Surnames Starting with D

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DAALMANS Dutch
Originally indicated a person who lived in a valley, from Dutch dal meaning "dale, valley" and man meaning "man".
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'.
DAHLMAN Swedish
From Swedish dal meaning "dale, valley" and man meaning "man".
DALCA Romanian
Meaning uncertain.
DALE English
From Old English dæl meaning "valley", originally indicating a person who lived there.
DALEY Irish
Variant of DALY.
DALGAARD Danish
From Old Norse dalr meaning "valley" and garðr meaning "yard, farmstead".
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).
DALTON English
Derived from a place name which meant "valley town" in Old English. A notable bearer of the surname was the English chemist and physicist John Dalton (1766-1844).
DALY Irish
Anglicized form of Irish Ó Dálaigh meaning "descendant of DÁLACH".
DAM Dutch, Danish
Means "dike, dam" in Dutch and Danish. In modern Danish it also means "pond".
D'AMBROSIO Italian
From the given name AMBROGIO.
DAMIANI Italian
Derived from the given name DAMIANO.
D'AMORE Italian
From the given name AMORE.
DAMYANOV Bulgarian
Means "son of DAMYAN".
DANAILOV Bulgarian
Means "son of DANAIL".
DANCHEV Bulgarian
Means "son of DANCHO".
DANE (2) English
Originally denoted a Dane, that is a person from Denmark.
DANELL English
Derived from the given name DANIEL.
D'ANGELO Italian
Means "son of ANGELO".
DANIAU French
Derived from the given name DANIEL.
DANIEL English, French, German, Portuguese
Derived from the given name DANIEL.
DANIELL English
Derived from the given name DANIEL.
DANIELSON English
Means "son of DANIEL".
DANIELSSON Swedish
Means "son of DANIEL".
DANNEL English
Variant of DANIEL.
D'ANTONIO Italian
Means "son of ANTONIO".
D'ARAMITZ French
Originally denoted one who came from Aramits, a the name of a town in the French Pyrenees which is possibly derived from Basque haran meaning "valley".
DARBINIAN Armenian
Alternate transcription of Armenian Դարբինյան (see DARBINYAN).
DARBINYAN Armenian
From Armenian դարբին (darbin) meaning "blacksmith".
DARBY English
From the name of the town Derby meaning "deer farm" in Old Norse.
DARRELL English
Originally denoted one who came from the town of Airel in Normandy, derived from Late Latin arealis meaning "open space".
DARROW Scottish
Habitational name from Darroch near Falkirk, in Stirlingshire, said to be named from Gaelic darach meaning "oak tree".
DARWIN English
From the given name DEORWINE.
DARZI Persian
Means "tailor" in Persian.
DAS Bengali, Indian, Assamese, Odia, Hindi, Marathi
Means "servant, devotee" in Sanskrit.
DASKALOV Bulgarian
Patronymic derived from даскал (daskal) meaning "teacher".
DAUBE German
Variant of TAUBE.
DAUBNEY English
From any of the various towns in France called Aubigny, derived from the Gallo-Roman personal name ALBINUS.
DAVIAU French
From a diminutive form of DAVID.
DAVIDOVIĆ Serbian
Means "son of DAVID".
DAVIDS English
Means "son of DAVID".
DAVIDSEN Danish
Means "son of DAVID".
DAVIDSON English
Means "son of DAVID".
DAVIDYAN Armenian
Alternate transcription of Armenian Դավթյան (see DAVTYAN).
DAVIN Irish
Variant of DEVIN (1).
DAVIS English, Scottish
Means "son of DAVID". This was the surname of the revolutionary jazz trumpet player Miles Davis (1926-1991).
DAVISON English
Means "son of DAVID".
DAVTYAN Armenian
Means "son of DAVIT".
DAWSON English
Means "son of DAW".
DAY English
From a diminutive form of DAVID.
D'CRUZ Indian (Christian)
Variant of CRUZ more common among Christians from India.
