From a Middle English version of Old French bel chiere
meaning "beautiful face". It later came to refer to a person who had a cheerful and pleasant temperament.
Means "son of Benenato", a given name derived from Latin bene
"good, well" and natus
Derived from Old French bon fils
meaning "good son".
From Middle English boneire
"kind, courteous", derived from Norman French bon aire
Derived from Old French bon cuer
meaning "good heart".
Originally denoted someone from San Pietro di Caridà, a town in Calabria. The town's name may be derived from Greek χαρις (charis)
meaning "grace, kindness".
Anglicized form of Irish Ó Cuidighthigh
meaning "descendant of CUIDIGHTHEACH
". A famous bearer was the American frontiersman and showman Buffalo Bill Cody (1846-1917).
Anglicized form of Irish Ó Conghalaigh
, which means "descendant of Conghalach". Conghalach
is a nickname meaning "valiant".
Nickname for a courteous person from Old French curteis
Anglicized form of Irish Ó Díomasaigh
meaning "descendant of Díomasach", a given name meaning "proud".
DEVIN (2) English
Nickname for a person who acted divinely, from Old French devin
"divine", ultimately from Latin.
From Irish Ó Donnghaile
meaning "descendant of Donnghal". The given name Donnghal
means "brown valour", from donn
"brown" and gal
"valour". This surname is associated with the descendants of Niall of the Nine Hostages.
From a nickname derived from Middle High German vrom
meaning "noble, honourable".
From a nickname meaning "good", referring to a kindly person.
Derived from Middle High German herze
meaning "heart", a nickname for a big-hearted person.
Derived from Middle English hop
meaning "small valley".
Anglicized form of the Irish Ó Caoimh
meaning "descendant of CAOMH
From Old English cene
meaning "bold, brave".
MCCRAE Irish, Scottish
From the Gaelic Mag Raith
meaning "son of Rath", a given name meaning "prosperity" or "grace".
MERRILL (2) English
From the name of various places in England, derived from Old English myrige
"pleasant" and hyll
Ó MAOLMHUAIDH Irish
Means "descendant of Maolmhuadh", Maolmhuadh
being a given name meaning "proud chief", derived from Gaelic maol
meaning "chief" and muadh
meaning "proud, noble".
Derived from Old French preu
meaning "valiant, brave".
SENFT (2) German
Nickname for a helpful, kind person, from Old High German semfti
meaning "soft, accommodating".
Means "sun" from Middle High German sunne
. It probably denoted someone of cheerful temperament or a person who lived in a sunny area.
From the medieval Italian given name Stabile
meaning "stable, firm".
STARK English, German
From a nickname meaning "strong, rigid", from Old English stearc
or Old High German stark
From Old High German suozi
From a nickname meaning "sweet, pleasant", from Old English swete