Surnames Starting with M

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MCGEEIrish, Scottish
Anglicized form of MAC AODHA.
MCGILLIrish, Scottish
Means "son of the foreigner" in Gaelic, derived from gall "foreigner".
MCGOVERNIrish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mag Shamhradháin meaning "son of Samhradháin", a given name meaning "summer".
MCGOWANIrish
Anglicized form of MAC GHABHANN.
MCGUINNESSIrish
Anglicized form of Irish Mag Aonghuis meaning "son of AONGHUS".
MCGUIREIrish
Anglicized form of Irish Mag Uidhir meaning "son of Odhar", a given name meaning "pale-coloured".
MCINNESScottish
Scottish form of MCGUINNESS.
MCINTYREScottish
From Scottish Gaelic Mac an tSaoir meaning "son of the carpenter".
MCIVERIrish, Scottish
Means "son of IVOR" in Irish.
MCKAYScottish, Irish
Anglicized form of MAC AODHA.
MCKELLARScottish
From Gaelic Mac Ealair meaning "son of EALAIR".
MCKENDRICKScottish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Eanraig meaning "son of HENRY".
MCKENNAScottish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Cionaodha meaning "son of CIONAODH".
MCKINLEYScottish
Anglicized form of the Gaelic Mac Fhionnlaigh meaning "son of FIONNLAGH".
MCKOWENIrish
Anglicized form of MAC EOGHAIN.
MCLAINScottish, Irish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Giolla Eoin meaning "son of the servant of EOIN".
MCLEODScottish
From Gaelic Mac Leòid meaning "son of Leod", a given name derived from Old Norse ljótr "ugly".
MCMAHONIrish
Anglicized form of Mac Mathghamhna meaning "son of MATHGHAMHAIN".
MCMANUSIrish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Maghnuis meaning "son of MÁGHNUS".
MCNABIrish, Scottish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac an Aba meaning "son of the abbot".
MCNAMARAIrish
From Irish Mac Conmara meaning "son of Conmara". The given name Conmara is composed of "hound" and muir "sea".
MCNEEIrish
Anglicized form of MAC NIADH.
MCNEILIrish, Scottish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Néill meaning "son of NIALL".
MCNIALLIrish
Variant of MCNEIL.
MCNIVENIrish
Anglicized form of MAC CNÁIMHÍN.
MCQUEENIrish, Scottish
Anglicized form of MACSHUIBHNE.
MCREYNOLDSScottish, Irish
Means "son of REYNOLD" in Gaelic.
MCSHEEHYIrish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Síthigh, meaning "son of SÍTHEACH".
MCWILLIAMScottish
Means "son of WILLIAM" in Gaelic.
MEADOWSEnglish
Referred to one who lived in a meadow.
MEDEIROSPortuguese
From a place name derived from the Latin word meda meaning "stack".
MEDINASpanish
From the name of a Spanish city, whose name is derived from the Arabic word for "city".
MEDVEDSlovene, Slovak, Croatian, Russian
Means "bear" in several Slavic languages.
MEEUWSENDutch
Derived from the Dutch given name Meeuw, which comes from Bartholomeus (see BARTHOLOMEW).
MEGALOSGreek
From Greek μεγαλος (megalos) meaning "great".
MEGGYESFALVIHungarian
Derived from the Hungarian village named Meggyesfalva, literally meaning "cherry village" from meggy "cherry" and falu "village".
MEHMEDOVIĆBosnian
Means "son of MEHMED".
MEINGerman
Derived from the given name MEINO.
MEINDLGerman
Diminutive form of MEIN.
MEINHARDTGerman
Derived from the given name MEINHARD.
MEISSNERGerman
Originally denoted a person from Meissen, Germany.
MELOPortuguese
Portuguese form of MERLO.
MELSBACHGerman
Means "mill stream" in German.
MELVILLEScottish
From the place name Malleville meaning "bad town" in Norman French.
MENCHERPolish, Jewish
Occupational surname for a miller or flour dealer (derived from Polish maczarz).
MENDELJewish, 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.
MENDESPortuguese
Portuguese form of MENÉNDEZ.
MENDOZASpanish, Basque
From a Basque place name derived from mendi "mountain" and (h)otz "cold".
MENÉNDEZSpanish
Means "son of Menendo" in Spanish. Menendo is derived from HERMENEGILDO.
MERCEREnglish
Occupational name for a trader, from Old French mercier.
MERCIERFrench
Means "trader" in French.
MERCKXFlemish, Dutch
From the given name MARK.
MERLEFrench
French form of MERLO.
MERLOItalian, Spanish
Means "blackbird", ultimately from Latin merula. The blackbird is a symbol of a naive person.
MERRICKWelsh
Derived from the given name MEURIG.
MERRILLEnglish
Derived from the given name MURIEL.
MERRITTEnglish
From an English place name meaning "boundary gate".
MERTENSDutch, Low German, Flemish
From the given name MERTEN.
MESSANAItalian
From the name of the Sicilian city Messina. The city was named for the original Greek settlers' homeland Messene.
MESSERGerman
Occupational surname for one who made knives, from German messer "knife".
