Most Common German Surnames

Germany is a country with a rich cultural heritage that is reflected in its surnames. German surnames are not only a source of pride for its citizens but also tell us a lot about the country's history and social structure. In this article, we'll explore the most common German surnames and their origins.

Ranking Last Name Incidence Letters
1 Müller 945404 6
2 Schmidt 711024 7
3 Schneider 436230 9
4 Fischer 372558 7
5 Weber 325733 5
6 Meyer 323771 5
7 Wagner 298283 6
8 Becker 279689 6
9 Schulz 278306 6
10 Hoffmann 275089 8
11 Koch 229729 4
12 Richter 228926 7
13 Bauer 224180 5
14 Schäfer 222673 7
15 Klein 199652 5
16 Wolf 194405 4
17 Schröder 188859 8
18 Neumann 179675 7
19 Schwarz 166126 7
20 Braun 164772 5
21 Zimmermann 162733 10
22 Hofmann 159110 7
23 Lange 159049 5
24 Hartmann 155025 8
25 Krüger 154907 6
26 Krause 150983 6
27 Lehmann 149628 7
28 Schmitz 148465 7
29 Schmitt 147644 7
30 Meier 147597 5
31 Werner 145307 6
32 Schmid 141065 6
33 Schulze 137553 7
34 Maier 134372 5
35 Herrmann 130093 8
36 Mayer 125624 5
37 Köhler 125507 6
38 König 125182 5
39 Walter 124822 6
40 Huber 122614 5
41 Kaiser 121904 6
42 Peters 121871 6
43 Fuchs 117637 5
44 Möller 113584 6
45 Lang 112300 4
46 Scholz 111927 6
47 Jung 106330 4
48 Weiß 104983 4
49 Hahn 103492 4
50 Keller 101526 6
51 Berger 100333 6
52 Schubert 99839 8
53 Vogel 99746 5
54 Friedrich 98780 9
55 Frank 96568 5
56 Roth 95905 4
57 Winkler 95326 7
58 Günther 94874 7
59 Beck 94513 4
60 Lorenz 93306 6
61 Baumann 87598 7
62 Franke 85861 6
63 Albrecht 84739 8
64 Ludwig 81068 6
65 Winter 80908 6
66 Simon 80651 5
67 Schuster 80105 8
68 Schumacher 79777 10
69 Kraus 78896 5
70 Böhm 78636 4
71 Vogt 77061 4
72 Martin 76142 6
73 Stein 75376 5
74 Jäger 74486 5
75 Sommer 74064 6
76 Krämer 73859 6
77 Brandt 72387 6
78 Otto 72341 4
79 Heinrich 70993 8
80 Schulte 70537 7
81 Graf 69932 4
82 Seidel 69775 6
83 Haas 69637 4
84 Schreiber 68452 9
85 Groß 68355 4
86 Dietrich 66763 8
87 Engel 66006 5
88 Ziegler 64754 7
89 Horn 63294 4
90 Bergmann 62854 8
91 Pohl 62473 4
92 Kuhn 62351 4
93 Jansen 62349 6
94 Voigt 61931 5
95 Kühn 61689 4
96 Beyer 60765 5
97 Busch 60689 5
98 Thomas 60588 6
99 Hansen 60323 6
100 Arnold 59629 6
101 Lindner 59618 7
102 Sauer 59459 5
103 Kramer 59288 6
104 Wolff 58940 5
105 Hübner 58558 6
106 Seifert 58474 7
107 Ernst 58139 5
108 Pfeiffer 57890 8
109 Wenzel 55925 6
110 Franz 55280 5
111 Nagel 54858 5
112 Kern 54726 4
113 Barth 54592 5
114 Götz 54492 4
115 Peter 54363 5
116 Paul 53882 4
117 Hermann 53636 7
118 Kruse 53403 5
119 Riedel 53221 6
120 Ott 52430 3
121 Haase 52277 5
122 Petersen 52054 8
123 Lenz 51858 4
124 Langer 51816 6
125 Grimm 51427 5
