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.
Nungesser German
Apparently a variant spelling of German Nonnengasse, derived from a street name meaning "nuns, lane". It could also be a variant of Gnugesser, a nickname for a big eater, derived from g(e)nug meaning "enough" and esser meaning "eater" (which derived from essen meaning "to eat")... [more]
Nuotclà Romansh
Derived from the given names Nuot and Clà.
Nurchis Italian
Denoting someone from Nure or Nurra in Sardinia, which were possibly derived from the pre-Roman root words nur meaning "fire" or "stones, heap" and the suffix -ke meaning "earth" or "dwelling".
Nürnberger German, Jewish
Habitational name for someone from the city of Nürnberg in Bavaria.
Nuss German
from Middle High German nuz ‘nut’, hence a metonymic occupational name for a gatherer and seller of nuts, or a nickname for a man thought to resemble a nut in some way
Nutli Romansh
Variant of Nuttli.
Nutt Romansh
Derived from Janutt, a medieval diminutive of the given name Johannes.
Nuttli Romansh
Variant of Nutt combined with the diminutive suffix -li.
Obenauf German
Surname used to refer to someone who lived 'up there' (on a mountain, hill, etc.).
Oberlin German, German (Swiss), Alsatian
Derived from an Alemannic diminutive of the given names Albrecht and Albert.
Obermiller German (Americanized)
Partly Americanized form of German Obermüller, a topographic name for the miller at the ‘upper mill’.
Occhi Italian
From Italian occhio "eye", a nickname for someone with good eyesight, or with distinctive eyes.
Occhibelli Italian
Probably from Italian occhio "eye" and bello "beautiful, good", as a nickname for someone with keen eyesight or attractive eyes. May also originate from a place of the same name.
Occhibianco Italian
Means "white eye" in Italian, most often given to foundlings.
Occhibove Italian
Probably means "ox eyes, cow eyes", from Italian occhio "eye" and bove "ox", perhaps a nickname for someone with large, dark eyes.
Occhilupo Italian
Means "wolf's eye" in Italian.
Occhiochiuso Italian
Probably from Italian occhio "eye" and chiuso "closed, shut", perhaps a nickname for someone who was blind, or known for being lazy.
Occhiodoro Italian
Possibly means "golden eye", from occhio d'oro.
Occhiogrosso Italian
Descriptive nickname meaning "big eye".
Occhionero Italian
From Italian occhio "eye" and nero "dark, black".
Occhiovivo Italian
Probably from Italian occhio "eye" and vivo "vivid, intense; alive", likely given to foundlings.
Occhirossi Italian
Means "red eyes" in Italian.
Ochsner German (Swiss)
Means "oxen herder" in Swiss, from Middle High German ohse "ox".
Octavien French
From the given name Octavien.
Octobre French
Means "October" in French.
Oddo Italian
From the given name Oddo.
Odelin French
Not to be confused with the similarly spelled Odelín, which is Spanish rather than French, though they could have similar origins in name.
Odenthal German
From the name of a town in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia.
Oechslin German (Swiss)
South German (also Öchslein): from Middle High German ohse ‘ox’ + the diminutive suffix -lin. An occupational name for someone who tended cattle, or for a cattle dealer; or a nickname for a farmer who used oxen for plowing, or for someone perceived to resemble an ox.
Oehm German
Variant of Ohme
Oehme German
Variant form of Ohme.
Oelkers German, Dutch
Derived from a pet form of Ulrich.
Oesten German
Possibly derived from a watercourse, e.g. the Oste, tributary of the Elbe.
Offenbach German, Jewish
From the name of the city of Offenbach am Main in Hesse, Germany. A famous bearer was the German-born French composer Jacques Offenbach (1819-1880).
Offutt German
Possibly a respelling of German Auffahrt ‘ascension’.
Ogier French, English
From the given name Ogier.
Ogliari Italian
Possibly derived from a place name, or from oglio "oil", indicating the bearer's occupation, or perhaps appearance.
Ognibene Italian
From Latin Omnebonus (see Omnebon), "all good".
Ohm German
Variant of Ohme
Ohms German
Variant of Ohme
Ohnmacht German
Means "powerlessness; helplessness; without power" in German. This was often used to describe someone very weak.
Olevian German (Latinized)
Olevian is a latinised word meaning "from Olewig" (a town today incorporated into Trier, Germany). ... [more]
Olinde French (Americanized)
A French nickname for Holland.
