Denoted someone who came from Benton, England, which is derived from Old English beonet
"bent grass" and tun
Originally a nickname for a person who had brown hair or skin. A notable bearer is Charlie Brown from the 'Peanuts' comic strip by Charles Schulz.
Originally a name for a person who lived near a prominent bush or thicket.
Means "son of JACK
". A famous bearer of this name was American president Andrew Jackson (1767-1845). Another famous bearer was the singer Michael Jackson (1958-2009).
Occupational surname referring to a person who owned or worked in a grain mill, from Middle English mille
Originally given to a person who lived near a prominent thicket, from Old English sceaga
meaning "thicket, copse".
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).
From Chinese 宋 (sòng)
referring to the Song dynasty, which ruled China from 960 to 1279.
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.
Anglicized form of the Irish name Ó Súileabháin
which means "descendant of Súileabhán". The name Súileabhán
means "little dark eye".
Derived from Old French tailleur
meaning "tailor", ultimately from Latin taliare
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).
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.
From Old English geat
meaning "gate", a name for a gatekeeper or someone who lived near a gate.