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The Messer Surname Name Meaning and History German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): metonymic occupational name for a cutler, from Middle High German mezzer ?knife?, from Old High German mezzirahs, mezzisahs, a compound of maz ?food?, ?meat? + sahs ?knife?, ?sword?. The Jewish name is from German Messer ?knife? or Yiddish meser. German: occupational name for an official in charge of measuring the dues paid in kind by tenants, from an agent derivative of Middle High German mezzen ?to measure?. English and Scottish: occupational name for someone who kept watch over harvested crops, Middle English, Older Scots mess(i)er, from Old French messier (see Messier).