Meaning and Origin of: Hammer

Family name origins & meanings

  • German, English, and Jewish (Ashkenazic) : from Middle High German hamer, Yiddish hamer, a metonymic occupational name for a maker or user of hammers, for example in a forge, or nickname for a forceful person.
  • English and German : topographic name for someone who lived in an area of flat, low-lying alluvial land beside a stream, Old English hamm, Old High German ham (see Hamm) + the English and German agent suffix -er.
  • Norwegian : variant of Hamar.