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AA Norwegian
Derived from aa, an obsolete spelling of Norwegian å "small river, stream".
AAB Estonian
Aab is an Estonian surname, possibly derived from a shortened version of "Aabraham" ("Abraham").
AABERG Danish, Norwegian
Danish and Norwegian cognate of ÅBERG.
AABY Norwegian, Danish
From a place called Aaby or Åby, from Old Norse á "small river, stream" and býr "farm".
Variant spelling of the surname Acker.
AADLAND Norwegian
Derived from a place called Ådland, from Old Norse Árland "land by the river".
AADLI Estonian
Aadli is an Estonian surname, derived from "aadel", meaning "nobility".
AAK Estonian
Aak is an Estonian surname possibly derived from "aaker", meaning "acre".
AAL Estonian
Aal is an Estonian surname possibly derived from "ala" meaning "field", "area" and "range".
AALI Arabic
Derived from the given name Aali.
AAM Estonian
Aam is an Estonian surname meaning "cask" or "tun".
AAMIR Pakistani
From the given name Aamir.
Aamissepp is an Estonian surname meaning "cooper". From "aam" (genitive: "aami", partitive "aami" meaning a "big barrel" and "sepp", meaning "smith".)
AAMODT Norwegian
Combination of aa, an obsolete spelling of Norwegian å "small river, stream" and møte "meeting".
AANENSON English (American, Anglicized)
Anglicized form of rare Norwegian surname Ånundson meaning "son of ÅNUND".
ÄÄR Estonian
Äär is an Estonian surname meaning "border" and "boundary".
AARDAM Estonian
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 Estonian
Aare is an Estonian masculine given name and surname meaning "treasure".
Aarelaid is an Estonian surname meaning "treasure islet".
ÄÄREMAA Estonian
Ääremaa is an Estonian surname meaning "borderland".
AARHUS Norwegian
Derived from any of the farms so named, from Old Norse á "river" and hús "house, farmstead".
Äärismaa is an Estonian surname meaning "edge/border land".
ÄÄRMA Estonian
Äärma is an Estonian surname derived from "ääremaa" meaning "borderland".
ÄÄRMAA Estonian
Äärmaa is an Estonian surname meaning "border/boundary land".
AARONS English
Means "Son of Aaron."
Aaronson is a patronymic surname from the personal name Aaron.
ÄÄRT Estonian
Äärt is an Estonian surname meaning "edge".
AAS Norwegian, Danish
Variant spelling of ÅS.
AAS Estonian
Aas is an Estonian surname meaning "lea" or "open grassy area".
AASALA Estonian
Aasala is an Estonian surname meaning "meadow area".
AASEN Norwegian
Means "the ridge" in Norwegian. Definite singular form of AAS.
AASJÕE Estonian
Aasjõe is an Estonian surname meaning "meadow/lea water".
AASKIVI Estonian
Aaskivi is an Estonian surname meaning "meadow/lea stone".
AASLAID Estonian
Aaslaid is an Estonian surname meaning "meadow/lea islet".
AASMAA Estonian
Aasmaa is an Estonian surname meaning "grassy (lea) land".
AASMETS Estonian
Aasmets is an Estonian surname meaning "meadow forest".
AASSALU Estonian
Aassalu is an Estonian surname meaning "lea (open grassy area) grove".
AASTALU Estonian
Aastalu is an Estonian surname meaning "lea/meadow farm".
AAVIK Estonian
Aavik is an Estonian surname, a variation of "haavik", meaning "aspen forest".
Aaviksoo is an Estonian surname meaning "aspen forest(ed) swamp".
AAVISTE Estonian
Aaviste is an Estonian surname relating to "aspen".
AAZIZ Arabic
Variant of Aziz.
Of unknown meaning, predominantly used in Jordan.
ABAEV Ossetian, Uzbek, Kazakh, Turkmen
Possibly derived from Proto-Turkic *bāj meaning “rich, noble”.
ABAJIAN Armenian
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.
Means "son of Abakum", Abakum being a Russian form of Ambakoum.
Russian surname
At or near a barrow or tumulus.
ABASYAN Armenian
This is a last name. Abasyan's were Kings and Queens, having Kingdoms from the years 750-1280.
ABAZA Arabic (Egyptian)
Refers to a member of the Abkhaz or Abazin (Abaza) ethnic groups of the Caucasus.
ABBETT English
Variant of Abbott.
ABBOT English
Variant of Abbott.
An English surname meaning "Son of Abbot"
Derived from a nickname for any name beginning with Abdul.... [more]
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.
ABBS English
Derived from the given name Abel.
ABDELLAHI Western African, Wolof
From the given name Abdellah (chiefly Mauritanian).
ABDELLAOUI Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "relating to Abdellah" in Arabic (chiefly Algerian and Moroccan).
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.
From the given name Abd al-Nur meaning "servant of the light".
Means "Servant of the Sustainer" in Arabic.
Maltese form of Abd Allah.
From the given name Abdollah.
ABDULATIPOV Dagestani, Avar, Uzbek
From the given name Abdulatip, itself derived from the Arabic name Abd al-Latif. A notable bearer is Ramzan Abdulatipov (1946-), the current Head of the Republic of Dagestan in Russia.
