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BOUTROS Arabic, Coptic
Variant transcription of BOTROS.
BOUVIER French
Occupational name for a herdsman, from Old French bouvier, Late Latin boviarus, a derivative of bos, genetive bovis "ox."
BOUZAHER Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "father of ZAHER" in Arabic (chiefly Algerian).
BOUZAID Arabic (Maghrebi)
Possibly a variant of BOUZID.
BOUZIAD Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "father of ZIAD" in Arabic.
BOUZIANE Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "father of ZAYYAN" in Arabic (chiefly Algerian and Moroccan).
BOUZID Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "father of ZAID" in Arabic (chiefly Maghrebi).
BOUZIDI Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "father of ZAYD" in Arabic (chiefly used in the Maghreb).
BOUZIGAT Medieval Occitan
Lengadocian (dialect of Occitan): meaning "fallow land" or "cleared, uncultivated land"
BOVARY French
It is the surname of the famous fictional character Emma Bovary protagonist of Gustave Flaubert's novel.
BOWDEN Irish (Anglicized)
Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó BUADÁIN.
BOWDEN English
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 or BUCGE combined with dun.... [more]
BOWDLER Flemish, English
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.
BOWE Medieval 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]
BOWER English, Scottish
Scottish: occupational name for a bow maker, Older Scots bowar, equivalent to English BOWYER. ... [more]
BOWERMAN English, American
1. English: occupational name for a house servant who attended his master in his private quarters (see BOWER). ... [more]
BOWERSOCK English
Likely an Americanized spelling of BAUERSACK.
BOWIE Scottish Gaelic
Scots Gaelic Bhuidhe or Buidhe meaning "golden yellow". Name was originally Mac Gille Bhuid, meaning "son of the yellow-haired lad". It was shortened to MacilBuie and MacilBowie 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.
BOWSER English
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.
BOWSKILL English
From the place name Bowscale.
BOWYER English
English: occupational name for a maker or seller of bows (see Bow), as opposed to an archer. Compare BOWMAN.
BOYAJIAN Armenian
patronymic from an occupational name for a painter, from Turkish boyaci 'painter'.
BOYDSTON Scottish
Habitational name from a place called Boydston near Glasgow. This surname is no longer found in the British Isles.
BOYE English, German, Dutch, Frisian, Danish
From the Germanic given names Boio or BOGO, which are of uncertain origin... [more]
BOYER French
Means "Ox Gaurd," "Ox Leader", and/or "Boy". Origin is French.
BOYKO Ukrainian
In the field of onomastics the Ukrainian surname Boyko is classified as being of nickname origin. Such names refer to a derivation from a physical characteristic or personal attribute of the first bearer... [more]
BOYKOV Bulgarian, Russian
Means "son of BOYKO".
BOŽAK Croatian
Derived from the forename BOŽO.
BOŽIĆ Croatian
Diminutive of bog, meaning "god", literally means Christmas.
BOZINOVIC Serbian
Son of Bozidar
BOZKURT Turkish
Means "grey wolf" from Turkish boz meaning "grey" and kurt meaning "wolf".
BRACHA Hebrew
From the given name BRACHA, means "blessing" in Hebrew.
BRACKEN Irish
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]
BRADSHAW English
Habitational name from any of the places called Bradshaw, for example in Lancashire and West Yorkshire, from Old English brad "broad" + sceaga "thicket".
BRAEGON Medieval Scottish (Americanized)
Meaning high noble, or he who shall rule.
BRAGADO Portuguese, Spanish
This surname is a Spanish word which means "gritty", refering to a bull. ... [more]
BRAGADÓTTIR Icelandic
Patronymic used exclusively by women, meaning "daughter of BRAGI". BRAGASON is the male equivalent.
BRAGANÇA Portuguese
From the city of Bragança in Portugal. It's also the name of the Royal House that ruled Portugal from 1640 to 1910.
BRAGASON Icelandic
Patronymic used exclusively by men, derived from the Old Norse name BRAGI.
BRÄGER German
Habitational name for someone from Bräg in Bavaria.
BRAGER Norwegian (Rare)
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".
BRAGG English, Welsh
From a nickname for a cheerful or lively person, derived from Middle English bragge meaning "lively, cheerful, active", also "brave, proud, arrogant".
BRAGUE English
Began being used in the 1700's
BRAHE Danish (Rare), Swedish (Rare)
Danish and Swedish noble family with roots in Scania and Halland, southern Sweden (both provinces belonged to Denmark when the family was founded). A notable bearer was Danish astronomer TYCHO Brahe (1546-1601).
