Fenster Family History
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Fenster Name Meaning
metonymic occupational name for a window maker, from Middle High German venster, German Fenster ‘window’. Medieval windows were often just holes in the wall; indeed, the English word window derives from Old Norse vindauga ‘wind eye’. Later they were filled with a frame containing thin layers of translucent horn, and eventually glass, normally only in small pieces leaded together. possibly a habitational name from any of various minor places so named from being in a gap in a range of hills or a clearing in a wood; it may also have been a topographic name for someone who lived in a house remarkable for its windows.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press