English Surnames

English names are used in English-speaking countries. See also about English names.
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COOKSON English
Patronymic form of COOK.
COOMBS English
From Old English cumb meaning "valley", the name of several places in England.
COOPER English
Means "barrel maker", from Middle English couper.
COREY English
Derived from the Old Norse given name Kóri, of unknown meaning.
CORNELL English
Derived from the given name CORNELIUS.
CORNETT English
Derived from Old French cornet meaning "horn", referring to one who worked as a horn blower.
CORWIN English
Derived from Old French cordoan "leather", ultimately from the name of the Spanish city of Cordova.
CORY English
Variant of COREY.
COTTERILL English
Derived from Middle English cotter meaning "cottager", referring to a small tenant farmer.
COUPE English
From Middle English coupe meaning "barrel", a name for a barrel maker or cooper.
COURTENAY (1) English
From the name of towns in France which were originally derivatives of the Gallo-Roman personal name Curtenus, itself derived from Latin curtus "short".
COURTENAY (2) English
From the Old French nickname court nes meaning "short nose".
COWDEN English
From various English place names, which meaning either "coal valley", "coal hill" or "cow pasture" in Old English.
COX English
Patronymic form of COCK.
COY English
Means "quiet, shy, coy" from Middle English coi.
CRAWFORD English
From a place name derived from Old English crawa "crow" and ford "river crossing".
CREWE English
Originally denoted someone from Crewe in Cheshire, which is from Welsh criu "weir, dam, fish trap".
CRISP English
English cognate of CRESPO.
CROFT English
From Old English croft meaning "enclosed field".
CROPPER English
Occupational name derived from Middle English croppe "crop", referring to a fruit picker or a crop reaper.
CROSS English
Locative name meaning "cross", ultimately from Latin crux. It denoted one who lived near a cross symbol or near a crossroads.
CROUCH English
Variant of CROSS.
CULLEN (1) English
From the name of the German city of Cologne, which was derived from Latin colonia "colony".
CUMMINS English, Scottish, Irish
From an Old Breton given name, a cognate of CUIMÍN, introduced to Britain at the time of the Norman Conquest.
CURTIS English
Nickname for a courteous person from Old French curteis meaning "refined".
DALE English
From Old English dæl meaning "valley", originally indicating a person who lived there.
DALTON English
Derived from a place name which meant "valley town" in Old English. A notable bearer of the surname was the English chemist and physicist John Dalton (1766-1844).
DANE (2) English
Originally denoted a Dane, that is a person from Denmark.
DANELL English
Derived from the given name DANIEL.
DANIEL English, French, German, Portuguese
Derived from the given name DANIEL.
DANIELL English
Derived from the given name DANIEL.
DANIELSON English
Means "son of DANIEL".
DANNEL English
Variant of DANIEL.
DARBY English
From the name of the town Derby meaning "deer farm" in Old Norse.
DARRELL English
Originally denoted one who came from the town of Airel in Normandy, derived from Late Latin arealis meaning "open space".
DARWIN English
From the given name DEORWINE.
DAUBNEY English
From any of the various towns in France called Aubigny, derived from the Gallo-Roman personal name ALBINUS.
DAVIDS English
Means "son of DAVID".
DAVIDSON English
Means "son of DAVID".
DAVIS English, Scottish
Means "son of DAVID". This was the surname of the revolutionary jazz trumpet player Miles Davis (1926-1991).
DAVISON English
Means "son of DAVID".
DAWSON English
Means "son of DAW".
DAY English
From a diminutive form of DAVID.
DEAN (1) English
Derived from Middle English dene meaning "valley".
DEAN (2) English
Occupational surname meaning "dean", referring to a person who either was a dean or worked for one. It is from Middle English deen (ultimately from Latin decanus meaning "chief of ten").
DEBENHAM English
Originally denoted a person from the town of Debenham in Suffolk, derived from the name of the River Deben (meaning "deep" in Old English) combined with ham meaning "home,homestead".
DEDRICK English
Derived from the given name Dederick, an older form of DEREK.
DEERING English
From the Old English given name Deora meaning "dear, beloved".
DELANEY (1) English
Derived from Norman French de l'aunaie meaning "from the alder grove".
DENMAN English
From Middle English dene "valley" combined with man.
DENNIS English
From the given name DENNIS.
DENZIL English
From the place name Denzell, a manor in Cornwall, which is of unknown meaning.
DERBY English
Variant of DARBY.
DERRICK English
Derived from the given name Derrick (see DEREK). A famous bearer of this surname is the character Stephan Derrick from the German television series 'Derrick' (1974-1998).
