Last name origins & meanings:
- Jewish, German, Hungarian (Lázár), Slovenian, and
Polish: from a personal name of Aramaic origin, a reduced form of the
Hebrew male personal name Elazar, composed of the elements
El ‘God’ + azar ‘help’, and meaning ‘may God help him’
or ‘God has helped (i.e., by granting a son)’. This was well
established in central Europe as a Jewish name, but was also popular
among Christians because it is recorded in the New Testament.
Lazaros is the New Testament Greek form of the name of the
brother of Martha and Mary, who was restored to life by Christ (John
11: 1–44). As a non-Jewish name it was also used as a nickname for a
beggar or an outcast leper; this use arises from the parable of Dives
and Lazarus (Luke 16: 19–31).
- Slovenian: topographic name for someone
who lived in a area of cleared woodland, from laz ‘cleared
woodland’ + the agent noun suffix -ar.
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