MESSERLIGerman (Swiss)
Swiss diminutive form of MESSER.
MESSNERGerman
Occupational surname for a churchwarden.
MÉSZÁROSHungarian
Means "butcher" in Hungarian.
METAXASGreek
Derived from Greek μεταξι (metaxi) meaning "silk", and most likely referred to a silk merchant or another occupation that dealt with silk.
METHAROMThai
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.
METZGERGerman
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.
MHASALKARIndian, Marathi (Rare)
Derived from the name of the town of Mhasla in Maharashtra, India.
MIAZGAPolish
Derived from Polish miazga "pulp".
MICHAELEnglish
From the given name MICHAEL.
MICHAELSEnglish
Derived from the given name MICHAEL.
MICHAELSONEnglish
Means "son of MICHAEL".
MICHAUDFrench
Derived from the given name MICHEL.
MICHEL (1)French, German, Dutch, Basque, Polish
Derived from the given name MICHEL, MITXEL or MICHAŁ.
MICHELAKAKISGreek
Patronymic meaning "son of MICHAEL".
MICHELAKISGreek
Patronymic meaning "son of MICHAEL".
MICHELAKOSGreek
Patronymic meaning "son of MICHAEL".
MICHELIItalian
From the given name MICHELE (1).
MICHIELSDutch, Flemish
Means "son of MICHIEL".
MIDGLEYEnglish
From a village in England called Midgley which meant "midge (insect) wood" in Old English.
MIHAYLOVBulgarian
Means "son of MIHAIL".
MIHOVBulgarian
Means "son of Miho", the given name Miho being a diminutive of MIHAIL.
MIKAELSSONSwedish
Means "son of MIKAEL".
MIKHAILOVRussian
Means "son of MIKHAIL".
MIKKELSENDanish
Means "son of MIKKEL".
MIKOLAJCZAKPolish
From the Polish given name MIKOŁAJ.
MILANOItalian
Originally indicated someone who came from MILAN.
MILBURNEnglish
Derived from a place name meaning "mill stream" in Old English.
MILESEnglish
From the given name MILES.
MILFORDEnglish
Originally derived from various place names all meaning "ford by a mill" in Old English.
MILIĆSerbian, Croatian
Means "son of MILE".
MILLEREnglish
Occupational surname referring to a person who owned or worked in a grain mill, from Middle English mille "mill".
MILLHOUSEEnglish
Name for someone whose house was in a mill or who worked in a mill.
MILLIGANIrish, Scottish
From the Gaelic given name Maolagán, a derivative of maol meaning "bald" or "tonsured".
MILLSEnglish
Originally given to one who lived near a mill or who worked in a mill, from Middle English mille.
MILLWARDEnglish
Means "guardian of the mill" in Old English.
MILNEScottish
From Scots and Middle English milne (a variant of mille) meaning "mill".
MILOJEVIĆSerbian
Means "son of MILOJE".
MILOŠEVIĆSerbian
Means "son of MILOŠ".
MILTONEnglish
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".
MINAMIJapanese
From Japanese (minami) meaning "south".
MINETTEnglish
From the medieval given name Minne, derived from the Germanic element minna "love".
MINGOSpanish
From the given name DOMINGO.
MINKOVBulgarian
Means "son of Minko", Minko being a Bulgarian diminutive of MIKHAIL.
MISHRAIndian, Hindi, Marathi
Means "mixed, mingled, honourable" in Sanskrit.
MISRAIndian, Hindi
Variant transcription of 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".
MITTELMANYiddish
Nickname for a man of moderate means, ultimately from Old High German mittil "means, resources".
MIYAMOTOJapanese
From Japanese (miya) meaning "temple, shrine, palace" and (moto) meaning "base, root, origin". A notable bearer is video game pioneer Shigeru Miyamoto (1952-).
MIZUSHIMAJapanese
From Japanese (mizu) meaning "water" and (shima) meaning "island".
MLAKARSlovene, Croatian
Derived from mlaka "pool". The name referred to someone who lived close to a pool.
MLYNARIKCzech
Means "a miller" in Czech.
MODUGNOItalian
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'.
MOFFETTScottish, Irish
From a place name in Scotland meaning "long field".
MOHAMMEDArabic, Urdu, Bengali
Derived from the given name MUHAMMAD.
MOHANIrish
Anglicized form of Irish Ó Mocháin meaning "descendant of MOCHÁN".
MOHRENDutch, German
Dutch and German form of MOORE (2).
MOLESCatalan, Spanish
Means "millstone" in Catalan.
MOLINASpanish
Means "mill" in Spanish.
MÖLLERLow German
Low German form of MÜLLER.
MØLLERDanish
Danish form of MÜLLER.
MOLLOWNIrish
Variant of MALONE.
MOLNÁRHungarian
Occupational name meaning "miller" in Hungarian.
MOLONEYIrish
From Irish Ó Maol Dhomhnaigh meaning "descendant of a church servant".
MONAHANIrish
From Irish Ó Manacháin meaning "descendant of Manacháin". The given name Manacháin meant "little monk", from manach "monk" and a diminutive suffix.
MONDADORIItalian
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.
