From a nickname tàfano
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
From German given names like DIETMAR
and so on. It is typical of the area around Trieste in northern Italy.
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.
Indicated a person from from Tange, Oldenburg. It can also be derived directly from Middle High German tange
meaning "sandy ridge between moors".
Originally derived from the occupation of the same name - a person who tanned animal hides.
Locational name that designated those who came from Taranto, a city in southeast Italy. A famous bearer of this name is the American director Quentin Tarantino (1963-).
From Middle English at asche
"at the ash tree".
Middle English taske
meaning "task or assignment". A tasker was a person who had a fixed job to do, particularly a person who threshed corn 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
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.
Derived from Old French tailleur
meaning "tailor", ultimately from Latin taliare
Means "teal, duck" from Middle English tele
Indicated a person from the Iranian city of Tehran, of unknown meaning.
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
"to pull", referring to a stubborn person.
Means "tailor" in Turkish, ultimately of Persian origin.
From Bosnian terzija
meaning "tailor", ultimately of Persian origin.
Occupational surname meaning "weaver", ultimately from Latin texarius
From a nickname meaning "devil", given to a mischievous person or one who was devil-like.
Referred to a person who thatched roofs by attaching straw to them.
From a place name meaning "thorn clearing" in Old English.
From Old English þrostle
meaning "having the characteristics of a song thrush".
Means "dweller in a forest clearing, fenced off enclosure or low meadows" from the Old Norse Þveit
, the name of a town in Cumbria, derived from the name of the river Tyne combined with Old English dæl
Occupational name meaning "mender of kettles, pots, 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 (which means "town of Tibba").
Originally a nickname for a woodcutter. This surname is typical of the area of Bergamo in Lombardy.
From the river name Tisza, Hungary's second largest river.
TITTENSOR English, Welsh
Indicated a person from Tittensor, England. Tittensor
, as a place name, means "Titten's ridge".
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.
TOLBERT English, French
Derived from a continental Germanic given name of unknown meaning, the second element of the name is derived from berht
meaning "bright, famous".
Derived from the name of the city of Toledo. During the banishing of the Jews of Spain into Morocco and Africa, many kept their surnames signifying their city of origin.
Derived from the Saxon Tollkühn
meaning "foolhardy". A famous bearer was author J. R. R. Tolkien (1892-1973).
Occupational name meaning "tax gatherer", derived from Middle English toll
Derived from the Old Norse given name Tófi
which was a diminutive of any name that began with the element Þórr
referring to the god THOR
Derived from the name of a town called Torda. Originally the name was given to someone from that town.
From a medieval name, generally given to a boy born after the death of a previous one. Literally it means "come back home" from ritorna in casa
Means "clean-shaven", usually denoting a younger man, from Latin tonsus
From a nickname indicating a "stubborn person".
Derived from tót
, a nickname for Slovaks in Hungary.
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.
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 Treloar in Cornwall, England.
Derived from an Old French place name which meant "aspen".
Originally indicated a person from Trengove farm in Cornwall.
Originally from a place name meaning "big village" from Welsh tref
"village" and mawr
From a nickname meaning "loyal" (Old Norse triggr
Topographic name for someone who lived by a step or flight of steps, from Middle High German trit
From the place name Trucco (near Genoa) or Trucco di Miola (near Turin). This surname is typical of northern Italy.
Derived from the Sardinian tordo
Originally denoted a person from Trujillo in Cáceres or Trujillo in Seville, Spain.
Means "trusty man" in Middle English. A famous bearer of the surname was American president Harry S. Truman (1884-1972).
Means "strong neighbour, peasant" from German trum
"strong" and bauer
Derived from a Slavic given name of unknown origin.
Derived from Old English tucian
meaning "one who fulls cloth".
Means "(dweller by) a clump of trees or bushes" from Middle English tufte, tuffe
Derived from Middle English toupe
"ram". This was originally a name for a herdsman who tended rams.
Locative origin from the name of the town of Turate near Como. This surname is typical of Lombardy.
Occupational name meaning "one who works with a lathe".
Occupational name meaning "tiler of roofs", 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