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.
Schwehr German
German: relationship name, a variant of Schwäher, a variant of Schwager.
Schweigert German
Derives from an agent derivative of the German "schweigen", to be silent, and the nickname would have been given to a silent, quiet, taciturn person.
Schweinhardt German
an occupational or nickname having to do with pigs
Schweinsteiger German
Means "Swine Climber". ... [more]
Schweinsteiger German
Occupational name for a pig farmer, an overseer of pigs or a nickname for someone who rode a pig, derived from Middle High German swīn meaning "hog, swine" and stīger meaning "foreman, mine inspector"... [more]
Schweitz German
Ethnic name for a Swiss, from German Schweitz meaning "Swiss".
Schwenk German
Variant spelling of Schwanke, or apparently a nickname referring to a person's gait, derived from Middle High German swenken meaning "to swing back and forth, to sling" (see Schwenke 1).
Schwer Upper German, German, Jewish
South German relationship name from Middle High German sweher ‘father-in-law’. ... [more]
Schwieder German
Derived from the given name Swider.
Schwier German
Contracted form of Schwieder.
Schwiers German
Patronymic form of Schwier.
Schwimer German, Jewish
Occupational name meaning "swimmer" in German. As a Jewish name, it may be ornamental.
Schwing German
Occupational name for someone whose job was to swingle flax, i.e. to beat the flax with a swingle in order to remove the woody parts of the plant prior to spinning, from Middle German swingen meaning "to swing" or swing meaning "swingle".
Scillato Italian, Sicilian
Comes from the commune of Scillato in Sicily, Italy, southeast of Palermo.
Scime Italian
Possibly from the given name Simone 2, from Shimei or Shemesh, or from the Arabic root word شمس (shams or sams) "sun".
Scimia Italian
From an archaic form of Italian scimmia "monkey", from Ancient Greek σιμός (simos) "snub-nosed". Has figurative meanings of "drunk" and "imitator, mimic, aper".
Sciortino Italian
Occupational name from a diminutive of sciorta, sciurta "city guard, watchman, policeman" (Arabic ̣shuṛtī).
Sciuto Italian
Meaning "thin"... [more]
Scognamiglio Italian
Literally "millet thresher", probably from the Neapolitan verb scugnà ("to thresh") and miglio ("millet"), denoting cereal threshers.
Scorfano Italian
Was in the Disney + Original Movie, Luca. "Alberto Scorfano"
Scornavacche Italian
Possibly deriving from Italian words scorno meaning shame, and vacca meaning cow. Sicilian variant of Scornavacca.
Scorrano Italian
Denotes someone from Scorrano, Italy. Coincides with scorrano "to run, to flow".
Scorsese Italian
From a nickname that indicated a person who came from Scotland, derived from Italian scozzese literally meaning "Scotsman, Scottish". This spelling arose from a transcription error of the surname Scozzese... [more]
Scotto Italian
ethnic name for someone from Scotland or Ireland from medieval Italian scotto "Scot". Italian cognitive of Scott. Variant of Scotti.
Scurti Italian
Possibly from Neapolitan curto "short".
Scutti Italian
From Sicilian scutu, "shield".
Seager English, German (Modern)
English: from the Middle English personal name Segar, Old English S?gar, composed of the elements s? ‘sea’ + gar ‘spear’.... [more]
Sebas French
From the given name Sebastien.
Sebastian German, English
From the given name Sebastian.
Sebastiano Italian
From the given name Sebastiano.
Sébastien French
From the given name Sébastien.
Sebert German, French
From a German personal name composed of the elements sigi meaning "victory" + berht meaning "bright", "famous".
Secchi Italian
Probably related to Italian secco "thin, dry". May alternately derive from secare "to cut", Sardinian seghi "sixteen", segete "harvest, harvest fodder", or a shortened form of seneche "old, aged".
Second French
From the given name Second.
Secondo Italian
From the given name Secondo
Secrest German
Variant of German Siegrist.
Sedaine French
Derived from the given name Sidoine.
Sedda Italian
From a place name in Sardinia, meaning "top of a mountain". May alternately derive from Sardinian sedda "saddle", indicating the bearer's occupation.
Sedita Italian
From Italian sei "six" + dita, plural of dito "finger", hence a nickname either for someone having six fingers or metaphorically for someone who was very dextrous.
