Originally indicated a person from Bátor, a village in Hungary, which might be of Turkic origin meaning "hero". This was the surname of a Hungarian noble family who historically controlled the town. One of the family members, Stephen Báthory, became the king of Poland in the 16th century.
Italian form of BORJA
. This was the name of an Italian noble family who were influential during the Renaissance period.
From the Italian noble title conte
, derived from Latin comes
. It denoted a person who worked for a count or, in rare cases, was a count.
From a given name, itself a diminutive of names beginning with the Germanic element adal
meaning "noble". This was the surname of the Spanish surrealist painter Salvador Dalí (1904-1989).
From a place name meaning "DUDDA
's clearing" in Old English. The surname was borne by a British noble family.
From the noble title, which was originally from Latin dux
"leader". It was a nickname for a person who behaved like a duke, or who worked in a duke's household.
From the aristocratic title, which derives from Old English eorl
meaning "nobleman, warrior"
. It was either a nickname for one who acted like an earl, or an occupational name for a person employed by an earl.
Derived from Middle English frankelin
. It denoted a landowner of free but not noble birth, from Old French franc
From a nickname derived from Middle High German vrom
meaning "noble, honourable"
From the German noble title Graf
, ultimately from Greek γραφευς (grapheus)
From the Dutch title jonkheer
meaning "young lord"
. It was originally a medieval noble designation (not an actual title) for a young nobleman.
From a place name that is probably derived from the Brythonic element cet
. This was the surname of a long line of Scottish nobles.
From the name of a place in Scotland, in Gaelic An Ceann Ard
, meaning "high headland". In the 12th century a Norman nobleman received a charter of land here from King William the Lion (King of Scots), and was thereafter known by this name.
Ó MÁILLE Irish
Means "descendant of a nobleman"
from the Irish Gaelic mál
Ó MAOLMHUAIDH Irish
Means "descendant of Maolmhuadh"
being a given name meaning "proud chief", derived from Gaelic maol
meaning "chief" and muadh
meaning "proud, noble".
VAN AALSBURG Dutch
Means "from Aalsburg"
, which is possibly Adelsburg
, composed of adal
"noble" and burg