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CHALLENGER     English
Probably from a medieval nickname for a touchy or quarrelsome person (from a derivative of Middle English chalangen "to challenge"). A fictional bearer is Professor George Challenger, irascible scientist and explorer, leader of the expedition to Amazonia in Arthur Conan Doyle's 'The Lost World' (1912).
CHALLONER     French, Welsh
Derived from a town in France of the same name. This family derive their origin from Macloy Crum, of the line of chiefs in Wales, who resided several years in Challoner.
CHALMER     Scottish
Variation of Chalmers.
CHALMERS     Scottish
Variant of Chambers. The -l- was originally an orthographic device to indicate the length of the vowel after assimilation of -mb- to -m(m)-.
CHAMANARA     Persian
Means "gardener", from Persian چمن (čaman) meaning "lawn, meadow, orchard" combined with آرا (ârâ) "to arrange, to decorate".
CHAMAPIWA     Shona
Chamapiwa means "that which you have been given". It is a call to appreciate that which you have from God
CHAMBELLAN     French
French from of Chamberlain.
CHAMBON     French
A very popular last name in France.
CHAMPIN     French
It is the french form of Chapman
CHAMPION     English (Rare)
From an English and French surname.
CHAMPLAIN     French
Name given to those who live in or around fields. Known barrer of the name is Samuel de Champlain who founded Quebec, Canada and after whom the lake is named.
CHAMPLIN     Belgian, English
Means Champion, was a family name in Belgium, a status and influence that was envied by the princes of the region.... [more]
CHANDER     Indian, Urdu, Hindi, Punjabi
Variant of Chandra.
CHANDRA     Indian, Bengali, Indonesian, Hindi, Telugu, Fijian
Derived from the Sanskrit चन्द्र (candrá) "glittering, shining" or "moon" (see the given name Chandra). In Hinduism, this is the name of a lunar deity. This surname is also used in Indonesia and Fiji.
CHANDRAN     Indian, Malayalam, Tamil, Malaysian
Derived from the Sanskrit चन्द्र (candrá) meaning "glittering, shining" or "moon" (see the given name Chandra or the surname Chandra). It is also used by Malaysians of Indian ancestry.
CHANDRASEKHAR     Indian
A Hindu name meaning literally "holder of the moon" (an epithet of the god Shiva). A notable bearer of this surname was the Indian-born US physicist Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar (1910-1995); the Chandrasekhar limit, i.e. the upper limit for the mass of a white dwarf star beyond which the star collapses to a neutron star or a black hole, is named after him.
CHANG     Chinese, Korean
This is the pinyin romanization of 常, Cháng ... [more]
CHANTRY     English
Means "singer in a chantry chapel" or "one who lives by a chantry chapel". A chantry was a type of chapel, one endowed for the singing of Masses for the soul of the founder (from Old French chanterie, from chanter "to sing").
CHAPEAUX     Literature
From the French word 'chapeaux', which means 'hats'.
CHAPEL     English
English form of Chappell. Derived from the Old French word chape meaning "cape", "hooded cloak" or "hat". This surname is for a person who makes hats / capes or a wearer of hats and / or capes... [more]
CHAPIN     French, Spanish
From a reduced form of French eschapin or Spanish chapín, a term for a light (woman's) shoe; perhaps a nickname for someone who habitually wore this type of footwear or possibly a metonymic occupational name for a shoemaker.
CHAPPELL     French
Middle English and Old French for one associated with or living near a chapel.
CHARALAMBOUS     Greek (Cypriot)
Cypriot surname derived from the Greek given name Charalampos.
CHARLES     English
Derived from the given name Charles.
CHARLESON     English
Patronymic from the personal name Charles.
CHARLESTON     English
Means "son of Charles."
CHARLTON     English
An Extremely kind person
CHARRETIER     French
French form of Carter.
CHASEN     Jewish
From the Hebrew חזן "cantor".
CHASTANG     French
Derived from Olde French castanh meaning "chestnut". Possibly a location or occupation name.
CHATEN     Indian
Chetan
CHATTOPADHYAY     Bengali
From the name of the village of Chaṭṭa combined with the Sanskrit उपाध्याय (upadhyaya) "teacher, instructor, priest".
CHATWIN     English
Old English given name CEATTA combined with Old English (ge)wind "winding ascent".
CHAUNCEY     American
Of uncertain origin. Possibly from Norman French habitation names Chancé or an American adaptation of a German place name of Schanze located on the Upper Rhine. Could also be a short form of Chancellor.
