Geneanet > Resources > Family Names > MESSER

Origin and popularity of the name MESSER

Origin

Messer : 1: German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): metonymic occupational name for a cutler from Middle High German mezzer ‘knife’ from Old High German mezzirahs mezzisahs a compound of maz ‘food meat’ + sahs ‘knife sword’. The Jewish name is from German Messer ‘knife’ or Yiddish meser.3: Dutch: occupational name from Middle Dutch messer ‘cutler’ an agent derivative of meste ‘knife’.2: German: occupational name for an official in charge of measuring the dues paid in kind by tenants from an agent derivative of Middle High German mezzen ‘to measure’.4: English (of Norman origin): occupational name from Old French messier messer ‘harvester harvest master hayward’ (Late Latin messicarius an agent derivative of messis ‘harvest’).

More

Source : DAFN2 : Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, ©2022 by Patrick Hanks and Oxford University Press
FANBI : The Oxford Dictionary if Family Names in Britain and Ireland, ©2016, University of the West of England

Subject to the Terms and Conditions of Ancestry

Last name frequency

Geographic distribution of the 18,863 individuals with the name MESSER on Geneanet.

 

Most found places for the name MESSER:

    This last name in the family trees

    See below the Geneanet members' family trees which contain the last name MESSER

    ranjac1
    (2,211 individuals)
    tlynaust
    (311 individuals)
    jessegac
    (180 individuals)
    rowanvamp0
    (151 individuals)

    Search another name

    Search 9 billion individuals

    Search 9 billion individuals

    Search the name of your ancestors and your family in a database of 9 billion indexed individuals on Geneanet.

    Search MESSER

    Start your family tree

    Start your family tree

    Create your family tree and take advantage of valuable tips to help you search your ancestors.

    Start your family tree