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Updated June 9, 2019

Family name origins & meanings

  • German : nickname, probably for someone who was agile, from Middle High German meise ‘titmouse’; or perhaps in some cases a metonymic occupational name for a fowler (a bird catcher).
  • German : habitational name from any of several places called Meise or Meisa.
  • German : occupational name for someone who made panniers or used one in his work, Middle High German meise.
  • Dutch : variant of Meis 4.

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