Updated June 9, 2019

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Family name origins & meanings

  • Dutch and North German : from a Germanic personal name composed of the elements agi(l) ‘edge’, ‘point (of a weapon)’ + berht ‘bright’, ‘famous’. This was one of the most popular names among the peoples living in the Low Countries in the Middle Ages. The English cognate Egbert is not found as a surname, despite the fame of King Egbert of Wessex.