What Are Some Common German Last Names?


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The five most common surnames among 2012 telephone listings in Germany were M�ller, Schmidt, Schneider, Fischer and Weber. Sch�fer, Meyer, Wagner, Becker and Bauer completed the top 10. Variants of some of these � for example, Schmitt, Schmid and Meier � were ranked separately but also among the top 100.

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What Are Some Common German Last Names?
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Common German names or close variants found both in the remainder of the German top 100 and the American top 1000 include Hoffmann or Hoffman, the former 11th most common in Germany and the latter 195th in the United States; Schulz or Schultz, the former 12th on the German list and the latter 261st on the American; and Klein, 15th in Germany and 359th in the United States. Wolf placed 16th in Germany and 427th in the United States, Wolff 98th in Germany and Wolfe 337th in the United States.

Mueller, the 467th most common surname in the United States, and likely many instances of Miller, the 6th most common, are derived from the top-ranking German name M�ller, which means "miller." Schmidt, with the same meaning as the 3rd most common American surname, Smith, itself ranked 171st. With the exception of Sch�fer, the rest of the German top 100 all ranked within the American top 500. Schaefer was within the American top 1000, along with another possible Sch�fer variant, Shaffer.

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