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-).
ABDULIN Uzbek, Kazakh
From the given name Abdullah.
Derived from the given name Abd al-Karim.
Possibly an Islamic male name or surname as well as Nigerian.
ABDULLAYEV Uzbek, Azerbaijani
Variant transcription of Abdullaev.
ABDULLIN Tatar, Bashkir, Uzbek, Kazakh
From the given name Abdullah.
Means "son of Abdullo".
Abd "slave/servant", Al Rafi "The Exaulted" as in God
Son of the Abduš.
Means "son of Abdykadyr", from a variant of the Arabic name Abd al-Qadir.
Means "son of Abdykerim", derived from the Arabic name Abd al-Karim.
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".
ABEBE Amharic, Ethiopian
Means "flower" in Amharic.
ABED Iranian
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".
ĀBELE Latvian
Means "apple tree".
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]
ÅBERG Swedish
Combination of Swedish å "small river" and berg "mountain".
ABERGEL Judeo-Spanish, Northern African
Sephardic Jewish surname meaning "one-legged" or "one-footed", derived from Arabic رِجْل (rijl) meaning "leg, foot".
ABERLINE English (Australian, Rare, ?)
Possibly from a place name derived from Gaelic aber meaning "(river) mouth" and an uncertain second element.
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.
ABERS Latvian
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.
ABES English
This is likely derived from the given name Abe(1).
ABES Filipino
Possibly of Hispanic origin. Common in the Taytay region of Palawan.
English surname meaning "executioner"
Arabic surname meaning "son of Dawud".
ABIKO Japanese
This surname is made with 安 (A) "Peaceful, Cheap, Rested, Low" ... [more]
Means "apple farm."
ABIOYE Nigerian
From the given name Abioye.
Means "Father of Brown" - comes from AbouSamra, which means "Son of Brown."
ABKE American (Rare)
Abke is an Americanized version of an unknown German surname.... [more]
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 or Abhas derived from Arabic أَب (ʾab) meaning "father" and خَاصّ (ḵāṣṣ) "special, particular".
ABKHAZI Georgian
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.
ABLET Uyghur
From the given name Ablet.
ABO Japanese (Rare)
阿 A ("Nook") and Bo for "Protect".
Meaning unknown.
Means "clover".
ĀBOLS Latvian
Means "apple".
Derived from the word āboliņš meaning "clover".
ABOUELKASSEM Arabic (Egyptian, Rare)
Rare Egyptian form of Abo al-Qassem. A notable bearer is Alaaeldin Abouelkassem (1990–), an Egyptian fencer.
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).
ABOUT French
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".
Variant transcription of Abrahamyan.
Means "son of Abraham".
Means "son of Abraham".
ABRAMCZYK Polish, Jewish, Belarusian
Derived from the given name ABRAHAM.
ABRAMOV Russian, Jewish
Means "son of Abram".
Other form of Abramov
Means "son of Abram."
ABREGO Spanish
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.... [more]
ABRESCH German, Dutch, Jewish
From a pet form of the Biblical name Abraham.
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).
ABSALOM English, Jewish
Derived from the given name ABSALOM.
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’.
Means "son of Abu Bakr".
ABULAFIA Judeo-Spanish
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’.
ABUQUE Filipino
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.
ABURTO Basque, Spanish, Spanish (Mexican)
The surname Aburto is a topographic name from Basque aburto ‘place of kermes oaks’, from abur ‘kermes oak’ + the locative suffix -lo.
ABYSSUM American
Means "Abyss" in Latin.
ACAMPORA Italian, Medieval Italian, Portuguese (Brazilian)
Acampora is a variant of Acanfora, from the medieval personal name Canfora, from canfora ‘camphor’ (from Arabic kāfūr).
ACCOLA Romansh
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.
Derived from the place Accrington.
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.
ACERO Spanish
From acero "steel, steelworker" (from Late Latin aciarium), an occupational name for a metal worker or an armorer.
ACESTOR Greek Mythology
Surname for Apollo.
ACH German
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]
Allegedly a feminine form of Achampong used in Ghana.
ACHAMPONG Western African
Variant of the Ashanti surname Acheamphong, meaning "destined for greatness".
From the given name Achard.
ACHARYA Indian, Odia, Bengali, Marathi, Nepali
Derived from Sanskrit आचार्य (ācārya) meaning "knowing, teaching" or "teacher, instructor".
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".
ACHIKITA Japanese (Rare)
遥 (Achi) means "Distant, Remote" and 北 (Kita) means "North".
ACHIO Spanish (Latin American)
Possibly derived from the town, Achio, near Guadalajara in Mexico. The name itself is probably from the Nahuatl achio meaning "frequent".
Derived from Turkish açık meaning "open, opened" and göz "eye".
A patronymic surname derived from the given name Aćim.
Old English surname which came from a place name which meant "Oak meadow." See Ackley.
ACKLES Anglo-Saxon
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.
ACKLEY English
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 "clearing".
ACORN German
Origin uncertain; most probably an Americanized form of German Eichhorn.
