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Origin and popularity of the name WEISS


Weiss : 1: German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname for someone with white hair or a remarkably pale complexion from Middle High German wīz German weiss ‘white’. This surname is also found in Poland Czechia Slovakia Slovenia and Croatia often as a German translation of a corresponding Slavic surnames e.g. Slovenian Belec and Bele (see Belle). It is also found in France (mainly Alsace and Lorraine) Denmark and the Netherlands.2: German: variant of Weis.3: German: habitational name from any of various places called Weis(s) or Weissen.4: German: from a short form of an ancient Germanic personal name formed with wīg ‘battle’ or wid(u) ‘wood forest’ as the first element.


Source : DAFN2 : Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, ©2022 by Patrick Hanks and Oxford University Press

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