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FABBRI     Italian
From Italian fabbro meaning "blacksmith", ultimately from Latin faber.
FABBRO     Italian
Variant of FABBRI.
FABEL     German
Derived from a diminutive of the given name FABIAN.
FÁBIÁN     Hungarian
Derived from the given name FÁBIÁN.
FABIAN     German, English, Polish
Derived from the given name FABIAN.
FABIEN     French
Derived from the given name FABIEN.
FABRE     French
Derived from Latin faber "blacksmith".
FABRON     French
Diminutive form of FABRE.
FAERBER     German
Variant of FÄRBER.
FAIRBAIRN     Scottish, English
Means "beautiful child" in Middle English and Scots.
FAIRBURN     English
From a place name which meant "fern stream", from Old English fearn "fern" and burna "stream".
FAIRCHILD     English
Means "beautiful child" in Middle English.
FAIRCLOUGH     English
From a place name meaning "fair ravine, fair cliff" in Old English.
FALCO     Italian
Derived from Italian falco "falcon". The name was used to denote a falconer or a person who resembled a falcon in some way.
FALCONER     English, Scottish
Variant of FAULKNER.
FALK     Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, German
From Old Norse falkr or Middle High German valke "falcon".
FALKENRATH     German
Derived from Germanic falke "falcon" and rad "counsel".
FAN     Chinese
From Chinese (fàn) meaning "bee".
FANNON     Irish
From the Irish Ó Fionnáin which meant "descendant of FIONN".
FARAGÓ     Hungarian
An occupational name for a woodcutter, from Hungarian farag meaning "carve, cut".
FARALDO     Italian
From a given name, ultimately the Germanic name FARVALD.
FÄRBER     German
Occupational name meaning "dyer", derived from German Farbe "colour".
FARINA     Italian
Occupational name for a miller, derived from Italian farina "flour".
FARKAS     Hungarian
Means "wolf" in Hungarian.
FARMER     English
Occupational name for a tax collector, from Middle English ferme "rent, revenue, provision", from Medieval Latin firma, ultimately from Old English feorm. This word did not acquire its modern meaning until the 17th century.
FARNHAM     English
Indicated a person from any of the various towns named Farnham in England, notably in Surrey. Their names are from Old English fearn "fern" and ham "home, settlement" or ham "water meadow, enclosure".
FARRELL     Irish
Anglicized form of Irish Ó Fearghail meaning "descendant of FEARGHAL".
FARRO     Italian
Derived from the name of a place on Sicily, Italy, derived from Latin far meaning "wheat, spelt".
FASHINGBAUER     German
From Fasching, a German carnival (Fastnacht meaning "eve of the beginning of the fast", or the time before Lent) celebrated in Austria and Bavaria, and bauer meaning "farmer".
FATTORE     Italian
Means "land agent, bailiff, steward, farmer" in Italian.
FAUCHER     French
Occupational name meaning "mower" in French, ultimately from Latin falx meaning "sickle, scythe".
FAUCHEUX     French
Variant of FAUCHER.
FAULKNER     English, Scottish
Occupational name for a keeper of falcons, from Middle English and Scots faulcon, from Late Latin falco, of Germanic origin.
FAURE     French
Southern French variant of FÈVRE.
FAUST     German
Derived from the given name Faust, a form of FAUSTUS.
FAUSTI     Italian
From the given name FAUSTO.
FAVA     Italian
From Italian fava referring to a type of broad bean.
FAVAGER     French
Possibly indicated a person from the town of Faverges in eastern France, derived from Old French faverge meaning "forge".
FAVERO     Italian
Variant of FABBRI.
FAVRE     French
Southern French variant of FÈVRE.
FAVREAU     French
Diminutive of FAVRE.
FAY     French, English
Referred to a person who came from various places named Fay or Faye in northern France, derived from Old French fau "beech tree", from Latin fagus.
FAZEKAS     Hungarian
Occupational name meaning "potter" in Hungarian.
FEAR     English
Derived from Middle English feare meaning "friend, comrade".
FEDOROV     Russian
Variant transcription of FYODOROV.
