Meaning and Origin of: Bitter

Family name origins & meanings

  • Dutch and German : from Dutch or German bitter ‘harsh’, ‘bitter’, hence a nickname for a sour, embittered, or severe person.
  • German : from an agent derivative of Middle High Germanbitten ‘to bid’, hence a nickname or occupational name for a bidder, broker, the municipal alms collector, or a suitor. CompareBitner.
  • Jewish (Ashkenazic) : occupational name from 2.