DERRICKS English
Derived from the given name DERRICK.
DERRICKSON English
Means "son of DERRICK".
DEVEREUX English
Indicated a person from Evreux in France, itself named after the Gaulish tribe of the Eburovices, which was probably derived from a Celtic word meaning "yew".
DEVIN (2) English
Nickname for a person who acted divinely, from Old French devin "divine", ultimately from Latin.
DEXTER English
Occupational name meaning "dyer" in Old English (orginally this was a feminine word, but it was later applied to men as well).
DICK English
From the given name DICK (1).
DICKENS English
From the medieval given name Dicun, a medieval diminutive of DICK (1). A famous bearer of this surname was the English writer Charles Dickens (1812-1870).
DICKINSON English
Means "son of Dicun", Dicun being a medieval diminutive of DICK (1). American poet Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) was a famous bearer.
DICKMAN English
From Old English dic "ditch" combined with man "man". It was originally a name for a ditch digger or someone who lived near a ditch.
DICKSON English
Means "son of DICK (1)".
DISNEY English
Means "from Isigny", referring to the town of Isigny in Normandy.
DIXON English
Means "DICK (1)'s son".
DOCTOR English
Originally denoted someone who was a doctor, ultimately from Latin doctor meaning "teacher".
DODGE English
From Dogge, a medieval diminutive of ROGER.
DONALDS English
Derived from the given name DONALD.
DONALDSON English
Means "son of DONALD".
DORSEY English
Means "from Orsay", referring to the town of Orsay near Paris, its name deriving from the Latin personal name Orcius.
DOWNER English
Name for someone who lived on or near a down, which an English word meaning "hill".
DRAKE English
Derived from the Old Norse byname Draki or the Old English byname Draca both meaning "dragon", both via Latin from Greek δρακων (drakon) meaning "dragon, serpent".
DRAPER English
Occupational name for a maker or seller of woolen cloth, from Anglo-Norman French draper (Old French drapier, an agent derivative of drap "cloth").
DUDLEY English
From a place name meaning "DUDDA's clearing" in Old English. The surname was borne by a British noble family.
DUKE English
From the noble title, which was originally from Latin dux "leader". It was an occupational surname for a person who behaved like a duke, or who worked in a duke's household.
DUKES English
Patronymic form of DUKE.
DUNN English, Scottish, Irish
Derived from Old English dunn "dark" or Gaelic donn "brown", referring to hair colour or complexion.
DURAND French, English
From Old French durant meaning "enduring", ultimately from Latin durans. This was a nickname for a stubborn person.
DURANT English, French
Variation of DURAND.
DUSTIN English
From the Old Norse given name ÞÓRSTEINN.
DWERRYHOUSE English
Indicated a person who worked or lived at a dye-house, which is a place where dyeing was done.
DWIGHT English
From the medieval feminine name Diot, a diminutive of Dionysia, the feminine form of DIONYSIUS.
DYER English
Occupational name for a cloth dyer, from Old English deah "dye".
DYSON English
Means "son of DYE".
EADS English
Means "son of EDA (2)" or "son of ADAM".
EARL English
From the aristocratic title, which derives from Old English eorl meaning "nobleman, warrior". It was either a nickname for one who acted like an earl, or an occupational name for a person employed by an earl.
EARLS English
Patronymic form of EARL.
EASOM English
Variant of EADS.
EASON English
Variant of EADS.
EASTON English
From the name of various places meaning "east town" in Old English.
EATON English
From any of the various English towns with this name, derived from Old English ea "river" and tun "enclosure, yard, town".
ECCLESTON English
Denoted a person from any of the various places named Eccleston in England, derived from Latin ecclesia "church" (via Briton) and Old English tun "enclosure, yard, town".
EDGAR English
Derived from the given name EDGAR.
EDISON English
Means "son of EDA (2)" or "son of ADAM". The surname was borne by American inventor Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931).
EDWARDS English
Means "son of EDWARD".
EDWARDSON English
Means "son of EDWARD".
ELDER English
Derived from Old English ealdra meaning "older", used to distinguish two people who had the same name.
ELDRED English
From the given name EALDRÆD.
ELDRIDGE English
Derived from the given name ALDRIC.
ELIOT English
Variant of ELLIOTT.
ELLERY English
From the medieval masculine name HILARY.
ELLIOTT English
Derived from a diminutive of the given name ELIAS.
ELLIS English, Welsh
Derived from the given name ELIJAH, or sometimes ELISEDD.
ELLISON English
Patronymic form of the English name Ellis, from the medieval given name Elis, a vernacular form of ELIJAH.
