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.
Hein German, Dutch, Danish, Jewish
German, Dutch, Danish, and Jewish (Ashkenazic): from a short form of the Germanic personal name Heinrich.
Heinbokel German
(Hein) is a short form of the name Heinrich, (the German form of the name Henry) & Bokel is a place name in Lower Saxony, Schleswig-Holstein & North Rhine-Westphalia.
Heine German, Dutch, Jewish
Derived from a short form of Heinrich.
Heineken Dutch, German
Derived from Hein, a Dutch diminutive of Hendrik. A famous bearer was Gerard Adriaan Heineken (1841-1893), the founder of the Heineken N.V. brewing company... [more]
Heinemann German, Jewish
Combination of Heine, a short form of Heinrich, and Mann "man".
Heiner German
From the given name Heiner.
Heinisch German
From a pet form of the personal name Heinrich.
Heinl German
South German variant of Heinle.
Heinle German
This surname is derived from what may be a pet form of Heinrich.
Heintz German
Variant of Heinz.
Heintzelman German
From a pet form of Heinrich, with the addition of -mann ‘man’.
Heinze German
Variant of Heintze.
Heisenberg German
Made up of German words heis and berg, ultimately meaning “hot mountain.” This was the name of theoretical physicist Werner Heisenberg and the alias of Walter White in Breaking Bad.
Heitmeyer German
German: distinguishing nickname for a farmer whose land included heathland, from Middle Low German heide ‘heath’, ‘wasteland’ + Meyer.
Helber German
Occupational name for a thresher, from Middle High German helwe 'chaff' + the agent suffix -er; alternatively, it could be a habitational name from a place called Helba near Meiningen.
Helbling German
Meaning "half penny" or a cheap /stingy man Know surname in Germany andSwitzerland. Helblings were French Huguenot
Held German
The German word for "hero", ultimately derived from Middle High German helt.... [more]
Heldt German
Variant of Held.
Helfer German
Metonymic occupational name for an assistant of some kind, or nickname for a helpful person, from Middle High German hëlfære, German Helfer 'helper', 'assistant'.
Hellenbrand German
Derived from germanic: hildtja = battle, brandt = sword, or prandt = burning wood/torch. Other view: Hilda is the Nordic Queen of the Underworld, Goddes of Death, so Sword/Torch of Hilda.... [more]
Heller German
Nickname from the small medieval coin known as the häller or heller because it was first minted (in 1208) at the Swabian town of (Schwäbisch) Hall.
Hellmich German
Derived from a personal name composed of the Germanic elements helm "helmet" and wig "battle".
Hellwig German, Dutch
Curiously it started out life in ancient history as the baptismal name, Hell-wig. "luck" & "war;" this name literally translates to, "battle-battle."
Helmeier German, Dutch, Danish
Variant spelling of Helmeyer.
Helmeyer German, Dutch, Danish
From Hel in Norse mythology and Meyer meaning "higher, superior". It means ´blessed´ or ´holy´. The name is mostly found in Germany, but also in the Netherlands and some parts of Denmark.
Helmke German
from a pet form of Helm
Helwig German
Variant of Hellwig.
Hence German, English, Welsh
An American spelling variant of Hentz derived from a German nickname for Hans or Heinrich or from an English habitation name found in Staffordshire or Shropshire and meaning "road or path" in Welsh.
Hendel Yiddish, German, Dutch
From the given name Hendel, a Yiddish diminutive of Hannah.
Hendrickson German
Derivative of the Old German personnel “Heimric” meaning “home rule”.
Henke German
Derived from a diminutive of the name Heinrich.
Henker German
Occupational name for an Executioner, from the German word "Henker" meaning Hangman.
Henley English, Irish, German (Anglicized)
English: habitational name from any of the various places so called. Most, for example those in Oxfordshire, Suffolk, and Warwickshire, are named with Old English héan (the weak dative case of heah ‘high’, originally used after a preposition and article) + Old English leah ‘wood’, ‘clearing’... [more]
Hennard French
From the ancient Germanic personal name Haginhard composed of the elements hagin "enclosure protected place" and hard "strong hardy".