CHAUVIN     French (Quebec)
From France to Canada to the US
CHAUX     French
French / Switzerland.... [more]
CHAVALI     Telugu
Brahmin last name of South India, Andhra Pradesh
CHEAH     Chinese
Variant of Xie.
CHEDDER     English (American)
this name comes from the name cheddar cheese
CHEER     ?
CHEEVER     English
Means "goatherd", or from a medieval nickname for someone thought to resemble a goat (e.g. in capriciousness) (in either case from Anglo-Norman chivere "goat"). It was borne by American author John Cheever (1912-1982).
CHEGWIN     Cornish
Means "person who lives in or by a white house" (from Cornish chy "house" + gwyn "white").
CHENAI     Shona
Chenai means "Be clean, be hygienic or come out clean"
CHENG     Chinese
Cheng itself means to face one's universal self with universal true feeling.... [more]
CHENGCUENCA     Filipino
From Cuenca de Cheng, "CHENG's basin" in Spanish
CHÉNIER     French
French surname which indicated one who lived in an oak wood or near a conspicuous oak tree, derived from Old French chesne "oak" (Late Latin caxinus). In some cases it may be from a Louisiana dialectical term referring to "an area of shrub oak growing in sandy soil" (i.e., "beach ridge, usually composed of sand-sized material resting on clay or mud... [more]
CHENIER     French (Cajun)
A sandy or shelly beach. Derived from the French word for wood, “chêne,” meaning oak.
CHEON     Korean
From the Sino-Korean 天 (cheon) meaning "sky, heavens, celestial" or 千 (cheon) meaning "thousand, many".
CHERKAOUI     Arabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from Arabic شَرْقِيّ (šarqiyy) meaning "eastern", denoting someone who comes from the east (chiefly Moroccan).
CHERNENKO     Ukrainian, Russian
From Ukrainian чорний (chorniy) or Russian черный (cherniy) meaning "black". Though this surname originates from Ukraine, it is also used in Russia.
CHERNESKI     Ukrainian
This surname means 'black', from the Slavic root word cherno or charno.
CHERNOFF     Russian, Jewish
Alternative spelling of Chernov, a patronymic from the byname Chernyj meaning ‘black’, denoting a black-haired or dark-skinned person.
CHERNOV     Russian
From Russian чёрный (chyorniy) meaning "black". Masculine counterpart of Chernova.
CHERNOVA     Russian
Derived from Russian чёрный (chyorniy) meaning "black". Feminine counterpart of Chernov.
CHERNYAVSKIY     Ukrainian
Ukrainian form of Chernyavsky.
CHERNYAVSKY     Russian
From the Russian word "черный" meaning "black".
CHERNYKH     Russian
Derived from Russian черный (cherniy) "black".
CHERRO     Medieval Spanish (Latinized)
Meaning villager or farmer of Salamanca, especially of the region which includes Alba, Vitigudino, Ciudad Rodrigo And Ledesma. Concerning the villager from Salamanca called Charro and its equivalent demonym or gentilic is salmantino, salmanticense, salamanqués, salamanquino.
CHERRY     English
From Middle English chirie, cherye "cherry", hence a metonymic occupational name for a grower or seller of cherries, or possibly a nickname for someone with rosy cheeks.... [more]
CHESNEY     English (?)
Came from France and has been shortened.
CHETTI     Indian, Tamil
Variant transcription of Chetty.
CHETTY     Indian, Tamil
It is a Tamil name, denoting a trader.
CHEW     English
Habitational name from a place in Somerset named Chew Magna, which is named for the river on which it stands, a Celtic name, perhaps cognate with Welsh cyw ‘young animal or bird’, ‘chicken’.
CHEY     Khmer
Most popular surname in Cambodia prounounced
CHIAKI     Japanese (Rare)
Depending on the kanji used can mean different things. Chi means "thousand" or "wisdom" and aki means "bright", "autumn", "sparkle", "crystal ball" or "shining". This is the last name of Naomi Chiaki, a Japanese singer... [more]
CHIANG     Chinese
Variant pinyin transliteration of Jiang. This was the surname of leader of the opposition to Mao Zedong, Chiang Kai-shek (Western Kai-shek Chiang).
CHIARAMONTE     Italian
comes from the italian word chiara meaning "clear" and the the word monte meaning "mountain", possibly denoting someone who lived by clear mountians, hills, etc.