ELLSWORTH English
Habitational name for a person from the town of Elsworth in Cambridgeshire. The town's name is derived from the masculine given name Ella (a short form of Old English names beginning with the elements ælf meaning "elf" or eald meaning "old") combined with worþ meaning "enclosure".
ELMER English
Derived from the Old English name ÆÐELMÆR.
ELVIS English
Variant of ELWES.
ELWES English
Derived from the given name ELOISE.
ELWIN English
Variant of ELWYN.
ELWYN English
Derived from the given names ÆLFWINE, ÆÐELWINE or EALDWINE.
ELY English
From the name of a town in eastern England meaning "eel district".
EMERSON English
Means "son of EMERY". The surname was borne by Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), an American writer and philosopher who wrote about transcendentalism.
EMMET English
Variant of EMMETT. This name was borne by the Irish nationalist Robert Emmet (1778-1803).
EMMETT English
Derived from a diminutive of the feminine given name EMMA.
ENDICOTT English
Topographic name derived from Old English meaning "from the end cottage".
ENGLISH English
Denoted a person who was of English heritage. It was used to distinguish people who lived in border areas (for example, near Wales or Scotland). It was also used to distinguish an Anglo-Saxon from a Norman.
ERICKSON English
Means "son of ERIC".
ERICSON English, Swedish
Means "son of ERIC".
EUSTIS English
Derived from the given name EUSTACE.
EVANSON English
Means "son of EVAN".
EVELYN English
Derived from the given name AVELINE.
EVERED English
From the given name EVERARD.
EVERETT English
From the given name EVERARD.
EVERILL English
Derived from the feminine given name EOFORHILD.
EVERLY English
From place names meaning derived from Old English eofor "boar" and leah "woodland, clearing"..
EWART (1) English
From a Norman form of EDWARD.
EWART (2) English
From the name of an English town, derived from Old English ea "river" and worþ "enclosure".
FABIAN German, English, Polish
Derived from the given name FABIAN.
FAIRBAIRN Scottish, English
Means "beautiful child" in Middle English and Scots.
FAIRBURN English
From a place name which meant "fern stream", from Old English fearn "fern" and burna "stream".
FAIRCHILD English
Means "beautiful child" in Middle English.
FAIRCLOUGH English
From a place name meaning "fair ravine, fair cliff" in Old English.
FARMER English
Occupational name for a tax collector, from Middle English ferme "rent, revenue, provision", from Medieval Latin firma, ultimately from Old English feorm. This word did not acquire its modern meaning until the 17th century.
FARNHAM English
Indicated a person from any of the various towns named Farnham in England, notably in Surrey. Their names are from Old English fearn "fern" and ham "home, settlement" or ham "water meadow, enclosure".
FAULKNER English, Scottish
Occupational name for a keeper of falcons, from Middle English and Scots faulcon, from Late Latin falco, of Germanic origin.
FAY French, English
Referred to a person who came from various places named Fay or Faye in northern France, derived from Old French fau "beech tree", from Latin fagus.
FEAR English
Derived from Middle English feare meaning "friend, comrade".
FENN English
From a name for someone who dwelt near a marsh, from Old English fenn meaning "fen, swamp, bog".
FIDDLER English
English form of FIEDLER.
FIELDS English
Name for a person who lived on or near a field or pasture, from Old English feld.
FIRMIN English, French
From the given name FIRMIN.
FISHMAN English
Occupational name for a fisherman.
FITZROY English
Means "son of the king" in Anglo-Norman French, from French roi meaning "king". This name has been bestowed upon illegitimate children of kings.
FLEMING English
Given to a person who was a Fleming, that is a person who was from FLANDERS in the Netherlands.
FLETCHER English
Occupational name for a fletcher, someone who attached feathers to the shaft of an arrow. It is derived from Old French fleche meaning "arrow".
FORD English
Name given to someone who lived by a ford, possibly the official who maintained it.
FOREST English, French
Originally belonged to a person who lived near or in a forest. It was probably originally derived, via Old French forest, from Latin forestam (silva) meaning "outer (wood)".
FORESTER English
Denoted a keeper or one in charge of a forest, or one who has charge of growing timber in a forest (see FOREST).
FORTUNE English
From Middle English, ultimately from Latin fortuna meaning "fortune, luck, chance". This was possibly a nickname for a gambler.
FOSS English
Variant of FOSSE.
FOSSE English, French
Derived from Old French fosse "ditch".
FOSTER (2) English
Occupational name for a scissor maker, derived from Old French forcetier.
FOSTER (3) English
Occupational name for a maker of saddle trees, derived from Old French fustier.
