What does your German surname say about you?

Surname Meanings
23 June 2016
by Ancestry

4 common types german surnames

Germans have been drawn to the United Kingdom for centuries.  If you are one of the many British people with a German surname, it could well yield some interesting clues to your family history.

The most common form of German family name is occupational. It can often be identified by its ending: -er, -hauer, -macher, or man/-mann.

Occupational German Surnames

Often a person was distinguished by a reference to his or her father. This is referred to as “patronymic.”


Many German surnames are descriptive names based on a physical characteristic, such as size or hair colour.

Descriptive German surnames

Lastly, geographical names derive from where a person lived or came from. They may stem from the name of a city or village or the location of someone’s home.
Geographical German surnames

What does your last name mean? Find out.