Family Names From Glarus

There are about 200 original family names from Glarus

 

Assuming that Glarus counted no more than 3´000 souls at the time of liberation (battle of Näfels in 1388), it shows, that most of the known families (Landleutegeschlechter) couldn´t be very numerous. It came to a strong increase in the population thanks to the industrialization in the 18th century.

Based on the standard book of Jakob Winteler and Ida Tschudi-Schümperlin (Wappenbuch des Landes Glarus, Genf 1937) and own research, about 200 family names are original names from Glarus, that means have its Place of Origin (see below) for more than hundert years in Glarus.

In the so-called Abgaberodel (tax lists) the taxable fief ownerships and the corresponding free fief holders were listed by name. The 12 free Wappengenossen(free Comrades in Arms) and the 34 free Gotteshausleute(free family members of the Abbey of Säckingen) were listed in this Urbar. The list with the names can be viewed and downloaded here:

The Urbar from the Abbey of Säckingen and the Family Names from Glarus

A list of such names with an assignment to the communities from which these families descend can be viewed and downloaded here:

List of Family Names from Glarus

List with typical and traditional First Names from Glarus

Understanding of Place of Origin in Switzerland

In Switzerland, the place of origin (German: Heimatort or Bürgerort, literally "home place" or "citizen place") denotes where the Swiss citizen has his municipal citizenship. It is not to be confused with the place of birth or the place of residence, although two or all three of these locations can be identical depending on the person.

Swiss citizenship has three tiers:

  • Municipal citizenship, granted by the place of residence after fulfilling several preconditions, like sufficient knowledge of the local language, integration into the local society, and a minimum amount of years lived in said municipality.

  • Cantonal (state) citizenship, for which a Swiss municipal citizenship is required. It requires a certain amount of years lived in said canton.

  • Country citizenship, for which both of the above is a requirement, also requires a certain amount of years lived in Switzerland, and involves a criminal background check.

The last two kinds of citizenship are a mere formality while the municipal citizenship is the most significant step in becoming a Swiss citizen. However, any Swiss citizen can apply for a second, a third or even more municipal citizenships for prestige reasons or to show his or her connection to the place he currently lives in - and thus have several places of origins.

The Register of Swiss Surnames

To genealogists and historians the Register of Swiss Surnames has become an essential standard reference. Representing the status quo of the year 1962, it offers a comprehensive alphabetical listing of all the families holding citizenship in a Swiss community. Each entry contains information on the place of origin (i.e. community of citizenship), time of naturalisation as well as previous place or country of origin. This site offers free access to some 48'500 entries, as compiled in the third edition of the "Familiennamenbuch der Schweiz" (Schulthess Polygraphischer Verlag, Zurich 1989).

The Register of Swiss Surnames

Family Names from Glarus in alphabetical order (with English use name)

Ackermann

Aebli / Aebly

Altmann

Am Bühl

Arzethauser

Bäbler / Babler

Bachmann

Bäldi

Bass

Bauhofer

Baumgartner

Becker

Beglinger

Bissig

Blesi

Blum / Bloom

Blumer / Bloomer

Böniger

Bösch

Boss

Bräm

Britt

Brunner

Bühler

Burger

Burlet

Büsser

Bussi

Christen

Clausen / Klauser

Clecicus von

Diethelm

Dinner

Disch

Durscher

Dürst / Durst / Duerst

Eberli

Egli

Egger

Elmer

Engelhardt

Erhardt

Erismann

Feldmann

Feurer

Figi / Figy

Fischli

Fluri

Freitag

Freuler

Fuchs

Gabriel

Gallati

Geiger / Giger

Ginsig

Gir

Glarner

Gnos

Grob

Grünenfelder

Grüniger

Hämmerli / Hammerle / Hermelin

Hässi

Hauser

Hediger

Heer

Hefti / Hefty

Heiz

Hermann

Hertach

Heussi

Hofmann

Hofstetter

Hophan

Hösli / Hoesly / Hesli / Hasley

Huber

Hug

Hunold

Iselin

Jacober / Jakober

Jenny

Joos

Kamm / Cham

Käser

Kessler

Kirchmeier

Kläsi / Klaesy / Klassy

Knobel

Kolb

König

Kubli / Kubly / Kubley

Küchli

Kundert

Küng

Laager

Landolt

Largo

Legler

Leu

Leuzinger

Lienhard

Listi / Listig

Locher

Loriti

Luchsinger

Lütschg

Lutzi

Maad

Marti / Marty

Mathys

Maurer / Murer

Meier / Meyer

Menzi

Michel

Milt / Elsiner

Model

Müller

Netstaler

Nigg

Norder

Noser

Oertli / Oertly

Oswald

Ott

Pabst

Paravincini di Capelli

Pfändler

Pfeiffer

Rast

Rhyner

Ris

Rosenberger

Ruch

Rütiner

Salmen / Solman

Schädler

Schellenbaum

Schiesser

Schindler / Shindler

Schirmer

Schlittler

Schmid

Schneeli / Schnewli

Schneider / Schnyder

Schönenberger

Schrepfer / Schräpfer

Schübel am Bach

Schuler

Schwitter / Schwyter

Sigrist

Simmen

Simon

Spälti / Spaelty

Speich

Spieler

Steger / Steger

Stähli / Stähelin

Staub

Stauffacher

Steiger / Stiger

Steinmann

Störi

Straub / Strub

Strebi

Streiff / Strief

Streuli / Ströwli

Stucki / Stucky

Stüssi / Steussy / Stuessy

Suter

Thut

Tobler

Tolder / Dolder

Trumpf / Trümpy / Trumpf / Truempy

Tschudi / Tschudy

Vogel

Vögeli / Figley

Vordermann

Wala

Walcher

Walliser

Weber

Weiss / Wyss

Wichser

Wild / Wilde

Winteler

Wohlwend

Wuest

Zay / Zäh / Zäch

Zentner

Ziebach / Zum Bach

Zimmermann

Zindel

Zingg

Zollinger

Zopfi / Zopfy / Sophie

Zürcher

Zweifel / Zwiefel

Zwicki / Zwicky / Zwickey

Zwingli / Swingly

 

 
 
 

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