EISENHOWER Surname Meaning and Origin

What Does the Last Name Eisenhower Mean?

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The surname Eisenhower is a common Americanized spelling of the German occupational surname Eisenhauer meaning "iron cutter or iron worker." Eisenhauer derives from the Middle High German isen, meaning "iron" and houwære, a derivative of houwen, meaning "to cut, chop, or hew." The surname is similar in meaning to Smith, Schmidt, and other surnames that mean "blacksmith."


Surname Origin: German

Where in the World is Eisenhower Found?

The Eisenhower surname is found most prevalently in the United States, with an especially strong presence in the state of Pennsylvania. A few occurrences of the surname also appear in Canada (specifically the Peel region of southwest Ontario), Germany (Berlin and Bayern) and England (specifically Worcestershire).

The Eisenhower spelling of the surname is not very prevalent in Germany, found only in Berlin (according to surname distribution maps). The German Eisenhauer spelling, however, is found in 166 localities throughout Germany, most prevalently in Bergstraße, Odenwaldkreis, Rhein-Neckar-Kreis, and Aurich. 

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Genealogy Resources for the Surname EISENHOWER:

Uncover the meaning of your German last name with meanings and origins of common German surnames.

View a family tree of the ancestors of former US president Dwight D. Eisenhower, as well as those of his mother, Ida Elizabeth Stover. Biographical information on Dwight and his brothers is also available.

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