BRAHIMI Arabic (Maghrebi)
From the given name BRAHIM (chiefly Algerian).
BRAHMI Arabic (Maghrebi)
Variant of BRAHIMI used in Algeria and Tunisia.
BRAILLE French
Braille is a writing system used by people with vision impairment. It was named after its inventor LOUIS Braille (1809-1852).
BRAIN Scottish Gaelic (Anglicized), Irish
Reduced Anglicized form of Scottish Gaelic Mac an Bhreitheamhan ‘son of the judge’, from breitheamh ‘judge’.
BRAININ Jewish
Means "son of Brayne", Brayne being a short form of the Yiddish feminine name Brayndl, literally "little brown one" (cf. BREINDEL).
BRAITHWAITE English
Northern English habitational name from any of the places in Cumbria and Yorkshire named Braithwaite, from Old Norse breiðr "broad" + þveit "clearing".
BRAMBLE English
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 or brémel, which is then derived from Proto-Germanic *bræmaz meaning "thorny bush."
BRANCACCIA Italian (Rare)
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... [more]
BRANCACCIO Italian
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]
BRANCALEONE Italian
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]
BRANCATELLA Italian (Rare)
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... [more]
BRANCATELLO Italian (Rare)
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... [more]
BRANCATO Italian
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... [more]
BRANCAZIO Italian (Rare)
Derived from the medieval Italian masculine given name Brancazio, which itself is derived from Brancatius (also found spelled as Brancaccius and Brancatus), a late Latin corruption of the given name PANCRATIUS... [more]
BRANCHE French
From Old French branche meaning ‘branch’ (which is from Late Latin branca meaning ‘foot’, ‘paw’), the application of which as a surname is not clear. Compare BRANCH.
BRANCO Portuguese
from the the portuguese word Branco meaning "white", referring to someone with light skin and/or hair
BRANDENBURG German (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]
BRANDIS German, 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 (1976-2003).... [more]
BRANDYBUCK Literature
Brandybuck is the surname of Meriadoc, a young Hobbit in J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings." Possibly derived from the Brandywine River, which in turn is derived from Sindarin Baranduin, "Brown River"... [more]
BRANNAN Irish
Variant of BRENNAN.
BRANNER Danish, German, English
Danish variant of BRANDER and German variant of BRANTNER.
BRANNOCK Irish
Originally taken from the Welsh place name Brecknock. Medieval settlers brought this name to Ireland.
BRÄNNSTRÖM Swedish
Combination of Swedish bränna "to burn" and ström "stream".
BRANTING Swedish
A combination of Swedish brant "steep hill" and the suffix -ing. A famous bearer was HJALMAR Branting (1860–1925), Prime Minister of Sweden in the 1920s.
BRAQUE French
Surname of cubist artist Georges Braque.
BRAS Dutch, Low German
Dutch and North German: from Old French and Middle Dutch bras ‘arm’. This was probably a descriptive nickname for someone with some peculiarity of the arm, but the word was also used as a measure of length, and may also have denoted a surveyor.
BRASE German
North German variation of BRASS.
BRASHEAR French (Anglicized)
Americanized spelling of French BRASSEUR or Brassier "brewer."
BRASS English, German
English (Northumberland): variant of Brace.... [more]
BRASSEUR French
French and English (of both Norman and Huguenot origin): occupational name for a brewer, from Old French brasser ‘to brew’. See also BRASHER.
BRÅTHEN Norwegian
Derived from Old Norse broti "land cleared for cultivation by burning". This was a common farm name in southeastern Norway.
BRATHWAITE English
Place-name derived from the Old Norse words for a "broad clearing".
BRATIĆ Serbian
Means ''little brother''.
BRATTÉN Swedish (Rare)
Composed of the personal name Bratt and the common surname suffix -én (ultimately from Latin -enius "descendant of").
BRATTEN Scottish (Anglicized)
Anglicized form of the Gaelic surname Mac an Bhreatnaich ‘son of the Briton’, originally denoting a Strathclyde Welsh-speaking Briton. It was applied in Ireland also to people from Brittany.
BRAUNDT German
Variant of BRANDT.
BRAUNERSHRITHER German, Dutch, English
This name mean Leather (Tanned) Knight, or a fighter of leather armor, or in Dutch, Leather writer, one who branded print on leather
BRAVERMAN Jewish, Ukrainian, Polish
A fairly common Jewish surname from Ukraine,Poland,and in some cases Russia.
