Surnames Starting with B

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BLANCO Spanish
Means "white" in Spanish. The name most likely referred to a person who was pale or had blond hair.
BLANXART Catalan
Catalan form of BLANCHARD.
BLAU German
Means "blue" in German, most likely used to refer to a person who wore blue clothes.
BLAŽEK Czech
Derived from a given name that was a diminutive of BLAŽEJ.
BLECHER German
Occupational name for someone who worked with tin or sheet metal, from German blech "tin".
BLEIER German
Occupational name for a worker of lead, derived from German blei "lead".
BLEVINS Welsh
Derived from the Welsh given name BLEDDYN.
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".
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
Ornamental name 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".
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.
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".
BOGNÁR Hungarian
Hungarian form of WAGNER.
BOGOMOLOV Russian
Patronymic derived from Russian богомол (bogomol) meaning "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.
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.
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).
BOLKVADZE Georgian
From Georgian ბოლქვი (bolkvi) meaning "tuber, bulb".
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".
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 (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.
BOOTH English
Topographic name derived from Middle English both meaning "hut, stall".
BOOTSMA Frisian
Occupational name 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".
BORGIA Italian
Italian form of BORJA. This was the name of an Italian noble family who were influential during the Renaissance period.
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".
BORJA Spanish
Originally indicated a person from the Spanish town of Borja in Aragon, derived from Arabic بُرْج (burj) meaning "tower".
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".
BORYSOV Ukrainian
Means "son of BORYS".
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 cognate of BOSCO.
BOSCO Italian
Means "forest" in Italian.
BOSKO Polish, Slovak
Derived from Slavic bosu meaning "barefoot".
BOSQUE Spanish
Spanish form of BOSCO.
BOTELLO Galician
Occupational name for a maker of bottles, from Galician bottela meaning "bottle".
BOTH Dutch
From the Low German given name BODE.
BOTHA Southern African, Afrikaans
South African variant of BOTH.
BOTHE Dutch
Variant of BOTH.
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".
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".
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
Alternate transcription of Bulgarian Бояджиев (see 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".
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 (1833-1897).
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.
BRÄNDLE German
Derived from Old High German brant "fire". This was a name for a person who lived near an area that had been burned.
BRANDON English
From the name of various places in England meaning "hill covered with broom" in Old English.
BRANDT German
Variant of BRAND.
BRANKOVIČ Slovene
Slovene form of BRANKOVIĆ.
BRANKOVICH Serbian
Alternate transcription of Serbian Бранковић (see BRANKOVIĆ).
BRANNON Irish
From Irish Mac Branain meaning "son of BRAN (1)".
BRANSON English
Means "son of BRANDR".
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.
BRAXTON English
From an English place name place name meaning "Bracca's town" in Old English.
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 meaning "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 or 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".
BRINLEY English
Possibly from English places named Brindley, derived from Old English berned "burned" and leah "woodland, clearing".
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".
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
Alternate transcription of Bulgarian Бъчваров (see BACHVAROV).
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".
BUNKER English
Derived from Old French bon cuer meaning "good heart".
BUNNAG Thai
From the name of Bunnag, an 18th-century general of Persian heritage.
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, settlement".
BURNS (1) English, Scottish
Derived from Old English burna "stream, spring". A famous bearer was the Scottish poet Robert Burns (1759-1796).
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".