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The OriginsUntil about the 17th century, first names had a very important role in society. The origins of German last names (german: Nachnamen) usually include names related to history, colors, mythology, places, plants, natural things, fictional origins, religious, and characteristic origins. Let’s move onto the genre of names that is classed as Place, Descriptive, Specialty, and Unique names.
Even more OriginsMany surnames included names of places, history, and mythology. Others have origins from plants, natural things, colors, religion, fiction, and characteristic origins.
The origins of these include place names, those related to mythology and history, origins from colors, plants and other types of nature, fictional origins, historical origins, characteristic and religious origins.
Typical German last namesThe German patronymics surnames system uses the prefix sen, which means son of, like, Petersen, which means son of Peter. Many Germanic surnames have an "inger" prefix, such as Henry Kissinger. This indicates a name deriving from a place. The name Kissinger came from someone who originally had the name Kissingen.
Trades and occupations are also reflected in some "Nachnamen" like Bauer. Bauer means a farmer. Zimmermann is also a name referring to an occupation. It means carpenter. Bäcker means a baker.
Identifying German last namesThere are a few significant terms that indicate a surname is of a German origin. Names that begin with a "sch" such as Schneider or Schmidt are classic examples. Names that end in things such as "berg", "mann", "burg", "lich", or "stein" are also of German origin. Names that have an "ei" such as Klein, Weiss, and Reichmann are very much German.
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