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Type Surname (from location)
Usage German, Jewish
Scripts דרײפֿוס(Hebrew)
Pronounced Pron. DRIE-fəs  [key]

Meaning & History

Means "three feet" in German. This surname originates from the German city of Trier. The Latin name for the city was "Treveris," whose pronunciation eventually developed into Dreyfuss. The spelling variants tend to correspond to the country the family was living in at the time the spelling was standardized: the use of one "s" tends to be more common among people of French origin, while the use of two tends to be found among those of German descent
Added 7/29/2012 by erb816
Edited 5/15/2022 by jfifles and erb816