Proper noun edit
Zahn (plural Zahns)
- A surname from German.
- According to the 2010 United States Census, Zahn is the 5695th most common surname in the United States, belonging to 6086 individuals. Zahn is most common among White (93.95%) individuals.
Further reading edit
Central Franconian edit
Alternative forms edit
- Zand (Moselle Franconian; some dialects of Ripuarian)
- Zank (Ripuarian; now chiefly western dialects)
The velarised form Zank, which is native in most of Ripuarian, has widely been replaced in eastern dialects; some of them have adopted the southern form Zand, others the standard German form Zahn. As can be seen below, the native plural Zäng remains intact. Compare Hand for more.
The Old High German nominative zan alongside zand is not quite clear, but may go back to an inherited variation that was levelled in the other old languages. The stems zan- and zand- were then used indiscriminately in Middle High German. The success of the form without -d may have been reinforced by the widespread dialectal development: intervocalic -nd- → -nn-, which produced d-less inflected forms even in dialects that used zand-. Cognates include Dutch and Danish tand, English tooth. See the latter for more.
Derived terms edit
- → Central Franconian: Zahn