Surnames via Occupations

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SCOLA Italian
From Italian scuola meaning "school".
SCRIVEN English
Occupational name meaning "writer, clerk, scribe" in Old French, derived from Latin scriba.
SCULLY Irish
Anglicized form of Ó SCOLAIDHE.
SEDLÁČEK Czech
Diminutive form of SEDLÁK.
SEDLÁK Czech
Means "farmer" in Czech. A sedlák had more land than a Zahradník or a Chalupník, but less land than a Dvořák.
SEGAL (1) Jewish
From the Hebrew phrase סגן לויה (segan Lewiyah) meaning "assistant Levite".
SEGAL (2) French
Occupational name for a grower or seller of rye, from Old French, from Latin secale "rye".
SENFT (1) German
Occupational name for a mustard seller, from German Senf "mustard".
SEPPÄ Finnish
Means "smith" in Finnish.
SEPPÄNEN Finnish
Patronymic form of SEPPÄ.
SERGEANT English, French
Occupational name derived from Old French sergent meaning "servant", ultimately from Latin servire "to serve".
ŠEVČÍK Czech
Occupational name derived from Czech švec meaning "shoemaker, cobbler".
SEWARD (2) English
Means "swineherd" from Old English su "sow, female pig" and hierde "herdsman, guardian".
SEXTON English
Occupational name for a sexton (Middle English sexteyn), a caretaker for a church or graveyard.
SHEARER English
English cognate of SCHERER.
SHEPARD English
Occupational name meaning "shepherd, sheep herder", from Old English sceaphyrde.
SHERMAN (1) English
Means "shear man", referring to someone who used shears in his line of work, such as a sheep-shearer.
SHERMAN (2) Jewish
Means "tailor" in Yiddish, derived from שער (sher) meaning "scissors".
SHRIVER German
German cognate of SCRIVEN.
SHVETS Ukrainian, Russian
Means "shoemaker" in Ukrainian and Russian.
SIEGEL (1) German
Occupational name for a maker of seals or signet rings, ultimately from Latin sigillum "seal".
SIERŻANT Polish
Polish cognate of SERGEANT.
SIPOS Hungarian
Occupational name for a fife player or piper, from Hungarian síp "whistle, pipe".
SITKO Polish
Means "fine sieve" in Polish, a diminutive of the Polish word sito "sieve".
SKINNER English
Occupational name for a person who skinned animals, from Old Norse skinn.
SLATER English
Occupational name indicating that an early member worked covering roofs with slate, from Old French esclat "shard", of Germanic origin.
SLOOTMAEKERS Dutch, Flemish
Occupational name for a locksmith, from Dutch slot "lock" and maker "maker".
ŚLUSARCZYK Polish
Diminutive form of ŚLUSARSKI.
ŚLUSARSKI Polish
Occupational name for a locksmith, from Polish ślusarz, of Germanic origin.
SMEETS Dutch
Variant of SMIT.
SMETS Dutch
Variant of SMIT.
SMIT Dutch
From Middle Dutch smit "metalworker, blacksmith", a cognate of SMITH.
SMITH English
Means "metalworker, blacksmith" from Old English smiþ, related to smitan "to smite, to hit". It is the most common surname in most of the English-speaking world. A famous bearer was the Scottish economist Adam Smith (1723-1790).
SMITS Dutch
Variant of SMIT.
SMOLA Czech
Variant of SMOLAK.
SMOLAK Polish, Czech
Occupational name for a distiller of pitch, derived from the Slavic word smola meaning "pitch, resin".
SMYTHE English
Variant of SMITH.
SNAAIJER Dutch
Dutch cognate of SNYDER.
SNAIJER Dutch
Dutch cognate of SNYDER.
SNEIDERS Dutch
Dutch cognate of SNYDER.
SNEIJDER Dutch
Dutch cognate of SNYDER.
SNEIJDERS Dutch
Dutch cognate of SNYDER.
SNEIJER Dutch
Dutch cognate of SNYDER.
SNEIJERS Dutch
Dutch cognate of SNYDER.
SNIDER English
Variant of SNYDER.
SNIJDER Dutch
Dutch cognate of SNYDER.
SNIJDERS Dutch
Dutch cognate of SNYDER.
SNYDER English
Means "tailor", derived from Middle English snithen "to cut", an occupational name for a person who stitched coats and clothing.
SOBÓL Polish
Polish cognate of SOBOL.
SOBOL Russian, Ukrainian, Jewish
Occupational name for a fur trader, from the Slavic word soboli meaning "sable, marten". As a Jewish name it is ornamental.