FOSTER (4) English
Nickname given to a person who was a foster-child or foster-parent.
FOWLER English
Occupational name for a fowler or bird-catcher, ultimately derived from Old English fugol meaning "bird".
FOX English
From the name of the animal. It was originally a nickname for a person with red hair or a crafty person.
FRANCIS English
Derived from the given name FRANCIS.
FRANK (1) English
Derived from the given name FRANK (1).
FRANK (2) English
From Old English franc meaning "free".
FRANKLIN English
Derived from Middle English frankelin meaning "freeman". It denoted a landowner of free but not noble birth, from Old French franc meaning "free".
FREEMAN English
Referred to a person who was born free, or in other words was not a serf.
FROST English, German
From Old English and Old High German meaning "frost", a nickname for a person who had a cold personality or a white beard.
FRY English
From Old English frig (a variant of freo) meaning "free".
FRYE English
Variant of FRY.
FULLER English
Occupational name for a fuller, a person who softened and cleaned coarse cloth by pounding it. It is derived via Middle English from Latin fullo.
FULTON English
From the name of the English town of Foulden, Norfolk, meaning "bird hill" in Old English.
GABRIELS English
Derived from the given name GABRIEL.
GABRIELSON English
Means "son of GABRIEL".
GAGE French, English
Occupational name derived either from Old French jauge "measure" (a name for an assayer) or gage "pledge, payment" (a name for a moneylender). Both words were ultimately of Frankish origin.
GARBUTT English
From the given name GERBOLD.
GARDENER English
Occupational surname for one who was a gardener, from Old French jardin meaning "garden" (of Frankish origin).
GAREY English
Variant of GEARY.
GARFIELD English
Means "triangle field" in Old English. A famous bearer was American president James A. Garfield (1831-1881).
GARLAND English
Means "triangle land" from Old English gara and land. It originally belonged to a person who owned a triangle-shaped piece of land.
GARNER (1) English
From Old French gernier meaning "granary", a derivative of Latin granum meaning "grain". This name could refer to a person who worked at a garnary or lived near one.
GARNETT (1) English
Occupational name referring to a person who made hinges, from Old French carne "hinge".
GARNETT (2) English
From a diminutive of the given name GUARIN.
GARRARD English
From the given name GERARD.
GARRETT English
Derived from the given name GERALD or GERARD.
GARROD English
Derived from the given name GERALD.
GARRY English
Variant of GEARY.
GARY English
Variant of GEARY.
GEARY English
Derived from a Norman given name which was a short form of Germanic names starting with the element ger "spear".
GEORGE English
Derived from the given name GEORGE.
GEORGESON English
Means "son of GEORGE".
GIBB English
Derived from the given name GIB.
GIBBS English, Scottish
Means "son of GIB".
GIBSON English, Scottish
Means "son of GIB".
GIFFARD English
Derived from the Germanic given name GEBHARD.
GILBERT English
Derived from the given name GILBERT.
GILES English
From the given name GILES.
GILLIAM English
Variant of WILLIAM. A famous bearer of the name is cartoonist and filmmaker Terry Gilliam (1940-).
GLADWIN English
Derived from the Old English given name GLÆDWINE.
GLASS English, German
From Old English glæs or Old High German glas meaning "glass". This was an occupational name for a glass blower or glazier.
GLAZIER English
Means "glass worker, glazier", from Old English glæs meaning "glass".
GLOVER English
Occupational name for a person who made or sold gloves, from Middle English glovere.
GODDARD English
Derived from the Germanic given name GODEHARD.
GODFREY English
From the Norman given name GODFREY.
GOFFE English
Derived from Breton or Cornish goff meaning "smith", and referred to a metalworker.
GOOD English
From a nickname meaning "good", referring to a kindly person.
GOODE English
Variant of GOOD.
GOODMAN English
Variant of GOOD.
GOODWIN English
Derived from the given name GODWINE.
GORBOLD English
From the given name GERBOLD.
GORE English
From the Old English word gara meaning "a triangular plot of land".
GRANGER English, French
Means "farm bailiff" from Old French grangier, ultimately from Latin granum meaning "grain". It is borne in the Harry Potter novels by Harry's friend Hermione Granger.
GRANT English, Scottish
Derived from Norman French meaning "grand, tall, large, great".
GRANVILLE English
Derived from a Norman place name GRAINVILLE.
GRAVES English
Occupational name for a steward, derived from Middle English greyve, related to the German title Graf.
GRAY English
From a nickname for a person who had grey hair or grey clothes.
GREEN English
Descriptive name for someone who often wore the colour green or someone who lived near the village green.
