Swiss Submitted Surnames

Swiss names are used in the country of Switzerland in central Europe.
Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
Eigen German
Either a status name from Middle High German aigen "unfree; serf" denoting (in the Middle Ages) someone with service obligations to a secular or ecclesiastical authority (also in Switzerland); or from eigen "inherited property" denoting a free landowner (without feudal obligations)... [more]
Eiland German
Topographic name for someone who lived on or owned property surrounded by water, from Middle High German eilant, "island"
Eiler German
1 North German: variant of Ehlert.... [more]
Eingeweide German
A German surname meaning "guts" or "viscera".
Einhorn German, Jewish
Derived from German Einhorn (Middle High German einhorn) "unicorn", denoting someone who lived at a house distinguished by the sign of a unicorn.
Eisele German
Either from a diminutive of any of the Germanic given names formed with the element isarn meaning "iron" (such as Isanhard) or from Isenlin, a nickname for a blacksmith, ironworker or dealer in iron, composed of Middle High German īsen "iron" and the diminutive suffix -līn.
Eisen German, Jewish
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): metonymic occupational name for an ironworker or smith, or an ironmonger, from Middle High German isen ‘iron’, German Eisen. It may also have been used as a nickname, with reference to the strength and hardness of iron or to its color, while as a Jewish name it was also adopted as an ornamental name from modern German Eisen ‘iron’ or the Yiddish cognate ayzn.
Eisenberg German, Jewish
Means "iron hill" from German isen meaning "iron" and berg meaning "hill".
Eisenberger German, Jewish
Habitational name for someone from any of the several places called Eisenberg. As a Jewish name it is also an ornamental name.
Eisenhauer German
Occupational name meaning "iron cutter" where Eisen- means "iron" and -hauer means "hewer". The verb 'hew' being less well used in English than in earlier times, but still understood to mean cut, such as in hewing tree limbs... [more]
Eisenmenger German
occupational name for an "iron dealer" from Middle High German isarn "iron" and mengære "dealer".
Eisenstein German, Jewish
topographic name for someone who lived by a place where iron ore was extracted or perhaps a habitational name from a place called for its iron works. Jewish artificial compound of German isarn "iron" and stein "stone".
Eisner German, Jewish
Occupational name for an ironworker, smith, or ironmonger, from an agent derivative of Middle High German īsen and German Eisen, meaning ‘iron’ (see Eisen).
Elardo Italian
Possibly from a variant of the given name Ilardo, which may be a form of the Germanic name Adalhard (see also Ilardi).
Eleanor French
Derives from the given name Eleanor. Not popular as a last name.
Eleuterio Spanish, Italian
From the given name Eleuterio.
Elia Italian, Assyrian, Greek (Cypriot)
From the given name Elia.
Élias French
From the given name Élias.
Elias Greek, Catalan, Portuguese, English, Welsh, German, Dutch, Jewish
Derived from the medieval given name Elias. Compare Ellis.
Elich German, American
Surname meaning "noble" from edelik or edelich. Notable bearer is professional ice hockey player Matt Elich.
Eligio Italian, Spanish
From the given name Eligio
Eliseo Italian, Spanish
From the given name Eliseo.
Ellenberg German, Jewish, German (Swiss)
Derived from two municipalities and a village called Ellenberg in Germany. As an ornamental name, it is derived from German ölenberg, literally meaning "olive mountain".
Ellender German
Respelling of German Elender, a nickname for a stranger or newcomer, from Middle High German ellende ‘strange’, ‘foreign’, or a habitational name for someone from any of twenty places named Elend, denoting a remote settlement, as for example in the Harz Mountains or in Carinthia, Austria.
Eller German
Habitational name from places in the North Rhine and Mosel areas
Ellerhoff German
This name means "Black Alder Tree Courtyard" and was inspired by a tree in a yard at the family farm in Nettelstedt, Germany.