Oliva Italian, Spanish
Of uncertain origin: derived either from a nickname to those who picked, worked with or sold olives, or from the given name Oliva.
Olive French
Given to someone who worked with olives from old french olive "olive" ultimately latin oliva "olive".
Olivieri Italian
From the given name Oliviero.
Oliviero Italian
From the given name Oliviero.
Olivo Italian, Spanish
Topographic name from olivo "olive tree" or occupational name for someone who sold olives. Or from the given name Olivo given to someone born on Palm Sunday.
Onesto Italian
From the given name Onesto.
Onfroy French
From the given name Onfroy, a form of Humphrey.
Onidi Italian
Denoting someone from Onida, a former village.
Onnis Italian
From the toponym Fonni.
Onofrio Italian
From the given name Onofrio.
Onorato Italian
From the given name Onorato
Onorio Italian
From the given name Onorio.
Onstad Norwegian, German
Habitational name from the name of any of seven farmsteads mainly in the southeast most of them with names formed from any of various Old Norse personal names plus stathir "farmstead" as for example Augunarstathir from the personal name Auðun (from Auth "wealth" plus un "friend")... [more]
Opel German
Derived from the given name Albert.
Opp German
Generally considered a (very) contracted form of given names that contained the Old High German element od "fortune; wealth" (or a variant thereof) and a second element that began with or contained the letter B, for example Audobald.
Oppedisano Italian
Italian: habitational name for someone from Oppido Mamertino in Reggio Calabria, so named from Latin oppidum ‘fortified place’, ‘stronghold’. The original settlement was destroyed by an earthquake in 1783 ; it was rebuilt on a site further south.
Orazio Italian
From the given name Orazio.
Oreste Italian
From the given name Oreste
Orfanelli Italian
Means "little orphans" in Italian, ultimately from Ancient Greek ὀρφᾰνός "without parents; bereft". Given to children raised in an orphanage.
Oriente Italian
From the given name Oriente
Orleans French
From Orléans, a city in France sieged by the English in 1429. Orléans is derived from Aurelianum, meaning "of Aurelius" in Latin.
Orowitz Jewish, German
The name comes from a famous Rabbinical dynasty.... [more]
Orru Italian
From Sardinian orrù "bramble", itself from Latin rubus "bramble, blackberry bush".
Orsi Italian
Patronymic or plural form of Orso. It may also be an Italianized form of Slovenian Uršic, metronymic from the female personal name Urša, short form of Uršula (Latin Ursula), or a patronymic from the male personal name Urh, Slovenian vernacular form of Ulrik, German Udalrich
Orsino Italian
From the given name Orsino.
Ortman German
The surname Ortman was first found in Silesia, where the name emerged after the 14th century, where it was related to the name "Ertmar"; this name is also reflected in the place name Erdmannsdorf, found in both Saxony and Silesia... [more]
Ortolano Italian, Spanish
occupational name for a cultivator or seller of fruit and vegetables ortolano "gardener" from a derivative of orto "vegetable garden" (from Latin hortus "garden"). The term was also used in the medieval period to denote both a cleric with a fervant devotion to pastoral work and a rough or uncouth person and in some instances may have been applied as a nickname in either sense... [more]
Ortone Italian
Italian form of Horton.
Ortonio Italian, Spanish
Variant of Ortone. Italian and Spanish form of Hortonius.
Ossola Italian
Likely a habitational name from an area in the Verbano-Cusio-Ossola province in Northern Italy.
Österreicher German, German (Austrian)
Means "One from Austria", "the Austrian".
Osterreicher German
I was told that this surname in native Austria originates as follows. Oster means East, reich means kingdom, with er meaning native of. In old Austria there were six kingdoms, with the East one being the largest with the seat of government there... [more]
Ostiguy Basque, French
Worn Quebec (Ostéguy variant), the name is visibly Basque and assumes initially a Ostegi form, which could designate a place where the foliage is abundant (osteo = + -egi sheet suffix). Alternatively, place the cold, cold house (Ortz, otz, followed -egi or -tegi).
Ostwald German
from the ancient Germanic personal name Ostold composed of the elements ōst "east" (see Oest ) and Old High German walt(an) "to rule". Variant of Oswald.
Osvaldo Spanish, Italian, Portuguese
From the given name Osvaldo.
Ottaviani Italian
From the given name Ottaviano.
Ottaviano Italian
From the given name Ottaviano.