See English, German
Topographic name for someone who lived by the sea-shore or beside a lake, from Middle English see meaning "sea", "lake" (Old English sǣ), Middle High German sē. Alternatively, the English name may denote someone who lived by a watercourse, from an Old English sēoh meaning "watercourse", "drain".
Seedorf German
habitational name from any of the numerous places so named from See "lake" and Dorf "village".
Seel German
Occupational name for a person who makes or sells ropes.
Sees German
Variant of Seese.
Seese German
Comes from a Germanic personal name, Sigizo, from a compound name formed with sigi ‘victory’ as the first element.
Segale English, Italian
Respelling of SEGAL. A famous bearer is Mario A. Segale, the inspiration for Nintendo's video game character Mario
Séguin French
From the given name Séguin the French form of Sigwin.
Seib German
Short form of SEIBOLD. Ultimately derived from names composed of the Germanic name element sigi "victory".
Seid German
From the Germanic given name Sito, a short form of a compound name formed with sigi "victory".
Seide German, Jewish
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): from Middle High German side, German Seide ‘silk’ (from Late Latin seta, originally denoting animal hair), hence a metonymic occupational name for a manufacturer or seller of silk.
Seidenberg German, Jewish
Derived from several places with the same name. As an ornamental name, it is derived from German seide meaning "silk" and berg meaning "mountain".
Seider German
Originating in the region of Saxony. Name of a silk merchant, from the German word for silk: seide
Seidman Jewish, German
Derived from Seid.
Seif German, Jewish
Metonymic occupational name for a soap maker, from Middle High German seife, German Seife 'soap'.
Seiler German
German and Jewish occupational surname for a rope maker.
Seim Upper German
German: metonymic occupational name for a beekeeper, from Middle High German seim ‘honey’.
Seinfeld German, Jewish
From the German word sein "to be" and the word of German Jewish origin feld which means "field". It was a name given to areas of land that had been cleared of forest.
Seitz Upper German
A mainly Bavarian surname, from a reduced form of the personal name Seifried, a variant of Siegfried... [more]
Seitzer German
Variant of Seitz.
Selmer German
Teutonic name meaning "hall master" for a steward or keeper of a large home or settlement.
Selva Catalan, Italian
From any of various places in Catalonia, the Balearic Islands, or northern Italy named Selva, as for instance the Catalan district La Selva, from selva "wood", Latin silva.
Selz German
The Selz is a river in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, and a left hand tributary of the Rhine. It flows through the largest German wine region, Rheinhessen or Rhenish Hesse. Also, Seltz (German: Selz) is a commune in the Bas-Rhin department of the Alsace-Champagne-Ardenne-Lorraine region in north-eastern France.... [more]
Semadeni Romansh
Derived from the place name Samedan.
Senatore Italian
status name from senatore "senator" (from Latin senator) or a nickname for a stately or perhaps pompous man.
Sénécal French
status name for a seneschal an official in a large household who was responsible for overseeing day-to-day domestic arrangements from Old French seneschal (of ancient Germanic origin composed of the elements sini "old" and scalc "servant")... [more]
Seng German
1. Topographic name for someone who lived by land cleared by fire, from Middle High German sengen ‘to singe or burn’. ... [more]
Senjean French
Probably from St John (saint-jean) from Christianization of Basques and misspelled
Senn German
Derived from the Middle High German word senne meaning "dairy farmer".
Sensenbach German
A topographic name formed with an unexplained first element + Middle High German bach ‘creek’. Pretty common in Iowa and Pennsylvania.
Senti Romansh
Derived from the given name Maxentius.
Serafino Italian
From the given name Serafino
Sereno Italian
1 Italian: from the personal name Sereno (from Latin serenus, serena ‘clear’, ‘calm’).... [more]
Sergente Italian
Italian cognate of Sergeant.
Serrao Italian
Probably from a dialectical term meaning "closed, shut".
Serre French
Means 'greenhouse' in French.
Serres French
Altered form of "Serre"
Servais French
From the given name Servais.
Sette Italian
Means "seven". Probably a nickname for the seventh child of a family, though it could derive from a place name containing the element.
Setzer German, Jewish
Derived from either Middle High German "setzen", used to refer to market inspectors and tax officials, or Yiddish "setser", a typesetter.
Seul French
From Fr. "only, alone"
Seuss German, Jewish
Means "sweet", "pleasant", or "agreeable".