Ellermeyer German
It is a combination of the German words “Eller,” which means “alder,” and “Meyer,” which means “steward” or farmer”. So, it is thought to refer to someone who was either a steward or farmer who lived near an alder grove.
Elmendorf German
Derived from a village with the same name in the district of Oldenburg, Lower Saxony, Germany.
Elmo Italian
From the given name Elmo.
Elsener German (Swiss)
Derived from the given name Elisabeth.
Elsing German
From a variant of the old personal name Elsung.
Elsinger German (Swiss)
Probably a derivative of Elsing.
Elverman German
The name Elverman means Eel fisherman.
Emanuel English, German, Welsh, Jewish, African
From the given name Emanuel.
Emel German
From a short form of any of the various Germanic personal names beginning with the element amal, which means ‘strength’ or ‘vigor’.
Emerin German (Portuguese-style)
Brazilian adaptation of the German surname Emmerich; altered for easier comprehension by the Portuguese-speaking population of Brazil.
Emery English, French, Norman
English and French from a Germanic personal name, Emaurri, composed of the elements amja ‘busy’, ‘industrious’ + ric ‘power’... [more]
Emiliano Italian, Spanish
From the given name Emiliano.
Émilien French
From the given name Émilien.
Emmer German
A topographic name for someone who lived by land where grain was grown, a status name for someone who owned such land, or a metonymic occupational name for someone who grew or dealt in grain.
Emmerich German
From the given name Emmerich.
Emperaire French
Means "Emperor".
Enders German
Variant of Anders.
Endrigo Venetian, Istriot, Italian
Derived from Endrigo, an Italian and Istriot variant of the given name Henry.
Enea Italian
From the given name Enea the Italian form of Aeneas.
Engelbert German, English, French
From a Germanic personal name composed of engel (see Engel) + berht ‘bright’, ‘famous’. The widespread popularity of the name in France during the Middle Ages was largely a result of the fact that it had been borne by a son-in-law of Charlemagne; in the Rhineland it was more often given in memory of a bishop of Cologne (1216–25) of this name, who was martyred.
Engelhardt German
Derived from the Germanic given name Engelhard, composed of German engel meaning "angel" and hard meaning "brave, hardy, strong".
Engelmann German
1 German: variant of Engel 1, with the addition of the personal suffix -mann ‘man’, sometimes denoting a pet form.... [more]
Engels German, Dutch
A patronymic surname from the given name Engel.
Engländer German, Jewish
German ethnic name from Engländer "Englishman" and Jewish artificial name distributed at random by Austrian clerks.
Englander German, Jewish
Ethnic name derived from German Engländer, meaning 'Englishman', thus denoting an incomer from England. In some cases, the Jewish name may be an ornamental adoption.
Engler German
South German: patronymic from Engel.
Enrico Italian
From the given name Enrico.
Ens German
Variant of Enns.
Epifanio Spanish, Italian
From the given name Epifanio.
Eppler German
Occupational name for a fruit grower or dealer, from Middle High German epfeler meaning "grower of or dealer in apples".
Epshteyn German, Jewish
This surname may be derived from a German town known as Eppstein in Hesse. Epp probably came from Gaulish apa which means water or river and stein translates into English as stone.
Epstein German, Jewish
A habitational name for someone from a place named Eppstein, which is from Old High German ebur meaning ‘wild boar’ and stein meaning ‘stone’.
Érable French (Rare)
From érable meaning "maple."
Erasmus French, Dutch
it means beloved one or king
Erber Jewish, German
Meaning uncertain. Either a habitational name for someone living in a place named Erb or Erp, a name for a owner of a farm named Erbhof (derived from MIddle High German erbære "honorable, noble"), or derived from the given name Erpo.
Ercolanese Italian
One who came from Ercolano.
Ercolani Italian
Means "son of Ercolano" in Italian.
Ercolano Italian
From the given name Ercolano
Ercole Italian
From the given name Ercole.
