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WotanAteSerapis
Sunday, April 23rd, 2006, 10:21 PM
Could someone please explain to me the following Germanic surnames:

Nagle, Nagel

Oswald, Oswalde

Appenzellhar, or Appenzellar? (Swiss in origin)

Thanks,
Wotan

Zyklop
Monday, April 24th, 2006, 12:18 PM
Try this link:
http://www.ancestry.com/learn/facts/Fact.aspx?fid=10&ln=

(thanks again to Raven)


Nagel

German, Dutch, Scandinavian, and Jewish (Ashkenazic): from Middle High German, Middle Dutch nagel, German Nagel ‘nail’, hence a metonymic occupational name for a maker of nails. Compare English Nail (http://www.ancestry.com/learn/facts/Fact.aspx?fid=10&ln=Nail&fn=&yr=&).

oswald
Scottish, northern English, and German: from an Old English personal name composed of the elements os ‘god’ + weald ‘power’. In the Middle English period, this fell together with the less common Old Norse cognate Ásvaldr. The name was introduced to Germany from England, as a result of the fame of St. Oswald, a 7th-century king of Northumbria, whose deeds were reported by Celtic missionaries to southern Germany. The name was also borne by a 10th-century English saint of Danish parentage, who was important as a monastic reformer.
Irish: adopted as an English equivalent of Gaelic Ó hEodhusa (see Hussey (http://www.ancestry.com/learn/facts/Fact.aspx?fid=10&ln=Hussey&fn=&yr=&) 1).Appenzeller

German: habitational name for someone from Appenzell (city or canton) in northeastern Switzerland. The place name derives ultimately from Latin abbatis cella ‘abbot’s cell’, in reference to the summer residence of the abbots of St. Gallen.

Dictionary of American Family Names, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-508137-4

WotanAteSerapis
Monday, April 24th, 2006, 05:13 PM
Thanks very much Zyklop. I never imagined Nagel to be of Ashkenazic origins, strange.....but nonetheless still intriguing.

Thanks,
Wotan

Zyklop
Monday, April 24th, 2006, 06:20 PM
Thanks very much Zyklop. I never imagined Nagel to be of Ashkenazic origins, strange...Itīs not of Ashkenazic origin but apparentely the name is used by Jews as well.

Skerritt
Wednesday, May 24th, 2006, 07:21 PM
Does somebody know where the name Unterholz originates from in Germany.

Thanks.

Zyklop
Wednesday, May 24th, 2006, 07:28 PM
Does somebody know where the name Unterholz originates from in Germany.

Thanks.Only one phone book entry and itīs in Dresden:

http://christoph.stoepel.net/Geogen-localized-en.aspx

Huzar
Wednesday, May 24th, 2006, 07:37 PM
Curiousity : where the surname Lanz originates, in Germany ?

Patriotoz
Wednesday, May 24th, 2006, 08:02 PM
Does anyone know the origin/meaning of the Surname ASSE , cant find anything about it!?