German: literally ‘old father’, used as a distinguishing epithet for a grandfather or father-in-law; probably a surname borne by the servant of a person in the service of the grandfather or father-in-law of a local personage.
He was proud of his surname, Altvater
by Daisy-dag February 03, 2010
Can you define these popular missing words?
A very Nazi-sounding German last name
Ich bin Altvater!
by CrapBagFTL August 27, 2008