Swiss Surnames

Swiss names are used in the country of Switzerland in central Europe.
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STUBER German
Occupational name for the owner of an inn, derived from Old High German stuba "room".
STÜCK German, Jewish
From Old High German stucki meaning "piece, part".
STUMPF German
Nickname for a short person or a topographic name someone who lived near a prominent stump, from Middle High German stumpf.
STURM German
Means "storm" in German, originally a nickname for a volatile person.
SUESS German
Variant of SÜß. A famous bearer was the American children's author Dr. Seuss (1904-1991), who was born Theodor Seuss Geisel.
SULZBACH German
Toponymic name from German places named Sulzbach meaning "salty stream", derived from Old High German sulza "salty water" and bah "stream".
SÜSS German
Variant of SÜß.
SÜß German
From Old High German suozi meaning "sweet".
SWANGO German
Americanized form of SCHWANGAU.
SWITZER German
Americanized form of SCHWEITZER.
TAFANI Italian
From the nickname tafano meaning "gadfly", indicating an annoying person.
TAILLER French
Means "tailor" from Old French tailleur.
TAMARO Italian
Possibly from the Germanic given name THIETMAR. It is typical of the area around Trieste in northern Italy.
TAMBOIA Italian
Possibly means "drummer", from Italian tamburo meaning "drum".
TANGEMAN German
Originally indicated a person from a place named Tange in northern Germany.
TANZER German
Means "dancer" in German, derived from Middle High German tanzen "to dance".
TANZI Italian
From a short form of the given name COSTANZO.
TARANTINO Italian
Locational name that originally designated a person who came from Taranto, a city in southeast Italy, which was originally called Ταρας (Taras) by Greek colonists. A famous bearer of this name is the American director Quentin Tarantino (1963-).
TASSE French
From Old French tasse "purse, bag", an occupational name for a maker or seller of purses.
TAUBE German
From a nickname meaning meaning "dove" in German.
TAVERNA Italian
From the place name Taverna, common in different parts of Italy. It means "inn, tavern" in Italian.
TEDESCO Italian
From Italian tedesco meaning "German".
TERRANOVA Italian
Means "new land" in Italian.
TERZI Italian
From the given name TERZO, or a name for a third child.
TESSARO Italian
Occupational name meaning "weaver", ultimately from Latin texarius.
TESTA Italian
From an Italian nickname meaning "head".
TEUFEL German
From a nickname meaning "devil" in German, given to a mischievous person or one who was devil-like.
THAYER French
Americanized form of TAILLER.
THIBAULT French
Derived from the given name THIBAULT.
THOMAS English, French
Derived from the given name THOMAS.
TIRABOSCHI Italian
Possibly of Germanic origin meaning "shepherd". This surname is typical of Lombardy.
TIVOLI Italian
Derived from the resort town of Tivoli, near Rome, originally called Tibur in Latin, of uncertain origin.
TOBIAS English, German, Jewish
From the given name TOBIAS.
TODARO Italian
From a regional form of a given name Todaro, a variant of TEODORO. It is quite common in Sicily.
TOLKIEN German
Derived from Saxon tollkühn meaning "foolhardy". A famous bearer was the English author J. R. R. Tolkien (1892-1973).
TOLONI Italian
Derived from the given name BARTOLOMEO.
TORNINCASA Italian
From a medieval Italian name given to a boy born after the death of a previous one, derived from Italian ritorna in casa "come back home".
TOSELLI Italian
Diminutive form of TOSI.
TOSETTI Italian
Diminutive form of TOSI.
TOSI Italian
Means "clean-shaven", usually denoting a younger man, from Latin tonsus "shaved".
TOSTO Italian
From a nickname for a tough, stubborn person, from Italian tosto "hard, tough".
TRAPANI Italian
From the name of the Sicilian city of Trapani, derived from Greek δρεπανη (drepane) meaning "sickle".
TRAVER French
French variant of TRAVERS.
TRAVERE French
French variant of TRAVERS.
TRAVERS English, French
From an English and French place name that described a person who lived near a bridge or ford, or occasionally as an occupational name for the collector of tolls at such a location. The place name is derived from Old French traverser (which comes from Late Latin transversare), which means "to cross".
TRAVERSA Italian
Italian form of TRAVERS.
TRAVERSE French
French variant of TRAVERS.
TRAVERSI Italian
Italian form of TRAVERS.
TRAVERSINI Italian
Italian variant of TRAVERS.
TRAVERSO Italian
Italian form of TRAVERS.
TRAVERT French
French variant of TRAVERS.
TREMBLAY French
From French tremble meaning "aspen".
