Surnames Starting with E

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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.
EARLS     English
Patronymic form of EARL.
EASOM     English
Variant of EADS.
EASON     English
Variant of EADS.
EASTON     English
From the name of various places meaning "east town" in Old English.
EATON     English
From any of the various English towns with this name, derived from Old English ea "river" and tun "enclosure, yard, town".
EBERHARDT     German
Derived from the given name EBERHARD.
EBNER (1)     German
Originally indicated a dweller on a flat piece of land, derived from Middle High German ebene "plateau".
EBNER (2)     German
Means "judge, arbiter" from Middle High German ebenære.
ECCLESTON     English
Denoted a person from any of the various places named Eccleston in England, derived from Latin ecclesia "church" (via Briton) and Old English tun "enclosure, yard, town".
ECCLESTONE     English
Variant of ECCLESTON.
ECHEVERRÍA     Spanish
Derived from the Basque place name Etxeberria, which itself is derived from Basque etxe "house" and berri "new".
ECKSTEIN     German
From German eck meaning "edge, corner" and stein meaning "stone".
EDGAR     English
Derived from the given name EDGAR.
EDISON     English
Means "son of EDA (2)" or "son of ADAM". The surname was borne by American inventor Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931).
EDWARDS     English
Means "son of EDWARD".
EDWARDSON     English
Means "son of EDWARD".
EERKENS     Dutch
Variant of ERKENS.
EGGER     German
South German occupational name for a plowman or farmer, derived from German eggen "to harrow, to plow".
EICHEL     German
Means "acorn" in German, indicating a person who lived near an oak tree.
EIKENBOOM     Dutch
Means "oak tree", from Dutch eik "oak" and boom "tree".
EILERTS     German
Derived from the given name EILERT.
EINARSSON     Swedish
Means "son of EINAR".
EK     Swedish
Means "oak" in Swedish.
EKLUND     Swedish
Composed of the elements ek "oak" and lund "grove".
EKMEKÇI     Turkish
Means "baker" in Turkish.
EL-AMIN     Arabic
Variant transcription of AL-AMIN.
ELD     Swedish
From Old Norse eldr, modern Swedish eld, meaning "fire".
ELDER     English
Derived from Old English ealdra meaning "older", used to distinguish two people who had the same name.
ELDRED     English
From the given name EALDRÆD.
ELDRIDGE     English
Derived from the given name ALDRIC.
ELENA     Italian
Derived from the given name ELENA.
EL-GHAZZAWY     Arabic
Variant transcription of AL-GHAZZAWI.
EL-HASHEM     Arabic
Variant transcription of AL-HASHIM.
ELIOT     English
Variant of ELLIOTT.
ELIOTT     English
Variant of ELLIOTT.
ELIZONDO     Spanish
Originally referred to a person who lived close to a church, from Basque eleiza "church" and ondo "near".
ELLERY     English
From the medieval masculine name HILARY.
ELLIOT     English
Variant of ELLIOTT.
ELLIOTT     English
Derived from a diminutive of the given name ELIAS.
ELLIS     English, Welsh
Derived from the given name ELIJAH, or sometimes ELISEDD.
ELLISON     English
Patronymic form of the English name Ellis, from the medieval given name Elis, a vernacular form of ELIJAH.
ELLISSON     English
Variant of ELLISON.
ELLISTON     English
Variant of ELLISON.
ELLSWORTH     English
Habitational name for a person from the town of Elsworth in Cambridgeshire. The town's name is derived from the masculine given name Ella (a short form of Old English names beginning with the elements ælf meaning "elf" or eald meaning "old") combined with worþ meaning "enclosure".
ELMER     English
Derived from the Old English name ÆÐELMÆR.
ELMERSSON     Swedish
Means "son of ELMER".
EL-MOFTY     Arabic
Variant transcription of AL-MUFTI.
ELVIS     English
Variant of ELWES.
ELWES     English
Derived from the given name ELOISE.
ELWIN     English
Variant of ELWYN.
ELWYN     English
Derived from the given names ÆLFWINE, ÆÐELWINE or EALDWINE.
ELY     English
From the name of a town in eastern England meaning "eel district".
ELZINGA     Dutch
Probably from a place name which was a derivative of Dutch els meaning "alder tree".
