Swiss Surnames

Swiss names are used in the country of Switzerland in central Europe.
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FONTANA Italian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish cognate of FONTAINE.
FOREST English, French
Originally belonged to a person who lived near or in a forest. It was probably originally derived, via Old French forest, from Latin forestam (silva) meaning "outer (wood)".
FORESTIER French
French cognate of FORESTER.
FORNEY German
Name for someone who lived near ferns, from Old High German farn "fern".
FORST German
Derived from Old High German forst "forest". Probably unrelated to the Old French word forest, which was derived from Latin, Old High German forst was derived from foraha meaning "fir tree".
FÖRSTNER German
Denoted a keeper or one in charge of a forest (see FORST).
FORTIER French
Derived from Old French fort "stronghold", indicating a person who lived near or worked at such a place.
FORTUNATO Italian
From the given name FORTUNATO.
FOSSE English, French
Derived from Old French fosse "ditch".
FOURNIER French
Occupational name for a baker, from French fourneau meaning "oven".
FRANÇOIS French
Derived from the given name FRANÇOIS.
FRANK (3) German, Dutch, Danish, Norwegian
Name for a person from Franconia in Germany, so called because it was settled by the Frankish people.
FRANZESE Italian
From a nickname that indicated a person who came from France. It is typical of the area around Naples.
FREI German
Means "free" in German, probably referring to someone outside the feudal system.
FREUD German, Jewish
Means "joy" in German, a nickname for a cheerful person. A famous bearer was the psychologist Sigmund Freud (1856-1939).
FREUDENBERGER German, Jewish
Ornamental name from old German freud meaning "joy" and berg meaning "mountain".
FREUND German
From Middle High German vriunt, modern German Freund meaning "friend".
FRIED German
Derived from the given name FRIEDRICH.
FRIEDRICH German
Derived from the given name FRIEDRICH.
FROMM German
From a nickname derived from Middle High German vrom meaning "noble, honourable".
FROST English, German
From Old English and Old High German meaning "frost", a nickname for a person who had a cold personality or a white beard.
FUCHS German
From Old High German fuhs meaning "fox". It was originally a nickname for a person with red hair.
FUHRMANN German
Derived from Middle High German vuorman meaning "cartwright".
FURLAN Italian, Slovene
From the name of the Italian region of Friuli, in the northeast of Italy, which is derived from the name of the Roman town of Forum Iulii meaning "forum of Julius".
FÜRST German
From a nickname meaning "(sovereign) prince" in German. The word fürst itself is derived from Old High German furisto "first".
FUX German
Variant of FUCHS.
GABLER German
Occupational name for someone who made or sold forks, from Old High German gabala "fork".
GABRIELLI Italian
From the given name GABRIELE (1).
GAERTNER German
German form of GARDENER.
GAGE French, English
Occupational name derived either from Old French jauge "measure" (a name for an assayer) or gage "pledge, payment" (a name for a moneylender). Both words were ultimately of Frankish origin.
GAGLIARDI Italian
From Italian gagliardo meaning "strong, vigorous".
GAGNE French
Variant of GAGNEUX.
GAGNEUX French
Derived from Old French gagnier meaning "to farm, to cultivate".
GAGNON French
Derived from old French gagnon "guard dog". The name most likely originated as a nickname for an aggressive or cruel person.
GALLO Italian, Spanish
Means "rooster", ultimately from Latin gallus. This was a nickname for a proud person.
GANZA Italian
Probably from the feminine medieval given name Allegranza or Alleganza, a derivative of ALLEGRA. It comes from northern Lombardy.
GARB German
Variant of GARBER.
GARBER German
Variant of GERBER.
GARÇON French
Means "boy" in French, referring to a servant.
GARDINIER French
French form of GARDENER.
GARFAGNINI Italian
Originally denoted one from the region of Garfagnana in Tuscany, Italy, near the historical city of Lucca.
GARNIER (1) French
From the given name GARNIER.
GAROFALO Italian
From a nickname, from a southern variant of the Italian word garofano meaning "carnation".
GÄRTNER German
German form of GARDENER.
GARVER German
Variant of GERBER.
GASPARI Italian
From the given name GASPARE.
GASS German
Name for someone who lived on a street in a city, from German gasse.
GATTI Italian
Means "cat" in Italian, originally a nickname for an agile person.
GAUTHIER French
Derived from the given name GAUTHIER.
GEHRIG German
Variant of GEHRING.
GEHRING German
Derived from a short form of Germanic names starting with the element ger "spear".
GEIER German
Means "vulture" in German, a nickname for a greedy person.