TRITTEN German
Originally denoted someone who lived by a set of steps, from Middle High German trit "step".
TRUCCO Italian
Denoted a person coming from a place of this name in northern Italy.
TRUMBAUER German
Possibly from Middle High German trame "rafter, frame" and bauer "peasant, neighbour".
TSCHIDA German
Possibly derived from a Slavic given name of unknown meaning.
TUMICELLI Italian
Possibly from a diminutive of the given name BARTOLOMEO.
TURATI Italian
From the name of the town of Turate near Como in Lombardy.
TURCHI Italian
Means "Turkish" in Italian.
UBERTI Italian
Derived from the given name UBERTO.
UCCELLO Italian
Means "bird" in Italian, either a nickname for a person who resembled a bird or an occupational name for a birdcatcher.
UGGERI Italian
Derived from the given name EDGARDO.
UGHI Italian
From the given name UGO.
UNGARETTI Italian
Diminutive of UNGARO.
UNGARO Italian
Means "Hungarian" in Italian.
UNKLE German
Possibly denoted a person from the town of Unkel in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany.
UNRUH German
Refers to a restless, fidgety, nervous person, from German unruhe meaning "unrest".
VACCA Italian
Means "cow" in Italian, originally denoting a person who worked with cattle.
VACCARO Italian
Occupational name meaning "cowherd" in Italian.
VALENTI Italian
Patronymic from the given name Valente, an Italian form of VALENS. A famous bearer of the surname was Jack Valenti (1921-2007), advisor to American president Lyndon Johnson.
VALENTINI Italian
Means "son of VALENTINO".
VALERIO Italian
From the given name VALERIO.
VARANO Italian
Derived from one of the many towns of this name in Italy.
VENTIMIGLIA Italian
From the name of the historical Italian city Ventimiglia, now near the French border, ultimately from Latin Albintimilium.
VENTURA Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
From the given names BONAVENTURA (Italian), BUENAVENTURA (Spanish) and BOAVENTURA (Portuguese).
VERONA Italian
From the name of the city of Verona, one of the most important historical cities of northern Italy. The meaning of the city's name is uncertain.
VESCOVI Italian
Derived from Italian vescovo meaning "bishop".
VESPA Italian
From an Italian nickname meaning "wasp".
VESTRI Italian
From the given name SILVESTRO.
VICARIO Spanish, Italian
Means "vicar" in Spanish and Italian, an ecclesiastic title used to denote a representative of a bishop. It is derived from Latin vicarius meaning "substitute, deputy".
VICO Italian
Means "town" in Italian, derived from Latin vicus.
VICTOR French, English
Derived from the male given name VICTOR.
VIETH German
From the given name VEIT.
VIGO Italian
Variant of VICO.
VILLA Italian, Spanish
Means "town" in Italian and Spanish, from Latin. It was originally given to a person who came from a town, as opposed to the countryside.
VILLENEUVE French
French cognate of VILLANUEVA.
VINCENT (1) English, French
From the given name VINCENT.
VINCI (1) Italian
From the given name VINCENTE.
VINCI (2) Italian
Originally indicated a person from Vinci near Florence, the birthplace of Leonardo da Vinci.
VIOLA Italian
From the given name VIOLA.
VITALI Italian
From the given name VITALE.
VOCLAIN French
From the Old French given name VAUQUELIN.
VOGEL German, Dutch
From Old High German and Old Dutch fogal meaning "bird". It was originally an occupational name for a bird catcher, or a nickname for a person who liked to sing.
VOGT German
Occupational name from Middle High German voget meaning "bailiff, lawyer", ultimately from Latin advocatus.
VOGTS German
Patronymic variant of VOGT.
VOIGT German
Variant of VOGT.
VOIGTS German
Patronymic variant of VOGT.
VOLK German
Derived from given names beginning with the Germanic element fulc meaning "people".
VOLL (2) German
Variant of VOLK.
VOLTOLINI Italian
From the name of the alpine valley of Valtellina in Lombardy, northern Italy.
VON BRANDT German
Means "from the area cleared by fire", from Middle High German brant.
VON ESSEN German
Means "from Essen", a city in Germany, possibly a derivative of Old High German asc meaning "ash tree".
VON GRIMMELSHAUSEN German
Means "from Grimmelshausen", a town in Germany. It is itself derived from Grimmel, of uncertain meaning, and hausen meaning "houses". A famous bearer was the German author Hans Jakob Christoffel von Grimmelshausen (1621-1676).
VON INGERSLEBEN German
Means "from Ingersleben", a town in Germany, which means "INGE's village".
