While watching TV, I noticed that a person interviewed was named In der Maur. Rarely you can read von as prefix, mostly by former nobles, but it's the first time I have read in der as a prefix. I would assume that this is some very old German variant like Mittelhochdeutsch or earlier.

Is it even a German name?

Where does this name come from? From what time or period might this name be? And is it known what kind of people got such a prefix?

Note: I understand that this question might not be the perfect fit for German.SE, but looking at Genealogy.SE, it would be a worse fit there. I also found the person-name tag here with 68 questions, so I assume it's ok to ask.


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According to forebears.io, there are 450 "In der Maur" in Switzerland, as well as 350 "Indermaur" in Austria,

Wikipedia says that the name "In der Maur" comes from a old noble Swiss family from the 15th century. Apparently, there's also a branch of the family in Austria, which totally explains the numbers above.




  • Thanks for your explanation! Just a note: On forebears.io i can not find those mentioned 350 members in Austria. Am I looking at the wrong source? I can see 1 and 0 for those links above.
    – kaiser
    Commented May 14, 2020 at 11:07
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    Whoops... There are 450 "Indermaur" worldwide, including 350 in Switzerland. That's what I meant. Sorry about the confusion!
    – user43874
    Commented May 14, 2020 at 22:00
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    No worries. There's always the possibility to fix things with an edit :)
    – kaiser
    Commented May 14, 2020 at 22:18

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