126 Hoppe 51214 5
127 Arndt 51167 5
128 Bock 51081 4
129 Jahn 50962 4
130 Wilhelm 50917 7
131 Mohr 50700 4
132 Ritter 50570 6
133 Schumann 49833 8
134 Fiedler 49587 7
135 Kaufmann 49474 8
136 Förster 48759 7
137 Kraft 48578 5
138 Berg 48571 4
139 Thiel 48539 5
140 Miller 48029 6
141 Michel 47320 6
142 Marx 47145 4
143 Walther 46912 7
144 Sander 46750 6
145 Lutz 46652 4
146 Fritz 46332 5
147 Eckert 46219 6
148 Thiele 46078 6
149 Böttcher 45603 8
150 Reuter 45053 6
151 Reinhardt 44879 9
152 Beckmann 44274 8
153 Schilling 44190 9
154 Schindler 43742 9
155 Frey 43400 4
156 Hein 43375 4
157 Ebert 43347 5
158 Hesse 43261 5
159 Behrens 42919 7
160 Schütz 42904 6
161 Kunz 42412 4
162 Schramm 42204 7
163 Herzog 42001 6
164 Rudolph 41939 7
165 Fröhlich 40932 8
166 Witt 40857 4
167 Kunze 40857 5
168 Bayer 40623 5
169 Gruber 40546 6
170 Nowak 40499 5
171 Stephan 39907 7
172 Geiger 39842 6
173 Maurer 39568 6
174 Bender 39024 6
175 Schultz 38882 7
176 Seitz 38722 5
177 Bachmann 38700 8
178 Adam 38568 4
179 Brinkmann 38397 9
180 Fink 38069 4
181 Kirchner 37949 8
182 Ullrich 37863 7
183 Stahl 37852 5
184 Breuer 37757 6
185 Gerlach 37745 7
186 Gärtner 37567 7
187 Büttner 37480 7
188 Steiner 37424 7
189 Bruns 36514 5
190 Dietz 36499 5
191 Scherer 36384 7
192 Naumann 36286 7
193 Kurz 36246 4
194 Böhme 36211 5
195 Brand 36187 5
196 Schlüter 36165 8
197 Reichert 36035 8
198 Moser 36022 5
199 Ulrich 35789 6
200 Löffler 35757 7
201 Janssen 35672 7
202 Binder 35494 6
203 Wendt 35425 5
204 Heinz 35380 5
205 Blum 35322 4
206 Körner 35253 6
207 Wolter 34849 6
208 Schenk 34848 6
209 Wegner 34754 6
210 Menzel 34648 6
211 Schwab 34561 6
212 Brunner 34532 7
213 Schröter 34498 8
214 Urban 34344 5
215 Göbel 34313 5
216 Krebs 34220 5
217 Buchholz 34114 8
218 Heller 34104 6
219 Stark 34048 5
220 Wirth 33902 5
221 Döring 33888 6
222 Weiss 33608 5
223 Hinz 33267 4
224 Meißner 33228 7
225 Kopp 33225 4
226 Link 33152 4
227 Bartsch 33150 7
228 John 33148 4
229 Rieger 33115 6
230 Reimann 33051 7
231 Wilke 32933 5
232 Hildebrandt 32805 11
233 Unger 32711 5
234 Hirsch 32658 6
235 Bischoff 32489 8
236 Rose 32416 4
237 Jakob 32395 5
238 Pfeifer 32249 7
239 Ackermann 32228 9
240 Rohde 32159 5
241 Schiller 32040 8
242 Westphal 31968 8
243 Köster 31911 6
244 Sturm 31885 5
245 Hennig 31607 6
246 Freitag 31529 7
247 Bach 31513 4
248 Witte 31374 5
249 Kröger 31325 6
250 Marquardt 31231 9
251 Engelhardt 31223 10
252 Fricke 31039 6
253 Ahrens 30933 6
254 Lemke 30886 5
255 Linke 30480 5
256 Siebert 30397 7
257 Vetter 30343 6
258 Kohl 30280 4
259 Henning 30272 7
260 Wittmann 30244 8
261 Kolb 30208 4
262 Heinze 30179 6
263 Noack 30116 5
264 Gebhardt 30002 8
265 Nickel 29797 6
