Surnames Starting with M

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MCGEE Irish, Scottish
Anglicized form of MAC AODHA.
MCGILL Irish, Scottish
Means "son of the foreigner" in Gaelic, derived from gall "foreigner".
MCGOVERN Irish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mag Shamhradháin meaning "son of Samhradháin", a given name meaning "summer".
MCGOWAN Irish
Anglicized form of MAC GHABHANN.
MCGUINNESS Irish
Anglicized form of Irish Mag Aonghuis meaning "son of AONGHUS".
MCGUIRE Irish
Anglicized form of Irish Mag Uidhir meaning "son of Odhar", a given name meaning "pale-coloured".
MCINNES Scottish
Scottish form of MCGUINNESS.
MCINTYRE Scottish
From Scottish Gaelic Mac an tSaoir meaning "son of the carpenter".
MCIVER Irish, Scottish
Means "son of IVOR" in Irish.
MCKAY Scottish, Irish
Anglicized form of MAC AODHA.
MCKELLAR Scottish
From Gaelic Mac Ealair meaning "son of EALAIR".
MCKENDRICK Scottish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Eanraig meaning "son of HENRY".
MCKENNA Scottish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Cionaodha meaning "son of CIONAODH".
MCKINLEY Scottish
Anglicized form of the Gaelic Mac Fhionnlaigh meaning "son of FIONNLAGH".
MCKOWEN Irish
Anglicized form of MAC EOGHAIN.
MCLAIN Scottish, Irish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Giolla Eoin meaning "son of the servant of EOIN".
MCLEOD Scottish
From Gaelic Mac Leòid meaning "son of Leod", a given name derived from Old Norse ljótr "ugly".
MCMAHON Irish
Anglicized form of Mac Mathghamhna meaning "son of MATHGHAMHAIN".
MCMANUS Irish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Maghnuis meaning "son of MÁGHNUS".
MCNAB Irish, Scottish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac an Aba meaning "son of the abbot".
MCNAMARA Irish
From Irish Mac Conmara meaning "son of Conmara". The given name Conmara is composed of "hound" and muir "sea".
MCNEE Irish
Anglicized form of MAC NIADH.
MCNEIL Irish, Scottish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Néill meaning "son of NIALL".
MCNIALL Irish
Variant of MCNEIL.
MCNIVEN Irish
Anglicized form of MAC CNÁIMHÍN.
MCQUEEN Irish, Scottish
Anglicized form of MACSHUIBHNE.
MCREYNOLDS Scottish, Irish
Means "son of REYNOLD" in Gaelic.
MCSHEEHY Irish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Síthigh, meaning "son of SÍTHEACH".
MCWILLIAM Scottish
Means "son of WILLIAM" in Gaelic.
MEADOWS English
Referred to one who lived in a meadow.
MEANEY Irish
Variant of O'MOONEY.
MEDEIROS Portuguese
From a place name derived from the Latin word meda meaning "stack".
MEDINA Spanish
From the name of a Spanish city, whose name is derived from the Arabic word for "city".
MEDVED Slovene, Slovak, Croatian, Russian
Means "bear" in several Slavic languages.
MEEUWE Dutch
Variant of MEEUWSEN.
MEEUWSEN Dutch
Derived from the Dutch given name Meeuw, which comes from Bartholomeus (see BARTHOLOMEW).
MEGALOS Greek
From Greek μεγαλος (megalos) meaning "great".
MEGGYESFALVI Hungarian
Derived from the Hungarian village named Meggyesfalva, literally meaning "cherry village" from meggy "cherry" and falu "village".
MEHMEDOVIĆ Bosnian
Means "son of MEHMED".
MEIN German
Derived from the given name MEINO.
MEINDL German
Diminutive form of MEIN.
MEINHARDT German
Derived from the given name MEINHARD.
MEIR Jewish
Variant of MAYER (2).
MEISSNER German
Originally denoted a person from Meissen, Germany.
MELO Portuguese
Portuguese form of MERLO.
MELSBACH German
Means "mill stream" in German.
MELVILLE Scottish
From the place name Malleville meaning "bad town" in Norman French.
MENCHER Polish, Jewish
Occupational surname for a miller or flour dealer (derived from Polish maczarz).
MENDEL Jewish, German
Derived from the given name MENDEL. A famous bearer was Gregor Mendel (1822-1884), a Czech monk and scientist who did experiments in genetics.
MENDELSOHN Jewish
Means "son of MENDEL".
MENDELSSOHN Jewish
Means "son of MENDEL".
MENDES Portuguese
Portuguese form of MENÉNDEZ.
MENDOZA Spanish, Basque
From a Basque place name derived from mendi "mountain" and (h)otz "cold".
MENÉNDEZ Spanish
Means "son of Menendo" in Spanish, derived from the given name HERMENEGILDO.
