History of Surnames

June 25, 2007 · Posted in history · 1 Comment 

Job designations are the most common form of family names; anybody who had an unusual job would have been bound to be identified by it. Examples: Schmidt (smith), Müller (miller), Meier (farm administrator), Schulze (constable), Fischer (fisherman), Schneider (tailor), Maurer (mason), Bauer (farmer), Metzger or Fleischer (butcher), Töpfer or Toepfer (potter). Note: the surname of Zeitler means "beekeeping in the woods"     — Read Full Article