Severo Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
From the given name Severo
Sevestre French
A French surname of unknown etymology.
Sévigny French
A kind of bush.
Sewina German, Polish
The first available record of the Sewina family name is around 1620 in the province of Silesia, a mixed cultural region between Germany and Poland. Once part of the Prussian Empire and Germany. After World War Two, the area is now part of Poland... [more]
Seyfried German
Derived from the given name Siegfried. The American actress Amanda Seyfried (1985-) is a well-known bearer of this name.
Seyler German
Germanic surname
Sferrazza Italian
Occupational name for a scrap-metal merchant, from a derivative of Sferro in the sense ‘old and broken iron’. Habitational name from the district of Paternò in Catania, Sicily.
Sforza Italian
Derived from the Italian verb sforzare meaning "to force, strain"; also compare the related word forza "force, strength". This was the surname of a dynasty of Milanese dukes, which held power in the 15th and 16th centuries.
Shade English, German, Dutch, Scottish
Topographic name for someone who lived near a boundary, from Old English scead ‘boundary’.nickname for a very thin man, from Middle English schade ‘shadow’, ‘wraith’.... [more]
Shadel German (Anglicized, ?)
Derived from the German 'Schadle', meaning cranium or skull.
Shaffner German, German (Swiss)
Americanized version of German occupational name for a steward or bailiff, variant of Schaffner and Schaffer.... [more]
Shainwald German
German for "beautiful forest", probably (?) related to Sheinfeld
Shatner German (Anglicized), Jewish (Anglicized)
Anglicized form of Schattner. A notable bearer was Canadian actor William Shatner (1931-), who is known for his roles as Captain James T. Kirk in 'Star Trek', T.J. Hooker in 'T.J. Hooker', Denny Crane in 'Boston Legal', and the Priceline Negotiator in commercials.
Shie German
Variant of Schie.
Shiemke German, Polish, Slavic
Americanized spelling of Kashub Name: "Shiemke" Root Name: "Schimke" "Szymek" or "Szymko" ... [more]
Shoen German (Anglicized), Jewish
Americanized spelling of German or Ashkenazic Jewish Schön or Schoen.
Shrout German
This surname is related to the German surname Schroder which means cut as in a wood cutter etc.
Shue German (Anglicized), Jewish (Anglicized)
Americanized form of Schuh or Schue. A famous bearer of this name is the American actress Elisabeth Shue (1963-).
Shull German
Derivative of Scholl
Shultz German (Americanized)
Americanized spelling of German Schultz , or a variant spelling of the Jewish name.
Sialm Romansh
Derived from a short form of the given name Anselm.
Sicard French
From the given name Sieghard.
Siciliano Italian, Sicilian
One who came from Sicily.
Siddi Italian
From the name of a municipality in Sardinia, possibly deriving from Vulgar Latin casilli "huts, farmhouses".
Siddu Italian
From Sardinian siddu "seal, brand", or the related siddai/re "to seal, to tighten", from which come the phrases 'siddai is dentis' "to grit one's teeth" and 'siddàu siast ingùnis' "may you be sealed there", the latter of which would have been affectionately said to a child that wouldn't stay still.
Sieber German
The roots of the German surname Sieber can be traced to the Old Germanic word "Siebmacher," meaning "sieve maker." The surname is occupational in origin, and was most likely originally borne by someone who held this position
Siebern German
German. People known with this name are: Emelia Siebern, Hannah Siebern, Caleb Siebern.
Sieck German
The name is originally spelled "Siecke". Eric Siecke came from Norway and settled in Holstein, Germany in the year 1307. The final "e" was dropped by most of the family, though one branch still retains it... [more]
Siegfried German
From a Germanic personal name composed of the elements sigi "victory" and fridu "peace". The German surname has also occasionally been adopted by Ashkenazic Jews.
Siemens German
Derived from the given name Siem.
Sies German, Dutch
From the ancient Germanic name Sigizo formed with the element sigi "victory" (from proto Germanic segiz).
Sievertsen German
Patronymic of Sievert.
Sievi Romansh
Derived from the given name Sievi.
Siewert German
Derived from the Frisian and Low German given name Sievert.
Sigel Upper German
Upper German variant of Siegel 1.
