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    Lightbulb German Family Names

    List of most common German family names:


    Map of regionally most common family names:


    Source: Duden - Familiennamen
    Last edited by Hauke Haien; Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009 at 08:31 PM. Reason: fixed pictures

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    Post Re: German family names

    Thanks for the list, very interesting.

    I was born in Westfalen, between Bielefeld and Kassel.

    My family name is rather uncommon, but fortunately firmly nordid.
    It's a variation of the name of Odin's wife Freya, Frigg, Frigga.
    (Of course I won't post the actual name, who knows who is reading this forum)
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    Post AW: Re: German family names

    Is Ott a real german family name?
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    Post Re: AW: Re: German family names

    Quote Originally Posted by WernerDamsch
    Is Ott a real german family name?
    And what about Martin and Thomas? Both are on this list. They don't seem to me to be German names either, though I could be wrong
    Last edited by JoeDas; Tuesday, August 31st, 2004 at 11:52 AM.
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    Post AW: Re: German family names

    Quote Originally Posted by WernerDamsch
    Is Ott a real german family name?
    Was sonst?

    Ott(e): -> Otto

    Wenn Du Otto nicht als deutschen Namen erkennst, solltest Du nochmal die Geschichtsbücher wälzen
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    Post Re: AW: Re: German family names

    Being a miller or a smith were obviously popular occupations....

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    Post AW: Re: AW: Re: German family names

    Quote Originally Posted by Allenson
    Being a miller or a smith were obviously popular occupations....
    Yes, most of these names have to do with occupations.

    1. Müller - miller
    2. Schmidt - smith
    3. Schneider - couturier
    4. Fischer - fisher
    5. Meyer - big farmer
    6. Weber - weaver
    7. Wagner - wainwright
    8. Becker - baker
    9. Schulz (Schultheiß) - judge
    10. Hoffmann - farmer
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    I suggest Petersen and Hansen in the Schleswig-Holstein district is originally of Danish derivation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeDas
    And what about Martin and Thomas? Both are on this list. They don't seem to me to be German names either, though I could be wrong
    Many Christian names of former names became surnames and are usually patronymica. That Thomas and Martin aren't German in their origin, doesn't alter that. Other traditional Christian names of Germans like Johannes, Peter or Jakob aren't either. And Thomas and Martin should also be spreaded as surnames in England.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Loki
    I suggest Petersen and Hansen in the Schleswig-Holstein district is originally of Danish derivation.
    Yepp .... cause the "sen" in the name mean "Son" so the Surename was given ... long long long time ago from the father from 1 of the ancestors:
    "Petersen" = Peters Son
    "Hansen" = Hans Son

    Thanks I learned that in german school a few years ago, now they only teach this fucking "multiculti" stuff ....

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