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ARSANUKAEV     Chechen
Chechen family name of unknown meaning.
ARSENAULT     French (Acadian)
From French arsenal meaning "workshop". This is the occupational surname for someone who worked at an arsenal.
ARSENIJEVIĆ     Serbian
Means "son of Arsenije".
ARSENISHVILI     Georgian
Means "son of Arsen" in Georgian.
ARSHBA     Abkhaz
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) "son".
ARSLAN     Turkish
Variant of Aslan.
ARSLANAGIĆ     Bosnian
Means "son of Arslan".
ARTABIA     Basque
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of the Navarrese municipality of Allin.
ARTAVIA     Basque (Castilianized)
Castilianized form of Artabia.
ARTEAGA     Basque
It literally means a place where there are live oaks &/or evergreen oaks.
ARTEMOV     Russian
Variant transcription of ARTYOMOV.
ARTETA     Basque
This indicates familial origin within either of 3 eponymous localities: the neighborhood of the Navarrese municipality of Ollaran, the neighborhood of the Navarrese municipality of Ezporogi, or the neighborhood of the municipality of Galdakao.
ARTINO     Greek
Habitational name for someone from the city of Arta in Epirus.
ARTIS     English
English: regional name for someone from the French province of Artois, from Anglo-Norman French Arteis (from Latin Atrebates, the name of the local Gaulish tribe). This surname is popular in North Carolina and Virginia, of the US.
ARTUROV     Russian
Means "son of ARTUR".
ARTYOMOV     Russian
Means "son of ARTYOM”.
ARTZINIEGA     Basque
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous municipality.
ARU     Estonian
Aru is an Estonian surname meaning "wit". Also, the name of a village in Harju County.
ARUKASK     Estonian
Arukask is an Estonian surname meaning "silver birch" (Betula pendula).
ARUNDEL     English
English surname which comes from two distinct sources. Either it was derived from a place name meaning "horehound valley" in Old English (from harhune "horehound (a plant)" and dell "valley"), or it was from Old French arondel, diminutive of arond "swallow", which was originally a Norman nickname given to someone resembling a swallow.
ARVIDSSON     Swedish
Means "son of ARVID".
ARYAL     Nepali
Nepali Hindu surname of unknown meaning.
ARZAMENDIA     Basque
"mountain bear"
ÅS     Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
Means "ridge, hill" in the Scandinavian languages.
ASA     Japanese
Variously written, sometimes with characters used phonetically. It can mean ‘morning’, but the most likely meaning is ‘hemp’, making it a topographic or occupational name. Both forms are found mostly in Amami, one of the Ryūkyū Islands.
ASAHINA     Japanese
Asa ("Morning") + Hina ("Sunlight"). It's also a first name.
ASAI     Japanese
Japanese surname meaning "shallow well".
ASAKA     Japanese
From the Japanese 淺 or 浅 (asa) "superficial" and 香 (ka) "odour," "smell," 加 (ka) "increase," "step-up" or 賀 (ka) "congratulation."
ASAKAWA     Japanese
Asa ("Morning"), ("Superficial"), or ("Shallow") + Kawa ("River").
ASAKURA     Japanese, Popular Culture
Asa means "Superficial", or "Morning", and Kura means "Storehouse". Azumi Asakura is a voice actress. There are a lot of fictional characters with this surname as well.
ASAL     Arabic
means "honey" in Arabic
ASANO     Japanese
Meaning ‘shallow plain’; probably derived from two places of that name, one in Mino (now southern Gifu prefecture), the other in Owari (now Nagoya prefecture). Both families descend from the Minamoto clan through the Toki family.
ASANTE     Shona
Meaning unknown.
ASAROĞLU     Turkish
Means "son of Asar".
ASATO     Japanese (Rare)
There are several readings for the name but 2 are Asa:"Morning",and To:"Door,Asa:"Safe" and To:"Village". There are multiple places in the Ryukyu's (where the name originates and mostly stays) that have that name;that could've been the influence... [more]
ASBURY     English
English location name with the elements as- meaning "east" or "ash tree" and -bury meaning "fortified settlement."
ASCENCIO     Spanish, Italian
From the personal name (Latin Ascensius), favored by the early Christians, by whom it was bestowed with reference to the ascension of Christ (Late Latin ascensio).
