Submitted Surnames Starting with B
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This interesting surname is of early medieval English origin, and is a locational name from either of the two places thus called in England, one in Staffordshire, and the other in Somerset, or it may be a dialectal variant of Blonville (-sur-Mer) in Calvados, Normandy, and hence a Norman habitation name... [more]
From a medieval nickname for someone with a pale complexion (from Middle English blowe
"pale"). This surname was borne by English composer John Blow (1649-1708) and British fashion editor Isabella Blow (original name Isabella Delves Broughton; 1958-2007); additionally, "Joe Blow" is a name used colloquially (in US, Canadian and Australian English) as representative of the ordinary uncomplicated unsophisticated man, the average man in the street (of which the equivalent in British English is "Joe Bloggs").
BLUFORDEnglish, American (South)
Possibly an English habitational name from a lost or unidentified place. The name occurs in records of the 19th century but is now very rare if not extinct in the British Isles. In the U.S. it is found chiefly in TX and TN.
German alternate spelling of the Italian surname, Blum
From Middle High German bluom
"flower", hence an occupational name for a flower gardener or a florist.
Ornamental name from German Blume
, Yiddish blum
Ornamental name composed of German Blume
"flower" and Berg
From the Old French word blund
which means "blonde, fair". It also coincides with the Middle English word blunt
meaning "dull". A famous bearer is Emily Blunt, a British actress.
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): ornamental name from Middle High German bluot, German Blüte ‘bloom’, ‘flower head’. ... [more]
Habitational name for someone from a place called Bobin or Bobino.
Habitational name for someone from a place called Bobrowa, Bobrowo, Bobrowce, or Bobrowiec.
Possibly derived from the Polish word bób
, which means "broad bean".
The Italian family name is classified as being of nickname origin. The most obvious are those names which are based on a physical characteristic or personal attribute of the initial bearer. In this particular instance, according to the author Emedio De Felice, the family name Bocchino derives from "bocca", meaning "mouth", in turn derived from the Latin word "bucca".De Felice states that this family name may not only have arisen from a nickname which described the mouth in a literal sense, since "bocca" in a figurative sense designated such things such things as intelligence and veracity.... [more]
This indicates familial origin within either of 2 Masurian villages.
Bodeman is an occupational name meaning "adherent of the royal messenger".
Swedish ornamental name composed of Swedish bod
"small hut" and the common surname suffix -én
, a derivative of Latin -enius
BODENGerman, Low German
Patronymic from the personal name BODE
or a topographic name for someone living in a valley bottom or the low-lying area of a field. From Middle High German boden
The United State Version of Bodi is an alteration of the French name Baudin. The name also has roots from Hungary.
Probably derived from various Germanic personal names beginning with Bod-
"messenger", or from the habitational name Boddin, name of several places in Mecklenburg and Brandenburg.
Derived from Old Norse býr
"farm, village, settlement" or búa
BOEHMGerman, Dutch, Jewish
Ethnic name for a native or inhabitant of Bohemia (now the western part of the Czech Republic), from Böhmen
, German name of Bohemia (Middle High German Böheim
). This derives its name from the tribal name Baii
"homeland"; the Baii were a tribe, probably Celtic, who inhabited the region in the 1st century A.D. and were gradually displaced by Slavic settlers in the period up to the 5th century... [more]
Anglicized form of German Böing
. This was the surname of American industrialist William Boeing (1881-1956) who founded The Boeing Company, a manufacturer of airplanes.
Probably a habitational name from the village Boekhoute in northern Belgium, close to the border to The Netherlands.
Habitational name from the common farm name Bøen, simply meaning "the farm" (ultimately derived from Old Norse býr
"farm, village, settlement" and the definite article -en
Occupational name for a bean grower, from Middle Dutch bone
Occupational name for a cooper, from Middle High German botecher
, an agent derivative of botech(e)
Habitational name for a person from "Bogdanowo" or "Bogdanka" or any other places with Bogdan
in it in Poland.
BOGLEScottish, Northern Irish
From a medieval Scottish and Northern Irish nickname for someone of scary appearance (from Middle Scots bogill
Habitational name for someone from a place called Boguslaw or Boguslawice, from the personal name Bogusław
(composed of Slavic Bog
"God" and slav
This surname is very common in Nigeria. Possibly taken from a word in one of the Nigerian tribes languages.
Topographic name for someone who lived on a patch of soil of a particular type known as tierra bolar.
From the Germanic personal name Baldo
, a short form of the various compound names with the first element bald
This is a name for someone who lived in Peeblesshire.
Comes from the given name Bolesław
, also a name for a person who comes from Bolewice
or other places starting with -Bolew
Franciscanized form of "Bullens", a Dutch surname meaning "son of Baldo (meaning "strong")".
