Meaning and Origin of: Feig

Family name origins & meanings

  • South German : nickname for a coward, from the Middle High German veic ‘fated to die’, which then took on the meaning ‘intimidated’, ‘fearful’, ‘cowardly’.
  • German : variant of Feige 2.
  • German : in some cases the Slavic word voj ‘man’, ‘warrior’ (variants vojko, vojka) may have been adapted, since, according to Brechenmacher, several 16th-century documents from eastern Germany report the name.
  • Jewish (Ashkenazic) : ornamental name from German Feige ‘fig’.