Submitted Surnames Starting with A

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AMBRÌZ Spanish
" Probably a variant of Asturian-Leonese Ambres, a habitational name from a village in Asturies. Also a habitational name of Ámbriz a city in Angola, Africa, mainly of Portuguese descendants. "
From the Late Latin name Ambrosius, which was derived from the Greek name Αμβροσιος (Ambrosios) meaning "immortal".
AMBROZAITYTE Lithuanian, Latvian
this name comes from far far history of lithuanian people
AMBUR Estonian
Ambur is an Estonian surname meaning "arbalist (crossbowman)"
AMEEN Arabic, Urdu
From the given name AMIN.
There are two hypotheses: the first is it derived from the Latin name Amelius which came from Amius, name of Etruscan origin; the other is it derived from Amali, name of a mighty Ostrogothic family, which means "virgin of the forest".
AMEMORI Japanese
"Ame" - rain. "mori" - forest.
AMEMORI Japanese
From Japanese kanji 雨 (ame) meaning "rain" or 飴 (ame) meaning "candy" and 森 (mori) meaning "forest". Combined together 雨森 (amemori) meaning "rain forest) and 飴森 (amemori) meaning "candy forest"
AMEMURA Japanese
From japanese kanji 飴 (ame) meaning "candy" and 村 (mura) meaning "village". 美飴 (amemura) meaning "candy village". ... [more]
AMER Arabic, Urdu
Variant of 'AAMIR.
AMES English, German
English: from the Old French and Middle English personal name AMYS, Amice, which is either directly from Latin amicus ‘friend’, used as a personal name, or via a Late Latin derivative of this, Amicius.... [more]
AMETOV Crimean Tatar
Means "son of AMET" in Crimean Tatar.
Means "Heaven & Earth" in Japanese
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of the municipality of Gordexola.
This indicates familial origin within any of 3 eponymous neighborhoods: the one in the municipality of Asparrena, the one in the municipality of Meñaka, or the one in the municipality of Zuia.
AMÉZAGA Basque (Spanish)
Castilianized form of AMETZAGA.
AMEZCUA Basque (Spanish)
Castilianized form of AMEZKUA.
AMEZIANE Berber, Northern African
Variant transcription of MEZIANE.
AMICO Italian
Means "friend".
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.
AMIN Arabic, Bengali, Urdu, Persian
From the given name AMIN.
AMINE Arabic (Maghrebi)
Maghrebi variant of AMIN (see AMIN).
AMINI Persian, Arabic
From the given name AMIN.
AMIR Arabic, Urdu
From the given name AMIR (1) or 'AAMIR.
AMIR Hebrew
From the given name AMIR (2).
AMIRI Persian, Arabic
From the given name AMIR (1).
ƏMIROV Azerbaijani
Means “son of Əmir”.
Meaning unknown.
From the Renaissance term amistade ("friendship").
AMIT Hebrew (Modern)
From a first name which means "friend", "companion", "colleague", or from a nickname given to a friendly person or a colleague.
AMITI Albanian
Meaning unknown.
AM MAGH FADA Scottish Gaelic
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous former burgh.
A contraction of Ambetmann, for a court official. If there is a double "M", the origin might be Swiss.
AMMARI Arabic (Maghrebi)
From the given name AMMAR (chiefly Algerian).
AMMAS Estonian
Ammas is an Estonian surname possibly derived from "hammas" meaning "tooth", "cog" and "spike".
From the profession of bear hunter, meaning literally "slaughter the bear".
AMMER German, English (Rare)
This surname may be derived from Middle High German amer which means "bunting (as in the bird)." As such, it is used as a nickname for someone with a fine voice or someone who is a flamboyant dresser.... [more]
AMORAN Filipino, Maranao
Means "foundation, framework" in Maranao.
AMORE Spanish
meaning love
AMORY English, Norman
English from a Germanic personal name, Aimeri, composed of the elements haim ‘home’ + ric ‘power’... [more]
AMPAO Filipino, Maranao
From Maranao ampaw meaning "detour" or "popped rice".
AMPASO Filipino, Maranao
Derived from ampasoʼ, a Maranao ancestral title.
AMRAD Filipino
Unknown origin.
AMRAM Hebrew, Jewish
From the given name AMRAM.
AMRANI Arabic (Maghrebi)
From the given name IMRAN (chiefly Moroccan and Algerian).
AMREIN German (Swiss)
Topographic name from am ‘at’ + Rain ‘edge of plowed land’.
