Updated June 9, 2019

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Family name origins & meanings

  • German and Dutch : from Old Low German or Middle Dutch abt ‘abbot’, hence an occupational name for a servant of an abbot or a nickname for someone thought to resemble an abbot in some way. In some instances it may have been from a house name.
  • Jewish (central Ashkenazic) : from Abt, the German name of Opatów in Poland, or from Apt, the Yiddish name of this city.