D'CRUZE Indian (Christian)
Variant of CRUZ more common among Christians from India.
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").
DE ANGELIS Italian
Means "son of ANGELO".
DEASMHUMHAIN Irish
Irish Gaelic form of DESMOND.
DEASÚN Irish
Irish variant of DESMOND.
DEBENHAM English
Originally denoted a person from the town of Debenham in Suffolk, derived from the name of the River Deben (meaning "deep" in Old English) combined with ham meaning "home, settlement".
DE CAMPO Italian
Locative surname derived from place names called Campo (meaning "field").
DE CLOET Dutch
Variant of KLOET.
DEDRICK English
Derived from the given name Dederick, an older form of DEREK.
DEERING English
From the Old English given name Deora meaning "dear, beloved".
DE FELICE Italian
Means "son of FELICE".
DE FILIPPIS Italian
Means "son of FILIPPO".
DE FIORE Italian
Means "son of FIORE".
DEFOREST French
Means "from the forest" in French.
DEGARMO French
Americanized form of French de Garmeaux, which may derive from a place called Garmeaux in Normandy.
DEĞIRMENCI Turkish
From a Turkish word meaning "miller".
DE GROOT Dutch
From Dutch groot meaning "big, great".
DE HAVEN Dutch
From Middle Dutch haven meaning "harbour, haven".
DE KLERK Dutch
From Dutch klerk meaning "clerk", making this a cognate of CLARK.
DE KLOET Dutch
Variant of KLOET.
DELACROIX French
Means "of the cross" in French. It denoted one who lived near a cross symbol or near a crossroads.
DE LA CRUZ Spanish
Spanish cognate of DELACROIX.
DE LA FUENTE Spanish
Means "of the fountain" in Spanish.
DELANEY (1) English
Derived from Norman French de l'aunaie meaning "from the alder grove".
DELANEY (2) Irish
Anglicized form of Irish Ó Dubhshláine meaning "descendant of DUBHSHLÁINE".
DE LANG Dutch
Dutch cognate of LONG.
DE LANGE Dutch
Dutch cognate of LONG.
DE LAURENTIS Italian
Means "son of LORENZO", a Latinized form of the given name.
DEL BOSQUE Spanish
Means "of the forest" in Spanish.
DE LEÓN Spanish
Referred to someone from the Leon region of Spain.
DELGADO Spanish, Portuguese
Means "thin" in Spanish and Portuguese, ultimately from Latin delicatus meaning "delicate, tender, charming".
DEL OLMO Spanish
Variant of OLMO.
DE LORENZO Italian
Means "son of LORENZO".
DE LUCA Italian
Means "son of LUCA (1)".
DEMETRIOU Greek
Alternate transcription of Greek Δημητριου (see DIMITRIOU).
DEMİR Turkish
Means "iron" in Turkish, originally referring to an ironworker.
DEMİRCİ Turkish
Means "blacksmith" in Turkish.
DEMIROVIĆ Bosnian
Means "son of DEMIR".
DEMPSEY Irish
Anglicized form of Irish Ó Díomasaigh meaning "descendant of Díomasach", a given name meaning "proud".
DENIAU French
Variant of DANIEL.
DENIAUD French
Variant of DANIEL.
DENIEL French
Variant of DANIEL.
DENIS French
From the given name DENIS.
DENMAN English
From Middle English dene "valley" combined with man.
DENNEL French
Variant of DANIEL.
DENNIS English
From the given name DENNIS.
DENZEL German
Variant of TANZER.
DENZIL English
From the place name Denzell, a manor in Cornwall, which is of unknown meaning.
DE PALMA Italian
Means "from the palm tree" in Italian.
DERBY English
Variant of DARBY.
DE REGE Italian (Rare)
Italian variant of REY (1).
DERICHS German
Means "son of DIRK".
DERRICK English
Derived from the given name Derrick (see DEREK). A famous bearer of this surname is the character Stephan Derrick from the German television series 'Derrick' (1974-1998).