AMSDON English (Modern)
Unknown. Possibly a spelling variant of Amsden. suggests probably a habitational name, from a reduced form of the Oxfordshire place name Ambrosden, which is composed of an Old English personal name Ambre + Old English dun ‘hill’... [more]
AMSLER American, German (Swiss)
As a Swiss German surname it is from the Swiss place name Amslen.
Habitational name for someone from a place called Amsbach
AMSTUTZ German (Swiss), German (Austrian)
Topographic name for someone living near or at the foot of a steep mountainside, German am Stutz ‘at the escarpment’.
It literally means a "place of apple trees", denoting someone who lived and/or worked there.
AMUNDSON English (American, Anglicized), Swedish (Rare)
Anglicized from or rare Swedish variant of AMUNDSEN.
AMURO Japanese
Written with kanji meaning "Relax, Cheap, Inexpensive, Low, Rested, peaceful" and "Room".
AMUSAN Japanese (Rare)
The Amusan Clan (秋道一族, Amusan Ichizoku) is a prominent clan in Kanazawa. Since its disbandment, most of its known members reside in Neuilly-sur-Seine ,Britain and Washington D.C.
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of the municipality of Bergara.
AMUZQUÍVAR Basque (Spanish)
Castilianized form of AMUSKIBAR.
AMY French
From the given name AMÉ or AIMÉ.
AMYS English
From the given name AMIS. Compare with AMES. An early example using this spelling is Robert Amys of Cambridgeshire, England in 1273.
AN Chinese
Means from "peace" or "tranquility" from the character . In China 安 (An) also serves as an abbreviation for 安息 (Anxi), refering to the Arsacid Empire... [more]
ANABUKI Japanese
It is written like this : 穴 (Ana) "Whole, pit" and 吹 (Buki) "Blow into".
Nickname for a day laborer, as opposed to someone who owned fields, from Middle High German āne meaning "without" + acker meaning "field".
ANALUKA African American
The Analuka Family was founded... [more]
Derived from Persian انار (anâr) meaning "pomegranate" combined with Turkic bay meaning "rich, wealthy".
Crete born John Anthony Aniston, (birth name Yiannis Anitios Anastassakis) is an American actor and the father of actress Jennifer Aniston.
Means "son of ANATOLIY".
ANAYA Basque
Originated in Spain. It derives from medieval basque name Anaia meaning "friar or brother". As a surname it means "Son of Anaia".
Derived from Tuvan анай (anay) meaning "goat, kid" combined with оол (ool) meaning "son, boy".
ANBAR Arabic
Means "amber" in Arabic (see English name AMBER). Notable actress Nihal Anbar was born in 1960.
ANCHORENA Basque (Spanish)
Castilianized form of ANTSORENA.
ANDERS German, Scottish, Czech
Derived from the given name ANDERS.
Strictly feminine patronymic of ANDERS.
ANDERSON Scottish, Irish
Anglicized form of the Gaelic Mac Ghille Andrais meaning 'Son of the devotee of St. Andrew'. ... [more]
ANDES German
Variant spelling of Anthes.
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of the municipality of Kortezubi.
This surname was originally derived from the Greek Andreas, a name meaning manly. It was the name of the first of Jesus Christ's disciples, which is known in various local forms throughout Christendom... [more]
ANDISHMAND Ancient Persian
ANDISHMAND (pronounced: AEN-DEESH-MAND, in the West D is silent), Origin Middle-Persian, means one who thinks (i.e. an intellectual). Given to people of Persian and non-Persian descent of diverse Persian or Central Asian ethnic and religious backgrounds (including Jews, Christians, Zoroastrians) based on a person's profession that requires thinking (technocrat, writer, poet, intellectual).
ANDO Japanese
From the Japanese 安 (an or yasu) "relax," "inexpensive," "low," and 藤 (to or fuji) "wisteria." The second character may indicate historical or familial links to the formerly powerful FUJIWARA (藤原) clan.
Patronymic from the personal name ANTON.
ANDORN Piedmontese
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous commune in the Province of Biela.
ANDOV Macedonian
Means "son of ANDE".
ANDRÁSSY Hungarian
man, warrior... a surname that derives from the personal name "Andreas", meaning manly, and was held by the first of Christ's disciples.
Means "son of ANDREAS" in Greek.
Means "daughter of ANDREAS", this surname is only used by females.
Means "Son of ANDREAS", though frequently mistaken in English as "Son of Andrea-2".
ANDREI Romanian
From the given name ANDREI.
Means ''son of ANDREJ''.
