Surnames Starting with K

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KACZKAPolish
Means "duck" in Polish.
KÁDÁRHungarian
Means "cooper" in Hungarian (that is, a person who made or repaired wooden barrels).
KADER (1)Czech
Archaic variant of KUDRNA.
KADER (2)Arabic
Variant transcription of QADIR.
KADLECCzech
Means "weaver" in Czech.
KAHLERGerman
From a nickname meaning "bald-headed" in German.
KAISERGerman
From Middle High German keiser meaning "emperor", originally a nickname applied to someone who acted kingly. The title ultimately derives from the Roman name CAESAR.
KALBGerman
Means "calf" (the animal) in German.
KALBFLEISCHGerman
Occupational surname that indicated a butcher who sold veal meat or a butcher who slaughtered calves. In German kalb means "calf" and fleisch means "meat".
KALMÁRHungarian
Occupational surname that originated from the vocabulary word kalmár meaning "merchant, trader, trafficker" in Hungarian.
KALNIŅŠLatvian
From Latvian kalns meaning "mountain, hill".
KALOYANCHEVBulgarian
Means "son of little KALOYAN".
KALUŽASlovene
Means "a puddle" in Slovene.
KALUZAPolish
Means "a puddle" in Polish.
KAMAUEastern African, Kikuyu
Derived from the given name KAMAU.
KAMIŃSKIPolish
Originally denoted someone who came from a town called Kamien. Kamien comes from the Slavic word kamiñ meaning "stone".
KANGKorean
Korean form of JIANG (2), from Sino-Korean (gang).
KAPPELGerman, Dutch
Means "a person who lives near or works at a chapel" from Middle High German kappel "chapel".
KARDOSHungarian
From kard meaning "sword" in Hungarian. It could have been applied to soldiers, sword makers, or one with a pugnacious nature.
KARGATurkish
Nickname from a Turkish word indicating a "crow".
KARIMArabic
Derived from the given name KARIM.
KARIMIArabic, Persian
Derived from the given name KARIM.
KARIUKIEastern African, Kikuyu
Derived from the given name KARIUKI.
KARLGerman
From the given name KARL.
KARLSENDanish
Means "son of KARL".
KARLSSONSwedish
Means "son of KARL".
KÁRPÁTHYHungarian
Variant (and archaic spelling) of the surname KÁRPÁTI.
KÁRPÁTIHungarian
Derived from the Hungarian name of the Carpathian mountains, Kárpátok.
KARPPINENFinnish
From karppi which means "carp".
KARSTENSENDanish
Means "son of KARSTEN".
KARTALTurkish
From a nickname meaning "eagle".
KASABIANArmenian
Means "butcher" in Armenian.
KASPARGerman, Slovene
Derived from the given name KASPAR.
KASPERSENDanish
Means "son of KASPER".
KASPRZAKPolish
Means "son of KASPAR".
KASSMEYERGerman
From the Low German area around Paderborn. The ending of the name is derived from German meyer "farmer".
KÄSTNERGerman
Means "cabinet maker" from German kasten "box".
KASUNCroatian, Serbian, Bosnian
Derived from the Old Slavic term kazac "to order, command", here referring to one who bore an air of authority, and whose word was heeded and obeyed.
KATIRCITurkish
Derived from Turkish katır meaning "mule", a name for a person who made transports by mule.
KATOJapanese
Variant transcription of KATOU.
KATÓHungarian
Derived from a diminutive of the Hungarian feminine given name KATALIN.
KATONAHungarian
Means "soldier" in Hungarian.
KATOUJapanese
From Japanese (ka) meaning "add, increase" and (tou) meaning "wisteria". The latter character may indicate a connection to the Fujiwara clan.
KATRANJIEVBulgarian
Patronymic from katranjia "one who works at a tar pit".
KATSAROSGreek
Means "curly" in Greek, referring to a person with curly hair.
KATZGerman
Derived from the German word Katze "cat".