SOKAL Polish
Polish cognate of SOKOL.
SOKÓŁ Polish
Polish cognate of SOKOL.
SOKOL Czech, Jewish
From Czech sokol meaning "falcon", a nickname or an occupational name for a falconer. As a Jewish name it is ornamental.
SOKOLOVSKY Russian
Means "son of SOKOL".
SOKOŁOWSKI Polish
Usually refers to the city of Sokołów Podlaski in Poland. It may sometimes be derived from Polish sokół meaning "falcon".
SOLDATI Italian
From Italian soldato meaning "soldier", ultimately from Latin solidus, a type of Roman coin.
SOMMER (2) German
From Middle High German sumber or sommer meaning "basket, wickerwork, drum".
SÖRÖS Hungarian
From Hungarian sör meaning "beer". Originally the name was given to beer brewers.
SOUTHERS German
Possibly an Americanized form of SAUTER.
SPADA Italian
Occupational name for an armourer or swordsman, from Italian spada "sword", Latin spatha.
SPANNAGEL German
Occupational name for a nailsmith, from Middle High German span nagel "connecting bolt".
SPARACELLO Italian
From Sicilian sparaciu meaning "asparagus", an occupational name for an asparagus seller or grower.
SPEAR English
From Old English spere "spear", an occupational name for a hunter or a maker of spears, or a nickname for a thin person.
SPEARING English
Patronymic form of SPEAR.
SPEARS English
Patronymic form of SPEAR.
SPELLMEYER German
Possibly from German spielen meaning "to play, to jest" combined with meyer meaning "village headman". Perhaps it referred to someone who was played or acted as the village headman.
SPENCER English
Occupational name for a person who dispensed provisions to those who worked at a manor, derived from Middle English spense "larder, pantry".
SPEZIALE Italian
Means "grocer" in Italian, derived from Latin speciarius "spice seller".
SPIJKER (1) Dutch
Denoted a dweller by or worker at a granary, from Dutch spijker "granary".
SPIJKER (2) Dutch
Occupational name for a nailsmith, from Dutch spijker "nail".
SPIKER Dutch
Americanized form of SPIJKER (1) or SPIJKER (2).
SPITZNAGEL German
Means "sharp nail" in German, an occupational name for a nailsmith.
SPITZNOGLE German
Americanized form of SPITZNAGEL.
SPONAUGLE German
Americanized form of SPANNAGEL.
SPOONER English
Occupational name for a maker of spoons or a maker of shingles, derived from Middle English spone meaning "chip of wood, spoon".
STAROSTA Polish
Means "mayor, leader, elder" in Polish.
STEED English
Occupational name for one who tended horses, derived from Middle English steed, in turn derived from Old English steda meaning "stallion".
STEELE English
Occupational name for a steelworker, from Old English stele meaning "steel".
STEIN German, Jewish
From Old High German stein meaning "stone". It might indicate the original bearer lived near a prominent stone or worked as a stonecutter. As a Jewish name it is ornamental.
STENGER German
Occupational name for a post maker, from Old High German stanga "pole".
STEWART Scottish
Occupational name for an administrative official of an estate or steward, from Old English stig "house" and weard "guard". The Stewart family (sometimes spelled Stuart) held the Scottish crown for several centuries. One of the most famous members of the Stewart family was Mary, Queen of Scots.
STODDARD English
Occupational name for a horse keeper, from Old English stod "stallion, stud" and hierde "herder".
STOLARZ Polish
Occupational name from Polish stolarz meaning "joiner, maker of furniture".
STONE English
Name for a person who lived near a prominent stone or worked with stone, derived from Old English stan.
STRINGER English
Occupational name for a maker of string or bow strings, from Old English streng "string".
STROMAN German
Means "straw man" in German, an occupational name for a seller of straw.
STRUNA Slovene, Czech
From Slavic struna meaning "string, cord", possibly denoting a maker of rope.
STUBER German
Occupational name for the owner of an inn, derived from Old High German stuba "room".
SUMNER English
Occupational name for a summoner, an official who was responsible for ensuring the appearance of witnesses in court, from Middle English sumner, ultimately from Latin submonere "to advise".
SZABÓ Hungarian
Means "tailor" in Hungarian.
SZÁNTÓ Hungarian
Occupational name for a ploughman or tiller, derived from Hungarian szánt meaning "to plow".
SZEKERES Hungarian
Occupational name for a cartman, derived from Hungarian szekér meaning "cart, wagon".
SZEWC Polish
Means "shoemaker" in Polish.
SZŰCS Hungarian
Occupational name meaning "furrier" in Hungarian.