FEHÉR     Hungarian
Means "white" in Hungarian, originally referring to a person with white hair or complexion.
FEIGENBAUM     German, Jewish
Means "fig tree" in German.
FEJES     Hungarian
Derived from Hungarian fej meaning "head", originally a nickname applied to a stubborn person.
FEKETE     Hungarian
Means "black" in Hungarian, originally a nickname for a person with dark hair or a dark complexion.
FELD     German, Jewish
Means "field" in German. The name was originally given to someone who lived on land cleared of forest.
FELDT     German, Danish, Swedish
North German, Danish and Swedish variant of FELD.
FÉLIX     French, Spanish, Portuguese
From the given name FELIX.
FENN     English
From a name for someone who dwelt near a marsh, from Old English fenn meaning "fen, swamp, bog".
FENSTERMACHER     German
Means "window maker" in German.
FERBER     German
Variant of FÄRBER.
FERGUSON     Irish, Scottish
Means "son of FERGUS".
FERMI     Italian
Originally indicated a person from the town of Fermo in the Marche region of Italy, originally called Firmum in Latin meaning "strong, steady, firm".
FERNANDES     Portuguese
Means "son of FERNANDO".
FERNÁNDEZ     Spanish
Means "son of FERNANDO".
FERRARA     Italian
Italian form of FERREIRA.
FERRARI     Italian
Occupational name for a metalworker or smith, derived from Latin ferrarius, a derivative of ferrum meaning "iron".
FERRARO     Italian
Variant of FERRARI.
FERREIRA     Portuguese, Galician
Denoted one from a town named because it was near an iron mine, from Latin ferrum meaning "iron".
FERREIRO     Galician
Galician cognate of FERRARI.
FERRER     Catalan
Catalan cognate of FERRARI.
FERRERO     Italian
Regional variant of FERRARI. It is typical of the area around Turin.
FERRO     Italian, Portuguese
Means "iron", ultimately from Latin ferrum. This was an occupational name for one who worked with iron.
FERTIG     German
Means "ready, prepared" in German.
FÈVRE     French
Occupational name derived from Latin faber "blacksmith".
FIALA     Czech
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.
FIDDLER     English
English form of FIEDLER.
FIEDLER     German
Means "fiddler" in German.
FIELDS     English
Name for a person who lived on or near a field or pasture, from Old English feld.
FIERRO     Spanish, Italian
Variant of FERRO.
FILEP     Hungarian
From the given name FILIP.
FILIPEK     Polish, Czech
Derived from a diminutive of the given name FILIP.
FILIPOV     Bulgarian, Macedonian
Means "son of FILIP".
FILIPOVIĆ     Serbian, Croatian
Means "son of FILIP".
FILIPOWSKI     Polish
Either a patronymic from the given name FILIP, or a habitational name denoting a person from the Polish town of Filipów (also derived from the given name).
FILIPPI     Italian
Derived from the given name FILIPPO.
FILIPPOV     Russian
Means "son of FILIP".
FINDLAY     Scottish
Derived from the given name FIONNLAGH.
FINI     Italian
Derived from given names ending in fino, such as SERAFINO.
FINLEY     Scottish
Derived from the given name FIONNLAGH.
FINN     Irish
Derived from the given name FIONN.
FINNEGAN     Irish
Anglicized form of Irish Ó Fionnagáin meaning "descendant of Fionnagán". The given name Fionnagán is a diminutive of FIONN.
FINNIN     Irish
Diminutive form of FINN.
FIORE     Italian
Derived from the given name FIORE.
FIRMIN     English, French
From the given name FIRMIN.
FISCELLA     Italian
Derived from Italian fiscella, which was a basket used to conserve cheese. The name was probably used to denote a person who made cheese.
FISCHER     German
Occupational name meaning "fisherman" in German.
FISHER     English, Jewish
Cognate of FISCHER.
FISHMAN     English
Occupational name for a fisherman.
FISKER     Danish
Means "fisherman" in Danish.
FITZGERALD     Irish
Means "son of GERALD" in Anglo-Norman French. It was brought to Ireland with William the Conqueror.
