Ancient Germanic Submitted Surnames

These names were used by the ancient Germanic peoples of Europe. See also about Germanic names.
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AIMARMedieval English, Anglo-Saxon, Spanish
1. From the Olde English pre 7th Century personal name "Aethelmaer", meaning "famous noble." ... [more]
ALDANEAnglo-Saxon
Derived from "dweller at the old enclosure".
ASHMANEnglish, Anglo-Saxon
From Middle English Asheman, a byname meaning "pirate, seaman". It can also be made up of English ash referring to the "ash tree", and man. In that case, it could refer to someone who lived by ash trees... [more]
AVERNEAnglo-Saxon
Possibly deriving from the Olde English "fearn", meaning fern.
BAYGENTSAnglo-Saxon
The earliest recorded spelling of the surname was "Besant", "Bezant", or "Beasant", which comes from an old French word "besant", which, in turn, was derived from the Latin term "byzantius aureus". The "byzantius" or "bezant" was a gold coin named after the city of Byzantium (ancient name in BC, later named 'Constantinople' in 330 AD)... [more]
BEEKMANGerman, Anglo-Saxon
This name derives from the pre 5th century Olde German and later Anglo-Saxon word "bah" or "baecc". This word describes a stream, or as a name specifically someone who lived or worked by a stream.
BENNINGFIELDEnglish, Anglo-Saxon
Benningfield is believed to be either ... [more]
BLAGDENAnglo-Saxon
Blagden is a locational surname deriving from any one of the places called Blackden or Blagdon, or Blagden farm in Hempstead, Essex. Blackden in Cheshire, Blagden in Essex and Blagdon in Northumberland share the same meaning and derivation, which is "the dark or black valley", derived from the Old English pre 7th Century "blaec", black, with "denu", valley, while the places called Blagdon in Devon, Dorset and Somerset, recorded as Blakedone in 1242, Blakeson in 1234, and Blachedone in the Domesday Book of 1086 respectively mean "the black hill", derived from the Old English "blaec", black, and "dun", down, hill, mountain... [more]
BOORMANAnglo-Saxon, English
This surname is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and may be either a topographical name for someone who lived in a particularly noteworthy or conspicuous cottage, from the Olde English pre 7th Century "bur", bower, cottage, inner room, with "mann", man, or a locational name from any of the various places called Bower(s) in Somerset and Essex, which appear variously as "Bur, Bure" and "Bura" in the Domesday Book of 1086... [more]
BRYERAnglo-Saxon
This unusual surname is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and was originally given either as a topographical name to someone who lived by a briar patch, deriving from the Olde English pre 7th Century "braer, brer", Middle English "brer", prickly thorn-bush, or as a nickname to a prickly individual, "sharp as brere" (Chaucer), from the same word applied in a transferred sense.
BURBIDGEAnglo-Saxon
This interesting name is of Anglo-Saxon origin and is a dialectal variant of the locational surname, deriving from any of the places called "Burbage", in the counties of Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Wiltshire... [more]
BUXAnglo-Saxon
From boc, meaning a beach, or beech. Sometimes used as an element of a place name e.g. Buxton, in Derbyshire, Buxhall, in Suffolk, or Buxted in Sussex; variant of "Buck", a deer.
CLATTENBURGAncient Germanic, Anglo-Saxon
Most likely something to do with a fortress. Meaning currently unknown.
COMMANDERAnglo-Saxon, French
From Middle English comander, comandor and comandour and also from Old French comandeor, all meaning "commander", "leader" or "ruler". The first recorded use of the name is through a family seat held in Somerset.
CORPUSAnglo-Saxon
It was a name given to a dark-haired person. In Yorkshire and Suffolk, the surname Corpus is derived from the Old Norse word korpr, which means raven; in Oxfordshire, the surname is derived from the Old French word corp, which has the same meaning.
CRANAnglo-Saxon
This picturesque name is of Anglo Saxon origin and is a nickname surname given to a tall thin man, or someone with long legs, or some other fancied resemblance to the bird. The derivation is from the old English "cran(uc)", "cron(uc)", "cren(uc)", which means a crane and until the introduction of a separate word in the 14th Century also a heron... [more]
CULBERTAnglo-Saxon, Irish, English, Scottish
Meaning and origin are uncertain. Edward MacLysaght (The Surnames of Ireland, 1999, 6th Ed., Irish Academic Press, Dublin, Ireland and Portland, Oregon, USA) states that this surname is of Huguenot (French Protestant) origin, and found mainly in Ireland's northern province of Ulster... [more]
DOWNINGAnglo-Saxon
from 'Dunning', a patronymic meaning 'Son of Dunn', 'Dunn' being a nickname for someone with brown coloring
DRYDENAnglo-Saxon, Scottish
This interesting surname is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and is a Scottish locational name from a place thus called, near Roslin, in Midlothian. The derivation of the placename is from the Olde English pre 7th Century "dryge", dry, with "denu", valley; hence "dry valley".
