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Of uncertain origin. Possibly a form of the German name Erlen
or a Gaelic name meaning "pledge" or "oath".
Location name that refers to a settlement associated with a personal name reduced to Arl-
plus the Anglo-Saxon patronymic element -ing-
then the element -ton
denoting a "settlement"... [more]
English location name with the elements as-
meaning "east" or "ash tree" and -bury
meaning "fortified settlement."
From place names in both Suffolk and Staffordshire derived from an Old English personal name, 'Badda,' possibly meaning "battle" and lee
for a "woodland clearing," therefore meaning someone from "Badda's woodland clearing."
From the English county Bedfordshire and its principal city or from a small community in Lancashire with the same name. The name comes from the Old English personal name Beda
, a form of the name Bede
and the location element -ford
meaning "a crossing at a waterway." Therefore the name indicates a water crossing once associated with a bearer of the medieval name.
Of Latin origin. Due to an early association as a saint's name and a papal name, often said to mean "blessed." Originally the Latin elements are 'bene-' meaning "good" or as an adverb "well" plus '-dict,' meaning "spoken." Thus, the literal meaning is "well spoken." ... [more]
Old English occupational name originally meaning "cup bearer" or "butler" for one who dispensed wine and had charge of the cellar. Eventually the name came to mean the chief servant of a royal or noble household and was replaced by the French language inspired named 'Butler,' akin to the world "bottler".
English habitation name from the elements burh
meaning "stronghold or fortified settlement" and leah
meaning "field or clearing".
An English place name, earlier Byram, from byre
, meaning "farm" and the suffix -ham
meaning "homestead". Famously borne by the aristocratic poet, Lord Byron.
CABELLCatalan, English, German
As a Catalan name, a nickname for "bald" from the Spanish word cabello
. The English name, found primarily in Norfolk and Devon, is occupational for a "maker or seller of nautical rope" that comes from a Norman French word... [more]
Meaning a "worker who makes leggings or breeches". Notable bearer is author Geoffrey
Chaucer (1343-1400), most well known for his classic 'The Canterbury Tales'.
Of uncertain origin. Possibly from Norman French habitation names Chancé or an American adaptation of a German place name of Schanze located on the Upper Rhine. Could also be a short form of Chancellor
From a German name referring to spinning or related to a Yiddish word, krayzl
meaning "spinning top." The name can refer to a potter who spun a wheel to make utensils or to a person with curly hair or someone known for being continually active... [more]
With variant Coley
, can mean "dark" or "blackbird" or it can be a nickname for Nicholas. Colley was used as a surname for generations of students from the same family taught by a teacher over many years in James Hilton's sentimental novel "Goodbye, Mr... [more]
A variant of Collins
, itself a patronymic of given names Collin or Colin, both ultimately nicknames for Nicholas.
From a French word for a military rank of an officer who led a column of regimental soldiers. Could be a nickname for someone with a military bearing or demeanor.
A Sussex, England surname of uncertain meaning. Could be a local pronunciation of Cotter
, meaning "cottage dweller" for a serf in the feudal system allowed to live in a cottage in exchange for labor on the cottage owner's estate.
"A cottage dweller", a name in the feudal system for a serf allowed to live in a cottage in exchange for labor on the cottage owner's estate.
Occupational surname meaning "a worker who prepared leather".
A habitation name in Northumberland of uncertain origin.
Variant of Dufort
meaning "son of the strong" from French de-
, "of" and fort
, "strong". Notable namesake is author Frank
A nickname for one identified with the animal or from a place noted for a sign showing a picture of a wolf. Signs with easily understood pictographs communicated the names of locations in preliterate Europe.
A Scots Gaelic name said to be either an Anglicized version of Dabhóc
that is a pet form of the given name David or a pet form of the given name Caradoc.
An English nickname for a gentle person from the word for a female deer. Originally a female first name transferred to use as a surname. Well known in American law as a hypothetical surname for a person unnamed in legal proceedings, as in Jane Doe or John Doe.
Habitation name from the Old English personal name Ella-
Surname meaning "noble" from edelik
. Notable bearer is professional ice hockey player Matt Elich.
Habitation name from the town of Ewell in Surrey or from Temple Ewell or Ewell Manor, both in Kent or Ewell Minnis near Dover. Originally from Old English Aewill
meaning "river source" or "spring".
Of uncertain origin. The name is found primarily in the southeastern United States, possibly as a variation of Israel or a form of Ezekiel.
