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DAALMAN     Dutch
Variant of DAALMANS.
DAALMANS     Dutch
Originally indicated a person who lived in a valley, from Dutch dal meaning "dale, valley" and man meaning "man".
DABNEY     English
Variant of DAUBNEY.
DA COSTA     Portuguese
Variant of COSTA.
DAELMAN     Dutch
Variant of DAALMANS.
DAELMANS     Dutch
Variant of DAALMANS.
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".
DAHLMANS     Dutch
Variant of DAALMANS.
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 (1)     English
Variant of DEAN (1) or DEAN (2).
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.
DANIELOV     Bulgarian
Variant of DANAILOV.
DANIELS     English
Variant of DANIEL.
DANIELSEN     Danish, Norwegian
Means "son of DANIEL".
DANIELSON     English
Means "son of DANIEL".
DANIELSSON     Swedish
Means "son of DANIEL".
DANNEL     English
Variant of DANIEL.
DANNIEL     English
Variant of DANIEL.
DANNIELL     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
Variant transcription of 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.
Variant of DOHERTY.
DAVIAU     French
From a diminutive form of DAVID.
DAVID     English, French, Scottish, Czech, Portuguese, Jewish
From the given name 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
Variant transcription of DAVTYAN.
DAVIES     English, Scottish
Variant of DAVIS.
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.
DEADMAN     English
Variant of DEBENHAM.
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".
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,homestead".
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 JONKER     Dutch
Variant of JONKER.
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.
French cognate of DE LA FUENTE.
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.
DELANY     Irish
Variant of DELANEY (2).
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)".
Variant transcription of 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.
DENNELL     English
Variant of DANIEL.
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".
DERMOTT     Irish
Variant of MCDERMOTT.
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".
DE SANTIAGO     Spanish
Variant of SANTIAGO.
DE SANTIS     Italian
Variant of SANTO.
DESCHAMPS     French
Means "from the fields", from French champ "field".
Means "from the hillside", from French coteau "hillside".
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".
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.
DE VEEN     Dutch
Variant of VAN DER VEEN.
DE VEN     Dutch
Variant of VAN DER VEEN.
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.
DEVINE (1)     Irish
Variant of DEVIN (1).
DEVINE (2)     English
Variant of DEVIN (2).
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 VROOM     Dutch, Flemish
Variant of VROOM.
DE VROOME     Dutch
Variant of VROOM.
DE WIT     Dutch
Variant of DE WITTE.
DE WITH     Dutch
Variant of DE WITTE.
DE WITT     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).
DI ANTONIO     Italian
Variant of D'ANTONIO.
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).
DICKENSON     English
Variant of DICKINSON.
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)".
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.
DIJKSTRA     Frisian
Variant of DYKSTRA.
DI MERCURIO     Italian
Means "son of MERCURIO".
Means "son of DIMITRIOS".
DIMITROV     Bulgarian, Macedonian
Means "son of DIMITAR".
DIMOV     Bulgarian
Means "son of DIMO".
DI NAPOLI     Italian
Means "from NAPLES" in Italian.
DINAPOLI     Italian
Variant of DI NAPOLI.
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".
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".
DONAGHUE     Irish
Variant of DONOGHUE.
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.
DONNELL     Irish
Variant of O'DONNELL.
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".
DONOHOE     Irish
Variant of DONOGHUE.
DONOHUE     Irish
Variant of DONOGHUE.
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".
Variant of DOHERTY.
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.
DOUGLASS     Scottish
Variant of DOUGLAS.
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.
DRAGOMIROV     Bulgarian
Means "son of DRAGOMIR".
DRAGOV     Bulgarian
Means "son of DRAGO".
DRAGOVIĆ     Serbian, Croatian
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").
DRECHSLER     German
Variant of DRESSLER.
DREES     Dutch
Variant of DRIES.
DREESEN     Dutch
Variant of DRIESSEN.
DREESENS     Dutch
Variant of DRIESSEN.
DREESSEN     Dutch
Variant of DRIESSEN.
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.
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".
DUCHAMPS     French
Variant of DESCHAMPS.
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.
DUFFY (2)     Scottish, Irish
Anglicized form of MAC DUIBHSHÍTHE.
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).
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".
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