Erdenberger German
Originated in Germany.
Erdmann German
From the given name Erdmann.
Erenhart English (Rare), German, Dutch
“Eren” is derived from the word “Ehren,” which is of German origin and means “honor” or “glory.” ... [more]
Erhard German
From the given name Erhard.
Erhardt German
From the given name Erhard.
Erhart German
From the given name Erhard.
Erion German
From a variant of the given name Gereon.
Erman German (Modern), French (Modern)
Erman is a shortened French adaption of the Swiss-German surname Ermendinger, itself derived from the older surname Ermatinger, a name connected to the village of Ermatingen on the Swiss shore of Lake Constance, and came into existence during the early or middle 18th century when Jean-Georges Ermendinger (1710-1767), a Swiss fur trader from Geneva, married into a French speaking Huguenotte family... [more]
Ermatinger German (Swiss)
The surname Ermatinger derives from the village of Ermatingen on the Swiss shore of Lake Constance. It simply means "from Ermatingen".... [more]
Ermendinger German
The surname Ermendinger was derived from the older surname Ermatinger, a name connected to the village of Ermatingen on the Swiss shore of Lake Constance, and came into existence at some point during the early 17th or late 16th century when a branch of the Ermatinger family relocated from Schaffhausen, Switzerland, to Mulhouse, Alsace... [more]
Erni German (Swiss)
Derived from a short form of the given name Arnold.
Ernsberger German (Anglicized, Modern)
Also spelled (Ehrnsberger) has been said that a Christian Ernsberger or Ehrnsberger came to the U.S. in 1710 from Germany but i dont know from where in Germany.
Ertel German
South German: from a pet form of a personal name beginning with Ort-, from Old High German ort "point" (of a sword or lance)
Erwin English, German, Irish, Scottish
From the given name Erwin. From the Middle English personal name Everwin Erwin perhaps from Old English Eoforwine (eofor "boar" and wine "friend") but mostly from an Old French form of the cognate ancient Germanic name Everwin or from a different ancient Germanic name Herewin with loss of initial H- (first element hari heri "army")... [more]
Esau Welsh, German
From the Biblical personal name Esau, meaning ‘hairy’ in Hebrew (Genesis 25:25).
Eschbaugh German (Americanized, Modern)
An Americanized spelling of the surname Eschbach.
Eschenbach German
Eschenbach, from the root words Esch and Bach, is a surname that has origins in Germany and/or Switzerland. Esch is German for ash tree, and bach is German for brook, a small stream. Popular use of the surname includes the poet knight Wolfram von Eschenbach, and the name is used for multiple locations in Germany and Switzerland, or even more locations if you include spelling variations such as Eschbach, as this surname has undergone multiple mutations throughout history... [more]
Escher Dutch, German
German habitational name for someone from any of the various places called Esch, Esche, or Eschen.
Eschonbach German (Japanized, Modern, Rare)
A misspelling of the surname Eschenbach from the science-fiction series Mobile Suit Gundam with the characters Icelina Eschonbach and Joseph Eschonbach, which is possibly in reference to the poet knight Wolfram von Eschenbach given the military themes in the series such as German-based armored robotic vehicles.
Esler German
German: byname or occupational name for someone who drove donkeys, from Middle High German esel ‘donkey’ + the agent suffix -er.
Espa Italian
From Sardinian espa "wasp", making this a cognate of Vespa.
Esprit French
From the given name Esprit.
Ess Low German, German (Swiss)
North German: topographic name for someone living on or owning land that was waterlogged or partly surrounded by water, from Middle Low German es ‘swamp’, ‘water’. ... [more]
Estimé Haitian Creole, French
Means "valued, esteemed" in French.
Ettlinger German
Deriving from Ettlingen, a town in Baden-Württemberg, Germany.
Etzel German, Upper German
from the given name Etzel and Atzilo a short form of any of the ancient Germanic personal names beginning with adal "noble"... [more]
Eugenio Italian, Spanish
From the given name Eugenio.