Signore Italian
from the medieval personal name Signore (from Latin senior "senior elder" genitive senioris). from signore ‘lord’ hence a derisive nickname for a peasant who gave himself airs and graces or an occupational name for someone in the service of a great lord... [more]
Silber German, Jewish
From Middle High German silber, German Silber "silver"; a metonymic occupational name for a silversmith, or often, in the case of the Jewish surname, an ornamental name.
Silberman German, Jewish
Variant of Silber, with the addition of Middle High German man meaning "man" or Yiddish man meaning "man".
Silbernagel German
Occupational for a silversmith from middle high German silber "silver" and nagel "nail".
Silberstein German, Jewish
From Middle High German silber "silver" and stein "stone"; a habitational name from a place so named in Bavaria, or a topographic name.... [more]
Silhouette French (Rare)
Famous bearers include Étienne de Silhouette (1709–67), French author and politician. He was a French Ancien Régime Controller-General of Finances under Louis XV.
Silvano Italian, Galician
From the given name Silvano
Silvestrini Italian
Means "Little Tree" or "Little Woods." Derived from the given name SILVESTER.
Silvestro Italian
From the given name Silvestro
Silvio Italian
From the personal name Silvio (Latin Silvius, a derivative of silva "wood").
Simbeck German
Originates from the German prefix sim meaning "of the head" and the German word becka meaning "bull". When combined in this order, the meaning was "bull-headed", meaning stubborn and obstinant.
Simm German
A shortening of the given name Simon.
Simmen German (Swiss), Romansh
Derived from the given name Simon 1.
Simonelli Italian
From the given name Simon 1.
Simoness Romansh
Derived from the given name Simon 1.
Simonett Romansh
Derived from a diminutive of the given name Simon 1.
Simonetti Italian
Means "son of Simonetto", a diminutive of Simone 2.... [more]
Simoni Italian
Patronymic or plural form of Simone
Simonin French
From the given name Simon. Possibly brought by the Russian migrants who came to France.
Simonnet French
From the given name Simon 1.
Simplice French
From the given name Simplice
Simplicio Italian, Spanish
From the given name Simplicio
Sinatra Italian
Comes from a personal name in Sicily and souther Calabria. The name was apparently in origin a nickname from Latin senator member of the Roman senate, Latin senatus, a derivative of senex ‘old’... [more]
Sing German, Chinese (Cantonese), Indian
German: probably a variant of Seng. ... [more]
Singer German
variant of Sänger, in the sense of ‘poet’
Sintas French
Found in the communes of Habas and Osages
Sipala Italian
From Sicilian sipala "hedge".
Siracusa Italian, Sicilian
From the name of the city of Syracuse in Sicily, Italy (siracusa in Italian and sarausa in Sicilian).
Sirtori Italian
Perhaps a habitational name from a comune (municipality) in Northern Italy.
Sivelle French
A rare surname.
Skelton English, German, Norwegian (Rare)
Habitational name from places in Cumbria and Yorkshire, England, originally named with the same elements as Shelton, but with a later change of ‘s’ to ‘sk’ under Scandinavian influence.
Slongo Italian
Variant of Longo.
Slyvestre Italian
Derived from the given name Sylvester.
Smoke English, German, German (Austrian)
Possibly a variant of English Smock or an altered form of German Schmuck.
Snidro Italian (Swiss)
Swiss Italian borrowing of Schneider.
Snyder Dutch, English, German, Yiddish, Jewish
Means "tailor" in Dutch, an occupational name for a person who stitched coats and clothing.... [more]
Sodano Italian, Sicilian
nickname or ethnic name from Arabic sawdān "black Negro". nickname from Old Sicilian sudanu "sultan".
Soderini Italian
Possibly related to French soudoyer "to bribe", referring to paid mercenaries. Alternately, an elaborate form of Sodero.
Sodero Italian
Probably related to the Greek name Soter, from Ancient Greek σωτήρ (sōtḗr) meaning "saviour".
Solari Italian
Habitational name from any of various places called "Solaro" or "Solara", from solaro 'site', 'plot', 'meadow', literally "land exposed to the sun".
Soldano Italian, Sicilian
from soldano "sultan" (earlier sultano from Arabic sulṭān "ruler") used as a nickname for someone who behaved in an outlandish or autocratic manner.
Soldat Russian, Ukrainian, French, German
Means "soldier" in various languages.
