haver

Last name origins & meanings:

  1. North German: metonymic occupational name for a grower of or dealer in oats, from Low German Haver ‘oats’. Compare Hafer, Haber.
  2. Dutch: of uncertain derivation; possibly a Brabantine form of de Hauwer, an occupational name for a wood or stone cutter, Middle Dutch hauwer(e) ‘cutter’, ‘hewer’.
  3. English: from Middle English haver ‘oats’, applied as a metonymic occupational name for a farmer who grew oats or for a grain merchant.
  4. English: possibly a nickname from Middle English haver ‘buck’, ‘billy-goat’.
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