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BLOM     Swedish
Means "bloom, flower" in Swedish.
BLOMGREN     Swedish
From Swedish blomma meaning "flower" and gren meaning "branch".
BLOODWORTH     English
Originally indicated someone from the town of Blidworth in Nottinghamshire, which was derived from the Old English byname Blīþa (meaning "happy, blithe") combined with worð "enclosure".
BLOXAM     English
Variant of BLOXHAM.
BLOXHAM     English
From a place name meaning "Blocca's homestead". The Old English byname Blocca is of uncertain origin.
BLUE     English
From a nickname for a person with blue eyes or blue clothing.
BLUM     German, Jewish
Means "flower" in German and Yiddish.
BLUMENTHAL     German, Jewish
Derived from German Blumen "flowers" and Thal "valley".
BLUMSTEIN     Jewish
Yiddish ornamental surname meaning "flower stone" in German.
BLYTHE     English
From Old English meaning "happy, joyous, blithe".
BOATWRIGHT     English
Occupational name meaning "maker of boats".
BOBAL     Czech
Derived from Czech bob meaning "bean".
BÖCKER     German
Variant of BÖTTCHER.
BODILSEN     Danish
Means "son of BODIL".
BODNÁR     Hungarian
Means "cooper, barrel maker" in Hungarian.
BODROGI     Hungarian
Originally denoted someone living near the Bodrog, a river in northeastern of Hungary.
BOEHLER     German
Variant of BÖHLER.
BOELENS     Dutch
Means "son of BOELE".
BOELS     Dutch
Means "son of BOELE".
BOER     Dutch
Dutch form of BAUER.
BOEREFIJN     Dutch
Possibly an adaptation of French beurre fin meaning "good butter".
BOERIO     Italian
From Italian boaro meaning "cowherd".
BOGDANIĆ     Croatian
Means "son of BOGDAN".
BOGDANOV     Russian, Bulgarian
Means "son of BOGDAN".
BOGDANOVIĆ     Serbian, Croatian
Means "son of BOGDAN".
BOGNÁR     Hungarian
Hungarian form of WAGNER.
BOGOMOLOV     Russian
Patronymic derived from Russian богомол (bogomol) "pious one, devotionalist".
BÖHLER     German
Derived from the name of several German towns called Boll or Böhl, meaning "hill".
BÖHM     German
Originally indicated a person from the region of BOHEMIA (Böhmen in German).
BÖHME     German
Variant of BÖHM.
BÖHMER     German, Jewish
Variant of BÖHM.
BOHN     German
Occupational name for a bean grower, derived from Middle High German bone "bean".
BOIVIN     French
Nickname for a wine drinker, from Old French boi "to drink" and vin "wine".
BOKOR     Hungarian
Topographic name derived from Hungarian bokor "bush". This is also the name of a village in Hungary.
BOKORI     Hungarian
Variant of BOKOR.
BOLÍVAR     Spanish
From Bolibar, the name of a small Basque village, derived from Basque bolu "mill" and ibar "meadow". This name was borne by the revolutionary Simón Bolívar (1783-1830).
BOLOGNA     Italian
From the name of the city of Bologna in northern Italy. It may derive from a Celtic word meaning "settlement".
BOLTON     English
From any of the many places in England called Bolton, derived from Old English bold "house" and tun "enclosure".
BONACCORSI     Italian
From the given name BONACCORSO.
BONACCORSO     Italian
From the given name BONACCORSO.
BONAVENTURA     Italian
From the given name BONAVENTURA.
BOND     English
Occupational name for a peasant farmer, from Middle English bonde.
BONDESAN     Italian
Venetian name derived from the name of the town of Bondeno in northern Italy.
BONE (1)     English
Derived from Old French bon meaning "good".
BONE (2)     English
Variant of BAINES (2).
BONFILS     French
Derived from Old French bon fils meaning "good son".
BONHAM     English
English form of BONHOMME.
BONHEUR     French
From Old French bonne heure meaning "good time", or "lucky".
