Means "cooper" in Hungarian (that is, a person who made or repaired wooden barrels).
From a nickname meaning "bald-headed" in German.
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
Occupational surname that indicated a butcher who sold veal meat or a butcher who slaughtered calves. In German kalb
means "calf" and fleisch
Occupational surname that originated from the vocabulary word kalmár
meaning "merchant, trader, trafficker" in Hungarian.
Originally denoted someone who came from a town called Kamien. Kamien
comes from the Slavic word kamiñ
KAPPEL German, Dutch
Means "a person who lives near or works at a chapel" from Middle High German kappel
meaning "sword" in Hungarian. It could have been applied to soldiers, sword makers, or one with a pugnacious nature.
Nickname from a Turkish word indicating a "crow".
Derived from the Hungarian name of the Carpathian mountains, Kárpátok
From the Low German area around Paderborn. The ending of the name is derived from German meyer
KASUN Croatian, 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.
Derived from Turkish katır
meaning "mule", a name for a person who made transports by mule.
From Japanese 加 (ka)
meaning "add, increase" and 藤 (tou)
meaning "wisteria". The latter character may indicate a connection to the Fujiwara clan.
Means "curly" in Greek, referring to a person with curly hair.
Derived from the German word Katze
KAUR Indian (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.
Derived from Polish kawa
"coffee", perhaps originally denoting one who worked in the coffee trade.
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.
Means "mouth of the river", from Japanese 川 (kawa)
meaning "river, stream" and 口 (kuchi)
meaning "mouth, entrance".
KAY (2) English
Derived from Middle English kaye
"wharf, quay". A name for one who lived near or worked on a wharf.
From the Irish name Ó Ceithearnaigh
meaning "descendant of Ceithearnach", a given name meaning "warrior".
Anglicized form of the Irish Ó Caoimh
meaning "descendant of CAOMH
From Irish Mac Aodhagáin
meaning "descendant of Aodhagán". The given name Aodhagán
is a double diminutive of AODH
Derived from an English place name meaning "clearing belonging to Cyhha". The Old English given name Cyhha
is of unknown meaning.
Means "wedge shaped" in German. It was used to denote a person who owned a wedge-shaped piece of land.
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.
KELLER German, 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.
From the Middle Ages, a name for a butcher meaning "killer of hogs".
From an English place name meaning "Cenel's island", from the Old English name Cenel
"fierce" in combination with eg
Derived from Middle English kempe
meaning "champion, warrior".
German form of KEMP
. In order to Americanize the name, some people dropped the letter f
, altering the name to the English version.
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".
From the Irish name Ó Cinnéidigh
meaning "descendant of CENNÉTIG
". This surname was borne by assassinated American president John F. Kennedy (1917-1963).
Meaning "wheel-maker, wheeler" from the word kerék
meaning "wheel" in Hungarian.
Derived from German kern
"seed". It is an occupational name for one who sold or planted seeds.
From Scots kerr
meaning "rough wet ground", ultimately from Old Norse kjarr
From an English place name meaning "watercress island".
Means "son of KHACHATUR
" in Armenian. A famous bearer was the Armenian composer Aram Khachaturyan or Khachaturian (1903-1978).
KIEFER (2) German
Derived from German kufe
meaning "barrel". This was an occupational name for a barrel maker.
From the Irish Mac Giolla Dhuibh
meaning "son of the black-haired man".
Denoted one who hailed from the English town of Kilham, meaning "kiln hamlet".
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
Korean form of JIN
, from Sino-Korean 金 (gim)
meaning "gold". This is the most popular surname in Korea.
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.
From a place name meaning "king's clearing" in Old English.
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.
From the name of a town in Yorkshire. A famous bearer of this name is the author Rudyard Kipling.
Means "king" in Hungarian. This was a nickname for a person who acted kingly.
Derived from Kirkeby
, a name for numerous locations in northern England. Kirkeby
is derived from kirkja
, two Norse words meaning "church" and "settlement" respectively.
Derived from Middle High German kirche
"church". The name was probably given to someone who worked at a church or lived near one.
Occupational name meaning "chest maker, cabinetmaker" in German.
Occupational name for a person who worked in a kitchen (of a monastery for example).
Means "hammer" in Czech. The name most likely started as a nickname for a blacksmith.