Hennen German, Dutch
Patronymic of Henne.
Henri French
From the first name Henri.
Henschel German, Jewish
From a pet form of the personal name Johannes (see John), or in some cases from a pet form of Heinrich.
Hentz German
From a nickname for Hans or Heinrich.
Hentze German, Faroese
Derived from the given names Heinrich or Hans.
Herbarth German, Norman
References Old Norse Deity "Odin" being one of the "Son's of Odin". Remember that the Geats became the Ostrogoths through the Denmark pass--referenced in Beowulf. Or, it means "Warrior of the Bearded One", perhaps a King... [more]
Herbolsheimer German
Habitational name for someone from either of two places called Herbolzheim, in Baden and Bavaria.
Herbst German
Nickname from Middle High German herbest "harvest". The modern German word herbst has come to mean "fall" the time of year when the harvest takes place. The exact application of the nickname is not clear; perhaps it referred to a peasant who had certain obligations to his master at the time of the harvest or it may have been acquired for some other anecdotal reason which is now lost.
Herbster German
Occupational name for a grape picker or vintner from Middle High German herbest "(grape) harvest".
Herder German
An occupational surname in reference to herding animals. The anglicized pronounciation is "Her-der", but is Germanically pronounced, "Herr-der".
Hergenöther German
Habitational name for someone from Hergenroth near Limburg or from Hergenrode near Darmstadt, both in Hessen.
Hermès French
Either a topographic name for someone who lived in a deserted spot or on a patch of waste land from Occitan erm "desert waste" (from Greek erēmia) and the topographic suffix -ès, or from the given name Hermès.
Hermes German, Dutch
From a pet form of the name Herman.
Hermidilla Filipino (Latinized, Rare, Archaic), Italian (Latinized, Modern, Rare)
Hermidilla is originated from Batangas province in Southern Tagalog region in the Philippines during the Spanish colony.... [more]
Herold English, Dutch, German
From the given name Herold. This was the surname of David Herold, one of the conspirators in the Abraham Lincoln assassination plot.
Heron French
Either derived from the given name Heron, or given to someone who resembled a heron bird.
Herrman German
Herrman is of ancient German origin. It is derived from a Germanic personal name made up of the elements heri meaning "army," and man meaning "man." Herrman was first found in Prussia, where the name emerged in medieval times as one of the notable families of the region.
Herschbach German
From the name of two municipalities in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate in Germany. A notable bearer is the American chemist Dudley R. Herschbach (1932-).
Hertig German
Hertig is associated with the popular German personal name Hartwig, meaning "hard-battle."
Hertzberg German
From Hertz "heart" and berg "mountain"
Hertzel German
The ancestral home of the Hertzel family is in the German province of Bavaria. Hertzel is a German nickname surname. Such names came from eke-names, or added names, that described their initial bearer through reference to a physical characteristic or other attribute... [more]
Herve French
From the given name Hervé.
Herz German
German for 'heart'. Commonly a translation of the Hebrew surname 'Levi'.
Herzfeld German
Derived from the same name of a municipality in Bitburg-Prüm, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany.
Hess German (?)
It is arguably both tribal and residential, originating from the pre 10th century A.D. It is believed to have originally described people who came from the region known as Hesse. The translation of this name is the 'hooded people'
Heß German, Jewish
Variant spelling of Hess.
Heuer German
The name comes from the German word "Heu" meaning "hay."
Heuermann German
Occupational name for (a freshly hired hand, a day laborer) from Middle High German hūren "to hire" and man "man".
Heuser German
Deriving from one of several places named Hausen.
Hexenjäger German
Hexenjäger is a German last name meaning hunter of witches or witch Hunter.
Heydlauff German (Americanized, Modern)
people lived in the Black Forest region of Germany. Many migrated to Michigan, USA
Heyer English, German, Dutch
English variant of Ayer. ... [more]
Hick German
From a derivative of a Slavic pet form of Heinrich.
Hick German
From Hiko, a pet form of any of the Germanic personal names formed with hild "strife", "battle" as the first element.
