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Type Surname (from occupation)
Usage Yiddish
Pronounced Pron. vaɪnər  [key]
Other Forms FormsWeiner

Meaning & History

Weiner is a surname or, in fact, the spelling of two different surnames originating in German and the closely related Yiddish language. In German, the name is pronounced vaɪnɐ(ʁ),of which the rare English pronunciation vaɪnər is a close approximation. In Yiddish, the name is pronounced almost as in southern German (with a flapped or trilled final r).

Outside of German-speaking countries, the pronunciation of the name is influenced by the local language's pronunciation and spelling habits. The pronunciation most commonly preferred by families in English-speaking countries is waɪnər, but the pronunciation wiːnər is also common, probably being the result of confusion and sometimes switching with the surname Wiener (meaning 'from Vienna or 'Viennese') and confusion with the fairly common pronunciation of the letter combination "ei" in English.
Added 3/21/2021 by Jbwncster
Edited 3/21/2021 by Jbwncster