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    I have two surnames: One is a rather common Norwegian one that basically means "Son of X", while the other is a very rare German one that I'm especially fond of, although it's slang for "promiscuous" in English. We still don't know exactly what it means in German, but there's a tiny municipality that goes by the same name.
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    I'm still trying to figure it out

    Tucker = English, Anglo-Saxon
    Tocker = Welch
    Toker = Flemish
    Ua Tuathchair, O’Tuachair, MacTuachair, MacTuathchair, Tougher, Togher, Toher, Taugher = Irish
    Tokle, Thokle = Norwegian
    Tukker = Dutch
    Tucher = German
    Teucer = Trojan

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    My surname is German...and among the most common (in the top ten) there and among German-Americans perhaps. It is occupational in origin.

    It is far too common among German names to really stick it regionally, but I believe in our case my deep paternal line is from Mecklenburg.

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    The three English surnames I know on my side of the family all originate near Bristol for some strange reason according to the UK surname location map. My wife's English surname also originates in the vicinity of Bristol. She has an Irish name also. My German ancestor comes from the Baden region as located by surname map and oral history. Those are the only ones I have run so far.

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    German, Frankish/Saxon in origin, old, derived from a personal name.



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    I actually kept my surname when I married. It is such a beautiful name, 100 percent Deutsch. Very old with a history going back to 1300.

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    My surname derives from the name of a couple of villages in Durham, North Yorkshire, and Leicestershire. The two elements that make it up are Anglo-Saxon and Norse - ending in-by, the Nordic word for a settlement.

    I should note that, as my greatgrandfather was adopted, my surname is not actually derived from my distant ancestors but from the adopted parents. His birth name was, if I recall correctly, Dean, which is a Germanic word for valley.

    My father's surname was Shrub, which has the same meaning as the everyday English word for plants.

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    A river in the Netherlands...

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    My surname comes from Rollo of Normandy.

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    My surname is true swabian. It is the swabian form of common german Dieter + the swabian form of common german -el diminutiv. It would be in common german "Dieterel". =)

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