From Italian agnello
meaning "lamb" (ultimately from Latin agnus
), denoting a pious or timid person.
From Latin Agnus Dei
meaning "lamb of God". This was a nickname for someone who was particularly religious or someone who wore this symbol.
From various English place names, all derived from Old English bagga
"bag, badger" combined with leah
From Middle High German bër
"bear" or ber
"boar". This was originally a nickname for a strong or brave person.
Derived from a number of English place names that variously mean "barley hill", "barn hill", "boar clearing" or "barley clearing".
Derived from Czech beran
BEST (1) English
Derived from Middle English beste
meaning "beast", an occupational name for a keeper of animals or a nickname for someone who acted like a beast. A famous bearer of this surname was soccer legend George Best (1946-2005).
Derived from the name of an English city, meaning "beaver stream" in Old English.
BIEBER German, Jewish
From Middle High German biber
meaning "beaver", possibly a nickname for a hard worker.
Occupational name for a person who raised or hunted birds.
From the name of a town in Northamptonshire, itself meaning "Blæcwulf's meadow" in Old English. Blæcwulf
is a byname meaning "black wolf".
Derived from an Italian nickname meaning "bull, ox".
Derived from Old English brocc
meaning "badger", ultimately of Celtic origin.
BUCKLEY (2) Irish
From Irish Ó Buachalla
meaning "descendant of Buachaill", a nickname meaning "cowherd, servant".
From a nickname for a person who acted like a bull.
BUSTO Spanish, Italian
From the name of towns in Spain and Italy, derived from Late Latin bustum
meaning "ox pasture".
From places named from Late Latin capralis
meaning "place of goats", derived from Latin capra
From various place names derived from Late Latin capraria
meaning "place of goats", from Latin capra
Means "horse" in Italian, an occupational name for a horseman.
From a nickname derived from French chevalier
meaning "knight", itself from cheval
meaning "horse", ultimately from Latin caballus
From a diminutive of chèvre
meaning "goat", indicating a person who cultivated goats.
From the Portuguese word for "rabbit", either a nickname or an occupational name referring to a hunter or seller of rabbits.
From Romanian cojoc
meaning "sheepskin coat". This was an occupational name for a maker of these coats.
Occupational name for a keeper of horses, derived from Middle English colt
From various English place names, which meaning either "coal valley", "coal hill" or "cow pasture" in Old English.
From the name of the town Derby
meaning "deer farm" in Old Norse.
From the Old English given name Deora
meaning "dear, beloved".
DI CAPRIO Italian
From the name of the island of Capri near Naples, itself possibly derived from Latin capra
meaning "goat" or Greek καπρος (kapros)
meaning "wild boar".
From the name of the animal. It was originally a nickname for a person with red hair or a crafty person.
From Old High German fuhs
meaning "fox". It was originally a nickname for a person with red hair.
Derived from old French gagnon
"guard dog". The name most likely originated as a nickname for an aggressive or cruel person.
From a medieval given name of unknown meaning, possibly related to the Basque word hartz
Means "cat" in Italian, originally a nickname for an agile person.
Occupational name for a goat herder, from southern German Geiss
meaning "goat" and the suffix ler
signifying an occupation.
Means "son of a snake" from the Bosnian word guja
From a place name meaning "hare valley" in Old English.
Habitational name from places called Harford in Gloucestershire and Devon, meaning "hart ford" or "army ford".
From various place names meaning "hare land" in Old English.
Derived from a place name meaning "hare clearing", from Old English hara
"hare" and leah
Means "male deer". It was originally acquired by a person who lived in a place frequented by harts, or bore some resemblance to a hart.
From Middle High German and Middle Low German hase
meaning "hare, rabbit". This was a nickname for a person who was quick or timid.
From a northern German place name meaning "rabbit field", from Old Saxon haso
"hare" and kamp
"field" (from Latin campus
Originally a nickname for a person who had a hawk-like appearance or who acted in a fierce manner, derived from Old English heafoc
HERSCHEL German, Jewish
Diminutive form of HIRSCH (1)
or HIRSCH (2)
. A famous bearer was the British-German astronomer William Herschel (1738-1822), as well as his sister Caroline Herschel (1750-1848) and son John Herschel (1792-1871), also noted scientists.
HIRSCH (1) German
Means "deer, hart" in German. This was a nickname for a person who resembled a deer in some way, or who raised or hunted deer.
Occupational name meaning "pig herder", from Old English hogg
"hog" and hierde
From a minor place in Yorkshire derived from Old English hors
"horse" and fall
HOWARD (2) English
Occupational name meaning "ewe herder", from Old English eowu
"ewe" and hierde
From a nickname meaning "stag" in Czech.
Means "hedgehog" in Polish. It may have originally been given to a person who resembled a hedgehog in some way.
