The surname Wagner is of occupational origin, when found in Germany it may also be spelled as Wägner. The term Wagner is an occupational name for a carter or cartwright, from an agent derivative of Middle High German wagen meaning ”‘a cart or a wagon”. The German surname is also well established in Scandinavia, the Netherlands, eastern Europe, and elsewhere as well as in German-speaking countries. A notable bearer of the name Wagner is the German composer Wilhelm Richard Wagner born in Leipzig in 1813.
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