Surnames Starting with K

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KACZKA Polish
Means "duck" in Polish.
KÁDÁR Hungarian
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.
KADLEC Czech
Means "weaver" in Czech.
KAHLER German
From a nickname meaning "bald-headed" in German.
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
Means "calf" (the animal) in German.
KALBFLEISCH German
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".
KALMÁR Hungarian
Occupational surname that originated from the vocabulary word kalmár meaning "merchant, trader, trafficker" in Hungarian.
KALNIŅŠ Latvian
From Latvian kalns meaning "mountain, hill".
KALOYANCHEV Bulgarian
Means "son of little KALOYAN".
KALOYANOV Bulgarian
Means "son of KALOYAN".
KALUŽA Slovene
Means "a puddle" in Slovene.
KALUZA Polish
Means "a puddle" in Polish.
KAMAU Eastern African, Kikuyu
Derived from the given name KAMAU.
KAMIŃSKI Polish
Originally denoted someone who came from a town called Kamien. Kamien comes from the Slavic word kamiñ meaning "stone".
KANG Korean
Korean form of JIANG (2), from Sino-Korean (gang).
KAPPEL German, Dutch
Means "a person who lives near or works at a chapel" from Middle High German kappel "chapel".
KARDOS Hungarian
From kard meaning "sword" in Hungarian. It could have been applied to soldiers, sword makers, or one with a pugnacious nature.
KARGA Turkish
Nickname from a Turkish word indicating a "crow".
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".
KÁRPÁTHY Hungarian
Variant (and archaic spelling) of the surname KÁRPÁTI.
KÁRPÁTI Hungarian
Derived from the Hungarian name of the Carpathian mountains, Kárpátok.
KARPPINEN Finnish
From karppi which means "carp".
KARSTENSEN Danish
Means "son of KARSTEN".
KARTAL Turkish
From a nickname meaning "eagle".
KASABIAN Armenian
Means "butcher" in Armenian.
KASPAR German, Slovene
Derived from the given name KASPAR.
KASPERSEN Danish
Means "son of KASPER".
KASPRZAK Polish
Means "son of KASPAR".
KASSMEYER German
From the Low German area around Paderborn. The ending of the name is derived from German meyer "farmer".
KÄSTNER German
Means "cabinet maker" from German kasten "box".
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.
KATIRCI Turkish
Derived from Turkish katır meaning "mule", a name for a person who made transports by mule.
KATO Japanese
Variant transcription of 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.
KATRANJIEV Bulgarian
Patronymic from katranjia "one who works at a tar pit".
KATSAROS Greek
Means "curly" in Greek, referring to a person with curly hair.
KATZ German
Derived from the German word Katze "cat".
KAUBE German
From the name of a town, Kaub, in Germany.
KÄUFER German
Variant of KAUFER.
KAUFER German
Means "a trader" in German.
KAUFMAN German, Jewish
Means "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.
KAVA Polish
Derived from Polish kawa "coffee", perhaps originally denoting one who worked in the coffee trade.
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.
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 Middle English kaye "wharf, quay". A name for one who lived near or worked on a wharf.
KAYODE Western African, Yoruba
From the given name KAYODE.
KAZLAUSKAS Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of KOZLOWSKI.
KEARNEY Irish
From the Irish name Ó Ceithearnaigh meaning "descendant of Ceithearnach", a given name meaning "warrior".
KECSKEMÉTI Hungarian
Derived from the name of a town in Hungary, Kecskemét.
KEDVES Hungarian
Means "kind" in Hungarian.
KEDZIERSKI Ukrainian, 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 "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 which 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, 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.
KELLOGG English
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".
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 form of KEMP. In order to Americanize the name, some people dropped the letter f, altering the name to the English version.
KENDALL English
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.
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
Meaning "wheel-maker, wheeler" from the word kerék meaning "wheel" in Hungarian.
KERMIT Manx
Derived from the given name DIARMAID.
KERMODE Manx
Derived from the given name DIARMAID.
KERNER German
Derived from German kern "seed". It is 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 "watercress island".
KERTÉSZ Hungarian
Occupational surname meaning "gardener" in Hungarian.
KEVINS English
Means "son of KEVIN".
KEVINSON English
Means "son of KEVIN".
KEVORKIAN Armenian
Variant transcription of GEVORGYAN.
KEY English
Variant of KAY (1) or KAY (2).
KEYS English
Variant of KAY (1).
KHACHATURIAN Armenian
Variant transcription of 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, 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.
KIJEK Polish
Means "a small stick" in Polish.
KIKKERT Dutch
Dutch surname 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 hamlet".
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, 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. 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.
KINSLEY English
Derived from the given name CYNESIGE.
KIPLING English
From the name of a town in Yorkshire. A famous bearer of this name is the author Rudyard Kipling.
KIRÁLY Hungarian
Means "king" in Hungarian. This was a nickname for a person who acted kingly.
KIRBY English
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.
KIRCHNER German
Derived from Middle High German kirche "church". The name was probably given to someone who worked at a church or lived near one.
KIS Hungarian
Nickname meaning "small" in Hungarian.
KISS Hungarian
Variant of KIS.
KISTLER German
Occupational name meaning "chest maker, cabinetmaker" in German.
KITA Japanese
From Japanese (kita) meaning "north".
KITCHEN English
Occupational name for a person who worked in a kitchen (of a monastery for example).
KJELDSEN Danish
Means "son of KJELD".
KJELLSSON Swedish
Means "son of KJELL".
KLAASEN Dutch
Means "son of KLAAS".
KLADIVO Czech
Means "hammer" in Czech. The name most likely started as a nickname for a blacksmith.
KLASSON Swedish
Means "son of KLAS".
