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Some information on the name (etymology, etc.) might be nice too. Nadando 00:26, 8 September 2009 (UTC)
- Apparently it's "black ploughman" (schwarze Negger), but I'll leave the proper research to somebody who remembers more than about 20 words of German. Equinox ◑ 00:30, 8 September 2009 (UTC)
- I've looked for etymological info several times before. My sources don't list that specific name, but from what I do find in Bahlow's Deutsches Namenlexikon, the surname could also originate either as "son of black Eggert" or as "person from black Egg(e)" (where Egg(e) is a place name). I don't know which (if any) is "correct". --EncycloPetey 00:33, 8 September 2009 (UTC)
- I don't find Negger as a word in modern or 19th century German dictionaries. It doesn't appear as a surname with that meaning in medieval German either. I do find Neger (from Latin niger), which suggests that Schwarzenegger may be the German equivalent of blackamoor. --EncycloPetey 00:39, 8 September 2009 (UTC)
From Duden - Familiennamen
1. Bairisch-österreichischer Wohnstättenname für jemanden, der an einem mit Nadelbäumen bewachsenen (»schwarzen«) Geländevorsprung (»Eck«) wohnte. 2. Herkunftsname zu dem Ortsnamen Schwarzeneck (Bayern).