KAUBEGerman
From the name of a town, Kaub, in Germany.
KAUFERGerman
Means "a trader" in German.
KAUFMANGerman, Jewish
Means "merchant" in German.
KAURIndian (Sikh)
Means "princess", ultimately from Sanskrit कुमारी (kumari) meaning "girl". In 1699 Guru Gobind Singh gave all his Sikh female followers the surname Kaur and all males Singh. In many instances, it is also used as a middle name with the family name serving as the surname.
KAVAPolish
Derived from Polish kawa "coffee", perhaps originally denoting one who worked in the coffee trade.
KAVANAGHIrish
Derived from the Irish Gaelic name Caomhánach, which means "a student of saint CAOMHÁN". It was the name used by a 12th-century king of Leinster, Domhnall Caomhánach, the eldest son of the historic Irish king Diarmait Mac Murchada.
KAWAGUCHIJapanese
Means "mouth of the river", from Japanese (kawa) meaning "river, stream" and (kuchi) meaning "mouth, entrance".
KAY (1)English
Derived from the given name KAY (2).
KAY (2)English
Derived from Middle English kaye "wharf, quay". A name for one who lived near or worked on a wharf.
KAYODEWestern African, Yoruba
From the given name KAYODE.
KAZLAUSKASLithuanian
Lithuanian form of KOZLOWSKI.
KEARNEYIrish
From the Irish name Ó Ceithearnaigh meaning "descendant of Ceithearnach", a given name meaning "warrior".
KECSKEMÉTIHungarian
Derived from the name of a town in Hungary, Kecskemét.
KEDVESHungarian
Means "kind" in Hungarian.
KEDZIERSKIUkrainian, Polish
From a nickname meaning "curly", describing a person with curly hair.
KEEFEIrish
Anglicized form of the Irish Ó Caoimh meaning "descendant of CAOMH".
KEEGANIrish
From Irish Mac Aodhagáin meaning "descendant of Aodhagán". The given name Aodhagán is a double diminutive of AODH.
KEENEnglish
From Old English cene "bold, brave".
KEIGHLEYEnglish
Derived from an English place name meaning "clearing belonging to Cyhha". The Old English given name Cyhha is of unknown meaning.
KEILGerman
Means "wedge shaped" in German. It was used to denote a person who owned a wedge-shaped piece of land.
KEIRScottish
Variant of KERR.
KEITHScottish
From a place name which is probably derived from the Brythonic element cet meaning "wood". This was the surname of a long line of Scottish nobles.
KELEMENHungarian
Derived from the given name KELEMEN.
KELLERGerman, Hungarian
From Middle High German këller meaning "cellar". This is either an occupational name for a cellarer or a name for a person who lived in a cellar.
KELLOGGEnglish
From the Middle Ages, a name for a butcher meaning "killer of hogs".
KELLY (1)Irish
Anglicized form of Irish Ó Ceallaigh meaning "descendant of CEALLACH".
KELLY (2)Scottish
From a Scottish place name derived from coille "grove".
KELSEYEnglish
From an English place name meaning "Cenel's island", from the Old English name Cenel "fierce" in combination with eg "island".
KEMÉNYHungarian
Means "firm, hard, tough" in Hungarian.
KEMPEnglish
Derived from Middle English kempe meaning "champion, warrior".
KEMPFGerman
German form of KEMP. In order to Americanize the name, some people dropped the letter f, altering the name to the English version.
KENDALLEnglish
Derived from the town of Kendale in England, and was so called from the river Kent, on which it is situated, and dael "valley, dale". Therefore, it means "valley on the river Kent".
KENDRICK (1)English
From the Old English given names CYNERIC or CENRIC.
KENDRICK (2)Welsh
Derived from the given name CYNWRIG.
KENNARDEnglish
Derived from the given names CYNEWEARD or CYNEHEARD.
KENNEDYIrish
From the Irish name Ó Cinnéidigh meaning "descendant of CENNÉTIG". This surname was borne by assassinated American president John F. Kennedy (1917-1963).
