EISENHOWER Surname Meaning and Origin

What Does the Last Name Eisenhower Mean?

The Eisenhower surname is an Americanized version of Eisenhauer, meaning "iron worker."
The Eisenhower surname is an Americanized version of Eisenhauer, meaning "iron worker.". Getty / Stefano Oppo

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."

Alternate Surname Spellings: EISENHAUER, ISENHOUR, ISENHAUER, ICENHOUR, IZENOUR

Surname Origin: German

Where in the World is the EISENHOWER Surname Found?

According to WorldNames public profiler, 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 the surname distribution map at verwandt.de. 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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Meanings of Common German Surnames
Uncover the meaning of your German last name with this free guide to the meanings and origins of common German surnames.

Eisenhower / Stover Family Genealogy
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. From the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum, and Boyhood Home.

Eisenhower Lineage and Reference
Access digital copies of a series of bulletins on Eisenhower, Eisenhauer, Isenhour, Icenhour, Izenour, etc., family history compiled by Fannie B. Richardson beginning August 20, 1956.

Eisenhower Family Genealogy Forum
Search this popular genealogy forum for the Eisenhower surname to find others who might be researching your ancestors, or post your own Eisenhower surname query. See also Eisenhauer.

FamilySearch - EISENHOWER Genealogy
Explore over 144,000 results, including digitized records, database entries, and online family trees for the Eisenhower surname and its variations on the FREE FamilySearch website, courtesy of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

DistantCousin.com - EISENHOWER Genealogy & Family History
Explore free databases and genealogy links for the last name Eisenhower.

The Eisenhower Genealogy and Family Tree Page
Browse genealogy records and links to genealogical and historical records for individuals with the Eisenhower surname from the website of Genealogy Today.

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References: Surname Meanings & Origins

Cottle, Basil. Penguin Dictionary of Surnames. Baltimore, MD: Penguin Books, 1967.

Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Collins Celtic (Pocket edition), 1998.

Fucilla, Joseph. Our Italian Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 2003.

Hanks, Patrick and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1989.

Hanks, Patrick. Dictionary of American Family Names. Oxford University Press, 2003.

Reaney, P.H. A Dictionary of English Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1997.

Smith, Elsdon C. American Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997.


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