TACHIBANA Japanese
From Japanese (tachibana) meaning "orange, tangerine".
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.
TAILLER French
Means "tailor" from Old French tailleur.
TAILOR English
Variant of TAYLOR.
TAKÁCS Hungarian
Means "weaver" in Hungarian.
TAMBOIA Italian
Possibly means "drummer", from Italian tamburo meaning "drum".
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.
TANNER English
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.
TANZER German
Means "dancer" in German, derived from Middle High German tanzen "to dance".
TARPINIAN Armenian
Alternate transcription of Armenian Դարբինյան (see DARBINYAN).
TASKER English
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.
TASSE French
From Old French tasse "purse, bag", an occupational name for a maker or seller of purses.
TAYLOR English
Derived from Old French tailleur meaning "tailor", ultimately from Latin taliare "to cut".
TEKE (2) Turkish
Occupational name for a goat herder, from Turkish teke "goat".
TERZİ Turkish
Means "tailor" in Turkish, ultimately of Persian origin.
TERZIĆ Bosnian
From Bosnian terzija meaning "tailor", ultimately of Persian origin.
TESAŘ Czech
Means "carpenter" in Czech, ultimately from the Slavic word tesla meaning "adze".
TESAŘIK Czech
Diminutive of TESAŘ.
TESSARO Italian
Occupational name meaning "weaver", ultimately from Latin texarius.
THACKER English
Northern Middle English variant of THATCHER.
THATCHER English
Referred to a person who thatched roofs by attaching straw to them, derived from Old English þæc meaning "thatch".
THAYER French
Americanized form of TAILLER.
TÍMÁR Hungarian
Occupational name meaning "tanner" in Hungarian.
TINKER English
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.
TIRABOSCHI Italian
Possibly of Germanic origin meaning "shepherd". This surname is typical of Lombardy.
TOLLEMACHE English
Means "knapsack" in Old French.
TOLLER English
Occupational name meaning "tax gatherer", derived from Old English toln "toll, fee, tax".
TOLVAJ Hungarian
Means "thief" in Hungarian.
TOWNER English
Variant of TOLLER.
TUCKER English
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.
TUPPER English
Occupational name for a herdsman, derived from Middle English toupe "ram".
TURNER English
Occupational name for one who worked with a lathe, derived from Old English turnian "to turn", of Latin origin.
TYLER English
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).
UCCELLO Italian
Means "bird" in Italian, either a nickname for a person who resembled a bird or an occupational name for a birdcatcher.
VACCA Italian
Means "cow" in Italian, originally denoting a person who worked with cattle.
VACCARO Italian
Occupational name meaning "cowherd" in Italian.
VADAS Hungarian
From Hungarian vad meaning "wild", either a nickname or an occupational name for a hunter of wild game.
VÁMOS Hungarian
Means "customs officer" in Hungarian, a derivative of vám "customs".
VAN DER AART Dutch
Means "from the earth", derived from Dutch aarde "earth". It perhaps referred to either an earth bank or to a farmer.
VARELA Spanish
Derived from Spanish vara "stick". It may have originally been given to one who used a stick in his line of work, for example an animal herder.
VARGA Hungarian
Occupational name meaning "cobbler" in Hungarian.
VASS Hungarian
Derived from Hungarian vas meaning "iron", referring to a worker in iron, a miner of iron ore or a vendor of iron goods. Alternatively, from the same root word, it may have been a nickname referring to one with a distinctively strong constitution.
VERVERS Dutch
Occupational name derived from Dutch verver meaning "dyer, painter".
VESCOVI Italian
Derived from Italian vescovo meaning "bishop".
VICARIO Spanish, Italian
Means "vicar" in Spanish and Italian, an ecclesiastic title used to denote a representative of a bishop. It is derived from Latin vicarius meaning "substitute, deputy".
VINOGRADOV Russian
Means "vineyard" in Russian (ultimately from German), referring to a person who worked at a vineyard or lived near one.
VISSCHER Dutch
Occupational name meaning "fisherman" in Dutch.
VLASÁK Czech
Derived from Czech vlas "hair", probably referring to a barber or a person who bought and sold hair.
VODENICHAROV Bulgarian
Patronymic derived from Bulgarian воденичар (vodenichar) meaning "miller".
VOGEL German, Dutch
From Old High German and Old Dutch fogal meaning "bird". It was originally an occupational name for a bird catcher, or a nickname for a person who liked to sing.
VOGELS Dutch
Variant of VOGEL.
VOGT German
Occupational name from Middle High German voget meaning "bailiff, lawyer", ultimately from Latin advocatus.