266 Reich 29754 5
267 Funk 29746 4
268 Renner 29709 6
269 Keil 29679 4
270 Baier 29653 5
271 Kremer 29597 6
272 Erdmann 29593 7
273 Pieper 29442 6
274 Mertens 29406 7
275 Martens 29211 7
276 Berndt 29146 6
277 Hanke 29080 5
278 Münch 28902 5
279 Baum 28870 4
280 Will 28807 4
281 Conrad 28803 6
282 Held 28768 4
283 Kiefer 28635 6
284 Bartels 28566 7
285 Esser 28550 5
286 Hammer 28485 6
287 Harms 28397 5
288 Henke 28377 5
289 Mann 28255 4
290 Fuhrmann 28186 8
291 Schlegel 28160 8
292 Wiese 27990 5
293 Kirsch 27976 6
294 Stoll 27952 5
295 Jacob 27680 5
296 Herbst 27585 6
297 Klose 27521 5
298 Decker 27513 6
299 Hamann 27505 6
300 Brückner 27296 8
301 Henkel 27267 6
302 Schrader 27185 8
303 Dittrich 27142 8
304 Heine 27080 5
305 Neubauer 27013 8
306 Nolte 26912 5
307 Krug 26651 4
308 Janßen 26635 6
309 Niemann 26635 7
310 Kuhlmann 26492 8
311 Krieger 26408 7
312 Röder 26390 5
313 Kluge 26367 5
314 Adler 26338 5
315 Stadler 26278 7
316 Konrad 26196 6
317 Karl 26178 4
318 Wiedemann 26116 9
319 Schön 26094 5
320 Philipp 25959 7
321 Lindemann 25908 9
322 Burkhardt 25827 9
323 Blank 25768 5
324 Wimmer 25683 6
325 Großmann 25672 8
326 Hauser 25653 6
327 Kühne 25631 5
328 Zimmer 25617 6
329 Wahl 25440 4
330 Klaus 25416 5
331 Fritsch 25350 7
332 Steffen 25329 7
333 Bader 25314 5
334 Popp 25271 4
335 Strauß 25114 6
336 Heinemann 25109 9
337 Funke 25042 5
338 Bernhardt 24977 9
339 Preuß 24927 5
340 Zander 24872 6
341 Albert 24791 6
342 Lohmann 24777 7
343 Anders 24704 6
344 Haupt 24653 5
345 Hummel 24599 6
346 Brenner 24577 7
347 Beier 24516 5
348 Probst 24504 6
349 Jost 24477 4
350 Baur 24463 4
351 Hartung 24442 7
352 Mayr 24433 4
353 Feldmann 24316 8
354 Bode 24292 4
355 Burger 24286 6
356 Vollmer 24128 7
357 Jordan 24034 6
358 Herold 23908 6
359 Wetzel 23825 6
360 Rothe 23804 5
361 Fleischer 23698 9
362 Behrendt 23658 8
363 Wiegand 23649 7
364 Jacobs 23644 6
365 Knoll 23407 5
366 Wegener 23391 7
367 Rauch 23382 5
368 Wild 23332 4
369 Hohmann 23255 7
370 Voß 23250 3
371 Straub 23179 6
372 Merz 23058 4
373 Christ 22953 6
374 Haag 22912 4
375 Reiter 22894 6
376 Neubert 22763 7
377 Gross 22739 5
378 Schüler 22713 7
379 Reichel 22661 7
380 Albers 22655 6
381 Strobel 22568 7
382 Ehlers 22550 6
383 Diehl 22546 5
384 Krauß 22513 5
385 Beer 22489 4
386 Schade 22366 6
387 Hagen 22342 5
388 Kroll 22294 5
389 Rupp 22293 4
390 Betz 22292 4
391 Heck 22289 4
392 Weise 22199 5
393 Schütte 22079 7
394 Hentschel 22034 9
395 Stock 21952 5
396 Benz 21904 4
397 Wulf 21867 4
398 Steffens 21839 8
399 Rausch 21816 6
400 Rapp 21782 4
401 Geißler 21762 7
402 Zeller 21755 6
403 Metz 21709 4
404 Block 21692 5
405 Altmann 21676 7
406 Weis 21652 4
407 Freund 21645 6
