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.
Marquis French, English, Scottish
for someone who behaved like a marquis or an occupational name for a servant in the household of a marquis, from Old Northern French marquis. The title originally referred to the governor of a border territory (from a Germanic word; compare March1 and Mark2)... [more]
Marrero Italian, Spanish
Maker of spades or hoes. Marra spade
Marriott English, French
Derived from Mary.
Marsteller German
Occupational name for a stable boy in or for the supervisor of the stables on a noble estate, from Middle High German mar(c) 'noble horse' stall 'stable' + the agent suffix -er.
Martain German (Rare)
Possibly a Germanized form of Dutch Martijn.
Marte Spanish, Italian
From the given name Marte 2.
Martelle English, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese
English and German: from a medieval personal name, a pet form of Martin or Marta.... [more]
Martello Italian
Southern Italian: nickname for someone with a forceful personality, from Italian martèllo ‘hammer’ (Late Latin martellus), or a metonymic occupational name for someone who used a hammer in their work.
Martial French
Derived from the given name Martial.
Martignetti Italian
Patronymic derived from Martignetto, itself a pet form of Martino.
Martineau French
Diminutive of Martin.
Martinet French
From a pet form of the personal name Martin.
Martinique French, Antillean Creole, French (Caribbean)
From the French department named Martinique.
Martino Italian
From the personal name Martino (see Martin).
Martirano Italian
Likely a habitational surname from a place in Catanzaro province in the Calabria region of Italy.
Marx German
From a short form of the given name Markus. A famous bearer was Karl Marx (1818-1883), a German philosopher known for his work in socioeconomic theory.
Mary French
Habitational name from places in Saône-et-Loire, Seine-et-Marne, and Nièvre, named in Latin as Mariacum meaning "estate of Marius".
März German
März means 'March' in German.
Marziale Italian, Corsican
From the given name Marziale
Masel German
German from a pet form of a short form of Thomas.
Maserati Italian
Most notably the Italian luxury car manufacturer Maserati, founded in Bologna, Italy all the way back in December 1914.
Masey English, Scottish, French, Norman
English and Scottish (of Norman origin) and French: habitational name from any of various places in northern France which get their names from the Gallo-Roman personal name Maccius + the locative suffix -acum.... [more]
Massa Italian
A habitational name from any of the various places named Massa (for example, Massa Lubrense or Massa di Somma, both in the Metropolitan City of Naples, or Massa d’Albe in the Province of L'Aquila), which were all named from the medieval Latin word massa, meaning ‘holding’ or ‘estate’.
Massara Italian, Greek
Either a feminine form of Massaro or from the equivalent occupational or status name in medieval Greek, (massaras meaning ‘peasant’ or ‘share cropper’) which is from the word massaria meaning ‘small farm’.
Massaro Italian
Regional or archaic form of Italian massaio meaning "tenant farmer, share cropper".
Masse English, French, Dutch
English: variant of Mace ... [more]
Massimino Italian
From the given name Massimino
Massimo Italian
From the given name Massimo
Mast German
Nickname from Middle High German mast "fat", "stout".
Mastromonico Italian
The meaning is Mastro-"master" of the- monico"-monastery."
Mastrorilli Italian
Mastrorilli is an Italian surname.
Matarazzo Italian
From Sicilian matarazzu meaning "mattress".
Matassa Italian
Occupational name for a producer of silk, from Sicilian matassa "hank", "skein", also the name of a type of silk (cf. Metaxas).
Matera Italian
Habitational name from Matera in Basilicata region.
Matheny French (Anglicized)
Of French origin. According to Matheny family tradition, this surname comes from the name of a village in France named Mathenay. This may also have been a French Huguenot surname.
Mathias French, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese
French, Dutch: from the personal name Mathias (see Matthew).... [more]
Mathis German, French
From the given name Mathis.
Matta Italian
From a feminine form of MATTO.
Mattei Italian
Patronymic or plural form Matteo. The Mattei family was a powerful noble family in Rome during the Middle Ages.