Hickenlooper Dutch, German
This surname means hedge hopper.
Hieronymus Dutch, German
From the Greek given name ‘Ιερωνυμος (Hieronymos) meaning "sacred name". (See Jerome.)
Highbaugh German
The altered spelling of Heibach. A habitational name from a place so named in the Rhineland, near Lindlar.
Highland English, German
English, Scottish, and Irish: variant spelling of Hyland.... [more]
Hilaire Haitian Creole, French
From the given name Hilaire.
Hilbert English, French, Dutch, German
English, French, Dutch, and German: from a Germanic personal name composed of the elements hild ‘strife’, ‘battle’ + berht ‘bright’, ‘famous’.
Hildegard Germanic, German
From the given name Hildegard.
Hildenbrand German
Variant of Hildebrand
Hilfiker German (Swiss)
Altered spelling of Hilfinger, patronymic derivative of the personal name Hilfo, Helfo, a short form of a Germanic personal name based on helfe 'helper'.
Hilger German, Dutch
From a Germanic personal name composed of the elements hild 'strife', 'battle' + gar, ger 'spear'.
Hilgersen German
Means "son of Hilger”. From a Germanic personal name composed of the elements hild 'strife', 'battle' + gar, ger 'spear' and sen 'son'. Most common in Northern Germany.
Hillegas German
German: Variant of Hillegass from a variant of the Germanic personal name Hildegaud, composed of hild ‘strife’, ‘battle’ + got, of uncertain meaning (perhaps the same word as Goth).
Hillenburg English (American), German (Archaic)
Possibly taken from a place named Hallenberg in Germany.
Hilliker German
The last name of Dance Moms star, Kalani Hilliker.
Hiltz German
Variant of Hilz.
Himmel German
German word for "sky"
Himmler German, History
Derived from German Himmel "heaven, sky". This was a topographic name for someone living at a high altitude. ... [more]
Hinckle German (Americanized)
Americanized form of Hinkel.
Hinkebein Dutch, German
Nickname for someone with a limp, from Middle Low German hinken meaning "to limp" + bein meaning "leg".
Hinkel German
Nickname for a timid, fearful person, from dialect hinkel ‘chicken’
Hinkelman German
Elaborated variant of Hinkel, with the addition of Middle High German 'man'.
Hinson German
It means "son of Hinrich"
Hintzell German (Rare)
Variant from name Hintz which was popular in Saxony and Hessen. Name later used in German Prussia. The name Hintz originates as a short form of the personal name Heinrich.
Hinz German, Danish (Rare)
Derived from the given name Hinz, a diminutive of Heinrich.
Hipp German
From the middle high German word hippe meaning "waffle". Perhaps an occupational name for someone who cooks waffles.
Hippe German
Variant of Hipp.
Hippolyte French, Haitian Creole
From the given name Hippolyte 2, Variant of Hyppolite.
Hirschberg German, Jewish
Derived from many places named Hirschberg in the states of Thuringia and North Rhine-Westphalia in Germany, or the historic city of Jelenia Góra in southwestern Poland. It is composed of Middle High German hirz meaning "deer, stag" and berg meaning "hill, mountain"... [more]
Hirschfeld German, Jewish, Yiddish
Ornamental name composed of German hirsch or Yiddish hirsh meaning "deer" and feld meaning "field". It is also a topographic name for someone who lived in an area of land frequented by deer or where millets grew.
Hirsekorn German
Hirsekorn - millet grain - seems to be of Jewish origin
Hirt Upper German (Anglicized)
From the word Hirten meaning sheep herder.
Hittle German (Anglicized)
Americanized form of German Hüttl (see Huettl).
Hittler German
Variant of Hitler.
Hochfeld German
Means "high field".
Hock German
Topographic name for someone living by a hedge, from a dialect variant of Heck.
Hockton German
In relation to Hock a wine producing region and probably being adopted into Britain via Anglo Saxon settlers.
Hodapp German
1 South German: probably a nickname for a clumsy person, from Middle High German hōh ‘high’, ‘tall’ + the dialect word dapp ‘fool’.... [more]
Hoddson French
Variation of the surname, HODSON.
