are used in the country of Switzerland in central Europe.
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This surname is the Piedmontese origin. The Tegaldo last name comes from the Latin Teca (= shell beans). Its meaning is grower of vegetables (bean)
. Also it is known as vegetable farming
TELFER Scottish, English, Italian
From a personal name based on a byname for a strong man or ferocious warrior, from Old French taille
"to cut" + fer
"iron" Latin: ferrum
"iron" (see Tagliaferro
Originally a nickname for a person with a blustery temperament, from Italian tempesta
meaning "storm, tempest" (compare Tempest
TEMPLE English, French
Occupational name or habitational name for someone who was employed at or lived near one of the houses ("temples") maintained by the Knights Templar, a crusading order so named because they claimed to occupy in Jerusalem the site of the old temple (Middle English, Old French temple, Latin templum)... [more]
German habitational name from a place so named in Brandenburg, of Slavic origin.
Italian "Fenced In Land" from Italian "Terra" meaning "Land" and "Ciano" meaning "Fenced"
Topographic name from an adjectival derivative of terre
"land", denoting someone who lived and worked on the land, i.e. a peasant. It is Americanized frequently as Landers, and occasionally as Farmer.
THAL Jewish, German
Ornamental and topographic name derived from German Tal
Derived from Old High German thiot
THIRRING Upper German (Rare)
The name Thirring has many different forms/variant spellings. These include Thiering, Thiring, Thuring,Thuringer, Turinger, Duringer, Diringer, Diring and During. One of the reasons for all the variant spellings is that the church scribes in Hungary originally all recorded the name differently... [more]
THOMA German, German (Swiss)
German and Swiss German: variant of Thomas. Greek: genitive patronymic from Thomas. Genitive patronymics are particularly associated with Cyprus.
Variant of the surname Thoman. It was first discovered in Germany, where it surfaced in the medieval times.
TIMM German, 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
TISCH Jewish, German
Metonymic occupational name for a joiner, from German "Tisch", Yiddish "tish" meaning table
Derived from Old High German dorn / torn
"thorn". As a surname, it was usually given to someone who lived near a thorn hedge.
Derived from Italian tornatore
meaning "turner", which refers to a craftsman who turns and shapes various materials (such as wood and metal) on a lathe. In other words: this surname is the Italian cognate of the English surname Turner
The name Tourville is a very old, and in one case, very famous name. One of the Marshall's of France was named Anne Hilarion de Cotentin de Tourville. This reads: Anne Hilarion of/from Cotentin, Comte (Count) of Tourville... [more]
Derived from the given name Toussaint
, which in turn is derived from Toussaint
, the French name for the Christian feast day All Saints' Day (celebrated on November 1st every year). The French name for the feast day is a contraction of French tous les saints
meaning "all (of) the saints".... [more]
The Tramp surname may be derived from the Middle High German word "trumpe," meaning "drum."
TRAUTWIG German (Modern)
From an Ancient German given name made of the name elements TRUD
"strength" and WIG
TREICHEL German (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.
TREU German, Jewish
From a nickname for a trustworthy person, from late Middle High German triuwe
‘loyal’. As a Jewish surname it is mainly ornamental.
Derived from the town Trezzo sull'Adda in northern Italy, the name di Trezzo
was used by a Milanese armourer family of the 14th century with the first known member being Bazarino di Trezzo, who was possibly also related to the Missaglia family of armourers... [more]
It is derived from the Middle High German "Drehseler," meaning "turner," and was most likely initially borne by a turner or lathe worker.
Possibly a regional name from Turgisius, Latin name of a Norman province of Sicily
TROTTER English, 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]
TROYER German (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]
Metonymic occupational name for a drummer, from Middle High German trumpe
Derived from the Czech word "třída," which means class, kind, category, grade, or avenue and place.
The Germanic spelling of the Hungarian name Çsida
. Derived from the Turkish word for rider, or man on horseback.
nickname from Slavic (Old Slavic toliti ""to soothe or calm"")
Ethnic name for a Turk, or a nickname from the same word in the sense of a non-Christian or, following the medieval ethnic stereotype, a cruel, ferocious, or short-tempered person.
TURNBO Prussian (Modern, Rare), German (East Prussian, Modern, Rare), American (Americanized, Modern, Rare), German (Modern, Rare)
Originally the name was spelled Dornbach, meaning "thorny creek". Derived from Old High German Dorn, Turn, or Torn "thorn" and Bach meaning creek. German ancestors of this family eventually came to Pennsylvania in 1725, the name slowly started to change to Turnbach around the 1850's, reasoning unknown, and later Turnbo... [more]
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.
From a pet form of a Germanic compound personal name beginning with odal
Variant spelling of Uhlmann, associated with Jewish Europeans, meaning "man from Ulm". It is derived from the name of the city of Ulm in Baden-Württemberg, Germany.
German surname meaning "from the city of Ulm".