Matteo Italian
From the given name Matteo.
Matthäus German
From the given name Matthäus.
Matthes German
From German given name Matthias.
Matthias German, Dutch, English, Welsh, Greek
German and Dutch: from the personal name Matthias (see Matthew).... [more]
Matthieu French
From the given name Matthieu.
Mattioli Italian
From the given name Mattia.
Maturin French
From the French male personal name Maturin, from Latin Mātūrīnus, a derivative of Mātūrus, literally "timely". It was borne by the Irish "Gothic" novelist Charles Maturin (1782-1824).
Mauer German
Variant of Maurer.
Mauer German, Jewish
Topographic name for someone who lived near a wall, Middle High German mure "wall".
Mauri Italian, Catalan
From the given name Mauro.
Maurice English, French
This surname is taken from a given name which is derived from the Roman name Mauritius, a derivative of Maurus.
Maurizio Italian
From the given name Maurizio
Mauro Italian
From the given name Mauro.
Maury French, Occitan, English
As a French name, it derives from a short form of the given name Amaury (see Emery)... [more]
Mauser German
Occupational name for a mouse catcher.
Maust German
Possibly an altered form Mast.
Mautz German
Meaning "to gripe", or "to complain" in Swabian German.
Maxime French
From the French given name Maxime.
Maximin French
From the given name Maxime.
Mayne French
French variant of Maine.
Mazarin French
French form of Italian Mazzarino.
Mazzarino Italian
A diminutive of Mazzaro, an Italian surname meaning "mace-bearer".
Mazzola Italian
From a diminutive of Italian mazza meaning "maul, mallet".
Meaux French
Habitational name from a place in Seine-et-Marne, so named from the Gaulish tribal name Meldi, or from Meaux-la-Montagne in Rhône.
Mecklenburg German, Jewish
Regional name for someone from this province in northern Germany. Derived from Old Saxon mikil "big, great" and burg "castle".
Mecone Italian (Modern, Rare)
Giuseppe Meconi (Febuary 1860-April 21,1921) was born in San Massimo, Campbasso Province, Italy. Giuseppe arrived in Pennsylvania, United States in the late 1880s and married Elizabeth Magyar in 1885... [more]
Medici Italian
Patronymic or plural form of Medico. Medici is the family name of one of Italy's most powerful families.
Medico Italian
Occupational name for a physician, Italian medico (Latin medicus, from medere "to heal").
Mée French
French habitational name from places called (Le) Mée in Mayenne, Eure-et-Loir, and Seine-et-Marne, derived from Old French me(i)s ‘farmstead’ (Latin mansus).
Meinhard German
From the given name Meinhard
Meinhart German
From the given name Meinhard
Meister German
Means "Master" in German.
Mélançon French
Nickname from a dialect word meaning 'melancholic'.
Melchior Dutch (?), German
From the given name Melchior.
Melchiorre Italian
From the given name Melchiorre.
Melillo Spanish, Italian
describing someone who worked on an apple orchard,harvesting and selling apples from the italian mela
Mellenthin German
Habitational name from places so called near Berlin and on the island of Usedom.
Meloni Italian
From Italian mela ("apple", from Latin malum) or melone ("melon", from Latin melopepo), both ultimately from Ancient Greek μῆλον (mêlon), meaning "apple", "fruit from a tree"... [more]
Meltzer German
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): occupational name for a maltster, a brewer who used malt, from German Meltzer (an agent derivative of Middle High German malt ‘malt’, ‘germinated barley’), Yiddish meltser ‘maltster’... [more]
Mencke German
Variant of Menke
Mendès French
French form of Mendes.
Mendicino Italian (Swiss)
Meaning "Baggar" in Italian.
Mengele German
Doctor Josef Mengele (Born on March 16, 1911 - Died on February 7, 1979), also known as the Angel of Death, was a German Schutzstaffel (SS) Officer and physician during World War II. He is mainly remembered for his actions at the Auschwitz concentration camp, where he performed deadly experiments on prisoners, was a member of the team of doctors who selected victims to be killed in the gas chambers and was one of the doctors who administered the gas.
