German Submitted Surnames

German names are used in Germany and other German-speaking areas such as Austria and Switzerland. See also about German names.
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AACKERGerman
Variant spelling of the surname Acker.
ABEGGGerman, German (Swiss)
Topographic name for someone who lived near the corner of a mountain, from German ab meaning "off" and Egg, dialect form of Eck(e) meaning "promontory", "corner".
ABPLANALPGerman, German (Swiss)
Topographic name for someone living high on a mountainside, from German ab- "below", "off" + Planalp "high, flat mountain-meadow".
ABRESCHGerman, Dutch, Jewish
From a pet form of the Biblical name Abraham.
ABSHERGerman
Absher comes from either the German surname Habich, which comes from the surname hawk. Literally meaning someone who had hawk-like features.
ACHGerman
Topographic name for someone who lived by a spring or stream, from Old High German aha meaning "running water".
ACHENBACHGerman
Habitational name from places in Hesse and Westphalia named Achenbach, from the obsolete word Ach or Ache (from Middle High German ahe meaning "water", "stream") + Bach meaning "brook".
ACORNGerman
Origin uncertain; most probably an Americanized form of German Eichhorn.
AEBIGGerman (Archaic)
Short form of Adalbert, used in the 16th century.
AERNIGerman (Swiss)
Variant spelling of Ärni.
AHLBORNGerman
From the old personal name Albern, from Germanic adal meaning "noble" and boran meaning "born".
ALDINGERGerman
Habitational name for someone from Aldingen in Württemberg.
ALLEMANFrench (Cajun), Spanish (Canarian), German
From the French and Spanish word for "German". Believed to have originated in the Alsace-Lorraine region. Some holders of the name migrated to the Canary Islands and are part of the larger Isleños population that settled throughout the Americas... [more]
ALLEMANNGerman (Swiss)
Allemann (also spelled Alleman, Allemand, Aléman, Allamont, Allemagne, Alemaye, Alemán, and Allamán) is a surname that can be found primarily in Switzerland deriving from the Latin surname, Alemannus, which refers to someone of Germanic descent, specifically from the Alamanni tribe... [more]
ALLENBACHGerman, German (Swiss)
Habitational name from any of several places called Allenbach.
ALLENDORFGerman
Habitational name from any of ten or more places called Allendorf.
ALLGEIERGerman
The harried officials at Ellis Island began to assign surnames based upon the pronunciation of the name by the immigrant, rather than attempting to ferret out the actual spelling. ... [more]
ALMENDINGERGerman, German (Swiss)
Habitational name for someone from a place called Allmendingen, of which there are two examples in Switzerland, in Bern canton, and one in Baden-Württemberg in Germany.
ALPERTEnglish, Jewish, German, Dutch
A variant of the Jewish surname Heilprin or Halpern. In German and Dutch usage, it is derived from the given name Albert. One famous bearer is Richard Alpert from the ABC TV show LOST.
ALSCHEIDGerman
Probably originally a locational surname and a place name for a village which no longer exists. Alscheid (Luxembourgish: Alschent) is a village in the commune of Kiischpelt, in northern Luxembourg. As of 2001, the village had a population of 47.... [more]
ALTGerman, Jewish
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): from alt ‘old’, typically applied as a distinguishing epithet to the older of two bearers of the same personal name.
ALTGerman, Jewish
From alt "old", typically applied as a distinguishing epithet to the older of two bearers of the same personal name.
ALTERSGerman
Shortened form of Alterstein.
ALTERSTEINGerman
Means "old stone" in German.
ALTHOFFGerman
A surname predominantly found in Westphalia and the Rhineland region of Germany which is derived from German alt "old" and Hof (Hoff in the local dialects) "farmstead; farm; manor".
ALTMANGerman
Said to mean "Wise man" of German origin
ALTMEYERGerman
Status name for an older steward, headman, or tenant farmer, as distinguished from a younger one, from Middle High German alt ‘old’ + meier ‘steward’, ‘headman’, ‘tenant farmer’
ALTRINGERGerman
Habitational name for someone from a place called Altringen or Aldingen, of which there are two in Württemberg.
ALWARDTGerman
From the personal name Adelward, composed of the Germanic elements adal ‘noble’ + ward ‘keeper’, ‘protector’.
