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Top 50 German Surnames

  • Müller (Mueller, Möller) = miller
  • Schmidt (Schmitz, Schmitt, Schmid) = smith
  • Schneider = tailor
  • Fischer = fisher
  • Meyer (Meier, Maier, Mayer) = dairyman
  • Weber = weaver
  • Schulz (Schulze, Scholz) = mayor
  • Wagner = wagoner, wainwright
  • Becker = baker
  • Hoffmann (Hofmann) = landed farmer
  • Schäfer (Schaefer) = shepherd
  • Koch = cook
  • Bauer = farmer, peasant
  • Schröder (Schroeder) = carter
  • Klein = small, little
  • Richter = judge
  • Wolf = wolf
  • Neumann = new man
  • Schwarz = black
  • Schmitz (Schmidt) = smith
  • Krüger (Krueger) = potter
  • Braun = brown
  • Zimmermann = carpenter
  • Schmitt (Schmidt) = smith
  • Lange = long
  • Hartmann = tough/strong man
  • Hofmann (Hoffmann) = landed farmer
  • Krause = curly-haired
  • Werner = meaning uncertain
  • Meier = dairyman
  • Schmid (Schmidt) = smith
  • Schulze (Schulz) = mayor
  • Lehmann = serf
  • Köhler (Koehler) = charcoal-maker
  • Maier (Meyer) = dairyman
  • Herrmann = warrior
  • König (Koenig) = king
  • Mayer (Meyer) = dairyman
  • Walter = army leader; ruler
  • Peters = rock (from Latin/Greek)
  • Möller (Moeller, Müller) = miller
  • Huber = land owner (hoover)
  • Kaiser = emperor
  • Fuchs = fox
  • Scholz (Schulz) = mayor
  • Weiß = white/wheat
  • Lang = long
  • Jung = young
  • Hahn = rooster
  • Keller = cellar, basement (i.e., someone who worked in a wine cellar or Rathskeller)
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