Ottavio Italian
From the given name Ottavio.
Otte German
Otte was given to someone who lived in Bavaria, where the name came from humble beginnings but gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging medieval society. The name Otte evolved from the Old German personal name Ott, a name of Emperors, made famous by Otto the Great (912-973), Holy Roman emperor.
Ottmar German
From the given name Ottmar.
Ottone Italian
From the given name Ottone.
Ouy French
Some derive this name from the French word "gui," meaning mistletoe. Others think it comes through the Celtic name "Kei," from Caius. Others belive the name comes from the French words "guide," a leader, or "guidon," a banner... [more]
Oven Slovene, German
Derived from Oven "ram, male sheep".
Overath German
From the name of the town of Overath in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. A famous bearer is the German former soccer player Wolfgang Overath (1943-).
Overbeck Low German, German (Modern), English (American, Americanized), Anglo-Saxon
From Low German over meaning "über" (over as a direct english translation) and beck meaning "Bach" (creek, stream). As opposed to many other germanic names it doesn't stem from someone's occupation rather from their address, with the exact meaning being something like "über dem Bach" (over the creek)... [more]
Overholser German (Swiss)
The Oberholtzer family originated in the Swiss village of Oberholtz, south of Zurich, before the 15th century. However, in 1661, one family left Switzerland for the Palatinate in Germany.
Pacal German
South German: pet form of Pach .
Pacetti Italian
Variant of Pacetto, a pet form of the personal name Pace.
Pach German
Pach is an occupational hereditary surname for a baker in Old German. Pach is also a German local name for someone who lived by a stream, which was originally derived from the German word "bach" which means stream... [more]
Paciello Italian
Italian surname for "Little peacemaker"; a diminutive for the Italian word "paciere", meaning Peacemaker.
Pacifico Italian
means "peacefull" in Italian.
Pacino Italian
Diminutive form of Pace. The American actor Al Pacino (1940-) is a well-known bearer of this surname.
Pacione Italian
From an augmentative of the personal name Pace.
Packard English, Norman, Medieval English, German (Anglicized)
English from Middle English pa(c)k ‘pack’, ‘bundle’ + the Anglo-Norman French pejorative suffix -ard, hence a derogatory occupational name for a peddler. ... [more]
Padrutt Romansh
Derived from the given name Padrutt.
Paganini Italian
Patronymic form of Paganino.
Paganino Italian
Diminutive of Pagano.
Page German
Metonymic occupational name for a horse dealer, from Middle Low German page "horse".
Pagliaro Italian
Occupational name for someone who gathered or used straw, derived from the Italian word paglia "straw".
Pagliarulo Italian
Southern Italian diminutive of Pagliaro.
Painter English, Medieval French, German
English: from Middle English, Old French peinto(u)r, oblique case of peintre ‘painter’, hence an occupational name for a painter (normally of colored glass). In the Middle Ages the walls of both great and minor churches were covered with painted decorations, and Reaney and Wilson note that in 1308 Hugh le Peyntour and Peter the Pavier were employed ‘making and painting the pavement’ at St... [more]
Palazzola Italian
Feminine form of Palazzolo.
Palermo Italian
From the name of the capital city in Sicily.
Palladio Italian
Andrea Palladio (1508-1580) was an Italian Renaissance architect active in the Venetian Republic. He designed churches and palaces, but he was best known for his country houses and villas. The architectural treatise, The Four Books of Architecture, summarizes his teachings... [more]
Pallas German, Polish (Germanized)
Nickname for a small man, from Slavic palac 'thumb'.
Pallino Italian
Possibly from Italian palla "ball".
Pallmann German
The name Pallmann originates from the Landsuhl area of Bavaria, Germany (nor in Rhineland-Palatinate). The meaning of the name is unknown. Some Pallmanns came to America and Americanized the spelling, by dropping the second "n", while others retained the "n".
Pallominy Italian
Old surname first used in northern Italy,was derived from the old latin word "palominus", used to refer to a yellowish horse. The lastname Pallominy, originally spelled "Pallomini", was used to denote a heard of those horses in the medieval Italy ( circa 1350 AD), more especifically in the city of Florence and its surroundings.
Pallotta Italian
From Italian palla "ball".
Palma Spanish, Catalan, Galician, Portuguese, Italian
Spanish, Catalan, Galician, Portuguese, and southern Italian: habitational name from any of various places named or named with Palma, from Latin palma ‘palm’. ... [more]
Palmberg Dutch (Rare), German (Rare)
Derived from any of the various places in Germany named Palmberg.