MERCER English
Occupational name for a trader, from Old French mercier.
MERCIER French
Means "trader" in French.
MERCKX Flemish, Dutch
From the given name MARK.
MERLE French
French form of MERLO.
MERLO Italian, Spanish
Means "blackbird", ultimately from Latin merula. The blackbird is a symbol of a naive person.
MERRICK Welsh
Derived from the given name MEURIG.
MERRILL (1) English
Derived from the given name MURIEL.
MERRILL (2) English
From the name of various places in England, derived from Old English myrige "pleasant" and hyll "hill".
MERRITT English
From an English place name meaning "boundary gate".
MERTENS Dutch, Low German, Flemish
From the given name MERTEN.
MESSANA Italian
From the name of the Sicilian city Messina. The city was named for the original Greek settlers' homeland Messene.
MESSER German
Occupational surname for one who made knives, from German messer "knife".
MESSERLI German (Swiss)
Swiss diminutive form of MESSER.
MESSNER German
Occupational surname for a churchwarden.
MÉSZÁROS Hungarian
Means "butcher" in Hungarian.
METAXAS Greek
Derived from Greek μεταξι (metaxi) meaning "silk", and most likely referred to a silk merchant or another occupation that dealt with silk.
METHAROM Thai
Refers to a place or institute of learning or where knowledge is provided.
METZ (1) German
Occupational name for a cutler derived from Middle High German metze "knife".
METZ (2) German
Derived from Mätz, a diminutive form of the given name MATTHIAS.
METZGER German
Means "butcher" in German, given to people who practiced that profession.
MEYER (1) German
From the Middle High German word meier meaning "higher, superior". It was used for landholder's stewards or great farmers or leaseholders (nowadays a Meier is a dairy farmer). Meier and Meyer are used more often in northern Germany while Maier and Mayer are used in southern Germany.
MHASALKAR Indian, Marathi (Rare)
Derived from the name of the town of Mhasla in Maharashtra, India.
MIAZGA Polish
Derived from Polish miazga "pulp".
MICHAEL English
From the given name MICHAEL.
MICHAELS English
Derived from the given name MICHAEL.
MICHAELSON English
Means "son of MICHAEL".
MICHAUD French
Derived from the given name MICHEL.
MICHEL (1) French, German, Dutch, Basque, Polish
Derived from the given name MICHEL, MITXEL or MICHAŁ.
MICHELAKAKIS Greek
Patronymic meaning "son of MICHAEL".
MICHELAKIS Greek
Patronymic meaning "son of MICHAEL".
MICHELAKOS Greek
Patronymic meaning "son of MICHAEL".
MICHELI Italian
From the given name MICHELE (1).
MICHIELS Dutch, Flemish
Means "son of MICHIEL".
MIDGLEY English
From a village in England called Midgley which meant "midge (insect) wood" in Old English.
MIHAILOVIĆ Serbian
Means "son of MIHAILO".
MIHAJLOVIĆ Serbian
Means "son of MIHAJLO".
MIHAYLOV Bulgarian
Means "son of MIHAIL".
MIHOV Bulgarian
Means "son of Miho", the given name Miho being a diminutive of MIHAIL.
MIKAELSSON Swedish
Means "son of MIKAEL".
MIKHAILOV Russian
Means "son of MIKHAIL".
MIKKELSEN Danish
Means "son of MIKKEL".
MIKOLAJCZAK Polish
From the Polish given name MIKOŁAJ.
MILANI Italian
Variant of MILANO.
MILANO Italian
Originally indicated someone who came from MILAN.
MILBURN English
Derived from a place name meaning "mill stream" in Old English.
MILES English
From the given name MILES.
MILFORD English
Originally derived from various place names all meaning "ford by a mill" in Old English.
MILIĆ Serbian, Croatian
Means "son of MILE".
MILLER English
Occupational surname referring to a person who owned or worked in a grain mill, from Middle English mille "mill".
MILLHOUSE English
Name for someone whose house was in a mill or who worked in a mill.
MILLIGAN Irish, Scottish
From the Gaelic given name Maolagán, a derivative of maol meaning "bald" or "tonsured".
MILLS English
Originally given to one who lived near a mill or who worked in a mill, from Middle English mille.
MILLWARD English
Means "guardian of the mill" in Old English.
MILNE Scottish
From Scots and Middle English milne (a variant of mille) meaning "mill".
MILOJEVIĆ Serbian
Means "son of MILOJE".
MILOŠEVIĆ Serbian
Means "son of MILOŠ".
MILTON English
Derived from an English place name meaning "mill town" in Old English. A famous bearer was John Milton (1608-1674), the poet who wrote "Paradise Lost".
MINAMI Japanese
From Japanese (minami) meaning "south".
MINETT English
From the medieval given name Minne, derived from the Germanic element minna "love".
MINGO Spanish
From the given name DOMINGO.
