Last name origins & meanings:
- North German: habitational name from any of various places in
East Prussia named Stamm.
- German and Swiss German: from Middle
High German, Middle Low German stam ‘family tree’, ‘descent’,
‘stock’, hence ‘son and heir’, possibly applied as a nickname for the
eldest son of a family.
- Jewish (Ashkenazic): ornamental name from
German Stamm ‘stem’, ‘stock’, or perhaps in some cases a short
form of names such as Aronstam ‘stock of Aaron’ (the
first high priest), Kohenstam ‘stock of the kohenim’ (see
Cohen), and Löwenstam ‘stock of the Levites’ (see
Levi and Lowe 2).
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