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Names - Translations

Translation of German Surnames

The following is a list of German surnames and their English equivalents. Names were changed by direct translation, by spelling the word in English the way it sounded or by modifying the word.

The German "B" was often changed to "V", "I" was changed to "Y", "K" to "C", "KI" or "LICH" to "LEY", "SCH" to "SH" or "S" and "U" to "OO".

English - German
Albright - Albrecht
Ault - Alt

Blair, Bare - Baer
Baker - Becker
Barger - Berger
Barnhart - Bernhard
Baugh - Bach
Baugher - Bacher
Baughman - Bacher
Beam - Boehm
Bean - Behn
Beaver - Bieber
Betts - Betz
Bishop - Bischof
Black - Schwarz
Bordner - Portner
Bowers. Farmer - Bauer
Bowman - Baumann
Boyer - Beyer
Brickner - Bruckner
Bridenbaugh - Breitenbach
Brown - Braun
Brubaker - Brupbacher

Carpenter - Zimmerman
Carver - Gerber
Cline, Kline - Klein
Clouse - Klause
Cooper - Bottcher
Cramer, Kramer - Kraemer
Cripps - Krebs
Culp - Kalb

Derr - Durr

Earhart - Ehrhard
Eshelman - Eschlimann
Everhart - Eberhard
Fair - Fehr
Farmer, Bowers - Bauer
Fate - Veit
Focht - Vogt
Fogel, Fogle - Vogel
Fox - Fuchs
Frailey, Fraley - Frohlich
Frederick - Friedrich
Free - Fuehre, Fery
Fry - Frey
Fulmer - Volmar

Gairing, Gehrig - Gehring, Goring
Cering - Goering
Gardner - Gaertner
Gase - Gos, Goes
Good, Goode - Gut, Guth

Hafer - Hofer, Hoefer
Haines - Haintz
Harmann - Hermann
Hartzell - Hirtzel
Henry - Heinrich
Hines - Heintz
Hoover - Huber
Hostetter - Hofstetter
Hunter, Yeager - Jager

Johns - Tschantz

Kale - Kehl
Keen - Kuhn
Kerr - Kurrer
Kimmel - Kummel
King - Konig
Kingseed - Konigsamen
Kinsey - Kunzi
Kline, Cline - Klein
Knisely - Kneissli
Kramer, Cramer - Kraemer

Lease - Liess
Little, Small - Klein
Leibengood, Livingood - Lebengut
Long - Lang

Mayer, Myers - Meyer
Mercer - Musser
Merrersmith - Messerschmidt
Miller - Muller
Mishler - Miswchler
Moore - Mohr
Myers, Mayer - Meyer

Newman - Neumann
Ney - Neu
Nissley - Nussli

Oakely - Eichli
Overholt - Oberholtzer

Peiffer, Pfeifer, Piper - Pfeiffe
Prince - Printz

Reeser, Reser - Riese
Rehrig - Rohrig
Reinhold, Reynolds - Reinoehl
Rhoads, Rhode, Rood - Roth
Rice - Reiss
Richards - Reichert
Reinhart, Rinehart - Reinhard

Saylor - Seiler
Shepherd - Schaffer
Shertz - Schertz
Shoemaker - Schumacher
Shimer - Schaumer
Shnavely - Schnaebeli
Sholes, Sholtz, Shulz, Shultz - Schultz
Slagel - Schlegel
Slaymaker - Schleiermacher
Small, Little - Klein
Smyser - Schmeisser
Snaveley - Schnaebeli
Snell - Schnell
Souders - Sauter
Sowers - Sauer
Spangler - Spengler
Staley - Staheli
Stine, Stone - Stein
Stoner - Steiner
Strasbaugh, Strausbaugh - Strasbach
Sweigert - Schweiger
Swope - Schwab

Taylor - Schneider
Troxell - Trachsel
Turner - Dreher
Tyson - Theissen

Wanamaker - Wannemacher
Weaver - Weber
Welty - Walti
Werts, Wertz - Wirtz
Whitman - Widmann
Wiant, Wyant - Weiand
William, Williams - Wilhelm
Witmer, Whitmer - Widmer

Yeager, Hunter - Jager
Yoder - Yost
Young - Jung

Zarcher, Zercher, Zirger - Zurcher
Zook - Zug

 

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