Surnames of Length 4

This is a list of surnames in which the length is 4.
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AAIJ     Dutch
Derived from the given name Aaij, a short form of ADRIAAN and other names.
ABBÀ     Italian
Variant of ABATE.
ABEL (1)     English, French, Danish, Spanish
Derived from the given name ABEL.
ABEL (2)     German
Derived from a diminutive of the given name ALBERT.
ABEN     Dutch
Means "son of ABE (2)".
ÁDÁM     Hungarian
Hungarian form of ADAM.
ADAM     English, French, German, Polish, Romanian, Jewish
Derived from the given name ADAM.
AGLI     Italian
From place names like Agliè, Aglietti, Agliana and Agliate, all originating from the Latin name Allius or Alleius.
AGUA     Spanish
Means "water" in Spanish, indicating a person who lived near water or worked with water.
AIRÒ     Italian
From the given name AROLDO.
AITA     Italian
Originally denoted a person from Aieta, Italy, a place name derived from Greek αετος (aetos) "eagle".
AIZA     Spanish, Basque
From Basque aitz meaning "rock, stone".
AJAM     Arabic
From Arabic عَجَم ('ajam) meaning "foreigner, non-Arab".
ALAN     English, Scottish
Derived from the given name ALAN.
ALBU     Romanian
From Romanian alb meaning "white".
ALMA     Frisian
Means "son of ALE (2)", the suffix -ma indicating that it is of Frisian origin.
ALOI     Italian
From a dialectal form of the name ALOISIO.
AMOS     Jewish
From the given name AMOS.
ARAP     Turkish
Means "Arab" in Turkish.
ARCE     Spanish
Means "maple tree" in Spanish.
ARTS (1)     Dutch
Means "son of AART".
ARTS (2)     Dutch
Dutch cognate of ARZT.
ARTZ     Dutch
Means "son of AART".
ÅRUD     Norwegian
From Norwegian å meaning "river, stream" and the archaic word rud meaning "clearing".
ARZT     Dutch
Means "doctor, physician" in German, ultimately from Latin archiater.
ASÍS     Spanish
Originally denoted a person from the Italian city of Assisi (called Asís in Spanish).
AUER     German
From German aue meaning "meadow by a river, wetland".
AUST     German
Derived from Aust, an archaic diminutive of AUGUST.
AVCI     Turkish
Means "hunter" in Turkish.
BAAK     Dutch
From the given name BAAK.
BAAR     Dutch
Variant of BAARS.
BAAS     Dutch
Means "boss, overseer" in Dutch.
BACH     German
Topographic name for someone who lived by a stream, from Middle High German bach meaning "stream". This name was borne by members of the Bach musical family, notably the composer Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750).
BÄHR     German
From Middle High German bër "bear" or ber "boar". This was originally a nickname for a strong or brave person.
BAIN     English
Variant of BAINES (2).
BAKÓ     Hungarian
Means "axeman" in Hungarian.
BARR     English
Indicated a person who lived near a barrier, from Old French barre.
BASS     English
English cognate of BASSO.
BAUM     German, Jewish
Means "tree" in German.
BEAN     English
English cognate of BOHN.
BECK (1)     English, German, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian
Cognate of BACH, from Middle English bekke (from Old Norse), Low German beke or Old Norse bekkr all meaning "stream".
BECK (2)     German
Variant of BECKER, from southern German beck.
BECK (3)     English
From a nickname for a person with a big nose, from Middle English beke meaning "beak".
BECK (4)     English
From Old English becca meaning "pickaxe", an occupational surname.
BELL (1)     English
From Middle English belle meaning "bell". It originated as a nickname for a person who lived near the town bell, or who had a job as a bell-ringer.
BELL (2)     English
Derived from the given name Bel, a medieval short form of ISABEL.
BELO     Portuguese
Portuguese form of BELLO.
BENN     English
From a short form of BENEDICT.
BERG     German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
From a Germanic word meaning "mountain".
BEST (1)     English
Derived from Middle English beste meaning "beast", an occupational name for a keeper of animals or a nickname for someone who acted like a beast. A famous bearer of this surname was soccer legend George Best (1946-2005).
