The German surname Dachs is derived from the Old German word "dachs" or "dahs," meaning "badger." The name was probably given as a nickname
to someone who resembled a badger in some way, perhaps with a streak of white in dark hair or with nocturnal habits. Dachs was likely passed down as a surname to the descendants of a bearer of the nickname
, perhaps as early as the twelfth century, when Germany
first began to pass down hereditary surnames.
Early Origins of the Dachs family
The surname Dachs was first found in the various regions of Germany
, and Dachs began to emerge as a surname. The first instances of Dachs as a surname most likely occurred towards the end of the twelfth century, when surnames began to be passed down through a family line in Germany.
Early History of the Dachs family
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Dachs Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Dach, Dachs, Das, Taks, Tax, Dache, Dax, Dacks and many more.
Early Notables of the Dachs family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Dachs family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Dachs Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Xaver Dachs, who sailed from Bremen to New York in 1852
Contemporary Notables of the name Dachs (post 1700)
- Hans Dachs (b. 1886), historian
- Oskar Dachs (b. 1881), Austrian pianist