Submitted Surnames Starting with A
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Derived from aa
, an obsolete spelling of Norwegian å
"small river, stream".
Aab is an Estonian surname, possibly derived from a shortened version of "Aabraham" ("Abraham").
AABY Norwegian, Danish
From a place called Aaby or Åby, from Old Norse á
"small river, stream" and býr
Derived from a place called Ådland, from Old Norse Árland "land by the river".
Aadli is an Estonian surname, derived from "aadel", meaning "nobility".
Aak is an Estonian surname possibly derived from "aaker", meaning "acre".
Aal is an Estonian surname possibly derived from "ala" meaning "field", "area" and "range".
Aam is an Estonian surname meaning "cask" or "tun".
Aamissepp is an Estonian surname meaning "cooper". From "aam" (genitive: "aami", partitive "aami" meaning a "big barrel" and "sepp", meaning "smith".)
Combination of aa
, an obsolete spelling of Norwegian å
"small river, stream" and møte
Äär is an Estonian surname meaning "border" and "boundary".
Aardam is an Estonian surname possibly derived from "Aadam" ("Adam"), the Biblical masculine given name.
The surname Aardema is a patronymic from the personal name Aart, a local variant of Arend, + -ma, a Frisian suffix of origin.
Aare is an Estonian masculine given name and surname meaning "treasure".
Derived from any of the farms so named, from Old Norse á
"river" and hús
Äärma is an Estonian surname derived from "ääremaa" meaning "borderland".
Äärmaa is an Estonian surname meaning "border/boundary land".
Aaronson is a patronymic surname from the personal name Aaron.
Aas is an Estonian surname meaning "lea" or "open grassy area".
Aasjõe is an Estonian surname meaning "meadow/lea water".
Aasmaa is an Estonian surname meaning "grassy (lea) land".
Aassalu is an Estonian surname meaning "lea (open grassy area) grove".
Aavik is an Estonian surname, a variation of "haavik", meaning "aspen forest".
Aaviksoo is an Estonian surname meaning "aspen forest(ed) swamp".
The surname Abjian is a patronymic from Turkish abacι ‘maker or seller of coarse woolen cloth or garments’, from aba ‘coarse woolen cloth’.
Georgian surname used by sculptor Tamar Abakelia and physician Ioseb Abakelia.
This is a last name. Abasyan's were Kings and Queens, having Kingdoms from the years 750-1280.
From an Italian surname coming from the place name Abruzzi in eastern Italy (the modern name is Abruzzo). This place name may derive from the Praetutii, an ancient tribe inhabiting the region.
Means "servant of the anointed (Christ)" from Arabic عبد ال (‘abd al)
meaning "servant of the" and مسيح (masīḥ)
meaning "anointed, Messiah, Christ", used by Arabic-speaking Christians.
ABDUL GAYYOOM Dhivehi
From the given name Abdul Qayyum
. It is borne by current Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayyoom (1959-) and former President Maumoon Abdul Gayyoom (1937-).
Means "son of Abdylday
" from a given name either derived from Arabic Abdullah
or from Arabic عبد ال (ʿabd al)
meaning "servant of the" combined with the Turkish word day
meaning "support, foundation".
literally meaning "worshipper", "adorer", or "devout". May be either a surname or given name.
ABEGG German, German (Swiss)
Topographic name for someone who lived near the corner of a mountain, from German ab
meaning "off" and Egg
, dialect form of Eck(e)
meaning "promontory", "corner".
This name derives from the surname Abelson, meaning "son of Abel." Patronymic.
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of Zarautz.
Derived from a surname. It is the name of a parish in Fife, Scotland, on the northern shore of the Frith of Forth, whence the possessor took his surname; from Aber, marshy ground, a place where two or more streams meet; and cruime or crombie, a bend or crook... [more]
Combination of Swedish å
"small river" and berg
A different form of Abernethy
, which originally meant "person from Abernethy", Perth and Kinross ("confluence of the (river) Nethy"). This was one of the surnames of the Scots who settled in northern Ireland during the ‘plantation’ in the 17th century, and it was brought to the U.S. as the name of a Southern plantation owner.
