Surnames Starting with K

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KACZKA Polish
Means "duck" in Polish.
KÁDÁR Hungarian
Means "cooper, barrel maker" in Hungarian.
KADER Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic قادر (see QADIR).
KADEŘ Czech
Variant of KUDRNA.
KADLEC Czech
From Czech tkadlec meaning "weaver".
KAFKA Czech
Derived from Czech kavka "jackdaw".
KAHLER German
From a nickname derived from German kahl meaning "bald".
KAISER 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.
KALB German
Occupational name meaning "calf (animal)" in German.
KALBFLEISCH German
Occupational name for a butcher who dealt in veal, from German kalb meaning "calf" and fleisch meaning "meat".
KALMÁR Hungarian
Occupational name meaning "merchant, shopkeeper" in Hungarian, of German origin.
KALNIŅŠ Latvian
From Latvian kalns meaning "mountain, hill".
KALOYANOV Bulgarian
Means "son of KALOYAN".
KAŁUŻA Polish
Means "puddle" in Polish.
KALUŽA Slovene, Czech
Czech and Slovene form of KAŁUŻA.
KAMAU Eastern African, Kikuyu
Derived from the given name KAMAU.
KAMIŃSKI Polish
From Polish kamień meaning "stone", a name for a stonecutter or for one who lived at a place with this name.
KANG Korean
Korean form of JIANG (2), from Sino-Korean (gang).
KAPPEL German, Dutch
Name for a person who lived near or worked at a chapel, ultimately from Late Latin cappella, a diminutive of cappa "cape", arising from the holy relic of the torn cape of Saint Martin, which was kept in small churches.
KARDOS Hungarian
From Hungarian kard meaning "sword". It could have been applied to soldiers, sword makers, or one with a pugnacious nature.
KARGA Turkish
Nickname meaning "crow" in Turkish.
KARIM Arabic
Derived from the given name KARIM.
KARIMI Arabic, Persian
Derived from the given name KARIM.
KARIUKI Eastern African, Kikuyu
Derived from the given name KARIUKI.
KARL German
From the given name KARL.
KARLSEN Danish
Means "son of KARL".
KARLSSON Swedish
Means "son of KARL".
KÁRPÁTI Hungarian
Derived from Kárpátok, the Hungarian name of the CARPATHIANS.
KARPPINEN Finnish
From Finnish karppi meaning "carp", of Germanic origin.
KARTAL Turkish
From a nickname meaning "eagle" in Turkish.
KASABIAN Armenian
Alternate transcription of Armenian Ղասաբյան (see GHASABYAN).
KAŠPAR Czech
Derived from the given name KAŠPAR.
KASPAR German
Derived from the given name KASPAR.
KASPERSEN Danish
Means "son of KASPER".
KASPRZAK Polish
Means "son of KACPER".
KÄSTNER German
Means "cabinet maker", derived from Middle High German kaste "box".
KASUN Croatian
Possibly derived from the old Slavic word kazati meaning "to order, to command".
KATIRCI Turkish
Derived from Turkish katır meaning "mule", a name for a person who made transports by mule.
KATO Japanese
Alternate transcription of Japanese Kanji 加藤 (see KATOU).
KATÓ Hungarian
Derived from a diminutive of the Hungarian feminine given name KATALIN.
KATONA Hungarian
Means "soldier" in Hungarian.
KATOU Japanese
From Japanese (ka) meaning "add, increase" and (tou) meaning "wisteria". The latter character may indicate a connection to the Fujiwara clan.
KATSAROS Greek
Means "curly" in Greek, referring to a person with curly hair.
KATZ Jewish
Derived from Hebrew כֹּהֵן צֶדֶק (kohen tzedek) meaning "priest of justice", indicating a descendant of Aaron.
KAUBE German
From the name of the town of Kaub in Germany.
KÄUFER German
Variant of KAUFER.
KAUFER German
Means "trader" in German.
KAUFMANN German, Jewish
Means "trader, merchant" in German.
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.
KAVANAGH Irish
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.
KAWA Polish
Derived from Polish kawka "jackdaw".
KAWAGUCHI Japanese
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 Old French kay meaning "wharf, quay", indicating one who lived near or worked on a wharf.
KAYODE Western African, Yoruba
From the given name KAYODE.
KAZLAUSKAS Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of KOZŁOWSKI. This is the most common surname in Lithuania.
