Swiss Submitted Surnames

Swiss names are used in the country of Switzerland in central Europe.
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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.
Abagnale Italian
Either an occupational name for a shepherd or a person who lived near a sheepfold (derived from Italian abbagnale meaning "good shepherd, good sheepfold"), or a topographic name for someone who lived in a wet or swampy area (from abagnato meaning "drenched, soaked")... [more]
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.
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).
Accetta Italian
From the female form of southern Italian Accetto, a medieval personal name from the Latin name Acceptus (from acceptus 'welcome', 'well-liked').
Accola Romansh
Derived from Medieval Latin accola "tenant; farmer", ultimately from Classical Latin accola "one who lives near a place; a neighbor".
Accusato Italian
Means "accused" in Italian.
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, South American
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".
Achenza Italian
A Sardinian name, possibly denoting someone from the former town of Aquensa or Acquesa.
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".
Acquistapace Italian
Means "buy peace" in Italian, from acquista "to buy, to purchase" and pace "peace".
Acri Italian
Habitational name from a place in Cosenza province named Acri.
Adauto Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
From the given name Adauto.
Addamo Italian
Variant of Adamo.
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]
Adriano Portuguese, Spanish, Italian
From the given name Adriano.
Aebig German (Archaic)
Short form of Adalbert, used in the 16th century.
Aeby Swiss
Derived from the given name Adalbert.
Afflitto Italian
Derived from Italian "afflitto" meaning "afflicted" or "troubled".
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, Hipparchia semele.
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".
Ahler German, Dutch, Danish
from a Germanic personal name composed of the elements adal ‘noble’ + hari,heri ‘army’.
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]
Ahrens German, Dutch, Jewish
North German and Dutch: Patronymic from the personal name Arend (See Arndt). ... [more]
Ainstein German (Hispanicized), Spanish (Latin American)
Hispanicized form of Einstein. Most frequently used in Argentina.
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.
Albertin French
French form of Albertini.
Albertini Italian
"Son of Alberto".
Albin Romansh
Derived from the given name Albin.
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.
Alexandre French, Portuguese
From the given name Alexandre.
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.
Alfieri Italian
From Italian alfiere "standard-bearer, ensign", ultimately from Arabic فارس (al-faris) "horseman, rider; knight, cavalier". May alternately derive from the Germanic given name Adalfarus, meaning "noble journey".
Alfonsi Italian
From the given name Alfonso.
Alfredi Italian
Derived from the given name Alfredo.
Alfredo Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
From the given name Alfredo.
Algieri Italian
Italian form of Algerie.
Aliesch Romansh
Derived from the given name Alexius.
Alig Romansh
Of debated origin and meaning; theories include a derivation from the given name Alexius.
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.
Alix French
Derived from the given name Alix.
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)
Derived from German Alemanne, originally "member of the Alemanni tribe", this word came to denote "of Germanic descent". It was used to refer to members of the German-speaking population of Switzerland (as opposed to those who spoke one of the Romance languages; compare Welsch).
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.
Aller German
German variant of Ahler
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 Upper German, German (Swiss)
Habitational name for someone from a place called Allmendingen, of which there are two examples in Switzerland, in the canton of Bern, 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.
Alt German, Jewish
From German alt ‘old’, typically applied as a distinguishing epithet to the older of two bearers of the same personal name.
Altavilla Italian
Calque of French Hauteville.
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
Altman German, Jewish
Variant of Alt and Alterman.
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.
Amanzi Italian
Possibly from amate "to love". Alternately, may be from the dialectical word manzu "tame, gentle, docile", or from the given name Mantius.
Amara Italian
Meaning bitter, unhappy or unfortunate.
Amarante French
From the given name Amarante
Amaranthe French
Amaranthe is a rare French surname. While it might not be a common last name, it certainly stands out. Unfortunately, there isn’t much information available about its historical or familial context, except that it has been used in France (515), Switzerland (1), Sweden (1), Senegal (1), United States (1) and Vietnam (1).
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.
Ambrosini Italian
Diminutive form of Ambrosi.
