Eigner Family History
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Eigner Name Meaning
German: from an agent derivative of Middle High German aigen ‘own’, a status name originally denoting a smallholder who held his land outright, rather than by rent or feudal obligation. In the Middle Ages this was sufficiently rare to be worthy of remark and was normally a special privilege granted in recognition of some exceptional service. Jewish (Ashkenazic): from German Eigner ‘owner’, presumably adopted as an indication of property-owning status.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press