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Evidently from Old English blod ‘blood’, but with what significance is not clear. In Middle English the word was in use as a metonymic occupational term for a physician, i.e. one who lets blood, and also as an affectionate term of address for a blood relative.
Anglicized form of Welsh ap Llwyd ‘son of Llwyd’.
Derived from the Old English byname Blīþa (meaning "happy, blithe").
Metonymic occupational name for an iron worker, from Middle English blome
‘ingot (of iron)’.
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").
BLUFORD English, 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
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.
BLUTH German, Jewish
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): ornamental name from Middle High German bluot, German Blüte ‘bloom’, ‘flower head’. ... [more]
Occupational name for a person who worked on the deck of a ship.
Habitational name for someone from a place called Bobin or Bobino.
BOBROWSKI Polish, Jewish
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".
Possibly a combination of Swedish bod
"shed, shack, small building" and the common surname suffix -én
(originally a derivative of Latin -enius
"descendant of"). Also a possible habitational name from places named with Bod-
BODEN German, 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.
A habitational name from the parish of Budleigh, near Exeter in Devon or Baddeley Green in Staffordshire. From the Old English budda
, meaning "beetle" and leah
, meaning "wood" or "clearing", also known as a glade... [more]
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
BOEING English (Anglicized)
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.
BOGLE Scottish, Northern Irish
From a medieval Scottish and Northern Irish nickname for someone of scary appearance (from Middle Scots bogill
BOGUSŁAWSKI Polish, Jewish
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.
BOLD German, English
English: nickname from Middle English bold ‘courageous’, ‘daring’ (Old English b(e)ald, cognate with Old High German bald). In some cases it may derive from an Old English personal name (see Bald)... [more]
Habitational name from a place so named in Jutland.
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
BOLLARD English, Irish
According to MacLysaght, this surname of Dutch origin which was taken to Ireland early in the 18th century.
BOLLING English, German
nickname for someone with close-cropped hair or a large head, Middle English bolling 'pollard', or for a heavy drinker, from Middle English bolling 'excessive drinking'. German (Bölling): from a personal name BALDWIN
BOLLINGER German (Swiss)
Habitational name for someone from any of three places called Bollingen, in Schwyz, Württemberg, and Oldenburg, or from Bohlingen near Lake Constance (which is pronounced and was formerly written as Bollingen).
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]
May designate a creator of bolts for crossbows or bowmen. May also be a short form of BALDWIN
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]
This is a surname formed from the Latin root "bonus" (= good) and the Germanic "wald" (waldan = govern). Bonwald meaning good governor.
From the medieval personal name BONANNO
, an omen name meaning "good year". Mainly found throughout southern Italy.
BONAR Scottish, 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
BONIADI Persian (Rare)
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
BONNAR Irish, Gaelic
Translation of the Gaelic "O'Cnaimhsighe", descendant of Cnaimhseach, a byname meaning "Midwife
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]
BONSALL English (British)
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.
Bonsor is from French origin mean good day Bon soir
BONUS French, 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.
American variant of the German name BUCHE
meaning "beech" in reference to the beech tree. Notable bearer is the actor SORRELL
English occupational surname meaning "maker of books."
BOOMHOUWER German, Dutch
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]
BOOT English, Dutch, German
English: metonymic occupational name for a maker or seller of boots, from Middle English, Old French bote (of unknown origin).... [more]
Possibly from the Old English booth meaning "hut, shack" and royd meaning "clearing (in the woods)".
Means butt. Usually big and round.There are also two of them.
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.
A variant spelling of Bartner, a job name for a battle axe maker.
Habitational name for someone from a place called Borek or Borki, from bór
Combination of an unknown first element and the common surname suffix -én
(originally from Latin -enius
"descendant of"). Also possible habitational name derived from places named with Bor-
, such as Borås, Borensberg, and Borlänge... [more]
Of unclear origin, most likely a variant of the German surname BORN
Derived from Arabic بُرْج (burj)
meaning "castle, citadel, (stone) tower".
Borgo is an Italian surname, which means 'village' or 'borough'.
The origin of this name comes from Ukraine, the original name being Borisov.
BORKOWSKI Polish, Jewish
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.
BORN German, English
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
BORNEMANN Low German
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]
BORSHEIM Norwegian (Rare)
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
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
BOŠNJAK Croatian, Serbian
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.
From an originally French term meaning "hunchback".
Occupational name for a cooper, from an agent derivative of Old French bosse
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".
BOSWELL French (Anglicized)
"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]
BOUAZIZI Arabic (Maghrebi)
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... [more]
BOUCHAREB Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "father of the moustache" or "father of the drinker" from Arabic أَبُو (ʾabū)
meaning "father" and شَارِب (šārib)
meaning "moustache" or "drinker".
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.
BOUHIRED Arabic (Maghrebi)
Meaning unknown. A notable bearer is DJAMILA
Bouhired (1935-), an Algerian militant and nationalist who opposed the French rule over Algeria.
BOUHOUCHE Berber, Northern African
Kabyle name possibly derived from Arabic أَبُو (ʾabū)
meaning "father" and حَوْش (ḥawš)
meaning "courtyard, enclosure, farm" (chiefly Algerian).
BOUJETTIF Northern 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 "district" characterized by bends from the Old English words boga and land.
BOUMEDIENE Arabic (Maghrebi)
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]
BOUTELLA Arabic (Maghrebi, Rare)
Means "father of the mountain" or "father of the hill", from Arabic أَبُو (ʾabū)
meaning "father (of)" and تَلّ (tall)
meaning "hill, foothill". Two notable bearers include father and daughter Safy
(1950-) and Sofia
(1982-) Boutella, an Algerian singer and an Algerian-French actress, respectively.