Soldner German
German surname meaning mercenary. German spelling has umlaut over the O, but American spelling is Soldner or Soeldner.
Soldo Italian, Croatian
Nickname from soldo "penny cent" also "military pay wage" (from Latin solidus "solid" the name of a gold Roman coin). From a short form of a compound personal name ending with -soldo such as Ansoldo... [more]
Solebello Italian
Means, "beautiful sun". Derived from "bello", meaning beautiful, and "sole", meaning sun.
Solié French
Notable bearers include French cellist Jean-Pierre Solié, who was originally named Jean-Pierre Soulier, possibly making it a variant of Soulier.
Solinas Italian
Meaning uncertain; could be related to Latin solum, from which comes Italian suolo "earth, ground, soil" and suola "sole (of the foot or shoe)", or from Italian salina "salt pan, salt marsh".
Sollai Italian
Habitational name from Mount Sollai.
Sonder Romansh
Derived from the given name Alexander.
Sondermajer German (Rare)
Rare German surname from Bukovina.
Sonnenberg German, Jewish
From various place names derived from Middle High German sunne meaning "sun" and berg meaning "mountain, hill".
Sonnenblume German
Means "sunflower" in German.
Sonnenschein German
Surname meaning "sunshine".
Sontag German, Jewish
"sunday;" usually given to a person who was born on a sunday.
Sontheimer German
Derived from any of the places named Sontheim in Germany.
Soprano Italian
For soprano "higher, situated above", a topographic name for someone who lived at the top end of a place on a hillside.
Sorbo Italian, Norwegian
the surname of Kevin Sorbo (from Hercules, from God's Not Dead movie or two) comes from the word for the "sorb apple" the fruit of the true service tree Sorbus domestica, or from the location-name made up of saurr "mire mud" + bœ´r ‘farm settlement’.
Sorella Italian
Means "sister". Nickname for someone known for behaving in a sisterly manner, or perhaps like a nun.
Sorgato Italian
From Italian sorgo "sorghum".
Sorgente Italian
From sorgente "spring, rising water".
Sottile Italian
Southern Italian: nickname from sottile ‘delicate’, ‘refined’, also ‘lean’, ‘thin’ (from Latin subtilis ‘small’, ‘slender’).
Soule English, French, Medieval English
English: of uncertain origin; perhaps derived from the vocabulary word soul as a term of affection.... [more]
Soulier French
Metonymic occupational name for a shoemaker, from Old French soulier ‘shoe’, ‘sandal’.... [more]
Souris French
Means "mouse" in French.
Sovereign French
Translation of the French surname Souverain which is derived from Old French souverain meaning "high place".
Soyer French
French surname (Alexis Benoist Soyer is a famous bearer).
Sozio Italian
Nickname from socio "companion", "ally".
Spadafora Italian
Variant form of Spatafora. Spadafora is the younger out of the two surnames and yet the most common of the two, which might partly be because it is a little bit more italianized... [more]
Spagna Italian
From Italian spagna "Spain" for a Spaniard or someone who had connections to Spain. Also from the female given name of the same meaning, Italian cognitive of Spain.
Spah German (?), English (American)
Spah (sometimes spelt Späh) is last name found most commonly in the US that is believed to be of German origin. Unsure of the meaning.
Spalla Italian
Means "shoulder".
Spallone Italian
From spalla "shoulder, back", indicating someone who carried things on their shoulders. The modern translation is "smuggler". Alternately, may be an elaboration of Spalla.
Spangler German
Spangler is an occupational surname for "metal worker" having derived from the German word spange, meaning a clasp or buckle of the sort such a craftsman might have designed.
Spanier German
Means "Spaniard" in German.
Spark English, German
Northern English: from the Old Norse byname or personal name Sparkr ‘sprightly’, ‘vivacious’.... [more]
Spatafora Italian
This surname originates from the Italian island of Sicily, where it was first borne by a noble family of Byzantine origin, which had settled on the island in the 11th century AD. Their surname was derived from the Greek noun σπάθη (spathe) "blade, sword" (akin to Latin spatha "broad sword with a double edge") combined with Greek φορεω (phoreo) "to carry, to bear", which gives the surname the meaning of "he who carries the sword" or "sword-bearer"... [more]
Späth German
Derived from Middle High German spæte "late".
Spaugh German
Was originally "Spach," was changed when first introduced into America