Updated June 9, 2019

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Family name origins & meanings

  • Iranian : from a personal name based on Persian zand ‘interpretation’. In Old Persian the Zand or Zend is the commentary on the Avesta, the sacred text of the Zoroastrians.
  • Jewish (Ashkenazic) : variant spelling of Sand.
  • German : perhaps a nickname for someone with protruding or otherwise remarkable teeth, from Middle High German zand ‘tooth’.