Swiss Submitted Surnames

Swiss names are used in the country of Switzerland in central Europe.
usage
Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
Aacker German
Variant spelling of the surname Acker.
Abbruzzese Italian
Habitational name for someone originally from Abruzzo, a region in southern Italy.
Abegg German, 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".
About French
It is a french surname that comes from the french word 'about', meaning "an extremity of a metallic or wooden element or piece." This surname is notably born by the French novelist Edmond François Valentin About... [more]
Abplanalp German, German (Swiss)
Topographic name for someone living high on a mountainside, from German ab- "below", "off" + Planalp "high, flat mountain-meadow".
Abreo French, Italian
Abreo or its variant Abreu comes from the French Alfred (alf = Elf; fred = conseil). The meaning is wise counselor.... [more]
Abresch German, Dutch, Jewish
From a pet form of the Biblical name Abraham.
Abruzzese Italian
Regional name for someone from the Abruzzi, a mountainous region of Italy east of Rome (cf. Abruzzo).
Abruzzo Italian
Name for a person originally from the region of Abruzzo in northern Italy.
Absher German
Absher comes from either the German surname Habich, which comes from the surname Hawk... [more]
Acacio Italian
From the given name Acacio.
Acampora Italian, Medieval Italian, Portuguese (Brazilian)
Acampora is a variant of Acanfora, from the medieval personal name Canfora, from canfora ‘camphor’ (from Arabic kāfūr).
Accola Romansh
From Latin accola ‘neighbor’, ‘inhabitant’ (from Latin accolere 'to live near'). Accola also meant 'tenant' or 'farmer' in Medieval Latin, which is likely the definition of the word that this name comes from.
Aceto Italian
Variant of Accetto.
Ach German
Topographic name for someone who lived by a spring or stream, from Old High German aha meaning "running water".
Achard French
From the given name Achard.
Achenbach German
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".
Achille French, Italian
From the given name Achille
Acorn German
Origin uncertain; most probably an Americanized form of German Eichhorn.
Acquaviva Italian
From an Italian place name meaning "running water, spring", literally "living water".
Acri Italian
Habitational name from a place in Cosenza province named Acri.
Adauto Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
From the given name Adauto
Adipietro Italian
meaning "to tell Peter"; "to appear before Peter"... [more]
Adolf German
From the given name Adolf.
Adorno Italian
Southern Italian: from the personal name Adorno, meaning ‘adorned’.... [more]
Aebig German (Archaic)
Short form of Adalbert, used in the 16th century.
Aeby Swiss
Derived from the given name Adalbert.
Aerni German (Swiss)
Variant spelling of Ärni.
Agagnier French
Meaning "Winner" from the french word "gagner" ... [more]
Agar Greek, Italian, French
From the personal name Agar
Agassi Armenian, Persian, Italian
The surname Agassi most likely evolved from a nickname for someone resembling a mappie, perhaps jokingly referred to as chattering or nagging person. ... [more]
Agirmo Italian
two hypotheses: either from the Greek agyrmos meaning "symposium, meeting" which was the name of the first day of the Misteri Eleusini in Athens.... [more]
Agostinelli Italian
From the given name Agostino.
Agostino Italian
From the given name Agostino.
Agreste French
French cognate of Agresta. This is also the French word for the grayling butterfly.
Aguzzi Italian
Comes from an ancient Roman cognomen, Acutus, also possibly derived from Italian "aguzzo" meaning sharp, pointed.
Ahlborn German
From the old personal name Albern, from Germanic adal meaning "noble" and boran meaning "born".
Ahlschläger German
The Ahlschlager family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1880 and 1920. The most Ahlschlager families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 6 Ahlschlager families living in Iowa... [more]
Albanese Italian
Southern Italian : ethnic name from albanese ‘(an) Albanian’, applied to someone from Albania or from one of the Albanian settlements in Abruzzo, Apulia, Campania, and Sicily.
