Swiss Submitted Surnames

Swiss names are used in the country of Switzerland in central Europe.
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TEETES German (Anglicized)
Americanized form of German Dietz
TEGALDO Italian
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... [more]
TELFER Scottish, English, Italian
From a personal name based on a byname for a strong man or ferocious warrior, from Old French taille or tailler "to cut" + fer "iron" Latin: ferrum "iron" (see Tagliaferro).
TEMPESTA Italian
Originally a nickname for a person with a blustery temperament, from Italian tempesta meaning "storm, tempest" (compare Tempest).... [more]
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]
TEMPLIN German
German habitational name from a place so named in Brandenburg, of Slavic origin.
TEMPLIN French
Possibly from a French diminutive of Temple.
TERRACCIANO Italian
Italian "Fenced In Land" from Italian "Terra" meaning "Land" and "Ciano" meaning "Fenced"
TERRIEN French
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.
TESCHER German, Danish
Occupational name for a joiner or a variant of Tasch.
TETRAULT French
French, Franko-American
TETREAULT French
Ultimately derived from French tistre "to weave".
THAL Jewish, German
Ornamental and topographic name derived from German Tal "valley".
THEISEN German, Danish, Norwegian
German, Danish, and Norwegian: patronymic from a reduced form of the personal name Matthias or Mathies (see Matthew).
THEISSEN German
North German: patronymic from Theiss.
THERIAULT French (Rare)
Possibly from the Greek "therion" which means a beast of a nondescript nature.
THIEL German
Derived from Old High German thiot "people".
THIESSEN German, Danish
Reduced form of the personal name Matthias or Mathies.
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.
THOMAN German
Derived from the personal name Thoman.
THOMANN German
Variant of the surname Thoman. It was first discovered in Germany, where it surfaced in the medieval times.
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]
THREET American (Anglicized), German
Americanization of German Tritt.
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... [more]
TISCH Jewish, German
Metonymic occupational name for a joiner, from German "Tisch", Yiddish "tish" meaning table.
TISSERAND French
French for "weaver."
TOEPFER German
Variant spelling of Töpfer.
TOMASI Italian
From forename Tomasi.
TONELLI Italian
Derived from a short form of Antonello, itself a diminutive of Antonio.
TONNELIER French
French for "cooper."
TÖPFER German
It literally means "potter".
TORN German
Derived from Old High German dorn / torn "thorn". As a surname, it was usually given to someone who lived near a thorn hedge.
TORNATORE Italian
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... [more]
TOSTA Italian
Tosta literally means "hard" in italian.
TOTH English (Anglicized), German
Either an anglicized form of Hungarian Tóth or derived from German tot "dead" or Middle High German tote "godfather".
TOURVILLE French
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]
TOUSSAINT French
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]
TOWERS French
1. Variant of Tower, with later -s. ... [more]
TRAMP German
The Tramp surname may be derived from the Middle High German word "trumpe," meaning "drum."
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".
TRAUTWIG German (Modern)
From an Ancient German given name made of the name elements TRUD "strength" and WIG "fight"
TRAYLOR French
Assumed to mean "by the trail". May have originally been "Trouillart". Variations may include: Trail Traill Treil Trelly Teign Pentrail
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.
TRENTADUE Italian
Trentadue, Joseph, Trentadue Irene, Trentadue Leo, Trentadue Evelyn, Trentadue Victor, Trentadue Cindy, Trentadue Steven, Trentadue Tyler, Trentadue Winery... [more]
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.
TREUZ German
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]
TREXLER German
It is derived from the Middle High German "Drehseler," meaning "turner," and was most likely initially borne by a turner or lathe worker.
TROISE Italian
Possibly a regional name from Turgisius, Latin name of a Norman province of Sicily
TROISI Italian
Patronymic or plural form of Troise.
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]
TROY English, German, Jewish, French, Dutch
As an English surname, it is a habitational name from Troyes in Aude, France. There was also an Anglo-Norman family of this name in Ireland.... [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]
TRUMBO French, German
French (Alsatian) form of German Trumbauer.
TRUMP German
Metonymic occupational name for a drummer, from Middle High German trumpe "drum".
TRUX German
Variant of Drux.
TSCHIDA German
Derived from the Czech word "třída," which means class, kind, category, grade, or avenue and place.
TSCHIDA German
The Germanic spelling of the Hungarian name Çsida. Derived from the Turkish word for rider, or man on horseback.
TUELL German
nickname from Slavic (Old Slavic toliti ""to soothe or calm"")
TURBEFIELD French, Norman
The name is a village in Normandy. Is documented in Gloucester Abbey in 1044.
TURCAT French, French (Quebec)
Means "Turkman"
TURCO Italian
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.
TURCOTTE Welsh, French
A Welsh and French surname, meaning “tower”.
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]
TYLSON English, German (Anglicized)
English: variant of Dyson (see surname Dye). ... [more]
ÜBERMACHT German
Same given to someone with a lot of power.
UHLER German
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.
UHLMANN German
From a pet form of a Germanic compound personal name beginning with odal ‘inherited property’.
ULLMANN German
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.
ULMER German
German surname meaning "from the city of Ulm".
ULRICH German
Derived from the personal name Ulrich.
ULSHAFER German
Altered form of ULSHÖFER.
ULSHÖFER German
Habitational name for someone from a place called Ilshofen (old form Ulleshoven), near Schwäbisch Hall.
UNGER German
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]
UNTERREINER German
Topographic name for someone who lived below a mountain ridge, from Middle High German under meaning ‘under’ + rein meaning ‘ridge’.
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").
