Last name origins & meanings:
- German, French, Hungarian (Sáfrán), and Jewish
(Ashkenazic): from Middle High German saffrān, Old French
safran ‘saffron’, Hungarian sáfrány, German
Safran ‘saffron’, a bright yellow spice and colorant derived
from the stigmas of a crocus, hence a metonymic occupational name for
a spicer or a nickname for someone with reddish yellow hair. The word
is ultimately derived from Arabic za‛farān. The Jewish
name is mainly ornamental.
spelling of Polish Szafran, which has the same origin as 1.
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