DERRICKS English
Derived from the given name DERRICK.
DERRICKSON English
Means "son of DERRICK".
DESCHAMPS French
Means "from the fields", from French champ "field".
DESCOTEAUX French
Means "from the hillside", from French coteau "hillside".
DESJARDINS French
Means "from the gardens", from French jardin "garden".
DE SMET Flemish
Flemish variant of SMIT.
DESMOND Irish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Deasmhumhain meaning "South Munster", originally indicating a person who came from that region in Ireland.
DE SNAIJER Dutch
Dutch cognate of SNYDER.
DESROCHES French
Means "from the rocks", from French roche "rock".
DESROSIERS French
Means "from the rose bushes", from French rosier "rose bush". It probably referred to a person who lived close to, or cared for a rose garden.
DEVEREUX English
Indicated a person from Evreux in France, itself named after the Gaulish tribe of the Eburovices, which was probably derived from a Celtic word meaning "yew".
DEVIN (1) Irish
Anglicized form of the Gaelic surnames Ó DAMHÁIN or Ó DUBHÁIN.
DEVIN (2) English
Nickname for a person who acted divinely, from Old French devin "divine", ultimately from Latin.
DE VITIS Italian
Means "son of VITO", using a Latinized form of the given name.
DE VITO Italian
Means "son of VITO".
DEVLIN Irish
Anglicized form of the Irish Ó Doibhilin meaning "descendant of Doibhilin", a given name which may be derived from the Gaelic term dobhail meaning "unlucky".
DE VRIES Dutch
Means "the Frisian" in Dutch, referring to a person from Friesland.
DE VROOME Dutch
Variant of VROOM.
DE WIT Dutch
Variant of DE WITTE.
DE WITTE Dutch
Means "the white" in Dutch, a nickname for a person with white hair.
DEXTER English
Occupational name meaning "dyer" in Old English (orginally this was a feminine word, but it was later applied to men as well).
DÍAZ Spanish
Means "son of DIEGO" in Spanish.
DIBRA Albanian
From the Albanian name for the city of Debar in Macedonia, originally given to someone who came from there.
DI CAPRIO Italian
From the name of the island of Capri near Naples, itself possibly derived from Latin capra meaning "goat" or Greek καπρος (kapros) meaning "wild boar".
DICK English
From the given name DICK (1).
DICKENS English
From the medieval given name Dicun, a medieval diminutive of DICK (1). A famous bearer of this surname was the English writer Charles Dickens (1812-1870).
DICKINSON English
Means "son of Dicun", Dicun being a medieval diminutive of DICK (1). American poet Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) was a famous bearer.
DICKMAN English
From Old English dic "ditch" combined with man "man". It was originally a name for a ditch digger or someone who lived near a ditch.
DICKSON English
Means "son of DICK (1)".
DIEFENBACH German
From a German place name which meant "deep creek".
DIERICKX Flemish
Means "son of DIRK".
DIETER German
Derived from the given name DIETER.
DIETRICH German
Derived from the given name DIETRICH.
DIMITRIOU Greek
Means "son of DIMITRIOS".
DIMOV Bulgarian
Means "son of DIMO".
DI NAPOLI Italian
Means "from NAPLES" in Italian.
DIOLI Italian
Meaning unknown.
DI PASQUA Italian
Means "of Easter" in Italian.
DI PIETRO Italian
Means "son of PIETRO" in Italian.
DIRCHS Dutch (Rare)
Means "son of DIRK".
DIRCKS Dutch
Means "son of DIRK".
DIRCKSENS Dutch
Means "son of DIRK".
DIRCKX Flemish, Dutch
Means "son of DIRK".
DIRIX Flemish, Dutch
Means "son of DIRK".
DIRKS Dutch, German
Means "son of DIRK".
DIRKSE Dutch
Means "son of DIRK".
DIRKSEN Dutch, German
Means "son of DIRK".
DIRKX Dutch, Flemish
Means "son of DIRK".
DISNEY English
Means "from Isigny", referring to the town of Isigny in Normandy.