408 Falk 21637 4
409 Moritz 21630 6
410 Wunderlich 21402 10
411 Meister 21388 7
412 Giese 21376 5
413 Kessler 21343 7
414 Seiler 21342 6
415 Eder 21277 4
416 Dörr 21208 4
417 Merkel 21205 6
418 Jürgens 21082 7
419 Bittner 21075 7
420 Römer 21073 5
421 Sonntag 21005 7
422 Hartwig 20988 7
423 Gerber 20946 6
424 Wieland 20905 7
425 Heuer 20881 5
426 Gottschalk 20854 10
427 Bertram 20814 7
428 Born 20799 4
429 Buck 20757 4
430 Lauer 20731 5
431 Hinrichs 20634 8
432 Seeger 20614 6
433 Raab 20610 4
434 Völker 20568 6
435 Timm 20537 4
436 Heil 20470 4
437 Bühler 20466 6
438 Pape 20431 4
439 Schweizer 20403 9
440 Pietsch 20311 7
441 Hiller 20285 6
442 Gabriel 20279 7
443 Runge 20279 5
444 Eichhorn 20202 8
445 Bär 20190 3
446 Scharf 20189 6
447 Wichmann 20141 8
448 Schaefer 20133 8
449 Kellner 20117 7
450 Greiner 20023 7
451 Eberhardt 19951 9
452 Keßler 19927 6
453 Hempel 19878 6
454 Mueller 19812 7
455 Engelmann 19801 9
456 Engels 19745 6
457 Weigel 19690 6
458 Appel 19665 5
459 Moll 19623 4
460 Geyer 19611 5
461 Neuhaus 19608 7
462 Opitz 19576 5
463 Schütze 19492 7
464 Hecht 19455 5
465 Winkelmann 19376 10
466 Wiesner 19346 7
467 Radtke 19293 6
468 Mack 19243 4
469 Dorn 19214 4
470 Brüggemann 19189 10
471 Hensel 19183 6
472 Heise 19168 5
473 Klemm 19133 5
474 Scheffler 19125 9
475 Eggert 19113 6
476 Weidner 19087 7
477 Hagemann 19067 8
478 Heim 19055 4
479 Geisler 19008 7
480 Lechner 19004 7
481 Seidl 18977 5
482 Eichler 18953 7
483 Sauter 18951 6
484 Barthel 18934 7
485 Brandl 18870 6
486 Schuler 18864 7
487 Schott 18851 6
488 Forster 18849 7
489 Oswald 18840 6
490 Michels 18822 7
491 Specht 18746 6
492 Reimer 18709 6
493 Neugebauer 18666 10
494 Auer 18649 4
495 Kretschmer 18645 10
496 Fleischmann 18592 11
497 Stumpf 18590 6
498 Wirtz 18540 5
499 Brauer 18537 6
500 Steinbach 18530 9
501 Gebauer 18481 7
502 Bremer 18460 6
503 May 18441 3
504 Springer 18401 8
505 Otte 18389 4
506 Noll 18269 4
507 Sievers 18232 7
508 Dreyer 18223 6
509 Cordes 18200 6
510 Weller 18183 6
511 Siegel 18175 6
512 Prinz 18143 5
513 Schroeder 18130 9
514 Schürmann 18111 9
515 Walz 18110 4
516 Börner 17997 6
517 Kohler 17963 6
518 Schnell 17937 7
519 Schaller 17882 8
520 Finke 17872 5
521 Drescher 17865 8
522 Evers 17822 5
523 Frenzel 17813 7
524 Gerhardt 17812 8
525 Singer 17789 6
526 Horstmann 17783 9
527 Baumgartner 17716 11
528 Scholl 17695 6
529 Rath 17668 4
530 Uhlig 17667 5
531 Mielke 17653 6
532 Kühl 17652 4
533 Harder 17542 6
534 Schick 17535 6
535 Gerdes 17530 6
536 Junker 17527 6
537 Hausmann 17467 8
538 Biermann 17456 8
539 Maas 17455 4
540 Dittmann 17445 8
541 Klotz 17435 5
542 Kranz 17431 5
543 Große 17423 5
544 Langner 17409 7
545 Michaelis 17409 9