ANDRELLY Russian, Ukrainian
The first occurrence that I found was of Mikhaila Orosvigovskago ANDRELLY, or ANDRELLA (author of religious literature, in the century XVI) .
ANDRÉN Swedish
Latinized patronymic from the name ANDREAS.
Derived from the given name ANDREAS.
ANDREOZZI Italian, Sicilian
From a pet form of the personal name Andrea.
ANDRESEN Norwegian
Means "son of ANDRE".
Means "son of Andrew."
Means "son of ANDREY".
Patronym from the given name ANDREAS, with the Cretan suffix -akis. Common in Australian Greek communities.
Means "son of ANDRONIKOS". This was the name of a Georgian family of nobility that claimed descent from Andronikos I, the emperor of the Byzantine Empire from 1183-1185.
ANDROS German (Swiss), Hungarian
Derivative of the personal name ANDREAS. Perhaps a reduced form of Greek Andronikos, Andronidis, or some other similar surname, all patronymics from ANDREAS.
ANDRULEVIČUS Jewish (Russian, Modern, Rare), Jewish (Anglicized, Modern, Rare)
"Ben-Adam" or "ben-ish" ("ben" being "son" in Hebrew; Adam meaning "man"). The Andrulevičuses were originally Sephardic kohanim whom immigrated to Lithuania, and then Poland, Latvia, and other countries.
ANDRULEWICZ Lithuanian (Modern, Rare), Polish (Modern, Rare), Jewish (Modern, Rare), Latvian
Originally ANDRULEVIČUS or Andrulevičius, it means "ben-ADAM" or "ben-ish" ("ben" being "son" in Hebrew; Adam meaning "man")... [more]
habitational name for someone from a place called Andrzejewo, a derivative of the personal name ANDRZEJ
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Andalusian municipality.
ANEY English
English surname of uncertain origin, though it has been suggested that this is an anglicized form of French Ané. Ané itself is said to be taken from a personal name, possibly a gallicized form of Asnar or AZNAR, which may be derived from Latin asinarius meaning "keeper of asses, ass-driver", from asinus "ass".
ANG Chinese (Hokkien)
Hokkien romanization of Hong.
ANGADI Indian, Kannada
From Kannada ಅಂಗಡಿ (aṃgaḍi) meaning "store, shop".
Son of Angele
Variant of ANGELOS.
Comes from a pet form of ANGELO, variant of ANGELOTTI.
ANGELO Italian
From a popular medieval personal name, Angelo, Latin Angelus, from Greek angelos "messenger, angel" (considered as a messenger sent from God).
From the personal name ANGELOS or a shortened form of the personal name EVANGELOS + the patronymic ending -poulos.
Reduced form of any of various Greek surnames derived from the forename ANGELOS (from #angelos ‘messenger’, ‘angel’), as for example ANGELOPOULOS.
Comes from a pet form of ANGELO.
Means son of ANGEL.
From a pet form of the personal name ANGELO.
Habitational name for someone from Angerhof in Bavaria.
Angerjas is an Estonian surname meaning "eel".
ANGOCO Chamorro
“to Trust in” “to rely on” “to have confidence in” “to have faith in” “to place reliance in” “to confide in”
ANGOTT Italian (Anglicized)
The origin of this surname is unknown but is most likely an anglicized version of the Italian surname 'Angotti'.... [more]
From Angrisano, a habitational name for someone from Angri in Salerno province.
Combination of Swedish ånga "steam" and ström "river, current, stream". A notable bearer was Swedish physicist Anders Ångström (1814-1874), one of the founders of the science of spectroscopy... [more]
ANGUIANO Spanish (Latinized, Modern)
Anguiano is a small town in the province of La Rioja, Spain.
ANGUINO American, Spanish (Mexican)
Mexican-American last name
ANGULO Spanish (Mexican)
Spanish: habitational name from Encima-Angulo in Burgos province.... [more]
Last name of EBERHARD Anheuser, founder of the Anheuser-Busch company.
ANIĆ Croatian, Serbian
Means "son of ANA" in Serbo-Croatian.
Means "son of Anikey", Anikey being an archaic short form of IOANNIKIY.
"Town of Agnes, Agnes town"... [more]
ANJUM Urdu, Bengali
Means "stars", the plural of Arabic نَجْم‎ (najm) meaning "star".
ÄNN Estonian
Änn is an Estonian surname meaning "skua/jaeger" (bird species: Stercorarius parasiticus).
ANN English
Habitational name from Abbots Ann in Hampshire, named for the stream that runs through it, which is most probably named with an ancient Welsh word meaning ‘water’.
