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Sephardi Jewish surname from Arabic أبو العافية (Abū l-ʿāfiya)
, a combination of أبو (abū)
meaning "father (of)", اَل (al)
"the", and عافية (ʿāfiya)
"health, wellbeing" (see the given name Aafia
ACHAKZAI Pashto, Pakistani, Afghani
Means "son of Achak
", a combination of Achak
(referring to Achak Khan, the grandson of Barak Khan, the founder of the Barakzai
tribe) and Pashto زوی (zoy)
meaning "son (of)". The Achakzai are a Pashtun tribe near the Pakistani-Afghanistani border, though most reside in Pakistan.
Means "son of the Afghan", from the Pashto and Persian exonym افغان (afǧân)
referring to an inhabitant of Afghanistan or a member of the Pashtun ethnic group combined with the Persian suffix زاده (-zâde)
From the given name Ahmad
combined with the Persian suffix -زاده (-zâde)
Means "son of Ahmad", from the given name Ahmad
combined with Pashto زوی (zoy)
meaning "son". This is the name of a Pashtun Wazir tribe in Pakistan and a Ghilji tribe in Afghanistan.... [more]
AÏT Berber, Northern African
Derived from Tamazight ⴰⵢⵜ (aït)
meaning "son", also commonly used a component for compound names and surnames.
ALAKOZAI Pashto, Afghani
Means "son of Alako
", a combination of Alako
(referring to the son of King Zirak Khan) and Pashto زوی (zoy)
meaning "son (of)". The Alakozai are a Pashtun tribe in Afghanistan.
ALAM Bengali (Muslim), Indian (Muslim), Hindi, Pakistani, Urdu, Arabic, Indonesian, Afghani
Means "flag, banner, emblem", derived from the Arabic علم ('alam)
ALAMI Arabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from Arabic عَلِيم (ʿalīm)
meaning "knowing, learned, education" (see Alim
), mainly used in a religious context.
ALAOUI Arabic (Maghrebi)
Maghrebi (Moroccan) form of Alawi
meaning "descendants of Ali
". This surname usually refers to the descendants of the Moroccan Alaouite dynasty/royal family founded in 1631. In 2014, this was the second most common surname in Morocco.
ALGERIE Arabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from the French Algérie
meaning "Algeria" (referring directly to the country itself). It also refers to someone from Annaba, Algeria.
Means "the Ghamd", referring to a member of the Ghamd tribe of Saudi Arabia.
ALHAMBRA Filipino, Spanish
From the Spanish alhambra
which in turn is derived from Arabic الْحَمْرَاء (Al-Ḥamrā)
meaning "the red one", ultimately from the Arabic أَحْمَر (ʾaḥmar)
From the given name Ali (1)
combined with the Persian suffix زاده (-zâde)
ALIZAI Pashto, Afghani, Pakistani
Means "descendants of Ali
"; from the given name Ali
combined with the Pashto زوی (zoy)
meaning "son (of)". The Alizai are a Pashtun tribe in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Means "the Qahtani
" in Arabic, referring to a member of the Qahtanite people from the southern Arabian Peninsula and Yemen.
AL SAUD Arabic
From Arabic سُعُود (suʿūd)
, the verbal noun form of سَعَدَ (saʿada)
meaning "to be fortunate, to be propitious". This is the name of the House of Saud (آل سعود), the ruling Royal Family of Saudi Arabia... [more]
Means "the Shehri", referring to a member of the Shehri tribe of Saudi Arabia.
From Arabic الثاني (althani)
meaning "the second". This is the family name of the House of Thani, the ruling family of Qatar.
From the Arabic زهراني (zahran)
meaning "flowering, blossoming"; ultimately from زَهْرَة (zahra)
meaning "flower, blossom" (see Zahrah
). This surname is prevalent in Saudi Arabia.
AMIDANE Northern African, Arabic (Maghrebi)
Meaning unknown; used by the native Sahrawi people of the disputed region of Western Sahara. Two known bearers are El Wali Amidane (1986-) and Elkouria Amidane (1985-), both Sahrawi human rights activists.
Derived from the Ancient Greek name Andronikos
. This was the surname of an important family in Georgia that contributed to politics and military, before the seizure of the country by Russia.
ARFAOUI Arabic (Maghrebi)
Possibly from Arabic عَرَفَ (ʿarafa)
meaning "to know" or أَرْفَع (ʾarfaʿ)
meaning "high, lofty, elevated" (chiefly Tunisian).
ARORA Indian, Hindi, Punjabi, Indian (Sikh), Sindhi
Hindu and Sikh name derived from اروهڙ (Aror)
, the name of the former capital of Sindh, India (now a part of Pakistan and known as روهڙي (Rohri)
). The name itself is derived from the Hindi and Punjabi Aur
meaning "someone else", used by the past Aroras to escape persecution.
