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Updated June 9, 2019

Family name origins & meanings

  • German : habitational name from any of several settlements called Amberg (literally ‘by the mountain’), including a city in Bavaria. It could also be a topographic name of identical etymology.
  • Jewish (Ashkenazic) : possibly from 1; alternatively, it may be a habitational name from the city of Hamburg (see Hamburger). Many varieties of Yiddish lack h and -burg is sometimes replaced by -berg in Jewish family names.

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