ASCHER     German
Derived from German asche meaning "ash" (tanners worked with ash)
ASELTON     American
Asel being a variant of Asil meaning ""noble"" and ton meaning ""town"".
ASHBY     English
English: habitational name from any of the numerous places in northern and eastern England called Ashby, from Old Norse askr ‘ash’ or the Old Norse personal name Aski + býr ‘farm’.
ASHCRAFT     English
Altered form of English Ashcroft.
ASHCROFT     English
English (chiefly Lancashire) topographic name from Middle English asche ‘ash tree’ + croft ‘enclosure’, or a habitational name from a minor place named with these elements.
ASHER     Hebrew
From the given name Asher.
ASHER     English
Topographic surname denoting someone who dwelled by an ash tree, from Middle English asche "ash tree" combined with the suffix -er.
ASHFORD     English
Derived from Ashford, which is the name of several places in England. All but one of these derive the second element of their name from Old English ford meaning "ford" - for the one in North Devon, it is derived from Old English worō or worth meaning "enclosure".... [more]
ASHIKAGA     Japanese
Ashikaga is a surname that originated with samurai families. Kaga means "Flower Bud,Reed" and Ashi means "Place",but it is most commonly, ( if not always ) written with characters meaning ,"foot" and "advantage".
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.
ASHLAND     English
This surname is derived from Old English æsc & land and it means "ash tree land."
ASHMORE     English
English locational name, from either "Aisemare", (from Old English pre 7th Century "aesc" meaning ash plus "mere" a lake; hence "lake where ash-trees grow), or from any of several minor places composed of the Old English elements "aesc" ash plus "mor" a marsh or fen.
ASHTIANI     Persian
Possibly related to the Iranian city or county of Ashtian.
ASHTON     English
Derived from a place name which meant "ash tree town" in Old English.
ASHUBA     Abkhaz
Possibly from Abkhaz ашә (āš°) meaning "cheese" or "beech" or ашәа (āš°ā) meaning "song".
ASIF     Urdu
ASIKKALA     Finnish
Could be a habitational name from a place so named in southern Finland.
ASIMOV     Russian
Originally spelled Ozimov, Asimov is the anglicized surname of science fiction writer Isaac Asimov. His father was not familiar with Latin characters when they immigrated to the United States, when Isaac was 3, so the name became Asimov, not Azimov.... [more]
ASK     Swedish
From Swedish ask "ash tree".
ASLANBEKOV     Chechen
Means "son of Aslanbek".
ASLANIAN     Armenian
Variant transcription of Aslanyan.
ASLANISHVILI     Georgian
Means "son of Aslan" in Georgian.
ASLANOV     Azerbaijani
Means "son of Aslan".
ASLANYAN     Armenian
Means "son of Aslan".
ÅSLUND     Swedish
Combination of Swedish ås "ridge, esker" and lund "grove".
ÁSMUNDSDÓTTIR     Icelandic
Means "daughter of Ásmundur".
ÁSMUNDSSON     Icelandic
Means "son of Ásmundur".
ASPERGES     Italian
It means "you bless", and it is also the device used by priests to spread holy water over people or places
ASPINALL     English
A locational name of Anglo-Saxon origin, it means “aspen well”.
ASPLIN     English
From a short form of the given name Absalom.
ASPLUND     Swedish
Swedish surname meaning "aspen grove", from the elements asp, meaning "aspen tree" and the common surname element lund, meaning "grove".
ASQUITH     English
Habitational name from a village in North Yorkshire named Askwith, from Old Norse askr ‘ash tree’ + vi{dh}r ‘wood’
ASSARSSON     Swedish
Means "son of ASSAR".
ASSELBROUGH     English
pronouncec assel brudd the origin of the name id unknown but the family were first fiund in heworth .george asselbrough married sarah keatlie in heworth.they had george b1752-1833 alston,srag 17154c nicholas 1757 - 1813 felling pit disaster.peter 1760 james 1762,... [more]
AßMAN     German
Derived from the given name Erasmus + the... [more]
ASTANA     Kazakh
Derived from Astana, the name of the capital city of Kazakhstan. Its name is derived from Persian آستانه (âstâne) meaning "capital".