From a personal name composed of the Germanic elements boll "friend", "brother" + hard
According to MacLysaght, this surname of Dutch origin which was taken to Ireland early in the 18th century.
Bolloré derives from bod which means bush and lore which means laurel in Breton
From Middle English bolt
meaning "bolt", "bar" (Old English bolt
meaning "arrow’). In part this may have originated as a nickname or byname for a short but powerfully built person, in part as a metonymic occupational name for a maker of bolts... [more]
Combination of Swedish bo (noun)
"nest, farm, dwelling" and man
"Bona" comes from the Italian for good, "Buona" and "cci" is ancient Latin form for "man." Thus, "the good man." A derivation of FiBonacci, or "son of Bonacci." Was the name of the famous mathematician, Leondardo de Pisa: Leonardo of Pisa is now known as Fibonacci pronounced fib-on-arch-ee
short for filius Bonacci... [more]
From the medieval personal name Bonanno
, an omen name meaning "good year". Mainly found throughout southern Italy.
BONARScottish, Northern Irish
From a medieval nickname for a courteous or good-looking person (from Middle English boner
"gentle, courteous, handsome"). A notable bearer of the surname was Canadian-born British Conservative politician Andrew Bonar Law (1858-1923), prime minister 1922-23.
A "translation" of Irish Gaelic Ó Cnáimhsighe
"descendant of Cnáimhseach
", a nickname meaning literally "midwife" and ostensibly a derivative of Gaelic cnámh
Comes from the pesonal name 'Bona
' which is derived from Latin 'bonus
', which means 'great'
Bondia is a Catalan surname. It means 'good day' or 'good morning'.
Italian from the medieval personal name Bongiorno
(composed of bono
‘good’ + giorno
‘day’), bestowed on a child as an expression of the parents’ satisfaction at the birth (‘it was a good day when you were born’).
Comes from the personal name Giovanni
composed of the elements bon
‘good’ + Giovanni
, Italian equivalent of John
Most likely derived from Persian بنياد (Bonīād)
, the name of a village in the Bushehr Province of Iran. A notable bearer is Iranian-American actress Nazanin
Literally means "good house", derived from French bonne
"good" and French maison
"house". As such, this surname is most likely a locational surname, in that it originally either referred to someone who lived in a good house (probably more like a mansion) or to someone who was born in (or lived in) the place Bonnemaison, which is nowadays located in the Calvados department of France... [more]
This is a locational name which originally derived from the village of Bonsall, near Matlock in Derbyshire. The name is Norse-Viking, pre 10th Century and translates as 'Beorns-Halh' - with 'Beorn' being a personal name meaning 'Hero' and 'Halh' a piece of cultivated land - a farm.
BONUSFrench, German, Dutch
Humanistic Latinization of vernacular names meaning ‘good’, for example French Lebon or Dutch de Goede
From a pet form of the personal name Bonifác, Czech form of Bonifacio.
The surname Book originated from the UK. When and where are still under investigation, however we believe it maybe within the Manchester area.
English occupational surname meaning "maker of books."
Boomhouwer, means "Cutter of Trees", or "The one who hews trees", having Boom translating into "tree", houw meaning to "hew" or to "cut", and er meaning "the one who".... [more]
This surname is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and may be either a topographical name for someone who lived in a particularly noteworthy or conspicuous cottage, from the Olde English pre 7th Century "bur", bower, cottage, inner room, with "mann", man, or a locational name from any of the various places called Bower(s) in Somerset and Essex, which appear variously as "Bur
" and "Bura
" in the Domesday Book of 1086... [more]
BOOTEnglish, Dutch, German
English: metonymic occupational name for a maker or seller of boots, from Middle English, Old French bote (of unknown origin).... [more]
A Dutch surname meaning a "nickname for a ridiculous person" or a variant of Boot
Habitational name for someone from one of many places named with bor meaning "pine forest"; alternatively from a short form of the personal names Dalibor or Bořivoj, containing the element -bor meaning "battle".
Derived from Tuvan борбак (borbak)
meaning "round, rounded, spherical" combined with оол (ool)
Proper, non-Castilianized form of Borja
; it indicates familial origin within the eponymous municipality.
Habitational name for someone from a place called Borek or Borki, from bór
Ornamental name composed of an unexplained first element and the common surname suffix -en
, from Latin -enius
"descendant of".... [more]
Of unclear origin, most likely a variant of the German surname Born
Borgo is an Italian surname, which means 'village' or 'borough'.
The origin of this name comes from Ukraine, the original name being Borisov.
Habitational name for someone from a place called Borki, Borkowice, or Borek, all named with Polish bór
'pine forest', or from Borków, which derives from the personal name Borek
+ the possessive suffix -ow
This surname is presumed to be a variant of Bornemann
, which is made up of Middle Low German born
meaning "spring" and man
meaning "man," denoting someone who lived by a spring or a well.
