Updated April 18, 2022

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Family name origins & meanings

  • German and Jewish (Ashkenazic) : nickname for a short-tempered man, from Middle High German zorn ‘wrath’, ‘anger’.
  • from a Slavic word (e.g., Sorbian corny ‘black’). Compare Czerny.
  • Slovenian (western Slovenia) : of uncertain origin. It may be connected with the Friulian dialect personal name Zorz (see George).