From a place name which meant "fern stream", from Old English fearn
"fern" and burna
Derived from Italian falco
"falcon". The name was used to denote either a falconer, a person who resembled a falcon in some way, or a person living on or near Monte Falco in the Appenines.
Means "keeper of the falcon" with falk
from the Germanic valke
for "falcon" and rath
From an old German name Farwald
, meaning unknown. It is borne in the area of Genoa.
From a nickname indicating somebody who produces "meal" or "flour", that is a miller.
Occupational name for a tax collector, from Middle English farme
"rent, revenue, produce, meal", which was derived via medieval Latin from Old English feorm
. This word did not acquire its modern meaning until the 17th century.
Derived from a location on Sicily, Italy where a wheat called Farro is found.
, a German carnival (Fastnacht
meaning "eve of the beginning of the fast", or the time before Lent) celebrated in Austria and Catholic Bavaria, and bauer
From the Italian word fattore
meaning "land agent on a farm".
Means "blacksmith" in French. It is a regional variant of LEFÈVRE
in southern France.
From the old French or Swiss word faverges
meaning a "forge", hence a name for a blacksmith. Alternatively it could indicate one from the area of Faverges or La Favarge near Neuchatel (derived from the same word).
FAY French, English
Refers to one who came from Fay or Faye (meaning "beech tree") in France.
From an Old English nickname feare
Means "white" in Hungarian, originally referring to a person with white hair or complexion.
Derived from fej
meaning "head" in Hungarian. Originally it was applied to a stubborn person.
FELD German, Jewish
Means "field" in German. The name was originally given to someone who lived on land cleared of forest.
From a name for someone who dwelt near a marsh, from Old English fenn
meaning "fen, swamp, bog".
FERMI Italian, Jewish
Locative surname coming from the town of Fermo in Marche region, not far from Rome. It is often a Jewish surname. A Jewish community was in Fermo in the past centuries.
Occupational name for a metalworker or smith, derived from Latin ferrum
meaning "iron", and thus an Italian version of Smith
Denoted one from a town named because it was near an iron mine, from ferrum
the Latin word for "iron".
FERRO Italian, Portuguese
Meaning "iron" from Latin, comes probably from a nickname for one who worked with iron.
Means "violet" in Czech, referring to the flower. It may have originally referred to a person who lived near a sign bearing violets, or it may have been given to a person who lived in a place where violets grew.
Name for a person who lived on or near a field or pasture, from Old English feld
Either a patronymic from the given name FILIP
, or a habitational name for a person from Filipow
Anglicized form of Irish Ó Fionnagáin
meaning "descendant of Fionnagán". The given name Fionnagán
is a diminutive of FIONN
FISCELLA (2) Italian
Derived from Sicilian fiscella
, the word for a basket used to conserve cheese. The name was probably used to denote a person who made cheese.
Occupational surname meaning "fisherman" in German.
Means "son of GERALD
" in Anglo-Norman French. It was brought to Ireland with William the Conqueror.
Means "son of the king" in Anglo-Norman French, from French roi
From Irish Ó Flannagáin
meaning "descendant of Flannagán". Flannagán
is a given name meaning "red". From County Roscommon in Ireland, it has many other spellings.
Given to a person who was a Fleming, that is a person who was from Flanders in the Netherlands.
Means "fletcher", someone who attaches feather flights to the shaft of an arrow. It also refers to a seller of arrows.
Derived from the given name Floro
, Spanish form of the Roman Florus
which meant "flower".
From Greek φλωρος (phloros)
meaning "greenfinch", derived from classical Greek χλωρος (chloros)
Anglicized form of Irish Ó Floinn
meaning "descendant of FLANN
From the old Hungarian word fodor
meaning "curly haired".
Originated near Venice in a place called Fonda. It later spread to the area near Trieste, especially in Pirano (Piran now). The family of Henry Fonda came from Holland, but they were of Genoese origin, but most probably their origin was from Venice or Trieste.
FONSECA Spanish, Portuguese
Originally belonged to a person who lived near a dry spring, from Latin fons
"well, spring" and sicca
Derived from old French fontane
"well". It was probably a nickname for a person living by a well.
Name given to someone who lived by a ford, possibly the official who maintained it.
FOREST English, French
Originally belonged to a person who lived near or in a forest. It was probably originally derived, via Old French forest
, from Latin forestam (silva)
meaning "outer (wood)".
Denoted a keeper or one in charge of a forest, or one who has charge of growing timber in a forest (see FOREST
FORNEY English, Scottish
Name for someone who lived around ferns, from Middle English fern
"fern" and heye
Derived from Old High German forst
"forest". Probably unrelated to the Old French word forest
, which was derived from Latin, Old High German forst
was derived from foraha
meaning "fir tree".
FOSTER (2) English
Occupational name for a scissor maker, derived from Old French forcetier
FOSTER (3) English
Occupational name for a woodworker, derived from Old French fustrier
FOSTER (4) English
Nickname given to a person who was a foster-child or foster-parent.
Occupational name for a fowler or bird-catcher, ultimately derived from Old English fugol
From the name of the animal. It was originally a nickname for a person with red hair or a crafty person.
Derived from Middle English frankelin
meaning "freeman". It denoted a landowner of free but not noble birth, from Old French franc
From a nickname meaning "Frenchman". It is typical of the area of Naples.
Meaning unknown, originally Norman French Fresel
, possibly from a lost place name in France.
Referred to a person who was born free, or in other words was not a serf.
Means "free" in German. The name most likely referred to someone outside the feudal system.
Means "broken" in Portuguese, a name for one who lived on broken, stony ground.
Means "joy" in German. A famous bearer was the psychologist Sigmund Freud (1856-1939).
Means "friend of the mountain", from German freund, freud
meaning "friend" and berg
meaning "mountain". The name comes from the Baden/Bavarian area of Germany, as early at the 1400s, and can be found in not only Germany, but Austria and Switzerland as well, due to migration.
Middle High German vriunt
, modern German Freund
From the Swedish word frisk
"healthy", which was derived from the Middle Low German word vrisch
"fresh, young, frisky" and was one of the names handed out to avoid confusion in the army.
From a nickname derived from Middle High German vrom
meaning "noble, honourable".
FROST English, German
From Old English and Old High German, a nickname for a person who had a cold personality or a white beard.
Root is from the Old English word frig
From Middle High German vuhs
meaning "fox". It was originally a nickname for a person with red hair.
Denoted a person who was from Fukui prefecture in Japan.
Occupational name for a fuller. In medieval times fullers would soften and clean coarse cloth by pounding it.
From the name of the English town of Foulden, Norfolk, meaning "bird hill" in Old English.
From the name of an Italian region of the northeast Friuli
, Italian variant Friulano
Means "a prince" in German. The word fürst
itself is derived from Old High German furisto