Alber German
Alber family name was first found in Alsace. The nickname given to someone fair in complexion or blond haired is derived from Latin word Albanus, which means white.
Alberico Italian
From the given name Alberico
Alberti Italian
From the given name Alberto.
Albinet French
Derived from the medieval French masculine given name Albinet, which was a diminutive (as the -et suffix indicates) of the given name Albin.... [more]
Albino Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
From the given name Albino
Albo Spanish, Italian, Jewish
It is derived from the name Albert, Alberto, Albino, and Alberico.... [more]
Aldinger German
Habitational name for someone from Aldingen in Württemberg.
Aler English (Rare), German
From the alder tree, a tree found in the Americas, Europe and parts of Asia. The much less common given name Aler is possibly derived from it.
Alessandro Italian
From the given name Alessandro
Alessio Italian
From the given name Alessio.
Alexis German, French, English, Greek
From the given name Alexis
Alfani Italian
(or Alfano) three possibilities: from the German word halfer ("helper"), from a place called Alfano, which is supposed to be from the Arab al fannan ("wild donkey"), and Alfana is the name of a race (as in type) of Arab horses, so could be someone related to horses.
Alfeo Italian
From the given name Alfeo.
Alfonsi Italian
From the given name Alfonso.
Alfredo Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
From the given name Alfredo.
Algieri Italian
Italian form of Algerie.
Alighieri Italian
From the given name Alighiero, Italian form of Aldiger. A famous bearer of this surname is Dante Alighieri (1265-1321), author of the Divine Comedy.
Alleman French (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]
Allemand French
Means "Germany" in French.
Allemann German (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]
Allenbach German, German (Swiss)
Habitational name from any of several places called Allenbach.
Allendorf German
Habitational name from any of ten or more places called Allendorf.
Alley English, French (Anglicized)
From a Middle English personal name, Alli, Alleye, as forms such as Johannes filius Alli (Norfolk, 1205) make clear... [more]
Allgeier German
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]
Almendinger German, 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.
Alpert English, 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... [more]
Alpini Italian
(or Alpino) possibly denoting a person from the Alpes.
Alscheid German
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]
Alt German, Jewish
From German alt ‘old’, typically applied as a distinguishing epithet to the older of two bearers of the same personal name.
Alters German
Shortened form of Alterstein.
Alterstein German
Means "old stone" in German.
Althoff German
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".
Altman German
Said to mean "Wise man" of German origin
Altmeyer German
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’
Altringer German
Habitational name for someone from a place called Altringen or Aldingen, of which there are two in Württemberg.
Alwardt German
From the personal name Adelward, composed of the Germanic elements adal ‘noble’ + ward ‘keeper’, ‘protector’.
Amadeo Italian
From the given name Amadeo.
Amadi Persian, Romanian, Italian, Maltese
Variant of Ahmadi common in Romania and Italy. It is typical of Malta.
Amarante French
From the given name Amarante
Amaury French
From the given name Amaury... [more]
Amberg German, 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]
Ambrogio Italian
From the given name Ambrogio.
Ameglio Italian
There are two hypotheses: the first is it derived from the Latin name Amelius which came from Amius, name of Etruscan origin; the other is it derived from Amali, name of a mighty Ostrogothic family, which means "virgin of the forest".
Amelin Russian, French
Russian feminine counterpart is Amelina (Амелинa)
Amendola Italian
Southern Italian: habitational name from any of several places in southern Italy named Amendola or Mendola, named with the dialect word amendola 'almond', 'almond tree' (from Greek amygdalea), or a topographic name for someone who lived by an almond tree or trees.
Ames English, 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]
Amico Italian
Means "friend".
Amistadi Italian
From the Renaissance term amistade ("friendship").
Ammann German
A contraction of Ambetmann, for a court official. If there is a double "M", the origin might be Swiss.