VOGTS German
Patronymic variant of VOGT.
VOIGT German
Variant of VOGT.
VOIGTS German
Patronymic variant of VOGT.
WÄGNER German
Variant of WAGNER.
WAGNER German
From Middle High German wagener meaning "wagon maker, cartwright". This name was borne by the German composer Richard Wagner (1813-1883).
WÄHNER German
Variant of WAGNER.
WAHNER German
Variant of WAGNER.
WALKER English
Occupational name for a person who walked on damp raw cloth in order to thicken it. It is derived from Middle English walkere, Old English wealcan meaning "to move".
WALLER (2) English
Derived from Old English weall meaning "wall", denoting a builder of walls or someone who lived near a prominent wall.
WARD (1) English
Derived from Old English weard meaning "guard, guardian".
WARD (2) Irish
Anglicized form of Irish Mac an Bhaird, which means "son of the bard".
WARDROBE English
From Old French warder "to guard" and robe "garment", an occupational name for a servant responsible for the clothing in a household.
WATERMAN (1) English
Means "servant of WALTER".
WATERMAN (2) English, Dutch
Occupational name for a boatman or a water carrier. It could also describe a person who lived by water.
WAYNE English
Occupational name meaning "wagon maker, cartwright", derived from Old English wægn "wagon". A famous bearer was the American actor John Wayne (1907-1979).
WEAVER (1) English
Occupational name for a weaver, derived from Old English wefan "to weave".
WEAVER (2) English
From the name of the River Weaver, derived from Old English wefer meaning "winding stream".
WEBB English
Occupational name meaning "weaver", from Old English webba, a derivative of wefan "to weave".
WEBER German
German cognate of WEAVER (1).
WEBSTER English
Occupational name meaning "weaver", from Old English webba, a derivative of wefan "to weave".
WECHSLER German, Jewish
Means "money changer, banker", from German wechseln "to exchange".
WEEBER German
German cognate of WEAVER (1).
WEGENER Low German
Low German variant of WAGNER.
WEGNER Low German
Low German variant of WAGNER.
WEHNER German
Variant of WAGNER.
WEHNERT German
Variant of WAGNER.
WEIMANN German
From German Wein meaning "wine", an occupational name for a wine seller or producer.
WEINER German
Variant of WAGNER.
WHEELER English
Occupational name for a maker of wagon wheels, derived from Middle English whele "wheel".
WINOGRAD Jewish
Jewish form of VINOGRADOV.
WINOGRODZKI Polish
Polish cognate of VINOGRADOV.
WIRT German
Variant of WIRTH.
WIRTH German, Jewish
Occupational name for an innkeeper, derived from German wirt meaning "host".
WOJDA Polish
Variant of WOJEWODA.
WOJEWODA Polish
From the Polish title wojewoda meaning "governor, voivode" (originally meaning "warlord").
WOODWARD English
Occupational name for a forester, meaning "ward of the wood" in Old English.
WRIGHT (1) English
From Old English wyrhta meaning "wright, maker", an occupational name for someone who was a craftsman. Famous bearers were Orville and Wilbur Wright, the inventors of the first successful airplane.
YATES English
From Old English geat meaning "gate", a name for a gatekeeper or someone who lived near a gate.
YONKER Dutch (Anglicized)
Americanized form of JONKER.
YONKERS Dutch (Anglicized)
Americanized spelling of JONKERS.
ZAHRADNÍK Czech
Derived from Czech zahrada meaning "garden". It referred to someone who owned less land than a Sedlák or a Dvořák, but more land than a Chalupník.
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).
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.
ZEMAN Czech
Means "landowner", derived from Czech zem "land". A famous bearer is the soccer coach Zdeněk Zeman (1947-).
ZHANG Chinese
From Chinese (zhāng) meaning "stretch, extend". It may have denoted a bowmaker whose job it was to stretch bow wood.
ZIEMNIAK Polish
Means "potato" in Polish.
ZILBERSCHLAG Jewish
Occupational name for a silversmith from Yiddish zilber "silver" and schlag "strike".
ZIMMAN Jewish
Possibly a variant of ZIMMERMANN.
ZIMMERMANN German, Jewish
From the German word for "carpenter", derived from Middle High German zimber "timber, wood" and mann "man".
ŽITNIK Slovene, Czech
From the Slavic root žito meaning "rye". This was an occupational name for a dealer in rye or a baker.
ZSOLDOS Hungarian
Means "mercenary" in Hungarian.
ŽUPAN Croatian
Croatian cognate of ZUPAN.
ZUPAN Slovene
From Slavic župan meaning "head of the district, community leader".