Surnames Starting with N

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NAAJI Arabic
From the given name NAAJI.
NACAR Italian
Possibly from naccaro "player of the tambourine", which is derived from Arabic naqqara.
NÆSS Norwegian
Variant of NAESS.
NAESS Norwegian
From the Norwegian word næs "a promontory".
NAGARKAR Indian, Marathi
Derived from the name of the town of Nagar in Maharashtra, India.
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.
NAGGI Italian
Originally denoted a person from the town of Naggio in Italy.
NAGGIA Italian
Variant of NAGGI.
NAGI Arabic
Variant transcription of NAAJI.
NAGY Hungarian
From a nickname meaning "big" or "great" in Hungarian, referring to one's characteristics. This is a very common Hungarian surname.
NAJM Arabic
From the given name NAJM.
NAKAHARA Japanese
From Japanese (naka) meaning "middle" and (hara) meaning "field, plain".
NAKAJIMA Japanese
From Japanese (naka) meaning "middle" and (shima) meaning "island".
NAKAMURA Japanese
From Japanese (naka) meaning "middle" and (mura) meaning "town, village".
NAKANO Japanese
From Japanese (naka) meaning "middle" and (no) meaning "field, wilderness".
NAKASHIMA Japanese
Variant transcription of NAKAJIMA.
NALDI Italian
From given names like ARNALDO and RINALDO.
NANA Italian
From a diminutive of GIOVANNI.
NANI Italian
Variant of NANA.
NANNI Italian
Variant of NANA.
NANNINI Italian
From Nanni, a diminutive of the given name GIOVANNI.
NAOUMOV Russian, Bulgarian
Variant transcription of NAUMOV.
NAPOLEONI Italian
From the medieval given name Napoleone (see NAPOLEON). This name became popular because of Napoleone Buonaparte, also known as Napoléon I, emperor of France.
NAPOLETANI Italian
Originally indicated a person from NAPLES in Italy.
NAPOLI Italian
Originally indicated a person from NAPLES in Italy.
NAPOLIELLO Italian
Originally indicated a person from NAPLES in Italy.
NARANG Indian, Hindi
From the name of a town in Pakistan which was in undivided India.
NARDI Italian
From the given name Nardo which was originally a short form of names like BERNARDO or LEONARDO.
NARDO Italian
Variant of NARDI.
NARDOVINO Italian
Either from NARDI or from the name Ardovino which was derived from the Germanic name Hardwin (hard- "strong" and -win "friend").
NARVÁEZ Spanish
From the name of the town Narváez in Spain.
NASATO Italian
Nickname for someone with a prominent nose, from Italian naso "nose".
NASCIMBENI Italian
From the medieval given name Nascimbene meaning "born well". It is typical of the Venetian region.
NASH English
Derived from the Middle English phrase atten ash "at the ash tree". A famous bearer was the mathematician John Nash (1928-).
NASS Norwegian
From the Norwegian word næs meaning "a promontory".
NATALE Italian
From a nickname referring to Christmas. It was originally given to a person who had some connection to the holiday.
NATHANS English
Derived from the given name NATHAN.
NATHANSON English
Means "son of NATHAN".
NAUMOV Russian, Bulgarian
Means "son of NAUM".
NAVE Italian
From Italian places called Nave.
NAVRÁTIL Czech
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.
NAZARETIAN Armenian
Variant transcription of NAZARETYAN.
NAZARETYAN Armenian
Means "son of NAZARET".
NAZARIAN Armenian
Variant transcription of NAZARYAN.
NAZARIO Italian
From the given name NAZARIO.
NAZARYAN Armenian
Means "son of NAZAR".
NEAL English
Derived from the given name NEIL.
NECCHI Italian
Either from the given name Nechus (from the Latin word nequus meaning "unjust, unfair") or from a nickname from the archaic Milanese word gnecch meaning "tired".
NEDBALEK Czech
Refers to one who is careless. It is of Czech and Polish origin.
NEDVĚD Czech
Variant of MEDVED, derived from the dialectal nedvěd.