EAMERFrench, Anglo-Saxon
This interesting and unusual surname has two possible sources. ... [more]
EMERJewish, Anglo-Saxon
Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): metonymic occupational name from Yiddish emer ‘pail’, ‘bucket’. ... [more]
EMORAnglo-Saxon, Medieval English
This unusual surname has two origins. ... [more]
EYMERAnglo-Saxon, Medieval English
This unusual surname has two origins. ... [more]
EYMORAnglo-Saxon, Medieval English
This unusual surname has two origins. ... [more]
FISINGAnglo-Saxon (Rare), Romanian
This surname specifically comes from a village in Transylvania, Romania named Gergeschdorf, currently named Ungurei in Transylvania, Romania. The surname is a Siebenburgen Saxon or Transylvanian Saxon specific surname... [more]
FOLANDAnglo-Saxon (Archaic)
Originally an English name, Foland is actually a variant of the name Fowler (as in bird-catcher). Most migrating to Ireland, other Fowlers/Folands first came to the Americas in 1622; John Fowler.... [more]
FRENCHEnglish, Anglo-Saxon
Ethnic name for someone from France, Middle English frensche, or in some cases perhaps a nickname for someone who adopted French airs. Variant of Anglo-Norman French Frain.
GOODCHILDAnglo-Saxon
A name used from the middle ages around the Anglo-Saxon period. It is also the surname of basketball player Miela Goodchild (DOB Unknown).
GOULDINGEnglish, Anglo-Saxon
From the late Old English personal name Golding.
GRIMMAnglo-Saxon, English, German, Danish, Swedish (Rare), Norwegian (Rare)
From a nickname for a stern and forbidding individual, derived from the Old High German word grim "stern, severe". Or possibly from the given name GRÍMR derived from Old Norse gríma "mask, helmet"... [more]
GRISSOMOld Norman, Anglo-Saxon, French
Either from Old Norman griss meaning "keeper of pigs" or from French gris meaning "grey". The first known use of the name was Sir Thomas Gresham, the founder of the Royal Exchange and Gresham College.
HAMEnglish, German, Scottish, Anglo-Saxon
Anglo-Saxon meaning the home stead, many places in England. One who came from Hamm in North-Rhine Westphalia, or one who came from Ham in Caithness Scotland's most northerly county. In Scotland this surname devires from the Norse word "Hami", meaning homestead.
HAWLEYEnglish, Anglo-Saxon
Means "hedged meadow". It comes from the English word haw, meaning "hedge", and Saxon word leg, meaning "meadow". The first name Hawley has the same meaning.
HAYMESWelsh, Scottish, English, Irish, Anglo-Saxon
Variant of 'Hayes', 'Haynes' or 'Hames'... [more]
HELTHONAncient Germanic (Gothic)
"Unique" in Norse Mythology, German variant of Hilton
HENDESTONAnglo-Saxon, English
A an earlier variation of the surname Hingston. See Hingston for full meaning.
HENGESDONAnglo-Saxon, English
A an earlier variation of the surname Hingston. See Hingston for full meaning.
HENGESTESAnglo-Saxon, English
A an earlier variation of the surname Hingston. See Hingston for full meaning.
HENGESTONAnglo-Saxon, English
A an earlier variation of the surname Hingston. See Hingston for full meaning.
HENGSTETONAnglo-Saxon, English
A an earlier variation of the surname Hingston. See Hingston for full meaning.
HENKESTONAnglo-Saxon, English
A an earlier variation of the surname Hingston. See Hingston for full meaning.
HEREWEARDAnglo-Saxon
Old English cognate to HARVARD
HESTITONAAnglo-Saxon, English
A an earlier variation of the surname Hingston. See Hingston for full meaning.
HINGESTONAnglo-Saxon, English
A an earlier variation of the surname Hingston. See Hingston for full meaning.