BEST (2)     German
Derived from the name of the river Beste, meaning unknown.
BIRD     English
Occupational name for a person who raised or hunted birds.
BÍRÓ     Hungarian
Derived from bíró meaning "judge" in Hungarian.
BLAU     German
Means "blue" in German, most likely used to refer to a person who wore blue clothes.
BLOM     Swedish
Means "bloom, flower" in Swedish.
BLUE     English
From a nickname for a person with blue eyes or blue clothing.
BLUM     German, Jewish
Means "flower" in German and Yiddish.
BOER     Dutch
Dutch form of BAUER.
BÖHM     German
Originally indicated a person from the region of BOHEMIA (Böhmen in German).
BOHN     German
Occupational name for a bean grower, derived from Middle High German bone "bean".
BOND     English
Occupational name for a peasant farmer, from Middle English bonde.
BONE (1)     English
Derived from Old French bon meaning "good".
BONE (2)     English
Variant of BAINES (2).
BOON (1)     English
Variant of BONE (1).
BOON (2)     English
Originally indicated a person from the town of Bohon, in Manche in France. The town's name is of unknown origin.
BOON (3)     Dutch
Dutch cognate of BOHN.
BORG     Swedish
From Swedish borg meaning "fortification, castle".
BOVE     Italian
Derived from an Italian nickname meaning "bull, ox".
BOYD     Scottish
From the name of the Scottish island of Bute (Bód in Gaelic), which is of unknown meaning.
BRAY     English
From a place name derived from Cornish bre "hill".
BRET     French
French form of BRETT.
BROZ     Croatian
Derived from Broz, a diminutive of AMBROZIJE. This was the birth surname of the Yugoslavian dictator Josip Broz Tito (1892-1980).
BROŽ     Czech
Derived from Brož, a diminutive of AMBROŽ.
BROŻ     Polish
Derived from Broż, a diminutive of AMBROŻY.
BRUN     German
From Middle High German brun meaning "brown". It was originally a nickname for a person who had brown hair or skin.
BUHR     Low German
Low German form of BAUER.
BÜKI     Hungarian
Derived from the name of the Bükk Mountains, which means "beech tree" in Hungarian (probably of Slavic origin).
BULL     English
From a nickname for a person who acted like a bull.
BUSH     English
Originally a name for a person who lived near a prominent bush or thicket.
BYRD     English
Variant of BIRD.
CARL     English, German
From the given name CARL.
CARO     Spanish, Italian
From Spanish and Italian caro meaning "beloved".
CARR     Scottish
Variant of KERR.
CARY     Irish
Variant of CAREY.
ČECH     Czech
Means "Czech". The name was used to differentiate a native of Bohemia from the natives of Silesia, Moravia and other regions that are now part of the Czech Republic.
CHAN     Chinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese romanization of CHEN.
CHEN     Chinese
From Chinese (chén) meaning "exhibit, display, old, ancient" and also referring to the former state of Chen, which existed in what is now Henan province from the 11th to 5th centuries BC.
CHOE     Korean
Variant romanization of CHOI.
CHOI     Korean
From Sino-Korean (choe) meaning "high, lofty, towering".
CHOU     Chinese
Variant transcription of ZHOU.
CHOW     Chinese
Variant transcription of ZHOU.
CINO     Italian
From the given name Cino, a short form of names ending in cino.
CLAY     English
Means simply "clay", originally referring to a person who lived near or worked with of clay.
COBB     English
From a medieval English byname meaning "lump".
COCK     English
Derived from the medieval nickname cok which meant "rooster, cock". The nickname was commonly added to given names to create diminutives such as Hancock or Alcock.
CODY     Irish
Anglicized form of Irish Ó Cuidighthigh meaning "descendant of CUIDIGHTHEACH". A famous bearer was the American frontiersman and showman Buffalo Bill Cody (1846-1917).
COKE     English
Variant of COOK.
COLA     Italian
From the given name NICOLA (1).
COLE     English
From the Old English byname COLA.
COMO (1)     Italian
From the given name GIACOMO.