GREENE English
Variant of GREEN.
GREGORY English
From the given name GREGORY.
GREY English
Variant of GRAY.
GRIFFIN (2) English
Nickname from the mythological beast with body of a lion with head and wings of an eagle. It is ultimately from Greek γρυψ (gryps).
GROVES English
From Old English graf meaning "grove". This originally indicated a person who lived near a grove (a group of trees).
GULLY English
Nickname for a big person, from Middle English golias meaning "giant" (ultimately from GOLIATH, the Philistine warrior who was slain by David in the Old Testament).
HACKETT English
From a diminutive of the medieval byname Hake, which was of Old Norse origin and meant "hook".
HADEN English
From a place name derived from Old English hæþ "heath" and dun "hill".
HAGGARD English
From a nickname meaning "wild, untamed, worn", from Old French, ultimately from a Germanic root.
HAIG English, Scottish
From Old English haga or Old Norse hagi meaning "enclosure, pasture".
HAIGHT English
Topographic name for someone who lived at the top of a hill, derived from Old English heahþu "height, summit".
HAILEY English
Variant of HALEY.
HAINES English
Variant of HAYNES.
HALE English
Derived from Old English halh meaning "nook, recess, hollow".
HALEY English
From the name of an English town meaning "hay clearing", from Old English heg "hay" and leah "clearing".
HALL English, German, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish
Means simply "hall", given to one who either lived in or worked in a hall (the house of a medieval noble).
HAMBLETON English
From various English place names, derived from Old English hamel "crooked, mutilated" and tun "enclosure, yard, town".
HAMILTON English, Scottish
From an English place name, derived from Old English hamel "crooked, mutilated" and dun "hill". This was the name of a town in Leicestershire, England (which no longer exists).
HAMM English
Means "river meadow" in Old English.
HAMMOND English
From the Norman given name HAMO.
HAMPSON English
Means "son of HAMO".
HAMPTON English
From the name of multiple towns in England, derived from Old English ham "home" or ham "water meadow, enclosure" and tun "enclosure, yard, town".
HANCOCK English
From a diminutive of the medieval name HANN.
HANLEY English
From various English place names meaning "high meadow" in Old English.
HANSON English
Means "son of HANN".
HARDEN English
From a place name meaning "hare valley" in Old English.
HARDING English
Derived from the given name HEARD. A famous bearer was American president Warren G. Harding (1865-1923).
HARDWICK English
From Old English heord "herd" and wíc "village, town".
HARDY English, French
From Old French and Middle English hardi meaning "bold, daring", of Germanic origin.
HARFORD English
Habitational name from places called Harford in Gloucestershire and Devon, meaning "hart ford" or "army ford".
HARGRAVE English
Derived from Old English har meaning "grey" and graf "grove".
HARLAND English
From various place names meaning "hare land" in Old English.
HARLEY English
Derived from a place name meaning "hare clearing", from Old English hara "hare" and leah "woodland, clearing".
HARLOW English
Habitational name derived from a number of locations named Harlow, from Old English hær "rock, heap of stones" or here "army", combined with hlaw "hill".
HARMAN English
From the given name HERMAN.
HARMON English
From the given name HERMAN.
HARPER English
Originally belonged to a person who played the harp or who made harps.
HARRELL English
From the given name HAROLD.
HARRELSON English
Means "son of HAROLD". A famous bearer of this surname is the American actor Woody Harrelson (1961-).
HARRIS English
Means "son of HARRY".
HARRISON English
Means "son of HARRY".
HART English
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.
HARTELL English
From various place names derived from Old English heort "hart, male deer" and hyll "hill".
HARVEY English
From the Breton given name Haerviu (see HARVEY).
HATHAWAY English
Habitational name for someone who lived near a path across a heath, from Old English hæþ "heath" and weg "way".
HAWK English
Originally a nickname for a person who had a hawk-like appearance or who acted in a fierce manner, derived from Old English heafoc "hawk".
HAWKING English
From a diminutive of HAWK. A famous bearer was the British physicist Stephen Hawking (1942-2018).
HAWKINS English
From a diminutive of HAWK.
HAYDEN (1) English
From place names meaning either "hay valley" or "hay hill", derived from Old English heg "hay" and denu "valley" or dun "hill".
HAYES (1) English
From various English place names which were derived from Old English hæg meaning "enclosure, fence". A famous bearer was American President Rutherford B. Hayes (1822-1893).
HAYLEY English
Variant of HALEY.
HAYNES English
Patronymic derived from the Norman name HAGANO.
HAYTER English
Name for a person who lived on a hill, from Middle English heyt meaning "height".