KEARNEY Irish
From the Irish name Ó Ceithearnaigh meaning "descendant of Ceithearnach", a given name meaning "warrior".
KECSKEMÉTI Hungarian
Originally indicated a person who came from the Hungarian city of Kecskemét, derived from kecske meaning "goat".
KEDVES Hungarian
Means "nice, kind" in Hungarian.
KĘDZIERSKI Polish
From a nickname meaning "curly", describing a person with curly hair.
KEEFE Irish
Anglicized form of the Irish Ó Caoimh meaning "descendant of CAOMH".
KEEGAN Irish
From Irish Mac Aodhagáin meaning "descendant of Aodhagán". The given name Aodhagán is a double diminutive of AODH.
KEEN English
From Old English cene meaning "bold, brave".
KEIGHLEY English
Derived from an English place name meaning "clearing belonging to Cyhha". The Old English given name Cyhha is of unknown meaning.
KEIL German
Means "wedge shaped" in German. It was used to denote a person who owned a wedge-shaped piece of land.
KEIR Scottish
Variant of KERR.
KEITH Scottish
From a place name that is probably derived from the Brythonic element cet meaning "wood". This was the surname of a long line of Scottish nobles.
KELEMEN Hungarian
Derived from the given name KELEMEN.
KELLER German
Means "cellar" in German, an occupational name for one in charge of the food and drink.
KELLOGG English
Occupational name for a pig butcher, from Middle English killen "to kill" and hog "pig, swine, hog".
KELLY (1) Irish
Anglicized form of Irish Ó Ceallaigh meaning "descendant of CEALLACH".
KELLY (2) Scottish
From a Scottish place name derived from coille meaning "grove".
KELSEY English
From an English place name meaning "Cenel's island", from the Old English name Cenel "fierce" in combination with eg "island".
KEMÉNY Hungarian
Means "firm, hard, tough" in Hungarian.
KEMP English
Derived from Middle English kempe meaning "champion, warrior".
KEMPF German
German cognate of KEMP.
KENDALL English
Derived from the town of Kendal in England, so-called from the river KENT, on which it is situated, and Old English dæl meaning "valley, dale".
KENDRICK (1) English
From the Old English given names CYNERIC or CENRIC.
KENDRICK (2) Welsh
Derived from the given name CYNWRIG.
KENNARD English
Derived from the given names CYNEWEARD or CYNEHEARD.
KENNEDY Irish
From the Irish name Ó Cinnéidigh meaning "descendant of CENNÉTIG". This surname was borne by assassinated American president John F. Kennedy (1917-1963).
KEO Khmer
Means "glass" in Khmer.
KEREKES Hungarian
Occupational name for a maker of wheels, from Hungarian kerék meaning "wheel".
KERMIT Manx
Derived from the given name DIARMAID.
KERMODE Manx
Derived from the given name DIARMAID.
KERNER German
Derived from Old High German kerno "seed", an occupational name for one who sold or planted seeds.
KERPER German
Variant of GERBER.
KERR Scottish
From Scots kerr meaning "rough wet ground", ultimately from Old Norse kjarr.
KERSEY English
From an English place name meaning derived from Old English cærse "watercress" and eg "island".
KERTÉSZ Hungarian
Occupational name meaning "gardener" in Hungarian.
KEVORKIAN Armenian
Alternate transcription of Armenian Գեւորգյան (see GEVORGYAN).
KEY (2) Irish
Anglicized form of MAC AODHA.
KEYES (2) Irish
Anglicized form of MAC AODHA.
KEYS (2) Irish
Anglicized form of MAC AODHA.
KHACHATURIAN Armenian
Alternate transcription of Armenian Խաչատրյան (see KHACHATURYAN).
KHACHATURYAN Armenian
Means "son of KHACHATUR" in Armenian. A famous bearer was the Armenian composer Aram Khachaturyan or Khachaturian (1903-1978).
KHOROUSHI Persian
Derived from the given name KUROSH.
KIDD English
From a nickname meaning "young goat, kid" in Middle English, of Old Norse origin.
KIEFER (1) German
Means "pine tree" in German.
KIEFER (2) German
Occupational name for a barrel maker, derived from Old High German kuofa meaning "barrel".
KIJEK Polish
Means "small stick", from Polish kij "stick".
KIKKERT Dutch
Derived from Dutch kikker meaning "frog".