COMO (2)     Italian
From the name of the city of Como in Lombardy, the rival city of Milan during the Middle Ages. Its name may come from a Celtic root meaning "valley".
COOK     English
Derived from Old English coc meaning "cook", ultimately from Latin coquus. It was an occupational name for a cook, a man who sold cooked meats, or a keeper of an eating house.
CORY     English
Variant of COREY.
CÔTÉ     French
French form of COSTA.
CRUZ     Spanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese cognate of CROSS.
CSEH     Hungarian
Means "Czech" in Hungarian.
DAHL     Norwegian, Swedish, Danish
From Old Norse dalr meaning "valley". A famous of this surname was author Roald Dahl (1916-1990) who is mostly remembered for children's stories such as 'Matilda' and 'Henry Sugar'.
DALE     English
From Old English dæl meaning "valley", originally indicating a person who lived there.
DALÍ     Spanish
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).
DALY     Irish
Anglicized form of Irish Ó Dálaigh meaning "descendant of DÁLACH".
DANE (1)     English
Variant of DEAN (1) or DEAN (2).
DANE (2)     English
Originally denoted a Dane, that is a person from Denmark.
DEAN (1)     English
Derived from Middle English dene meaning "valley".
DEAN (2)     English
Occupational surname meaning "dean", referring to a person who either was a dean or worked for one. It is from Middle English deen (ultimately from Latin decanus meaning "chief of ten").
DÍAZ     Spanish
Means "son of DIEGO" in Spanish.
DICK     English
From the given name DICK (1).
DUFF     Scottish
Derived from Gaelic dubh meaning "dark".
DUKE     English
From the noble title, which was originally from Latin dux "leader". It was an occupational surname for a person who behaved like a duke, or who worked in a duke's household.
DUNN     English, Scottish, Irish
Derived from Old English dunn "dark" or Gaelic donn "brown", referring to hair colour or complexion.
DÜRR     German
Means "thin" in German.
DYER     English
Occupational name for a cloth dyer, from Old English deah "dye".
EADS     English
Means "son of EDA (2)" or "son of ADAM".
EARL     English
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.
ENNS     German
Derived from a short form of the German given name ANSELM.
ERŐS     Hungarian
Means "strong" in Hungarian.
EZRA     Jewish
From the given name EZRA.
FALK     Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, German
From Old Norse falker or Middle High German valke "falcon".
FAVA     Italian
From the word fava meaning "broad bean".
FEAR     English
From an Old English nickname feare meaning "friend".
FELD     German, Jewish
Means "field" in German. The name was originally given to someone who lived on land cleared of forest.
FENN     English
From a name for someone who dwelt near a marsh, from Old English fenn meaning "fen, swamp, bog".
FINI     Italian
From given names ending in fino, such as SERAFINO.
FINN     Irish
Derived from the given name FIONN.
FORD     English
Name given to someone who lived by a ford, possibly the official who maintained it.
FOSS     English, French
Derived from Old French fosse "ditch".
FOTH     Low German
From a nickname meaning "foot" in Low German.
FREI     German
Means "free" in German. The name most likely referred to someone outside the feudal system.
FRYE     English
Variant of FRY.
GAÁL     Hungarian
Variant of GÁL.
GAGE     French, English
Occupational surname deriving either from Old French gauge "measure" (a name for an assayer) or gage "pledge" (a name for a moneylender).
GANG     Korean
Variant romanization of KANG.
GARB     German
Variant of GARBER.
GARY     English
Variant of GEARY.
GASS     German, Jewish
Name for someone who lived on a street in a city, from German gasse.
GIBB     English
Derived from the given name GIB.
GLAS     German, Dutch
German and Dutch cognate of GLASS.
GLEN     Scottish
Variant of GLENN.
GORE     English
From the Old English word gara meaning "a triangular plot of land".
GORI     Italian
Variant of Gregori, from the given name GREGORIO.
GOTT     German
Derived from the short form of various Germanic compound given names whose first element is either god meaning "good" or god or got meaning "god".
GRAY     English
From a nickname for a person who had grey hair or grey clothes.
GREC     Catalan
Catalan cognate of GRECO.
GREY     English
Variant of GRAY.
