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").
AABERGDanish, Norwegian
Danish and Norwegian cognate of ÅBERG.
AABYNorwegian, Danish
From a place called Aaby or Åby, from Old Norse á "small river, stream" and býr "farm".
Variant spelling of the surname Acker.
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".
Derived from the given name Aali.
Aam is an Estonian surname meaning "cask" or "tun".
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".)
Combination of aa, an obsolete spelling of Norwegian å "small river, stream" and møte "meeting".
AANENSONEnglish (American, Anglicized)
Anglicized form of rare Norwegian surname Ånundson meaning "son of ÅNUND".
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 surname meaning "treasure".
Aarelaid is an Estonian surname meaning "treasure islet".
Ääremaa is an Estonian surname meaning "borderland".
Derived from any of the farms so named, from Old Norse á "river" and hús "house, farmstead".
Äärma is an Estonian surname derived from "ääremaa" meaning "borderland".
Äärmaa is an Estonian surname meaning "border/boundary land".
Means "Son of Aaron."
Aaronson is a patronymic surname from the personal name Aaron.
AASNorwegian, Danish
Variant spelling of ÅS.
Aas is an Estonian surname meaning "lea" or "open grassy area".
Means "the ridge" in Norwegian. Definite singular form of AAS.
Aasjõe is an Estonian surname meaning "meadow/lea water".
Aaskivi is an Estonian surname meaning "meadow/lea stone".
Aaslaid is an Estonian surname meaning "meadow/lea islet".
Aasmaa is an Estonian surname meaning "grassy (lea) land".
Aasmets is an Estonian surname meaning "meadow forest".
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".
Aaviste is an Estonian surname relating to "aspen".
Variant of Aziz.
Of unknown meaning, predominantly used in Jordan.
ABAEVOssetian, Uzbek, Kazakh, Turkmen
Possibly derived from Proto-Turkic *bāj meaning “rich, noble”.
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.
Russian surname
At or near a barrow or tumulus.
This is a last name. Abasyan's were Kings and Queens, having Kingdoms from the years 750-1280.
ABAZAArabic (Egyptian)
Refers to a member of the Abkhaz or Abazin (Abaza) ethnic groups of the Caucasus.
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.
Derived from the given name Abel.
ABDELLAHIWestern African, Wolof
From the given name Abdellah (chiefly Mauritanian).
ABDELLAOUIArabic (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.
ABDULATIPOVDagestani, 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-).
ABDULINUzbek, Kazakh
From the given name Abdullah.
Possibly an Islamic male name or surname as well as Nigerian.
ABDULLAYEVUzbek, Azerbaijani
Variant transcription of Abdullaev.
ABDULLINTatar, 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".
ABEBEAmharic, Ethiopian
Means "flower" in Amharic.
literally meaning "worshipper", "adorer", or "devout". May be either a surname or given name.
ABEGGGerman, 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".
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]
Combination of Swedish å "small river" and berg "mountain".
ABERLINEAncient Celtic (Rare, ?)
"Aber" meant “confluence” or “river mouth”.
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.
This is likely derived from the given name Abe(1).
Possibly of Hispanic origin. Common in the Taytay region of Palawan.
English surname meaning "executioner"
Arabic surname meaning "son of Dawud".
This surname is made with 安 (A) "Peaceful, Cheap, Rested, Low" ... [more]
Means "apple farm."
From the given name Abioye.
Means "Father of Brown" - comes from AbouSamra, which means "Son of Brown."
ABKEAmerican (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".
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.
From the given name Ablet.
ABOJapanese (Rare)
阿 A ("Nook") and Bo for "Protect".
Meaning unknown.
Means "clover".
Means "apple".
Derived from the word āboliņš meaning "clover".
ABOUELKASSEMArabic (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).
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]
ABPLANALPGerman, 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.
ABRAMCZYKPolish, Jewish, Belarusian
Derived from the given name ABRAHAM.
ABRAMOVRussian, Jewish
Means "son of Abram".
Other form of Abramov
Means "son of Abram."
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)").
ABREOFrench, Italian
Abreo or its variant Abreu comes from the French Alfred (alf = Elf; fred = conseil). The meaning is wise counselor.... [more]
ABRESCHGerman, 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).