AMBERGGerman, Jewish
German and possibly Jewish (Ashkenazic) habitational name from any of several settlements called Amberg (literally ‘by the mountain’), including a city in Bavaria. It could also be a topographic name of identical etymology... [more]
AMESEnglish, German
English: from the Old French and Middle English personal name Amys, Amice, which is either directly from Latin amicus ‘friend’, used as a personal name, or via a Late Latin derivative of this, Amicius.... [more]
AMMANNGerman
A contraction of Ambetmann, for a court official. If there is a double "M", the origin might be Swiss.
AMMERGerman, English (Rare)
This surname may be derived from Middle High German amer which means "bunting (as in the bird)." As such, it is used as a nickname for someone with a fine voice or someone who is a flamboyant dresser.... [more]
AMREINGerman (Swiss)
Topographic name from am ‘at’ + Rain ‘edge of plowed land’.
AMSLERAmerican, German (Swiss)
As a Swiss German surname it is from the Swiss place name Amslen.
AMSPACHERGerman
Habitational name for someone from a place called Amsbach
AMSTUTZGerman (Swiss), German (Austrian)
Topographic name for someone living near or at the foot of a steep mountainside, German am Stutz ‘at the escarpment’.
ANACKERGerman
Nickname for a day laborer, as opposed to someone who owned fields, from Middle High German āne meaning "without" + acker meaning "field".
ANDERSGerman, Scottish, Czech
Derived from the given name Anders.
ANDESGerman
Variant spelling of Anthes.
ANDROSGerman (Swiss), Hungarian
Derivative of the personal name Andreas. Perhaps a reduced form of Greek Andronikos, Andronidis, or some other similar surname, all patronymics from Andreas.
ANGERHOFERGerman
Habitational name for someone from Angerhof in Bavaria.
ANSCHÜTZGerman
Occupational name for someone whose job was to keep a dam or pool filled with water. (Anschützen "to fill up")
APPELGerman, Dutch, Jewish, Low German, Medieval Dutch, Yiddish
1. German: from the personal name Appel, a pet form of Apprecht (common especially in Thuringia and Franconia), itself a variant of Albrecht. ... [more]
APPLERGerman
Variant of Eppler.
APTGerman, Yiddish
German: variant of Abt.... [more]
ARBEITERGerman
Occupational name from Middle High German arbeiter ‘laborer’.
ARENSBERGGerman
From Old High German arn 'eagle' and berg, 'mountain'.
ARFORDGerman
Derived from town of Erfurt, Germany
ARLINGHAUSGerman
Perhaps a habitational name from Oerlinghausen in North Rhine-Westphalia.
ARNDTGerman
Derived from the personal name Arndt.
ÄRNIGerman (Swiss)
From a much altered pet form of the personal name Arnold.
ASCHERGerman
Derived from German asche meaning "ash" (tanners worked with ash)
AßMANGerman
Derived from the given name Erasmus + the... [more]
AUUpper German, Swiss, German (Swiss), German (Austrian)
South German, Swiss, and Austrian topographic name from dialect Au ‘water meadow’, ‘stream’ (see Aue).
AUERBACHGerman, Jewish
Topographical name for someone who lived by a stream (Middle High German bach) that was near a swamp or marsh (auer).
AUSSENDORFGerman
Originated in Germany. Means "Out of the Village". First used in the year 1135.
AUTCzech, German (Swiss), Russian, Catalan
Means "Hard Worker" in Czech.... [more]
BACKMANEnglish, Swedish, German
Combination of Old English bakke "spine, back" and man "man". In Swedish, the first element is more likely to be derived from Swedish backe "hill", and in German the first element can be derived from German backen "to bake"... [more]
BAEDERGerman (Austrian)
Means something like "bath house" which historically was associated with health or medicine.
BAERGerman
Derived from Old High German bero "bear".
BAERTSCHGerman
Means "loyalty".
BALSAMGerman
Occupational name for a seller of spices and perfumes.
BALSANGerman
Variant of Balsam.
BALSANOGerman (Austrian), Italian
The roots of the distinguished surname Balzano lie in Austria. The name derives itself from "Balthasar," the name of one of the three Magi who followed the star to Bethlehem, and was popular as both a first name and a family name during the 18th century.... [more]
BALSONGerman
Variant of Balsam.