DI STEFANO Italian
Means "son of STEFANO".
DITTMAR German
Derived from the given name DIETMAR.
DIXON English
Means "DICK (1)'s son".
DOBOS Hungarian
Derived from Hungarian dob meaning "drum". Originally the name was given to someone who played drums or made them.
DOBREV Bulgarian
Means "son of DOBRI".
DOCTOR English
Originally denoted someone who was a doctor, ultimately from Latin doctor meaning "teacher".
DODGE English
From Dogge, a medieval diminutive of ROGER.
DOHERTY Irish
From the Irish Ó Dochartaigh meaning "descendant of Dochartach". The byname Dochartach means "obstructive".
DOHMAN German
Derived from a diminutive of the given name THOMAS.
DOLAN Irish
From the Irish Ó Dubhshláin meaning "descendant of DUBHSHLÁINE".
DOLEŽAL Czech
Nickname for a lazy person, derived from the past participle of the Czech verb doležat "to lie down".
DOMÍNGUEZ Spanish
Means "son of DOMINGO".
DONALDS English
Derived from the given name DONALD.
DONALDSON English
Means "son of DONALD".
DONATI Italian
From the given name DONATO.
DONNE Scottish, Irish
From Gaelic donn meaning "brown", a nickname for a person with brown hair.
DONNELLY Irish
From Irish Ó Donnghaile meaning "descendant of Donnghal". The given name Donnghal means "brown valour", from donn "brown" and gal "valour". This surname is associated with the descendants of Niall of the Nine Hostages.
D'ONOFRIO Italian
Means "son of ONOFRIO".
DONOGHUE Irish
From Irish Ó Donnchadha meaning "descendant of DONNCHADH".
DONOVAN Irish
Anglicized form of the Irish name Ó Donndubháin meaning "descendant of DONNDUBHÁN".
DORAN Irish
From Irish Ó Deoráin meaning "descendant of Deoradhán", where Deoradhán is a given name meaning "exile, wanderer".
DORSEY English
Means "from Orsay", referring to the town of Orsay near Paris, its name deriving from the Latin personal name Orcius.
DOUBEK Czech
Means "small oak" in Czech, derived from dub "oak".
DOUGLAS Scottish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Dubhghlas, which meant "dark river" from dubh "dark" and glais "water, river" (an archaic word related to glas "grey, green"). This is the name of various places in Scotland, such as a tributary of the River Clyde.
DOWNER English
Name for someone who lived on or near a down, which an English word meaning "hill".
DOYLE Irish
From the Irish Ó Dubhghaill, which means "descendant of DUBHGHALL". A famous bearer was Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930), the author of the Sherlock Holmes mystery stories.
DRAGANOV Bulgarian
Means "son of DRAGAN".
DRAGIĆ Serbian, Croatian, Slovene
Patronymic from any of the Slavic given names starting with Drag (see DRAGO).
DRAGO Italian
From a nickname meaning "dragon" in Italian.
DRAGOV Bulgarian
Means "son of DRAGO".
DRAKE English
Derived from the Old Norse byname Draki or the Old English byname Draca both meaning "dragon", both via Latin from Greek δρακων (drakon) meaning "dragon, serpent".
DRAPER English
Occupational name for a maker or seller of woolen cloth, from Anglo-Norman French draper (Old French drapier, an agent derivative of drap "cloth").
DREES Dutch
Variant of DRIES.
DREHER German
Means "a turner" from Middle High German drehen "to turn". A turner was a person who used a lathe to create small objects from wood or bone.
DREIER German
Variant of DREHER.
DRESCHNER German
Derived from Middle High German dreschen "to thresh". A thresher was a person who separated the grains from a cereal plant by beating it.
DRESDNER German
Originally indicated a person who came from the city of Dresden in German.
DRESSLER German
Means "turner" from Middle High German dreseler, an agent derivative of drehen "to turn". A turner was a person who used a lathe to create small objects from wood or bone.