Hoehn German (Anglicized)
Anglicized spelling of Höhn.
Hoelzer German
German cognate of Holt
Hoen German, Dutch
Nickname from hoen 'chicken', 'hen', perhaps denoting a silly person.
Hoerman English, German
Variant of Herman. Variant of Hörmann.
Hofbauer German
Means - King farmer
Hoffa German
Altered form of Hofer. This surname was borne by American labor union leader Jimmy Hoffa (1913-1975?).
Hoffer German
The name Hoffer is derived from the Old German and German word hof, which means settlement, farm or court.
Hoffert German
Variant of Hofer
Hoheisel German
Topographic from the German elements hoh "high" and a diminutive of hus "house".
Hohensee German
Habitational name from any of several places so named in Pomerania and East Prussia, or perhaps from Hohenseeden near Magdeburg.
Hohenzollern German
Royal dynasty of the German Kaiserreich.
Hohn German
Derived from Middle High German hon "chicken". As a surname, it was given to someone who either bred or traded in chickens.... [more]
Holbrook English, German (Anglicized)
English: habitational name from any of various places, for example in Derbyshire, Dorset, and Suffolk, so called from Old English hol ‘hollow’, ‘sunken’ + broc ‘stream’. ... [more]
Holl German, Dutch, English
Short form of German HÖLD or a topographic name meaning "hollow" or "hole".
Hollande French
French form of Holland.
Hollander German, English, Jewish, Dutch, Swedish
Regional name for someone from Holland.
Hollier English, French
Occupational name for a male brothel keeper, from a dissimilated variant of Old French horier "pimp", which was the agent noun of hore "whore, prostitute". Hollier was probably also used as an abusive nickname in Middle English and Old French.... [more]
Hollinger German, Jewish
Habitational name for someone from places called Holling or Hollingen.
Holter English, German, Norwegian
Derived from English holt meaning "small wood". A topographic name for someone who lived near a small wooden area, as well as a habitational name from a place named with that element.
Holtey German
Old German name meaning "Wood Island". Holt means wood and ey means island. Family can be traced back to around 650 A.D. and is located in the Ruhr and Essen area of Germany.
Holthaus German
North German: topographic name for someone who lived by a copse (a small group of trees), from Middle Low German holt ‘small wood’ + haus ‘house’.
Holtzclaw German (Anglicized, Modern)
Americanized spelling of German Holzklau, which translates into modern German as "wood thief", but is probably a nickname for someone who gathered wood, from Middle High German holz "wood" + a derivative of kluben "to pick up", "gather", "steal".
Holtzmann Upper German, German
Derived from the Upper German word "holz," which means "forest." Thus many of the names that evolved from this root work have to do with living in the woods
Hölzel German
The surname of Austrian singer Johann "Hans" Hölzel (1957-1998), better known by his stage name Falco.
Holzhauer German
Occupational name for a "lumberjack, woodsman" with the element holz "forest".
Holzheim German
The meaning of Holzheim is " wood home". Holz=wood and heim=home. ... [more]
Holzinger German, Jewish
Habitational name for someone from any of various places called Holzing or Holzingen.
Holzschuh German
Occupational - from German holz "wood", and schuh "shoe".
Homberg German
The surname Hamberg could be derived from it.
Honegger Swiss
Arthur Honegger (10 March 1892 – 27 November 1955) was a Swiss composer, and a member of Les Six, a group of composers associated with Jean Cocteau and Erik Satie. His most famous work is "Pacific 231".
Honig German, Jewish
Metonymic name for a gatherer or seller of honey, from Middle High German honec, honic "honey", German Honig.
Hoot Dutch, German
The Dutch form is a habitation name for someone who lived in the hout or "woods" while the German form hoth is from an occupational name for a maker of hats.
Hopp German
Variant of Hoppe.
Hörmann German
The distinguished surname Hormann is of very ancient German origin. It is derived from a Germanic personal name made up of the elements "heri," meaning "army," and "man," meaning "man."