BARBEGerman
From Middle High German barbe, the name of a species of fish resembling the carp; hence by metonymy an occupational name for a fisherman or fish dealer, or possibly a nickname for someone thought to resemble the fish in some way.
BÄRGGerman
Variant of Berg.
BARISCHGerman
Likely a German version of Baruch.
BARNERLow German
North German derivative of the old Germanic personal name Barnher or Bernher (see Berner).
BARTEKPolish, Czech, Slovak, German
Polish, Czech, Slovak, and eastern German: from a pet form of a vernacular form of the personal name Bartolomaeus (Czech Bartoloměj, Polish Bartłomiej, German Bartolomäus)
BARWICKEnglish, German
English: habitational name from any of various places called Barwick, for example in Norfolk, Somerset, and West Yorkshire, from Old English bere ‘barley’ + wic ‘outlying farm’, i.e. a granary lying some distance away from the main village.... [more]
BAUERDICKGerman
A surname originating from the Rhineland region of Germany. It is derived from German Bauer (Bur in the locals dialects) "farmer" and Deich (Diek and Dick in the local dialects) "levee" or Teich "pond"... [more]
BAUERSACKGerman
Semi-Germanized form of the Polish surname Burczak, originally derived from Polish burczec "growl; shout".... [more]
BAUMKÖTTERGerman (Modern)
From the German words 'Baum' meaning 'tree' and 'Kötter' a type of villager who dwelt in a cottage, similar to the Scottish Cotter. "Presumably a 'Baumkötter' earned money from a small orchard on their property."
BAYEnglish, French, Dutch, Scottish, German, Danish, Norwegian
English, French, and Dutch: nickname for someone with chestnut or auburn hair, from Middle English, Old French bay, bai, Middle Dutch bay ‘reddish brown’ (Latin badius, used originally of horses).... [more]
BAYERSGerman
Variant of Bayer.
BEASGerman
Possibly also a variant spelling of German Bies.
BECHERGerman
Shortened form of Becherer as well as a surname given to for someone who distilled or worked with pitch, in which case it is derived from Middle High German bech / pech "pitch".
BECHMANNGerman (Rare)
Surname denoting someone who worked with pitch, from Middle High German bech / pech "pitch" and man, a suffix which can mean "man" or simply be used as a name suffix.
BEDSAULGerman
Americanized form of the German surname Petzold, which comes from a Slavic pet form of the name Peter.
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.
BEEREnglish, German, Dutch, German (Swiss)
Habitational name from any of the forty or so places in southwestern England called Beer(e) or Bear(e). Most of these derive their names from the West Saxon dative case, beara, of Old English bearu ‘grove’, ‘wood’ (the standard Old English dative bearwe being preserved in Barrow)... [more]
BEHNGerman
From the German male personal name Behn, a shortened form of Bernhard. A famous bearer was the English novelist and dramatist Aphra Behn (1640-1689).
BEHNENGerman
Derived from the given name Bernhard.
BEHRGerman, Dutch
German and Dutch variant of the personal name Bähr (see Baer).
BEHRENDTGerman
Dutch and North German surname which is a variant of Behrend.
BEHRINGERGerman
Habitational name for someone from either of two places called Behringen, near Soltau and in Thuringia, or from Böhringen in Württemberg.
BEIHLEnglish, German
Variant of BIEHL, a short form of BIEHLER.
BEILSCHMIDTGerman
means "Axe Smith" in german
BEININGGerman
This famous surname, one of the earliest recorded in history, and recorded in over two hundred spellings from Benedicte, Benech and Bennet, to Banish, Beinosovitch and Vedyasov, derives from the Roman personal name "Benedictus", meaning blessed.
BELZERGerman
Occupational name for a furrier, from an agent derivative of Middle High German bel(li)z "fur"
BENDERGerman, German (East Prussian)
As a German surname, Bender is a regional occupational surname from the Rhineland area denoting a "barrel-maker" (the Standard German Fassbinder became "Fassbender" in the local dialects and ultimately was shortened to Bender).... [more]
BENNINGGerman
From the Germanic name Berno, which was derived from Old German "bero", meaning bear.
