Pfotenhauer Family History
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Pfotenhauer Name Meaning
South German: from Middle High German phatte, vade, vate ‘fence post’, ‘roof beam’, ‘purlin’ + an agent derivative of houwen ‘to cut or hew’, hence an occupational name for a maker of posts and beams, although the folk-etymological translation of the name would be ‘paw slapper’.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press
Similar surnames: Dauenhauer, Eisenhauer, Steinhauer, Moldenhauer, Steinbauer, Pfendler