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BRUGGER     German, American
South German variant or Americanized spelling of North German Brügger (see Bruegger). habitational name for someone from any of various (southern) places called Bruck or Brugg in Bavaria and Austria.
BRUGH     English (Rare)
Variant of Brough.
BRUGMAN     Dutch, Swiss
Dutch: topographic name for someone who lived near a bridge or a metonymic occupational name for a bridge keeper, from Dutch brugge ‘bridge’ (see Bridge); in some cases, it is a habitational name for someone from the Flemish city of Bruges (or Brugge), meaning ‘bridges’... [more]
BRUMBY     Australian (Rare), English
English habitational name from a place in Lincolnshire named Brumby, from the Old Norse personal name Brúni or from Old Norse brunnr ‘well’ + býr ‘farmstead’, ‘village’.
BRUMLEY     English
Variant of BROMLEY.
BRUNETTE     French (Quebec)
Variant of Brunet, reflecting the French Canadian pattern of pronouncing the final -t, which is not pronounced in metropolitan French.
BRUNI     Italian
Patronymic or plural form of Bruno.
BRUNNER     German (Austrian)
Brunner came from Tyrolean and Bavarian place names, or Brno.... [more]
BRUNO     Portuguese
From a Germanic personal name, Brun.
BRUNSWICK     English, German
English habitational name from the city in Saxony now known in German as Braunschweig. ... [more]
BRUSKI     Polish
Habitational surname for someone from a place called Brus.
BRYER     Anglo-Saxon
This unusual surname is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and was originally given either as a topographical name to someone who lived by a briar patch, deriving from the Olde English pre 7th Century "braer, brer", Middle English "brer", prickly thorn-bush, or as a nickname to a prickly individual, "sharp as brere" (Chaucer), from the same word applied in a transferred sense.
BRYNILSEN     Norwegian
Means "son of Brynil".
Means "daughter of Brynjólfur".
BRYNJÓLFSSON     Icelandic
Means "son of Brynjólfur".
BRYNJULFSEN     Norwegian
Means "son of Brynjulf".
BRYNTESEN     Norwegian
Means "son of Brynte".
BRYNTESON     Norwegian
Variant of Bryntesen.
BRZOZA     Polish
Topographic name from brzoza meaning ‘birch tree’.
This indicates familial origin within the Greater Polish village of Brzozogaj.
Habitational name for someone from a place named with brzoza meaning "birch tree", for example Brzozowa, Brzozowice, or Brzozowo.
This indicates familial origin within the Masovian village of Brzumin.
BUBIKOĞLU     Turkish
Means "son of Bubik".
BUBLIK     Ukrainian, Belarusian, Russian
From bublik, a bagel-like bread roll.
BUCCAMBUSO     Sicilian, Italian
Believed to be an Americanization of the surname Buccinfuso
BUCH     German
Topographic name for someone who lived by a beech tree or beech wood, from Middle High German buoche, or a habitational name from any of the numerous places so named with this word, notably in Bavaria and Württemberg... [more]
BUCHANAN     English (American), English (Australian)
Uncertain. Possibly used as an anglicized form of any like-sounding surnames, such as German Buchholz and Bulgarian Buchvarov.
BUCHCICKI     Polish
This indicates familial origin within the Lesser Polish village of Buchcice.
BUCHER     German
Upper German surname denoting someone who lived by a beech tree or beech wood, derived from Middle High German buoche "beech tree".
BUCHWALDER     German, German (Swiss)
Buchwalder is a German Surname.
BUCK     English
From the given name Buck.
BUCKLAND     English
Habitational name from any of the many places in southern England (including nine in Devon) named Buckland, from Old English boc "book" and land "land", i.e. land held by right of a written charter, as opposed to folcland, land held by right of custom.
BUCKMAN     English
Occupational name for a goatherd (Middle English bukkeman) or scholar (Old English bucman "book man"). It could also be a shortened form of BUCKINGHAM or a variant of BUCKNAM.
BUCKSON     English
Either a patronymic from Buck, or possibly an altered form of Buxton.
BUCKWALTER     English (American)
Americanized spelling of German Buchwalder.
BUCSIS     English (Canadian)
Perhaps of Hungarian origin, but the original surname is not known.
BUCUR     Romanian
A ancient Romanian name of Dacian origin. It means "happy". A legendary Romanian shepherd named Bucur it is said to have founded Bucharest, the present capital or Romania, giving his name to it (The Romanian city name is Bucureşti).