Eul German
A nickname from Middle High German iule meaning "owl".
Eule German
Variant of Eul.
Euler German, Jewish
Occupational name for a potter, most common in the Rhineland and Hesse, from Middle High German ul(n)ære (an agent derivative of the dialect word ul, aul "pot", from Latin olla).
Eustache French
From the given name Eustache.
Eva Spanish, Catalan, Occitan, Italian, Portuguese
From the given name Eva.
Évariste French
From the given name Évariste.
Evola Italian
Perhaps a topographic name from Italian ebbio, a type of plant known as danewort in English (genus Sambucus), itself derived from Latin ebullus; alternatively, it may have been a habitational name for a person from a minor place named with this word... [more]
Évrard French
From the given name Évrard.
Ewald German, Dutch (?)
From the given name Ewald.
Fabiani Italian
Patronymic or plural form of Fabiano, comes from the given name Fabian.
Fabiano Italian
Comes from the personal name Fabiano, a derivative of Fabian.
Fabio Italian, Spanish
From the given name Fabio.
Fabrizio Italian
From the given name Fabrizio
Fabronius German
An elaboration of the name Faber.
Facente Italian
Nickname for an industrious person, from Latin facere "to make" "to do".
Fadda Italian
Possibly from fada "fairy, fate", or from Sardinian fadda "error", itself from Latin falla "mistake, failure, trick".
Fafard French
Possibly derived from the french 'fard' meaning 'made-up' or 'make-up'. This is in a theatrical sense and does not imply lying. Very possibly a derivation form a theatrical occupation
Faggiano Italian
From Italian faggio "beech (tree)".
Fahn German
A short form of the personal name Stephan (see also Steven).
Fahr German, German (Swiss)
A topographic name for someone who lived near a crossing point on a river, from Middle High German vare, meaning ferry.
Fahrenheit German
Derived from German fahren, meaning, "to ride", and Heit, which is the equivalent to the suffix "-ness". A famous bearer was Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit (1686- 1736), a Polish physicist who invented the Fahrenheit temperature measuring system.
Fain French, English, Welsh
Deriving from the Latin fanum meaning "temple."
Falaguerra Italian
Possibly means "make war" in Italian, from fare "to make, to provoke" and guerra "war". Alternately, from a given name of the same origin. ... [more]
Falanga Italian
From Sicilian falanga "plank, temporary bridge; fence".
Falasca Italian
Possibly from a dialectical word falasca meaning "straw", referring to someone's build or hair, or possibly an occupation of making things out of straw.
Falba Occitan (Archaic), French (Rare)
Possibly from French fauve "wildcat".
Falconi Italian
Means "Falconer"
Falkenberg German, Danish, Swedish (Rare), Norwegian (Rare)
Habitational name from any of several places named from Old High German falk "falcon" and berg "mountain, hill".
Falkenhagen German
Habitational name from any of several places named from Old High German falke meaning "falcon" + hag meaning "hedge", "fencing". A place so named is documented west of Berlin in the 14th century.
Falone Italian
Meaning uncertain, possibly from a dialectical word for a row of grapes or tomatoes.
Falotico Italian
From southern Italian falotico ‘eccentric’, ‘strange’, Greek kephalōtikos, a derivative of Greek kephalē ‘head’.
Falso Italian
Not much history is known for Falso however, it was common surrounding Napoli, Lazio, Latin, and Roma. It means False, phony, fake. Because of this, the surname has spread globally especially to United States of America and Brazil... [more]
Famos Romansh
Corruption of Vonmoos.
Fanara Italian
A Sicilian occupational name from Greek φαναράς (fanarás) "lampmaker", ultimately from φανός (fanós) "torch, lamp".
Fanciulacci Italian
Probably means "bad child", from Italian fanciullo "child" and the pejorative suffix -accio.
