Vetter

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from German Vetter.

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Vetter (plural Vetters)

  1. A surname, from German​.

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  • According to the 2010 United States Census, Vetter is the 4142nd most common surname in the United States, belonging to 8552 individuals. Vetter is most common among White (95.49%) individuals.

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle High German veter, vetere, from Old High German fetiro (father's brother), fatureo, from Proto-West Germanic *faderjō.

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Vetter m (genitive Vetters, plural Vettern, diminutive Vetterchen n, female Cousine or Kusine or Vetterin or Base)

  1. (dated or regional, except in compounds) male cousin
    Synonym: Cousin
  2. (obsolete) paternal uncle
    • 1819, Brüder Grimm, “Hans heirathet”, in Kinder- und Haus-Märchen, volume 1:
      Es war einmal ein junger Bauer, der hieß Hans, dem wollte sein Vetter gern eine reiche Frau werben.
      Once upon a time there was a peasant named Hans whose uncle wanted to find him a rich wife.

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