Ammazzalorso Italian
From the profession of bear hunter, meaning literally "slaughter the bear".
Ammer German, 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]
Amrein German (Swiss)
Topographic name from am ‘at’ + Rain ‘edge of plowed land’.
Amsler American, German (Swiss)
As a Swiss German surname it is from the Swiss place name Amslen.
Amspacher German
Habitational name for someone from a place called Amsbach
Amstutz German (Swiss), German (Austrian)
Topographic name for someone living near or at the foot of a steep mountainside, German am Stutz ‘at the escarpment’.
Amy French
From the given name Amé or Aimé.
Anacker German
Nickname for a day laborer, as opposed to someone who owned fields, from Middle High German āne meaning "without" + acker meaning "field".
Anastasio Italian, Spanish
From the given name Anastasio.
Anders German, Scottish, Czech
Derived from the given name Anders.
Andes German
Variant spelling of Anthes.
Andreola Italian
Meaning of name is unknown
Andreozzi Italian
From the given name Andrea 1.
Andrieux French
From the given name André.
Andrin French
From the given name André.
Andros German (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.
Angela Italian
Derived from the given name Angelus (see Angel).
Angellotti Italian
Comes from a pet form of Angelo, variant of Angelotti.
Angelo Italian
From a popular medieval personal name, Angelo, Latin Angelus, from Greek angelos "messenger, angel" (considered as a messenger sent from God).
Angeloni Italian
Means "great angels" in Italian. It derives from Biblical Latin angelus meaning "angel", ultimately from Ancient Greek angelos, originally meaning "messenger", changing meaning in the Bible.
Angelotti Italian
Comes from a pet form of Angelo.
Angelucci Italian
From a pet form of the personal name Angelo.
Angerhofer German
Habitational name for someone from Angerhof in Bavaria.
Angott Italian (Anglicized)
The origin of this surname is unknown but is most likely an anglicized version of the Italian surname 'Angotti'.... [more]
Angrisani Italian
From Angrisano, a habitational name for someone from Angri in Salerno province.
Anguissola Italian
Sofonisba Aguissola was a celebrated artist of the Italian Renaissance.
Anheuser German
Last name of Eberhard Anheuser, founder of the Anheuser-Busch company.
Aniceto Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
From the given name Aniceto.
Anna English, Irish, Italian, Hungarian
Probably derived from the female first name Anna.
Annunziato Italian
From the given name Annunziato.
Anouilh French
From Catalan anull, meaning "slow worm". It is originally a nickname given to a spineless and slow person. The French author Jean Anouilh is a famous bearer of this surname.
Ansaldo Italian
From the given name Ansaldo.
Anschütz German
Occupational name for someone whose job was to keep a dam or pool filled with water. (Anschützen "to fill up")
Anselme French
From the given name Anselme.
Anselmo Portuguese, Italian, Spanish
From the given name Anselmo.
Antoine French
From the given name Antoine.
Antonacci Italian
From the given name Antonio.
Antonello Italian
From the given name Antonello.
Antonucci Italian
From the given name Antonio.
Anzalone Italian
The surname Anzalone was first found in Bolgna (Latin: Bononia).
Apfel German
Means "apple" in German.
Apfelbaum German, Jewish
Means "apple tree" in German.
Apicella Italian
Southern Italian: from a diminutive of apa ‘bee’, probably applied as a nickname for an industrious person, or possibly as a metonymic occupational name for a beekeeper.
Apollo Italian, Spanish
From the Greek personal name Apollo. There are several saints Apollo in the Christian Church, including an Egyptian hermit and monastic leader who died in 395 ad. The personal name derives from the name in classical mythology of the sun god, Apollo, an ancient Indo-European name, found for example in Hittite as Apulana "god of the gate" (from pula "gate", cognate with Greek pylē), therefore "protector, patron".
Apolloni Italian
From the given name Apollonia, which is the Latin feminine form of Apollonios, which in turn was derived from the name of the Greek god Apollo.