KEOKhmer
Means "glass" in Khmer.
KEREKESHungarian
Meaning "wheel-maker, wheeler" from the word kerék meaning "wheel" in Hungarian.
KERMITManx
Derived from the given name DIARMAID.
KERMODEManx
Derived from the given name DIARMAID.
KERNERGerman
Derived from German kern "seed". It is an occupational name for one who sold or planted seeds.
KERPERGerman
Variant of GERBER.
KERRScottish
From Scots kerr meaning "rough wet ground", ultimately from Old Norse kjarr.
KERSEYEnglish
From an English place name meaning "watercress island".
KERTÉSZHungarian
Occupational surname meaning "gardener" in Hungarian.
KEVINSEnglish
Means "son of KEVIN".
KEVINSONEnglish
Means "son of KEVIN".
KEVORKIANArmenian
Variant transcription of GEVORGYAN.
KEYEnglish
Variant of KAY (1) or KAY (2).
KEYSEnglish
Variant of KAY (1).
KHACHATURIANArmenian
Variant transcription of KHACHATURYAN.
KHACHATURYANArmenian
Means "son of KHACHATUR" in Armenian. A famous bearer was the Armenian composer Aram Khachaturyan or Khachaturian (1903-1978).
KHOROUSHIPersian
Derived from the given name KUROSH.
KIDDEnglish, Scottish
From a nickname meaning "young goat, kid" in Middle English.
KIEFER (1)German
Means "pine tree" in German.
KIEFER (2)German
Derived from German kufe meaning "barrel". This was an occupational name for a barrel maker.
KIJEKPolish
Means "a small stick" in Polish.
KIKKERTDutch
Dutch surname meaning "frog".
KILDUFFIrish
From the Irish Mac Giolla Dhuibh meaning "son of the black-haired man".
KILLAMEnglish
Denoted one who hailed from the English town of Kilham, meaning "kiln hamlet".
KILLOUGHIrish
Indicated a person who was from Killough (County Down, Northern Ireland) or Killough (Wicklow, Ireland). The place name Killough means "church on the lake", derived from the Irish cill "church" and locha "lake".
KIMKorean
Korean form of JIN, from Sino-Korean (gim) meaning "gold". This is the most popular surname in Korea.
KIMBALLEnglish
Derived from the Welsh given name CYNBEL or the Old English given name CYNEBALD.
KIMBERLEYEnglish
From various English places called Kimberley. They mean either "CYNEBURGA's field", "CYNEBALD's field" or "CYNEMÆR's field".
KIMURAJapanese
From Japanese (ki) meaning "tree, wood" and (mura) meaning "town, village".
KINGEnglish
From Old English cyning, originally a nickname for someone who either acted in a kingly manner or who worked for or was otherwise associated with a king.
KINGSLEYEnglish
From a place name meaning "king's clearing" in Old English.
KINGSTONEnglish
From a place name meaning "king's town" in Old English.
KINNAIRDScottish
From the name of a place in Scotland. The area concerned is high and occupies a vantage point and may have been named in Gaelic as Ceann Ard meaning "high end or head". In the 12th century a Norman nobleman received a charter of land here from King William the Lion (King of Scots), and was thereafter known by this name.
KINSLEYEnglish
Derived from the given name CYNESIGE.
KIPLINGEnglish
From the name of a town in Yorkshire. A famous bearer of this name is the author Rudyard Kipling.
KIRÁLYHungarian
Means "king" in Hungarian. This was a nickname for a person who acted kingly.
KIRBYEnglish
Derived from Kirkeby, a name for numerous locations in northern England. Kirkeby is derived from kirkja and byr, two Norse words meaning "church" and "settlement" respectively.
KIRCHNERGerman
Derived from Middle High German kirche "church". The name was probably given to someone who worked at a church or lived near one.
KISHungarian
Nickname meaning "small" in Hungarian.
KISSHungarian
Variant of KIS.