FITZPATRICK     Irish
Means "son of PATRICK" in Anglo-Norman French.
FITZROY     English
Means "son of the king" in Anglo-Norman French, from French roi meaning "king". This name has been bestowed upon illegitimate children of kings.
FITZSIMMONS     Irish
Means "son of SIMON (1)" in Anglo-Norman French.
FLANAGAN     Irish
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.
FLANAGON     Irish
Variant of FLANAGAN.
FLATER     German
Means "reed bed" in German.
FLEISCHER     German
Occupational name meaning "butcher" in German.
FLEMING     English
Given to a person who was a Fleming, that is a person who was from FLANDERS in the Netherlands.
FLETCHER     English
Occupational name for a fletcher, someone who attached feathers to the shaft of an arrow. It is derived from Old French fleche meaning "arrow".
FLIPSE     Dutch
Variant of FLIPSEN.
FLIPSEN     Dutch
Means "son of FLIP".
FLORES     Spanish
Means "son of FLORO" in Spanish.
FLOROS     Greek
From Greek φλωρος (phloros) meaning "greenfinch", derived from classical Greek χλωρος (chloros) meaning "green".
FLOYD     Welsh
Variant of LLOYD.
FLYNN     Irish
Anglicized form of Irish Ó Floinn meaning "descendant of FLANN".
FODOR     Hungarian
From Hungarian fodor meaning "curly, wavy", referring to a person with curly or wavy hair.
FOERSTNER     German
Variant of FÖRSTNER.
FOLEY     Irish
From Irish Ó Foghladha meaning "descendant of Foghlaidh". The byname Foghlaidh meant "pirate, marauder, plunderer".
FONDA     Italian
Of Italian origin, possibly from a place derived from fondo meaning "deep". The family of Henry Fonda (1905-1982) came from the Netherlands, but they were of Genoese origin.
FONSECA     Spanish, Portuguese
Originally belonged to a person who lived near a dry spring, from Latin fons "well, spring" and siccus "dry".
FONTAINE     French
Derived from Old French fontane meaning "well, fountain", a derivative of Latin fons.
FONTANA     Italian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish cognate of FONTAINE.
FORD     English
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)".
FORESTER     English
Denoted a keeper or one in charge of a forest, or one who has charge of growing timber in a forest (see FOREST).
FORESTIER     French
French cognate of FORESTER.
FORNEY     German
Name for someone who lived near ferns, from Old High German farn "fern".
FORREST     English
Variant of FOREST.
FORSBERG     Swedish
Derived from Swedish fors "waterfall" and berg "mountain".
FORST     German
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".
FÖRSTNER     German
Denoted a keeper or one in charge of a forest (see FORST).
FORTIER     French
Derived from Old French fort "stronghold", indicating a person who lived near or worked at such a place.
FORTUIN     Dutch
Dutch cognate of FORTUNE.
FORTUNATO     Italian
From the given name FORTUNATO.
FORTUNE     English
From Middle English, ultimately from Latin fortuna meaning "fortune, luck, chance". This was possibly a nickname for a gambler.
FORTUYN     Dutch
Dutch cognate of FORTUNE.
FOSS     English
Variant of FOSSE.
FOSSE     English, French
Derived from Old French fosse "ditch".
FOSTER (1)     English
Variant of FORESTER.
FOSTER (2)     English
Occupational name for a scissor maker, derived from Old French forcetier.
FOSTER (3)     English
Occupational name for a maker of saddle trees, derived from Old French fustier.
FOSTER (4)     English
Nickname given to a person who was a foster-child or foster-parent.
FOTH     Low German
From a nickname meaning "foot" in Low German.
FOURNIER     French
Occupational name for a baker, from French fourneau meaning "oven".
FOWLER     English
Occupational name for a fowler or bird-catcher, ultimately derived from Old English fugol meaning "bird".
FOX     English
From the name of the animal. It was originally a nickname for a person with red hair or a crafty person.
FRANCIS     English
Derived from the given name FRANCIS.
FRANÇOIS     French
Derived from the given name FRANÇOIS.
FRANIĆ     Croatian
Variant of FRANJIĆ.