BENSDutch, German
Patronymic from a short form of Bernhard.
BENTSGerman
Variant of Benz.
BENZGerman
South German: (in Alemannic areas) from a short form of the Germanic personal name Berthold, or to a lesser extent of Bernhard
BERBERGerman
Possibly a habitational name from a place called Berber near Kevelaer.
BERENTZENGerman
The surname is derived from the given name Bernd and was formerly written "Bernd sin Sohn" which meant "son of Bernd". The spelling Berentzen developped through the years.
BERGDAHLSwedish, German
Combination of Swedish berg "mountain, hill" and dal "valley".
BERGDORFGerman
Origin unidentified. Possibly a German habitational name from places in Hamburg and Lower Saxony called Bergedorf, Bargdorf in Lower Saxony, or Bergsdorf in Brandenburg.
BERGHOLDGerman
Surname that denoted the owner of a vineyard.
BERGMANNGerman, Swedish
German variant of BERG combined with the suffix mann "man" or a Swedish Variant of BERGMAN.
BERINGERGerman
Variant spelling of BEHRINGER.
BERLINGerman, English, Swedish
Habitational name from the city in Germany, the name of which is of uncertain meaning. It is possibly derived from an Old Slavic stem berl- meaning swamp or from a West Slavic word meaning "river lake".... [more]
BERNGerman, Scandinavian, German (Swiss)
German and Scandinavian: from the personal name Berno, a pet form of Bernhard. In South German it comes from the habitational name from Bern, Switzerland, notably in the south; in other parts from the personal name Berno.
BERNERGerman, Low German
German habitational name, in Silesia denoting someone from a place called Berna (of which there are two examples); in southern Germany and Switzerland denoting someone from the Swiss city of Berne. ... [more]
BERNFIELDGerman
An Americanized variant of the German surname, "Bergfeld", meaning "mountain field".
BERNIUSGerman (Latinized), Lithuanian
German-Latinized form of Berner.... [more]
BERTRAMGerman
Derived from the German given name Bertram.
BESKEGerman
Likely derived from Peschke and Peske, vernacular forms of the given name Petrus.
BESSELGerman
Of uncertain origin; possibly from the name of a place or river.
BESSELMANGerman
Derived from the German surname BESSEL + suffix man "man".
BETZGerman
Derived from a Thuringian short form of the personal name Bernhard.
BEVERGerman
Nickname from bever ‘beaver’, possibly referring to a hard worker, or from some other fancied resemblance to the animal.
BEYFrench, German, Frisian
North German and Frisian: from the Old Frisian personal name Beyo or Boy/Boye (see Boye).... [more]
BHAERGerman
Likely a variant of German BAER, meaning "bear". A notable bearer is character Friedrich Bhaer, Jo's husband in Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.
BIBERGerman
Varient of Bieber.
BIEBRICHGerman
Town of Biebrich Germany
BIELERGerman, Jewish
Jewish (Ashkenazic): habitational name from any of the many places in eastern Europe whose name incorporates the Slavic element byel- ‘white’.... [more]
BIERBAUMGerman
German: topographic name for someone who lived by a pear tree, Middle Low German berbom. Compare Birnbaum.
BIERKLEGerman (Anglicized), Polish (Anglicized)
The surname Bierkle is most likely an anglicized form of the Polish Bierkowski, or the German Bierkandt.... [more]
BILDERBACKGerman (Modern, Archaic)
German: habitational name from any of the three places in northern Germany named Billderbeck, formerly Bilderbeck.... [more]
BILLARDEnglish, German
From a short form of the personal name Robillard, a derivative of Robert.... [more]
BINDERGerman
From an agent derivative of binden "to bind".
BIRCHEnglish, German, Danish, Swedish
Topographic name for someone who lived by a birch tree or in a birch wood, from a Germanic word meaning ‘birch’ (Old English birce ‘birch’, Middle High German birche, Old Danish birk)... [more]
BIRKGerman
Either a variant of Buerk or a habitational name derived from places named Birk, Birke, or Birken.
