Meaning and Origin of: Hacker

Family name origins & meanings

  • German (also Häcker), Dutch, and Jewish (Ashkenazic) : occupational name for a butcher, possibly also for a woodcutter, from an agent derivative of Middle High German hacken, Dutchhakken ‘to hack’, ‘to chop’. The Jewish surname may be from Yiddish heker ‘butcher’, holtsheker ‘woodcutter’ (GermanHolzhacker), or valdheker ‘lumberjack’, or from GermanHacker ‘woodchopper’.
  • English (chiefly Somerset) : from an agent derivative of Middle English hacken ‘to hack’, hence an occupational name for a woodcutter or, perhaps, a maker ofhacks (hakkes), a word used in Middle English to denote a variety of agricultural tools such as mattocks and hoes.