Take the name Morgenbesser for instance. Translated this name would be tomorrow is better or tomorrow will be better. Surely a tale hangs on that designation. Or take the name Lebenswohl--life is good. And then there is Kopfstein--either head rock or the head is standing or standing on the head. Kleinman and Grossman are pretty self explanatory, but what should we make of Mittleman or Middleman?
All the names mentioned so far have a German and/or Yiddish/Hebrew origin. Add in all the other languages that have contributed to our surnames, and you get an even greater variety of things that people were named for.
What are some of the interesting or unusual surnames you've run across?