GEIGER German
Means "fiddle player" in German, derived from Old High German giga "fiddle".
GEISSLER German
Occupational name for a goat herder, from southern German Geiss meaning "goat" and the suffix ler signifying an occupation.
GENOVESE Italian
Denoted a person from the Italian city of GENOA (Genova in Italian).
GENSCH German
From the given name Gensch, a Sorbian form of JOHN.
GENTILE Italian
From a nickname meaning "gentle, kind" in Italian.
GERBER German
Means "tanner, leather dresser" in German, derived from Old High German garawen meaning "to prepare".
GERHARD German
Derived from the given name GERHARD.
GERHARDT German
Derived from the given name GERHARD.
GERIG German
Variant of GEHRING.
GERMAIN French
From the French given name GERMAIN.
GERMANO Italian
From the given name GERMANO.
GÉROUX French
Derived from the Germanic name GERULF.
GERST German
Occupational name for a barley farmer, derived from Old High German gersta "barley".
GERSTLE German
Variant of GERST.
GERVER German
Variant of GERBER.
GIANNINO Italian
Derived from the given name GIANNINO.
GIEHL German
German form of GILES.
GIESE German, Danish
Derived from a short form of the given name GISELBERT or other Germanic names beginning with the element gisil.
GIMONDI Italian
Probably derived from the Germanic given name GISMUND.
GIORDANO Italian
Derived from the given name GIORDANO.
GIRARD French
From the given name GÉRARD.
GIROUX French
Derived from the Germanic name GERULF.
GISMONDI Italian
From the Germanic given name GISMUND.
GIUGOVAZ Italian
Italian form of the Croatian surname JUGOVAC.
GIUNTA Italian
From the old Italian given name Bonagiunta or Bonaggiunta (derived from bono "good" and aggiunto "assistant").
GLAS German, Dutch
German and Dutch cognate of GLASS.
GLASS English, German
From Old English glæs or Old High German glas meaning "glass". This was an occupational name for a glass blower or glazier.
GLÖCKNER German
Derived from Middle High German glocke "bell". It may have referred to a person who worked at or lived close to a bell tower.
GÖBEL German
Derived from the given name Göbel, a diminutive of the Old German name Godebert, which is derived from god "God" and beraht "bright".
GOEBEL German
Variant of GÖBEL.
GOLDSCHMIDT German
Occupational name meaning "goldsmith" in German.
GORETTI Italian
Derived from the given name GREGORIO.
GORI Italian
Derived from the given name GREGORIO.
GORMAN (1) German
From the Germanic given name GERMUND.
GOSSE French
Derived from the Norman given name GOSSE.
GOSSELIN French
Derived from a diminutive of the French given name GOSSE.
GOTT German
Derived from the Germanic given name GODA.
GOTTI German
Variant of GOTT.
GOTTLIEB German
Derived from the given name GOTTLIEB.
GOTTSCHALK German
Derived from the given name GOTTSCHALK.
GRAF German
From the German noble title Graf meaning "count", ultimately from Greek γραφευς (grapheus) meaning "scribe".
GRANER German
Originally denoted a person from Gran, the German name for Esztergom, a city in northern Hungary.
GRANGER English, French
Means "farm bailiff" from Old French grangier, ultimately from Latin granum meaning "grain". It is borne in the Harry Potter novels by Harry's friend Hermione Granger.
GRECO Italian
Means "from Greece" in Italian.
GREENBERG German, Jewish
Anglicized form of GRÜNBERG.
GRILLO Italian
From an Italian nickname meaning "cricket", perhaps given originally to a cheerful person (the cricket is associated with cheerfulness).
GRIMALDI Italian
From the given name GRIMALDO. It is the surname of the royal family of Monaco, which came from Genoa.
GRONCHI Italian
From the Tuscan word gronchio meaning "numb, bent". This is an Italian regional surname typical of Tuscany. A famous bearer was the Italian president Giovanni Gronchi (1887-1978).
GROOS German
Variant of GROß.
GROS French
Means "thick, fat, big" in French, from Late Latin grossus, possibly of Germanic origin.
GROSS German
Variant of GROß.
GROß German
From Old High German groz meaning "tall, big".
GROßE German
Variant of GROß.
GROSSE German
Variant of GROß.
GRÖßEL German
Variant of GROß, used in southern Germany.
GROßEL German
Variant of GROß, used in southern Germany.
GROßER German
Variant of GROß.
GROSSER German
Variant of GROß.
GROSSI Italian
Italian cognate of GROS.
GROSSO Italian
Italian cognate of GROS.
