Browse Submitted Surnames
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Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
ABDUL GAYYOOM Dhivehi
From the Arabic name Abdul Qayyum
(عبد القيوم) meaning "servant of the eternal". This is borne by current Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayyoom (1959-) and former President Maumoon Abdul Gayyoom (1937-).
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.
Derived from Turkish açık
meaning "open, opened" and göz
Most likely from the given name Adlei
, itself derived from Arabic عَادِل (ʿādil)
meaning "fair, just", combined with Abkhaz аҧа (āpā)
meaning "son". Alternatively, it could be from a Georgian word denoting a measure of length equal to approximately one metre, which would therefore have made it a nickname for a short person.
ADVANI Sindhi, Indian
Sindhi Hindu surname meaning "descendant of Adu
", most likely referring to the name of a past ancestor of the clan.
Means "son of the effendi", from the Ottoman title افندي (efendi)
meaning "lord, master", of Greek origin.
AFGHANZADA Afghani, Persian
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)
AGBAJE Nigerian, Yoruba
Meaning unknown. A bearer is Adewale
Akinnuoye-Agbaje (1967-), an English actor and model of Yoruba Nigerian descent.
Most likely derived from Abkhaz агыруа (ā́gər-uā)
meaning "Mingrelian, farm labourer, serf", historically used to refer to the Mingrelians, an ethic sub-group of the Georgians. Alternatively, it could be from Abkhaz агара (āgārā)
meaning "to take" or "to bring"... [more]
Russified form of an Ossetian surname possibly meaning “colourless fire”.
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]
From the Sino-Korean 安 (ān)
meaning "calm, peaceful, tranquil, quiet".
As a Finnish surname, it is derived from Finnish aho
"glade", "forest clearing". It was also formerly a popular ornamental name in Northern Finland, especially among Swedes living there. It is now a 'protected' surname in Finland, which means someone may only bear it via birthright or marriage.... [more]
AÏT Berber, Northern African
Derived from Tamazight ⴰⵢⵜ (aït)
meaning "son", also commonly used a component for compound names and surnames.
AKBAR Pakistani, Bengali (Muslim), Indonesian, Indian (Muslim), Afghani, Arabic, Persian
From the given name Akbar
, itself derived from the Arabic أَكْبَر (’akbar)
"greater, greatest", the elative degree of كَبِير (kabīr)
"big, large, great". It is most widely used in the Islamic takbir: الله أكبر (Allāhu Akbar)
meaning "God is the greatest".
Derived from Abkhaz akhba
meaning "elder" or аб (āb)
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.
Russified form of an Ossetian name derived from Loir
, the name of a village in present-day North Ossetia-Alania.
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)
Means "descendant of Ali” from the given name Ali (1)
combined with 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 Arabic زهراني (zahran)
meaning "flowering, blossoming"; ultimately from زَهْرَة (zahra)
"flower, blossom" (see Zahrah
AMARI Japanese (Rare)
From Japanese 甘 (ama)
meaning "sweet" combined with 利 (ri)
meaning "profit, benefit".
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.
From Japanese 安 (an)
meaning "calm, peaceful" combined with 西 (sai)
meaning "west", 斎 (sai)
meaning "worship, religious meals", or 済 (sai)
meaning "settle, finish".
From Japanese 新 (ara)
meaning "new" or 荒 (ara)
meaning "rough, wild" combined with 井 (i)
Means "son of silver" from Abkhaz араʒны (ārāʒnə)
"silver" and аҧа (āpā)
ARFAOUI Arabic (Maghrebi)
Possibly from Arabic عَرَفَ (ʿarafa)
meaning "to know" or أَرْفَع (ʾarfaʿ)
meaning "high, lofty, elevated" (chiefly Tunisian).
ARORA Indian, Hindi, Punjabi, 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 Rohri). The name itself is derived from Hindi and Punjabi Aur
meaning "someone else", used by the past Aroras to escape persecution.
Most likely from a contracted form of Arabic أَرْشَد (ʾaršad)
meaning "most sensible, most reasonable" or Persian ارشد (arshad)
"senior, superior, eldest" combined with Abkhaz аԥа (āpā)
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.
Possibly from Abkhaz ашә (āš°)
meaning "cheese" or "beech" or ашәа (āš°ā)
Derived from Astana
, the name of the capital city of Kazakhstan. Its name is derived from Persian آستانه (âstâne)
From Georgian ავი (avi)
meaning "currish, severe, sullen" combined with ძე (dze)
"son" and Abkhaz аԥа (āpā)
"son". The name was most likely borne by Georgians under the spelling Avidze, which was modified with the Abkhaz suffix -ba
after migration to Abkhazia.
AZOULAY Judeo-Spanish, Northern African
Sephardic Jewish surname of disputed meaning; it may be derived from French azur
or Spanish azul
both meaning "blue" (of Persian origin), 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".
Means "riding ground" in Japanese from 馬 (ba)
"horse" combined with 場 (ba)
"place, ground, field".
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".
From Aramaic בְּרָא (b'rā)
meaning "son, child" or Hebrew בָּר (bar)
meaning "grain, cereal".
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]
Means "of Bar", referring to the city of Bar in the Vínnitsya Oblast.
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.
Tagalog Filipino surname meaning "iron stone", from Tagalog bato
"stone" combined with bakal
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.
BENZEMA Arabic (Maghrebi)
This is the surname of French professional footballer Karim Benzema who is of Algerian descent.
From the name of a village located in the Piedmont province in Italy. A notable bearer is Pope Francis (born Jorge Mario Bergoglio), the current Pope of the Catholic Church.
Possibly derived from the given name Beshim. A known bearer is Bakyt Beshimov, the deputy chairman of the Social Democratic Party of Kyrgyzstan.
Russified form of an Ossetian name from Ossetian бистэ (biste)
meaning "village, suburb". Alternatively, it could be derived from Persian به (beh)
meaning "good, excellent, better"... [more]
BIELINSKI Polish, Jewish
Habitual surname for someone from Bielin in Volhynia or Bielina, Bielino, or Bieliny in Poland.
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.
BOUHOUCHE Arabic (Maghrebi)
Most likely from Arabic أَبُو (ʾabū)
meaning "father" and حَوْش (ḥawš)
meaning "courtyard, enclosure, farm" (chiefly Algerian).
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]
BULSARA Indian (Parsi), Marathi, Telugu, Gujarati
Indian Parsi surname derived from the name of the Indian city of Bulsar (today known as Valsad), which was a center for Zoroastrianism in the 17th century. A famous bearer of the surname was Farrokh Bulsara (also known by his stage name Freddie Mercury; 1946-1991), a British singer and songwriter.