546 Stolz 17385 5
547 Haug 17348 4
548 Rother 17319 6
549 Riedl 17311 5
550 Kahl 17290 4
551 Heitmann 17265 8
552 Eggers 17252 6
553 Bürger 17214 6
554 Jensen 17192 6
555 Maaß 17180 4
556 Faust 17179 5
557 Kemper 17163 6
558 Volk 17113 4
559 Pfaff 17100 5
560 Schütt 17081 6
561 Elsner 17067 6
562 Petzold 17056 7
563 Kasper 17004 6
564 Rösch 16972 5
565 Schnabel 16958 8
566 Eberle 16943 6
567 Faber 16902 5
568 Haller 16830 6
569 Rabe 16821 4
570 Nguyen 16807 6
571 Dick 16801 4
572 Pütz 16774 4
573 Geier 16750 5
574 Höhne 16695 5
575 Reichelt 16636 8
576 Groth 16624 5
577 Drews 16622 5
578 Schirmer 16618 8
579 Thieme 16594 6
580 Fritzsche 16582 9
581 Kempf 16565 5
582 Dürr 16458 4
583 Wittig 16453 6
584 Junge 16415 5
585 Fries 16381 5
586 Abel 16344 4
587 Knapp 16343 5
588 Kilian 16299 6
589 Matthes 16296 7
590 Endres 16278 6
591 Ehrhardt 16257 8
592 Koller 16200 6
593 Thoma 16186 5
594 Paulus 16157 6
595 Behr 16121 4
596 Rademacher 16120 10
597 Heinrichs 16092 9
598 Bohn 16041 4
599 Jahnke 16037 6
600 Hauck 16025 5
601 Thomsen 15995 7
602 Lück 15962 4
603 Bahr 15940 4
604 Wehner 15912 6
605 Korn 15893 4
606 Janke 15846 5
607 Hecker 15744 6
608 Rau 15743 3
609 Schober 15736 7
610 Dreher 15722 6
611 Helbig 15651 6
612 Sattler 15622 7
613 Ullmann 15611 7
614 Borchert 15609 8
615 Rost 15603 4
616 Melzer 15594 6
617 Götze 15586 5
618 Schaaf 15566 6
619 Brockmann 15536 9
620 Hellwig 15523 7
621 Reinhold 15521 8
622 Eckhardt 15518 8
623 Weiler 15513 6
624 Leonhardt 15495 9
625 Klug 15473 4
626 Kurth 15422 5
627 Blume 15350 5
628 Bernhard 15315 8
629 Klinger 15296 7
630 Westermann 15264 10
631 Hildebrand 15237 10
632 Heinen 15234 6
633 Hering 15212 6
634 Lippert 15209 7
635 Hellmann 15159 8
636 Just 15154 4
637 Pilz 15119 4
638 Heimann 15065 7
639 Sperling 15064 8
640 Knorr 15023 5
641 Sprenger 15020 8
642 Trautmann 14976 9
643 Lehner 14962 6
644 Pohlmann 14951 8
645 Friedrichs 14919 10
646 Wessel 14901 6
647 Wacker 14895 6
648 Huth 14887 4
649 Theis 14860 5
650 Stöhr 14854 5
651 Heilmann 14786 8
652 Höfer 14775 5
653 Claus 14761 5
654 Grote 14739 5
655 Sieber 14730 6
656 Wolters 14673 7
657 Gehrke 14672 6
658 Rudolf 14670 6
659 Böhmer 14664 6
660 Wille 14662 5
661 Augustin 14627 8
662 Liedtke 14609 7
663 Burmeister 14604 10
664 Renz 14573 4
665 Kunkel 14553 6
666 Vogler 14519 6
667 Schwarze 14485 8
668 Kirchhoff 14463 9
669 Ries 14424 4
670 Hartl 14412 5
671 Balzer 14407 6
672 Stenzel 14364 7
673 Hofer 14342 5
674 Korte 14315 5
675 Höhn 14301 4
676 Hornung 14281 7
677 Teichmann 14261 9
678 Strauch 14232 7
679 Kretzschmar 14225 11
680 Clemens 14194 7
681 Hertel 14191 6
682 Amann 14176 5
683 Lohse 14168 5
684 Schreiner 14144 9