NEGRESCU Romanian
Patronymic derived from Romanian negru "black". It means "son of the black-haired person".
NEGRI Italian
Nickname meaning "black" for someone with dark hair or dark skin or such.
NEGRINI Italian
Variant of NEGRI.
NEIL Irish, Scottish, English
Derived from the given name NEIL.
NEJEM Arabic
Variant transcription of NAJM.
NELISSEN Dutch
Means "son of CORNELIUS".
NELLI Italian
Derived from the given name Nello, a short form of names like Brunello and Lionello.
NELSON English
Means "son of NEIL". This name was borne by the British admiral Horatio Nelson (1758-1805).
NEMEC Czech
Means "German" in Czech.
NEMEČEK Czech
Diminutive of NEMEC.
NEMES Hungarian
Means "noble, gentle" in Hungarian.
NÉMET Hungarian
Means "German" in Hungarian.
NENCI Italian
Means "son of Nencio". Nencio is a Tuscan diminutive of the name LORENZO.
NEPI Italian
From the town Nepi, which is believed to have been founded by Jewish Italians.
NERI Italian
From the Italian word nero "black". It indicated a person with a dark complexion or dark hair.
NERVETTI Italian
Possibly a nickname for an innkeeper, from the archaic Milanese word nervètt, which is a local dish.
NERVI Italian
From the name of the town Nervi, in Genova.
NESPOLA Italian
From towns like Nespoli and Nespoledo, from the Italian word nespola meaning "medlar (tree)".
NESS Scottish, English, Norwegian
Means "headland" in Middle English, originally referring to a person who lived there.
NEUMANN German
From Middle High German niuwe and man "new man".
NEVILLE English, Irish
From a Norman French place name meaning "new town".
NEWMAN English
Means "new man, newcomer" from Old English neowe, niwe, nige and mann.
NEWPORT English
Given to one who came from the town of Newport (which means simply "new port"), which was the name of several English towns.
NEWTON English
From the name of one of many English towns meaning "new town". A famous bearer was the English physicist Sir Isaac Newton (1643-1727).
NG Chinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese romanization of WU.
NGO Vietnamese
Simplified variant of NGÔ.
NGÔ Vietnamese
Vietnamese form of WU, from Sino-Vietnamese (ngô).
NGUYỄN Vietnamese
Vietnamese form of RUAN, from Sino-Vietnamese (nguyễn). This is the most common Vietnamese surname, accounting for over a third of the population.
NGUYEN Vietnamese
Simplified variant of NGUYỄN.
NIBHANUPUDI Indian, Telugu
From the name of a village in Andhra Pradesh, India.
NICASTRO Italian
From the name of the town Nicastro, near Catanzaro.
NICCHI Italian
From the Italian word nicchio meaning "shell", possibly a nickname for people related to the sea.
NICHOLS English
Derived from the given name NICHOL.
NICHOLSON English
Means "son of NICHOLAS". A famous bearer of this surname is the American actor Jack Nicholson (1937-).
NICODEMO Italian
Derived from the given name NICODEMO.
NICOLAI Italian
Means "son of NICOLA (1)".
NICOLAS French
Derived from the given name NICOLAS.
NICOLESCU Romanian
Means "son of NICOLAE".
NICOLOSI Italian
From the name of the town Nicolosi on Sicily.
NICOSIA Italian
From the name of the town Nicosia on Sicily.
NICOTERA Italian
From town names like Marina di Nicotera and Nicotera in Calabria.
NIEDDU Italian
Nickname meaning "black" from the Sardinian adjective nieddu.
NIELSEN Danish
Means "son of NIELS (1)".
NIEMCZYK Polish
Means "son of the German" from Polish niemec "German" and the patronymic part czyk.
NIEMEC Polish
Means "German" in Polish.
NIEMINEN Finnish
Derived from Finnish niemi meaning "peninsula".
NIERI Italian
Either a variant of NERI, or from the Italian name RANIERO.