MINKOV Bulgarian
Means "son of Minko", Minko being a Bulgarian diminutive of MIKHAIL.
MISHRA Indian, Hindi, Marathi
Means "mixed, mingled, honourable" in Sanskrit.
MISRA Indian, Hindi
Alternate transcription of Hindi मिश्र (see MISHRA).
MITCHELL (1) English, Scottish
Derived from the given name MICHAEL.
MITCHELL (2) English
From a nickname for a large person, from Old English micel "big".
MITTELMAN Jewish
Nickname for a man of moderate means, from Yiddish, ultimately from Old High German mittil "means, resources".
MIYAMOTO Japanese
From Japanese (miya) meaning "temple, shrine, palace" and (moto) meaning "base, root, origin". A notable bearer is video game pioneer Shigeru Miyamoto (1952-).
MIZUSHIMA Japanese
From Japanese (mizu) meaning "water" and (shima) meaning "island".
MLAKAR Slovene, Croatian
Derived from mlaka "pool". The name referred to someone who lived close to a pool.
MLYNARIK Czech
Means "a miller" in Czech.
MODUGNO Italian
From the town Modugno, in Apulia in southern Italy. It is the surname of the Italian actor and singer Domenico Modugno (1928-1994), the songwriter of 'Volare'.
MOFFETT Scottish, Irish
From a place name in Scotland meaning "long field".
MOHAMMED Arabic, Urdu, Bengali
Derived from the given name MUHAMMAD.
MOHAN Irish
Anglicized form of Irish Ó Mocháin meaning "descendant of MOCHÁN".
MOHREN Dutch, German
Dutch and German form of MOORE (2).
MOLES Catalan, Spanish
Means "millstone" in Catalan.
MOLINA Spanish
Means "mill" in Spanish.
MÖLLER Low German, Swedish
Low German and Swedish form of MÜLLER.
MØLLER Danish
Danish form of MÜLLER.
MOLLOWN Irish
Variant of MALONE.
MOLNÁR Hungarian
Occupational name meaning "miller" in Hungarian.
MOLONEY Irish
From Irish Ó Maol Dhomhnaigh meaning "descendant of a church servant".
MONAHAN Irish
From Irish Ó Manacháin meaning "descendant of Manacháin". The given name Manacháin meant "little monk", from manach "monk" and a diminutive suffix.
MONDADORI Italian
Means "fleece selector" from Old Italian emendatore. This was an occupational name for someone who chose the best fleeces to be made into wool.
MONDAY (1) English
Derived from the Old Norse given name Mundi which was a diminutive of names beginning with the element mundr meaning "protection".
MONDAY (2) English
Denoted a person for whom this was a significant day, often the day they would pay their feudal service.
MONDAY (3) Irish
Anglicized form of MAC GIOLLA EOIN. The last part of the surname was mistakenly taken as the Gaelic word for "Monday", Luain.
MONDO Italian
From the given name EDMONDO.
MONET French
Derived from either of the given names HAMON or EDMOND. A famous bearer was the French impressionist painter Claude Monet (1840-1926).
MONETTE French
Variant of MONET.
MONROE Scottish
Designated a person who had originally lived near the mouth of the Roe River in Derry, Ireland.
MONTAGNA Italian
Means "mountain" in Italian.
MONTAGNE French
French cognate of MONTAGNA.
MONTANARI Italian
Means "from the mountain" in Italian.
MONTE Italian
Variant of MONTI.
MONTERO Spanish
Derived from Spanish monte "mountain".
MONTGOMERY English, Scottish
From a place name in Calvados, France meaning "GUMARICH's mountain". A notable bearer was Bernard Montgomery (1887-1976), a British army commander during World War II.
MONTI Italian
Means "mountain, hill" in Italian.
MOON (1) Korean
Korean form of WEN, from Sino-Korean (mun).
MOON (2) English
Originally indicated a person from the town of Moyon in Normandy.
MOON (3) Irish
Variant of MOHAN.
MOONEY Irish
Variant of O'MOONEY.
MOORE (1) English
From Middle English mor meaning "open land, bog".
MOORE (2) English
Derived from the given name MAURUS.
MOORE (3) English
Nickname for a person of dark complexion, from Old French more meaning "Moor".
MOOREN Dutch
Dutch variant of MOORE (2).
MORALES Spanish
Derived from Spanish moral meaning "mulberry tree", of Latin origin.
MORANDI Italian
From the Italian medieval given name Morando meaning "steadfast".
MORAVEC Czech
Originally indicated a person from Moravia.
MORCE English
Variant of MORRISS.
MOREAU French
From an old given name Morellus, a derivative of MAURUS.
MOREL French
Derived from a diminutive of MAURUS.
MORELLO Italian
Derived from a diminutive of MAURO.