FRANJIĆ     Croatian
Means "son of FRANJO".
FRANK (1)     English
Derived from the given name FRANK (1).
FRANK (2)     English
From Old English franc meaning "free".
FRANK (3)     German, Dutch, Danish, Norwegian
Name for a person from Franconia in Germany, so called because it was settled by the Frankish people.
FRANKE     German, Dutch
Variant of FRANK (3).
FRANKLIN     English
Derived from Middle English frankelin meaning "freeman". It denoted a landowner of free but not noble birth, from Old French franc meaning "free".
FRANKLYN     English
Variant of FRANKLIN.
FRANZESE     Italian
From a nickname which indicated a person who came from France. It is typical of the area around Naples.
FRASER     Scottish
Meaning unknown, originally Norman French Fresel, possibly from a lost place name in France.
FRAZIER     Scottish
Variant of FRASER.
FREDERIKSEN     Danish
Means "son of FREDERIK".
FREDRIKSEN     Norwegian
Means "son of FREDRIK".
FREDRIKSSON     Swedish
Means "son of FREDRIK".
FREEMAN     English
Referred to a person who was born free, or in other words was not a serf.
FREI     German
Means "free" in German, probably referring to someone outside the feudal system.
FREITAS     Portuguese
Means "broken" in Portuguese, a name for one who lived on broken, stony ground.
FRESEL     Medieval Scottish
Older form of FRASER.
FREUD     German, Jewish
Means "joy" in German, a nickname for a cheerful person. A famous bearer was the psychologist Sigmund Freud (1856-1939).
FREUDENBERGER     German, Jewish
Ornamental name from German freud meaning "joy" and berg meaning "mountain".
FREUND     German
From Middle High German vriunt, modern German Freund meaning "friend".
FRIED     German
Derived from the given name FRIEDRICH.
FRIEDRICH     German
Derived from the given name FRIEDRICH.
FRIEL     Irish
From the Irish Ó Frighil meaning "descendant of FEARGHAL".
FRISK     Swedish
From Swedish frisk "healthy", which was derived from the Middle Low German word vrisch "fresh, young, frisky".
FROMM     German
From a nickname derived from Middle High German vrom meaning "noble, honourable".
FROST     English, German
From Old English and Old High German meaning "frost", a nickname for a person who had a cold personality or a white beard.
FRY     English
From Old English frig (a variant of freo) meaning "free".
FRYE     English
Variant of FRY.
FUCHS     German
From Old High German fuhs meaning "fox". It was originally a nickname for a person with red hair.
FUENTES     Spanish
Means "a spring, a well" in Spanish, derived from Latin fons.
FUHRMANN     German
Derived from Middle High German vuorman meaning "cartwright".
FUJIMOTO     Japanese
From Japanese (fuji) meaning "wisteria" and (moto) meaning "base, root, origin".
FUJIOKA     Japanese
From Japanese (fuji) meaning "wisteria" and (oka) meaning "ridge, hill".
FUJITA     Japanese
From Japanese (fuji) meaning "wisteria" and (ta) meaning "field".
FUKUI     Japanese
Denoted a person who was from Fukui prefecture in Japan.
FULLER     English
Occupational name for a fuller, a person who softened and cleaned coarse cloth by pounding it. It is derived via Middle English from Latin fullo.
FÜLÖP     Hungarian
Derived from the given name FÜLÖP.
FULTON     English
From the name of the English town of Foulden, Norfolk, meaning "bird hill" in Old English.
FUNAR     Romanian
Means "rope maker" in Romanian.
FURLAN     Italian, Slovene
From the name of the Italian region of Friuli, in the northeast of Italy, which is derived from the name of the Roman town of Forum Iulii meaning "forum of Julius".
FURNADJIEV     Bulgarian
Occupational name for a baker, derived from Bulgarian фурна (furna) meaning "oven".
FÜRST     German
From a nickname meaning "prince" in German. The word fürst itself is derived from Old High German furisto "first".
FUX     German
Variant of FUCHS.
FYLAN     Irish
Variant of WHELAN.
FYODOROV     Russian
Means "son of FYODOR".
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