are used in Friesland in the northern Netherlands and in East and North Frisia in northwestern Germany. See also about Frisian Names
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The surname Aardema is a patronymic from the personal name Aart, a local variant of Arend, + -ma, a Frisian suffix of origin.
ATEN Frisian, Dutch
The Frisian name Aten means "Noble Wolf". The name was probably given to lesser lords. As noble would mean nobility. As wolf was always a symbol of a warrior, or hunter. Usually Nobles who were also warriors, were lesser lords... [more]
BAACK North Frisian, Dutch
Either from a reduced form of the Germanic personal name Baldeke
(a short form of any of the compound names with the first element bald ‘bold’, for example Baldewin) or from Middle Low German baec, bake ‘pork’, ‘bacon’, hence a metonymic occupational name for a butcher or pig farmer.
BRAAKSMA Frisian (Dutchified, Modern, Rare)
Topographic name for someone who lived by a piece of wasteland or newly cultivated land, from Frisian, Dutch braak ‘fallow’, ‘waste’ + Frisian ma ‘man’. The suffix -ma indicating that it is of Frisian origin.
"Son of Epa" or "Son of Eepa". The name was applied starting around 1620 C.E. to the descendants of Eepa, matriarch of a family of the "grytman" type of elected nobility who held political power in and around the town of Sneek/Snits... [more]
HAY English, Scottish, Irish, Welsh, French, Spanish, German, Dutch, Frisian
Scottish and English: topographic name for someone who lived by an enclosure, Middle English hay(e)
(Old English (ge)hæg
, which after the Norman Conquest became confused with the related Old French term haye
‘hedge’, of Germanic origin)... [more]
KAT Dutch, Frisian, Afrikaans, Jewish
Means "Cat" in Dutch, Frisian, and Afrikaans, perhaps originally a nickname for someone who owned a cat or somehow resembled a cat.
occupational name for a decoy man, from an agent derivative of Middle Dutch kooye ‘decoy’.
North German: from the Frisian personal name, composed of the Germanic elements rad ‘advice’, ‘counsel’ + mari, meri ‘fame’.
Possibly a contraction of Roelfsema meaning "son of ROELF
". Also spelled Rosema, Roosma, Rozeman.
SJOERDSMA Frisian, Dutch
Derived from the Frisian given name SJOERD
combined with the Frisian surname suffix -(s)ma
, which is most likely derived from Old Frisian monna
meaning "men".... [more]
TABBERT German, Frisian
From Middle Low German tabbert
, Middle Dutch tabbaert
‘tabard’, a sleeveless overgarment worn by men in the Middle Ages, (ultimately from French tabard
, from Late Latin tabardum
TURKSTRA - Meaning: From the town of "Turkeye". Turkeye is a small town within Zeelandic Flanders in the western part of Netherlands. This family names was given to persons originating from the village.
WYCKOFF East Frisian (Rare)
The North Germanic meaning is "settlement on a bay," as in the cognate Viking (Viking is derived from Old Norse vík
ZYLSTRA Dutch, Frisian, English
Derived from Dutch zijl
"canal" or "sluice". Originally indicated someone who lives near a canal or sluice.