MORENO Spanish, Portuguese
From a nickname meaning "dark" in Spanish and Portuguese.
MORETTI Italian
Derived from a diminutive of the Italian given name MAURO.
MORGAN Welsh
Derived from the given name MORGAN (1).
MORGENSTERN German, Jewish
Ornamental name meaning "morning star" in German.
MORI Japanese
From Japanese (mori) meaning "forest".
MORIARTY Irish
From Irish Ó Muircheartach meaning "descendant of MUIRCHERTACH". This was the surname given by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to the antagonist in the Sherlock Holmes series.
MORRA Italian
Locative surname derived from Morra De Sanctis, a place near Naples, Italy.
MORRIS English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Derived from the given name MAURICE.
MORRISON English
Means "son of MORRIS".
MORRISS English
Derived from the given name MORRIS.
MORSE English
Variant of MORRISS.
MORTENSEN Danish
Means "son of MORTEN".
MOSCHELLA Italian
Means "housefly" in Italian, perhaps originally a nickname for an annoying person.
MOSCONI Italian
From a nickname, a variant of mosca "fly".
MOSER German
Name for someone who lived near a peat bog, from the Middle High German word mos.
MOSES Jewish, English
Derived from the given name MOSES.
MOTO Japanese
From Japanese (moto) meaning "base, root, origin". More commonly it is the final character in Japanese surnames.
MOTTA Italian
From various names of places around Italy. It is derived from a Gaulish word meaning "hill".
MOTTERSHEAD English
Derived from the name of a lost place in Cheshire, from the Old English byname Motere which meant "speaker" and Middle English heved meaning "headland".
MOULD English
From the given name Mauld, a medieval form of MATILDA.
MOULIN French
Means "mill" in French.
MOUNCE English
Possibly an Americanized form of the German given name Manz.
MOUSHIAN Armenian
Originally denoted someone who came from the Armenian town of Moush.
MOZDZIERZ Polish
Means "mortar" in Polish. It probably referred to someone who worked with or sold mortar.
MUGGIA Italian
Locative surname from the area of Trieste, the capital city of the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region. Muggia is a town near the Croatian border.
MUHAMMAD Arabic, Urdu, Bengali
Derived from the given name MUHAMMAD.
MUHLFELD German
Means "mill field" German.
MULDER Dutch
Dutch equivalent of MILLER.
MULLANE Irish
Variant of MULLEN.
MULLEN Irish
From the Irish Ó Maoláin meaning "descendant of Maolán". The given name Maolán meant "devotee".
MÜLLER German
German equivalent of MILLER, derived from Middle High German mülnære or müller.
MULLINS (1) French
Means "from the mill", an occupational name for a miller.
MULLOY Irish
Variant of MOLLOY.
MULRENNAN Irish
From the Irish Maol Bhréanáin meaning "devotee of Saint BRENDAN". The name originated in the North West of Ireland, in Roscommon.
MULRYAN Irish
Anglicized form of Ó MAOIL RIAIN.
MUN Korean
Variant romanization of MOON (1).
MUÑOZ Spanish
Patronymic derived from the medieval Spanish given name Muño, from Latin Munnius, of unknown meaning.
MUNRO Scottish
Variant of MONROE.
MUNSON English
Patronymic formed from the Norman French nickname moun meaning "monk".
MURARO Italian
Occupational name meaning "mason" in Italian.
MURATOVIĆ Bosnian
Means "son of MURAT".
MURDOCH Scottish
Scottish form of MURDOCK.
MURDOCK Irish
Derived from the given name MURCHADH.
MURGATROYD English
From a place name meaning "MARGARET's road".
MURGIA Italian
From the Sardinian word for "brine" or "pickle".
MURPHY Irish
Anglicized form of Irish Ó Murchadha meaning "descendant of MURCHADH".
MURRAY (1) Scottish
Derived from the region in Scotland called Moray meaning "seaboard settlement". A notable bearer of this surname was General James Murray (1721-1794), who was the first British Governor-General of Canada.
MURRAY (2) Irish
Anglicized form of Irish Ó Muireadhaigh meaning "descendant of MUIREADHACH".
MURTAS Italian
From the Sardinian word murta meaning "myrtle". This surname has a locative origin.
MUSIAŁ Czech
Polish form of MUSIL.
MUSIL Czech
Means "the one who had to", from the past participle of the verb must.
MUSTONEN Finnish
Derived from Finnish musta meaning "black".
MUTTON English
Referred to someone who took care of sheep (a shepherd), or else someone who in some way resembled a sheep.
MUYSKENS Dutch
Means "little mouse" in Dutch.
MWANGI Eastern African, Kikuyu
Derived from the given name MWANGI.
MYERS English
Patronymic form of MAYER (3).
MYLES English
Variant of MILES.
MYNATT English
Variant of MINETT.
MYSKA Czech
Means "a mouse" in Czech.