KLEID German, Jewish
Occupational name for a tailor, from German Kleid
meaning "garment, clothing".
KLEIN German, Dutch, Jewish
Means "small, little" from German klein
or Yiddish kleyn
. A famous bearer of this name is clothes designer Calvin Klein (1942-).
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.
Found most commonly in the north of England, in particular Yorkshire. It means "someone that lived by a knagg (a small mound)".
Occupational name for a shoemaker (derived from Low German knif
meaning "shoemaker's knife").
Originally a nickname for a noisy or disruptive person, derived from Old German knellen
"to make noise, to cause a disturbance".
From Old English cniht
meaning "knight" or "tenant serving as a mounted soldier".
From German knochen
"bone" and mus
"sauce". It probably referred to someone who worked in the butcher trade.
Means "button" in German, originally belonging to a button maker or button seller.
From the word kóbor
meaning "wanderer, ranger" in Hungarian.
Derived from Middle High German kol
From Middle High German koler
meaning "charcoal burner" or "charcoal seller".
Means "rooster" in Ukrainian. It was a nickname for a proud person.
From Japanese 小 (ko)
meaning "small" and 泉 (izumi)
meaning "spring, fountain". A notable bearer of this name is Junichiro Koizumi (1942-), who was Prime Minister of Japan.
Means "wheelwright", a derivative of Czech kolo
Means "mace" in German. A mace is a heavy medieval war club with a spiked or flanged metal head, used to crush armour.
Derived from Czech kopec
"hill". The name was perhaps given to a person who lived close to a hill.
Possibly from archaic Finnish korho
meaning "deaf, hard of hearing".
Originally indicated a person from Koroška (Carinthia), a medieval Slovene state, now divided between Slovenia and Austria.
KORRAPATI Indian, Telugu
Locational surname, from an area called Korra
. In Telugu the word pati
means "belongs to".
From the Slavic word koš
meaning "basket". It originally indicated a person who made or sold baskets.
Originally denoted a person from a village named Kostelec. The place name Kostelec is derived from the Czech word kostel
Derived from koszorú
, a Hungarian word that means "garland, wreath, girdle". This name was used for someone who made garlands.
Means "goat" in Polish, probably used to denote a goatherd.
Patronymic from the Slavic word kozel
"goat", probably used to denote a goatherd.
From the Polish place name Kozlow
, ultimately derived from koziol
Originally a name for a person from Kozlow, Kozlowo, or any other place whose name was derived from Polish koziol
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.
From Middle High German kræmer, kramære, kromer
and Middle Low German kramer, kremer, kromer
meaning "shopkeeper, grocer".
From Middle High German krus
meaning "curly". Originally a nickname for a person with curly hair.
Occupational name meaning "tailor" (from Polish krawiec
). A famous bearer is singer Lenny Kravitz (1964-).
German word meaning "crab", perhaps a nickname for a person with a crab-like walk.
Means "king" in Polish. The name referred to one connected in some way with a king's household.
KRON German, Swedish
Means "crown", perhaps a nickname for one who worked in a royal household.
Nickname for a crippled person or someone who walked with a cane, from German krücke
KRÜGER (2) German
In southern Germany: Means "potter" from Middle High German kruoc
meaning "jug, pot".
KRUSE (2) German
Occupational surname meaning "potter", from Middle High German kruse
Means "curl" in Czech, a nickname for a person with curly locks of hair.
Occupational surname for a baker who made small cakes or cookies. It is derived from Middle High German kuoche
Means "corner", with suffix -la
giving an idea of a place. The name was originally given to a house or a place.
KUMAR Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Telugu, Kannada, Punjabi, Bengali, Assamese, Gujarati, Odia, Malayalam, Tamil
Means "boy, prince" in Sanskrit.
From Turkish kundak
meaning "stock, wooden part of a rifle".
Occupational name for a maker of spindles (Middle German kunkel
"spindle", ultimately from Latin conus
From Japanese 黒 (kuro)
meaning "black" and 澤 (sawa)
meaning "marsh". A notable bearer was Akira Kurosawa (1910-1998), a Japanese film director.
Derived from the Hungarian word kuruc
. The kurucs were armed anti-Habsburg rebels in Hungary in the late 17th to early 18th century.