BUCZYŃSKI     Polish
Surname for someone from places called Buczyn or Buczyna.
BUDA     Hungarian (Rare)
Habitational name from the name of the old capital of Hungary.
BUDGE     English
Nickname from Norman French buge "mouth" (Late Latin bucca), applied either to someone with a large or misshapen mouth or to someone who made excessive use of his mouth, i.e. a garrulous, indiscreet, or gluttonous person... [more]
BUDIMIR     Croatian, Serbian
From the given name Budimir.
BUDOU     Japanese
From Japanese 武 (bu) meaning "military, martial" combined with 堂 (dou) meaning "temple, shrine" or from 武道 (budou) meaning "Japanese martial arts".
BUDUROV     Russian
It is believed to mean "The Blessed One" or "Bless You" in Russian.
Habitational name for someone from places called Budziszewo.
BUELTER     German, English
Middle European variant of Butler, also meaning "a vat or large trough used to contain wine." The name originated in southern Germany in the mid-seventeenth century.
BUENO     Spanish
generally an approving (or ironic) nickname, from Spanish bueno ‘good’.
BUERK     German (Anglicized)
German from a short form of the personal name Burkhardt, a variant of Burkhart.
North German: status name for the mayor or chief magistrate of a town, from Middle Low German bur ‘inhabitant, dweller’, ‘neighbor’, ‘peasant’, ‘citizen’ + mester ‘master’.
BUETTNER     German
Variant of BÜTTNER.
BUFFORD     English
Meaning unknown.
BUFORD     English, French (Anglicized)
English: most probably a variant of Beaufort.... [more]
BUGAJSKI     Polish
Habitational name from any of numerous places called Bugaj.
BUGEJA     Maltese
Means white cow.
BUGG     English
From the Old Norse nickname Buggi, literally "fat man", or from a medieval nickname for an eccentric or strangely behaved person (from Middle English bugge "bogeyman, scarecrow").
BÙI     Vietnamese
Vietnamese form of Pei.
BUITRAGO     Spanish
This indicates familial origin within either of 2 eponymous municipalities: the Castilian one in El Campo de Gómara or the Manchego municipality of Buitrago del Lozoya in Sierra Norte, Comunidad de Madrid.
BUJALSKI     Polish
Nickname for a storyteller, Polish bujała.
BUJNOWSKI     Polish
Habitational name for someone from a place called Bujnowo or Bujnow, named with bujny ‘luxuriant’, ‘bushy’, ‘fertile’.
BUKOVSKY     Russian
Russian variant of Bukowski.
BULIĆ     Croatian
Derived from Ottoman Turkish bula meaning "a married woman or a Muslim woman in harem pants or covered with a headscarf" or from the forename Bule a hypocoristic of Budislav, Budimir, Budivoj, Budimil.
BULLICK     English
Variant of Bullock.
BULLIVANT     English
From a medieval nickname for a "good chap" or amiable companion (from Old French bon enfant, literally "good child").
BULSARA     Indian (Parsi), Marathi, Telugu, Gujarati
Indian Parsi surname derived from the name of the Indian city of Bulsar (today known as Valsad), which was a center for Zoroastrianism in the 17th century. A famous bearer of the surname was Farrokh Bulsara (also known by his stage name Freddie Mercury; 1946-1991), a British singer and songwriter.
BULSTRODE     English
Locational surname referring to the medieval village of Bulstrode in Berkshire. ... [more]
BUMPUS     English
(i) from a medieval nickname for a vigorous walker (from Old French bon "good" + pas "pace"); (ii) perhaps "person who lives by a place through which travel is easy" (from Old French bon "good" + pas "passage")
BUNCE     Norman
Meaning "good" person in old french. Also means "bain"(exeptionaly tall) in old english
BUNCH     English
English: nickname for a hunchback, from Middle English bunche ‘hump’, ‘swelling’ (of unknown origin).
BUNTING     English, German
English: nickname from some fancied resemblance to the songbird... [more]
BUONAPARTE     Italian (Rare)
Derived from the given name Buonaparte
BUONO     Italian, English
Nickname derived from Italian buono "good".
BUR     Swiss, Low German, Czech, French
Swiss and North German variant of Bauer. ... [more]
BURBAGE     English
English: habitational name from places in Wiltshire, Derbyshire, and Leicestershire, so named with Old English burh ‘fort’ + bæc ‘hill’, ‘ridge’ (dative bece).
