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Type Surname (from occupation)
Other Forms FormsKelner

Meaning & History

German, Dutch and Jewish (Ashkenazic) occupational or status name from the Middle Low German kelner, the Middle High German kelnære, the Middle Dutch kel(le)nare and the German kellner#, all meaning "cellarman". This term developed various specialized senses: steward an overseer in a castle monastery or the like and in modern usage a (wine) waiter. This surname is also found in Czechia, Slovakia, Poland, Hungary and France (Alsace and Lorraine).
Added 10/6/2023 by Felie