Apollonio Italian
From the given name Apollonio
Appel German, 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]
Appler German
Variant of Eppler.
Apprecht German (Rare)
Derived from the given name Albrecht.
Apt German, Yiddish
German: variant of Abt.... [more]
Aquila Italian
Habitational name from L'Aquila in Abruzzo or from any of various smaller places called Aquila.
Aràbia Italian, Spanish
Ethnic name for someone from Arabia or some other Arabic-speaking country or a nickname for someone who had visited or traded with one of these countries.
Arabie French
Ethnic name denoting someone from Arabia or an Arabic-speaking person.
Aragon Spanish, Catalan, French
A surname and an autonomous community of Spain.
Araldi Italian
Means “heralds” in Italian. Famous bearers include Italian painters Alessandro Araldi (c. 1460 – c. 1529) and Paolo Araldi (18th century – after 1820).
Arbeiter German
Occupational name from Middle High German arbeiter ‘laborer’.
Arcangeli Italian
Meaning "archangel" in Italian.
Arcangelo Italian
From the given name Arcangelo.
Archeambeau French
The name Archambeau is derived from the Latin personal name 'Arcambaldus'. In turn the name 'Arcambaldus', is derived from the Germanic word 'Ercan', which means precious in Germanic, and 'bald', meaning bold and daring.... [more]
Ardito Italian
From the given name Ardito.
Ardolino Italian
Believed to have come from Arduino; is most common in the Campania area of Italy.
Arduino Italian
From the given name Arduino.
Arenaldi Italian (Rare)
Originally found in the Campania, Foggia area. Derived from the medieval name of Germanic origin Arenaldus or Arinaldus
Arendt German
From the given name Arnold
Arensberg German
From Old High German arn 'eagle' and berg, 'mountain'.
Arford German
Derived from town of Erfurt, Germany
Argenti Italian
Patronymic or plural form of Argento.
Argento Italian
Means "silver" in Italian, originally used as an occupational name for a silversmith or a nickname for a person with gray hair.
Aries English, French
The name means either a person who worked in a fashion of the "Arras" cloth, as in the quotation "one bede Coveringe of Aries" (1562), or someone who was a former inhabitant of Arras in France, or Arras in Yorkshire; the latter being a particularly popular source of the name.
Arinaldi Italian (Rare)
Variant of Arenaldi. Originally found in the Campania, Foggia area. Derived from the medieval name of Germanic origin Arenaldus or Arinaldus
Ariosto Italian
From the Germanic given name Ariost, meaning "battle-ready". A famous bearer of this surname is Italian poet Ludovico Ariosto (1474-1533).
Arlinghaus German
Perhaps a habitational name from Oerlinghausen in North Rhine-Westphalia.
Armand Pilon French
Armand is the original surname, and it is a French modification from a German surname. The original being Hartmann, that spelled by a francophone becomes Armand.... [more]
Armellino Italian
Italian: of uncertain origin; possibly from a masculinized form of Armellina, an old female personal name derived from Latin animula, a diminutive of anima ‘spirit’, ‘soul’.
Armenia Italian, Catalan, Spanish, Portuguese
Ethnic name or regional name for someone from Armenia or who had connections with Armenia. This surname is derived from the feminine form of Armenio, which is ultimately from Greek Αρμένιος (Armenios) meaning "Armenian"... [more]
Armuier French
French for "armorer."
Arndt German
Derived from the personal name Arndt.
Ärni German (Swiss)
From a much altered pet form of the personal name Arnold.
Arouet French
A famous bearer was French philosopher Voltaire (1694-1778), whose birth name was François-Marie Arouet.
Arquette French
From arquet meaning "little bow" or "little arch" (diminutive of arche, from Latin arcus). It was originally an occupational name for an archer, but the French word arquet(te) is also found in the sense 'market trader' (originally, perhaps, one with a stall underneath an arch)... [more]
Arrigo Italian
Italian: from the medieval personal name Arrigo, a variant of Enrico.
