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Type Surname (from nickname)

Meaning & History

East Prussian German (and thus heavily Lithuanian influenced) name meaning "squirrel", from Old Prussian wowere and Lithuanian voveraite (which, apart from "squirrel", also means "chanterelle").
As a surname, it was a nickname given to young men working in beekeeping: in the old days, bees were kept in "apiaries" in pine trees about five meters above the ground and the young beekeeper had to climb up the tree to collect the honey - like a squirrel that climbs up trees.
Added 12/18/2013 by Frollein Gladys
Edited 12/4/2014 by Frollein Gladys