Surnames Categorized "ends in -er"

This is a list of surnames in which the categories include ends in -er.
Baker English
Occupational name meaning "baker", derived from Middle English bakere.
Barber English, Scottish
Indicated a barber, one who cut hair for a living.
Butler English, Irish
Occupational name derived from Norman French butiller "wine steward", ultimately from Late Latin butticula "bottle". A famous bearer of this surname is the fictional character Rhett Butler, created by Margaret Mitchell for her novel Gone with the Wind (1936).
Carter English
Occupational name for a person who operated a cart to transport goods, from Norman French caretier. A famous bearer is the former American president Jimmy Carter (1924-).
Chester English
From the name of a city in England, derived from Latin castrum "camp, fortress".
Cooper English
Means "barrel maker", from Middle English couper.
Dexter English
Occupational name meaning "dyer" in Old English (originally this was a feminine word, but it was later applied to men as well).
Fletcher English
Occupational name for a fletcher, someone who attached feathers to the shaft of an arrow. It is derived from Old French fleche meaning "arrow".
Fournier French
Occupational name for a baker, from French fourneau meaning "oven".
Garber German
Variant of Gerber.
Harper English
Originally belonged to a person who played the harp or who made harps.
Hooper English
Occupational name for someone who put the metal hoops around wooden barrels.
Hunter English, Scottish
Occupational name that referred to someone who hunted for a living, from Old English hunta.
Kaiser German
From Middle High German keiser meaning "emperor", originally a nickname applied to someone who acted kingly. The title ultimately derives from the Roman name Caesar.
Meijer Dutch
Dutch form of Meyer 1.
Mercer English
Occupational name for a trader in textiles, from Old French mercier, derived from Latin merx meaning "merchandise".
Mercier French
French form of Mercer.
Miller English
Occupational surname referring to a person who owned or worked in a grain mill, from Middle English mille "mill".
Moser German
Name for someone who lived near a peat bog, from Middle High German mos.
Müller German
German equivalent of Miller, derived from Middle High German mülnære or müller.
Muller German
Variant of Müller.
Oliver English, Catalan, German, French
Derived from the given name Oliver.
Palmer English
Means "pilgrim", ultimately from Latin palma "palm tree", since pilgrims to the Holy Land often brought back palm fronds as proof of their journey.
Parker English
Means "keeper of the park" in Middle English. It is an occupational name for a person who was a gamekeeper at a medieval park.
Potter English
Occupational name for a potter, one who makes earthen vessels. This surname was used by J. K. Rowling for the hero in her Harry Potter series of books, first released in 1997.
Reuter 1 German
Fom Middle High German riute meaning "cleared land".
Richter German
Means "judge" in German, from Middle High German rihtære.
Sander German, Danish
Derived from the given name Alexander.
Schröder 1 Low German
Occupational name for a tailor, from Middle Low German schroden meaning "to cut".
Shearer English
English cognate of Scherer.
Slater English
Occupational name indicating that an early member worked covering roofs with slate, from Old French esclat "shard", of Germanic origin.
Spencer English
Occupational name for a person who dispensed provisions to those who worked at a manor, derived from Middle English spense "larder, pantry".
Sumner English
Occupational name for a summoner, an official who was responsible for ensuring the appearance of witnesses in court, from Middle English sumner, ultimately from Latin submonere "to advise".
Tucker English
Occupational name for a fuller of cloth, derived from Old English tucian meaning "offend, torment". A fuller was a person who cleaned and thickened raw cloth by pounding it.
Tupper English
Occupational name for a herdsman, derived from Middle English toupe "ram".
Turner English
Occupational name for one who worked with a lathe, derived from Old English turnian "to turn", of Latin origin. A famous bearer is the American musician Tina Turner (1939-), born Anna Mae Bullock.
Tyler English
Occupational name for a tiler of roofs, derived from Old English tigele "tile". A famous bearer of this name was American president John Tyler (1790-1862).
Walker English
Occupational name for a person who walked on damp raw cloth in order to thicken it. It is derived from Middle English walkere, Old English wealcan meaning "to move".
Walther German
From the given name Walther.
Webster English
Occupational name meaning "weaver", from Old English webba, a derivative of wefan "to weave".
Winchester English
From an English place name, derived from Venta, of Celtic origin, and Latin castrum meaning "camp, fortress".