German (Swiss) Surnames

These names are a subset of German names used more often in Switzerland. See also about German names.
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GWERDER German (Swiss)
From Swiss German gwerig meaning "agile, alert".
MESSERLI German (Swiss)
Swiss diminutive form of MESSER.
ZELLWEGER German (Swiss)
Originally denoted a person from the Appenzell region of Switzerland. The place name is derived from Latin abbatis cella meaning "estate of the abbot". A famous bearer is actress Renée Zellweger (1969-).
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