BONHOMME     French
Derived from Old French bon homme meaning "good man".
BONNAIRE     French
French form of BONNER.
BONNAY     French
Variant of BONNET.
BONNER     English
From Middle English boneire "kind, courteous", derived from Norman French bon aire "good bloodline".
BONNET     French
From the given name BONITUS.
BONNEY     English
From northern Middle English boni meaning "pretty, attractive".
BONOMO     Italian
Italian cognate of BONHOMME.
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.
BOONE     English
Variant of BOON (1) or BOON (2).
BOOTH     English
Topographic name derived from Middle English both meaning "hut, stall".
BOOTHMAN     English
Variant of BOOTH.
BOOTSMA     Frisian
Occupational surname meaning "boatman", derived from Dutch boot "boat".
BORBÉLY     Hungarian
Hungarian cognate of BARBER.
BORCHARD     German
Derived from the given name BURKHARD.
BORCHARDT     German
Derived from the given name BURKHARD.
BORDE     French
From Frankish bord meaning "board, plank". This name belonged to a person who lived in a house made of planks.
BORG     Swedish
From Swedish borg meaning "fortification, castle".
BORGHI     Italian
Locative origin, from the common place name Borgo meaning "village".
BORGNINO     Italian
From nickname derived from the Piedmontese dialect word borgno meaning "one-eyed". This was the real surname of American actor Ernest Borgnine (1917-2012).
BORGOGNI     Italian
From the name of the French region of Burgundy (called Bourgogne in French), which is named after the Germanic tribe the Burgundians, itself meaning "people from the high land".
BORISLAVOV     Bulgarian
Means "son of BORISLAV".
BORISOV     Russian, Bulgarian
Means "son of BORIS".
BOROS     Hungarian
Derived from Hungarian bor "wine". Originally it could have indicated someone who made or sold wine.
BORST     Dutch
From a nickname derived from Dutch borst "chest".
BÖSCH (1)     German
Derived from a diminutive of the given name SEBASTIAN.
BOSCH (1)     Dutch, Low German
Derived from Middle Dutch bosch meaning "wood, forest".
BOSCH (2)     Catalan
Catalan form of BOSCO.
BOSCO     Italian
Means "forest" in Italian.
BOSKO     Polish, Slovak
Derived from Slavic bosu meaning "barefoot".
BOSQUE     Spanish
Spanish form of BOSCO.
BÖTTCHER     German
Occupational name meaning "cooper, barrel maker" in German.
BOTTERILL     English
Probably indicated someone from the town of Les Bottereaux in Normandy, itself derived from Old French bot "toad".
BOTWRIGHT     English
Variant of BOATWRIGHT.
BOUCHARD     French
From the Germanic given name BURKHARD.
BOUCHER     French
Means "butcher" in French.
BOULOS     Arabic
From the given name BULUS.
BOURDILLON     French
Diminutive form of BORDE.
BOURKE     English
Variant of BURKE.
BOURNE     English
Derived from Old English burna "stream, spring".
BOURREAU     French
Variant of BUREAU.
BOUSAID     Arabic
Means "father of SA'ID" in Arabic.
BOUWMEESTER     Dutch
Means "architect, builder" in Dutch.
BOVE     Italian
Derived from an Italian nickname meaning "bull, ox".
BOVER     Catalan
Catalan cognate of BOVE.
BOVERI     Italian
Variant of BOVE.
BOWEN     Welsh
From Welsh Ap Owain meaning "son of OWAIN".
BOWMAN     English
Occupational name for an archer, derived from Middle English bowe, Old English boga meaning "bow".
BOYADJIEV     Bulgarian
Variant transcription of BOYADZHIEV.
BOYADZHIEV     Bulgarian
Patronymic from Bulgarian бояджия (boyadzhiya) meaning "dyer".
BOYANOV     Bulgarian
Means "son of BOYAN".
BOYCE     English
From Old French bois meaning "wood", originally given to someone who lived by or in a wood.
