Low German Submitted Surnames

These names are used in northern Germany and the eastern Netherlands where Low German is spoken. See also German names.
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APPEL     German, Dutch, Jewish, Low German, Medieval Dutch, Yiddish
1. German: from the personal name Appel, a pet form of Apprecht (common especially in Thuringia and Franconia), itself a variant of Albrecht. ... [more]
BARNER     Low German
North German derivative of the old Germanic personal name Barnher or Bernher (see Berner).
BERNER     German, 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]
BIRKE     Low German, Swedish
North German variant of Birk. Perhaps a shortened form of any of various Danish and Norwegian surnames beginning with Birke-, for example Birkeland and Birkelund (‘birch grove’). ... [more]
BODEN     German, 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 "ground, bottom".
BORMAN     Dutch, Low German, English
Dutch and North German: variant of Bormann. ... [more]
BORNEMANN     Low German
North German: topographic name denoting someone who lived by a well or spring, from Middle Low German born ‘spring’, ‘well’ + man ‘man’.
BRAS     Dutch, 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.
BRUECKMAN     Low German
it means "bridge man" or one who cares for a bridge
BRUEGGEMANN     Low 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, Brueckner).
BRUEGGER     Low German
North German (Brügger): occupational name for a bridge keeper, paver, or road builder, Middle Low German brügger. Compare Brueggemann.
BUR     Swiss, Low German, Czech, French
Swiss and North German variant of Bauer. ... [more]
CLINKENBEARD     Low German
Possibly an Americanized form of North German Klingebiel, a variant of Klingbeil.
DEEL     Low German
Variant of Diehl.
DOHRMANN     Low German
North German topographic name for someone who lived by the gates of a town or city (see Thor).
DONTH     Low German (Rare)
Donth is a very rare surname that comes from Germany. No real information about this surname.
DÜCK     Low German, German
North German nickname for a coward, from Low German duken ‘to duck or dive’. ... [more]
DUCK     English, 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]
ESS     Low 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]
FAHN     Low German
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.
FEDIE     Low German
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."
FIENE     German, 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.
GOEDEKE     Low German
Low German surname composed of the element gode and the diminutive suffix -ke. Gode can mean either "good", "God" or "a Goth".
GRAP     Low German
Variant of Grape.
GRAPE     Low German
Metonymic occupational name for a maker of metal or earthenware vessels, from Middle Low German grope "pot".
GRAWERT     Low 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]
GREWE     German, Low German
Low German form of Graf via Middle Low German grave / greve.
HALBROCK     Low German
Variation of Holbrook.
HARMSE     Dutch, 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]
HOLBROCK     Low German
Variation of Holbrook.
KRANE     Dutch, Low German
Dutch: nickname for a long-legged or tall thin man, from Middle Dutch crane ‘crane’. ... [more]
KÜHL     German, 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]
LÖSCH     Low German, Upper German
North German metonymic occupational name for a maker of fine leather, from Middle Low German losche ‘fine leather’. South German variant of Lesch (see Loesch).
LUBBEN     Low German, Dutch
Dutch and North German (Lübben) patronymic from German Lübbe, Dutch $Lubbe, short forms of the personal names Leopold and Lübbert (see Luebbert). Dutch from a pet form of the Germanic personal name Lodebert, a compound of hlod ‘famous’ + berht ‘bright’.
MARTENS     Low German, Dutch, English
North German and Dutch patronymic from Marten. English variant of Martins.
MOORING     Low German (Modern)
habitational name from möringen or möhringen of northern germany.
NIEMEYER     Low German
North German nickname for a newly arrived steward or tenant farmer, from Middle Low German nie ‘new’ + Meyer.
NOTBOHM     German, Low German
Low German cognate of High German Nussbaum.
PENNING     English, 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.
POSTHUMUS     Dutch, 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.
PULVER     Low 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.
RADLOFF     Low German
North German: From the Old Norse Radulf.... [more]
REESE     Low German, Dutch, German
Nickname for a very big man, from Middle Low German, Middle Dutch rese ‘giant’.... [more]
ROEBER     Low German
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 and Rauber.
SAX     Low German
South German variant of Sachs.
SCHUTTE     Dutch, Low German
Dutch and North German (Schütte) occupational name for an archer, from Middle Low German schutten ‘to shoot’. Compare German Schuetz.
SCHWEER     Low German
North German: variant of Schweder or Schwehr.
SIEVERT     Low 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).
SOETE     Low German
Derived from Low German söt /seut "sweet".
STERNKE     Low 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.
SUH     Low German
North German from Middle Low German su ‘sow’, either a metonymic occupational name for a swineherd or an offensive nickname.
SYDOW     Low German
Habitational name from any of several places so named in Germany.
THORN     Low 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]
TRAUSCH     German, 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".
ULENSPEGEL     Low German, Literature
This is the name of Dyl Ulenspegel is a trickster figure originating in Middle Low German folklore, possibly meaning "owl mirror".
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.
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]
WIEMANN     Low German
Variant of Weinmann, from Middle Low German, Middle High German winman ‘viticulturalist’, ‘wine merchant’. Variant of Wiedemann. ... [more]
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.
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