Upper German Submitted Surnames

These names are a subset of German names used more often in southern Germany, Austria and Switzerland. See also about German names.
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Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
AU     Upper German, Swiss, German (Swiss), German (Austrian)
South German, Swiss, and Austrian topographic name from dialect Au ‘water meadow’, ‘stream’ (see Aue).
BOCK     German, Upper German, Jewish, English
Altered spelling of German Böck (see Boeck) or Bach.... [more]
DUESLER     Upper German
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EBERLE     Upper German, German (Swiss)
From a diminutive of Eberhard.
EICHLER     Upper German
South German variant of Eich, the -ler suffix denoting association. "eager"
FELTY     Upper German (Anglicized)
Americanized spelling of South German Velte, from a short form of the personal name Valentin (see Valentine).
FRIEDMAN     Upper German (Modern), German (Swiss), Jewish
Respelling of South German and Swiss Friedmann. ... [more]
GALISHOFF     Upper German, German (Austrian)
Derived from the ancient Roman name "Gallus", meaning "rooster" in Latin. "Hoff" meaning house combines the growing or tending to poultry on a farm house, hence the name "Galishoff" which has been modified over the millennia... [more]
HIRT     Upper German (Anglicized)
From the word Hirten meaning sheep herder. {Hirt}
HUETTL     Upper German
South German (Hüttl) diminutive of Hütt (see Huett).
KOELL     Upper German (Rare)
(Koell) named used when came1880s to 1905 in America changed to( Kohl)... [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).
NIED     Upper German
South German: habitational name from Nied in Hesse.
PENNING     Upper German
Shortened form of Panno, which is a personal given name.
REDIG     Dutch, Upper German
Dutch and North German variant of Redding.
REISER     German, Upper German
Habitational name for someone from Reis or Reissen in Bavaria (see Reis). An occupational name from Middle High German reisære ‘warrior’, ‘traveler’. ... [more]
REISSER     Upper German
An occupational name for a woodcutter, Middle High German risser.
REUSSER     Swiss, German, Upper German
In Switzerland, an occupational name for a fisherman or maker of fish traps, from an agent derivative of Middle High German riuse ‘fish trap’, ‘weir basket’. A nickname from an agent noun based on Middle High German riusen ‘to moan or complain’... [more]
ROLL     Upper German, German, English
German: from Middle High German rolle, rulle ‘roll’, ‘list’, possibly applied as a metonymic occupational name for a scribe.... [more]
ROMMEL     Upper German, Dutch
Nickname for an obstreperous person, from Middle Low German, Middle Dutch rummeln, rumpeln to make a noise, create a disturbance (of imitative origin). Variant of Rummel.
SCHINK     Upper German, Dutch
Nickname for someone with long or otherwise remarkable legs, from Middle High German schinke ‘thigh’, ‘leg’. Compare Schenkel. ... [more]
SCHWEDER     German, Upper German
German: ethnic name for a Swede.... [more]
SCHWER     Upper German, German, Jewish
South German relationship name from Middle High German sweher ‘father-in-law’. ... [more]
SEIM     Upper German
German: metonymic occupational name for a beekeeper, from Middle High German seim ‘honey’.
SEITZ     Upper German
A mainly Bavarian surname, from a reduced form of the personal name Seifried, a variant of Siegfried. Germanized spelling of Slovenian Zajc, nickname from zajec "hare".
WIEDMANN     Upper German
North German variant of Widemann (see Wideman).
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'.
ZIEGENHORN     Upper German (Archaic)
Goat horn, either 1. the horn of a goat, 2. Goat mountain, or 3. From goat mountain.
ZILLIER     Upper German
ancient form of selear
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