Palmero Italian
The Palmero family lived in the territory of Palma, which is in Campania, in the province of Naples. The surname Palma was also a patronymic surname, derived from the personal name Palma, which was common in medieval times... [more]
Palmieri Italian
Derived from Italian palmiere meaning "pilgrim".
Palmtag German
Means "Palm Sunday" in German.
Pamphile French, Haitian Creole
From the given name Pamphile.
Pampo Italian
1 Italian: from a short form of Alampo, from the Greek personal name Eulampios, adjectival derivative of eulampēs ‘most splendid’.... [more]
Panarese Italian
habitational name for someone from a place called Panaro (from Latin panarium "bread basket") for example in Siracusa province Sicily or from Panareo in Salento from an adjectival form of the place names.
Panaro Italian
metonymic occupational name for a baker, from Latin panarium ‘bread basket’.
Panciera Italian
from panciera denoting the piece of the armor covering the stomach (from pancia "belly paunch") perhaps used for an armorer or for someone with a large paunch.
Pancione Italian
Means "fat person, paunch, big belly" in Italian.
Pancorvo Italian
A famous Spanish cave, located in Burgos, where the arabs hid from Spanierds.
Pancrazio Italian
From the given name Pancrazio.
Pandimiglio Italian
Probably means "millet bread" in Italian, from pane "bread" and miglio "millet".
Pandolfi Italian
Patronymic or plural form of the given name Pandolfo, from Langobardic Pandulf... [more]
Pandolfo Italian, Italian (Tuscan)
From the given name Pandolfo. Variant of Pandolfi.
Panebianco Italian
given to someone who worked with high quality breads. from italian word pane "bread" and bianco "white"
Panepinto Italian
Derived from the word "pane" meaning "bread" in Italian and "pinto" meaning "painted", "flecked", or possibly "bad". The name is generally given to a baker.
Panettiere Italian
Means "baker" in Italian.
Panfilo Italian
From the given name Panfilo.
Panichi Italian
Probably from panico, a type of millet grown in Italy. Alternately, it could be from the Latin name Panicus "of Pan, panic".
Panier Romansh
Derived from the place name Panix (present-day Pigniu) in the district of Surselva in the canton of Graubünden in Switzerland.
Panozzo Italian
Venice, one of the oldest and most beautiful regions of Italy, is the esteemed birthplace of numerous prominent families, and of a family that bears the surname Panozzo. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for them to adopt a second name to identify themselves, as populations grew and travel became more frequent... [more]
Pantaleo Italian
From the given name Pantaleon.
Panzer German
Metonymic occupational name for an armorer from Middle High German panzier "mailcoat" (Old French pancier "armor for the stomach, body armor" from Late Latin).
Panzeri Italian
Either a nickname from Italian pancia "belly, paunch", referring to someone with a prominent belly (see Panza), or an occupational name for someone who manufactured girdles and armour, from panciere "corset, girdle; paunce (armour covering the belly)", ultimately from the same root.
Panzica Italian
From Sicilian panzicu "pot-bellied, paunch".
Paolini Italian
From the given name Paolino.
Paolino Italian
From the given name Paolino.
Paolo Italian
From the given name Paolo.
Papaccio Italian
The root papa comes from the Greek language, whose Italian translation is literally "priest", but during centuries this was also a term of respect, and this is due to the active influence of Greek and Byzantine culture in southern Italy and specifically in Naples... [more]
Papin French
Either from Old French papin "pap (for kids)" a noun derivative of paper "to munch or eat" (from Late Latin pappare in origin a nursery word) as a nickname probably referring to a glutton... [more]
Pappalardo Italian
Means "glutton, hypocrite" in Italian, originally a nickname for a gluttonous person or someone who pretended to observe religious fasts while eating meat in secret.
Paquette French
From the personal name Paquet, a pet form of Pascal.
Paquin French
Originated in east France. This last name signified a freehold that permitted use of a cluster of land or pastures. The name became “he who possesses lands” and "he who is wise."
Paradis French
From a learned variant of Old French pareis "Paradise" (from Greek paradeisos). As a toponym this was applied to verdant places and it is quite common as a place name in Nord and Normandy; the surname therefore can be a topographic or habitational name.