A habitation name composed of the elements feld-
, meaning "field or pasture" and -tun
, meaning "settlement."
From a medieval personal name meaning "firm, resolute, strong man." Borne by early saints and bishops. First name variants Firman
. Expressed in Latin as Firminus.
A name originating from Kent, England believed to come from the elements gara
meaning "from a triangular shaped homestead." Compare Gore
Location name combining the elements hall
as in "large house" and lee
meaning "field or clearing."
From an Old English word meaning "home" or "homestead" and a diminutive suffix -lin
Habitation name found especially along the border areas of England and Scotland, from the Old English elements har
meaning "gray" or hara
referring to the animals called "hares" plus wudu
for "wood"... [more]
HENCEGerman, English, Welsh
An American spelling variant of Hentz
derived from a German nickname for Hans
or from an English habitation name found in Staffordshire or Shropshire and meaning "road or path" in Welsh.
The Dutch form is a habitation name for someone who lived in the hout
or "woods" while the German form hoth
is from an occupational name for a maker of hats.
Generally a topographical name for someone who lived on a hill or other high ground. As such Hoyt is related to words such as heights or high. Hoyt is also possibly a nickname for a tall, thin person where the original meaning is said to be "long stick".
The name of a village in Northamptonshire, England from the Celtic name of a local river Ise
and the Anglo-Saxon term for a small settlement or homestead -ham
A nickname for a gentle or malleable person or an occupational name for someone who raised or cared for young sheep. Can take the form Lum
From an Old English word leof
related to love
and in this case meaning "beloved" plus the word man
From the Irish name O'Luanaigh, "descendant of Luanach," a personal name meaning warrior.
Place name for "Munda's ford" from an Old English personal name Munda
, the same element in the second syllable of Edmund
meaning a waterway crossing.
English or Dutch name meaning either "from a low lying area" or from the word Hollander meaning "one from the Netherlands" a country well known for a low lying landscape.
From a village in Lincolnshire, England originally called Orby and later Orreby that is derived from a Scandinavian personal name Orri-
and the Scandinavian place element -by
which means "a farmstead or small settlement."
ORLEYDutch, Flemish, English
A surname of uncertain origin found among the Dutch, Flemish and English. In England the name is primarily found in Yorkshire and Devon. Orley may be an adapted form of a French name D'Orley
or a nickname for Orlando
A place name meaning "pear field" from Old English 'per' with 'lee' or 'lea' meaning a field or clearing, perhaps where land was cleared to cultivate pear trees. Therefore this name denotes someone who lived near or worked at such a location or came from a habitation associated with the name... [more]
Variant of Parley
. This form is found more in northern England, specifically Cumberland and Durham, but is of like derivation.
A nickname for a pious individual from the Middle English form of "priest" or possibly someone employed by a priest. In the Jewish sense, one whose occupation was to iron clothes.
English habitation name in Devon meaning "red woodland clearing".
Location name meaning "clearing or cleared woodland." Communities called Redden include one in Roxburghshire, Scotland and another in Somerset, England. A notable bearer is actor Billy Redden who played the dueling banjoist Lonnie in the 1972 film 'Deliverance.'
A characteristic name for someone noted for being thin.
From elements small
meaning "a small clearing" or as a nickname may refer to a person of happy disposition known for smiling.
Occupational surname meaning a nobleman who served as an attendant to royals or who was awarded land by a king.
Occupational surname meaning a nobleman who served as an attendant to royals or who was awarded land by a king. Variant of Thain
Most famously borne in the pen name of American author and one time Mississippi riverboat pilot Mark Twain (1835-1910), whose real name is Samuel Langhorne Clemens
. The term twain
is an Old English word for "two." The name Mark Twain is derived from a riverboat term meaning a mark of two fathoms depth on a line sunk in the river... [more]
Topographic name for someone living near a dyke or levee. Dykes are common structures for keeping lands dry in the low lying Netherlands. ... [more]
As a French surname refers to someone who lived where alder trees grew. While the English version can mean someone who lived where ferns grew, Verne can also mean a seller of ferns which in medieval times were used in bedding, as floor coverings and as animal feed.
A habitation name of uncertain origin found in the East Midlands. Speculation includes the possibility of the meaning "well" and "burn, borne" therefore meaning one who lived near a well or spring by a waterway crossing.
Surname derived from a northern German short form of the given name Walter.
From a location in Yorkshire, England earlier spelled Woodsome
and meaning "from the houses in the wood" or possibly a patronymic meaning "descendant of a wood cutter or forester."