DREYER German
Variant of DREHER.
DRIES Dutch
From the given name DRIES.
DRIESSEN Dutch
Means "son of DRIES".
DRISCOLL Irish
From Irish Ó hEidirsceóil meaning "descendant of the messenger".
DROIT French
Means "right, straight" in French, a nickname for an upright person.
DRUMMOND Scottish
From various place names in Scotland which are derived from Gaelic druim meaning "ridge".
DU Chinese
From Chinese () meaning "stop, prevent".
DUANE Irish
Anglicized form of the Gaelic Ó DUBHÁIN.
DUARTE Portuguese, Spanish
From the given name DUARTE.
DUBANOWSKI Polish
Originally indicated a person from the town of Dubinowo (now Dubino in Belarus).
DUBHGHLAS Scottish
Gaelic form of DOUGLAS.
DUBICKI Polish
Originally indicated a person from the town of Dubica in Poland.
DUBOIS French
Means "from the forest", from French bois "forest".
DUDLEY English
From a place name meaning "DUDDA's clearing" in Old English. The surname was borne by a British noble family.
DUERR German
Variant of DÜRR.
DUFF Scottish
Derived from Gaelic dubh meaning "dark".
DUFFY (1) Irish
Derived from Irish Ó Dubhthaigh meaning "descendant of DUBHTHACH". Their original homeland was Monaghan where the surname is still the most common; they are also from Donegal and Roscommon.
DUFORT French
Means "from the fort", from French fort "stronghold".
DUFOUR French
Occupational name for a baker, from French four "oven".
DUGUAY French
Means "from the ford", from French gué "ford".
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.
DUKES English
Patronymic form of DUKE.
DUMITRESCU Romanian
Means "son of DUMITRU".
DUMITRU Romanian
Derived from the given name DUMITRU.
DUMONT French
Means "from the mountain", from French mont "mountain".
DUNAI Hungarian
From Duna, the Hungarian name for river DANUBE.
DUNAJSKI Polish
Derived from Dunaj, the Polish name for the river Danube.
DUNBAR Scottish
From the name of a town in East Lothian, Scotland, derived from Gaelic dùn meaning "fort" and barr meaning "summit", so called from its situation on a rock which projects into the sea.
DUNCAN Scottish
From the given name DUNCAN.
DUNCANSON Scottish
Means "son of DUNCAN".
DUNKEL German
Means "dark" in German.
DUNN English, Scottish, Irish
Derived from Old English dunn "dark" or Gaelic donn "brown", referring to hair colour or complexion.
DUNST German
Derived from Middle High German dunst "haze".
DUPOND French
Variant of DUPONT.
DUPONT French
Means "from the bridge", from French pont "bridge".
DURAND French, English
From Old French durant meaning "enduring", ultimately from Latin durans. This was a nickname for a stubborn person.
DURANT English, French
Variation of DURAND.
DURANTE Italian
Italian cognate of DURAND.
DURNIN Irish
From Irish Ó Doirnáin meaning "descendant of Doirnín", a given name meaning "little fist".
DÜRR German
Means "thin" in German.
DUŠEK Czech
Derived from a diminutive of DUŠAN.
DUSTIN English
From the Old Norse given name ÞÓRSTEINN.
DUVAL French
Means "from the valley" in French.
DVOŘÁK Czech
Occupational name derived from Czech dvůr "manor", indicating a person who worked at such a place. This name was borne by the Czech composer Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904).
DWERRYHOUSE English
Indicated a person who worked or lived at a dye-house, which is a place where dyeing was done.
DWIGHT English
From the medieval feminine name Diot, a diminutive of Dionysia, the feminine form of DIONYSIUS.
DYER English
Occupational name for a cloth dyer, from Old English deah "dye".
DYKSTRA Frisian
From Frisian dyk meaning "dike, ditch". The name was given to a person living near a dyke or embankment.
DYSON English
Means "son of DYE".
DZIEDZIC Polish
Derived from Polish dziedzic "landowner".