BOYD     Scottish
From the name of the Scottish island of Bute (Bód in Gaelic), which is of unknown meaning.
BOYLE     Irish
From Irish Ó Baoighill meaning "descendant of Baoigheall". The meaning of the given name Baoigheall is uncertain, but it is thought to be connected to Irish geall meaning "pledge".
BOZHIDAROV     Bulgarian
Means "son of BOZHIDAR".
BRAAM     Dutch
Derived from the given name BRAM.
BRABAND     German
Derived from the name of the region of Brabant in the Netherlands and Belgium. It possibly means "ploughed region" or "marshy region" in Old High German.
BRADDOCK     English
From various locations derived from Old English meaning "broad oak".
BRADEN     Irish
Anglicized form of Irish Ó Bradáin meaning "descendant of BRADÁN".
BRADFORD     English
Derived from the name of the city of Bradford in West Yorkshire which meant "broad ford" in Old English. This is also the name of other smaller towns in England.
BRADLEY     English
From a common English place name, derived from brad "broad" and leah "woodland, clearing".
BRADY     Irish
Anglicized form of the Irish name Ó Brádaigh meaning "descendant of BRÁDACH".
BRAHMS     German
Derived from the given name ABRAHAM. A famous bearer of this surname was the German composer Johannes Brahms (1833-1887).
BRAMBILLA     Italian
Derived from the Italian town of Brembilla in Lombardy, itself named after the Brembo river.
BRAMS     Danish
Derived from the given name BRAM.
BRAMSON     Jewish
Means "son of BRAM".
BRAND     German, English
Derived from the Germanic given name BRANDO or its Old Norse cognate BRANDR.
BRANDON     English
From the name of various places in England meaning "hill covered with broom" in Old English.
BRANDT     German
Variant of BRAND.
BRANKOVIĆ     Serbian, Croatian
Means "son of BRANKO".
BRANKOVIČ     Slovene
Slovene form of BRANKOVIĆ.
BRANKOVICH     Serbian
Variant transcription of BRANKOVIĆ.
BRANNON     Irish
From Irish Mac Branain meaning "son of BRAN (1)".
BRANSON     English
Means "son of BRANDR".
BRANT     German, English
Variant of BRAND.
BRASHER     English
Means "brass worker", derived from Old English bræs "brass".
BRASSINGTON     English
From a place name, which derived from Old English meaning "enclosure by a steep path".
BRAUER     Low German
Derived from Middle Low German bruwer meaning "brewer".
BRAUN     German
Variant of BRUN.
BRAUNE     German
Variant of BRUN.
BRAY     English
From a place name derived from Cornish bre "hill".
BRECKENRIDGE     Scottish, English
Originally indicated someone from Brackenrig in Lanarkshire, derived from northern Middle English braken meaning "bracken" (via Old Norse brækni) and rigg meaning "ridge" (via Old Norse hryggr).
BREDA     Italian
From the name of a town near Venice, possibly derived from a Germanic (Lombardic) word meaning "field".
BREEN     Irish
Anglicized form of Irish Ó Braoin meaning "descendant of Braon", a byname meaning "rain, moisture, drop".
BREINER     German, Swedish
Occupational name derived from Middle High German brie "porridge".
BREISACHER     German
Originally denoted one who came from the town of Breisach, in Germany. The town's name is possibly from a Celtic word meaning "breakwater".
BREITBARTH     German
From Old High German breit "broad" and bart "beard", originally a nickname for someone with a full beard.
BRENNAN     Irish
From Irish Ó Braonáin which means "descendant of Braonán", a byname meaning "rain, moisture, drop" (with a diminutive suffix).
BRENT     English
Originally derived from the name of a hill (or the village nearby) in Somerset, perhaps derived from a Celtic word meaning "hill".
BRET     French
French form of BRETT.
BRETT     English
Originally a name given to someone who was a Breton, a person from Brittany.
BRETZ     German
Indicated a person from the town of Breetz in Brandenburg, Germany. The meaning of the town's name is unknown.