ASTORE     Italian
Derived from Italian astore meaning "goshawk", which is a bird of prey that was used for hunting in the Middle Ages. The surname had first started out as a nickname: either for a falconer, or for a person who had aquiline features or who was cunning by nature.
ÅSTRÖM     Swedish
Swedish ornamental name meaning "small river stream". A combination of å "small river" and ström "stream".
ATARI     Japanese
Atari (中)means "The Middle". Anotable bearer with this surname is Kousuke Atari, he is a self trained musician and pop singer.
ATELIER     French, English
From the French atelier meaning "workshop," referring to the workplace of an artist in the fine or decorative arts, particularly during the Middle Ages and into the 19th century.
ATEN     Frisian, Dutch
The Frisian name Aten means "Noble Wolf". The name was probably given to lesser lords. As noble would mean nobility. As wolf was always a symbol of a warrior, or hunter. Usually Nobles who were also warriors, were lesser lords... [more]
ATHENS     English (British)
British Artist and Violinist Faithe-Lynne Athens' last name
ATHERTON     English
Habitational name from a place near Manchester named Atherton, from the Old English personal name Æ{dh}elhere + Old English tūn meaning "settlement".
ATIENZA     Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Manchego municipality.
ATLEE     English
English: topographic name for someone whose dwelling was ‘by the clearing or meadow’, Middle English atte lee. The word lea or lee (Old English leah) originally meant ‘wood’, thence ‘clearing in a wood’, and, by the Middle English period, ‘grassy meadow’.
ATLEY     English
Variant of Atlee.... [more]
ATMORE     English
Locational surname derived from Middle English atte more meaning "at the marsh".
ATOEV     Uzbek
ATONDO     Basque
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of the Navarrese municipality of Itza.
ATSUDA     Japanese
From Japanese 渥 (atsu) meaning "moist" combined with 田 (da) meaning "paddy, field".
ATTARA     ?
ATTWELL     English
Variant of ATWELL.
ATWELL     English
Topographic name from Middle English atte welle "by the spring or stream"
AU     Upper German, Swiss, German (Swiss), German (Austrian)
South German, Swiss, and Austrian topographic name from dialect Au ‘water meadow’, ‘stream’ (see Aue).
AU     Chinese
Chinese variant of Ou.
AUBAKIROV     Kazakh
Means "son of Aubakir", from a given name of Arabic origin derived from Arabic أَبُو (ʾabū) meaning "father (of)" combined with بكير (bakir) possibly meaning "learner, student" or بَكَرَ (bakara) meaning "to get up early" (figuratively meaning "early ripened" or "quickly learned")... [more]
AUBAKIROVA     Kazakh
Feminine form of Aubakirov.
AUBIN     French
From the French given name Aubin.
AUBINE     French (Rare)
Derived from the medieval French feminine given name Aubine, which was the French form of Albina. But in other words, you could also say that Aubine was the feminine form of Aubin.
AUBINET     French (Rare)
Derived from the medieval French masculine given name Aubinet, which was a diminutive (as the -et suffix indicates) of the given name Aubin.... [more]
AUBUCHON     French (Modern, ?)
The Aubuchon name is French, but of uncertain origin. It is probably from the patronymic prefix au + buchon, a dialect term for a woodcutter (Standard French bûcheron).
AUCHINLECK     Scottish (Rare)
Scottish Gaelic: Achadh nan Leac... [more]
AUCLAIR     French
Patronymic from the personal name Clair or the nickname Leclair (‘the cheerful one’): (fils) à Leclair ‘(son) of Leclair’. It has also absorbed cases of Auclerc (from LeClerc).
AUDEN     English
This surname is derived from the Germanic given name Aldwin, of which the Old English equivalent is Ealdwine. Also compare Alden, which is a surname that has the same etymological origins. The surname Auden was probably formed during the time of the Norman French occupation of England, as Germanic names containing -al- usually became -au- in Norman French... [more]
AUDET     French
Southern French nickname from Gascon dialect audet "bird", variant of standard Occitan ausèl (modern French oiseau).
AUDISH     English (British)
Audish was first found in the counties of Norfolk, Suffolk and Lincolnshire in the south of England, people who had the surname 'Audish' were wealthy landowners, thus held in high esteem.
AUERBACH     German, Jewish
Topographical name for someone who lived by a stream (Middle High German bach) that was near a swamp or marsh (auer).
