Commander Family History
Commander Name Meaning
English: from Middle English comander comando(u)r ‘leader ruler’ probably applied as a nickname although it may also derived from Old French comandeor denoted the officer in charge of a commandery for example of the Knights Templars and in this sense it would have been an occupational or status name. Possibly also an Americanized form of German Kommander: cognate of 1 above perhaps used instead of Hoffmann .
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press