685 Wagener 14129 7
686 Nitsche 14125 7
687 Lotz 14054 4
688 Kaminski 14010 8
689 Hoyer 13968 5
690 Vogl 13965 4
691 Bosch 13950 5
692 Schönfeld 13936 9
693 Starke 13905 6
694 Klatt 13904 5
695 Bartel 13897 6
696 Oppermann 13878 9
697 Metzger 13864 7
698 Seemann 13846 7
699 David 13843 5
700 Schöne 13809 6
701 Nitschke 13806 8
702 Henze 13792 5
703 Lampe 13788 5
704 Schweiger 13775 9
705 Schwarzer 13753 9
706 Engler 13746 6
707 Diekmann 13741 8
708 Roos 13739 4
709 Kock 13737 4
710 Hafner 13705 6
711 Hess 13687 4
712 Holz 13651 4
713 Reinhard 13649 8
714 Krieg 13641 5
715 Otten 13640 5
716 Menke 13572 5
717 Heß 13564 3
718 Rehm 13561 4
719 Kersten 13536 7
720 Schleicher 13524 10
721 Voss 13499 4
722 Wilde 13487 5
723 Zink 13465 4
724 Eisele 13453 6
725 Ruppert 13447 7
726 Lehnert 13422 7
727 Behnke 13404 6
728 Mader 13398 5
729 Cremer 13387 6
730 Veit 13361 4
731 Trapp 13319 5
732 Heckmann 13315 8
733 Slawinsky 13295 9
734 Grau 13287 4
735 Grundmann 13262 9
736 Rößler 13260 6
737 Baumeister 13250 10
738 Hagedorn 13233 8
739 Baumgart 13214 8
740 Hampel 13211 6
741 Küster 13145 6
742 Ehlert 13130 6
743 Scheer 13126 6
744 Stiller 13114 7
745 Heyer 13095 5
746 Kolbe 13081 5
747 Petri 13036 5
748 Späth 13026 5
749 Orth 13026 4
750 Heider 13002 6
751 Pfeffer 12998 7
752 Brandes 12997 7
753 Sachs 12972 5
754 Ulbrich 12962 7
755 Yilmaz 12948 6
756 Reinke 12918 6
757 Pfister 12912 7
758 Wörner 12903 6
759 Frick 12897 5
760 Kleine 12855 6
761 Loos 12838 4
762 Keck 12819 4
763 Brüning 12811 7
764 Steinert 12806 8
765 Buschmann 12782 9
766 Stange 12770 6
767 Ostermann 12731 9
768 Daniel 12706 6
769 Schweitzer 12701 10
770 Michael 12670 7
771 Schuh 12666 5
772 Baumgärtner 12662 11
773 Brendel 12646 7
774 Tietz 12645 5
775 Kirschner 12630 9
776 Becher 12600 6
777 Hermes 12600 6
778 Thies 12599 5
779 Wulff 12590 5
780 Muth 12576 4
781 Reiß 12570 4
782 Fritsche 12565 8
783 Wendel 12564 6
784 Widmann 12511 7
785 Schwabe 12507 7
786 Ebner 12497 5
787 Mende 12490 5
788 Kastner 12462 7
789 Schüller 12442 8
790 Horst 12438 5
791 Johannsen 12426 9
792 Jakobs 12396 6
793 Heuser 12394 6
794 Ewald 12343 5
795 Reitz 12335 5
796 Rühl 12333 4
797 Jaeger 12325 6
798 Niemeyer 12320 8
799 Stamm 12301 5
800 Wilms 12287 5
801 Hannemann 12287 9
802 Mai 12270 3
803 Kling 12251 5
804 Kühnel 12249 6
805 Helm 12224 4
806 Riemer 12206 6
807 Jacobi 12204 6
808 Apel 12187 4
809 Weiland 12183 7
810 Rode 12172 4
811 Cramer 12131 6
812 Adams 12130 5
813 Schmidtke 12129 9
814 Hille 12124 5
815 Küpper 12113 6
816 Merten 12102 6
817 Haack 12080 5
818 Knobloch 12062 8
819 Hölscher 12055 8
820 Doll 12049 4
821 Seibert 12042 7
822 Fürst 12040 5
823 Janzen 12033 6
