Pointer Family History
Pointer Name Meaning
English (southeastern): occupational name either from Middle English pointere pointour ‘tiler’ (from an unrecorded Middle English pointer an agent derivative of pointe poynte ‘tie lace or cord of twisted yarn silk or leather’ for a maker of points for fastening hose and doublet together) or sometimes perhaps from Middle English pointer ‘painter’. Compare Poynter . In some cases also an American shortened form (or a very rare German variant) of South German (mainly Bavaria) Pointner itself a variant of Paintner .
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press