KILDUFF Irish
From the Irish Mac Giolla Dhuibh meaning "son of the black-haired man".
KILLAM English
Denoted one who hailed from the English town of Kilham, meaning "kiln homestead".
KILLOUGH Irish
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".
KIM Korean
Korean form of JIN, from Sino-Korean (gim) meaning "gold". This is the most popular surname in Korea.
KIMBALL English
Derived from the Welsh given name CYNBEL or the Old English given name CYNEBALD.
KIMBERLEY English
From various English places called Kimberley. They mean either "CYNEBURGA's field", "CYNEBALD's field" or "CYNEMÆR's field".
KIMURA Japanese
From Japanese (ki) meaning "tree, wood" and (mura) meaning "town, village".
KING English
From Old English cyning "king", originally a nickname for someone who either acted in a kingly manner or who worked for or was otherwise associated with a king.
KINGSLEY English
From a place name meaning "king's clearing" in Old English.
KINGSTON English
From a place name meaning "king's town" in Old English.
KINNAIRD Scottish
From the name of a place in Scotland, in Gaelic An Ceann Ard, meaning "high headland". 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.
KINSLEY English
Derived from the given name CYNESIGE.
KIPLING English
From the name of a town in Yorkshire, of Old English origin meaning "Cyppel's people", from a given name Cyppel of unknown meaning. A famous bearer of this name was the author Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936).
KIRÁLY Hungarian
Means "king" in Hungarian, of Slavic origin (a cognate of KRÓL).
KIRBY English
From numerous towns in northern England named Kirby or Kirkby, derived from Old Norse kirkja "church" and býr "farm, settlement".
KIRCH German
German cognate of CHURCH.
KIRCHNER German
Derived from Middle High German kirchenaere meaning "sexton".
KIRK English
From northern Middle English kirk "church", from Old Norse kirkja (cognate of CHURCH).
KIS Hungarian
Nickname meaning "small" in Hungarian.
KISS Hungarian
Variant of KIS.
KISTLER German
Occupational name meaning "chest maker, cabinetmaker" from Middle High German kiste.
KITA Japanese
From Japanese (kita) meaning "north".
KITCHEN English
Occupational name for a person who worked in a kitchen (of a monastery for example), derived from Old English cycene, ultimately from Latin coquina.
KJELDSEN Danish
Means "son of KJELD".
KJELLSSON Swedish
Means "son of KJELL".
KLAASEN Dutch
Means "son of KLAAS".
KLADIVO Czech
Means "hammer" in Czech, a nickname for a blacksmith.
KLASSON Swedish
Means "son of KLAS".
KLAUSEN Danish
Means "son of KLAUS".
KLEID Jewish
Occupational name for a tailor, from Old High 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-).
KLEMENT Czech, Slovak
From the given name KLEMENT.
KLERK Dutch
Variant of DE KLERK.
KLERKS Dutch
Variant of DE KLERK.
KLERKX Dutch
Variant of DE KLERK.
KLERX Dutch
Variant of DE KLERK.
KLÍMA Czech
Derived a diminutive of KLIMENT.
KLÍMEK Czech
Derived from a diminutive of KLIMENT.
KLIMEK Polish
Derived from a diminutive of KLEMENS.
KLOET Dutch
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 that had a globe on it.
KLOETEN Dutch
Variant of KLOET.
KLOSSNER German
Derived from German Klausner, Middle High German klosenære meaning "hermit".
KNAGGS English
From Middle English knagg meaning "small mound, projection". It is found most commonly in the north of England, in particular Yorkshire.
KNEF German
Occupational name for a shoemaker, derived from Low German knif meaning "shoemaker's knife".
KNEIB German
Variant of KNEF.
KNELLER German
Originally a nickname for a noisy or disruptive person, derived from Old German knellen "to make noise, to cause a disturbance".
KNEPP German
Variant of KNOPF.
KNEŽEVIĆ Croatian, Serbian
Patronymic of Serbo-Croatian knez meaning "prince" (ultimately of Germanic origin).
KNIGHT English
From Old English cniht meaning "knight", a tenant serving as a mounted soldier.
KNOCHENMUS German
From German Knochen "bone" and Mus "sauce". It probably referred to someone who worked in the butcher trade.
KNOPF German
Means "button" in German, originally belonging to a button maker or button seller.
KNOPP German
Variant of KNOPF.
KNUDSEN Danish
Means "son of KNUD".
