Surnames Starting with Z

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ZAAL     Dutch
Means "hall" in Dutch.
ZABALA     Basque
Originally denoted someone who lived in a place of this name in Biscay. It is derived from Basque zabal meaning "large, wide".
ZĄBEK     Polish
From Polish zab "tooth" and a diminutive suffix.
ZAHARIEV     Bulgarian
Means "son of ZAHARI".
Derived from Czech zahrada meaning "garden". It referred to someone who owned less land than a Sedlak or a Dvořák, but more land than a Chalupník.
ZAMAN     Arabic, Urdu
Derived from the given name ZAMAN.
ZAMBRANO     Basque
Possibly a habitational name for someone from Zambrana, a town in the province of Álava in Spain.
ZAMORANO     Spanish
Originally denoted a person from Zamora, the name of both a province in Spain and its capital city.
ZANETTI     Italian
Derived from a diminutive of the given name GIOVANNI. A famous bearer is Argentinian soccer player Javier Zanetti (1973-).
ZANGARI     Italian
Southern Italian name, derived from Greek τσαγκαρης (tsankaris) meaning "shoemaker, cobbler".
ZAPATERO     Spanish
Spanish cognate of SAVATIER.
ZAPPA     Italian
From Italian zappa meaning "hoe, mattock", probably denoting a farmer. Two musicians of Italian origin have bore this name: Francesco Zappa (1717-1803) and Frank Zappa (1940-1993).
ZAVALA     Spanish
Variant of ZABALA.
ZAWISZA     Polish
Derived from the Old Polish given name ZAWISZA.
ZDRAVKOV     Bulgarian
Means "son of ZDRAVKO".
ZDUNOWSKI     Polish
Denoted a person from one of the various towns named Zduny in Poland, which is derived from Polish zdun meaning "potter". It can also be an occupational surname derived directly from zdun.
ZEEGERS     Dutch
Means "son of SIEGER".
ZEELEN     Dutch
Derived from the given name CEEL.
ZEGERS     Dutch
Means "son of SIEGER".
ZELENKA     Czech
Czech cognate of ZIELIŃSKI.
ZELENKO     Ukrainian
Ukrainian cognate of ZIELIŃSKI.
ZELLWEGER     German (Swiss)
Originally denoted a person from the Appenzell region of Switzerland. The place name is derived from Latin abbatis cella meaning "estate of the abbot". A famous bearer is actress Renée Zellweger (1969-).
ZEMAN     Czech
Means "landowner", derived from Czech zem "land". A famous bearer is the soccer coach Zdeněk Zeman (1947-).
ZENI     Italian
Means "son of ZENO".
ZENTAI     Hungarian
Originally indicated a person from the city of Senta in Serbia (formerly a part of Hungary and called Zenta).
ZHANG     Chinese
From Chinese (zhāng) meaning "stretch, extend". It may have denoted a bowmaker whose job it was to stretch bow wood.
ZHAO     Chinese
From Chinese (zhào) which refers to an ancient city-state in what is now Shanxi province. According to legend, King Mu rewarded his chariot driver Zaofu with the city, at which time Zaofu adopted this surname. The later historic state of Zhao, which existed from the 5th to 3rd centuries BC, was named after this city.... [more]
ZHENG     Chinese
From Chinese (zhèng) which refers to the ancient state of Zheng. Zheng existed between the 9th to 4th centuries BC in present-day Henan province. A famous bearer of this surname was the 15th-century explorer Zheng He.
ZHIVKOV     Bulgarian
Means "son of ZHIVKO".
ZHOU     Chinese
From Chinese (zhōu) which refers to the Zhou dynasty, which held power from 1046 to 771 BC, continuing for a few more centuries as figureheads.
ZHU     Chinese
From Chinese (zhū) "vermilion red, cinnabar" and also referring to the ancient state of Zhu, which existed in what is now Shandong province. This was the surname of the emperors of the Ming dynasty.
ZIELIŃSKI     Polish
From Polish zieleń meaning "green". It was possibly a nickname for a person who dressed in green clothing.
ZIEMNIAK     Polish
Means "potato" in Polish.
ZIENTEK     Polish (Anglicized)
Anglicized form of ZIĘTEK.
ZIĘTEK     Polish
Possibly from a diminutive of Polish zięć meaning "son-in-law".
Occupational name for a silversmith from Yiddish zilber "silver" and schlag "strike".
ZIMA     Czech, Slovak, Polish, Russian, Ukrainian
From a Slavic word meaning "winter". This may have been a nickname for a person with a chilly personality.
ZIMMAN     Jewish
Possibly a variant of ZIMMERMANN.
ZIMMERMAN     German
Variant of ZIMMERMANN.
ZIMMERMANN     German, Jewish
From the German word for "carpenter", derived from Middle High German zimber "timber, wood" and mann "man".
ZINGEL     Jewish
From Middle High German zingel "defensive wall". This name was originally applied to a person who lived near the outermost wall of a castle.
ZINI     Italian
Derived from names such as Lorenzino, a diminutive of LORENZO, or Vincenzino, a diminutive of VINCENZO.
ZINO     Italian
Derived from the given name Zino, a short form of names ending with -zino, such as Lorenzino, a diminutive of LORENZO, or Vincenzino, a diminutive of VINCENZO.
ŽITNIK     Slovene, Czech
From the Slavic root žito meaning "rye". This was an occupational name for a dealer in rye or a baker.
ŽIVKOVIĆ     Serbian, Croatian
Means "son of ŽIVKO".
ZLATKOV     Bulgarian
Means "son of ZLATKO".
ZOLTÁNFI     Hungarian
Means "son of ZOLTÁN".
ZORIĆ     Serbian, Croatian
Means "son of ZORA".
ZSOLDOS     Hungarian
Means "mercenary" in Hungarian.
Means "old bridge", from Basque zubia "bridge" and zahar "old". A famous bearer is the Spanish soccer player Andoni Zubizarreta (1961-).
Means "southern dune" in Dutch.
ZUÑIGA     Basque
From the name of a Spanish town, formerly named Estuniga in Basque, possibly derived from Basque istuin "channel, strait".
ZUNINO     Italian
Derived from the given name GIOVANNI.
ŽUPAN     Croatian
Croatian cognate of ZUPAN.
ZUPAN     Slovene
From Slavic župan meaning "head of the district, community leader".
ŻURAW     Polish
Means "crane" in Polish, a nickname for a tall person.
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