MONDOItalian
From the given name EDMONDO.
MONETFrench
Derived from either of the given names HAMON or EDMOND. A famous bearer was the French impressionist painter Claude Monet (1840-1926).
MONETTEFrench
Variant of MONET.
MONROEScottish
Designated a person who had originally lived near the mouth of the Roe River in Derry, Ireland.
MONTAGNAItalian
Means "mountain" in Italian.
MONTAGNEFrench
French cognate of MONTAGNA.
MONTANARIItalian
Means "from the mountain" in Italian.
MONTEItalian
Variant of MONTI.
MONTEROSpanish
Derived from Spanish monte "mountain".
MONTGOMERYEnglish, 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.
MONTIItalian
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.
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".
MOORENDutch
Dutch variant of MOORE (2).
MORALESSpanish
Derived from Spanish moral "mulberry tree".
MORANDIItalian
From the Italian medieval given name Morando meaning "steadfast".
MORAVECCzech
Originally indicated a person from Moravia.
MOREAUFrench
From an old given name Morellus, a derivative of MAURUS.
MORELFrench
Derived from a diminutive of MAURUS.
MORELLOItalian
Derived from a diminutive of MAURO.
MORENOSpanish, Portuguese
From a nickname meaning "dark" in Spanish and Portuguese.
MORETTIItalian
Derived from a diminutive of the Italian given name MAURO.
MORGANWelsh
Derived from the given name MORGAN (1).
MORGENSTERNGerman, Jewish
Ornamental name meaning "morning star" in German.
MORIJapanese
From Japanese (mori) meaning "forest".
MORIARTYIrish
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.
MORRAItalian
Locative surname derived from Morra De Sanctis, a place near Naples, Italy.
MORRISEnglish, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Derived from the given name MAURICE.
MORRISONEnglish
Means "son of MORRIS".
MORRISSEnglish
Derived from the given name MORRIS.
MORTENSENDanish
Means "son of MORTEN".
MOSCHELLAItalian
Means "housefly" in Italian, perhaps originally a nickname for an annoying person.
MOSCONIItalian
From a nickname, a variant of mosca "fly".
MOSERGerman
Name for someone who lived near a peat bog, from the Middle High German word mos.
MOSESJewish, English
Derived from the given name MOSES.
MOTOJapanese
From Japanese (moto) meaning "base, root, origin". More commonly it is the final character in Japanese surnames.
MOTTAItalian
From various names of places around Italy. It is derived from a Gaulish word meaning "hill".
MOTTERSHEADEnglish
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".
MOULDEnglish
From the given name Mauld, a medieval form of MATILDA.
MOULINFrench
Means "mill" in French.
MOUNCEEnglish
Possibly an Americanized form of the German given name Manz.
MOUSHIANArmenian
Originally denoted someone who came from the Armenian town of Moush.
MOZDZIERZPolish
Means "mortar" in Polish. It probably referred to someone who worked with or sold mortar.
MUGGIAItalian
Locative surname from the area of Trieste, the capital city of the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region. Muggia is a town near the Croatian border.
MUHAMMADArabic, Urdu, Bengali
Derived from the given name MUHAMMAD.
MUHLFELDGerman
Means "mill field" German.
MULDERDutch
Dutch equivalent of MILLER.
MULLANEIrish
Variant of MULLEN.
MULLENIrish
From the Irish Ó Maoláin meaning "descendant of Maolán". The given name Maolán meant "devotee".
MÜLLERGerman
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.
MULLOYIrish
Variant of MOLLOY.
MULRENNANIrish
From the Irish Maol Bhréanáin meaning "devotee of Saint BRENDAN". The name originated in the North West of Ireland, in Roscommon.
MULRYANIrish
Anglicized form of Ó MAOIL RIAIN.
MUNKorean
Variant romanization of MOON (1).
MUÑOZSpanish
Patronymic derived from the medieval Spanish given name Muño, from Latin Munnius, of unknown meaning.
MUNSONEnglish
Patronymic formed from the Norman French nickname moun meaning "monk".
MURAROItalian
Occupational name meaning "mason" in Italian.
MURATOVIĆBosnian
Means "son of MURAT".
MURDOCHScottish
Scottish form of MURDOCK.
MURDOCKIrish
Derived from the given name MURCHADH.
MURGATROYDEnglish
From a place name meaning "MARGARET's road".
MURGIAItalian
From the Sardinian word for "brine" or "pickle".
MURPHYIrish
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".
MURTASItalian
From the Sardinian word murta meaning "myrtle". This surname has a locative origin.
MUSIAŁCzech
Polish form of MUSIL.
MUSILCzech
Means "the one who had to", from the past participle of the verb must.
MUSTONENFinnish
Derived from Finnish musta meaning "black".
MUTTONEnglish
Referred to someone who took care of sheep (a shepherd), or else someone who in some way resembled a sheep.
MUYSKENSDutch
Means "little mouse" in Dutch.
MWANGIEastern African, Kikuyu
Derived from the given name MWANGI.
MYERSEnglish
Patronymic form of MAYER (3).
MYLESEnglish
Variant of MILES.
MYSKACzech
Means "a mouse" in Czech.
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