GROS     French
Means "thick, fat, big" in French, from Late Latin grossus, possibly of Germanic origin.
GUAN     Chinese
From Chinese (guān) meaning "frontier pass".
HAAK     Dutch
Occupational name meaning "pedlar" in Dutch.
HAAS     Dutch, German
Variant of HASE.
HAHN     German
From Middle High German han, hane meaning "rooster". It was originally a nickname for a proud and pugnacious person.
HALE     English
Derived from Old English healh meaning "nook, hollow".
HALL     English, German, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish
Means simply "hall", given to one who either lived in or worked in a hall (the house of a medieval noble).
HAMM     English
Means "river meadow" in Old English.
HART     English
Means "male deer". It was originally acquired by a person who lived in a place frequented by harts, or bore some resemblance to a hart.
HASE     German
From Middle High German and Middle Low German hase meaning "hare, rabbit". It is a nickname for a timid person.
HASS     German
From the given name Hasso, a diminutive of Germanic names beginning with the element hadu meaning "combat".
HAWK     English
Originally a nickname for a person who had a hawk-like appearance or who acted in a fierce manner.
HEAD (1)     English
From Middle English hed, from Old English heafod, akin to Old High German houbit and Latin caput (both meaning "head"). The surname is occupational and describes the one in charge of a division or department in an office or institution, that is a headmaster.
HEAD (2)     English
Referred originally to a person who lived at the head of a river or on a hilltop.
HEXT     English
From a nickname meaning "tallest" in Middle English. It is most common in the southwest of England in the county of Devon.
HIER     Welsh
Means "tall, long" from Welsh hir.
HILL     English
Originally given to a person who lived on or near a hill, derived from Old English hyll.
HOCH     German
Means "tall" in German.
HOLT     Dutch, Danish, English, Norwegian
Means "a wood" or "grove" in Old English or German.
HOPE     English
Derived from Middle English hop "small valley".
HORN     English, German, Norwegian, Danish
From the Germanic word horn meaning "horn". This was an occupational name for one who carved objects out of horn or who played a horn, or a person who lived near a horn-shaped geographical feature, such as a mountain or a bend in a river.
HOUK     German
Derived from the medieval German region of Huc, located in northeastern Germany.
HOWE     English
Name for one who lived on a hill, from Middle English how "hill".
HUFF     English, German
Means "spur of a hill" in Old English.
HULL     English
Variant of HILL.
HULT     Swedish
Swedish form of HOLT.
HUME     Scottish, English
Variant of HOLME. A famous bearer was the philosopher David Hume (1711-1776).
HUNT     English
Variant of HUNTER.
IKIN     English
Derived from a diminutive of the medieval given name IDA.
ILIĆ     Serbian, Croatian
Means "son of ILIJA".
ITOU     Japanese
From Japanese (i) meaning "this" and (tou) meaning "wisteria". The final character may indicate a connection to the Fujiwara clan.
IVOV     Bulgarian
Means "son of IVO (2)".
IYER     Tamil
Referred to a person belonging to the Iyer subcaste of the larger Brahmin caste. The Iyer subcaste is traditionally devoted to the God Vishnu.
JACK     English, Scottish
From the given name JACK.
JAIN     Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati
Referred to a person who followed the principles of Jainism, a religion practiced in India. Jains are the followers of Lord Mahavira (599-527 BC).
JANS     Dutch, German
Means "son of JAN (1)".
JANZ     German
Means "son of JAN (1)".
JASO     Basque
Derived from Basque jats "sorghum". Sorghum is a type of cereal grass.
JUDD     English
Derived from the medieval name JUDD.
JUNG     German
From Middle High German junc meaning "young".
KALB     German
Means "calf" (the animal) in German.
KANG     Korean
Korean form of JIANG (2), from Sino-Korean (gang).
KARL     German
From the given name KARL.
KATO     Japanese
Variant transcription of KATOU.
KATÓ     Hungarian
Derived from a diminutive of the Hungarian feminine given name KATALIN.
KATZ     German
Derived from the German word Katze "cat".
