Guttman Surname History

The name Guttman is a proud symbol of ancient Jewish culture. Before the late Middle Ages, people were known only by a single name. However, as the population increased and travelers set out on their journeys, it became necessary for people to adopt a second name to identify themselves. Jewish hereditary surnames were adopted from a variety of different sources. Two of the most common types of Jewish family names are patronymic surnames, which are derived from the father's given name, and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the mother's given name. As a Jewish (Ashkenazic) surname, Guttman comes from the male given name Gutman, which means God and man, and was a transformation of many similar sounding names.

Guttman Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Goodman, Gutman, Guttman, Gutermann, Gutterman, Guterman, Gothmann, Gutmann, Guttmann, Giterman and many more.

Guttman migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Guttman Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Philipp Guttman, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1736 [1]
Guttman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Andrew Guttman, who arrived in Indiana in 1847 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Guttman (post 1700)

  • Elizabeth Ann Guttman (b. 1961), birth name of Elizabeth Daily, an American voice actress, best known for her voice for Tommy Pickles in Rugrats and Buttercup in The Powerpuff Girls
  • Norman Guttman (1920-1984), American psychologist, student of B. F. Skinner
  • Howard M. Guttman (b. 1951), American management consultant, founder of Guttman Development Strategies
  • Amir Fryszer Guttman (1976-2017), Israeli singer, musician, choreographer, actor, and theater director
  • Louis Guttman (1916-1987), Israeli sociologist, inventor of the Guttman scale for statistical surveys
  • Eli Guttman (b. 1958), former Israeli football player, current manager of the Israeli national football team
  • David Guttman (1883-1940), Swedish long-distance runner at the 1912 Summer Olympics


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
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