Meaning and Origin of: Kaiser

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First name origins & meanings:

  • Greek : Long-haired; hairy
  • Latin : A fine head of hair; Famous emperor
  • Shakespearean : From Julius Caesar

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Last name origin & meaning:

  • German : from Middle High German keiser ‘emperor’, from the Latin imperial title Caesar. This was the title borne by Holy Roman Emperors from Otto I (962) to Francis II (who relinquished the title in 1806). Later, it was borne by the monarch of Bismarck’s united Germany (1871–1918). It is very common as a German surname, originating partly as an occupational name for a servant in the Emperor’s household, partly as a nickname for someone who behaved in an imperious manner, and partly from a house sign.
  • Jewish (Ashkenazic) : ornamental name from German Kaiser ‘emperor’, adopted (like Graf, Herzog, etc.) because of its aristocratic connotations.
  • Muslim : from Arabic qaỵsar ‘emperor’, which, like 1, is of Latin origin, from the imperial title in the Roman Empire.