My grandmother's maiden name was Olderdissen (Westfalen 1876).

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Some of her relatives are listed as Meier zu Olderdissen.  What does the "zu" mean?  Some others might say Schmidt Or Beck.  What does the "Or" mean?
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According to the Wikipedia article on German nobility, zu in a name means "at", so Meier zu Olderdissen means "Meier (who lives at) Olderdissen."
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