This name is from the fiords and was given to the people that lived there and mainly were fishermen. Now people that have the last name can be anyware in Latvia (or other country) but most likely had ancestors from the fiords.
Possibly of Hispanic origin. Common in the Taytay region of Palawan.
Derived from Georgian აფხაზი (apxazi)
meaning "Abkhaz person". Alternatively, it may be of Adjarian origin (referring to the Adjara region of Georgia) from the Muslim name Abkhas
derived from Arabic أَب (ʾab)
meaning "father" and خَاصّ (ḵāṣṣ)
Means "Abkhaz person" in Georgian, referring to a member of the Abkhaz ethnic group inhabiting the Black Sea coast. This was the name of a Georgian family of princely status descended from the Shervashidze ruling family of Abkhazia.
Variant spelling of Abulafia
, which was originally a Sephardi Jewish surname of Arabic etymological origin.
Means "father of rouphael
" in Arabic, used especially in Lebanon and the Maghreb region (Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia).
It is a french surname that comes from the french word 'about', meaning "an extremity of a metallic or wooden element or piece." This surname is notably born by the French novelist Edmond François Valentin About... [more]
ABPLANALP German, German (Swiss)
Topographic name for someone living high on a mountainside, from German ab
- "below", "off" + Planalp
"high, flat mountain-meadow".
As a Spanish surname, it was from Spanish ábrego
, which originally meant "African", from Latin africus
. The vocabulary word in modern Spanish has lost this general sense and now means "south wind" (literally, "African (wind)").
ABREO French, Italian
Abreo or its variant Abreu comes from the French Alfred (alf = Elf; fred = conseil). The meaning is wise counselor
Regional name for someone from the Abruzzi, a mountainous region of Italy east of Rome (cf. ABRUZZO
Regional name for someone from the Abruzzi, a mountainous region of Italy east of Rome (cf. ABRUZZESE
Absher comes from either the German surname Habich
, which comes from the surname hawk
. Literally meaning someone who had hawk-like features.
ABSTON English (British)
The surname Abston is of an uncertain origin. Perhaps from an English place name, but not now recorded in England as a surname. One possibility is Abson near Bristol, earlier Abston; another is Adstone in Northamptonshire, which is named from an Old English personal name Ættīn + Old English tūn ‘settlement’.
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
ABUNDIS Spanish (Mexican)
The surname Abundis is patronymic from the Old Spanish personal name Abundio, ultimately from Latin abundus ‘abundant’, ‘plentiful’.
Possibly of Spanish and/or Portuguese origin and possibly a derivative of Albuquerque.
ABURAYA Japanese (Rare)
Made with (Abura) 油 "Oil", and 谷 (Ya) "Valley". Shigeru Aburaya is a notable bearer; he specializes in marathon running, and long-distance running in general.
From Latin accola
‘neighbor’, ‘inhabitant’ (from Latin accolere
'to live near'). Accola
also meant 'tenant' or 'farmer' in Medieval Latin, which is likely the definition of the word that this name comes from.
ACE English, Norman, Medieval French
The surname Ace's origin is from a Norman and Old French personal name, Ace, Asse, from Germanic Frankish origin Azzo, Atso, a pet form of personal names containing adal ‘noble’ as a first element.
"steel, steelworker" (from Late Latin aciarium
), an occupational name for a metal worker or an armorer.
Topographic name for someone who lived by a spring or stream, from Old High German aha meaning "running water".
Means "son of Achak" in Pashto, from the name Achak
(referring to Achak Khan, the grandson of Barak Khan, the founder of the Barakzai
tribe) combined with Pashto زوی (zoy)
meaning "son (of)"... [more]
Habitational name from places in Hesse and Westphalia named Achenbach, from the obsolete word Ach or Ache (from Middle High German ahe meaning "water", "stream") + Bach meaning "brook".
ACHIO Spanish (Latin American)
Possibly derived from the town, Achio, near Guadalajara in Mexico. The name itself is probably from the Nahuatl achio
Derived from Turkish açık
meaning "open, opened" and göz
The ancient history of the Ackles name begins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the family resided in Eccles which was in both Norfolk and a parish near Manchester.
