Low German Surnames

These names are used in northern Germany and the eastern Netherlands where Low German is spoken. See also German names.
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AHLERS Low German
Means "son of ALARD".
BAASCH Low German
From Middle Low German baas meaning "boss".
BOSCH (1) Dutch, Low German
Derived from Middle Dutch bosch meaning "wood, forest".
BRAUER Low German
Derived from Middle Low German bruwer meaning "brewer".
BUHR Low German
Low German form of BAUER.
FOTH Low German
From a nickname meaning "foot" in Low German.
HINRICHS Low German
Derived from the given name HINRICH.
HOLST Danish, Low German, Dutch
Originally referred to a person from the region of HOLSTEIN between Germany and Denmark. A famous bearer of this name was the English composer Gustav Holst (1874-1934).
KOCK Low German
Low German cognate of COOK.
KRAMER Low German, Jewish
Low German and Jewish form of KRÄMER.
MAAS Dutch, Low German
From the given name MAAS.
MERTENS Dutch, Low German, Flemish
From the given name MERTEN.
MÖLLER Low German, Swedish
Low German and Swedish form of MÜLLER.
PAPKE Low German
Low German diminutive form of papa (see POPE).
PORTNER Low German
Low German cognate of PORTER.
RADEMACHER Low German
Low German cognate of RADEMAKER.
SCHERMER Dutch, Low German
Dutch and Low German form of SCHIRMER.
SCHRÖDER (1) Low German
Occupational name for a tailor, from Middle Low German schroden meaning "to cut".
SCHULT Low German
Low German variant of SCHULTHEIß.
SCHULTE Low German
Low German variant of SCHULTHEIß.
STEEN Low German
Low German variant of STEIN.
STEFFEN Low German, English
Derived from the given name STEPHEN.
TIEDEMANN Low German
Derived from the given name TIEDEMANN.
UNTERBRINK Low German
Means "dweller under the slope" from Old Low German undar "under" and brink "edge, slope".
WEGENER Low German
Low German variant of WAGNER.
WEGNER Low German
Low German variant of WAGNER.