BRAVO Spanish, Portuguese
From a Spanish and Portuguese nickname for a fierce or violent man (from Spanish and Portuguese bravo "fierce, violent"). This surname was borne by Charles Bravo (1845-1876), a British lawyer and possible murder victim.
BRAYSON English
Patronymic form of the surname BRAY.
BRAYTON English
Derived from the Old Norse name breithr meaning "broad", or the Old Norse personal name Breithi, combined with the Old English suffix tun meaning "town, farmstead".
BRAZIL English (Rare), Irish (Anglicized, Rare)
Irish surname, an Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Breasail "descendant of Breasal", Breasal being a byname which meant "strife".
BREAKSPEAR English
From a medieval nickname for someone who had achieved notable success in jousts or in battle. Nicholas Breakspear (?1100-1159) was the original name of Pope Hadrian IV, the only English pope.
BREAN Irish
Variant of BREEN or BRAIN.
BREAUX French (Cajun)
Originally from the region of Poitou.
BRECHT German
From a short form of any of various personal names formed with Germanic element berth " bright" "famous".
BREECE English
Variant of BREESE or PREECE.
BREED English
Habitational name from any of various minor places, for example Brede in Sussex, named with Old English brǣdu "breadth, broad place" (a derivative of brād "broad").
BREEDLOVE English
Probably from a medieval nickname for a likable or popular person (from Middle English breden "to produce" + love). This surname is borne by Craig Breedlove (1937-), US land-speed record holder.
BREEZE Welsh
Derived from the surname BREESE, which came from the surname REES.
BREGAR Slovene, Croatian
Derived from breg meaning ''hill''.
BREGIANNIS Greek
Its my surname
BREIDEGAM German
"bridegroom"
BREINES Yiddish
From the German braun "brown".
BREIT German
From Middle High German breit meaning "broad". a nickname for a stout or fat person.
BREITZMANN German
Derived from the name of a town called "Britz" in Germany + the suffix "mann" for man.
BREKKE Norwegian
Derived from Old Norse brekka meaning "hill, slope".
BREMONT French
A variant of BREMOND.
BRENARI Jewish, Italian
Jewish family and possible place-name in N.E.Italy in 1500's.
BRESLIN Irish
Irish (Sligo and Donegal): Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Breisláin ‘descendant of Breisleán’, a diminutive of the personal name Breasal (see BRAZIL).
BRESSER English
The surname is derived from the old English word brasian, meaning to make out of brass. This would indicate that the original bearer of the name was a brass founder by trade. The name is also derived from the old English Broesian which means to cast in brass and is the occupational name for a worker in brass.
BRESSON French
From a pet form of the personal name Brès (see BRICE).
BRETON French, English
French and English: ethnic name for a Breton, from Old French bret (oblique case breton) (see BRETT).
BREUNIG German, German (Austrian), American
Origin probably in Frankfurt am Main... [more]
BREVARD French
French: nickname from Old French bref ‘small’ + the derogatory suffix -ard.... [more]
BREVIK Norwegian
Habitational name from any of several farms named Brevik, from Norwegian bred "broad" and vik "bay".
BREWTON English
Variant spelling of the habitational name Bruton, from a place in Somerset, so named with a Celtic river name meaning 'brisk' + Old English tun 'farmstead'.
BREYER German (Americanized)
Americanized variant of BRAUER.
BREYETTE English (American)
Of uncertain origin and meaning. First found in the United States around 1880. Self-taught artist Michael Breyette is a bearer of this surname
BRIAN Irish, English, French
1) Variant spelling of BRYAN. ... [more]
BRIAND French
Variant of BRIAN.
BRIAR German
From the given name Briar.
BRIATORE Italian
This surname originates from the province of Cuneo in the Piedmont region of Italy. It is probably derived from Piedmontese brijador meaning "postilion, coachman", which itself is ultimately derived from Piedmontese bria meaning "bridles, reins".... [more]
BRICK Irish (Anglicized), English, German, Jewish
Irish Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Bruic ‘descendant of BROC’, i.e. ‘Badger’ (sometimes so translated) or Ó Bric ‘descendant of Breac’, a personal name meaning ‘freckled’... [more]
BRIDE Irish, Scottish, English
Further Anglicized from Scottish/Irish MACBRIDE, from the root for BRIGID.
BRIDGE English
Indicating one who lived near a bridge.
BRIDGES English, Scottish
Plural of "Bridge"; dweller at the bridge.
