|Subject:||Re: ORIGIN OF LAST NAME|
|Author:||Andy (guest, 188.8.131.52)|
|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.
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