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Type Surname (from occupation)
Usage German
Pronounced Pron. IE-zin-how-ər  [key]
Other Forms FormsEisenhower

Meaning & History

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.
Added 8/23/2018 by Nifty_Name_Nerd