BREWER     English
Occupational name for a maker of ale or beer.
BREWSTER     English
Variant of BREWER, originally a feminine form of the occupational term.
BRICE     English
From the given name BRICE.
BRIGHAM     English
Originally referred to one who came from a town called Brigham, meaning "homestead by the bridge" in Old English. This is the name of towns in Cumberland and Yorkshire.
BRINKERHOFF     German
From a German place name meaning "farm near a slope".
BRIOSCHI     Italian
Derived from the town of Briosco, near Milan. It may be of Lombardic origin.
BRISBOIS     French
Referred to a person who cleared land, from Old French briser "to cut" and bois "forest".
BRISTOL     English
From the name of a city in England meaning "the site of the bridge".
BRISTOW     English
From the name of the city of Bristol, originally Brycgstow in Old English, meaning "the site of the bridge".
BRITTAIN     English
Variant of BRITTON.
BRITTON     English
Originally given to a person who was a Briton (a Celt of England) or a Breton (an inhabitant of Brittany).
BRIVIO     Italian
From the name of the town of Brivio in Lombardy. Supposed it derives from a Celtic word meaning "bridge".
BROADBENT     English
From a place name derived from Old English brad "broad" and beonet "bent grass".
BROCK     English
Derived from Old English brocc meaning "badger", ultimately of Celtic origin.
BRODBECK     German
Means "bread baker" from Middle High German brot "bread" and becke "baker".
BRODEUR     French
Means "embroiderer" in French.
BRODIE     Scottish
Originally derived from a place in Moray, Scotland. It is probably from Gaelic broth meaning "ditch, mire".
BRODY     Scottish
Variant of BRODIE.
BROGAN     Irish
Occupational name derived from Irish bróg meaning "shoe".
BRONSON     English
Patronymic form of BROWN.
BROOK     English
Denoted a person who lived near a brook, a word derived from Old English broc.
BROOKE     English
Variant of BROOK.
BROOKS     English
Variant of BROOK.
BROSE     German
Derived from the given name AMBROSE.
BROTZ     German
Variant of PROTZ.
BROWN     English
Originally a nickname for a person who had brown hair or skin. A notable bearer is Charlie Brown from the 'Peanuts' comic strip by Charles Schulz.
BROWNE     English
Variant of BROWN.
BROWNLOW     English
From Old English brun meaning "brown" and hlaw meaning "mound, small hill". The name was probably given to a family living on a small hill covered with bracken.
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.
BRUCE     Scottish
Possibly from the name of the town of Brix in Normandy, which is of unknown meaning. It was brought to Scotland in the 12th century by the Anglo-Norman baron Robert de Brus. It was later borne by his descendant Robert the Bruce, a hero of the 14th century who achieved independence from England and became the king of Scotland.
BRUHN     German
Variant of BRUN.
BRUN     German
From Middle High German brun meaning "brown". It was originally a nickname for a person who had brown hair or skin.
BRUNE     German
Variant of BRUN.
BRUNETTI     Italian
Diminutive of BRUNO.
BRUNO     Italian
Means "brown" in Italian, a nickname for a person with brown hair or brown clothes.
BRYAN     English
From the given name BRIAN.
BRYANT     English
From the given name BRIAN.
BRYCE     English
From the given name BRICE.
BRYSON     English
Means "son of BRICE".
BRZEZICKI     Polish
Derived from Polish brzezina meaning "birch grove".
BUCHANAN     Scottish
From the name of a region in Stirlingshire, Scotland, which means "house of the canon" in Gaelic.
BUCHHOLZ     German
From Middle High German buoche "beech" and holz "wood".
BUCHVAROV     Bulgarian
Variant transcription of BACHVAROV.
BUCKHOLTZ     German (Anglicized)
Anglicized form of BUCHHOLZ.
BUCKLEY (1)     English
From an English place name derived from bucc "buck, male deer" and leah "woodland, clearing".
BUCKLEY (2)     Irish
From Irish Ó Buachalla meaning "descendant of Buachaill", a nickname meaning "cowherd, servant".