From an Old English surname: a place name which meant "Oak meadow". A variation of this is: "dwells at the oak tree meadow". ... [more]
Topographic name from northern Middle English ake
"oak" and royd
From an Italian place name meaning "running water, spring", literally "living water".
Habitational name from a place in Cosenza province named Acri.
ACTON English, Northern Irish
"Oak Town" in Old English. Parishes in Cheshire, Suffolk, Middlesex. There is also a place that bears this name in Ulster.
ACUNA Spanish (Latin American)
Related tho the Acuna Indians of Mexico, there is also a city by the name. Popular in border areas of Mexico and Texas.
Adachi is variously written,but the kanji commonly used literally means "Foot" and/ or "Stand".
A means "Leg, Limb, Step", Dachi comes from Tachi, meaning "Stand", Hara means "Plain". A notable bearer is Kenji Adachihara, a football player. I have posted kanji in the 'native spelling' spot.
Mostly Scottish surname meaning "at the oak ford".
ADAMSKI Polish, Jewish
Originally denoted someone who came from the Polish village Adamy, a Polish village Adamowo, the Polish village Adamki, or the Belorussian city Adamki. These locations are derived from the given name ADAM
Habitational name from any of various places named in Old English as Eaddingtun 'settlement associated with Eadda' or Æddingtun 'settlement associated with Æddi'.
ADERS German (Silesian)
Variation of Eders, a topographic name for someone who lived on a patch of bare, uncultivated land, from Middle High German (o)ed(e) 'wasteland'. It may also be a habitational name from any of the numerous places named with this element.
ADI Hebrew (Rare)
Means "jewel; ornament" in Hebrew, this is more common as a given name than a surname.
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.
A famous bearer of this surname is Aritz Aduriz, a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Athletic Bilbao as a striker.
ADVANI Sindhi, Indian
Sindhi Hindu surname meaning "descendant of Adu
", most likely referring to the name of a past ancestor of the clan.
Aed is an Estonian surname meaning "garden".
Aedma is an Estonian surname derived from "aed", meaning "garden", or "aedmaasikas" meaning "strawberry".
Aesoo is an Estonian surname possibly taken from the location of the village of the same name in Pärnu County.
Means "son of the effendi", derived from the Ottoman title افندي (efendi)
meaning "lord, master".
AFFLECK Galician, Scottish
Variation of Auchinleck, a town near Dundee, Scotland... Ben & Casey Affleck are famous bearers of the name. Auchinleck appears to have been one of those places where the ancient Celts and Druids held conventions, celebrated their festivals, and performed acts of worship... [more]
AFGHANZADA Persian, Afghani
Means "son of the Afghan", from Pashto and Persian افغان (afǧân)
referring to an inhabitant of Afghanistan or a member of the Pashtun ethnic group combined with the Persian suffix زاده (-zâde)
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous municipality.
Old (6th century derived) Iberian surname, associated with the first dynasty and King of Portugal, Afonso Henriques. The surname was used by all the subsequent illegitimate children of that dynastic line.
Țaga is a commune and village in Cluj County, Romania.
Agarmaa is an Estonian surname meaning "busy/industrious land".
AGASSI Armenian, Persian, Italian
The surname Agassi most likely evolved from a nickname for someone resembling a mappie, perhaps jokingly referred to as chattering or nagging person. ... [more]
AGATA Japanese (Rare)
I'm not sure how the surname is written, but in general, the word (Agata) written as this: 県, can rather mean "Prefecture", or "County, Countryside, Subdivision, District". The source is in the notes.
AGATE English (British)
From Middle English gate
, meaning a "gate" or "street", denoting a person who lived near a major city gate or street.
AGATSUMA Japanese (Rare)
上 (Aga) "Upper, Above" and 妻 (Tsuma) "Wife, Spouse". A notable bearer with this surname is Hiromitsu Agatsuma, a musician. The source is in the notes.
阿 (A) means "Nook, Flatter, Corner" and 川 (Kawa) meaning "Stream, River". One notable bearer is Sawako Agawa, who is a celebrity and a writer.
AGBAJE Nigerian, Yoruba
Meaning unknown. A bearer is Adewale
Akinnuoye-Agbaje (1967-), an English actor and model of Yoruba Nigerian descent.