824 Eckstein 12019 8
825 Budde 11979 5
826 Hager 11945 5
827 Steinke 11930 7
828 Glaser 11929 6
829 Baumgarten 11927 10
830 Köhn 11920 4
831 Gehrmann 11919 8
832 Buchner 11917 7
833 Bastian 11892 7
834 Schiffer 11884 8
835 Schwartz 11881 8
836 Tiedemann 11881 9
837 Eckardt 11874 7
838 Böttger 11855 7
839 Hacker 11845 6
840 Krohn 11830 5
841 Heidenreich 11824 11
842 Ebeling 11783 7
843 Lorenzen 11773 8
844 Kugler 11764 6
845 Eilers 11725 6
846 Volkmann 11725 8
847 Mühlbauer 11715 9
848 Gehring 11702 7
849 Reinecke 11697 8
850 Schell 11682 6
851 Volz 11679 4
852 Büchner 11669 7
853 Berthold 11641 8
854 Hanisch 11632 7
855 Ebel 11620 4
856 Schauer 11615 7
857 Mahler 11614 6
858 Weinert 11614 7
859 Thelen 11603 6
860 Stern 11538 5
861 Gläser 11532 6
862 Heidrich 11525 8
863 Burghardt 11508 9
864 Gottwald 11501 8
865 Grund 11499 5
866 Pabst 11485 5
867 Löhr 11468 4
868 Schröer 11446 7
869 Wieczorek 11438 9
870 Hillebrand 11430 10
871 Spies 11424 5
872 Hamm 11417 4
873 Ortmann 11409 7
874 Jonas 11404 5
875 Thiemann 11385 8
876 Resch 11383 5
877 Busse 11383 5
878 Scheel 11359 6
879 Schaper 11354 7
880 Kowalski 11350 8
881 Kübler 11342 6
882 Reiser 11339 6
883 Pauli 11327 5
884 Sachse 11316 6
885 Ahlers 11305 6
886 Lukas 11302 5
887 Dieckmann 11299 9
888 Meurer 11289 6
889 Morgenstern 11283 11
890 Pahl 11278 4
891 Hardt 11233 5
892 Clausen 11218 7
893 Stratmann 11212 9
894 Reimers 11195 7
895 Ewert 11187 5
896 Schultze 11182 8
897 Rahn 11177 4
898 Frisch 11176 6
899 Holst 11168 5
900 Friedl 11154 6
901 Bormann 11139 7
902 Petermann 11111 9
903 Körber 11102 6
904 Homann 11101 6
905 Henn 11094 4
906 Ochs 11066 4
907 Paulsen 11064 7
908 Küppers 11058 7
909 Herz 11053 4
910 Enders 11045 6
911 Obermeier 11021 9
912 Häusler 11013 7
913 Seidler 11009 7
914 Brück 11007 5
915 Schaub 10986 6
916 Boldt 10969 5
917 Kellermann 10961 10
918 Berner 10959 6
919 Scheller 10945 8
920 Rogge 10936 5
921 Emmerich 10928 8
922 Hill 10923 4
923 Hinze 10911 5
924 Grube 10910 5
925 Armbruster 10894 10
926 Grün 10880 4
927 Hans 10871 4
928 Spindler 10860 8
929 Dietze 10859 6
930 Mangold 10844 7
931 Rupprecht 10841 9
932 Zeidler 10823 7
933 Kunert 10815 6
934 Tillmann 10802 8
935 Sommerfeld 10799 10
936 Hoff 10779 4
937 Kratz 10773 5
938 Brehm 10768 5
939 Palm 10737 4
940 Grunwald 10734 8
941 Grabowski 10733 9
942 Lauterbach 10725 10
943 Sailer 10724 6
944 Lerch 10721 5
945 Hopp 10700 4
946 Ehrlich 10684 7
947 Hermanns 10677 8
948 Bolz 10661 4
949 Knauer 10650 6
950 Raabe 10623 5
951 Petry 10595 5
952 Bucher 10564 6
953 Kreuzer 10551 7
954 Hollmann 10530 8
955 Christiansen 10527 12
956 Friese 10515 6
957 Wilkens 10511 7
958 Drechsler 10503 9
959 Wessels 10501 7
