Wagner Family History
Wagner Name Meaning
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic) (also Wägner): occupational name for a carter and (in some dialects) a cartwright from an agent derivative of Middle High German wagen ‘cart wagon’ German Wagen. This surname is also established in many other parts of Europe notably in France (Alsace and Lorraine) Britain Poland and Denmark. In Hungary it is mostly spelled Wágner and Vágner. In Russia Czechia Croatia Slovenia and Slovakia it is also found in the Slavicized form Vagner . Compare Wagener Waggener and Wagoner . Dutch and perhaps also English: occupational name from Middle Dutch waghenaer ‘carter’ (compare 1 above). The Dutch word is not known to have been borrowed into English before 1600 but the surname Wagner is recorded in Norfolk (England) from 1379 perhaps a substitution of the Dutch word for Middle English wainer. Compare Waggoner .
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022