NIEVES Spanish
Means "snows" in Spanish, from the title of the Virgin Mary Nuestra Señora de las Nieves meaning "Our Lady of the Snows".
NIGEL English
From the given name NIGEL.
NIGRO Italian
Variant of NERI.
NIKLASSON Swedish
Means "son of NIKLAS".
NIKOLAJSEN Danish
Means "son of NIKOLAJ".
NIKOLOV Bulgarian
Means "son of NIKOLAY".
NIKULA Finnish
From the given name Niku, a Finnish form of NICHOLAS, combined with the local suffix -la. It is common nowadays in western Finland.
NILES English
Means "son of NEIL".
NILSEN Norwegian
Means "son of NILS".
NILSSON Swedish
Means "son of NILS".
NISHIMURA Japanese
From Japanese 西 (nishi) meaning "west" and (mura) meaning "town, village".
NISI Italian
Means "son of Niso", where Niso is from the Greek name Nisus.
NIXON English
Means "son of NICHOLAS". A famous bearer was the American president Richard Nixon (1913-1994).
NIZZOLA Italian
From the name of the Italian town Nizzola.
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.
NOGUEIRA Portuguese, Galician
From Portuguese and Galician nogueira meaning "walnut tree", from the Late Latin nucarius, ultimately from Latin nux meaning "nut".
NOGUERA Spanish, Catalan
Spanish and Catalan form of NOGUEIRA.
NOLAN Irish
Anglicized form of Irish Ó Nualláin meaning "descendant of NUALLÁN".
NORDSKOV Danish
Means "north woods".
NORLING Swedish
Originally denoted a person who came from the north.
NORMAN English
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.
NORMANSON English
Means "son of NORMAN".
NORMANSSON Swedish
Swedish form of NORMANSON.
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.
NORRIS (2) English, Scottish
Means "wet nurse, foster mother" from Old French nurise, norrice.
NORTH English
Name for a person who lived to the north.
NORTHROP English
From the name of a town in England meaning "north farm".
NORTON English
Originally taken from a place name meaning "north town" in Old English.
NØRUP Danish
Derived from the name of at least two different Danish villages.
NORUP Danish
Variant of NØRUP.
NORWOOD English
Originally taken from a place name meaning "north wood" in Old English.
NOSCHESE Italian
From the name of the town Nusco, near Naples.
NOSEK Czech, Polish
Means "small nose" in Czech and Polish.
NOTARO Italian
Means "scribe, clerk" from Latin notarius.
NOTORIANO Italian
Occupational name meaning "scribe".
NOVÁČEK Czech
Diminutive of NOVAK.
NOVÁK Czech, Slovak, Hungarian
Czech, Slovak and Hungarian form of NOVAK.
NOVAK Slovene, Croatian, Serbian
Derived from Slavic novy "new", originally a name for someone who was new to a village.
NOVOSAD Czech
Means "new settler", "new land" or "new orchard". It is Moravian in origin.
NOVOTNY Czech
Czech variant of NOVAK.
NOWAK Polish
Polish form of NOVAK.
NOWELL English
Variant of NOEL.
NOYER French
French form of NOGUEIRA.
NUNES Portuguese
Means "son of NUNO".
NÚÑEZ Spanish
Spanish form of NUNES.
NUREMBERG German
Derived from the name of a city in Germany. It was first spelled Nurnberger and then Nuremberger.
NURMI Finnish
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 meaning "tree".
NYE English
Means "dweller at the river" from Middle English atten eye meaning "at the river".
NYILAS Hungarian
Means "archer, bowman" in Hungarian.
NYITRAI Hungarian
Indicated someone from Nyitra, a historic administrative county of Hungary (now situated in Slovakia).
NYKVIST Swedish
From Swedish ny "new" and qvist "twig, branch".
NYLUND Finnish, Swedish
From the Swedish-speaking south of Finland, directly from Swedish ny "new" and lund "grove".
NYSTRÖM Swedish
From Swedish ny meaning "new" and ström meaning "stream".