HINGESTONEAnglo-Saxon, English
A an earlier variation of the surname Hingston. See Hingston for full meaning.
HINXSTONEAnglo-Saxon, English
A an earlier variation of the surname Hingston. See Hingston for full meaning.
HINXTONAnglo-Saxon, English
A an earlier variation of the surname Hingston. See Hingston for full meaning.
HÖEKAncient Germanic (?)
Surname of Ren Höek from Ren & Stimpy.
HOLLOWAYAnglo-Saxon, English, Medieval English
Variant of Halliwell, from Old English halig (holy) and well(a) (well or spring)... [more]
HUNGERFORDAnglo-Saxon
Hungerford is a Saxon name, meaning "Hanging Wood Ford".... [more]
HYNDESTANAnglo-Saxon, English
A an earlier variation of the surname Hingston. See Hingston for full meaning.
HYNDESTANEAnglo-Saxon, English
A an earlier variation of the surname Hingston. See Hingston for full meaning.
HYNDESTONAnglo-Saxon, English
A an earlier variation of the surname Hingston. See Hingston for full meaning.
IMMERGerman, Anglo-Saxon
German: habitational name for someone from a place named Immer near Oldenburg in Lower Saxony. ... [more]
IMMERSAnglo-Saxon, Medieval English
This unusual surname has two origins. ... [more]
IMOREAnglo-Saxon, Medieval English
This unusual surname has two origins. ... [more]
IVEYAnglo-Saxon, English
Anglo-Saxon: Ivey is a variant of the Anglo-Saxon baptismal name Ive. It is the Anglo-Saxon equivalent of "Son of Ive".... [more]
KAMBANFaroese, Ancient Scandinavian, Ancient Celtic, Ancient Irish
Likely from Old Irish cambán "crooked one". This was the surname of Grímur Kamban, the legendary first settler in the Faroe Islands according to the Færeyinga saga. This name is still borne by a handful of people in the Faroe Islands today.
LAWFORDAnglo-Saxon
This surname is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and is a locational name from any of the various places called Lawford which have as their component elements the Olde English pre 7th Century personal name "Lealla", cognate with the Old High German "Lallo", and the Olde English "ford", a ford... [more]
LAWFORDAnglo-Saxon
This surname is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and is a locational name from any of the various places called Lawford which have as their component elements the Olde English pre 7th Century personal name "Lealla", cognate with the Old High German "Lallo", and the Olde English "ford", a ford... [more]
LUMBEnglish, Anglo-Saxon
Lumb valley system in Yorkshire, England.... [more]
MARSCHALLAncient Germanic
Meanting Horse Servant
MORGADEAnglo-Saxon
It`s a derived from Anglo-Saxon Morgen Or Morgan. Its meaning is morning. It have a second meaning that is a variety or type of oil.
RAMBEAUFrench (Rare), Ancient Germanic (Frankish)
Altered spelling of the southern French family name Rambaut, from an Old French personal name, Rainbaut, composed of the Germanic elements ragin "counsel" + bald "bold", "brave", or alternatively from the Germanic personal name Hrambehrt or Hrambald, composed of the elements hramn "crow" & berht "bright" or bald "bold", "brave".
RODWELLAnglo-Saxon
Rodwell, an interesting name of Anglo-Saxon origin, is a locational surname deriving from any one of various places in Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, and Kent, England. In English, the meaning of the name Rodwell is "Lives by the spring near the road"... [more]
RUNDSAncient Germanic (Rare)
The Runds surname most likely originated near the Rhine river. It comes from the Proto-Celtic word, rūnā, meaning mystery/mystic. The coat of arms dates back to the middle ages and consists of a black shield with three gold crescent moons... [more]
SALTAnglo-Saxon, English
Of Anglo-Saxon origin, from the town in Staffordshire.
SKIPWORTHAnglo-Saxon
is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and is a locational name from Skipwith in the East Riding of Yorkshire. The placename was recorded as "Schipewic" in the Domesday Book of 1086; as "Scipewiz" in the 1166 Pipe Rolls of the county; and as "Skipwith" in the 1291 Pipe Rolls, and derives from the Olde English pre 7th Century "sceap, scip", sheep, and "wic", outlying settlement; hence, "settlement outside the village where sheep were kept"... [more]
SPEIERAncient Germanic
Habitational name from Speyer.
WIDUKINDAnglo-Saxon
"wood-child." From Old Saxon widu ("wood") and kind ("child")
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