Fanciulli Italian
Means "child" in Italian.
Fantasia Italian
From Italian fantasia meaning "imagination", possibly a nickname for a person who had a vivid imagination, or from the personal name Fantasia, the feminine form of Fantasio. Known bearers include American sociologist Rick Fantasia and Australian footballer Orazio Fantasia (1995-).
Fantauzzi Italian
Tuscanized form of a surname named for the eponymous settlement at the coordinates 42°28'9N, 12°52'36E.
Fantauzzo Italian
From the medieval word "fante," meaning infant or child.
Fanti Italian
Derived from the given name Fante, or another name containing the medieval element fante "child, boy".
Fantozzi Italian
From a derivative of Fante.
Faraguna Croatian, Italian
Derived from Istro-Romanian fară gună, meaning "without a shepherd's goat-skin cloak".
Farano Italian, Sicilian
Possibly deriving from a town Faranò in province of Messina, Sicily. Possible variant of Surname faran which comes from Irish surnames Ó Fearáin, Ó Faracháin, or Ó Forannáin.
Farge French
Reduced or Americanized form of La Farge/Lafarge.
Faria Portuguese, Italian
Faria is a Portuguese surname. A habitational name from either of two places called Faria, in Braga and Aveiro. ... [more]
Fariza Italian
Original from Rome, Roman conquerors went to Iberia in about 140 B.C. and named a town in Iberia Fariza which was a tree. This town still exists today, and was also mentioned in the book 'El Cid'... [more]
Farragut Breton, French, Catalan, American
A Breton-French surname of unknown origin. A notable bearer was American naval flag officer David Farragut (1801-1870), who is known for serving during the American Civil War. His father was of Catalan ancestry... [more]
Farris Italian
From Sardinian farris "barley flour".
Fasano Italian
Probably from Italian fasani "pheasant", a nickname for someone who resembled the bird in appearance or (lack of) intelligence, who hunted them, or who lived in an area populated by them. ... [more]
Fass German
From Middle High German faz, German Fass 'cask', 'keg', hence a metonymic occupational name for a maker or seller of casks and kegs, or a nickname for someone as rotund as a barrel. German: variant of Fasse, Faas.
Fassbender German
Occupational name for a maker of keg barrels.
Fast German, Swedish
Either a short form of a name starting with the element fast meaning "steadfast, firm", or a nickname for a reliable steadfast person.
Fata Italian
Derived from fata "fairy" or a variant of FATO.
Fatica Italian
From Italian fatica "hard work, effort, labour; fatigue".
Fattig German (Americanized)
Coming from the name “attig” meaning German royalty or nobles. It is also thought to come from Sweden meaning “poor”.
Faucette French
From French fausette, meaning "falsehood." Variant of Fasset and Faucet.
Fauriel Occitan, French
Diminutive of Occitan faure meaning "blacksmith" (see Faure).
Fausett Italian
Man with Falsetto voice.
Faustin French
From the given name Faustin.
Fausto Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
From the give name Fausto.
Favaro Italian, South American
it is the regional venetian variant of Fabbri, it means "blacksmith"
Favier French
Occupational name for a grower of beans or a bean merchant derived from Latin faba "bean".
Fayard French
Originally French topographic name for someone who lived by a beech tree or beech-wood.
Faye French, English
Refers to one who came from Fay or Faye (meaning "beech tree") in France.
Fazio Italian
From a short form of the given name Bonifazio.
Fazzi Italian
Variant of Fazio.
Febbraio Italian
Derived from Italian febbraio meaning "February", perhaps indicating a person who was baptized in that month.
Fechter German
Occupational name derived from Middle High German vehten "to fence", denoting a fencer. Notable bearers include German bricklayer Peter Fechter (1944–1962), and American engineer and inventor Aaron Fechter (1953-), creator of the band Rock-afire Explosion.
Feck German, Frisian
From a short form of the Frisian personal name Feddeke, a pet form of Fre(de)rik (see Friederich).
