Wander Family History
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Wander Name Meaning
German: occupational name for a builder, one who built walls, from an agent derivative of Middle High German want ‘wall’ (from Old High German wenten ‘to wind or weave’; the earliest domestic walls were of wattle and daub construction, made from woven hurdles packed with clay). German: occupational name for a maker or seller of cloth, from an agent derivative of a reduced form of Middle High German gewant ‘cloth’, ‘garment’ (from Old High German giwant, likewise a derivative of wenten ‘to weave’). Jewish (Ashkenazic): variant of Wanderer, a nickname from Yiddish vandern ‘to wander or hike’.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press