VONNEGUT German
Possibly from the Germanic vonn meaning "hunting track" and gut meaning "good". A famous bearer was the American author Kurt Vonnegut (1922-2007).
VOSS German
From Middle Low German vos meaning "fox". It was originally a nickname for a clever person or a person with red hair.
VOß German
Variant of VOSS.
WÄGNER German
Variant of WAGNER.
WAGNER German
From Middle High German wagener meaning "wagon maker, cartwright". This name was borne by the German composer Richard Wagner (1813-1883).
WÄHNER German
Variant of WAGNER.
WAHNER German
Variant of WAGNER.
WALKENHORST German
Possibly derived from a German place name Falkenhorst, from Falken meaning "falcons" and Horst meaning "thicket".
WALTER English, German
Derived from the given name WALTER.
WALTHER German
From the given name WALTHER.
WALTZ German
From a diminutive of the given name WALTHER.
WANG (2) German, Dutch
From Middle High German and Middle Dutch wange meaning "cheek", possibly a nickname for someone with round or rosy cheeks.
WANG (3) German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
From Old High German wang or Old Norse vangr meaning "grassy slope, meadow".
WAXWEILER German
Denoted a person from Waxweiler, a village in the Eifel region of Germany.
WEBER German
German cognate of WEAVER (1).
WECHSLER German, Jewish
Means "money changer, banker", from German wechseln "to exchange".
WEDEKIND German
From the given name WIDUKIND.
WEEBER German
German cognate of WEAVER (1).
WEHNER German
Variant of WAGNER.
WEHNERT German
Variant of WAGNER.
WEHUNT German
Americanized form of German WIEGAND.
WEIGAND German
From the given name WIEGAND.
WEIMANN German
From German Wein meaning "wine", an occupational name for a wine seller or producer.
WEINER German
Variant of WAGNER.
WEISS German
From Middle High German wiz meaning "white". This was originally a nickname for a person with white hair or skin.
WEIß German
Variant of WEISS.
WELTER German
Derived from the given name WALTER.
WENDEL German
Derived from the given name WENDEL.
WENDELL German
Derived from the given name WENDEL.
WERNER German
From the given name WERNER.
WERNHER German
From the given name WERNER.
WEST English, German
Denoted a person who lived to the west of something, or who came from the west.
WETZEL German
From the given name WENZEL.
WIECK German
Means "village, town", derived from Latin vicus.
WIEGAND German
From the given name WIEGAND.
WILDGRUBE German
From the name of a German town, derived from German wild "wild, untamed" and Grube "hollow, pit".
WINKLER German
Derived from Old High German winkil meaning "corner".
WINTER English, German, Swedish
From Old English winter or Old High German wintar meaning "winter". This was a nickname for a person with a cold personality.
WIRNER German
From the given name WERNER.
WIRNHIER German
From the given name WERNER.
WIRT German
Variant of WIRTH.
WIRTH German, Jewish
Occupational name for an innkeeper, derived from German wirt meaning "host".
WOLF German, English
From Middle High German or Middle English wolf meaning "wolf", or else from a Germanic given name beginning with this element.
WOLTER German
From the given name WALTER.
WÖRNER German
From the given name WERNER.
WÖRNHÖR German
From the given name WERNER.
WRUCK German
From Middle Low German wrok meaning "cantankerous".
XYLANDER German
From Greek ξυλον (xylon) meaning "wood, forest" and ανδρος (andros) meaning "man". This surname was a Greek translation of German surnames of the same meaning.
YOUNT German (Anglicized)
Americanized form of JUNDT.
ZANETTI Italian
Derived from a diminutive of the given name GIOVANNI. A famous bearer is Argentinian soccer player Javier Zanetti (1973-).
ZANGARI Italian
Southern Italian name, derived from Greek τσαγκαρης (tsankaris) meaning "shoemaker, cobbler".
ZAPPA Italian
From Italian zappa meaning "hoe, mattock", probably denoting a farmer. Two musicians of Italian origin have bore this name: Francesco Zappa (1717-1803) and Frank Zappa (1940-1993).
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-).
ZENI Italian
Means "son of ZENO".
ZIMMERMANN German, Jewish
From the German word for "carpenter", derived from Middle High German zimber "timber, wood" and mann "man".
ZINI Italian
Derived from names such as Lorenzino, a diminutive of LORENZO, or Vincenzino, a diminutive of VINCENZO.
ZINO Italian
Derived from the given name Zino, a short form of names ending with -zino, such as Lorenzino, a diminutive of LORENZO, or Vincenzino, a diminutive of VINCENZO.
ZUNINO Italian
Derived from the given name GIOVANNI.