BURBIDGE     Anglo-Saxon
This interesting name is of Anglo-Saxon origin and is a dialectal variant of the locational surname, deriving from any of the places called "Burbage", in the counties of Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Wiltshire... [more]
BURBRIDGE     English
English: perhaps a variant of Burbage, altered by folk etymology, or possibly a habitational name from a lost place so named.
BURCZYK     Polish
Nickname for a grouse or complainer, from burczeć meaning "to grumble".
BURDORF     German
Means little farmer in german
BURE     Old Swedish, Swedish
This was the name of an influential family in 16th century Sweden. The name originated from the village Bure (now known as Bureå) in Skellefteå parish in Northern Sweden. The village got its name from the nearby Bure River (Swedish: Bure älv, Bureälven) whose name was derived from the Swedish dialectal word burra "buzz, rumble".
BURELA     Galician
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous municipality in the Comarca of La Mariña Central.
BURGER     English, German, Dutch
Status name for a freeman of a borough. From Middle English burg, Middle High German burc and Middle Dutch burch "fortified town". Also a German habitational name for someone from a place called Burg.
BURGMEIER     German
Occupational name for the tenant farmer of an estate belonging to a castle or fortified town, from Middle High German burc "(fortified) town, castle" and meier "tenant farmer" (see Meyer).
BURIAN     Czech
Derived from the given name Burjan.
BURK     English, Irish
Variant of BURKE
BURKETT     English
English: from an Old English personal name, Burgheard, composed of the elements burh, burg ‘fort’ (see Burke) + heard ‘hardy’, ‘brave’, ‘strong’. ... [more]
Topographic name composed of the Middle High German elements burc "castle" "protection" and halter from halde "slope".
BURKHANOV     Uzbek, Russian, Tajik
Means "son of Burhan".
BURKHARDT     German
Burk is German for "Strong", and hardt is the "heart of a castle".
BURKS     English
English variant spelling of Birks.
BURL     English
Old English occupational name originally meaning "cup bearer" or "butler" for one who dispensed wine and had charge of the cellar. Eventually the name came to mean the chief servant of a royal or noble household and was replaced by the French language inspired named 'Butler,' akin to the world "bottler".
BURLEY     English
English habitation name from the elements burh meaning "stronghold or fortified settlement" and leah meaning "field or clearing".
BURLINGTON     English
Habitational name from Bridlington in East Yorkshire, from Old English Bretlintun meaning BERHTEL's town.
North German: status name for the mayor or chief magistrate of a town, from Middle Low German bur ‘inhabitant, dweller’, ‘neighbor’, ‘peasant’, ‘citizen’ + mester ‘master’.
BURNETT     English
Scottish and English: descriptive nickname from Old French burnete, a diminutive of brun "brown" (see Brown).
BURNETTE     French
Descriptive nickname from Old French burnete ‘brown’ (see Burnett). Possibly also a reduced form of Buronet, from a diminutive of Old French buron ‘hut’, ‘shack’.
BURNLEY     English
English (Lancashire and Yorkshire): habitational name from Burnley in Lancashire, so named with the Old English river name Brun (from brun ‘brown’ or burna ‘stream’) + leah ‘woodland clearing’... [more]
BURRIS     English
Variant of English BURROWS or German BÖRRIES.
BURROUGHS     English
Topographic name for someone who lived by a hill or tumulus, Old English "beorg", a cognate of Old High German berg "hill", ‘mountain’ (see Berg). This name has become confused with derivatives of Old English burh ‘fort’ (see Burke)... [more]
BURROWS     English
Variant of Burroughs. A name for someone who lived by a hill or tumulus, also may be a further derivation from Old English bur "bower" and hus "house".
BURRUCHAGA     Spanish, Basque
From "Pais Vasco" in Spain.
BURZINSKI     Polish
Variant spelling of Burzynski.
BURZYŃSKI     Polish
Habitational name from places called Burzyn in the voivodeships of Tarnów or łomża, apparently named with burza meaning "tempest", "storm".
BUSBY     English
Habitational name from a place in North Yorkshire, recorded in Domesday Book as Buschebi, from Old Norse buskr "bush, shrub" or an Old Norse personal name Buski and býr "homestead, village", or from some other place so called.
BUSCEMI     Italian, Sicilian
Sicilian surname of Arabic origin coming from the town Buscemi in Syracuse province. The name possibly derives from Arab 'Abu Samah'.