KISTLERGerman
Occupational name meaning "chest maker, cabinetmaker" in German.
KITAJapanese
From Japanese (kita) meaning "north".
KITCHENEnglish
Occupational name for a person who worked in a kitchen (of a monastery for example).
KJELDSENDanish
Means "son of KJELD".
KJELLSSONSwedish
Means "son of KJELL".
KLAASENDutch
Means "son of KLAAS".
KLADIVOCzech
Means "hammer" in Czech. The name most likely started as a nickname for a blacksmith.
KLASSONSwedish
Means "son of KLAS".
KLAUSENDanish
Means "son of KLAUS".
KLEIDGerman, Jewish
Occupational name for a tailor, from German Kleid meaning "garment, clothing".
KLEINGerman, Dutch, Jewish
Means "small, little" from German klein or Yiddish kleyn. A famous bearer of this name is clothes designer Calvin Klein (1942-).
KLEMENTSSlovene
From the given name KLEMEN.
KLERKDutch
Variant of DE KLERK.
KLERXDutch
Variant of DE KLERK.
KLIMACzech
Derived from Klima, a diminutive of KLIMENT.
KLÍMEKCzech
Derived from Klímek, a diminutive of KLIMENT.
KLIMEKPolish
Derived from the name Klimek, a diminutive of KLEMENS.
KLIMYCzech
Means "descendant of Klima", Klima being a diminutive of KLIMENT.
KLOETDutch
Possibly from Middle Dutch cloet meaning "lump, ball". In some cases this was a nickname for an oafish person. In other cases it may have been a name for someone who lived near a sign which had a globe on it.
KLOETENDutch
Variant of KLOET.
KLOSSNERGerman
Derived from German Klausner meaning "hermit".
KNAGGSEnglish
Found most commonly in the north of England, in particular Yorkshire. It means "someone that lived by a knagg (a small mound)".
KNEFGerman
Occupational name for a shoemaker (derived from Low German knif meaning "shoemaker's knife").
KNEIBGerman
Variant of KNEF.
KNELLERGerman
Originally a nickname for a noisy or disruptive person, derived from Old German knellen "to make noise, to cause a disturbance".
KNEPPGerman
Variant of KNOPF.
KNEŽEVIĆCroatian, Serbian
Patronymic of the South Slavic word knež meaning "prince".
KNIGHTEnglish
From Old English cniht meaning "knight" or "tenant serving as a mounted soldier".
KNOCHENMUSGerman
From German knochen "bone" and mus "sauce". It probably referred to someone who worked in the butcher trade.
KNOPFGerman
Means "button" in German, originally belonging to a button maker or button seller.
KNOPPGerman
Variant of KNOPF.
KNUDSENDanish
Means "son of KNUD".
KNUTSENNorwegian
Means "son of KNUT".
KNUTSSONSwedish
Means "son of KNUT".
KOBAYASHIJapanese
From Japanese (ko) meaning "small" and (hayashi) meaning "forest".
KÓBORHungarian
From the word kóbor meaning "wanderer, ranger" in Hungarian.
KOÇTurkish
Means "ram" in Turkish.
KOCHGerman
German cognate of COOK.
KOCKLow German
Low German cognate of COOK.
KOCSISHungarian
Means "coachman" in Hungarian.
KOEMANDutch
Variant of KOOPMAN.
KOENIGGerman
German cognate of KING.
KÖHLGerman
Variant of KOHL.
KOHLGerman
Derived from Middle High German kol "cabbage".
KOHLERGerman
From Middle High German koler meaning "charcoal burner" or "charcoal seller".
KOHOUTCzech
Means "rooster" in Czech.
KOHUTUkrainian
Means "rooster" in Ukrainian. It was a nickname for a proud person.
KOIZUMIJapanese
From Japanese (ko) meaning "small" and (izumi) meaning "spring, fountain". A notable bearer of this name is Junichiro Koizumi (1942-), who was Prime Minister of Japan.