KAUR     Indian (Sikh)
Means "princess", ultimately from Sanskrit कुमारी (kumari) meaning "girl". In 1699 Guru Gobind Singh gave all his Sikh female followers the surname Kaur and all males Singh. In many instances, it is also used as a middle name with the family name serving as the surname.
KAVA     Polish
Derived from Polish kawa "coffee", perhaps originally denoting one who worked in the coffee trade.
KEEN     English
From Old English cene "bold, brave".
KEIL     German
Means "wedge shaped" in German. It was used to denote a person who owned a wedge-shaped piece of land.
KEIR     Scottish
Variant of KERR.
KEMP     English
Derived from Middle English kempe meaning "champion, warrior".
KERR     Scottish
From Scots kerr meaning "rough wet ground", ultimately from Old Norse kjarr.
KEYS     English
Variant of KAY (1).
KIDD     English, Scottish
From a nickname meaning "young goat, kid" in Middle English.
KING     English
From Old English cyning, originally a nickname for someone who either acted in a kingly manner or who worked for or was otherwise associated with a king.
KISS     Hungarian
Variant of KIS.
KITA     Japanese
From Japanese (kita) meaning "north".
KNEF     German
Occupational name for a shoemaker (derived from Low German knif meaning "shoemaker's knife").
KOCH     German
German cognate of COOK.
KOCK     Low German
Low German cognate of COOK.
KÖHL     German
Variant of KOHL.
KOHL     German
Derived from Middle High German kol "cabbage".
KOOL     Dutch
Derived from the given name NICOLAAS.
KOPP     German
Derived from the given name JACOB.
KRIŽ     Czech, Slovak, Slovene
Means "cross" in Czech.
KRÓL     Polish
Means "king" in Polish. The name referred to one connected in some way with a king's household.
KRON     German, Swedish
Means "crown", perhaps a nickname for one who worked in a royal household.
KUHN     German
Derived from a diminutive of the German given name KONRAD.
KWAN     Chinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese romanization of GUAN.
KWOK     Chinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese romanization of GUO.
LACY     English
Derived from Lassy, the name of a town in Normandy. The name of the town was Gaulish in origin, perhaps deriving from a personal name which was Latinized as Lascius.
LAMA     Italian
Derived from the name place Lama, quite common around Italy.
LANE (1)     English
Originally designated one who lived by a lane, a narrow way between fences or hedges, later used of any narrow pathway, including one between houses in a town.
LANE (2)     French
Derived from a French word meaning "wool", designating one who worked in the wool trade.
LANE (3)     Irish
From Irish Ó Luain meaning "descendant of Luan", a given name meaning "warrior".
LÅNG     Swedish
Swedish cognate of LONG.
LANG     German, Danish, Norwegian
German, Danish and Norwegian cognate of LONG.
LENZ     German
Means "springtime" in German, from a nickname.
LEON     French, English
Variant of LYON (1) or LYON (2).
LEVI     Jewish
From the given name LEVI.
LIAO     Chinese
From Chinese (liào) which refers to the ancient state of Liao, which was located in present-day Henan province.
LOBO     Spanish, Portuguese
Originally a nickname meaning "wolf" in Spanish and Portuguese.
LONG     English
Originally a nickname for a person who had long limbs or who was tall.
LOSA     Spanish
From Spanish losa meaning "tile, slab".
LOVE     English
From the Old English given name Lufu meaning "love".
LÖWE     German
Means "lion" in German.
LOWE (1)     Jewish
Germanized variant of LEVI.
LOWE (2)     English, Scottish
Variant of LOW.
LUND     Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, English
Means "grove of trees", from Old Norse lundr. There are towns in Sweden and Britain called Lund.
LUPO     Italian
From an Italian nickname meaning "wolf".
LUSK     Scottish
Possibly means "cave" in Gaelic.
LYNE     Scottish
Habitational name for someone who lived in places of this name in Ayrshire, Peeblesshire, and Wigtownshire.
LYNN     English
From the Welsh word llyn meaning "lake".
LYON (1)     English, French
Habitational name from either the Lyon in southern central France, or Lyons-la-Forêt in Eure, Normandy.
LYON (2)     English, French
Either from the given name LEON or else a nickname meaning "lion".
MAAS     Dutch, Low German
From the given name MAAS.
