[Genealogy.net-users-en] Surname meaning?-STITZ

Thank you for the website of surname locations. Would anyone know what the translation of my married name of STITZ would be? I've not found the translation and have wondered what it meant and if it is an occupation, location, etc. In church records from Birkenfelde it was spelled this way back to the late 1600's so it hasn't recently been shortened from a longer name. Thank you.

Jan Stitz
jstitz@stark.kent.edu

Moin Jan Stitz,

zur Mail vom Wed, 5 Apr 2006 11:04:19 -0400:

Would anyone know what the
translation of my married name of STITZ would be?

I have not yet met this as a German word. I would be pronounced with a
short I (like in "sit"); with a long I - STIEZ or STIETZ - it is a word
with at least two meanings: 1. a small shack mostly for geese, comparable
to the cages now used for hens in "industrial" egg production and 2.
something that in English seems to be called a parson's nose. The latter
may have been derived as a name for a short person - this at least is true
for another word for the same object (B�RZEL).

Regards
Gerd (Schmerse)

Jan,

my book on surnames says:

Stitz: found mostly in the Goettingen area.
Stemming from an occupation related to old German
stitze = young cow which has calved only once
Could have referred to a peasant or just a young man.

hope this helps,

Diether Caspritz from Schwalbach near Frankfurt/Main