KNUTSEN Norwegian
Means "son of KNUT".
KNUTSSON Swedish
Means "son of KNUT".
KOBAYASHI Japanese
From Japanese (ko) meaning "small" and (hayashi) meaning "forest".
KÓBOR Hungarian
From Hungarian kóbor meaning "wanderer, ranger".
KOÇ Turkish
Means "ram" in Turkish.
KOCH German
German cognate of COOK.
KOCK Low German
Low German cognate of COOK.
KOCSIS Hungarian
Means "coachman" in Hungarian.
KOEMAN Dutch
Variant of KOOPMAN.
KOEMANS Dutch
Variant of KOOPMAN.
KOENIG German
German cognate of KING.
KÖHL German
Variant of KOHL.
KOHL German
Derived from Middle High German kol "cabbage".
KÖHLER German
Variant of KOHLER.
KOHLER German
From Middle High German koler meaning "charcoal burner" or "charcoal seller".
KOHOUT Czech
Czech cognate of KOHUT.
KOHUT Ukrainian
Means "rooster" in Ukrainian, a nickname for a proud person.
KOIZUMI Japanese
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.
KOKKINOS Greek
From a nickname meaning "red" in Greek.
KOKOT Slovene, Croatian
Slovene and Croatian cognate of KOHUT.
KOLÁŘ Czech
Means "wheelwright", a derivative of Czech kolo "wheel".
KOLAR Croatian, Slovene
Croatian and Slovene cognate of KOLÁŘ.
KOLBE German
From Middle High German kolbe meaning "club".
KOLEN Dutch
From the given name NICOLAAS.
KOLIJN Dutch
From the given name NICOLAAS.
KOLLEN Dutch
From the given name NICOLAAS.
KÖNIG German
German cognate of KING.
KÖNIGSMANN German
Means a "king's man", or someone who played a king in a play.
KONING Dutch
Dutch cognate of KING.
KOOL Dutch
Derived from the given name NICOLAAS.
KOOLE Dutch
Derived from the given name NICOLAAS.
KOOLEN Dutch
Derived from the given name NICOLAAS.
KOOLS Dutch
Derived from the given name NICOLAAS.
KOOPMAN Dutch
Occupational name meaning "merchant" in Dutch.
KOPECKÝ Czech
Derived from Czech kopec meaning "hill". The name was given to a person who lived close to a hill.
KOPITAR Slovene
From Slovene kopito meaning "hoof", an occupational name for a shoer.
KOPP German
Derived from a diminutive of the given name JAKOB.
KORHONEN Finnish
Possibly from archaic Finnish korho meaning "deaf, hard of hearing".
KOROŠEC Slovene
Originally indicated a person from Koroška (Carinthia), a medieval Slovene state, now divided between Slovenia and Austria.
KORRAPATI Indian, Telugu
From an area called Korra or Korrapalem combined with Telugu పతి (pati) meaning "belongs to".
KOŠAR Croatian
From Croatian koš meaning "basket", originally indicating a person who made or sold baskets.
KOSMATKA Polish
Derived from Polish kosmaty meaning "shaggy, hairy".
KOSTELECKÝ Czech
Originally denoted a person from a village named Kostelec, derived from Czech kostel meaning "church".
KOSZORÚS Hungarian
Derived from Hungarian koszorú meaning "garland, wreath, girdle", a name for someone who made garlands.
KOUMANS Dutch
Variant of KOOPMAN.
KOVÁČ Slovak, Czech
Slovak and Czech cognate of KOVAČ.
KOVAC Slovak, Croatian, Serbian, Czech
Simplified spelling of KOVÁČ or KOVAČ.
KOVAČ Croatian, Serbian, Bosnian, Slovene
Means "blacksmith", a derivative of Slavic kovati meaning "to forge".
KOVACHEV Bulgarian
Patronymic derived from Bulgarian ковач (kovach) meaning "blacksmith".
KOVAČIĆ Croatian, Serbian, Bosnian
Patronymic derived from South Slavic kovač meaning "blacksmith".
KOVAČIČ Slovene
Slovene form of KOVAČIĆ.
KOVÁCS Hungarian
Hungarian form of KOVAČ.
KOVÁŘ Czech
Czech cognate of KOVAČ.
KÖVÉR Hungarian
Means "fat" in Hungarian.
KOWALCZYK Polish
Patronymic derived from Polish kowal "blacksmith".