KLAUSEN Danish
Means "son of KLAUS".
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-).
KLEMENTS Slovene
From the given name KLEMEN.
KLERK Dutch
Variant of DE KLERK.
KLERKS Dutch
Variant of DE KLERK.
KLERKX Dutch
Variant of DE KLERK.
KLERX Dutch
Variant of DE KLERK.
KLIMA Czech
Derived from Klima, a diminutive of KLIMENT.
KLÍMEK Czech
Derived from Klímek, a diminutive of KLIMENT.
KLIMEK Polish
Derived from the name Klimek, a diminutive of KLEMENS.
KLIMY Czech
Means "descendant of Klima", Klima being a diminutive of KLIMENT.
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 which had a globe on it.
KLOETEN Dutch
Variant of KLOET.
KLOSSNER German
Derived from German Klausner meaning "hermit".
KNAGGS English
Found most commonly in the north of England, in particular Yorkshire. It means "someone that lived by a knagg (a small mound)".
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 the South Slavic word knež meaning "prince".
KNIGHT English
From Old English cniht meaning "knight" or "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 the word kóbor meaning "wanderer, ranger" in Hungarian.
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
Means "rooster" in Czech.
KOHUT Ukrainian
Means "rooster" in Ukrainian. It was 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.
KOKINOS Greek
From a nickname meaning "red".
KOKOT Slovene
Means "rooster" in Slovene.
KOLÁŘ Czech
Means "wheelwright", a derivative of Czech kolo "wheel".
KOLAR Croatian, Slovene
Croatian and Slovene cognate of KOLÁŘ.
KOLBE German
Means "mace" in German. A mace is a heavy medieval war club with a spiked or flanged metal head, used to crush armour.
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, from Middle High German künnic, künec.
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.
KOPECKY Czech
Derived from Czech kopec "hill". The name was perhaps given to a person who lived close to a hill.
KOPITAR Slovene
Means "shoemaker".
KOPP German
Derived from the given name JACOB.
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
Locational surname, from an area called Korra or Korrapalem. In Telugu the word pati means "belongs to".
KOŠAR Croatian
From the Slavic word koš meaning "basket". It originally indicated a person who made or sold baskets.
KOSMATKA Polish
Derived from Polish kosmaty meaning "shaggy, hairy".
KOSTELECKY Czech
Originally denoted a person from a village named Kostelec. The place name Kostelec is derived from the Czech word kostel "church".
KOSZORÚS Hungarian
Derived from koszorú, a Hungarian word that means "garland, wreath, girdle". This name was used 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 Slovene, Ukrainian
Derived from Slavic kozel "goat", probably used to denote a goatherd.
KOZIOL Polish
Means "goat" in Polish, probably used to denote a goatherd.
KOZLOV Russian
Patronymic from the Slavic word kozel "goat", probably used to denote a goatherd.
KOZLOW Polish
From the Polish place name Kozlow, ultimately derived from koziol "goat".
KOZLOWSKI Polish
Originally a name for a person from Kozlow, Kozlowo, or any other place whose name was derived from Polish koziol "goat".
KRAKOWSKI Polish, Jewish
Habitational name for a person from the city of Kraków in southern Poland.
KRALL Czech
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.
KRÄMER German
From Middle High German kræmer, kramære, kromer and Middle Low German kramer, kremer, kromer meaning "shopkeeper, grocer".
KRAMR Czech
Czech form of KRAMER.
KRANZ Dutch, German
Derived from Middle High German kranz "wreath".
KRASTEV Bulgarian
Means "son of KRASTIO".
KRATOCHVIL Czech
Derived from the Czech kratochvile "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 meaning "tailor" (from Polish krawiec). A famous bearer is singer Lenny Kravitz (1964-).
KREBS German
German word meaning "crab", perhaps a nickname for a person with a crab-like walk.
KREJCI Czech
Means "tailor" in Czech.
KRIŽ Czech, Slovak, Slovene
Means "cross" in Czech.
KRIZMAN Slovene
From the given name KRISTIJAN.
KRÓL Polish
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.
KRUCKEL German
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".
KRŪMIŅŠ Latvian
From Latvian krūms meaning "bush, shrub".
KRUPIN Russian
Derived from Slavic krupa meaning "grain".
KRUSE (2) German
Occupational surname meaning "potter", from Middle High German kruse "pot, jug".
KRUSEN Dutch
Anglicized form of CRUYSSEN.
KUANG Chinese
From Chinese (kuàng) which refers to the clan of the same name.
KUCERA 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. It is derived from Middle High German kuoche "cake, pastry".
KÜÇÜK Turkish
Means "small" in Turkish.
KUDRNA Czech
Cognate of KUCERA.
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
Means "corner", with suffix -la giving an idea of a place. The name was originally given to a house or a place.
KUMIEGA Polish
Derived from a Polish word meaning "friend".
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 spindles (Middle German kunkel "spindle", ultimately from Latin conus "cone").
KUNKLE German
Variant of KUNKEL.
KUNTZ German
Derived from a nickname of KONRAD.
KUNZE German
Derived from a nickname of the given name KONRAD.
KUROSAWA Japanese
From Japanese (kuro) meaning "black" and (sawa) meaning "marsh". A notable bearer was Akira Kurosawa (1910-1998), a Japanese film director.
KURUCZ Hungarian
Derived from the Hungarian word kuruc. The kurucs were armed anti-Habsburg rebels in Hungary in the late 17th to early 18th century.
KURZMANN German
Means "short man" in German.
KUZNETSOV Russian
Patronymic form of Russian кузнец (kuznets) meaning "blacksmith".
KWAN Chinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese romanization of GUAN.