Last name origins & meanings:
- Dutch: occupational name from akkerman ‘plowman’; a
frequent name in New Netherland in the 17th century. Later, it
probably absorbed some cases of the cognate German and Swedish names,
Ackermann and Åkerman respectively.
- English: from a medieval term denoting feudal status, Middle
English akerman (Old English æcerman, from
æcer ‘field, acre’ + man ‘man’). Typically, an
ackerman was a bond tenant of a manor holding half a virgate of arable
land, for which he paid by serving as a plowman. The term was also
used generically to denote a plowman or husbandman.
of German and Jewish Ackermann.
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