Absher comes from either the German surname Habich, which comes from the surname hawk. Literally meaning someone who had hawk-like features.
ABSTONEnglish (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).
ABUNDISSpanish (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.
ABURAYAJapanese (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.
ABURTOBasque, 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.
Means "Abyss" in Latin.
ACAMPORAItalian, Medieval Italian, Portuguese (Brazilian)
Acampora is a variant of Acanfora, from the medieval personal name Canfora, from canfora ‘camphor’ (from Arabic kāfūr).
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.
ACEEnglish, 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.
From acero "steel, steelworker" (from Late Latin aciarium), an occupational name for a metal worker or an armorer.
ACESTORGreek Mythology
Surname for Apollo.
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.
ACHAMPONGWestern African
Variant of the Ashanti surname Acheamphong, meaning "destined for greatness".
From the given name Achard.
ACHARYAIndian, Odia, Bengali, Marathi, Nepali
Derived from Sanskrit आचार्य (ācārya) meaning "knowing, teaching" or "teacher, instructor".
Of unknown origin, ACHATYLA is thought to mean "devoted" or "determined", perhaps coming from the ancient tribal word 'chatila' meaning 'true love' or 'soulmate'. Linked to SEERA.
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".
ACHIKITAJapanese (Rare)
遥 (Achi) means "Distant, Remote" and 北 (Kita) means "North".
ACHIOSpanish (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.
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 "clearing".
Origin uncertain; most probably an Americanized form of German Eichhorn.
From an Italian place name meaning "running water, spring", literally "living water".
Habitational name from a place in Cosenza province named Acri.
ACTONEnglish, Northern Irish
"Oak Town" in Old English. Parishes in Cheshire, Suffolk, Middlesex. There is also a place that bears this name in Ulster.
ACUNASpanish (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.
ACYEnglish (Rare)
Possibly from the given name Ace.
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".
English surname meaning "Son of all"
ADAMECCzech, 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.
ADAMIANArmenian (Expatriate)
Variant transcription of Adamyan used by Armenians living outside of Armenia.
Means "son of Adam".
ADAMOVRussian, Bulgarian
Means "son of ADAM".
ADAMOVIĆSerbian, Croatian
Patronymic from the personal name Adam.
ADAMOVICHRussian, Ukrainian, Belarusian
Patronymic from the personal name Adam.
Patronymic from the personal name Adam.
ADAMSKIPolish, 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.
Means "son of Adam".
Variant of Adams.
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.
ADELSKÖLDSwedish (Rare)
Combination of Swedish adel "nobility, aristocracy" and sköld "shield".
Means "son of Adem".
Ader is an Estonian surname meaning "plow".
ADERSGerman (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.
Variant of Agate.
ADHIKARINepali, Indian, Bengali, Assamese, Odia
Derived from Sanskrit अधिकार (adhi-kāra) meaning "authority, right, government, rule".
ADHIKARYIndian, Bengali, Assamese, Nepali
Variant transcription of Adhikari.
From the given name Adi
ADIHebrew (Rare)
Means "jewel; ornament" in Hebrew, this is more common as a given name than a surname.
ADIEEnglish, Scottish
From the personal name ADIE, a medieval pet form of ADAM.
ADILUrdu, Arabic, Indian (Muslim)
From the given name Adil.
Means "son of Adil".
meaning "to tell Peter"; "to appear before Peter"... [more]
A variation of Addison, which means "Son of Addy".
Means "the knitter".
Variant of the surname Atkinson.
ADLANIArabic (Maghrebi)
From the given name Adlène (chiefly Moroccan).
ADLAWANFilipino, 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.
ADLERZSwedish (Rare)
Possibly derived from the German surname Adler.
Southern Italian: from the personal name Adorno, meaning ‘adorned’.... [more]
A famous bearer of this surname is Aritz Aduriz, a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Athletic Bilbao as a striker.
ADVANISindhi, Indian
Sindhi Hindu surname meaning "descendant of Adu", most likely referring to the name of a past ancestor of the clan.
AEBIGGerman (Archaic)
Short form of Adalbert, used in the 16th century.