GRÜNBERG German, Jewish
From German grün "green" and Berg "mountain". This name indicated a person who lived on or near a forest-covered mountain.
GRÜNEWALD German
Means "green forest" from German grün "green" and Wald "forest".
GUARNERI Italian
From the given name Guanero, an Italian cognate of WERNER.
GUÉRIN French
From the Germanic given name WARIN.
GUERRA Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
From a nickname meaning "war", given to a belligerent person or one engaged in warfare.
GUERRIERO Italian
Italian form of GUERRERO.
GUIDI Italian
From the given name GUIDO.
GUILLORY French
Derived from the Germanic given name WILLIRIC.
GÜNTHER German
Derived from the given name GÜNTHER.
GUNTHER German
Derived from the given name GÜNTHER.
GUTERMUTH German
Derived from Middle High German guot meaning "good" and muot meaning "mind, spirit". It was a nickname for an optimistic person.
GUTTUSO Italian
From a Sicilian nickname meaning "sad". It was name of the famous Italian painter Renato Guttuso (born 1912).
GWERDER German (Swiss)
From Swiss German gwerig meaning "agile, alert".
HAAS Dutch, German
Variant of HASE.
HAASE German
Variant of HASE.
HABER German, Jewish
Occupational name for one who grew or sold oats, derived from Old High German habaro "oat". As a Jewish surname it is ornamental.
HABERKORN German
Occupational name for a dealer in oats, derived from Old High German habaro "oat" and korn "kernel, grain".
HABICH German
German cognate of HAWK.
HABICHT German
German cognate of HAWK.
HAFNER German
Occupational name for a potter, derived from Old High German havan "pot, vessel".
HAHN German
From a nickname for a proud or pugnacious person, from Old High German hano meaning "rooster, cock".
HALL English, German, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish
Means simply "hall", given to one who either lived in or worked in a hall (the house of a medieval noble).
HALLE German
German variant of HALL.
HARDY English, French
From Old French and Middle English hardi meaning "bold, daring", of Germanic origin.
HARTMANN German
From the German given name HARTMANN.
HASE German
From Middle High German and Middle Low German hase meaning "hare, rabbit". This was a nickname for a person who was quick or timid.
HASENKAMP German
From a northern German place name meaning "rabbit field", from Old Saxon haso "hare" and kamp "field" (from Latin campus).
HASS German
From the given name HASSO.
HAUER German
Derived from Middle High German houwen "to chop", referring to a butcher or woodchopper.
HAUMANN German
Derived from Middle High German houwen "to chop" and man "man", referring to a butcher or woodchopper.
HAUPT German
German cognate of HEAD.
HÄUSLER German
Name for someone who lived in a house with no land, derived rom Old High German word hus meaning "house".
HAVENER German
Variant of HAFNER.
HÉBERT French
Derived from the given name HERBERT.
HEIDRICH German
From the Germanic given name HEIDRICH.
HEINRICH German
Derived from the given name HEINRICH.
HEINRICHS German
Derived from the given name HEINRICH.
HEINTZE German
Derived from a diminutive of HEINRICH.
HEINZ German
Derived from a diminutive of HEINRICH.
HEPPENHEIMER German
From the name of the city of Heppenheim in Hesse, Germany.
HERBERT English, German, French
Derived from the male given name HERBERT.
HERMANN German
From the given name HERMANN.
HERSCHEL German, Jewish
Diminutive form of HIRSCH (1) or HIRSCH (2). A famous bearer was the British-German astronomer William Herschel (1738-1822), as well as his sister Caroline Herschel (1750-1848) and son John Herschel (1792-1871), also noted scientists.
HERTZ German
Derived from Middle High German herze meaning "heart", a nickname for a big-hearted person.
HERZOG German
From a German title meaning "duke", a nickname for a person who either acted like a duke or worked in a duke's household.
HILDEBRAND German
From the given name HILDEBRAND.
HINTZEN German
Means "son of Hintz", a diminutive of HEINRICH.
HIRSCH (1) German
Means "deer, hart" in German. This was a nickname for a person who resembled a deer in some way, or who raised or hunted deer.
HIRSCHEL German, Jewish
Diminutive form of HIRSCH (1) or HIRSCH (2).
HOCH German
Means "tall" in German.
HOCHBERG German, Jewish
From place names meaning "high hill" in German.
HOEFLER German
Variant of HOFER.
HOFER German
Occupational name for a farmer, from German Hof "farm", from Old High German hof "house, estate, courtyard".
HOFFMANN German
From Middle High German hofmann meaning "farmer".
HÖFLER German
Variant of HOFER.