MACY     English
Variant of MASSEY.
MAES     Flemish
Flemish form of MAAS.
MAKI (1)     Japanese
From Japanese (maki) meaning "shepherd, tend cattle".
MAKI (2)     Japanese
From Japanese (ma) meaning "real, genuine" and (ki) meaning "tree".
MALY     Polish, Czech
Means "small" in the Slavic languages.
MANN     German, English
From a nickname meaning "man". This may have originally been given in order to distinguish the bearer from a younger person with the same name.
MARI     Italian
Aphetic form of ALTIMARI.
MARK     English
Derived from the given name MARK.
MASI     Italian
From the given name Maso a short form of TOMMASO.
MATA     Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan
From the Old Spanish mata meaning "plantation of trees".
MAUS     German
From a nickname meaning "mouse" from the word mûs (Middle High German, Old High German).
MEIN     German
Derived from the given name MEINO.
MEIR     Jewish
Variant of MAYER (2).
MELO     Portuguese
Portuguese form of MERLO.
METZ (1)     German
Occupational name for a cutler derived from Middle High German metze "knife".
METZ (2)     German
Derived from Mätz, a diminutive form of the given name MATTHIAS.
MOON     Korean
Korean form of WEN, from Sino-Korean (mun).
MORI     Japanese
From Japanese (mori) meaning "forest".
MOTO     Japanese
From Japanese (moto) meaning "base, root, origin". More commonly it is the final character in Japanese surnames.
NAGI     Arabic
Variant transcription of NAAJI.
NAGY     Hungarian
From a nickname meaning "big" or "great" in Hungarian, referring to one's characteristics. This is a very common Hungarian surname.
NAJM     Arabic
From the given name NAJM.
NANA     Italian
From a diminutive of GIOVANNI.
NANI     Italian
Variant of NANA.
NASH     English
Derived from the Middle English phrase atten ash "at the ash tree". A famous bearer was the mathematician John Nash (1928-).
NASS     Norwegian
From the Norwegian word næs meaning "a promontory".
NAVE     Italian
From Italian places called Nave.
NEAL     English
Derived from the given name NEIL.
NEIL     Irish, Scottish, English
Derived from the given name NEIL.
NEPI     Italian
From the town Nepi, which is believed to have been founded by Jewish Italians.
NERI     Italian
From the Italian word nero "black". It indicated a person with a dark complexion or dark hair.
NESS     Scottish, English, Norwegian
Means "headland" in Middle English, originally referring to a person who lived there.
NISI     Italian
Means "son of Niso", where Niso is from the Greek name Nisus.
NOEL     French, English
Either from the given name NOËL, or else derived directly from Old French noel "Christmas" and given to a person who had a particular connection with the holiday.
OHME     German
Means "uncle".
OLMO     Spanish
Means "elm tree" in Spanish, ultimately from Latin ulmus. The name originally indicated a person who lived near such a tree.
ÖMAN     Swedish
From the Swedish words ö meaning "island" and man meaning "man". Thus the meaning is "man from the island".
OTIS     English
Means "son of ODE".
OTTO     German
From the German given name OTTO.
OWEN     Welsh
From the Welsh given name OWAIN.
PACE     Italian
Derived from the Italian given name Pace which meant "peace".
PAGE     English, French
Occupational name meaning "servant, page". It is ultimately derived (via Old French and Italian) from Greek παιδιον (paidion) meaning "little boy".
PAPE     French
French cognate of POPE.
PAPP (1)     Hungarian
From a nickname meaning "priest, cleric" in Hungarian.
PAPP (2)     German
Means "glutton" from Late Latin pappare meaning "to eat".
PARK (1)     Korean
From Sino-Korean 樸, 朴 (bak) meaning "plain, unadorned, simple".
PARK (2)     English
From Middle English parc, this was a name for someone who worked in or lived in a park.
PARK (3)     English
From the medieval name Perkin, a diminutive of PETER.
PAUL     English, French, German, Dutch
From the given name PAUL.
PEAK     English
Means "dweller by the pointed hill" from Old English peac. It could also denote a person from the Peak District in Derbyshire, England.
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