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Borrowed from German Zahn.

Proper noun[edit]

Zahn (plural Zahns)

  1. A surname from German.


  • According to the 2010 United States Census, Zahn is the 5695th most common surname in the United States, belonging to 6086 individuals. Zahn is most common among White (93.95%) individuals.

Further reading[edit]

Central Franconian[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

  • Zand (Moselle Franconian; some dialects of Ripuarian)
  • Zank (Ripuarian; now chiefly western dialects)


From German Zahn, from Middle High German zan, zant, from Old High German zan, zand, from Proto-West Germanic *tanþ.

The velarised form Zank, which is native in most of Ripuarian, has widely been replaced in eastern dialects; some of them have adopted the southern form Zand, others the standard German form Zahn. As can be seen below, the native plural Zäng remains intact. Compare Hand for more.



Zahn m (plural Zäng, diminutive Zähnche)

  1. (some dialects of Ripuarian) tooth



From Middle High German zan, zant, from Old High German zan, zand, from Proto-West Germanic *tanþ, from Proto-Germanic *tanþs.

The Old High German nominative zan alongside zand is not quite clear, but may go back to an inherited variation that was levelled in the other old languages. The stems zan- and zand- were then used indiscriminately in Middle High German. The success of the form without -d may have been reinforced by the widespread dialectal development: intervocalic -nd--nn-, which produced d-less inflected forms even in dialects that used zand-. Cognates include Dutch and Danish tand, English tooth. See the latter for more.


  • IPA(key): /t͡saːn/
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  • Rhymes: -aːn


Zahn m (strong, genitive Zahnes or Zahns, plural Zähne, diminutive Zähnchen n or Zähnlein n)

  1. tooth
  2. fang
  3. tusk
  4. cog, tine


Derived terms[edit]


  • Central Franconian: Zahn

Further reading[edit]

  • Zahn” in Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache
  • Zahn” in Uni Leipzig: Wortschatz-Lexikon
  • Zahn” in Duden online
  • Zahn on the German Wikipedia.Wikipedia de