KOKINOSGreek
From a nickname meaning "red".
KOKOTSlovene
Means "rooster" in Slovene.
KOLÁŘCzech
Means "wheelwright", a derivative of Czech kolo "wheel".
KOLARCroatian, Slovene
Croatian and Slovene cognate of KOLÁŘ.
KOLBEGerman
Means "mace" in German. A mace is a heavy medieval war club with a spiked or flanged metal head, used to crush armour.
KOLENDutch
From the given name NICOLAAS.
KOLIJNDutch
From the given name NICOLAAS.
KOLLENDutch
From the given name NICOLAAS.
KÖNIGGerman
German cognate of KING, from Middle High German künnic, künec.
KÖNIGSMANNGerman
Means a "king's man", or someone who played a king in a play.
KONINGDutch
Dutch cognate of KING.
KOOLDutch
Derived from the given name NICOLAAS.
KOOLEDutch
Derived from the given name NICOLAAS.
KOOLENDutch
Derived from the given name NICOLAAS.
KOOLSDutch
Derived from the given name NICOLAAS.
KOOPMANDutch
Occupational name meaning "merchant" in Dutch.
KOPECKYCzech
Derived from Czech kopec "hill". The name was perhaps given to a person who lived close to a hill.
KOPITARSlovene
Means "shoemaker".
KOPPGerman
Derived from the given name JACOB.
KORHONENFinnish
Possibly from archaic Finnish korho meaning "deaf, hard of hearing".
KOROŠECSlovene
Originally indicated a person from Koroška (Carinthia), a medieval Slovene state, now divided between Slovenia and Austria.
KORRAPATIIndian, Telugu
Locational surname, from an area called Korra or Korrapalem. In Telugu the word pati means "belongs to".
KOŠARCroatian
From the Slavic word koš meaning "basket". It originally indicated a person who made or sold baskets.
KOSMATKAPolish
Derived from Polish kosmaty meaning "shaggy, hairy".
KOSTELECKYCzech
Originally denoted a person from a village named Kostelec. The place name Kostelec is derived from the Czech word kostel "church".
KOSZORÚSHungarian
Derived from koszorú, a Hungarian word that means "garland, wreath, girdle". This name was used for someone who made garlands.
KOVÁČSlovak, Czech
Slovak and Czech cognate of KOVAČ.
KOVACSlovak, Croatian, Serbian, Czech
Simplified spelling of KOVÁČ or KOVAČ.
KOVAČCroatian, Serbian, Bosnian, Slovene
Means "blacksmith", a derivative of Slavic kovati meaning "to forge".
KOVACHEVBulgarian
Patronymic derived from Bulgarian ковач (kovach) meaning "blacksmith".
KOVAČIĆCroatian, Serbian, Bosnian
Patronymic derived from South Slavic kovač meaning "blacksmith".
KOVAČIČSlovene
Slovene form of KOVAČIĆ.
KOVÁCSHungarian
Hungarian form of KOVAČ.
KOVÁŘCzech
Czech cognate of KOVAČ.
KÖVÉRHungarian
Means "fat" in Hungarian.
KOWALCZYKPolish
Patronymic derived from Polish kowal "blacksmith".
KOWALSKIPolish
From Polish kowal meaning "blacksmith".
KOZELSlovene, Ukrainian
Derived from Slavic kozel "goat", probably used to denote a goatherd.
KOZIOLPolish
Means "goat" in Polish, probably used to denote a goatherd.
KOZLOVRussian
Patronymic from the Slavic word kozel "goat", probably used to denote a goatherd.
KOZLOWPolish
From the Polish place name Kozlow, ultimately derived from koziol "goat".
KOZLOWSKIPolish
Originally a name for a person from Kozlow, Kozlowo, or any other place whose name was derived from Polish koziol "goat".
KRAKOWSKIPolish, Jewish
Habitational name for a person from the city of Kraków in southern Poland.