A topographical name indicating someone who lived near a stream, from the Old English "burna, burne". Alternatively, it could be contemporarily derived from the modern English word "born". Possible variants include Bourne
North German: topographic name denoting someone who lived by a well or spring, from Middle Low German born ‘spring’, ‘well’ + man ‘man’.
Patronymic from a pet form of Borowy, or from Borzyslaw, Bolebor, or some other personal name formed with the element bor ‘to fight’.
The Danish surname Borresen has two origins. Boerresen is composed of -sen 'son' + the given name Boerre, the modern equivalent of Old Norse Byrgir 'the helper' (from proto-Indo-European root BHER- 'to carry, bear')... [more]
Habitational name from either of two farmsteads in Norway: Borsheim in Rogaland and Børsheim in Hordaland. Borsheim is a combination of an unknown first element and Norwegian heim
"home", while Børsheim is a combination of Old Norse byrgi
"fence, enclosure" and heim
Habitational name from a place named with Bosc(h), from Late Latin boscus
English habitation surname derived from the Old English personal name Bosa
and the Old English leah
"clearing, field". It's also possibly a variant of the French surname Beausoleil meaning "beautiful sun" from the French beau
'beautiful, fair' and soleil
Derived from "Bošnjak", for someone who has their roots in Bosnia. This surname is rare in Bosnian Muslims.
From the medieval personal name Boso, from a Germanic personal name derived from a pejorative nickname meaning ‘leader’, ‘nobleman’, or ‘arrogant person’. Compare Dutch Boos.
Combination of Swedish bo
"dwelling, home" and ström
From an English surname which was from a lost or unidentified place name. The second element is clearly Old English wic
"outlying (dairy) farm".
"The name Boswell is an Anglicization of the name of a French village: Boseville (Beuzeville)". This was a village of 1400 inhabitants near Yvetot, in Normandy. (from “A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames”, by Charles W. Bardsley, New York, 1901)... [more]
This was the surname of Evgeniy
Botkin ( 1865 - 1918) who was the Russian court physician. He remained loyal to the family of Tsar Nicholas II Romanov when the revolution occurred and followed them into exile in Siberia... [more]
Means "father of Aziz
" in Arabic (chiefly Maghrebi). A notable bearer was Mohamed Bouazizi (1984-2011), a Tunisian street vendor who set himself on fire. His death initiated the start of the Tunisian Jasmine Revolution.
Means "father of the moustache" or "father of the drinker", from the Arabic بو (bu)
"father (of)" and شَارِب (šārib)
meaning "drinking, drinker" or "moustache". It is mainly found in Algeria.
Variant of Beaudreau
. Originated in ancient area known as Languedoc, where the family was established. Comes from having lived in Languedoc, where the name was found since the early Middle Ages.
Meaning unknown. A notable bearer is Djamila
Bouhired (1935-), an Algerian militant and nationalist who opposed the French rule over Algeria.
BOUHOUCHEBerber, Northern African
Kabyle name possibly derived from Arabic أَبُو (ʾabū)
meaning "father" and حَوْش (ḥawš)
meaning "courtyard, enclosure, farm" (chiefly Algerian).
BOUJETTIFNorthern African (Archaic)
Meaning, "The family of the son of the Clever Head" or "One Whom Possess a Clever Head." Bou
(normally used in the North African Regions of the Maghrib Countries) has 2 possible derivative meanings both originating from the Arabic language, "Son of..." or an Arabic word Tho
meaning, "One Who Possess A Quality." Jettif
is a variance of Jettef
which is derived from the ancient Tamazight or Imazighen (popularly known as Berber) and is pronounced "j-ixf" which means Clever, head, or brain."
Means "father of Midian
" in Arabic (chiefly Algerian). A notable bearer was Houari
Boumediene (1932-1978), born as Mohamed
ben Brahim Boukharouba, an Algerian revolutionary who served as the second President of Algeria from 1976-1978.
Seems to be an Indian name. I am in touch with a relative whose family were Pottawatomi Indians in Oklahoma. This name comes from that reservation.
The Bourbons were one of the most important ruling houses of Europe . Its members were descended from Louis I, duc de Bourbon from 1327 to 1342, the grandson of the French king Louis IX (ruled 1226-70)... [more]
Means "father of the mountain" or "father of the hill", derived from Arabic أَبُو (ʾabū)
meaning "father (of)" and تَلّ (tall)
"hill, foothill"; mainly used in Algeria.... [more]
Occupational name for a herdsman, from Old French bouvier
, Late Latin boviarus
, a derivative of bos
, genetive bovis
It is the surname of the famous fictional character Emma Bovary protagonist of Gustave Flaubert's novel.
