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Gender: M Meaning of Springer: "jumper, leaper" Origin of Springer: English surname

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This lively, springy, rarely-used surname name has an interesting history. For the English, German, Dutch and Ashkenazic Jews it was a nickname for a lively person or traveling entertainer, deriving from the words springen/springhen/shpringen, and in English it's also a topographical name for someone living near the source of a stream. An unusual option if you're seeking an out-of-the-ordinary 'er'-ending name. Though for some it might bring to mind Jerry Springer, or a Spaniel.

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Famous People Named Springer

-Springer Holland Cate (b. 2005), brother of actor Field Cate
-Axel Springer, German journalist, founder of Axel Springer AG publishing company
-Julius Springer, German publisher, founder of Springer-Verlag (global scientific publishing house)
-Jerry Springer, British-born TV personality, attorney, and former Cincinnati mayor & news anchor
-Aaron Springer, American writer, director, animator, and storyboard artist ("SpongeBob SquarePants")
-Col. Robert C. Springer, NASA astronaut
-Dennis Springer & Russ Springer, American baseball players
-F. J. Springer, founder of the Springer Opera House (c. 1871)
-British actress Helena Bonham Carter's maternal grandmother was Helene Fould-Springer, from an upper class Jewish family, the daughter of Baron Eugene Fould-Springer (a French banker who was descended from the Fould dynasty) and Marie Cecile von Springer (whose father was Austrian-born industrialist Baron Gustav von Springer)

Pop Culture References for the Name Springer

Springer McDowell, the strong, sexy hero in the 1985 romance novel "Banish Misfortune," by Anne Stuart

Springer, one of the Transformers characters

Springer, the orca whale

Springer, model of Harley-Davidson motorcycle (Heritage Springer and Springer Softail)

"Springer" is the German word for the knight in chess.

In Swedish, this name means "running" or "leaping."