HOFMEISTER German
Means "master of the household", from Old High German hof "house, estate, courtyard" and meistar "master" (from Latin magister).
HOLLAND (2) Dutch, German, English
Indicated a person from the Dutch province of HOLLAND (1).
HOLTZ German
German cognate of HOLT.
HÖLZER German
German cognate of HOLT.
HOLZER German
German cognate of HOLT.
HOLZKNECHT German
Occupational name for a forester's helper, from Old High German holz "wood" and kneht "servant, apprentice".
HOLZMANN German
Derived from Old High German holz "wood" and man "man", a name for someone who lived close to a wood or worked with wood.
HOOVER German (Anglicized)
Americanized form of HUBER.
HORN English, German, Norwegian, Danish
From the Germanic word horn meaning "horn". This was an occupational name for one who carved objects out of horn or who played a horn, or a person who lived near a horn-shaped geographical feature, such as a mountain or a bend in a river.
HÜBER German
Variant of HUBER.
HUBER German
Occupational name for a farmer, derived from Old High German huoba "plot of land, farm".
HUMMEL (1) German, Dutch
Derived from the given name HUMBERT.
HUMMEL (2) German, Dutch
Nickname for a busy person, from Middle Low German and Middle Dutch hommel, Middle High German hummel, all meaning "bee".
HUTMACHER German
German cognate of HOEDEMAKER.
INGERSLEBEN German
From the name of the town of Ingersleben, Germany, which meant "Inge's village".
INNOCENTI Italian
From a nickname meaning "innocent" in Italian.
JACQUES French
From the French given name JACQUES.
JAEGER German
Variant of JÄGER.
JÄGER German
Means "hunter" in German, from Old High German jagon meaning "to hunt".
JAGER German
Variant of JÄGER.
JANS Dutch, German
Means "son of JAN (1)".
JANVIER French
Either from the given name JANVIER or the French word janvier meaning "January", perhaps indicating a person who was baptized in that month.
JANZ German
Means "son of JAN (1)".
JÖLLENBECK German
From the name of a village in western Germany, itself derived from the name of the Jölle, a small river, combined with Low German beck "stream".
JORDAN (1) English, French
Derived from the given name JORDAN.
JOUBERT French
From the given name GAUBERT.
JUNDT German
Derived from a diminutive of the feminine given name JUDITH.
JUNG German
Means "young" in German, from Middle High German junc.
JUNGE German
Variant of JUNG.
KAHLER German
From a nickname derived from German kahl meaning "bald".
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.
KALB German
Occupational name meaning "calf (animal)" in German.
KALBFLEISCH German
Occupational name for a butcher who dealt in veal, from German kalb meaning "calf" and fleisch meaning "meat".
KAPPEL German, Dutch
Name for a person who lived near or worked at a chapel, ultimately from Late Latin cappella, a diminutive of cappa "cape", arising from the holy relic of the torn cape of Saint Martin, which was kept in small churches.
KARL German
From the given name KARL.
KASPAR German
Derived from the given name KASPAR.
KÄSTNER German
Means "cabinet maker", derived from Middle High German kaste "box".
KAUBE German
From the name of the town of Kaub in Germany.
KÄUFER German
Variant of KAUFER.
KAUFER German
Means "trader" in German.
KAUFMANN German, Jewish
Means "trader, merchant" in German.
KEIL German
Means "wedge shaped" in German. It was used to denote a person who owned a wedge-shaped piece of land.
KELLER German
Means "cellar" in German, an occupational name for one in charge of the food and drink.
KEMPF German
German cognate of KEMP.
KERNER German
Derived from Old High German kerno "seed", an occupational name for one who sold or planted seeds.
KERPER German
Variant of GERBER.
KIEFER (1) German
Means "pine tree" in German.
KIEFER (2) German
Occupational name for a barrel maker, derived from Old High German kuofa meaning "barrel".
KIRCH German
German cognate of CHURCH.
KIRCHNER German
Derived from Middle High German kirchenaere meaning "sexton".
KISTLER German
Occupational name meaning "chest maker, cabinetmaker" from Middle High German kiste.
KLEIN German, Dutch, Jewish
Means "small, little" from German klein or Yiddish kleyn. A famous bearer of this name is clothes designer Calvin Klein (1942-).
KLOSSNER German
Derived from German Klausner, Middle High German klosenære meaning "hermit".
KNEF German
Occupational name for a shoemaker, derived from Low German knif meaning "shoemaker's knife".
KNEIB German
Variant of KNEF.
KNELLER German
Originally a nickname for a noisy or disruptive person, derived from Old German knellen "to make noise, to cause a disturbance".
KNEPP German
Variant of KNOPF.
