What does the last name victory mean

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Again and again we come across names - both of places and of people - that appear understandable and transparent at first glance, including the family name seven. But in fact, the most obvious explanation in the name etymology is not always the correct one, as can be seen, for example, with the place name Himmelgeist. And also the family name seven, which occurs frequently in the western Rhineland from Emmerich to Bonn, only has something to do with the number of the same name in exceptional cases.

Rather, it is seven Another patronyms (father's name) in the genitive that is so typical for the Rhineland (see also Dahmen, Frings, Peters and many more). The name is derived from Siebert or Siebold from. Such Germanic and early High German personal names were usually composed of two members, each of which had a specific meaning. So is Siebert a short form to Siegbertthat is made up of the parts victory 'Win, win' plus bert 'shiny' composed. Siebold is a variant of Victory soon, the name contains the links victory plus soon 'bold'.

In the family name seven is now one of the first name forms with the weak genitive form -en (such as also in of the human) merged. In some cases the name has also been expanded to include the strong genitive: Seven. The name does not appear in this form in the Rhineland, but only in East Frisia.

Charlotte Rein


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  • Wilfried Seibicke: Historical German first name book. Volume 4 Sc-Z. Berlin 2003.


  • Photo "Sieben", photographed by Trending Topics 2019, made available for free documentation under CC BY-2.0 license, source: flickr.com.