German Surnames
Beginning with T

In this section we will be looking at the meanings of German surnames beginning with T.



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Teichmann – Literally translated this German surname means ‘pond man’ in English and would have originally either denoted somebody who lived near a pond or somebody who was responsible for looking after a fish pond, possibly a fish farmer.

Theis / Thies – This German surname is a pet form of the name ‘Mathias’ (or ‘Matthew’ in English) and means ‘gift of God’. The name was made popular by Matthew the Evangelist, most famous for being one of Jesus’ Twelve Apostles.

Thiel / Thiele / Thiemann – This German surname is a variation of the name ‘Dietrich’. Please see ‘Dietrich / Diedrich’ listed under ‘German surnames beginning with D’ for further information.

Thieme / Timm – A short form of the name ‘Dietmar’ which in turns stems from the words ‘thiot / diot’ (Diet) meaning ‘folk / nation / people’ and ‘mãri’ (mar) meaning ‘well-known / famous’. Thus, ultimately, this German surname means ‘famous people/nation’.

Thoma / Thomas / Thomsen – This German surname originates from Hebrew and means ‘twin’. It refers to Thomas the Apostle who was one of the most popular saints of the middle ages. Saint Thomas is the patron saint of architects, builders, masons, carpenters and construction workers, amongst others.

Tietz – This German last name is a variation of the name ‘Dietrich’. Please see ‘Dietrich / Diedrich’ listed under ‘German surnames beginning with D’ for further information.

Toepfer / Topfer / Töpfer – This German surname was originally the occupational name for a ‘potter‘.

Traeger / Trager / Träger – Deriving from the Middle High German word ‘tregel / treger’ meaning ‘to carry’ this German last name was most likely to have originally been the occupational name for a ‘porter’. It some cases it may have referred to a ‘representative’ or ‘guarantor’.

Trapp – Stemming from the Middle High German word ‘trap(pe)‘ meaning ‘fool / drip’ this German last name originally referred to a ‘simple-minded’ person.

Trautmann – This German surname stems from the Old High German ‘trût-man’ where ‘trût’ meant ‘loved / dear’ and ‘man’ meant ‘person / man’. Hence, this name would have originally referred to a ‘beloved person’.

Trost - Deriving from the Middle High German word ‘trôst’, this German last name originally referred to a ‘helper’ or ‘protector’. 

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