Topographic surname denoting someone who dwelled by an ash tree, from Middle English asche
"ash tree" combined with the suffix -er
ASHIQ Pakistani, Punjabi, Urdu
From Arabic عَاشِق (ʿāšiq)
meaning "in love with, enamored, infatuated" or "admirer, lover, adorer", ultimately from عِشْق (ʿišq)
"being in love".
ASHKENAZI Hebrew, Jewish
From the name of a kingdom referenced in the Hebrew Bible named Ashkenaz
, also used to refer to Jews living in Europe or Slavic countries. The name itself is mostly likely derived from Assyrian Aškūza
, in turn, the Assyrians probably based the name off of that of the Scythians.
AZOULAY Judeo-Spanish, Northern African
Sephardic Jewish surname with a disputed meaning; it may be derived from French azur
or Spanish azul
both meaning "blue" (ultimately from Persian لاجورد (lâjvard)
), from Tamazight izîl
meaning "good, pure, sublime", or from an acronym of the Hebrew Biblical passage אִשָּׁ֨ה זֹנָ֤ה וַחֲלָלָה֙ לֹ֣א יִקָּ֔חוּ (’iš-šāh zō-nāh wa-ḥă-lā-lāh lō yiq-qā-ḥū)
meaning "They shall not take a wife that is a whore, or profane".
From বাংলা (Bangla)
, the endonym of the Bengali people, the region of Bengal (including Bangladesh), and the Bengali language. The word itself is derived either from Vanga
, the name of an ancient kingdom on the Indian subcontinent, or from an Austric word meaning "sun god".
BARAKZAI Pashto, Afghani, Pakistani
Means "sons of Barak
"; a combination of the given name Barak
and Pashto زوی (zoy)
meaning "son (of)". The Barakzai are a Pashtun tribe in Afghanistan my Pakistan.
BARON English, French
From the title of nobility, derived from Middle English & Old French baron
(ultimately of Germanic origin). Instead of referring to someone of rank, this surname referred to a service in a baronial household or a peasant with ideas above their station... [more]
From Old French basset
, which is a diminutive of basse
meaning "low, short". It was either used as a nickname for a short person or someone of humble origins.
BEIFONG Popular Culture
Surname of Toph from the American TV show "Avatar: The Last Airbender". Could be derived from the Chinese word "北方 (Běifāng)" meaning "north".
BEKHTI Arabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from Arabic بخت (bakht)
"fortune, chance" (see the Persian name Bakhtiar
); mainly found in Algeria. A notable bearer is Leïla
Bekhti (1984-), a French actress of Algerian origin.
BELHADJ Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "son of the pilgrim", from Arabic حَاجّ (ḥājj)
meaning "pilgrim" (chiefly Algerian and Tunisian). It mainly refers to a Muslim who has embarked on the Hajj to Mecca.
Derived from Russian белый (belyy)
meaning "white, fair".
BEN Arabic (Maghrebi)
Maghrebi variant of Arabic بْن (bn)
, a form of اِبْن (ibn)
meaning "son (of), offspring". It is often used as a prefix for other Maghrebi patronymic names (such as Benali
"son of Ali
" or Ben Amor
"son of Amor
BEN ALI Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "son of Ali
"; mainly used in Tunisia. A famous bearer is Zine El Abidine Ben Ali (1936-), the former and second president of Tunisia.
BEN HADJ Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "son of the pilgrim"; the title Hadj
refers to a Muslim who has successfully completed the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia. This surname is mainly found in Tunisia.
BENNANI Arabic (Maghrebi)
Meaning unknown; mainly found in Morocco. A notable bearer is Princess Lalla Salma
of Morocco (1978–), born as Salma Bennani.
Possibly derived from the given name Beshim. A known bearer is Bakyt Beshimov, the deputy chairman of the Social Democratic Party of Kyrgyzstan.
Habitual surname for someone from Bingley in West Yorkshire, derived either from the given name Bynna
or the Old English element bing
meaning "hollow" and leah
meaning "woodland clearing"... [more]
From the Old French word blund
which means "blonde, fair". It also coincides with the Middle English word blunt
meaning "dull". A famous bearer is Emily Blunt, a British actress.
BONIADI Persian (Rare)
Most likely derived from Persian بنياد (Bonīād)
, the name of a village in the Bushehr Province of Iran. A notable bearer is Iranian-American actress Nazanin
BOUCHAREB Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "father of the moustache" or "father of the drinker", from the Arabic بو (bu)
"father (of)" and شَارِب (šārib)
meaning "drinking, drinker" or "moustache". It is mainly found in Algeria.
BOUHIRED Arabic (Maghrebi)
Meaning unknown. A notable bearer is Djamila
Bouhired (1935-), an Algerian militant and nationalist who opposed the French rule over Algeria.
BOUTELLA Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "father of the mountain, father of the hill", from Arabic أَبُو (ʾabū)
meaning "father" and تَلّ (tall)
"hill, foothill" (chiefly Algerian).... [more]
BUTT Pakistani, Punjabi, Urdu
Most likely derived from the Sanskrit भटट (bhatt)
meaning "scholar". This particular spelling is more common among Punjabis and Pakistanis.