ANNA English, Irish, Italian, Hungarian
Probably derived from the female first name ANNA.
ANNAKIN English (British, Rare)
Meaning unknown. Perhaps a medieval English diminutive of an unknown given name (compare WILKINLARKIN, and HOPKIN).
ANNAMAA Estonian
Annamaa is an Estonian surname meaning "give land".
ANNAN Scottish
"The earliest reference of Annan used as a surname is found in the 13th century Ragman Rolls during which Scots pledged homage to nobles. It is likely that the inhabitants of Annan, Dumfries and Galloway, Annandale, River Annan, Annanhead Hill, and Annan Castle adopted "Annan" as their surname." (wikipedia)
ANNAST Estonian
Annast is an Estonians urname possibly derived from "anna" meaning "give".
ANNE Indian
Indian (Andhra Pradesh); pronounced as two syllables: Hindu name of unknown meaning.
ANNI Estonian
Anni is an Estonian surname possibly derived from "anne" meaning "aptitude for" and "talent"; or "hani" meaning "goose".
ANNISTE Estonian
Anniste is an Estonian surname possibly related or derived from "anne" meaning "gift" or "talent".
ANNO Japanese
Means "of hermitage" in Japanese. A famous bearer is famous Japanese illustrator and children's educational book author Mitsumasa Anno (1926-present).
ANNUS Estonian
Annus is an Estonian surname meaning "dose".
Anotidaishe means "the Lord loves us".
From Catalan anull, meaning "slow worm". It is originally a nickname given to a spineless and slow person. The French author Jean Anouilh is a famous bearer of this surname.
ANSARI Arabic, Persian, Urdu
From the given name ANSAR.
Occupational name for someone whose job was to keep a dam or pool filled with water. (Anschützen "to fill up")
ANSELMO Italian, Spanish
Comes from the personal name ANSELMO, which is of Germanic origin (see Anselm). This was a distinctively Langobardic name, and was especially common in Lombardy in the Middle Ages.
ÀNSRUTHAIR Scottish Gaelic
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous town.
ANSTEY English
Means "person from Anstey or Ansty", the name of numerous places in England (either "single track" or "steep track"). F. Anstey was the pen-name of British barrister and author Thomas Anstey Guthrie (1856-1934).
From the personal name ANTHONY.
ANTILLÓN Aragonese
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous municipality.
This Polish surname is patronymic from a pet form Antoni.... [more]
From the given name ANTOINE.
Patronymic from the personal name ANTONI.
ANTONIUS Ancient Celtic
It means invaluable. In the Gaelic languaje is amhrisiadwy.
Means "son of ANTON".
Derived from the given name ANTTI
ANTUNES Ancient Celtic (Latinized, Archaic)
It comes from the Greek anthos whose meaning is flower. Alludes to St. Anthony of Padua. It's a surname of the Christian inspiration. Variants and derivatives: Antonius, Antonios, Antunes, Antuñez, Antuña, Antuño, Toni, Tony, Tonino, Tonini, Tonio, Toño, Toñín.
ANTUNIEZ Spanish, Galician, Asturian
Meaning "son of Antonius." It is a last name that appears in northern Spain.
ANTUNYES Medieval Portuguese (Latinized, Modern)
Meaning Son of Anthony or Anton. There is a very old form of the latin which is Antonios or Antonius.
ANTURY Greek, Hebrew
Haifa, Israel.... [more]
ANVARI Persian
From the given name ANWAR.
ANWAR Arabic, Urdu, Bengali
From the given name ANWAR.
ANWARI Afghani, Persian
From the given name ANWAR.
Means "son of ANWAR" in Pashto.
ANWER Urdu, Punjabi, Arabic, Bengali
Variant transcription of ANWAR.
ANYAYAHAN Filipino, Tagalog
Means "banquet, bid, treat" in Tagalog.
ANZAI Japanese
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".
Means "son of ANZOR".
AO Chinese (?)
Chinese from the name of Da Ao, a teacher of the legendary emperor Zhuan XU (26th century bc).
AO Estonian
Ao is an Estonian surname, possibly a corruption of "lao", meaning "warehouse".
AOBA Japanese
青 (Ao) means "Green,blue" and 葉 (Ba) means "Leaf". This surname refers to a fresh leaf. AOBA is also a Japanese first name on top of that. A notable bearer is Yukihiro Aoba, who is a professional football player... [more]
AOI Japanese
From Japanese 葵 "hollyhock, althea" or 碧 "blue". This name is a given name as well as a surname.