EMERSON     English
Means "son of EMERY". The surname was borne by Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), an American writer and philosopher who wrote about transcendentalism.
ÉMILE     French
Derived from the given name ÉMILE.
EMMET     English
Variant of EMMETT. This name was borne by the Irish nationalist Robert Emmet (1778-1803).
EMMETT     English
Derived from a diminutive of the feminine given name EMMA.
ENDICOTT     English
Topographic name derived from Old English meaning "from the end cottage".
ENGBERG     Swedish
Ornamental name derived from Swedish ång "meadow" and berg "mountain".
ENGEL     German
Derived from German given names beginning with Engel, such as ENGELBERT.
ENGLISH     English
Denoted a person who was of English heritage. It was used to distinguish people who lived in border areas (for example, near Wales or Scotland). It was also used to distinguish an Anglo-Saxon from a Norman.
ENGMAN     Swedish
From Swedish ång "meadow" and man "man", originally a name for a person who lived in a meadow.
ENGSTRÖM     Swedish
Ornamental name derived from Swedish ång "meadow" and ström "stream".
ENNS     German
Derived from a short form of the German given name ANSELM.
EPISCOPO     Italian
Means "bishop" in Italian, ultimately from Greek επισκοπος (episkopos).
ERCKENS     Dutch
Variant of ERKENS.
ERDŐS     Hungarian
Occupational name meaning "forester", derived from Hungarian erdő "forest".
ERICKSON     English
Means "son of ERIC".
ERICSON     English, Swedish
Means "son of ERIC".
ERICSSON     Swedish
Means "son of ERIC".
ERIKSEN     Danish, Norwegian
Means "son of ERIK".
ERIKSSON     Swedish
Means "son of ERIK".
ERKENS     Dutch
Derived from the given name Erk, a variant of ERIK.
ERMACORA     Italian
From the given name ERMACORA.
ERŐS     Hungarian
Means "strong" in Hungarian.
ESCAMILLA     Spanish
Derived from the name of the town of Escamilla in Gualadajara, Spain.
ESCÁRCEGA     Spanish
Derived from the Basque place name Eskarzaga, which itself is derived from Basque hazkar "maple".
ESCARRÀ     Spanish
Possibly from Catalan esquerrá meaning "left-handed".
ESPARZA     Spanish
Derived from the Basque place name Espartza, a town in the province of Navarre.
ESPENSEN     Norwegian
Means "son of ESPEN".
ESPENSON     Norwegian (Anglicized)
Americanized form of ESPENSEN.
ESPINA     Spanish
Means "thorn" in Spanish, a name for someone who lived near a thorn bush.
ESPINO     Spanish
Variant of ESPINA.
ESPINOSA     Spanish
From Spanish espinoso meaning "thorny", ultimately from Latin spinosus, a derivative of spina meaning "thorn, spine".
ESPINOZA     Spanish
Variant of ESPINOSA.
ESPOSITO     Italian
Means "exposed" in Italian and denoted a child who was rescued after being abandoned by its parents.
ESSER     German
Means "cartwright", related to Old High German ahsa "axle".
ESSERT     German
Variant of ESSER.
ESTÉVES     Portuguese
Means "son of ESTEVÃO".
ESTÉVEZ     Spanish
Means "son of ESTEBAN".
ESZES     Hungarian
Means "clever, bright" in Hungarian.
ETXEBARRIA     Basque
Basque form of ECHEVERRÍA.
ETXEBERRIA     Basque
Basque form of ECHEVERRÍA.
EUSTIS     English
Derived from the given name EUSTACE.
EVANGELISTA     Italian
Means "evangelist" in Italian.
EVANS     Welsh
Means "son of EVAN".
EVANSON     English
Means "son of EVAN".
EVELYN     English
Derived from the given name AVELINE.
EVERED     English
From the given name EVERARD.
EVERETT     English
From the given name EVERARD.
EVERHART     German
Variant of EBERHARDT.
EVERILL     English
Derived from the feminine given name EOFORHILD.
EVERS     Dutch
Means "son of EVERT".
EWART (1)     English
From a Norman form of EDWARD.
EWART (2)     English
From the name of an English town, derived from Old English ea "river" and worþ "enclosure".
EZRA     Jewish
From the given name EZRA.
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