960 Bräuer 10497 6
961 Bosse 10492 5
962 Fechner 10434 7
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A Brief Overview of German Surnames

Germany is a country with a rich history and a diverse population, and this is reflected in the variety of surnames you can find among its people. From common names like Müller and Schmidt to more unusual ones like Kirschbaum and Rosemann, German surnames are a fascinating aspect of its cultural heritage. Let's delve into the world of German surnames and explore some of the most common ones you might encounter.

The Origins of German Surnames

Surnames in Germany can be traced back to a few different sources. Some were derived from the occupation of the person's ancestors, such as the aforementioned Müller (miller) and Schmidt (smith). Others were based on a person's location or place of origin, like Bauer (farmer) or Berliner (from Berlin). Still others were based on personal characteristics, such as Klein (small) or Krause (curly-haired).

The Most Common German Surnames

According to recent census data, the most common surnames in Germany are Müller, Schmidt, Meyer, Schneider, Fischer, Weber, Schäfer, Becker, Wagner, and Hoffmann. These names are so common that they account for over 10% of the German population. If you encounter someone with one of these surnames, there's a good chance they're of German descent.

Regional Variations

While some surnames are prevalent throughout all of Germany, others are more region-specific. For example, you're more likely to find people with the surname Fuchs in the south of Germany, while the name Lehmann is more common in the east. Additionally, surnames in areas with historical ties to neighboring countries—such as the French-influenced regions of Alsace and Lorraine—may have different origins and meanings than those found elsewhere in the country.

The Meaning Behind the Names

German surnames often have interesting meanings behind them. For example, the name Bauer means farmer or peasant, while the name Schmidt comes from the word for smith or metalworker. Other names have more obscure or archaic meanings, like the name Siegel, which comes from the Middle High German word for victory or seal.

The Future of German Surnames

The tradition of using surnames in Germany is a relatively recent one, dating back only a few hundred years. As the country continues to change and grow, it's possible that new surnames could emerge over time—perhaps based on new occupations or locations. But regardless of what the future holds, the rich history and fascinating stories behind Germany's surnames will continue to intrigue and captivate us for years to come.