BIRKELow German, Swedish
North German variant of Birk. Perhaps a shortened form of any of various Danish and Norwegian surnames beginning with Birke-, for example Birkeland and Birkelund (‘birch grove’). ... [more]
BIRNBAUMGerman
Topographic name for someone who lived by a pear tree, from Middle High German bir "pear" and boum "tree".
BISCHOFFSHAUSENGerman, German (Austrian), German (Swiss)
Means "bishop's house" in German
BITTENBINDERGerman
Occupational name for a cooper, from Middle High German büte(n) "cask", "(wine) barrel" + binder "binder" (agent derivative of binden "to bind").
BITTERMANEnglish, German
Name given to a person who was bitter.
BLAKESMITHGerman (Anglicized)
Derived from the German, Blechschmidt, it means "tin smith", and/or, blacksmith.
BLASIUSGerman, Dutch, Scandinavian
From the Latin personal name Blasius. This was a Roman family name, originating as a byname for someone with some defect, either of speech or gait, from Latin blaesus "stammering" (compare Greek blaisos "bow-legged")... [more]
BLAUGerman
From Middle High German blā "blue" (Old High German blāo), applied as a nickname with various senses: someone who habitually wore blue clothes, a dyer, someone with blue eyes, a sickly or pale person, someone with a bluish complexion resulting from poor circulation, etc.
BLAUMGerman
German last name, likely a variant of the last name Blom or Blum, referring to the word flower/blooming.
BLAUSTEINGerman, Jewish
Ornamental name from German blau "blue" and Stein "stone", i.e. lapis lazuli.
BLITZGerman
This surname is presumed to be coming from a nickname for a fast runner or a quick tempered person, from German blitz(er) meaning "lightning" (ultimately from Middle High German blicze.)
BLUHMGerman
German alternate spelling of the Italian surname, Blum meaning flower.
BLUMGerman
From Middle High German bluom "flower", hence an occupational name for a flower gardener or a florist.
BLUMEGerman, English
Could be from the Jewish surname Blum of from Swedish Blom. It could also be from the English word bloom.
BLUMREISINGERGerman (Anglicized)
Meaning "flower raiser". See also Blum.
BLUTHGerman, Jewish
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): ornamental name from Middle High German bluot, German Blüte ‘bloom’, ‘flower head’. ... [more]
BOCKGerman, Upper German, Jewish, English
Altered spelling of German Böck (see Boeck) or Bach.... [more]
BODEMANGerman
Bodeman is an occupational name meaning "adherent of the royal messenger".
BODENGerman, Low German
Patronymic from the personal name BODE or a topographic name for someone living in a valley bottom or the low-lying area of a field. From Middle High German boden "ground, bottom".
BODINGerman
Probably derived from various Germanic personal names beginning with Bod- "messenger", or from the habitational name Boddin, name of several places in Mecklenburg and Brandenburg.
BOEHMGerman, Dutch, Jewish
Ethnic name for a native or inhabitant of Bohemia (now the western part of the Czech Republic), from Böhmen, German name of Bohemia (Middle High German Böheim, Beheim). This derives its name from the tribal name Baii + heim "homeland"; the Baii were a tribe, probably Celtic, who inhabited the region in the 1st century A.D. and were gradually displaced by Slavic settlers in the period up to the 5th century... [more]
BOESELGerman
Habitational name, from Bösel
BOETTCHERGerman
Occupational name for a cooper, from Middle High German botecher, bötticher, bütticher, an agent derivative of botech(e), bottich, bütte "vat", "barrel".
BOISFrench, German
From French bois "forest"
BOLDINGEnglish, German
Patronymic from Bold as a personal name.
BOLDTGerman
From the Germanic personal name Baldo, a short form of the various compound names with the first element bald ‘bold’.
BOLTDanish, German
Variant of Boldt.
BONGARDGerman, French
In german a rhenish place name "Obstgarten" (orchard).... [more]
BONUSFrench, German, Dutch
Humanistic Latinization of vernacular names meaning ‘good’, for example French Lebon or Dutch de Goede
BOOMHOUWERGerman, Dutch
Boomhouwer, means "Cutter of Trees", or "The one who hews trees", having Boom translating into "tree", houw meaning to "hew" or to "cut", and er meaning "the one who".... [more]
BOOTEnglish, Dutch, German
English: metonymic occupational name for a maker or seller of boots, from Middle English, Old French bote (of unknown origin).... [more]
BOOTSEnglish, Dutch, German
A variant of Boot meaning "shoemaker" in English or "boatman" in Dutch or German.
