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).