Germany Surnames

If you're here, it's because you've decided to look up the 250 most common surnames in Germany. Surely you've heard of some German surnames, but you may be surprised to see surnames in this list that you didn't know were so common in a country like Germany. In this list we have totally updated statistical information about the most common surnames among Germans, so if you are looking for information about whether your surname would stand out in Germany, we warn you that if it is not in this list, yes, your surname would be something uncommon in German lands . However, if your surname appears among these 250 surnames, we are afraid that you will have to stand out for other qualities, as you will be quite common as far as surnames for Germans are concerned

The most common German surnames

  1. Müller (945404)
  2. Schmidt (711024)
  3. Schneider (436230)
  4. Fischer (372558)
  5. Weber (325733)
  6. Meyer (323771)
  7. Wagner (298283)
  8. Becker (279689)
  9. Schulz (278306)
  10. Hoffmann (275089)
  11. Koch (229729)
  12. Richter (228926)
  13. Bauer (224180)
  14. Schäfer (222673)
  15. Klein (199652)
  16. Wolf (194405)
  17. Schröder (188859)
  18. Neumann (179675)
  19. Schwarz (166126)
  20. Braun (164772)
  21. Zimmermann (162733)
  22. Hofmann (159110)
  23. Lange (159049)
  24. Hartmann (155025)
  25. Krüger (154907)
  26. Krause (150983)
  27. Lehmann (149628)
  28. Schmitz (148465)
  29. Schmitt (147644)
  30. Meier (147597)
  31. Werner (145307)
  32. Schmid (141065)
  33. Schulze (137553)
  34. Maier (134372)
  35. Herrmann (130093)
  36. Mayer (125624)
  37. Köhler (125507)
  38. König (125182)
  39. Walter (124822)
  40. Huber (122614)
  41. Kaiser (121904)
  42. Peters (121871)
  43. Fuchs (117637)
  44. Möller (113584)
  45. Lang (112300)
  46. Scholz (111927)
  47. Jung (106330)
  48. Weiß (104983)
  49. Hahn (103492)
  50. Keller (101526)
  51. Berger (100333)
  52. Schubert (99839)
  53. Vogel (99746)
  54. Friedrich (98780)
  55. Frank (96568)
  56. Roth (95905)
  57. Winkler (95326)
  58. Günther (94874)
  59. Beck (94513)
  60. Lorenz (93306)
  61. Baumann (87598)
  62. Franke (85861)
  63. Albrecht (84739)
  64. Ludwig (81068)
  65. Winter (80908)
  66. Simon (80651)
  67. Schuster (80105)
  68. Schumacher (79777)
  69. Kraus (78896)
  70. Böhm (78636)
  71. Vogt (77061)
  72. Martin (76142)
  73. Stein (75376)
  74. Jäger (74486)
  75. Sommer (74064)
  76. Krämer (73859)
  77. Brandt (72387)
  78. Otto (72341)
  79. Heinrich (70993)
  80. Schulte (70537)
  81. Graf (69932)
  82. Seidel (69775)
  83. Haas (69637)
  84. Schreiber (68452)
  85. Groß (68355)
  86. Dietrich (66763)
  87. Engel (66006)
  88. Ziegler (64754)
  89. Horn (63294)
  90. Bergmann (62854)
  91. Pohl (62473)
  92. Kuhn (62351)
  93. Jansen (62349)
  94. Voigt (61931)
  95. Kühn (61689)
  96. Beyer (60765)
  97. Busch (60689)
  98. Thomas (60588)
  99. Hansen (60323)
  100. Arnold (59629)
  101. Lindner (59618)
  102. Sauer (59459)
  103. Kramer (59288)
  104. Wolff (58940)
  105. Hübner (58558)
  106. Seifert (58474)
  107. Ernst (58139)
  108. Pfeiffer (57890)
  109. Wenzel (55925)
  110. Franz (55280)
  111. Nagel (54858)
  112. Kern (54726)
  113. Barth (54592)
  114. Götz (54492)
  115. Peter (54363)
  116. Paul (53882)
  117. Hermann (53636)
  118. Kruse (53403)
  119. Riedel (53221)
  120. Ott (52430)
  121. Haase (52277)
  122. Petersen (52054)
  123. Lenz (51858)
  124. Langer (51816)
  125. Grimm (51427)
  126. Hoppe (51214)
  127. Arndt (51167)
  128. Bock (51081)
  129. Jahn (50962)
  130. Wilhelm (50917)
  131. Mohr (50700)
  132. Ritter (50570)
  133. Schumann (49833)
  134. Fiedler (49587)
  135. Kaufmann (49474)
  136. Förster (48759)
  137. Kraft (48578)
  138. Berg (48571)
  139. Thiel (48539)
  140. Miller (48029)
  141. Michel (47320)
  142. Marx (47145)
  143. Walther (46912)
  144. Sander (46750)
  145. Lutz (46652)
  146. Fritz (46332)
  147. Eckert (46219)
  148. Thiele (46078)
  149. Böttcher (45603)
  150. Reuter (45053)
  151. Reinhardt (44879)
  152. Beckmann (44274)
  153. Schilling (44190)
  154. Schindler (43742)
  155. Frey (43400)
  156. Hein (43375)
  157. Ebert (43347)
  158. Hesse (43261)
  159. Behrens (42919)
  160. Schütz (42904)
  161. Kunz (42412)
  162. Schramm (42204)
  163. Herzog (42001)
  164. Rudolph (41939)
  165. Fröhlich (40932)
  166. Witt (40857)
  167. Kunze (40857)
  168. Bayer (40623)
  169. Gruber (40546)
  170. Nowak (40499)
  171. Stephan (39907)
  172. Geiger (39842)
  173. Maurer (39568)
  174. Bender (39024)
  175. Schultz (38882)
  176. Seitz (38722)
  177. Bachmann (38700)
  178. Adam (38568)
  179. Brinkmann (38397)
  180. Fink (38069)
  181. Kirchner (37949)
  182. Ullrich (37863)
  183. Stahl (37852)
  184. Breuer (37757)
  185. Gerlach (37745)
  186. Gärtner (37567)
  187. Büttner (37480)
  188. Steiner (37424)
  189. Bruns (36514)
  190. Dietz (36499)
  191. Scherer (36384)
  192. Naumann (36286)
  193. Kurz (36246)
  194. Böhme (36211)
  195. Brand (36187)
  196. Schlüter (36165)
  197. Reichert (36035)
  198. Moser (36022)
  199. Ulrich (35789)
  200. Löffler (35757)
  201. Janssen (35672)
  202. Binder (35494)
  203. Wendt (35425)
  204. Heinz (35380)
  205. Blum (35322)
  206. Körner (35253)
  207. Wolter (34849)
  208. Schenk (34848)
  209. Wegner (34754)
  210. Menzel (34648)
  211. Schwab (34561)
  212. Brunner (34532)
  213. Schröter (34498)
  214. Urban (34344)
  215. Göbel (34313)
  216. Krebs (34220)
  217. Buchholz (34114)
  218. Heller (34104)
  219. Stark (34048)
  220. Wirth (33902)
  221. Döring (33888)
  222. Weiss (33608)
  223. Hinz (33267)
  224. Meißner (33228)
  225. Kopp (33225)
  226. Link (33152)
  227. Bartsch (33150)
  228. John (33148)
  229. Rieger (33115)
  230. Reimann (33051)
  231. Wilke (32933)
  232. Hildebrandt (32805)
  233. Unger (32711)
  234. Hirsch (32658)
  235. Bischoff (32489)
  236. Rose (32416)
  237. Jakob (32395)
  238. Pfeifer (32249)
  239. Ackermann (32228)
  240. Rohde (32159)
  241. Schiller (32040)
  242. Westphal (31968)
  243. Köster (31911)
  244. Sturm (31885)
  245. Hennig (31607)
  246. Freitag (31529)
  247. Bach (31513)
  248. Witte (31374)
  249. Kröger (31325)
  250. Marquardt (31231)