Aed is an Estonian surname meaning "garden".
Aedma is an Estonian surname derived from "aed", meaning "garden", or "aedmaasikas" meaning "strawberry".
Aer is an Estonian surname meaning "oar".
AERNIGerman (Swiss)
Variant spelling of Ärni.
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.
Means "son of the effendi", derived from the Ottoman title افندي (efendi) meaning "lord, master".
Derived from the given name Affendi (see Effendi).
AFFLECKGalician, 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]
Means "from Afghanistan".
AFGHANZADAPersian, 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".
AFIFIndonesian, Arabic
From the given name Afif.
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.
AGAMHebrew (Modern)
Rare variant of the surname Agami, which came from the Hebrew name Agam, means "lake".
AGAMIHebrew (Modern)
From the given name Agam, means "lake" in Hebrew.
Agan is an Estonian surname meaning "chaff".
Related to the name UENO.
AGARWALIndian, Bengali, Hindi, Marathi, Telugu, Kannada, Punjabi
Hindu and Jain surname meaning "people of Agroha", referring to a town in the Indian state of Haryana.
AGASSIArmenian, 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]
AGATAJapanese (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.
AGATEEnglish (British)
From Middle English gate, meaning a "gate" or "street", denoting a person who lived near a major city gate or street.
AGATSUMAJapanese (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.
AGBAJENigerian, Yoruba
Meaning unknown. A bearer is Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (1967-), an English actor and model of Yoruba Nigerian descent.
AGBAYANIFilipino, Ilocano, Tagalog
Means "to become a hero" in Ilocano.
AGBUYAFilipino, Ilocano
Means "to watch" in Ilocano.
Means exotic or strange
This indicates familial origin within either of 3 neighborhoods in the French department of Pyrénées-Atlantiques: the one in the commune of Mugerre, the one in the commune of Hendaia, or the one in the commune of Maule-Lextarre.
Means "chief, master, lord" in Turkish. From the Turkish ağa 'chief, master, lord', from the Old Turkish aqa 'elder brother'. Traditionally it was a title for a civilian or military officer, or often part of such title, and was placed after the name of certain military functionaries in the Ottoman Empire... [more]
Derived from the Persian title آقا (âqâ) meaning "sir, lord", of Turkic borrowing.
Habitational name from a place named Aginaga, from Basque (h)agin meaning "yew tree" combined with -aga, a collective suffix.
two hypotheses: either from the Greek agyrmos meaning "symposium, meeting" which was the name of the first day of the Misteri Eleusini in Athens.... [more]
Derived from Arabic عَجُوز (ʿajūz) meaning "old (person), elderly".
From one or more Middle English personal names variously written Alger, Algar, Alcher, Aucher, etc. These represent a falling together of at least three different Continental Germanic and Old English names: Adalgar "noble spear" (Old English Æ{dh}elgār), Albgar "elf spear" (Old English Ælfgār), and Aldgar "old spear" (Old English (E)aldgār)... [more]
Scottish (of Norman origin): habitational name from Agneaux in Manche, France.... [more]
The earliest known instance of this name AGOSTINELLI was St. Aurelius Augustinus, also known as Augustine of Hippo (354-430) the greatest of the Latin church fathers. He was born in Tagaste in Numidia which is modern Tunisia.... [more]
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]
AGRINYANigerian (Rare)
Means "warrior" in the Nigerian language of Yala. It was an earned name.
Agu is an Igbo surname; the word Agu means Tiger in Igobo language.
AGUERsouth sudanese
the name was mainly given to boys of the Dinka tribe ,mainly in the Upper Nile state of South Sudan. meaning is unknown but is synonymous with "tree"
From águila "eagle" (Latin aquila). This is either a nickname for a haughty man or one with an aquiline nose, or a habitational name from a place in Salamanca province called Águila.
AGUILARSpanish, Catalan, Jewish
Habitational name from any of numerous places called Aguilar, from Latin aquilare "haunt of eagles" (a derivative of aquila "eagle"), for example Aguilar de Campo in Palencia, Aguilar de la Frontera in Córdoba, and Aguilar de Segarra in Catalonia.