Habitational name from any of several places called Bowden or Bowdon, most of them in England. From Old English boga
"bow" and dun
"hill", or from Old English personal names BUGA
combined with dun
Originally de Boelare it evolved to Bowdler or Bowdle after Baldwin de Boelare came to England in 1105 & was given a lordship over Montgomery, Wales.
BOWEMedieval English, English, Irish (Anglicized)
There are three possible sources of this surname, the first being that it is a metonymic occupational name for a maker or seller of bows, a vital trade in medieval times before the invention of gunpowder, and a derivative of the Old English pre 7th Century 'boga', bow, from 'bugan' to bend... [more]
Scots Gaelic Bhuidhe
meaning "golden yellow". Name was originally Mac Gille Bhuid
, meaning "son of the yellow-haired lad". It was shortened to MacilBuie
in the 1600's, and further shortened in the 1700's to Buie
and anglicised to Bowie by English speaking census takers and record keepers on the Scottish mainland.
Nickname from the Norman term of address beu sire ‘fine sir’, given either to a fine gentleman or to someone who made frequent use of this term of address.
English: occupational name for a maker or seller of bows (see Bow
), as opposed to an archer. Compare Bowman
patronymic from an occupational name for a painter, from Turkish boyaci 'painter'.
Habitational name from a place called Boydston near Glasgow. This surname is no longer found in the British Isles.
Means "Ox Gaurd," "Ox Leader", and/or "Boy". Origin is French.
Diminutive of bog
, meaning "god", literally means Christmas.
From Irish Ó Breacáin meaning "descendant of Breacán", a personal name from a diminutive of breac 'speckled', 'spotted', which was borne by a 6th-century saint who lived at Ballyconnel, County Cavan, and was famous as a healer; St... [more]
Habitational name from any of the places called Bradshaw, for example in Lancashire and West Yorkshire, from Old English brad
"broad" + sceaga
Habitational name for someone from Bräg in Bavaria.
From the name of any of the various farmsteads in eastern Norway, which may have derived their name from a river name meaning "roaring", "thundering".
From a nickname for a cheerful or lively person, derived from Middle English bragge
meaning "lively, cheerful, active", also "brave, proud, arrogant".
Means "son of Brayne", Brayne
being a short form of the Yiddish feminine name Brayndl
, literally "little brown one" (cf. Breindel
Northern English habitational name from any of the places in Cumbria and Yorkshire named Braithwaite, from Old Norse breiðr
"broad" + þveit
This surname is taken from the word which refers to a common blackberry (British) or any of several closely related thorny plants in the Rubus genus (US). It also refers to any thorny shrub. The word is derived from Old English bræmbel
with a euphonic -b-
inserted from the earlier bræmel
, which is then derived from Proto-Germanic *bræmaz
meaning "thorny bush."
Derived from the medieval Italian given name Brancazia
, which is the feminine form of the masculine given name Brancazio
. For more information, please see the entry for the patronymic surname Brancazio
Variant form of Brancazio
. There are a few sources that claim that the surname is derived from a place name (which would make it a locational surname), but that claim is incorrect, as all Italian geographical places carrying the name Brancaccio
were either established long after the Middle Ages (by which time virtually all Italians already had a hereditary surname) or were named after a person who had Brancaccio for a surname... [more]
Derived from the medieval Italian masculine given name Brancaleone
, which means either "a lion's paw" or "he who captures the lion". In the case of the former meaning, the name is derived from Italian branca
meaning "paw, claw" combined with Italian leone
meaning "lion"... [more]
Derived from the feminine given name Brancatella
, which is a diminutive of the medieval Italian given name Brancazia
, the feminine form of the masculine given name Brancazio
. For more information about this, please see the entry for the patronymic surname of Brancazio
Derived from the masculine given name Brancatello
, which is a diminutive of the medieval Italian given name Brancazio
, itself ultimately derived from the late Latin given name Brancatius
This surname can be derived from a given name (thus making it a patronymic surname) as well as from a place name (thus making it a locational surname). In the case of a patronymic surname, the surname is derived from the medieval Italian given name Brancato
, which is a variant form of the given name Brancazio
, itself ultimately derived from the late Latin given name Brancatius
Derived from the medieval Italian masculine given name Brancazio
, which itself is derived from Brancatius
(also found spelled as Brancaccius
), a late Latin corruption of the given name Pancratius
from the the portuguese word Branco
meaning "white", referring to someone with light skin and/or hair
BRANDENBURGGerman (East Prussian, Rare)
From a state in eastern Germany, formerly known as Prussia, containing the capital city of Berlin. Ancient. Associated with the Margravate (Dukedom) of Brandenburg, the seat of power in the Holy Roman Empire... [more]
BRANDISGerman, Jewish, Swiss
German & Swiss: Habitational name from a former Brandis castle in Emmental near Bern, Switzerland, or from any of the places so named in Saxony, Germany. A famous bearer of the name is Jonathan Brandis