Did you know all these surnames from Germany?

If you look, next to each surname in this list you will find a number. That number is the number of people who carry that surname in Germany. Of course it is the official number given according to the latest statistics made in Germany, and they take into account not Germans, but people who currently live in the country. So it is possible that you may find in Germany a surname that you know perfectly well is not a German surname, that may help you get an idea of how many people from the same country from which that surname originates have emigrated to Germany and have settled there.

Having information about surnames helps us to have information about our history, but also about the history of the different countries. Knowing which surnames are most abundant in Germany at the moment helps us to take a snapshot of the country's current reality. In this way, and crossing these data we have about the current German surnames with the most abundant German surnames one hundred or two hundred years ago, we could get an idea of how German society has changed and the level of impact that migration may have had in a country like Germany.

Similarly, it is interesting to try to discover what the current data are on the most used surnames in the countries neighbouring Germany, and whether they have any surnames in common or if, on the contrary, the coincidences are minimal or non-existent. In this way we can guess what kind of relations Germany has with its neighboring countries, and whether there has been mobility between the countries or not. As you can see, a few simple statistics on surnames in Germany can provide much more information than may appear at first glance.

Have you been surprised by any of these German Last names?

What do you think? Have you already seen in this list of 250 surnames from Germany any that have caught your attention? Have you missed any surname that you thought was very common in Germany, and yet it has turned out not to be on the list? If you keep searching in other countries you will surely find that surname that you thought was German and that turns out to be more common in another country than Germany. Sometimes the data surprises us, but that is what encourages us to want to know more about surnames and the reasons why the 250 most common German surnames are the ones presented in this list, and not others. We encourage you to continue your research.