BRIEDIS Latvian
Means "deer".
BRIGGS English, Flemish
This surname is a variant of the more common name BRIDGES, which, contrary to appearances, has two possible origins, one the perhaps obvious English topographical or occupational one, and the other locational, from Belgium... [more]
BRIGHT English
From a Middle English nickname or personal name, meaning "bright, fair, pretty", from Old English beorht "bright, shining".
BRIGHTWEN English
From either of the two Old English given names Beohrtwine (a masculine name which meant "bright friend") or Beohrtwynn (a feminine name which meant "bright joy").
BRINCK German
Means "home on or near a hill".... [more]
BRINDLEY English
Habitational name from a place in England so named. From Old English berned "burnt" and leah "woodland clearing".
BRINER German (Swiss)
Habitational name for someone from Brin in Grison canton (Graubünden) or from the Brin valley.
BRINGAS Basque
Unexplained; mainly in Biscay.
BRINSON English
Habitational name from Briençun in northern France.
BRINTON English
English locational surname, taken from the town of the same name in Norfolk. The name means "settlement belonging to Brun" - the personal name coming from the Old English word for "fire, flame".
BRIONES Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Riojan municipality.
BRITAEV Ossetian (Russian)
Russified form of an Ossetian surname of unknown meaning.
BRITNELL English
Habitational name from a place called Brinton in Norfolk, England. See BRINTON.
BRIZUELA Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of the Castilian municipality of Merindad de Valdeporres.
BRNČIĆ Croatian
Meaning unknown.
BROADUS Various
Broadus is the surname of rapper Snoop Dogg born Cordozar Calvin Broadus Jr
BROCKER German
North German topographic name for someone who lived by a swamp, from Middle Low German brook bog + the suffix -er denoting an inhabitant.
BROCKMAN German
German in origin, in heraldry a "brock" is represented by a badger. It could mean wet/water and man. It also has been said to mean broker.
BROCOS Galician
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous parish of the municipality of Agolada in the Comarca of O Deza.
BRODÉN Swedish
Likely composed of Swedish bro "bridge" and the common surname suffix -én (ultimately derived from Latin -enius).
BRODERICK Irish, Welsh, English
Surname which comes from two distinct sources. As a Welsh surname it is derived from ap Rhydderch meaning "son of RHYDDERCH". As an Irish surname it is an Anglicized form of Ó Bruadair meaning "descendent of Bruadar"... [more]
BRODSKY Czech
Habitational name derived from a number of places, including Bohemia.
BRODZIŃSKI Polish
Habitational name for someone from a place called for example Brudzyń (formerly Brodzino) in Konin voivodeship, or Brodna in Piła voivodeship.
BROFLOVSKI Popular Culture
Kyle Broflovski (sometimes spelled Kyle Broflovski, Broslovski, Broslofski, Brovlofski or Broflofski) is a main character in the animated television series South Park.
BROGDEN English
From the name of a place in West Yorkshire meaning "valley brook", from Old English broc "brook" and denu "valley".
BROGDON English
Variant of BROGDEN The valley of the brook a rural place now in Lancanshire, England.
BROGLIN ?
Varient of Brogdon.
BROIN Italian
Italian and French form of or comes from BROWN.
BROLIN Swedish
Composed of Swedish bro "bridge" and the common surname suffix -in (ultimately derived from Latin -inus, -inius "descendant of").
BROLIN English (Anglicized, Rare)
In the case of American actors James and Josh Brolin, it seems to be an anglicized form of BRUDERLIN.
BROMLEY English
Habitational name from any of the many places so called in England. Most of them derived from Old English brom "broom" and leah "woodland clearing".
BRONIKOWSKI Polish
Habitational name from any of several places called Broniki or Bronikowo, in Konin, Leszczno, Piła, and Sieradz provinces.
BRONNI English (British)
The name Bronni means 'bronze', 'love heart' or 'cat lover'.... [more]
BROOK German, Dutch
Topographic name for someone who lived by a water meadow or marsh, from Low German brook, Dutch broek (cf. BRUCH).... [more]
BROOK German, Jewish
Americanized spelling of German BRUCH and Jewish BRUCK.
BROOKER English
Topographic name for someone who lived by a stream, a variant of BROOK.
BROOKHOUSE English
Means 'house by the brook'.
BROOKMAN English, American
English: variant of BROOK. ... [more]
BROOMBY English
A surname well represented in Cheshire, and Nottinghamshire.
