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Origin and popularity of the name MESSER


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’).


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

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