
"grave", hence "after death"); the one born after the father's death obviously being the last.
PULVERLow German, French, English
I comes from the Latin verb meaning "to make powder." This name was given to either an alchemist or one who made gunpowder.
Habitational name from a place named Roben, for example in Thuringia or Schleswig. From a Germanic personal name based on hrod
‘renown’, ‘victory’. Low German variant of Räuber
SIEVERTLow 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).
STERNKELow 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.
North German from Middle Low German su
‘sow’, either a metonymic occupational name for a swineherd or an offensive nickname.
Habitational name from any of several places so named in Germany.
"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.
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]
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.