BROOMFIELD English
From a place name meaning "gorse field", from Old English brom "gorse" and feld "field, open country".
BROPHY Irish (Anglicized)
Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Bróithe ‘descendant of Bróth’, a personal name or byname of unknown origin. Also Anglicized as Broy.
BRORSSON Swedish
Means "son of BROR".
BROTTMAN German
Dr Mikita Brottman
BROUGHTON English
Habitational name from any of the many places so called in England. The first name element is derived from Old English broc "brook", burh "fortress", or beorg "castle". The second element is derived from Old English tun "settlement, dwelling".
BROUWER Dutch
Dutch occupational name for a brewer of beer or ale, Middle Dutch brouwer.
BROUWERS Dutch
Possibly means "brewer; brewers" relating to one who brews beer.
BROWER English (American)
English variant of BREWER. Respelling of BRAUER or BROUWER.
BROWES English (Canadian, ?)
My mothers maiden name.
BROWNING English
English: from the Middle English and Old English personal name BRUNING, originally a patronymic from the byname BRUN (see BROWN).
BROWNLEE Scottish, Scottish Gaelic, Northern Irish, English
"Brown field" in Old English.
BROWNLEY English, Scottish
Variant spelling of "Brownlee". Brown field in Old English.
BROYNSHTEYN Yiddish
It literally means "brownstone".
BROZOVIĆ Croatian
Derived from BROZ.
BRUBAKER American
American form of BRUBACHER
BRUCH German
Topographic name for someone who lived by a marsh or a stream that frequently flooded, from Middle High German bruoch "water meadow" or "marsh" (cognate to old English broc "brook", "stream" cf... [more]
BRÜCK German
Topographic name for someone who lived near a bridge, or an occupational name for a bridge keeper or toll collector on a bridge, from Middle High German bruck(e) "bridge".
BRUCK Jewish
From Polish, Belorussian, or Yiddish bruk "pavement", possibly an occupational name for a paver.
BRUCK German
Variant of BRÜCK.
BRUCKER German
Variant of BRÜCK.
BRUCKER Jewish
From Polish brukarz or Yiddish bruk "pavement", possibly an occupational name for a paver.
BRUCKER English
Variant spelling of BROOKER.
BRUCKHEIMER German (Rare)
Bruckheimer is a German surname and is for someone who lived near a bridge.... [more]
BRUCKMAN German, English
German (Bruckmann): variant of BRUCK, with the addition of the suffix -mann ‘man’. ... [more]
BRUCKNER German
Topographic name for someone living by a bridge or an occupational name for a bridge toll collector; a variant of BRUCK with the addition of the suffix -ner.
BRUDER German
From a byname meaning "brother", occasionally used for a younger son, i.e. the brother of someone important, or for a guild member.
BRUECK German
Variant of BRÜCK.
BRUECKMAN Low German
it means "bridge man" or one who cares for a bridge
BRUECKNER German, German (Silesian)
German (Brückner): from Middle Low German brugge, Middle High German brugge, brücke, brügge ‘bridge’ + the agent suffix -ner, hence a topographic name for someone living by a bridge, an occupational name for a bridge toll collector, or in the southeast (Silesia for example) a bridge keeper or repairer... [more]
BRUEGGEMAN German
Variant of German BRUEGGEMANN.
BRUEGGEMANN Low German, German
North German (Brüggemann): topographic name for someone who lived near a bridge or a metonymic occupational name for a bridge keeper or street paver, Middle Low German brüggeman (see BRUCKMAN, BRUECKNER).
BRUEGGER Low German
North German (Brügger): occupational name for a bridge keeper, paver, or road builder, Middle Low German brügger. Compare BRUEGGEMANN.
BRUEN German
This is my 2nd great uncle's wife's Surname of German ancestry.
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.
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]
BRUIN Dutch
From a medieval Dutch nickname meaning "brown", from Middle Dutch bruun "brown", making this a cognate of German BRAUN, English BROWN and Italian BRUNO... [more]
BRUINS Dutch
Patronymic from BRUIN meaning "brown" in Dutch.
BRUINSMA Dutch, West Frisian
Means "son of BRUIN", the suffix -(s)ma indicating that it is of Frisian origin.
BRUMBY 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".
BRUNETTE French (Quebec)
Variant of Brunet, reflecting the French Canadian pattern of pronouncing the final -t, which is not pronounced in metropolitan French.
BRUNEY English
First found in Languedoc, France, possibly meaning "brown."
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