Menke German
Derived as a diminutive of several Germanic given names whose first element was derived from Germanic *magin- and *megin- "strength; force; power".
Menotti Italian
From the medieval given name Menotto, a diminutive of Domenico via its short form Menico.
Mentzer German
Habitational name with the agent suffix -er, either from Mainz, earlier Mentz, derived from the medieval Latin name Mogontia (Latin Mogontiacum, probably from the Celtic personal name Mogontios), or from Menz in Brandenburg and Saxony.
Menu French
From French meaning "petite".
Menzel German, English
Derived from a short form of MENZ, Clemens or Hermann.
Menzer German
Variant of Mentzer.
Mercurio Italian
From the given name Mercurio.
Merendino Italian
Diminutive of Merenda.
Merkh German (Anglicized, ?)
Anglicized form of the name Märkh, a German name that existed in southern Germany with Arabic roots tied to the village of al-Märkh in Qatar; the name became Anglicized in the early 17th century. It is one of those surnames where anyone who possesses it is related to everyone else who possesses the name.
Mesly French
Variant of Mesley.
Mesmer German
Occupational name for a maker of knives from Middle High German messer meaning "knife". A famous bearer was Franz Mesmer (1734-1815), a German doctor known for his theory of "animal magnetism", which was eventually incorporated into the field of hypnosis.
Messer German
Occupational name for an official in charge of measuring the dues paid in kind by tenants, from an agent derivative of Middle High German mezzen "to measure".
Messerschmidt German
Name given to a knife smith. From German "messer" meaning knife, and "schmidt" meaning smith.
Messi African, Arabic, Italian
Famous bearer of this surname is Lionel Messi (born 1987-), an Argentinian footballer of Italian descent.
Messiaen Dutch, French
Derived from Messiaen, the (archaic) Dutch form of the latinate first name Messianus, which itself is ultimately derived from the Roman praenomen Messus. The meaning of Messus is not wholly certain; it may be derived from the Latin verb meto "to reap, to harvest, to cut, to sever", or from the latinized form of Greek mesos or messos "(the) middle, (the) middle one"... [more]
Messier French
Occupational name for someone who kept watch over harvested crops, Old French messier 'harvest master' (Late Latin messicarius, agent derivative of messis 'harvest').
Metallo Italian
From the Greek vocabulary word metallo "metal", used as a nickname for a miner or for someone with a clear or metallic tone of voice.
Metrejon Louisiana Creole (?), French (?)
Maiden surname of Constance Leto (nee Metrejon). She was born in Louisiana and has Cajun(French) ancestry. The Metrejon line is traced back to Joseph Marie Maitrejean, who was born c. 1778, in Belle-Île-en-Mer, France, an island off the coast of Brittany.
Mette German, Dutch
From a pet form of the female personal name Mechthild.
Metz German
From a short form of the female personal name Mechthild.
Miano Italian
Habitational name from Miano in Naples, Parma, and Teramo; Miane in Treviso; or Mian in Belluno.
Micale Italian
Popular in Italy.
Micelli Italian
Beacon, torch, light
Michaël Dutch, French
From the given name Michaël.
Michelet French (Latinized, Rare)
Its name comes from the name Michael, the angel.
Michels German, Dutch
Patronymic from the personal name Michel (see Michael). ... [more]
Michelson French
This surname means son of Michelle.
Mick German, Dutch, Irish
Short form of the given name Mikolaj or an occupational name from Middle Low German and Middle Dutch micke "(wheat or rye) bread"... [more]
Mickley French
It originated when an immigrant family named Michelet came to New York from Northern France. Because they had a foreign surname, they made up the names Mickley and Michelin. The originator was Jean Jacques Michelet (John Jacob Mickley), a private in the Revolutionary War... [more]
Micucci Italian
Italian: patronymic or plural form of a pet form of the personal name Mico, a short form of Michele.
