Last name origins & meanings:
- German, Czech (Kunšt), and Jewish (Ashkenazic): from
Middle High German kunst ‘wisdom’, ‘skill’, in German-speaking
communities a nickname for a knowledgeable or skillful person. Among
Jewish communities, this was adopted as an ornamental name in the
sense ‘knowledge’, ‘wisdom’, ‘dexterity’, or ‘art’. In Slavic regions,
the word acquired negative connotations, ‘trickery’, ‘sleight of
hand’, and hence ‘ridicule’, ‘scorn’, or ‘mockery’.
- German: from a short form of the personal name Konstantin,
German form of Constantine.
- German: from the personal
name Kunz, a short form of Konrad.
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