KRALLCzech
From Czech král "king". It referred to one connected in some way with a king's household or one who played the part of a king in a pageant or play.
KRÄMERGerman
From Middle High German kræmer, kramære, kromer and Middle Low German kramer, kremer, kromer meaning "shopkeeper, grocer".
KRAMRCzech
Czech form of KRAMER.
KRANZDutch, German
Derived from Middle High German kranz "wreath".
KRASTEVBulgarian
Means "son of KRASTIO".
KRATOCHVILCzech
Derived from the Czech kratochvile "pastime".
KRAUSGerman
From Middle High German krus meaning "curly". Originally a nickname for a person with curly hair.
KRAUSEGerman
Variant of KRAUS.
KRAUSSGerman
Variant of KRAUS.
KRAUßGerman
Variant of KRAUS.
KRAVITZJewish
Occupational name meaning "tailor" (from Polish krawiec). A famous bearer is singer Lenny Kravitz (1964-).
KREBSGerman
German word meaning "crab", perhaps a nickname for a person with a crab-like walk.
KREJCICzech
Means "tailor" in Czech.
KRIŽCzech, Slovak, Slovene
Means "cross" in Czech.
KRIZMANSlovene
From the given name KRISTIJAN.
KRÓLPolish
Means "king" in Polish. The name referred to one connected in some way with a king's household.
KRONGerman, Swedish
Means "crown", perhaps a nickname for one who worked in a royal household.
KRUCKELGerman
Nickname for a crippled person or someone who walked with a cane, from German krücke meaning "cane".
KRÜGER (1)Low German
In northern Germany: From Middle Low German kroger, kruger meaning "host".
KRÜGER (2)German
In southern Germany: Means "potter" from Middle High German kruoc meaning "jug, pot".
KRŪMIŅŠLatvian
From Latvian krūms meaning "bush, shrub".
KRUPINRussian
Derived from Slavic krupa meaning "grain".
KRUSE (2)German
Occupational surname meaning "potter", from Middle High German kruse "pot, jug".
KRUSENDutch
Anglicized form of CRUYSSEN.
KUANGChinese
From Chinese (kuàng) which refers to the clan of the same name.
KUCERACzech
Means "curl" in Czech, a nickname for a person with curly locks of hair.
KÜCHLERGerman
Occupational surname for a baker who made small cakes or cookies. It is derived from Middle High German kuoche "cake, pastry".
KÜÇÜKTurkish
Means "small" in Turkish.
KUDRNACzech
Cognate of KUCERA.
KUHNGerman
Derived from a diminutive of the German given name KONRAD.
KUIPERDutch
Means "cooper, barrel maker" in Dutch.
KUIPERSDutch
Variant of KUIPER.
KULKARNIIndian, Marathi
Means "village clerk, revenue collector" in Marathi.
KULMALAFinnish
Means "corner", with suffix -la giving an idea of a place. The name was originally given to a house or a place.
KUMIEGAPolish
Derived from a Polish word meaning "friend".
KUNDAKÇITurkish
From Turkish kundak meaning "stock, wooden part of a rifle".
KUNDERTGerman
Derived from the given name KONRAD.
KUNKELGerman
Occupational name for a maker of spindles (Middle German kunkel "spindle", ultimately from Latin conus "cone").
KUNKLEGerman
Variant of KUNKEL.
KUNTZGerman
Derived from a nickname of KONRAD.
KUNZEGerman
Derived from a nickname of the given name KONRAD.
KUROSAWAJapanese
From Japanese (kuro) meaning "black" and (sawa) meaning "marsh". A notable bearer was Akira Kurosawa (1910-1998), a Japanese film director.
KURUCZHungarian
Derived from the Hungarian word kuruc. The kurucs were armed anti-Habsburg rebels in Hungary in the late 17th to early 18th century.
KURZMANNGerman
Means "short man" in German.
KUZNETSOVRussian
Patronymic form of Russian кузнец (kuznets) meaning "blacksmith".
KWANChinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese romanization of GUAN.
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