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How did German people get their names?
Names derived from a physical or other characteristic of first bearer:
Hellmann - light man;
Dick - fat person;
Klein - short;
Lange - the long one;
Kurz - the short one.
Lustig - happy person;
Grossmann - the big one;
Rot(h)bart - red beard;
Weiss - white appearance;
Schwar(t)z - black appearance;
Schwarzkopf - black haired;
Sus(s)man - affectionate person;
Unruh - agitator or trouble maker;
Schatz - treasure;
Stamm, Stump - trunk (as of a tree);
Stammler - stutterer;
Stock - stick, tree trunk.
From the Max Kade Center's Teaching Unit: GERMAN-AMERICANS AND THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE AMERICAN MAINSTREAM CULTURE: GERMAN NAMES AND WORDS http://www-lib.iupui.edu/kade
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