AUFDEMBERGE     American (Rare)
The surname Aufdemberge originated in America, but in German it means 'On the mountains".... [more]
AUGELLO     Italian
Italian (Campania) dialect variant of Uccello ‘bird’, hence either a nickname for a diminutive, birdlike person or an occupational name for a fowler. Compare Auciello.
AUGUSTINSSON     Swedish
Means "son of Augustin".
AUGUSTUS     English
Means "great" or "venerable", derived from Latin augere "to increase".
AUGUSTYN     Polish
From the personal name Augustyn, Polish form of Latin Augustinus
AUGUSTYNIAK     Polish
Patronymic or pet form from the personal name Augustyn.
AUKERMAN     Dutch
Americanized form of Dutch Ackerman. This was a frequent name in New Netherland in the 17th century.
AUKIO     Finnish
"square", "plaza", "clearing", or "concourse"
AULCY     English
English surname, of unknown meaning.
AUNE     Norwegian
Derived from Old Norse auðn "wasteland, desolate place".
AUÑÓN     Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Manchego municipality.
AURAKZAI     Pakistani, Pashto
Variant transcription of Orakzai.
AURANGZEB     Urdu
From the given name Aurangzeb.
AURINKO     Finnish
Aurinko means "sun" in Finnish.
AUS     English
Variant spelling of Scandinavian Aas.
AUS     Estonian
Aus is an Estonian surname meaning "honest".
AUSAGE     Samoan, English (Australian), American
Possibly from the given name Ausage.
AUSBORN     English
Variant of Osborne.
AUSHEV     Ingush (Russified)
Russified form of an Ingush surname derived from Nakh ауш (aush) or аус (aus) literally meaning "rock, slope", figuratively meaning "strong, solid, confident".
AUSLEY     English (Modern)
Rare surname which was from an English place name in which the second element is Old English leah "wood, clearing". The first element may be hors "horse" (in which case the name likely referred to a place where horses were put out to pasture) or the river name Ouse (ultimately from the ancient British root ud- "water").
AUSSENDORF     German
Originated in Germany. Means "Out of the Village". First used in the year 1135.
AUT     Czech, German (Swiss), Russian, Catalan
Means "Hard Worker" in Czech.... [more]
AU-YEUNG     Chinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese romanization of the Chinese compound surname Ouyang.
AUZIŅŠ     Latvian
Derived from the word auzas meaning "oats".
AVALLONE     Italian
Topographic name for someone who lived in a deep valley.
AVAMILANO     Spanish, Italian
Of Spanish origin, but probably has its roots in Italy due to the word "milano" which means Milan in Italian.
AVARA     Italian
Italian feminine form of Avaro.
AVEIRO     Portuguese, Spanish
Demonymic surname refering to Aveiro a city in middle north-eastern Portugal. A famous bearer of this surname is Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo.
AVELAR     Portuguese
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous parish of the municipality of Ansião.
AVELINO     Spanish, Polynesian, Filipino
Spanish form of Avellino, the surname of the 17th-century Italian saint Andrew Avellino.
AVELLANEDA     Spanish
It literally means "hazelnut grove", denoting someone who either lived near one or worked in one.
AVEN     Scandinavian, English, German, Dutch, French (Anglicized)
Scandinavian: unexplained.... [more]
AVENA     Spanish, Italian
A traditionally Spanish and Italian occupational surname for a "grain grower or merchant", or the Italian habitation surname for Avena, Calabria. Means "oats". From the Latin avēna meaning 'oats, wild oats, straw'.
AVENDAÑO     Basque (Castilianized)
Castilianized form of Abendaño.
AVENIDA     Spanish (Latin American)
The name translates to English, meaning "avenue."
AVERNE     Anglo-Saxon
Possibly deriving from the Olde English "fearn", meaning fern.
AVGUSTOV     Russian
Means "son of AVGUST".
AVIDZBA     Abkhaz
Derived 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.
ÁVILA     Spanish
Derived from the Spanish town and province of Ávila, in the Old Kingdom of Castile, nowadays in the Community of Castile and León.
AVIÑA     Galician
Galician surname referring to someone who "lives by a vineyard", from d’Aviña, a variant of da viña.
