Possibly from naccaro
"player of the tambourine", which is derived from Arabic naqqara
NAGEL German, Dutch
Means "nail" in German and Dutch, and is probably related to the occupation of carpenter. It could also refer to a smith who specifically made nails.
Originally denoted a person from the town of Naggio in Italy.
From a nickname meaning "big" or "great" in Hungarian, referring to one's characteristics. This is a very common Hungarian surname.
From the medieval given name Napoleone
). This name became popular because of Napoleone Buonaparte, also known as Napoléon I, emperor of France.
NARANG Indian, Hindi
From the name of a town in Pakistan which was in undivided India.
Either from NARDI
or from the name Ardovino
which was derived from the Germanic name Hardwin
"strong" and -win
Nickname for someone with a prominent nose, from Italian naso
From the medieval given name Nascimbene
meaning "born well". It is typical of the Venetian region.
Derived from the Middle English phrase atten ash
"at the ash tree". A famous bearer was the mathematician John Nash (1928-).
From the Norwegian word næs
meaning "a promontory".
From a nickname referring to Christmas. It was originally given to a person who had some connection to the holiday.
Derived from the past participle of the verb navrátit
"to return". The name was perhaps used to denote a person who came back to his home following a long absence.
Means "son of Nazareth". The suffix ian
on an Armenian surname means "son of", and Nazareth was part of ancient Armenia.
Either from the given name Nechus
(from the Latin word nequus
meaning "unjust, unfair") or from a nickname from the archaic Milanese word gnecch
Refers to one who is careless. It is of Czech and Polish origin.
Patronymic derived from Romanian negru
"black". It means "son of the black-haired person".
Nickname meaning "black" for someone with dark hair or dark skin or such.
Derived from the given name Nello
, a short form of names like Brunello
Means "son of NEIL
". This name was borne by the British admiral Horatio Nelson (1758-1805).
From the town Nepi, which is believed to have been founded by Jewish Italians.
From the Italian word nero
"black". It indicated a person with a dark complexion or dark hair.
Possibly a nickname for an innkeeper, from the archaic Milanese word nervètt
, which is a local dish.
From towns like Nespoli and Nespoledo, from the Italian word nespola
meaning "medlar (tree)".
Means "new man, newcomer" from Old English neowe, niwe, nige
Given to one who came from the town of Newport (which means simply "new port"), which was the name of several English towns.
From the name of one of many English towns meaning "new town". A famous bearer was the English physicist Sir Isaac Newton (1643-1727).
Vietnamese form of RUAN
, from Sino-Vietnamese 阮 (nguyễn)
. This is the most common Vietnamese surname, accounting for over a third of the population.
From the Italian word nicchio
meaning "shell", possibly a nickname for people related to the sea.
From town names like Marina di Nicotera and Nicotera in Calabria.
Nickname meaning "black" from the Sardinian adjective nieddu
Means "son of the German" from Polish niemec
"German" and the patronymic part czyk
Means "snows" in Spanish, from the title of the Virgin Mary Nuestra Señora de las Nieves
meaning "Our Lady of the Snows".
From the given name Niku
, a Finnish form of NICHOLAS
, combined with the local suffix -la
. It is common nowadays in western Finland.
Means "son of Niso", where Niso
is from the Greek name Nisus
Means "son of NICHOLAS
". A famous bearer was the American president Richard Nixon (1913-1994).
NOEL French, English
Either from the given name NOËL
, or else derived directly from Old French noel
"Christmas" and given to a person who had a particular connection with the holiday.
Referred to a person who was originally from Scandinavia or Normandy. Even before the Norman Conquest, Scandinavians were settling the north and east of England. The Normans who participated in the Conquest were originally from Scandinavia, but had been living in Normandy, France for over a century and spoke French.
NORRIS (1) English, Scottish
Means "from the north" from Old French norreis
. It either denoted someone who originated in the north or someone who lived in the northern part of a settlement.
Originally taken from a place name meaning "north town" in Old English.
Derived from the name of at least two different Danish villages.
Originally taken from a place name meaning "north wood" in Old English.
Means "new settler", "new land" or "new orchard". It is Moravian in origin.
Derived from the name of a city in Germany. It was first spelled Nurnberger and then Nuremberger.
From a Finnish word meaning "meadow". It was the surname of the athlete Paavo Nurmi (1897-1973).
NUSSBAUM German, Jewish
Means "nut tree" from the Germanic words nuß
meaning "nut" and baum
Means "dweller at the river" from Middle English atten eye
meaning "at the river".
Indicated someone from Nyitra, a historic administrative county of Hungary (now situated in Slovakia).
NYLUND Finnish, Swedish
From the Swedish-speaking south of Finland, directly from Swedish ny
"new" and lund
From Swedish ny
meaning "new" and ström