Habitational name for someone from a place called Ilshofen (old form Ulleshoven), near Schwäbisch Hall.
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]
Topographic name for someone who lived below a mountain ridge, from Middle High German under
meaning ‘under’ + rein
URBAN English, 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").
From Middle Low German ūt-echtisch ‘outsider’, a term denoting someone who was not a member of a particular guild.
VADER German (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.
From a medieval nickname for a brave person (from Old French vaillant
VAL Spanish, French
It means valley. It comes from Britain and then moved to Aragón (Spain).
From French origin, denoting someone who lives or comes from a valley.
VALLE Spanish, Filipino, Italian
Habitational name from any of the many places named with valle
"valley", or topographic name for someone who lived in a valley (Latin vallis
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
VANDERBILT Dutch, German
Topographic name for someone living by a low hill, from Middle Low German bulte
"mound", "low hill".
Habitational name for someone from Farn near Oberkirch, or Fahrnau near Schopfheim.
Vasta is derived from the Italian word Vast. Vasta means wide in Italian. It is a common name in Italy preferably in Milan, Italy.
French, English, and Scottish habitational name from any of various places in northern France called Vaux, from the Old French plural of val
VELÍŠEK Czech, Italian, Croatian
Velliscig is an Italian surname with no small population base and spread almost exclusively in Friuli. The center of origin of this surname must be identified in the ancient Kingdom of Hungary - Bohemia between the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary.... [more]
Meaning 'small belly' from the Italian ventre (belly) and the diminutive suffix elli, meaning small or little.
Is a Italian surname that is derived from the Italian surname "Verratti".
VERDE Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
From Spanish verde
"green" (Latin viridis
), presumably a nickname for someone who habitually dressed in this color or had green eyes, etc. This is also a common element of place names.
VERDIER French, Norman, English
Occupational name for a forester. Derived from Old French verdier
(from Late Latin viridarius
, a derivative of viridis
"green"). Also an occupational name for someone working in a garden or orchard, or a topographic name for someone living near one... [more]
Habitational name from a place so named, for example in Dordogne, Gironde, and Marne.
VERNE French, English
As a French surname refers to someone who lived where alder trees grew. While the English version can mean someone who lived where ferns grew, Verne can also mean a seller of ferns which in medieval times were used in bedding, as floor coverings and as animal feed.
VERNEY English, French
The surname Verney was first found in Buckinghamshire, England, when they arrived from Vernai, a parish in the arrondissement of Bayeux in Normandy.
From the French word verre, meaning "glass." Possibly denoting someone who worked with glass.
Italian: probably a nickname from an augmentative form of verro ‘boar’.
variant of Vervelle, which Morlet derives from a word denoting the metal keeper or ring through which a bolt is secured.
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’.
Means viscount in Italian, Originally for served as or worked for a viscount.
Altered form of German Hilgard
, from the female personal name Hildegard
, composed of the Germanic elements hild
"strife, battle" and gard
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."
"Used in medieval England and France. Villein is another term used for the serfs in the lowest classes of the feudal system."
Perhaps a topographic name from a diminutive of viol
"path", itself a derivative of vie
"way". It is more likely, however, that this name is from the secondary surname Laviolette
"the violet (flower)", which was common among soldiers in French Canada.
VIRAY Occitan, French, Catalan
Southern French (Occitan) and Catalan variant of Occitan Verai
, nickname from Occitan verai
‘honest’. From southern France this name spread to northern Catalonia.
It comes fron the Italian adjective virile
that means 'manly, masculine' ultimately from Latin vir
VIRTUOSO English (American), Spanish, Italian
This Italian surname could possibly be connected to those whose ancestors were involved in playing a musical instrument or somehow connected to the musical instrument industry.
, a title of rank (medieval Latin vicecomes
"deputy of a count").
Like the given name Vitale
, the surname Vitale comes from the Late Latin name Vitalis
, which was derived from Latin vitalis
"of life, vital".... [more]
Derived from Latin vivarium
, ultimately from Latin vivus
"alive". This name is locational relating to living near a fish pond.
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
From a nickname for a bold or energetic person, from Middle High German wacker
meaning ‘fresh’, ‘lively’, ‘brave’, or ‘valiant’.
Occupational name from Middle High German wagenman ‘hauler’, ‘wagoner’.
WAHL German, Jewish
From Middle High German Walhe
"foreigner from a Romance country", hence a nickname for someone from Italy or France, etc. This surname is also established in Sweden.
WALD German, English
Topographic name for someone who lived in or near a forest (Old High German wald
, northern Middle English wald
Topographical name for someone who lived in or near a forest, derived from the Old English pre 7th Century "w(e)ald", and the Old High German "Wald", forest.
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.
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
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]
Occupational name for a distiller of brandy, literally 'wine burner'.
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
WEINSTEIN German, 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.
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).
WENDT German, 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]
Werdum is a municipality in the district of Wittmund, in Lower Saxony, Germany.
German habitational name from a place so named near Hannover.