BORCHERTGerman, English
Variant of Borchardt (see BURKHARD).
BORENGerman
Of unclear origin, most likely a variant of the German surname Born.
BORMANDutch, Low German, English
Dutch and North German: variant of Bormann. ... [more]
BORMANNGerman
This surname is presumed to be a variant of Bornemann, which is made up of Middle Low German born meaning "spring" and man meaning "man," denoting someone who lived by a spring or a well.
BORNEMANNLow German
North German: topographic name denoting someone who lived by a well or spring, from Middle Low German born ‘spring’, ‘well’ + man ‘man’.
BORSOKRussian, Jewish, German (Austrian)
Pronouced "Boar-sook"... [more]
BOYEEnglish, German, Dutch, Frisian, Danish
From the Germanic given names Boio or Bogo, which are of uncertain origin. Also possibly a variant of Bothe.
BRÄGERGerman
Habitational name for someone from Bräg in Bavaria.
BRANDENBURGGerman (East Prussian, Rare)
From a state in eastern Germany, formerly known as Prussia, containing the capital city of Berlin. Ancient. Associated with the Margravate (Dukedom) of Brandenburg, the seat of power in the Holy Roman Empire... [more]
BRANDISGerman, Jewish, Swiss
German & Swiss: Habitational name from a former Brandis castle in Emmental near Bern, Switzerland, or from any of the places so named in Saxony, Germany. A famous bearer of the name is Jonathan Brandis (1976-2003).... [more]
BRANNERDanish, German, English
Danish variant of BRANDER and German variant of BRANTNER.
BRASDutch, Low German
Dutch and North German: from Old French and Middle Dutch bras ‘arm’. This was probably a descriptive nickname for someone with some peculiarity of the arm, but the word was also used as a measure of length, and may also have denoted a surveyor.
BRASEGerman
North German variation of Brass.
BRASSEnglish, German
English (Northumberland): variant of Brace.... [more]
BRAUNERSHRITHERGerman, Dutch, English
This name mean Leather (Tanned) Knight, or a fighter of leather armor, or in Dutch, Leather writer, one who branded print on leather
BRECHTGerman
From a short form of any of various personal names formed with Germanic element berth " bright" "famous".
BREIDEGAMGerman
"bridegroom"
BREITGerman
From Middle High German breit meaning "broad". a nickname for a stout or fat person.
BREITZMANNGerman
Derived from the name of a town called "Britz" in Germany + the suffix "mann" for man.
BREUNIGGerman, German (Austrian), American
Origin probably in Frankfurt am Main... [more]
BRICKIrish (Anglicized), English, German, Jewish
Irish Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Bruic ‘descendant of Broc’, i.e. ‘Badger’ (sometimes so translated) or Ó Bric ‘descendant of Breac’, a personal name meaning ‘freckled’... [more]
BRINCKGerman
Means "home on or near a hill".... [more]
BRINERGerman (Swiss)
Habitational name for someone from Brin in Grison canton (Graubünden) or from the Brin valley.
BROCKERGerman
North German topographic name for someone who lived by a swamp, from Middle Low German brook bog + the suffix -er denoting an inhabitant.
BROCKMANGerman
German in origin, in heraldry a "brock" is represented by a badger. It could mean wet/water and man. It also has been said to mean broker.
BROOKGerman, Dutch
Topographic name for someone who lived by a water meadow or marsh, from Low German brook, Dutch broek (cf. BRUCH).... [more]
BROOKGerman, Jewish
Americanized spelling of German BRUCH and Jewish BRUCK.
BROTTMANGerman
Dr Mikita Brottman
BRUCHGerman
Topographic name for someone who lived by a marsh or a stream that frequently flooded, from Middle High German bruoch "water meadow" or "marsh" (cognate to old English broc "brook", "stream" cf... [more]
BRÜCKGerman
Topographic name for someone who lived near a bridge, or an occupational name for a bridge keeper or toll collector on a bridge, from Middle High German bruck(e) "bridge".
BRUCKGerman
Variant of BRÜCK.