KOWALSKI Polish
From Polish kowal meaning "blacksmith".
KOZEL Czech
Czech cognate of KOZIOŁ.
KOZIOŁ Polish
Means "male goat" in Polish, probably used to denote a goatherd.
KOZLOV Russian
Patronymic from Russian козёл (kozyol) "male goat", probably used to denote a goatherd.
KOZŁOWSKI Polish
Originally a name for a person from Kozłów, Kozłowo, or other places with a name derived from Polish kozioł meaning "male goat".
KRAKOWSKI Polish, Jewish
Habitational name for a person from the city of KRAKÓW in southern Poland.
KRÁL Czech, Slovak
Czech and Slovak form of KRÓL.
KRAMÁŘ Czech
Czech form of KRÄMER.
KRÄMER German
Means "shopkeeper, merchant" in German, derived from Old High German kram meaning "tent, trading post".
KRAMER Low German, Jewish
Low German and Jewish form of KRÄMER.
KRANZ German, Jewish
Derived from Old High German kranz meaning "wreath", an occupational name for a maker of wreaths or an ornamental Jewish name.
KRASTEV Bulgarian
Means "son of KRASTYO".
KRATOCHVIL Czech
Derived from Czech kratochvíle meaning "pastime".
KRAUS German
From Middle High German krus meaning "curly", originally a nickname for a person with curly hair.
KRAUSE German
Variant of KRAUS.
KRAUSS German
Variant of KRAUS.
KRAUß German
Variant of KRAUS.
KRAVITZ Jewish
Occupational name derived from Polish krawiec meaning "tailor".
KREBS German
Means "crab" in German, perhaps a nickname for a person with a crab-like walk.
KREJČI Czech
Means "tailor" in Czech.
KŘÍŽ Czech
Means "cross" in Czech, ultimately from Latin crux.
KRIŽMAN Slovene
From Slovene križ meaning "cross".
KRÓL Polish
Means "king" in Polish. The name referred to one who acted like a king or was connected in some way with a king's household.
KRON German, Swedish
From German Krone and Swedish krona meaning "crown" (from Latin corona), perhaps a nickname for one who worked in a royal household.
KRÜCKEL German
Nickname for a crippled person or someone who walked with a cane, from Middle High German krücke meaning "cane".
KRÜGER (1) German
In northern Germany an occupational name for a tavern keeper, derived from Middle Low German kroch meaning "tavern".
KRÜGER (2) German
In southern Germany an occupational name for a potter, derived from Middle High German kruoc meaning "jug, pot".
KRŪMIŅŠ Latvian
From Latvian krūms meaning "bush, shrub".
KRUPIN Russian
Derived from Russian крупа (krupa) meaning "grain".
KRUSE German
Variant of KRAUS.
KRUSEN Dutch
Anglicized form of CRUYSSEN.
KUANG Chinese
From Chinese (kuàng), which refers to the clan of the same name.
KUČERA Czech
Means "curl" in Czech, a nickname for a person with curly locks of hair.
KÜCHLER German
Occupational surname for a baker who made small cakes or cookies, derived from Middle High German kuoche "cake, pastry".
KÜÇÜK Turkish
Means "small" in Turkish.
KUDRNA Czech
Means "curl" in Czech, a nickname for someone with curly hair.
KUHN German
Derived from a diminutive of the German given name KONRAD.
KUIJPERS Dutch
Variant of KUIPER.
KUIPER Dutch
Means "cooper, barrel maker" in Dutch.
KUIPERS Dutch
Variant of KUIPER.
KULKARNI Indian, Marathi
Means "village clerk, revenue collector" in Marathi.
KULMALA Finnish
From Finnish kulma meaning "corner" with the suffix -la indicating a place.
KUMIĘGA Polish
Possibly from Polish kum "godfather, friend" or komięga "raft, barge".
KUNDAKÇI Turkish
From Turkish kundak meaning "stock, wooden part of a rifle".
KUNDERT German
Derived from the given name KONRAD.
KUNKEL German
Occupational name for a maker of distaffs, from Middle High German kunkel "distaff, spindle", of Latin origin.
KUNKLE German
Variant of KUNKEL.
KUNTZ German
Derived from a diminutive of the given name KONRAD.
KUNZ German
Derived from a diminutive of the given name KONRAD.
KUNZE German
Derived from a diminutive of the given name KONRAD.