Hornecker German
Habitational name denoting someone from any of various places called Horneck.
Horney German (Anglicized)
German: Eastphalian or Americanized form of a personal name composed of the Germanic elements hard ‘hardy’, ‘brave’, ‘strong’ + nit ‘battle fury’, ‘eagerness to fight’, or a habitational name from a place so called in Brandenburg or in the Rhineland... [more]
Hornseth German
Name of a German farm.
Hörschelmann German
This denotes familial origin in the former village of Hörschel (annexed to Eisenach in 1994).
Horschwald German
Surname probably of German origin. Most people with this surname live in Poland today.
Hosner German
Occupational name for a knitter of hose (garments for the legs), from the plural form of Middle High German hose + the agent suffix -er (see Hose 3).
Hostetler German
The name itself comes from the word Hostet or Hochstatt meaning "high place". Thus Hostetler is someone living in a high place or on high ground.
Houard French
Variant of Huard.
Houck German
Nickname from Middle Dutch houck, a marine fish, or from Middle Dutch hoec, houck ‘buck’. variant of Hoek.
Houde French
From either of the given names Hildo or Audo.
Hourmilogué Occitan, French
Meaning unknown.
Houseal French (Anglicized), German (Anglicized)
French (Lorraine) spelling of German Häusel, a topographic name meaning ‘small house’, a diminutive of Haus... [more]
Howald German
From any several places named, from the elements hoh "high" and wald "forest".
Howdyshell American, German
Americanized (i.e., Anglicized) form of the Swiss German Haudenschild, which originated as a nickname for a ferocious soldier, literally meaning "hack the shield" from Middle High German houwen "to chop or hack" (imperative houw) combined with den (accusative form of the definite article) and schilt "shield".
Huard French
From the Old French given name Huard the French form of Hughard.
Huben German
The roots of the distinguished German surname Huben lie in the kingdom of Bavaria. The name is derived from the Middle High German word "huober," meaning "owner of a patch of farmland." The term "Hube" was used to denote a 40-acre hide of farmland... [more]
Huber French
Derived from the given name Hubert.
Hubertus German, Dutch
From the given name Hubertus.
Hübsch German
Nickname from Middle High German hübesch 'courtly', 'polite', 'refined', 'agreeable', German hübsch.
Hue French
From the given name Hue a variant of Hugues.
Huet English, French
From the nickname from given name Hugh, Hugues, Hugo or Hubert.
Huette French
French variant of Huet.
Huettl Upper German
South German (Hüttl) diminutive of Hütt (see Huett).
Huff German
From the Germanic personal name Hufo, a short form of a compound name formed with hug "heart, mind, spirit" as the first element.
Hügel German
From German meaning "hill".
Hugli German (Swiss)
Meaning: Little Hill
Hugo French
Victor Hugo was a French poet, novelist, and dramatist of the Romantic movement. He was also the writer of 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame' and 'Les Misérables'.
Hugues French
From the given name Hugues.
Huguet French, Catalan
From a diminutive of Hugo.
Hulse German
derived from Holtz, means "a wood"
Humbert German, Dutch, French
From a Germanic personal name composed of the elements hun "Hun, giant" or hun "bear cub" and berht "bright, famous". This was particularly popular in the Netherlands and North Germany during the Middle Ages as a result of the fame of a 7th-century St... [more]
Humboldt German (?)
Derived from the Germanic given name Hunibald. Notable bearers of this surname were Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859), a Prussian naturalist, geographer, explorer and polymath, and his brother Wilhelm von Humboldt (1767-1835), a linguist, philosopher and diplomat.
Hummer German, English
Hummer is the German word for 'Lobster' in English. It is also the name of a vehicle- the 'Hummer'!
Humperdinck German (?), Literature
From the German surname Humperdinck. As a surname it was born by the composer Engelbert Humperdinck. As a first name it was used for the villain Prince Humperdinck in William Goldman's novel The Princess Bride.
Hundertmark German
A nickname for a wealthy man, from Middle High German hundert meaning "hundred" + mark, a denomination of coin.