AOIKE Japanese
青 (Ao) means 'blue, green', in this case "Blue", and 池 (Ike) ... [more]
AOKI Japanese
From 青木 (aoki), literally meaning "green tree" but can refer to a live tree or the spotted/Japanese laurel. The meaning "green" in 青 is used when referring to vegetation and traffic lights, otherwise it nowadays means "blue." Variants of this form of the surname include 碧 and 蒼 for the first element and 樹 for the second element.... [more]
AOMINE Japanese
Written 青嶺 (青 ao, meaning "blue") (嶺 mine, meaning "peak"). It is the surname of a character in the anime/manga Kuroko no Basket.
AONUMA Japanese
From Japanese 青 (ao) meaning "blue" and 沼 (numa) meaning "swamp".
AOTA Japanese
Ao (青) means 'Blue, and Ta (田) means 'paddy, field'.
AOYAGI Japanese
Ao means "Blue, Green" and Yagi means "Willow".
AOYAMA Japanese
Means "blue mountain" or "green mountain" in Japanese. From the Japanese words 青 (blue, green) and 山 (mountain).
AOZAKI Japanese (Rare)
Ao means "blue,somewhat green" & zaki means "blossom". So, Nobutaka "Blue Blossom",is an artist who was born in Japan,but now lives in New York as an artist who has been featured in magazines.
AOZORA Japanese (Rare)
From Japanese 青 (ao) meaning "blue" and 空 (sora) meaning "sky".
Means "very bright".
APELTIA English (Rare)
Comes from the word "appellation" referring to the Appellation Mountains.
Southern Italian: from a diminutive of apa ‘bee’, probably applied as a nickname for an industrious person, or possibly as a metonymic occupational name for a beekeeper.
APLIN English
Probably a patronymic of the popular medieval English given name ABEL. See also Appling.
APOLLO Italian, Spanish
From the Greek personal name Apollo. There are several saints Apollo in the Christian Church, including an Egyptian hermit and monastic leader who died in 395 ad. The personal name derives from the name in classical mythology of the sun god, Apollo, an ancient Indo-European name, found for example in Hittite as Apulana "god of the gate" (from pula "gate", cognate with Greek pylē), therefore "protector, patron".
From the given name APOLLONIA, which is the Latin feminine form of APOLLONIOS, which in turn was derived from the name of the Greek god APOLLO.
APONTE Spanish
A misdivision of Daponte. It originates from Majorca, Spain.
APPEL German, Dutch, Jewish, Low German, Medieval Dutch, Yiddish
1. German: from the personal name APPEL, a pet form of Apprecht (common especially in Thuringia and Franconia), itself a variant of ALBRECHT... [more]
Combination of Swedish apel or äpple both meaning "apple" and kvist "branch, twig".
Occupational name from Middle Dutch apelmanger "apple seller".
APPLE English
From Middle English appel meaning "apple" (Old English æppel). An occupational name for a grower or seller of apples.
Variant spelling of APPLEBY.
APPLEGARTH English, Scottish
Topographic name from northern Middle English applegarth meaning "apple orchard" (Old Norse apaldr meaning "apple tree" + gar{dh}r meaning "enclosure"), or a habitational name from a place so named, of which there are examples in Cumbria and North and East Yorkshire, as well as in the county of Dumfries.
Extremely common variant of APPLEGARTH, in which the less familiar final element has been assimilated to the northern Middle English word gate meaning "road" or to modern English gate.
Variant of EPPLER.
Habitational name from a place named Applethwaite, from Old Norse apaldr ‘apple tree’ and þveit ‘meadow’. There are two or three such places in Cumbria; Applethwaite is also recorded as a surname from the 13th century in Suffolk, England, pointing to a possible lost place name there... [more]
APS Estonian
Aps is an Estonian surname meaning both "howler" and "slip".
Derived from the word apse meaning "asp".
APT German, Yiddish
German: variant of Abt.... [more]
AQUILA Italian
Habitational name from L'Aquila in Abruzzo or from any of various smaller places called Aquila.
ARA Japanese
From the Japanese 荒 (ara) "primitive," "rude," "crude."
ARABI Arabic, Persian
Means "Arab" in Arabic and Persian.
ARÀBIA Italian, Spanish
Ethnic name for someone from Arabia or some other Arabic-speaking country or a nickname for someone who had visited or traded with one of these countries.
ARABIA English (American)
Americanized form of French ARABIE.
ARABIAN Armenian
Patronymic from the ethnic term arab ‘Arab’.
Ethnic name denoting someone from Arabia or an Arabic-speaking person.
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