KNOCHENMUS German
From German Knochen "bone" and Mus "sauce". It probably referred to someone who worked in the butcher trade.
KNOPF German
Means "button" in German, originally belonging to a button maker or button seller.
KNOPP German
Variant of KNOPF.
KOCH German
German cognate of COOK.
KOENIG German
German cognate of KING.
KÖHL German
Variant of KOHL.
KOHL German
Derived from Middle High German kol "cabbage".
KÖHLER German
Variant of KOHLER.
KOHLER German
From Middle High German koler meaning "charcoal burner" or "charcoal seller".
KOLBE German
From Middle High German kolbe meaning "club".
KÖNIG German
German cognate of KING.
KÖNIGSMANN German
Means a "king's man", or someone who played a king in a play.
KOPP German
Derived from a diminutive of the given name JAKOB.
KRÄMER German
Means "shopkeeper, merchant" in German, derived from Old High German kram meaning "tent, trading post".
KRANZ German, Jewish
Derived from Old High German kranz meaning "wreath", an occupational name for a maker of wreaths or an ornamental Jewish name.
KRAUS German
From Middle High German krus meaning "curly", originally a nickname for a person with curly hair.
KRAUSE German
Variant of KRAUS.
KRAUSS German
Variant of KRAUS.
KRAUß German
Variant of KRAUS.
KREBS German
Means "crab" in German, perhaps a nickname for a person with a crab-like walk.
KRON German, Swedish
From German Krone and Swedish krona meaning "crown" (from Latin corona), perhaps a nickname for one who worked in a royal household.
KRÜCKEL German
Nickname for a crippled person or someone who walked with a cane, from Middle High German krücke meaning "cane".
KRÜGER (1) German
In northern Germany an occupational name for a tavern keeper, derived from Middle Low German kroch meaning "tavern".
KRÜGER (2) German
In southern Germany an occupational name for a potter, derived from Middle High German kruoc meaning "jug, pot".
KRUSE German
Variant of KRAUS.
KÜCHLER German
Occupational surname for a baker who made small cakes or cookies, derived from Middle High German kuoche "cake, pastry".
KUHN German
Derived from a diminutive of the German given name KONRAD.
KUNDERT German
Derived from the given name KONRAD.
KUNKEL German
Occupational name for a maker of distaffs, from Middle High German kunkel "distaff, spindle", of Latin origin.
KUNKLE German
Variant of KUNKEL.
KUNTZ German
Derived from a diminutive of the given name KONRAD.
KUNZ German
Derived from a diminutive of the given name KONRAD.
KUNZE German
Derived from a diminutive of the given name KONRAD.
KURZ German
Means "short" in German, ultimately from Latin curtus.
KURZMANN German
Means "short man" in German.
LABELLE French
Means "fair, beautiful" in French.
LABRIOLA Italian
Originally indicated a person from the town of Abriola in southern Italy.
LACHANCE French
Means "chance, luck" in French, a nickname for a lucky person.
LACHAPELLE French
Means "the chapel" in French, most likely used to denote a person who lived by a church or a chapel.
LAFRENTZ German
Derived from the given name LORENZ.
LAFRENZ German
Derived from the given name LORENZ.
LAGANÀ Italian
Occupational name for a greengrocer, meaning "vegetables" in southern Italian dialects, ultimately from Greek λαχανον (lachanon).
LAGOMARSINO Italian
Derived from the name of the village of Lagomarsino near Genoa.
LAGORIO Italian
From a nickname derived from Ligurian lagö, referring to a type of lizard, the European green lizard. This little reptile is respected because it supposedly protects against vipers.
LAGUARDIA Italian
Occupational name meaning "sentry, sentinel" in Italian, also a locative name referring to a person who lived near a watchtower. Fiorello Laguardia (1882-1947) was the first mayor of New York of Italian origin.
LAMA Italian
Derived from the name place Lama, common in Italy.
LAMAR French, English
Originally from a place name in Normandy, derived from Old French la mare meaning "the pool".
LAMARRE French
Variant of LAMAR.
LAMBERT French
Derived from the given name LAMBERT.
LAMBERTI Italian
Derived from the given name LAMBERTO.
LAMON Italian
From the name of the village of Lamon near the city of Belluno in Veneto, Italy.
LANDAU German, Jewish
Derived from the town of Landau in the Palatinate region of Germany, of Old High German origin meaning "land valley".
LANDI Italian
Derived from the given name LANDO.
LANDO Italian
Derived from the given name LANDO.
LANDOLFI Italian
From the given name Landolfo, Italian form of the Germanic name LANDULF.