Feder German, Jewish
metonymic occupational name for a trader in feathers or in quill pens from Middle High German vedere German feder "feather quill pen"... [more]
Federico Spanish, Italian
From the given name Federico.
Federspiel German (Swiss)
Derived from Middle High German vederspil "bird of prey (trained for hunting)", this was an occupational name for a falconer.
Fegatilli Italian
From Italian fegato "liver", figuratively used to denote courage. May be occupational, for someone who cooked liver, or a nickname for someone considered to be courageous.
Feidt German
Variant spelling of Feit.
Feig German
From German meaning "fig".
Feigenbutz German
Occupational name for someone who sells figs.
Feiler German
Occupational name for a filemaker, from Feil + the agent suffix -er.
Feinman German, Jewish
Nickname for a fine person, derived from either Middle High German fīn meaning "fine, elegant, cultivated" or German fein and Yiddish fayn meaning "fine, excellent", combined with man.
Feistel German
Possibly originates from a German word meaning "fist"
Feit German, Jewish
Variant of Veit. Also, nickname from Middle High German feit ‘adorned’, ‘pretty’ (the same word as French fait, Latin factus).
Felber German
Middle High German residential name "velwer" meaning Willow Tree.
Felder German, Croatian
Derived from German feld, meaning "field".
Feldstein German, Jewish
Ornamental name meaning "field stone" in German. A famous bearer is American actor and filmmaker Jonah Hill (1983-), born Jonah Hill Feldstein. Another famous bearer is Hill's sister, actress Beanie Feldstein (1993-).
Felice Italian
Given name Felice, which is the Italian form of Felix.... [more]
Félicien French
From the given name Félicien
Fell English, German, Jewish
Metonymic occupational name for a furrier, from Middle English fell, Middle High German vel, or German Fell or Yiddish fel, all of which mean "skin, hide, pelt". Yiddish fel refers to untanned hide, in contrast to pelts "tanned hide" (see Pilcher).
Feller English, German, Jewish
Occupational name for a furrier, from an agent derivative of Middle English fell, Middle Low German, Middle High German vel, or German Fell or Yiddish fel "hide, pelt". See also Fell.
Feller German
Habitational name for someone from a place called Feld(e) or Feld(a) in Hesse.
Felli Italian
Possibly derived from a nickname based on fello "criminal; evil, wretched; angry; sad, gloomy".
Feltscher Romansh
Derived from Romansh feltscher "scythe-maker", ultimately from Latin falcarius "scythe-maker; sickle-maker".
Felty Upper German (Anglicized)
Americanized spelling of South German Velte, from a short form of the personal name Valentin (see Valentine 1).
Fenrich De Gjurgjenovac German
Fenrich is a German family name, derived from a military title 'fenrich'/'fähn(d)rich' meaning "ensign" or "standard bearer" (bannerman), from early New High German fenrich. The term was formed and came into use around 1500, replacing Middle High German form vener, an agent derivative of Alemannic substantive van (flag).... [more]
Fenster German, Jewish
Occupational name for a window maker from Middle High German venster German fenster "window".
Fenstermaker German
Means 'one who makes windows' in German.
Fenu Italian
From Sardinian fenu "hay, marsh grass". A relation to Latin faenus "interest, profit" has been suggested, but seems unlikely.
Fera Italian
Probably related to modern Italian fiero "fierce, savage, raging; bold, daring; proud", by way of Latin ferus "wild, fierce; untamed" or fera "wild beast".
Ferdinando Italian
From the given name Ferdinando
Ferella Italian
Possibly an elaborate form of Fera.
Ferla Italian
Denoting someone from a town of the same name, from Latin ferula "stick, cane".
Fernel French
Derived from French ferronel, a diminutive of (obsolete) ferron "maker or seller of iron".
Fernow German
Habitational name from a place called Fernau or Fernow.