German (Austrian) Submitted Surnames

These names are a subset of German names used more often in Austria. See also about German names.
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Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
AMSTUTZGerman (Swiss), German (Austrian)
Topographic name for someone living near or at the foot of a steep mountainside, German am Stutz ‘at the escarpment’.
AUUpper German, Swiss, German (Swiss), German (Austrian)
South German, Swiss, and Austrian topographic name from dialect Au ‘water meadow’, ‘stream’ (see Aue).
BAEDERGerman (Austrian)
Means something like "bath house" which historically was associated with health or medicine.
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]
BISCHOFFSHAUSENGerman, German (Austrian), German (Swiss)
Means "bishop's house" in German
BORSOKRussian, Jewish, German (Austrian)
Pronouced "Boar-sook"... [more]
BREUNIGGerman, German (Austrian), American
Origin probably in Frankfurt am Main... [more]
BRUNNERGerman (Austrian)
Brunner came from Tyrolean and Bavarian place names, or Brno.... [more]
DORNGerman, German (Austrian), Dutch, Flemish, English
Means "thorn" in German.
DOSSGerman, German (Austrian), German (Swiss)
German: Habitational name for someone from Dosse in Altmark. Variant of Dose ... [more]
FEISTGerman (Austrian)
taken from St. Veit (Vitus in Latin), Protector against fire and lightning
FICHTERGerman (Austrian)
Habitational name deriving from places named with this word in Württemberg, Bavaria, Saxony, or Austria.
FLEISCHMANGerman (Austrian)
Fleischman translates in English to Meat Man, or Butcher It is most often used with a single "n" for those who were persecuted as Jews. Other Germanic spellings for Christians and others not deemed Jewish are Fleischmann, or Fleishmann... [more]
GALISHOFFUpper German, German (Austrian)
Derived from the ancient Roman name "Gallus", meaning "rooster" in Latin. "Hoff" meaning house combines the growing or tending to poultry on a farm house, hence the name "Galishoff" which has been modified over the millennia... [more]
GSCHWENDTNERGerman (Austrian)
From the German word "schwenden", which means "swidden agriculture" in English
HAUSLEGerman (Austrian)
Topographical name for someone who's House was near the Woods, from German "Häus" House "le" Woods
HOFERLEGerman (Austrian)
Means "Yard Clearing" from a Combination of the Austrian word Höfer meaning "yard" or "court" with the ancient suffix "le" meaning woodland or clearing.
HOSPGerman (Austrian)
Means "odd bird" or "strange man"
HRACHGerman (Austrian, Rare), Czech (Rare)
Originated in the Czech-speaking region of Bohemia in Austria, pre-1900. From Czech hrách, meaning "pea." Given either to a very short man or to a gardener.
JAUKGerman (Austrian)
The meaning of the name Jauk is similar to the word "acre" in English. It is a measure word for how much land an ox can plough in one day. People with the surname Jauk are likely to have descended from farmers... [more]
KARIFinnish, German (Austrian), Slovene (?), Hungarian, Indian, Marathi
As a Finnish name, it is a topographic and ornamental name from kari "small island", "stony rapids", "sandbar", or "rocky place in a field". This name is found throughout Finland.... [more]
KLORGerman (Austrian)
The Klor surname may have evolved from the feminine personal name Klara. Or it may have come from the Middle High German and Middle Low German "Klar," meaning "Pure" or "Beautiful".
KOLESARCzech (Modern, Rare), German (Modern, Rare), German (Austrian, Modern, Rare)
Means either 'wheelwright' or 'coleminer' depending on the region.
KRONECKERJewish, German (Austrian)
Derived from the place name Kroneck in Austria. A famous bearer of this surname was Leopold Kronecker(1823~1891),the German mathematician who worked on number theory.
KÜNZIGerman, Swiss, German (Austrian)
From a pet form of the personal name Kuntz.
MANZGerman (Austrian), German
In Austria it means manager, one who is in charge of men. In Germany it is a given name.
MEUSBURGERGerman (Austrian)
The history of this last name is that it means "Mountain Dweller." Being as part of the Austrian surnames, it's a widely used one in it's home country. A few brothers had gone to various countries, as of now there is Meusburgers in Columbia, as well as the United States and throughout Europe... [more]
MITTERMEIERGerman (Austrian)
Literal meaning "middle farmer" its thought to have been given to farmers living between two there farms in the mountains.
MOSELEItalian, German (Austrian)
This surname is to be found in north-eastern Italy, more specifically in the Vicenza and Verona provinces. Families with this name are certain to be originally from the mountain town of Asiago, situated on a plateau north of Vicenza and now a well-known skiing resort... [more]
ÖSTERREICHERGerman, German (Austrian)
Means "One from Austria", "the Austrian".
PEIPERGerman (Austrian)
Occupational name for a piper, from Middle High German piper. In some cases it may be derived from Sorbian pipar "pepper", thus being an occupational name for a spicer or a nickname for one with a fiery temper.
PLAHNAGerman (Austrian)
It is a name from the Gratkorn, Graz, Styria area of Austria
PRADLHungarian, German (Austrian)
Meaning unknown. Possibly originating somewhere in Hungary.
SANDMEIERGerman, German (Swiss), German (Austrian)
From Middle High German sand combined with Meier, referring to a tenant farmer whose farm was on sandy soil.
SCHICKLGRUBERGerman (Austrian)
This was the surname of Maria Schicklgruber (April 15, 1795 - January 7, 1847), the mother of Adolf Hitler.
SCHMALTZGerman (Rare), German (Austrian, Rare)
Schmaltz is a German and Austrian surname. It was used as an occupational surname for chandlers.
SCHMUCKGerman, German (Austrian)
From Middle High German smuc meaning "jewel", "finery", hence a metonymic occupational name for a jeweler, or a nickname for someone who wore a prominent jewel or ornament.North German: nickname from Middle Low German smuck meaning "neat", "dainty".
SMOKEEnglish, German, German (Austrian)
Possibly a variant of English Smock or an altered form of German Schmuck.
VOGLGerman (Austrian)
Southern German variant of Vogel.
WEISMANGerman, German (Austrian), Jewish
A German surname meaning "white man"
ZAMLOCHGerman (Austrian)
Altered, likely Americanized or Germanized, version of the Czech surname Zemlicka. Zemlicka derives from žemle, meaning "bread roll," and was a name given to bakers.... [more]
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