AVNER     Hebrew
From the given name Avner.
AVNI     Hebrew (Modern)
Means "my stone" in Hebrew, a variant of the surname Even or a diminutive of Avner.
AVOTS     Latvian
Means "fount, spring" or "source".
AVRAMOV     Bulgarian
Means "son of Avram" in Bulgarian.
AWELI     ?
AX     Dutch
originally French, used to be de Ax, meaning "from Ax", several possible places called Ax or Aix or variants.
AXE     African
AXELL     Swedish
Possibly a habitational name with the combination of ax, a Swedish word for the fruiting body of a grain plant, and the common surname suffix -ell.
AXFORD     English
Derived from Axford, which is the name of two villages in England (one is located in the county of Hampshire, the other in Wiltshire). Both villages derive their name from Old English æsc(e) "ash tree(s)" and Old English ford "ford", which gives their name the meaning of "ford by the ash trees" or "a ford with ash trees"... [more]
AXMED     Somali
Somali form of Ahmed.
AYALA     Basque
Habitational name or topographic name from Basque ai "slope", "hillside" + al(h)a "pasture".
AYANO     Japanese
Aya means "Design" and No means "Feild". Keiko Ayano from Sword Art Online is a simple example of this surname existing, and also a notable bearer.
AYARI     Arabic (Maghrebi), Persian
Derived from Arabic عَيَّار (ʿayyār) or Persian عیار (ayyâr) meaning "vagabond, loafer, idler" (chiefly Tunisian).
AYBEKOV     Kazakh
Variant transcription of Aibekov.
AYDAMIROV     Chechen, Azerbaijani
Means "son of Aydamir".
AYDEN     English, Scottish, Turkish
From a Scottish surname which was derived from Gaelic caol meaning "narrows, channel, strait".
AYDINLISOY     Turkish
Means "enlightened family" in Turkish.
AYLER     English
occupational name from Old French aillier ‘garlic seller’, from ail ‘garlic’ (from Latin allium).... [more]
AYLIFF     English
From the medieval female personal name Ayleve (from Old English Æthelgifu, literally "noble gift"), or from the Old Norse nickname Eilífr, literally "ever-life".
AYLLÓN     Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Castilian municipality.
AYOUB     Arabic
From the given name Ayoub.
AYRES     English
Variant of Ayers.
AYTMATOV     Kyrgyz, Russian
Russianized Kyrgyz surname.
AYYAGARI     Indian
Owner, Teacher
AZAHARA     Japanese
From Japanese 字 (aza) meaning "a section of a village" and 原 (hara) meaning "field, plain".
AZALEA     English, Indonesian, Various
From the name of the flower (see Azalea). A notable bearer is Australian rapper Amethyst Amelia Kelly, who's better known by her stage name Iggy Azalea.
AZAM     Urdu, Bengali (Muslim), Indian (Muslim), Persian, Arabic
Derived from Arabic أَعْظَم (ʾaʿẓam) meaning "greater, greatest".
AZAMATOV     Uzbek
Means "son of Azamat".
AZAR     Hebrew
Means "(he) helped" in Hebrew, a verb form of Ezer or Ezra.
AZARIAN     Armenian
Patronymic, apparently from Turkish Azar ‘March’, but more probably from a first name Azaria, from Hebrew ’Azariāh ‘God’s help’.
AZCÁRRAGA     Basque (Castilianized)
Castilianized form of Azkarraga.
AZCONA     Basque (Castilianized)
Castilianized form of Azkona.
AZIZA     ?
Means decendent of The Merchant.
AZIZI     Persian, Arabic (Maghrebi), Malaysian
From the given name Aziz.
AZKONA     Basque
This indicates familial origin within the neighborhood of Aizkoa in the Navarrese municipality of Deierri.
AZLOR     Aragonese (Castilianized)
Castilianized form of Aflor.
AZMAT     Urdu
Derived from the Arabic عَظَمَة (ʿaẓama) meaning "majesty, glory".
AZOULAI     Judeo-Spanish, Northern African
Variant transcription of Azoulay.
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".
AZUA     Basque
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of Burgu, Province of Araba.
AZUARA     Aragonese
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous municipality.
AZULAY     Hebrew
Variant of Azoulay.
AZUMA     Japanese
Means 'East' in Japanese
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