From an Italian place name meaning "running water, spring", literally "living water".
ACRI Italian
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.
ACY English (Rare)
Possibly from the given name Ace.
ADACHI Japanese
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.
ADAIR Celtic
Mostly Scottish surname meaning "at the oak ford".
English surname meaning "Son of all"
ADAMEC Czech, Slovak
From a pet form of the personal name Adam.
Patronymic from the given name Adam.
Patronymic or pet form of the personal name Adam.
ADAMIAN Armenian (Expatriate)
Variant transcription of Adamyan used by Armenians living outside of Armenia.
Means "son of Adam".
ADAMOV Russian, Bulgarian
Means "son of ADAM".
ADAMOVIĆ Serbian, Croatian
Patronymic from the personal name Adam.
ADAMOVICH Russian, Ukrainian, Belarusian
Patronymic from the personal name Adam.
Patronymic from the personal name Adam.
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.
Variant spelling of Adamski.
ADAMYAN Armenian
Means "son of Adam".
ADDAMS English
Variant of Adams.
Habitational name from any of various places named in Old English as Eaddingtun 'settlement associated with Eadda' or Æddingtun 'settlement associated with Æddi'.
ADDY English
From the personal name ADDY, a medieval diminutive of ADAM. It is therefore related to the surname ADDISON.
Means "one crown has become two" in Yoruba.
ADELSKÖLD Swedish (Rare)
Combination of Swedish adel "nobility, aristocracy" and sköld "shield".
Means "son of Adem".
ADER Estonian
Ader is an Estonian surname meaning "plow".
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.
ADGATE English
Variant of Agate.
ADHIKARI Nepali, Indian, Bengali, Assamese, Odia
Derived from Sanskrit अधिकार (adhi-kāra) meaning "authority, right, government, rule".
ADHIKARY Indian, Bengali, Assamese, Nepali
Variant transcription of Adhikari.
ADI Various
From the given name Adi
ADI Hebrew (Rare)
Means "jewel; ornament" in Hebrew, this is more common as a given name than a surname.
ADIE English, Scottish
From the personal name ADIE, a medieval pet form of ADAM.
ADIL Urdu, Arabic, Indian (Muslim)
From the given name Adil.
Means "son of Adil".
meaning "to tell Peter"; "to appear before Peter"... [more]
ADISON English
A variation of Addison, which means "Son of Addy".
Means "the knitter".
Variant of the surname Atkinson.
ADLANI Arabic (Maghrebi)
From the given name Adlène (chiefly Moroccan).
ADLAWAN Filipino, Cebuano, Tagalog
Derived from Cebuano adlawan meaning "daytime" or "daybreak".
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.
ADLERZ Swedish (Rare)
Possibly derived from the German surname Adler.
ADORNO Italian
Southern Italian: from the personal name Adorno, meaning ‘adorned’.... [more]
ADRIAN Various
From the given name Adrian.
Means "son of Adrian".
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.
AEBIG German (Archaic)
Short form of Adalbert, used in the 16th century.
AED Estonian
Aed is an Estonian surname meaning "garden".
AEDMA Estonian
Aedma is an Estonian surname derived from "aed", meaning "garden", or "aedmaasikas" meaning "strawberry".
AER Estonian
Aer is an Estonian surname meaning "oar".
AERNI German (Swiss)
Variant spelling of Ärni.
AESOO Estonian
Aesoo is an Estonian surname possibly taken from the location of the village of the same name in Pärnu County.
"Eagle" - in Greek, spelled αετός.
ƏFƏNDIYEV Azerbaijani
Means "son of the effendi", derived from the Ottoman title افندي (efendi) meaning "lord, master".
AFFENDI Malaysian
Derived from the given name Affendi (see Effendi).
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]
AFGHAN Afghani
Means "from Afghanistan".
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) meaning "offspring".
AFIF Indonesian, Arabic
From the given name Afif.
AFLOR Aragonese
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous municipality.
AFONSO Portuguese
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.
ŢAGA Romanian
Țaga is a commune and village in Cluj County, Romania.
AGAM Hebrew (Modern)
Rare variant of the surname Agami, which came from the Hebrew name Agam, means "lake".
AGAMI Hebrew (Modern)
From the given name Agam, means "lake" in Hebrew.
AGAN Estonian
Agan is an Estonian surname meaning "chaff".
AGARMAA Estonian
Agarmaa is an Estonian surname meaning "busy/industrious land".
AGARWAL Indian, Bengali, Hindi, Marathi, Telugu, Kannada, Punjabi
Hindu and Jain surname meaning "people of Agroha", referring to a town in the Indian state of Haryana.
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.
AGATHANGELOU Greek (Cypriot)
Patronymic from the genitive form of Agathangelos. Genitive patronymics are particularly associated with Cyprus.
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.
AGAWA Japanese
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.
AGBAYANI Filipino, Ilocano, Tagalog
Means "to become a hero" in Ilocano.
AGBUYA Filipino, Ilocano
Means "to watch" in Ilocano.
AGCAOILI Filipino, Ilocano, Tagalog
Derived from Ilocano agkawili meaning "to hold on".