CALDERA Spanish, Spanish (Latin American)
Derived from Spanish caldera
meaning "basin, crater, hollow"; ultimately from Latin caldarium, caldaria
meaning "hot bath, cooking pot". In the English language, the word caldera
also denotes a depression in volcanoes... [more]
Turkish surname derived from the elements can
meaning "spirit", "life", or "heart" and demir
CASAGRANDE Spanish, Italian
From the Spanish & Italian words casa
meaning "house" and grande
meaning "big"; literally means "big house".
CHAKRABORTY Indian, Bengali, Assamese
Means "ruler of a country" or "emperor"; from Sanskrit चक्र (cakrá)
meaning "wheel, circle" combined with वर्तते (vártate)
meaning "to turn, to roll". The name literally means "turning wheels" or "rolling wheels", but metaphorically denotes a ruler whose chariot's wheels roll everywhere without hindrance or obstruction.
Means "gardener", from Persian چمن (čaman)
meaning "lawn, meadow, orchard" combined with آرا (ârâ)
"to arrange, to decorate".
English form of Chappell
. Derived from the Old French word chape
meaning "cape", "hooded cloak" or "hat". This surname is for a person who makes hats / capes or a wearer of hats and / or capes... [more]
From the name of the village of Chaṭṭa
combined with the Sanskrit उपाध्याय (upadhyaya)
"teacher, instructor, priest".
From the Sino-Korean 天 (cheon)
meaning "sky, heavens, celestial" or 千 (cheon)
meaning "thousand, many".
CHERKAOUI Arabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from Arabic شَرْقِيّ (šarqiyy)
meaning "eastern", denoting someone who comes from the east (chiefly Moroccan).
CHERNENKO Ukrainian, Russian
From Ukrainian чорний (chorniy)
or Russian черный (cherniy)
meaning "black". Though this surname originates from Ukraine, it is also used in Russia.
CIRCELLI Sicilian, Italian
Derived from the Sicilian word circedda, circeddu, circhetta
meaning "hoop earring". It was used as a surname to describe someone who wore hoop earrings.
From Old French corteis, curteis
which means "courteous, polite". It could also serve as a habitual surname for people from Cortes in Spain or Portugal.
COULIBALY Western African, Manding
Meaning uncertain. One popular folk etymology suggests that it is derived from Bambara kulun-bari
meaning "without a canoe", referring to someone who crossed a river or other body of water without the use of a canoe... [more]
D'ARTAGNAN French, Literature
Surname given to a person from Artagnan, France. It is also used by Charles de Batz-Castelmore d'Artagnan, the captain of the Musketeers from the novel, "The Three Musketeers".
From a title denoting a Sufi ascetic, from the Persian word درویش (darviš)
meaning "poor, needy".
DAVINE Irish (Anglicized)
Anglicized form of Irish Ó Duibhín
meaning "descendant of Duibhín" (Duibhín meaning "little black one") or Ó Daimhín
meaning "descendant of Daimhín" (Daimhín: "fawn").
DAWLATZAI Pashto, Afghani
Means "descendants of Dawlat
"; a combination of the given name Dawlat
and Pashto زوی (zoy)
meaning "son (of)". The Dawlatzai is a Pashtun sub-tribe of the Tanoli
inhabiting eastern Afghanistan.
Meaning uncertain. Probably a habitual surname for someone from Deaux in Gare.
Derived from Germanic depp
which is a nickname for a joker (person who plays jokes on others). A notable bearer is Johnny Depp, an American actor.
DE SOUZA Portuguese
Means "of Sousa" in Portuguese, referring to the River Sousa flowing through northern Portugal. The word Sousa
itself is derived from the Latin saxa, saxum
meaning "stone, rock". The surname is more commonly used in Brazil and Portuguese-speaking African countries today.
DEVI Indian, Hindi, Punjabi, Assamese, Telugu, Bengali, Tamil, Malayalam, Odia
From Sanskrit देवी (devī́)
meaning "goddess, female deity" (see the given name Devi
). It is used as a surname by women who did not originally have a family name. In 2014, this was the second most common surname in the world and the most common in several Indian states.
DEY Indian, Bengali, Assamese, Odia
Either a variant or Dev
meaning "deity, god" (from the Sanskrit देव (devá)
) or derived from the Sanskrit deya
meaning "suitable for a gift".
DHAR Indian, Bengali
Most likely from Bengali ধার (dhāra)
meaning "credit"; ultimately from Sanskrit उद्धार (uddhara)
"deliverance, salvation, release".
DJAZAIRI Arabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from Arabic الجزائر (al-Jazā’ir)
meaning "the islands", referring to the country of Algeria or referring to an Algerian person. This surname could be used to refer to someone from the city of Algiers, or just a general Algerian person.
Means "diamond"; derived from Tibetan. The Dorji are a prominent and powerful family in Bhutan, with some members having been monarchs or holders of government positions. In 2014, this was the most common surname in Bhutan.