USANZA Italian (Rare)
"custom, customary" Italian
UTECH German
From Middle Low German ūt-echtisch ‘outsider’, a term denoting someone who was not a member of a particular guild.
VACCARINO Italian
From a diminutive of the occupational name Vaccaro meaning "cowherd".
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.
VAILLANT French
From a medieval nickname for a brave person (from Old French vaillant "brave, sturdy").
VAL Spanish, French
It means valley. It comes from Britain and then moved to Aragón (Spain).
VALEE German
From French origin, denoting someone who lives or comes from a valley.
VALENTE Italian, Galician, Portuguese
Italian, Galician, and Portuguese: nickname from valente ‘brave’, ‘valiant’.... [more]
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).
VALLIE German
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.
VALMONT English, French
Means "Hill of the vale"
VALORE Italian
Meaning - Value
VANDERBILT Dutch, German
Topographic name for someone living by a low hill, from Middle Low German bulte "mound", "low hill".
VANGARDE French
"(A soldier) in the leading edge of an army formation"
VARNER German
Habitational name for someone from Farn near Oberkirch, or Fahrnau near Schopfheim.
VASAIO Italian
Italian for "potter."
VASSAR French, English
Name indicating the status of "a vassal or serf" in feudal society.
VASSIE French, English
Meaning "playful or merry" for a cheerful person.
VASTA Italian
Vasta is derived from the Italian word Vast. Vasta means wide in Italian. It is a common name in Italy preferably in Milan, Italy.
VAUX French
French, English, and Scottish habitational name from any of various places in northern France called Vaux, from the Old French plural of val ‘valley’.
VECCHI Italian
Italian: patronymic or plural form of Vecchio, meaning "old".
VEERS German (Rare)
German variant of Weers.
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]
VELLA Maltese, Italian
Derived from Italian bella meaning "beautiful".
VELTE German
German variant of Velten.
VELTEN Dutch, German
Dutch and German from a vernacular form of the personal name Valentin (see Valentine).
VENEZIANO Italian
Comes from someone who originated from Venice.
VENTRELLI Italian
Meaning 'small belly' from the Italian ventre (belly) and the diminutive suffix elli, meaning small or little.
VERCETTI Italian
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.
VERDI Italian
The Italian word for "green".
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]
VERDON French
Habitational name from a place so named, for example in Dordogne, Gironde, and Marne.
VERMETTE German
Variant of METTE.
VERMONT French (French, Rare)
Derived from french, meaning "green mountain" (Vert, "green"; mont, "mountain").
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.
VERNIER French
Surname for a person who lived near an alder tree. Also a variant of Garnier and Varnier and the eastern French form of Warner.
VERRET French
From the French word verre, meaning "glass." Possibly denoting someone who worked with glass.
VERRONE Italian
Italian: probably a nickname from an augmentative form of verro ‘boar’.
VERVILLE French
variant of Vervelle, which Morlet derives from a word denoting the metal keeper or ring through which a bolt is secured.
VETTER German
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’.
VICECONTE Italian
Means viscount in Italian, Originally for served as or worked for a viscount.
VILBIG German
Unknown.
VILLARD German
Altered form of German Hilgard, from the female personal name Hildegard, composed of the Germanic elements hild "strife, battle" and gard "fortress, stronghold".
VILLASURDA German
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."
VILLEIN French
"Used in medieval England and France. Villein is another term used for the serfs in the lowest classes of the feudal system."
VILLWOCK German
Of uncertain and much debated origin.... [more]
VIOLETTE French
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 and Veray, nickname from Occitan verai ‘honest’. From southern France this name spread to northern Catalonia.
VIRILE Italian
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.
VISCONTI Italian
From visconte, a title of rank (medieval Latin vicecomes "deputy of a count").
VITALE Italian
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]
VITTORIO Italian
From the given name Vittorio.
VIVIER French
Derived from Latin vivarium, ultimately from Latin vivus "alive". This name is locational relating to living near a fish pond.
VOELKER German
My maiden name Surname.
VOGELSANG German
Means "bird song" in German. From the German words vogel (bird) and sang (song).
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 BISCHOFFSHAUSEN German, German (Austrian), German (Swiss)
Variant spelling of Bischoffshausen.
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]
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".
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.
WACKER German
From a nickname for a bold or energetic person, from Middle High German wacker meaning ‘fresh’, ‘lively’, ‘brave’, or ‘valiant’.
WACKERMAN English (American), German
From the Americanized spelling of German Wackermann, a variant of Wacker, with the addition of Middle High German man, meaning ‘man’.
WAGENMANN German
Occupational name from Middle High German wagenman ‘hauler’, ‘wagoner’.
WAGGONER German
German name; variant of Wagner
WAHL German, Jewish
From Middle High German Walhe, Walch "foreigner from a Romance country", hence a nickname for someone from Italy or France, etc. This surname is also established in Sweden.
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).
WALDER German
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 "stone".
WALLEE German
Of French origin, denoting a person who lives in or is from a valley.
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
Topographic name from Middle High German wazzer "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]
WEINBACH German, Jewish
From the name of a commune in Hesse, Germany.
WEINBERG German, Jewish
Weinberg means "Vineyard" in german.
WEINBRENNER German
Occupational name for a distiller of brandy, literally 'wine burner'.
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 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".
WEISMAN German, German (Austrian), Jewish
A German surname meaning "white man"
WEISSMULLER German
Translates to "White Miller".
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]
WELLSPEAK French (Anglicized)
Anglicized version of Beauparlant.
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).
WEND German
Variant of Wendt.
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]
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.
WESELOH German
German habitational name from a place so named near Hannover.