Type Surname (from occupation)
Pronounced Pron. IE-zin-how-ər
Other Forms FormsEisenhower
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Contributor Contrib.Nifty_Name_Nerd on 8/23/2018
Occupational name meaning "iron cutter" where Eisen- means "iron" and -hauer means "hewer". The verb 'hew' being less well used in English than in earlier times, but still understood to mean cut, such as in hewing tree limbs. Eisenhauer is the original form of the surname of US president (1953-1961) and World War II Army general Dwight David "Ike" Eisenhower (1890-1969). Eisenhower's ancestors immigrated to Pennsylvania from Germany in the 1740s and at some point the spelling adapted.