From the nickname tafano
meaning "gadfly", indicating an annoying person.
TAGGART Irish, Scottish
Anglicized form of Irish Mac an tSagairt
meaning "son of the priest". This name comes from a time when the rules of priestly celibacy were not strictly enforced.
Means "(dweller in the) back", probably denoting someone who lived in a remote area, from Finnish taka
Possibly from the Germanic given name THIETMAR
. It is typical of the area around Trieste in northern Italy.
Possibly means "drummer", from Italian tamburo
TAMBOLI Indian, Marathi
From the Sanskrit word ताम्बूल (tambula)
meaning "betel leaves". These leaves are used in rituals and worship, and the name was originally given to a person who grew or sold them.
Means "dweller in the rice fields", from Japanese 田 (ta)
meaning "field, rice paddy" and 中 (naka)
From Chinese 唐 (táng)
referring to the Tang dynasty, which ruled China from 618 to 907.
Originally indicated a person from a place named Tange in northern Germany.
Occupational name for a person who tanned animal hides, from Old English tannian
"to tan", itself from Late Latin and possibly ultimately of Celtic origin.
Means "dancer" in German, derived from Middle High German tanzen
Locational name that originally designated a person who came from Taranto, a city in southeast Italy, which was originally called Ταρας (Taras)
by Greek colonists. A famous bearer of this name is the American director Quentin Tarantino (1963-).
From Middle English at asche
meaning "at the ash tree".
From Middle English taske
meaning "task, assignment". A tasker was a person who had a fixed job to do, particularly a person who threshed grain with a flail.
From Old French tasse
"purse, bag", an occupational name for a maker or seller of purses.
From the name of the town of Tatham in Lancashire, itself from the Old English given name TATA
combined with ham
meaning "home, settlement".
Originally indicated a person from a town by this name, derived from the Old English given name TATA
combined with tun
meaning "enclosure, yard, town".
From a nickname meaning meaning "dove" in German.
From the place name Taverna, common in different parts of Italy. It means "inn, tavern" in Italian.
Derived from Old French tailleur
meaning "tailor", ultimately from Latin taliare
From Middle English tele
meaning "teal, duck".
Indicated a person from the Iranian city of Tehran, of unknown meaning.
TEKE (2) Turkish
Occupational name for a goat herder, from Turkish teke
TER AVEST Dutch
Means "at the edge, eave" indicating a person who lived at the edge of a forest or under a covered shelter.
Originally a name for a person from Terrazas in the Spanish city of Burgos, a place name meaning "terraces".
Probably derived from the Norman French nickname tirel
meaning "to pull", referring to a stubborn person.
Means "tailor" in Turkish, ultimately of Persian origin.
From Bosnian terzija
meaning "tailor", ultimately of Persian origin.
Means "carpenter" in Czech, ultimately from the Slavic word tesla
Occupational name meaning "weaver", ultimately from Latin texarius
From a nickname meaning "devil" in German, given to a mischievous person or one who was devil-like.
Referred to a person who thatched roofs by attaching straw to them, derived from Old English þæc
From any of the various places in England called Thornley
, meaning "thorn clearing" in Old English.
From any of the various places in England by this name, meaning "thorn town" in Old English.
From Old English þrostle
meaning "song thrush", referring to a cheerful person.
Indicated a dweller in a forest clearing or pasture, from Old Norse þveit
From an English place name, derived from Old English timber
"timber, wood" and lacu
"lake, pool, stream".
, the name of a town in Cumbria, derived from the name of the river Tyne combined with Old English dæl
Occupational name for a mender of kettles, pots and pans. The name could derive from the tinking sound made by light hammering on metal. It is possible that the word comes from the word tin
, the material with which the tinker worked.
Originally given to one who came from the town of Tipton, derived from the Old English given name Tippa
combined with tun
"enclosure, yard, town".
Possibly of Germanic origin meaning "shepherd". This surname is typical of Lombardy.
Possibly from a nickname meaning "stubborn" in Turkish.
From the river name Tisza, Hungary's second largest river.
Indicated a person from Tittensor, England, which means "Titten's ridge".
Derived from the resort town of Tivoli, near Rome, originally called Tibur
in Latin, of uncertain origin.
From a regional form of a given name Todaro
, a variant of TEODORO
. It is quite common in Sicily.
Means "fox", derived from Middle English todde
Denoted a person hailing from one of the many places in Britain of that name, derived from Old Norse topt
Possibly from a Germanic given name of unknown meaning, the second element of the name is derived from beraht
meaning "bright, famous".
Derived from the name of the city of Toledo in Spain, which was from Latin Toletum
, which may have been derived from a Celtic word meaning "hill".
Derived from the Saxon Tollkühn
meaning "foolhardy". A famous bearer was the English author J. R. R. Tolkien (1892-1973).
Occupational name meaning "tax gatherer", derived from Old English toln
"toll, fee, tax".
, the Hungarian name of the city of Turda in Romania (formerly within the Kingdom of Hungary).
From a medieval Italian name given to a boy born after the death of a previous one, derived from Italian ritorna in casa
"come back home".
Means "clean-shaven", usually denoting a younger man, from Latin tonsus
From a nickname for a tough, stubborn person, from Italian tosto
Derived from Hungarian tót
, which means "Slovak" or "Slovene".
Indicated a person who lived at the town's edge, from Old English tun
"enclosure, yard, town" and ende
TRACEY (1) English
From the village of Tracy-sur-mer on the Normandy coast in France. It was brought to England with William the Conqueror.
From the name of the Sicilian city of Trapani, derived from Greek δρεπανη (drepane)
Originally indicated a person from Thirsk, North Yorkshire, derived from Old Norse þresk
meaning "fen, marsh".
TRAVERS English, French
From an English and French place name that described a person who lived near a bridge or ford, or occasionally as an occupational name for the collector of tolls at such a location. The place name is derived from Old French traverser
(which comes from Late Latin transversare
), which means "to cross".
Originally denoted a person from a place of this name in Cornwall, England.
Originally indicated a person from Trengove in Cornwall, England.
Originally from a place name meaning "big village" from Welsh tref
"village" and mawr
From a byname derived from Old Norse tryggr
meaning "true, loyal".
Originally denoted someone who lived by a set of steps, from Middle High German trit
Denoted a person coming from a place of this name in northern Italy.
Originally denoted a person from Trujillo, Spain, originally called Turgalium
Means "trusty man" in Middle English. A famous bearer of the surname was American president Harry S. Truman (1884-1972).
Possibly from Middle High German trame
"rafter, frame" and bauer
Possibly derived from a Slavic given name of unknown meaning.
Occupational name for a fuller of cloth, derived from Old English tucian
meaning "offend, torment". A fuller was a person who cleaned and thickened raw cloth by pounding it.
Denoted one who lived near a clump of trees or bushes, from Middle English tufte
"tuft, clump", from Old French.
Occupational name for a herdsman, derived from Middle English toupe
From the name of the town of Turate near Como in Lombardy.
Occupational name for one who worked with a lathe, derived from Old English turnian
"to turn", of Latin origin.
Occupational name for a tiler of roofs, derived from Old English tigele
"tile". A famous bearer of this name was American president John Tyler (1790-1862).
TYSON (1) English
Derived from a nickname for a quarrelsome person, from Old French tison