Middendorf German
"middle of the village"
Miele Italian
It means "honey" in Italian.
Mieles Italian, Spanish, French
Meaning "honey".
Mielke Dutch, German
The name is derived from the personal name Miel, a diminutive of the name Aemilius, and means "son of Miel."
Mignano Italian
Possibly taken from the Mignano Monte Lungo commune in the Province of Caserta in the Italian region Campania.
Mignogna Italian
In part a Southern Italian a habitational name from Mignogna, a minor place in Foggia province.
Milan Italian, French
Habitational name from the Italian city of Milan (see Milano).
Milanese Italian
One who came from Milan.
Milesi Italian
Marco Milesi is an Italian racing cyclist.... [more]
Mimieux French
Unknown.
Minden German, English
Habitational name from any of various places so named, for example in Westphalia (German) or Shropshire (English).
Minella Italian
Southern Italian, from a pet form of the female personal name Mina, a short form of Guglielmina, Giacomina, etc.
Minelli Italian
Patronymic or plural form of Minello, a pet form of the personal name Mino, which is a short form of a personal name formed with the hypocoristic suffix -mino, such as Adimino, Giacomino, Guglielmino, etc.
Minervini Italian
Either a variant of or son of Minervino.
Minervino Italian
a habitational name from either of two places, Minervino di Lecce or Minervino Murge, in the provinces of Lecce and Bari, which take their names from ancient temples dedicated to the Roman goddess Minerva.
Minion French
French form of Miner, an occupational name for a someone working in a mine.
Minor English, German, French
English: variant spelling of Miner.... [more]
Miola Italian
italian
Mirabella Italian, Sicilian
Italian (Campania and Sicily): habitational name from Mirabella Eclano in Avellino or Mirabella Imbaccari in Catania, or from various places with the name Mirabello, all named from medieval Latin mira, "viewpoint", and bella, "beautiful"... [more]
Miraglia Italian
From the Old Sicilian military title miraglia di mari meaning "admiral".
Miramon French
MIRAMON is a French name with Spanish origins. ... [more]
Miramond Medieval Occitan, Occitan, French
From Old Occitan mirar "look" and mond "world".
Mishler German
Americanized spelling of Swiss German Mischler .
Mittel German
Literally "middle", probably a topographic name from a farm occupying a middle position in a settlement. Compare Mitter.
Mittelmann German
From a byname from Middle High German mittelman "mediator, arbitrator".
Mitter German
Topographic name for someone who lived on or owned a property that was in the middle between two or more others, especially if the others were both held by men with the same personal name (for example, Mitter Hans), from the strong form of Middle High German mitte "mid, middle".
Möbius German
Patronymic surname derived from the given name Bartholomäus, the German form of Bartholomew.
Möbus German
Variant of Möbius.
Modaffari Italian
Nickname from Arabic muzaffar "victorious".
Modena Italian, Judeo-Italian
Italian and Jewish (from Italy) habitational name from the city of Modena in Emilia-Romagna.
Modigliani Italian
Used by Sepharditic Jews, this surname comes from the Italian town of Modigliana, in Romagna. Famous bearers of this surname include painter Amedeo Modigliani (1884–1920) and Nobel Prize in Economics recipient Franco Modigliani (1918–2003).
Mogasen German
meaning unknown
Mohler German, English
The Mohler surname is derived from the Low German word möhl which means mill. Thus the name originally denoted someone who live or worked near a mill. Variant of Müller.
Mohr German
From a short form of an old personal name, Morhart (see Morath).
Mohrbacher German
Likely arose as a name for those living near Morbach, Germany
Mohrenschildt German
From the surname Mohren and scilt "shield"
Molinaro Italian
Occupational name for a miller, derived from Italian mulino meaning "mill".
Molinarolo Italian
Probably from a person's occupation, with molino/mulino meaning "mill" in Italian. The second part may come from rullo, meaning "a roller" or "I roll."