BUSCHIAZZO     Italian
It's a surname in northern Italy (Piedmont). It emerges from the German spelling Bosch or Busch and this means "forest" or "wooded area".
BUSFIELD     English
This is a locational surname and originates from the hamlet of 'Bousfield', eight miles from the town of Appleby in Cumberland. This hamlet was controlled by Norse Vikings for several centuries until the Norman invasion of 1066... [more]
BUSHE     English
Variant of Bush.
BUSSE     German, English
German: variant of Buss. ... [more]
BUSTAMANTE     Spanish
Derived from the town Bustamante in the Cantabria region of Northern Spain.
BUTT     Pakistani, Punjabi, Urdu
Most likely derived from the Sanskrit भटट (bhatt) meaning "scholar". This particular spelling is more common among Punjabis and Pakistanis.
BUTTA     Italian
Italian: from a short form of a compound name formed with butta- ‘throw’, as for example Buttacavoli.Italian: from an old German feminine personal name Butta.Italian: variant of Botta.
Nickname composed of the elements butta "throw" + cavoli "cabbages".
BUTTAFUOCO     Italian
Nickname composed of the elements butta "throw" + fuoco "fire".
BUTTER     English, German
1. English: nickname for someone with some fancied resemblance to a bittern, perhaps in the booming quality of the voice, from Middle English, Old French butor ‘bittern’ (a word of obscure etymology)... [more]
Topographic name for someone who lived by a pasture for cattle or at a dairy farm, or a habitational name from a place named Butterfield (for example in West Yorkshire), from Old English butere ‘butter’ + feld ‘open country’.
BÜTTNER     German
Occupational name for a cooper or barrel-maker, an agent derivative of Middle High German büte(n) "cask", "wine barrel". This name occurs chiefly in eastern German-speaking regions.
BUU     Vietnamese
A royal Vietnamese surname created by the NGUYEN Dynasty.
BUXTON     English
1. A habitational name for someone from Buxton in Derbyshire, from the Middle English Buchestanes or Bucstones (meaning "bowing stones"), from Old English būgan meaning "to bow" and stanes, meaning "stones".... [more]
BUYS     Afrikaans (Modern)
South Africa, Pretoria
BWYE     Welsh (Rare)
many of this name moved from south wales to india to work for the east india company around 1900's then came back to wales.
BYAM     English
Probably means "person from Bytham", Lincolnshire ("homestead in a valley bottom"). Glen Byam Shaw (1904-1986) was a British theatre director.
BYANSKI     Polish
looking for the meaning of this name as it is my maiden name.
BYBERG     Swedish
Swedish ornamental name. A combination of Swedish by "village" and berg "mountain".
BYCHAN     Welsh
Proper, unanglicized form of Vaughan.
BYCRAFT     English (American, Rare, ?)
Found mostly in the American Great Lakes region and Canada, likely a singular extended family. Likely of 6th century English descent, though there are very few English natives who bear the name. Name either refers to the occupation running some sort of mill machine, the original holder living near a croft (enclosed pasture or tillage) or implies "craftiness" of its original holder.
BYDŁOWSKI     Polish
This indicates familial origin within the Lesser Polish village of Bydłowa.
BYERS     Scottish, English
Scottish and northern English topographic name for someone who lived by a cattleshed, Middle English byre, or a habitational name with the same meaning, from any of several places named with Old English b¯re, for example Byers Green in County Durham or Byres near Edinburgh.
BYERS     German (Anglicized)
Americanized spelling of German Bayers.
BYKOWSKI     Polish
Habitational name for someone from a place called Bykowice or Byków.
BYLILLY     Navajo
Derived from Navajo ‎"for him" and álílee "magic power".
BYLIN     Swedish
A combination of Swedish by "village" and the suffix -in, derived from Latin -inus, -inius "descendant of"
BYLUND     Swedish
Combination of Swedish by "village" and lund "grove".
BYNES     Irish
This is the surname of American actress Amanda Bynes (born April 3, 1986).
BYRE     English
Probably derived from Old English bȳre "farm, barn".
BYSTEDT     Swedish
A combination of Swedish by "village" and German stedt "home, place".
BYTHESEA     English (British)
Habitational name for someone who lived near the sea, this name is nearly extinct in England today.
BZOWSKI     Polish
Habitational name for someone who comes from the town of Bzowo in Poland.
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