Ameche Italian (Anglicized)
Americanised form of Amici. A famous bearer was American actor, comedian and vaudevillian Don Ameche (1908-1993). After portraying the title character in the movie The Story of Alexander Graham Bell (1939), his surname led Americans to use the word ameche as a juvenile slang for a telephone.
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.
Amici Italian
From the given name Amico.
Amico Italian
Means "friend".
Amistadi Italian
From the Renaissance term amistade ("friendship").
Ammann Upper German, German (Swiss)
Alemannic form of Amtmann "official". Ultimately derived from Middle High German ambet man "retinue man; retainer", this word came to denote various kinds of administrator including a tax farmer.
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]
Amoroso Italian
A nickname for a much loved person.
Amrein German (Swiss)
Derived from the prepostion am "at" and German Rain "edge of plowed land".
Amsler German (Swiss)
Derived from German Amsel "(European) blackbird", this was an occupational name for a fowler (bird catcher).
Amspacher German
Habitational name for someone from a place called Amsbach
Amstad German
topographic name from Middle Low German am "at the" and stade "bank shore".
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".
Anardu Italian
From a dialectical variant of Italian anatra "duck (bird)".
Anastasio Italian, Spanish
From the given name Anastasio.
Anders German, Scottish, Czech
Derived from the given name Anders.
Andes German
Variant spelling of Anthes.
Andrack German, Sorbian (Germanized)
Derived from a Sorbian diminutive of the given name Andreas.
Andreacchio Italian
Derived from the given name Andrea 1.
Andreani Italian
Derived from the given name Andrea 1.
Andreola Italian
Meaning of name is unknown
Andreoli Romansh
Derived from the given name Andrea 1 combined with a diminutive suffix.
Andreossi Romansh
Derived from a diminutive form of the given name Andrea 1.
Andreozzi Italian
From the given name Andrea 1.
Andres German, Alsatian
Derived from the given name Andreas.
Andri Romansh
Derived from the given name Andri.
Andrick German
Germanized form of Sorbian Andrik.
Andrieux French
From the given name André.
Andrin French
From the given name André.
Andris Romansh
Derived from the given name Andris.
Andry Romansh
Variant of Andri.
Anedda Italian
Possibly from Sardinian anedda "ring", referring to a walled ring in which animals were tied. May alternately be a diminutive form of the given name Ana.
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.
Angioni Italian
From Sardinian angioni "lamb", denoting a shepherd, or perhaps a nickname.
Angius Italian
Meaning uncertain, possibly linked to Sardinian angioni "lamb", Ancient Greek άγγος (àngos) "vessel, jug" or άγχω (ankho) "to strangle; anguish, stress", or from a modification of Latin balneum (see Bagni) "bath", indicating a place with hot springs.
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.
Aniol Catalan, German
Possibly derived from the Catalan given name Aniol. Alternatively it has a German origin.
Anna English, Irish, Italian, Hungarian
Probably derived from the female first name Anna.
Annasohn German (Swiss)
Derived from the given name Anna and German Sohn "son".
Annen German (Swiss)
Derived from the given 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.
Anrig Romansh
Derived from the given name Henricus.
Ans Romansh
Variant of Hans.
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")
Anselm German
From the given name Anselm.
Anselme French
From the given name Anselme.
Antoine French
From the given name Antoine.
Antolini Italian
The family originated from Sarnano (Macerata) and at the end of the century XVII transplanted to Montealbodo today Ostra (Ancona) where it was aggregated to that nobility.
Antonacci Italian
From the given name Antonio.
Antonello Italian
From the given name Antonello.
Antonucci Italian
From the given name Antonio.
Anzaldo Italian
Variation of Ansaldo.
Anzalone Italian
The surname Anzalone was first found in Bolgna (Latin: Bononia).
Aondio Italian
Possibly a contracted form of Abundio.
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]
Appenzell German
Habitational name for someone from Appenzell (village or canton) in northeastern Switzerland. The placename derives from Latin abbatis cella, "cell (i.e., estate) of the abbot".
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.
Aquinas Italian
Aquinas indicates ancestral origins from the Italian county "Aquino." Aquino comes from the latin word "Aquinum" which itself probably comes from the latin word aqua. Aqua means water in English.