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Subject: Re: ORIGIN OF LAST NAME
Author: Andy   (guest, 217.83.29.112)
Date: October 4, 2004 at 11:02:28 PM
Reply to: ORIGIN OF LAST NAME by KATHY STECK
All my German dictionary of surnames has is STECK.
a) Cognomen for a stiff or crude person (from German "Stecken" = "stick")
b) Someone who lives by a pasture marked out with sticks

Now the CH-version is related as "stecken" (to stick) is to "stechen" (to sting).
About the GH-version I don't know, it could mean something like "one who lives near a footbridge (Steg)", but would then etymologically not be related to "Stecken".

Sorry, this is all I can find. Try behindthesurname.com or ask Menke; he usually finds out a lot.

Andy ;—)

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