BUDAI     Hungarian
Originally indicated a person from the Hungarian city of BUDA (one of the two cities that were joined to make Budapest in 1873).
BUDAY     Hungarian
Variant of BUDAI.
BUDNY     Polish
Possibly from Polish buda meaning "hut, cabin".
BUFFONE     Italian
Means "jester, joker" in Italian.
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).
BUKOWSKI     Polish
Originally denoted someone who came from a place called Bukowo or Bukowiec, which derive from Polish buk "beech".
BUL     Dutch
Dutch cognate of BULL.
BULGARELLI     Italian
Diminutive of BULGARI.
BULGARI     Italian
Originally denoted a person who came from Bulgaria, which is named after the Turkic tribe of the Bulgars, itself possibly from a Turkic root meaning "mixed".
BULL     English
From a nickname for a person who acted like a bull.
BULLARD     English
Possibly a nickname derived from Middle English bole "fraud, deceit".
BULLE     Dutch
From the given name BOELE.
BULLENS     Dutch
Means "son of BOELE".
BULLOCK     English
From a nickname meaning "young bull".
BUMGARNER     German
Variant of BAUMGARTNER.
BUNKER     English
Derived from Old French bon cuer meaning "good heart".
BUNSCHOTEN     Dutch
Originally indicated a person from the Dutch town of Bunschoten, which might mean "raised, enclosed land".
BUONARROTI     Italian
From the medieval Italian given name Buonarroto meaning "good increase". This was the surname of the Renaissance painter and sculptor Michelangelo (1475-1564).
BURAKGAZI     Turkish
Possibly from the given name BURAK and Arabic غازي (ghazi) meaning "warrior".
BUREAU     French
From Old French burel, diminutive of bure, a type of woolen cloth. It may have originated as a nickname for a person who dressed in the material or as an occupational name for someone who worked with it.
BUREŠ     Czech
Derived from a diminutive of the old Slavic given name Burian, of uncertain meaning.
BURGSTALLER     German
From German Burg "fortress, castle" and Stelle "place, position". This was a name given to a person dwelling at or near such a site.
BURKE     English, Irish
Derived from Middle English burgh meaning "fortress, fortification, castle". It was brought to Ireland in the 12th century by the Norman invader William FitzAdelm de Burgo.
BURNHAM     English
From the name of various towns in England, typically derived from Old English burna "stream, spring" and ham "home".
BURNS (1)     English, Scottish
Derived from Old English burna "stream, spring". A famous bearer was the Scottish poet Robert Burns (1759-1796).
BURNS (2)     Irish
Variant of O'BYRNE.
BURRELL     English
English form of BUREAU.
BURTON     English
From a common English place name, derived from Old English meaning "fortified town".
BUSCH     German
Means "bush" in German, a name for someone who lived close to a thicket.
BUSH     English
Originally a name for a person who lived near a prominent bush or thicket.
BUSTILLO     Spanish
From the name of Spanish towns, diminutive forms of BUSTO.
BUSTO     Spanish, Italian
From the name of towns in Spain and Italy, derived from Late Latin bustum meaning "ox pasture".
BUSTOS     Spanish
Variant of BUSTO.
BUTCHER     English
Occupational name for a butcher, derived from Old French bouchier.
BUTLER     English, Irish
Occupational name derived from Norman French butiller "wine steward", ultimately from Late Latin butticula "bottle". A famous bearer of this surname is the fictional character Rhett Butler, created by Margaret Mitchell for her novel 'Gone with the Wind' (1936).
BUTTS     English
From a nickname meaning "thick, stumpy", from Middle English butt.
BYQUIST     Swedish
Derived from Swedish by "village" and qvist "twig, branch".
BYRD     English
Variant of BIRD.
BYRNE     Irish
Variant of O'BYRNE.
BYRNES     Irish
Variant of O'BYRNE.
BYSTRÖM     Swedish
From Swedish by "village" and ström "stream".
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