Paradiso Italian
from paradiso "Paradise" applied as a topographic name for someone living in a verdant place where flowers grew in abundance or near a pleasure garden or from the same word used as a personal name recorded in the form Paradisus in Lazio in 108
Paramore French (Rare)
origin is unknown but the meaning of the name is lover used in France and England
Paratore Italian
Derived from Italian paratore meaning "decorator, fuller", which refers to a craftsman who fulls coarse cloth. In other words: this surname is the Italian cognate of the English surname Fuller... [more]
Pardon French
A nickname for someone who had received the royal clemency.
Parduhn German
Variant Of Pardon From Middle English Pardun, Pardon "Pardon" A Metonymic occupational name for a pardoner, a person licensed to sell papal pardons or indulgences. German: either a cognate of 1 (also for a sexton), from Old French pardon ‘pardon’, or perhaps a nickname from Middle Low German bardun, Middle High German purdune ‘pipe’ (instrument), ‘tenor’ (voice).
Parenteau French (Rare), French (Quebec)
Diminutive of Parent. In France, this name is predominantly found in the Poitou-Charentes region.
Parete Italian
Denoted from a person who lived near a wall.
Pariseau French
Derived from a pet form of Paris.
Parletti Italian (Rare)
It is a surname of Italian origin, believed to mean "talkative", although few have this surname. Approximately 11 people bear this surname.
Parli Romansh
Derived from the given name Bartholomäus.
Parmentier French
An occupational surname for a maker of "facings" and "trimmings".
Parolo Italian
Italian surname coming from the given name Gaspare.
Parr German
Variant of Pfarr.
Parrot French
Form of Pierone.... [more]
Parsley Medieval French, English, Norman, French
Derived from Old French passelewe "cross the water."... [more]
Partenheimer German
Habitational name for someone from Partenheim in Rheinhessen.
Pasch German
Topographic name for a field or meadow which was used at Easter as a playground; etymologically two sources seem to be combined: Latin pascuum ‘pasture’ and Middle Low German pāsche(n) ‘Easter’.
Pasqua French
Derived from Pasqua, a nickname for a person born during Easter (which itself is derived from Latin pascua). Famous beaters include Charles Victor Pasqua (1927-2015), a French businessman and a Gaullist politician.
Pasquale Italian
From the given name Pasquale.
Pasqualetti Italian
Derived from the given name Pasquale.
Pasquali Italian
From the given name Pasquale.
Pasqualini Italian
Derived from Pasqualino, a diminutive of the given name Pasquale.
Pasqualino Italian
From the given name Pasqualino.
Pasquier French
Meaning uncertain. Possibly "keeper of the oven."
Passafiume Italian
ferryman "across the water"
Passe French
Possibly a nickname from passe 'sparrow
Passett Romansh
Romanshized form of Passet.
Passi Italian, Medieval Italian
The surname Passi was first found in the town of Mugello, with the Passerini family who moved south to Florence in the 10th century. Terranova dei Passerini is a comune in the Province of Lodi in the Italian region Lombardy about 50 kilometres (31 miles) southeast of Milan.... [more]
Pasteur French
French for "shepherd" or "preacher, pastor". Famous bearer Louis Pasteur (1822-1895), French chemist who created the first rabies vaccine, gave his name to the process of 'pasteurization'.
Pastorelli Italian
An occupational name meaning "shepherd."
Paterno Italian
Italian surname of unknown origin, most likely comes from Paternò in Sicily. Notable individuals include Joe Paterno (1926 - 2012), head coach at Pennsylvania State University until 2011.
Pathé French
Meaning, "Dweller near an important path or footway."
Patino Italian
From a word meaning "father".
Patta Italian
Possibly from patta "draw, settlement", perhaps a nickname given to a negotiator. The same term can also mean "heat, warmth of the hearth".
Pauley English, German
English: from a medieval pet form of Paul.... [more]
Paulick German
German (of Slavic origin) spelling of Pavlík, a Slavic derivative of Paul.
Paulin Romansh
Derived from the given name Paulin.
Paulus German, Dutch
From the given name Paulus and variant of Paul.
Paustenbach German
Family name associated with the town Paustenbach, Germany
Pavese Italian
Means "one from Pavia". Pavia is an Italian town located in Lombardy, northern Italy. It can also derive from pavese, a kind of big, Medieval shield.... [more]
Payen French, French (Caribbean)
From the old French given names Pagen Paien from Latin paganus "pagan"... [more]
Paysen German, Frisian
Patronymic from the personal name Pay, the Frisian form of Paul.