Hunsberger German
Habitational name for someone from a place called Hunsberg or Huntsberg.
Huntzinger German
Habitational name for someone from Hintschingen, earlier Huntzingen.
Huonder Romansh
Of debated origin and meaning; theories include a derivation from the given name Conrad.
Huot English, French
Variant of Huet.
Hurst German
Topographic name from Middle High German hurst "woodland, thicket".
Husemann German
Epithet for a servant or an administrator who worked at a great house, from Middle Low German hus ‘house’ (see House 1, Huse) + man ‘man’.
Husson French
From a pet form of Hue a variant of Hugues.
Husted German
The name was originally spelled "Hustedt" and means "homestead." The family name originated in northern Germany. One branch of the family migrated to England, and a branch of that family to the United States.
Hütter German
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): occupational name for a hatter from an agent derivative of Middle High German huot ‘hat’; Yiddish hut, German Hut ‘hat’. German (Hütter): topographic name from Middle High German hütte ‘hut’... [more]
Hutzel German
from a Germanic personal name, Huzo
Hux German
Probably from a topographic name Huck or Hucks, of uncertain origin. It occurs in many place and field names.
Hyppolite French, French (Caribbean)
From the given name Hyppolite, variant of Hippolyte.
Iacono Italian
From Sicilian jacunu "deacon".
Iadanza Italian
Of Italian origin, and a (currently) unknown meaning.... [more]
Iannitello Italian
Could mean “Land of Gracious God”, from Ianni, stemming from Ioannes meaning “Yahweh is Gracious” and Tello, meaning “Land”.
Iannucci Italian
From a pet form of the given name Ianni. A famous bearer of the name is the Scottish filmmaker and satirist Armando Iannucci (1963-).
Iavarone Italian
Possibly from a shortened form of the personal name Ianni + varone, a variant of barone ‘baron’; literally ‘baron John’.
Ibba Italian
Meaning uncertain, possibly from Sardinian v-ibba "settlement" (compare Deidda), or from Latin ibi "that place, there".
Ickes German, English
In German the meaning is unknown.... [more]
Ienca Italian (Rare)
Allegedly derived from Italian giovenca "heifer". A heifer is a young cow that has not yet had a calf. Mount Jenca and Jenca Valley are located near Gran Sasso d'Italia in the Abruzzo region in Italy.
Ignatz German
From the given name Ignatz.
Ilardi Italian
Possibly from the given name Ilardo, which was possibly a derivative of the Germanic name Adalhard... [more]
Ilario Italian
From the given name Ilario.
Iles English (British), French
English (mainly Somerset and Gloucestershire): topographic name from Anglo-Norman French isle ‘island’ (Latin insula) or a habitational name from a place in England or northern France named with this element.
Ilgenfritz German
Compound patronymic, meaning "Fritz, the son of Ilg".
Imberi German (Swiss)
It comes from Stuttgart Germany from the late 1800s. Then the name moved to a small village outside of Odessa Ukraine, in my family at least.
Imbert French
From the medieval French personal name Imbert, of Germanic origin and meaning literally "vast-bright".
Immer German, Anglo-Saxon
German: habitational name for someone from a place named Immer near Oldenburg in Lower Saxony. ... [more]
Immermann German
Habitational name for someone from a place named Immer near Oldenburg in Lower Saxony.
Immobile Italian (Rare)
From Italian immobile "still, stationary, immobile".
Imperiale Italian
Derived from Latin imperialis meaning "imperial", either denoting someone of aristocratic lineage or a nickname for a haughty person.
Imperioli Italian
Variant spelling of Imperiale. A famous bearer is American actor Michael Imperioli (1966-).
Inaudi Italian
Francesca Inaudi is an Italian actress.... [more]
Infante Italian
Nickname for someone with a childlike disposition, from infante "child" (Latin infans, literally "one who cannot speak").
Inga Italian
Italian name, however probably Germanic origins
Ingoglia Italian
Means "belonging to the family of Goglia" in Italian, derived from the prefix in- meaning "belonging to the family of" combined with the name Goglia... [more]