Ober Family History
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Ober Name Meaning
English: unexplained. South German: topographic name for someone who lived at the upper end of a village on a hill, from Middle High German ober, obar ‘above’. In other cases, it may have denoted someone who lived on an upper floor of a building with two or more floors. North German: topographic for someone who lived on the bank of a river or stream name, standardized from Middle Low German over ‘river bank’. Possibly a shortened form of any of various German compound names formed with Ober- (see entries below). Jewish (Ashkenazic): from German Ober ‘senior’, ‘chief’. In some cases it can denote a rabbi; in others it is ornamental.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press
Similar surnames: Over, Eber, Kober, Hober, Oder, Tober, Lober, Obee, Uber, Bober