Arturo Italian, Spanish
From the given name Arturo.
Ascanio Italian
From the given name Ascanio.
Ascencio Spanish, Italian
From the personal name (Latin Ascensius), favored by the early Christians, by whom it was bestowed with reference to the ascension of Christ (Late Latin ascensio).
Ascher German
Derived from German asche meaning "ash" (tanners worked with ash)
Ashen German
The medieval name originated from the German dukedom of Swabia. It denoted that the original bearer of the name probably held land in Swabia. Otherwise it could have been a name given to somebody who was from or born in Swabia.
Asperges Italian
It means "you bless", and it is also the device used by priests to spread holy water over people or places
Assanti Italian
Derived from the Italian personal name Alessandro.
Aßman German
Derived from the given name Erasmus + the... [more]
Astoni Italian
It is the surname of the Home and Away family, The Astoni family, consisting of 4 members, Ben, Maggie, Coco and Ziggy.
Astore Italian
Derived from Italian astore meaning "goshawk", which is a bird of prey that was used for hunting in the Middle Ages. The surname had first started out as a nickname: either for a falconer, or for a person who had aquiline features or who was cunning by nature.
Attilio Italian
From the given name Attilio.
Atzerodt English, German
This was the surname of George Atzerodt, a conspirator in a plot to kidnap Abraham Lincoln.
Au Upper German, Swiss, German (Swiss), German (Austrian)
South German, Swiss, and Austrian topographic name from dialect Au ‘water meadow’, ‘stream’ (see Aue).
Auberjonois French
A French last name meaning "armourer". Actor René Murat Auberjonois is a notable bearer.
Aubin French
From the French given name Aubin.
Aubine French (Rare)
Derived from the medieval French feminine given name Aubine, which was the French form of Albina. But in other words, you could also say that Aubine was the feminine form of Aubin.
Aubinet French (Rare)
Derived from the medieval French masculine given name Aubinet, which was a diminutive (as the -et suffix indicates) of the given name Aubin.... [more]
Aubuchon French (Modern, ?)
The Aubuchon name is French, but of uncertain origin. It is probably from the patronymic prefix au + buchon, a dialect term for a woodcutter (Standard French bûcheron).
Auclair French
Patronymic from the personal name Clair or the nickname Leclair (‘the cheerful one’): (fils) à Leclair ‘(son) of Leclair’. It has also absorbed cases of Auclerc (from LeClerc).
Audelin French
Variant of Odelin, which is not to be confused with Odelín as it is Spanish while the other one is French, though they could have similar origins in name.
Audet French
Southern French nickname from Gascon dialect audet "bird", variant of standard Occitan ausèl (modern French oiseau).
Audino Italian
Derived from first name 'Alda' which means 'wise and experienced.'
Auerbach German, Jewish
Topographical name for someone who lived by a stream (Middle High German bach) that was near a swamp or marsh (auer).
Augello Italian
Italian (Campania) dialect variant of Uccello ‘bird’, hence either a nickname for a diminutive, birdlike person or an occupational name for a fowler. Compare Auciello.
Aurelio Italian, Spanish
From the given name Aurelio
Aurifaber German (Latinized)
Latinised form of Goldschmidt, meaning "gold smith".
Aurora Italian, Spanish, Catalan, Occitan, Portuguese
Means "dawn" in Latin (see the given name Aurora).
Ausländer German
Nickname given to a foreigner.
Aussendorf German
Originated in Germany. Means "Out of the Village". First used in the year 1135.
Aut Czech, German (Swiss), Russian, Catalan
Means "Hard Worker" in Czech.... [more]
Autry English, French
A habitational name from any of the places in France named Autrey or Autry. French: from the Old French personal name Audry, from Germanic Aldric ‘ancient power’.