Occupational name meaning "calf (animal)" in German.
Derived from Turkish katır
meaning "mule", a name for a person who made transports by mule.
Originally indicated a person who came from the Hungarian city of Kecskemét, derived from kecske
Occupational name for a pig butcher, from Middle English killen
"to kill" and hog
"pig, swine, hog".
From a nickname meaning "young goat, kid" in Middle English, of Old Norse origin.
Means "male goat" in Polish, probably used to denote a goatherd.
Patronymic from Russian козёл (kozyol)
"male goat", probably used to denote a goatherd.
Originally a name for a person from Kozłów, Kozłowo, or other places with a name derived from Polish kozioł
meaning "male goat".
Means "crab" in German, perhaps a nickname for a person with a crab-like walk.
From a nickname derived from Ligurian lagö
, referring to a type of lizard, the European green lizard. This little reptile is respected because it supposedly protects against vipers.
Means "lion's corner" in Dutch. The first bearer of this name lived on the corner (Dutch hoek
) of the Lion's Gate (Dutch Leeuwenpoort
) in the city of Delft.
Means "fox" in Polish, a nickname for a sly person.
From a nickname derived from a Norman French lou
meaning "wolf" and a diminutive suffix.
Means "son of Cúcharraige" in Irish. The given name Cúcharraige
is composed of cú
"hound" and carraig
From the Irish Ó Marcaigh
meaning "descendant of Marcach", a given name meaning "horse rider".
Derived from Middle English mareschal
"marshal", ultimately from Germanic marah
"horse" and scalc
"servant". It originally referred to someone who took care of horses.
From a nickname meaning "mouse", from Old High German mus
From Irish Mac Conmara
meaning "son of Conmara". The given name Conmara
is composed of cú
"hound" and muir
Referred to a shepherd or else someone who in some way resembled a sheep, derived from Norman French mouton
From nickname derived from Czech myš
Ó HEACHTHIGHEARNA Irish
Means "descendant of Eichthighearn", where the personal name Eichthighearn
means "horse lord" in Gaelic.
Ó MADAIDHÍN Irish
Means "descendant of Madaihín", a given name derived from Irish madadh
meaning "dog, mastiff".
From a nickname meaning "little bear" in Italian, from Latin ursus
Originally indicated a person from Padmore in England, derived from Old English padde
"toad" and mor
From Middle English pecok
meaning "peacock". It was originally a nickname for a proud or haughty person.
Means "sheep" in Italian, an occupational name for a shepherd.
PORCHER English, French
Means "swineherd" from Old French and Middle English porchier
, from Latin porcus
Occupational name for a person who kept animals, from Old English pund
From a nickname meaning "showy, pompous", derived from an old southern German word meaning "toad".
From Old French pourcel
"piglet", from Latin porcellus
, a derivative of porcus
"pig". This was a nickname or an occupational name for a swineherd.
From Italian ratto
meaning "rat", originally denoting a sly individual.
READ (2) English
From Old English ryd
, an unattested form of rod
meaning "cleared land". It is also derived from various English place names with various meanings, including "roe headland", "reeds" and "brushwood".
REY (2) English
Means "female roe deer" from Old English ræge
, probably denoting someone of a nervous temperament.
From Italian riccio
meaning "curly", a nickname for someone with curly hair. It is ultimately from Latin ericius
From the name of a town in Lancashire, derived from Old Norse rá
"roebuck" and skógr
From the name of places in southern Scotland and northern England, derived from Old English hryðer
meaning "cattle, ox" and ford
meaning "ford, river crossing".
From a nickname derived from Italian serpe
SEWARD (2) English
Means "swineherd" from Old English su
"sow, female pig" and hierde
SHAW (2) Scottish
From a given name or byname that was derived from Gaelic sithech
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.
Occupational name for one who tended horses, derived from Middle English steed
, in turn derived from Old English steda
Occupational name for a horse keeper, from Old English stod
"stallion, stud" and hierde
From the name of a town in Cumbria, derived from Old English stirc
"calf, young bullock" and land
From the place name Swinglehurst
in the Forest of Bowland in central Lancashire, derived from Old English swin
"swine, pig", hyll
"hill" and hyrst
TEKE (2) Turkish
Occupational name for a goat herder, from Turkish teke
Means "fox", derived from Middle English todde
Occupational name for a herdsman, derived from Middle English toupe
Means "cow" in Italian, originally denoting a person who worked with cattle.
Denoted a person from the town of Villalobos, Spain, which is derived from Spanish villa
"town" and lobo
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.
From Middle Low German vos
meaning "fox". It was originally a nickname for a clever person or a person with red hair.
Ornamental name derived from German Wald
meaning "forest" and Vogel
WOLF German, English
From Middle High German or Middle English wolf
meaning "wolf", or else from a Germanic given name beginning with this element.