BRUCKHEIMERGerman (Rare)
Bruckheimer is a German surname and is for someone who lived near a bridge.... [more]
BRUCKMANGerman, English
German (Bruckmann): variant of Bruck, with the addition of the suffix -mann ‘man’. ... [more]
BRUCKNERGerman
Topographic name for someone living by a bridge or an occupational name for a bridge toll collector; a variant of Bruck with the addition of the suffix -ner.
BRUDERGerman
From a byname meaning "brother", occasionally used for a younger son, i.e. the brother of someone important, or for a guild member.
BRUECKGerman
Variant of BRÜCK.
BRUECKMANLow German
it means "bridge man" or one who cares for a bridge
BRUECKNERGerman, German (Silesian)
German (Brückner): from Middle Low German brugge, Middle High German brugge, brücke, brügge ‘bridge’ + the agent suffix -ner, hence a topographic name for someone living by a bridge, an occupational name for a bridge toll collector, or in the southeast (Silesia for example) a bridge keeper or repairer... [more]
BRUEGGEMANGerman
Variant of German Brueggemann.
BRUEGGEMANNLow German, German
North German (Brüggemann): topographic name for someone who lived near a bridge or a metonymic occupational name for a bridge keeper or street paver, Middle Low German brüggeman (see Bruckman, Brueckner).
BRUEGGERLow German
North German (Brügger): occupational name for a bridge keeper, paver, or road builder, Middle Low German brügger. Compare Brueggemann.
BRUENGerman
This is my 2nd great uncle's wife's Surname of German ancestry.
BRUGGERGerman, American
South German variant or Americanized spelling of North German Brügger (see Bruegger). habitational name for someone from any of various (southern) places called Bruck or Brugg in Bavaria and Austria.
BRUNNERGerman (Austrian)
Brunner came from Tyrolean and Bavarian place names, or Brno.... [more]
BRUNSWICKEnglish, German
English habitational name from the city in Saxony now known in German as Braunschweig. ... [more]
BUCHGerman
Topographic name for someone who lived by a beech tree or beech wood, from Middle High German buoche, or a habitational name from any of the numerous places so named with this word, notably in Bavaria and Württemberg... [more]
BUCHERGerman
Upper German surname denoting someone who lived by a beech tree or beech wood, derived from Middle High German buoche "beech tree".
BUCHWALDERGerman, German (Swiss)
Buchwalder is a German Surname.
BUELTERGerman, English
Middle European variant of Butler, also meaning "a vat or large trough used to contain wine." The name originated in southern Germany in the mid-seventeenth century.
BUERKGerman (Anglicized)
German from a short form of the personal name Burkhardt, a variant of Burkhart.
BUERMEISTERGerman
North German: status name for the mayor or chief magistrate of a town, from Middle Low German bur ‘inhabitant, dweller’, ‘neighbor’, ‘peasant’, ‘citizen’ + mester ‘master’.
BUNTINGEnglish, German
English: nickname from some fancied resemblance to the songbird... [more]
BURSwiss, Low German, Czech, French
Swiss and North German variant of Bauer. ... [more]
BURDORFGerman
Means little farmer in german
BURGEREnglish, German, Dutch
Status name for a freeman of a borough. From Middle English burg, Middle High German burc and Middle Dutch burch "fortified town". Also a German habitational name for someone from a place called Burg.
BURGMEIERGerman
Occupational name for the tenant farmer of an estate belonging to a castle or fortified town, from Middle High German burc "(fortified) town, castle" and meier "tenant farmer" (see Meyer).
BURKHALTERGerman
Topographic name composed of the Middle High German elements burc "castle" "protection" and halter from halde "slope".
BURKHARDTGerman
Burk is German for "Strong", and hardt is the "heart of a castle".
BURMEISTERGerman
North German: status name for the mayor or chief magistrate of a town, from Middle Low German bur ‘inhabitant, dweller’, ‘neighbor’, ‘peasant’, ‘citizen’ + mester ‘master’.