Molyneux French
Possibly a habitational name from Moulineux, meaning "mill of the waters", or derives from the Old French name De Molines or De Moulins, meaning "mill". The surname has been linked to a large French family that settled in Lancashire from France.
Monaco Italian
Nickname for someone of monkish habits or appearance, or an occupational name for a servant employed at a monastery, from Italian monaco "monk" (from Greek monachos "monk", "solitary").
Moneta Italian
Possibly originating from a nickname given to those who lived near a temple dedicated to Juno Moneta. A famous bearer of this surname is Nobel Prize for Peace recipient Ernesto Teodoro Moneta (1833–1918).
Monique French
A notable bearer is Kylie Monique, a singer.
Monnier French
It means Miller, someone operating a mill; from "meunier" or "mounier" in Old French.
Montag German
It means Monday in German.
Montagnet French, Basque
Meaning "mountains," this name is commonly found in the Basque Pyrenees.
Montalbano Italian
Habitational name from Montalbano di Elicona in northeastern Sicily (earlier simply Montalbano), Montalbano Jonico (Matera province), or the district of Montalbano in Fasano, Brindisi.
Montale Italian
From Latin mons ("mountain"), this surname was originally given as a nickname to people who lived on hills and mountains. A famous bearer of this surname is Italian poet and writer Eugenio Montale (1896-1981), winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1975.
Montaperto Italian
My father tells me this name means "open mountain." It seems to have come from a small area around Agrigento in Sicily, Italy.
Monteblanco French, Spanish
Originally from France "Mont Blanc" but translated when arrived in Spain.
Montefiore Italian, Jewish
Derived from Montefiore, which is the name of several places in Italy. For example, there is Castle Montefiore in the town of Recanati (province of Macerata), the municipality of Montefiore Conca (province of Rimini) and the municipality of Montefiore dell'Aso (province of Ascoli Piceno)... [more]
Montesano Italian
From Italian monte meaning "mountain" and sano meaning "healthy".
Montesquieu French
From French montagne, meaning "mountain" and possibly also from queue, meaning "line". Charles Montesquieu was a 17th-century French aristocrat, philosopher and politician.
Monteverde Italian
Habitational name from any of various places called Monteverde, for example in Avellino province, from monte meaning "mountain" + verde meaning "green".
Monteverdi Italian
Derived from Italian monte meaning "mountain" and verdi meaning "green"; literally means "green mountain".
Montisci Italian
Originated in Sardinia, Italy in the 17th century given to fishermen
Montiverdi Italian
Green Mountain
Montville French
"Mountain town".
Monty French, English
Topographic name for a mountain dweller, from Old French mont 'mountain' (Latin mons, montis).
Monvoisin French
Married surname of a infamous 17th century fortune teller and poisoner, Catherine Monvoisin nee Deshayes, known as La Voisin. Executed for witchcraft in 1680 in the affair of the poisons. Her clients included the elite of Paris including a mistress of Louis XIV.
Monzo Italian
Possibly a variant of Monsu, which may be an occupational name for a cook, Calabrian munsu, or a nickname or title from Milanese monsu ‘sir’, ‘lord’, ‘gentleman’.
Mook German
This surname means 'flying insect' from a German word that is mauke. (I think it is mauke, I am SO not sure.)
Moralee English, French
First found in Norfolk where they were seated from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings.
Morant English, French
From the Old French personal name Morant, perhaps from a nickname meaning "steadfast", or alternatively of Germanic origin and meaning literally "courage-raven". A known bearer was the British-born Australian soldier and poet Breaker Morant, original name Edwin Henry Murrant (?1864-1902).
Moreschi Italian
Nickname for a dark-skinned person, derived from the Medieval Latin word moro, actually from the Latin Maurus, meaning, "dark-skinned".
Moretz German, Dutch
Variant spelling of Moritz.
Mori Slovene, Italian
Variant of Moro.
Morreale Italian
Habitational name from the town of Monreale in Sicily, derived from Italian monte regale meaning "royal mountain".