BUSSEGerman, English
German: variant of Buss. ... [more]
BUTTEREnglish, German
1. English: nickname for someone with some fancied resemblance to a bittern, perhaps in the booming quality of the voice, from Middle English, Old French butor ‘bittern’ (a word of obscure etymology)... [more]
BÜTTNERGerman
Occupational name for a cooper or barrel-maker, an agent derivative of Middle High German büte(n) "cask", "wine barrel". This name occurs chiefly in eastern German-speaking regions.
BYERSGerman (Anglicized)
Americanized spelling of German Bayers.
CABELLCatalan, English, German
As a Catalan name, a nickname for "bald" from the Spanish word cabello. The English name, found primarily in Norfolk and Devon, is occupational for a "maker or seller of nautical rope" that comes from a Norman French word... [more]
CABLEEnglish, German
English: metonymic occupational name for a maker of rope, especially the type of stout rope used in maritime applications, from Anglo-Norman French cable ‘cable’ (Late Latin capulum ‘halter’, of Arabic origin, but associated by folk etymology with Latin capere ‘to seize’).... [more]
CARLINIrish (Anglicized), Scottish, French, Swedish, Italian, Jewish (Anglicized), German
Irish (now also common in Scotland) anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Cairealláin, an Ulster family name, also sometimes Anglicized as Carlton, meaning ‘descendant of Caireallán’, a diminutive of the personal name Caireall... [more]
CARLINGSwedish, German
Swedish: from the personal name Karl + the common suffix of surnames -ing ‘belonging to’.... [more]
CARNERGerman, English
Americanized spelling of German Karner or Körner (see Koerner).... [more]
CHRISTGerman
From the Latin personal name Christus "Christ" (see Christian). The name Christ (Latin Christus) is from Greek Khristos, a derivative of khriein "to anoint", a calque of Hebrew mashiach "Messiah", which likewise means literally "the anointed".
CHRISTLGerman
Pet form of the given name Christian.
CHRYSLERGerman, Jewish
From a German name referring to spinning or related to a Yiddish word, krayzl meaning "spinning top." The name can refer to a potter who spun a wheel to make utensils or to a person with curly hair or someone known for being continually active... [more]
CLAASSENGerman
The name Claassen means "son of Klaus." It's primarily German, but it's also Dutch and Danish.
CLINKENBEARDLow German
Possibly an Americanized form of North German Klingebiel, a variant of Klingbeil.
COARDGerman
Derived from the first name Konrad.
COERSGerman, Dutch
Derived from the given name Konrad
COLESEnglish, Scottish, Irish, German (Anglicized), English (American)
English: from a Middle English pet form of Nicholas.... [more]
CONRADGerman
Americanized spelling of KONRAD.
CONRADIGerman, Danish, Norwegian
Latinization of a patronymic from the personal name Konrad.
COPPENHAVERGerman
Americanized spelling, probably originally spelled Kopenhaver or Koppenhaver. Means "owner of a hill".
CORDSGerman
Derived from the first name Konrad.
COREEnglish (American), German (Anglicized)
Core is the anglicized form of the German surname Kohr, also spelled Kürr. Alternately, it is an English name of Flemish origin.
CRABBEnglish, Scottish, German, Dutch, Danish
English and Scottish, from Middle English crabbe, Old English crabba ‘crab’ (the crustacean), a nickname for someone with a peculiar gait. English and Scottish from Middle English crabbe ‘crabapple (tree)’ (probably of Old Norse origin), hence a topographic name for someone who lived by a crabapple tree... [more]
CRAMERGerman, English
Variant of German surname KRÄMER.
CRAUWELSFlemish, Dutch, German
Derrives from the Middle Dutch (medieval Dutch) word "crauwel" and Middle High German word "kröuwel" which means "flesh hook", "curved fork" or "trident". The word is no longer used. The first person with this name was most likely a farmer, butcher or a person that runned an inn or a hostel that was named after this tool.
CREMAItalian, German
From the italian city "Crema"
CRESSGerman, Jewish, Belarusian
The maiden name of my Great Grandmother.... [more]
CUSTERGerman (Anglicized)
Anglicization of the German surname Köster or Küster, literally "sexton". A famous bearer was George Custer (1839-1876), the American cavalry general. General Custer and his army were defeated and killed by Sioux and Cheyenne forces under Sitting Bull in the Battle of Little Bighorn (1876; also known colloquially as Custer's Last Stand).
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