CHIBA     Japanese
Meaning "a thousand leaves", from 千 (chi) meaning "thousand", and 葉 (ha) meaning "leaf". Also the name of a Japanese prefecture (and its capital city).
CHICA     Spanish
Apparently from chica, feminine form of chico ‘small’, ‘young’ (see Chico), but a variant of the habitational name Checa, from a place so named in Jaén province is also a possibility.
CHIGUSA     Japanese
This surname is used as 千種, 千草 or 千艸 with 千 (sen, chi) meaning "thousand", 種 (shu, -gusa, tane) meaning "class, kind, seed, species, variety", 草 (sou, kusa, kusa-, -gusa) meaning "draft, grass, herbs, pasture, weeds, write" and 艸 (sou, kusa) meaning "grass, plants."... [more]
CHIKOMBORERO     Shona
CHIKOMBORERO means "a blessing".
CHILD     English
Nickname from Middle English child meaning "child", "infant".
CHILDERS     English
Probably a habitational name from some lost place named Childerhouse, from Old English cildra "child" and hus "house". This may have referred to some form of orphanage.
CHILDS     English
patronymic from Child
CHILOMBO     ?
CHILVERS     English
Means "son of Chilver" (probably from the Old English male personal name Cēolfrith, literally "ship-peace").
CHIN     Chinese
Hakka form of Chen
CHING     Chinese (Cantonese, Latinized)
A Cantonese romanization of the Chinese surname Cheng
CHIPPERFIELD     English
Derived from Hertfordshire Village of Chipperfield
CHIPS     English (British)
Chips is a rare English (british) last name which is a nickname of Christopher and Charles
CHIRIBOGA     Basque (Castilianized)
Castilianized form of Txiriboga.
CHIRICO     Italian
Surname of Italian surrealist artist, Giorgio de Chirico
CHIROTO     Shona
Meaning unknown.
CHIURA     Japanese (Rare)
This surname is used as 千浦, 地浦 or 知浦 with 千 (sen, chi) meaning "thousand," 地 (ji, chi) meaning "earth, ground", 知 (chi, shi.raseru, shi.ru) meaning "know, wisdom" and 浦 (ho, ura) meaning "bay, beach, creek, gulf, inlet, seacoast."... [more]
CHIWESHE     Shona
Meaning unknown.
CHLOROS     Greek
Meaning "green" in Greek
CHOATE     English, Dutch
The names of Choate and Chute are believed to have been of common origin and derived from the residence of their first bearers at a place called Chute in Wiltshire, England. Certain historians, however, state that the name of Choate was of Dutch origin and was taken by its first bearers from their residence at a place of that name in the Netherlands.
CHOCK     English
From English Shock or German Schöck
CHODECKI     Polish
This indicates familial origin within the Kuyavian town of Chodecz.
CHOHAN     Indian
It denotes a clan within the Rajput caste.
CHOI     Chinese
Cantonese form of Chai (Mandarin). Also spelt Choy (American translation), and Tsai (Taiwanese version). Meaning uncertain; has to do with vegetation/ vegetable, but does not necessarily mean so.
CHOICE     English
Derived from the personal names Josse or Goce, which are derived from the Latin word "gaudere" and is a cognate in origin with the word "joy."
CHOLERZYŃSKI     Polish
This indicates familial origin within the Lesser Polish village of Cholerzyn.
CHOLMONDELEY     English
An aristocratic surname derived from a place name in Cheshire which means "Ceolmund's grove" in Old English.
CHOPIN     French
French and English: nickname for a heavy drinker, from Old French chopine, a large liquid measure (from Middle Low German schopen "ladle"). The derived Old French verb chopiner has the sense 'to tipple’, ‘to drink to excess’... [more]
CHOPRA     Indian, Punjabi, Indian (Sikh), Hindi
Meaning unknown. This is the name of a Khatri Sikh Punjabi clan, but the surname is also used in Punjabi Hindus and Jains. A notable bearer is Priyanka Chopra (1982-), an Indian actress and former Miss World of 2000.
CHOQUETTE     French
Altered spelling of French Choquet, a Picard form of Old French soquet, which was the term for a tax on wines and foodstuffs, hence a metonymic occupational name for a collector of such taxes.
CHORIEV     Tajik, Uzbek
Masculine form of Chorieva.
CHORIEVA     Tajik, Uzbek
Feminine form of Choriev.
CHOUDHRY     Indian
Choudhry is a title meaning "Head" of an institute, organization. It similar to "Sir" given by English. The people who migrated from West Punjab part of India (before 1947 partition) had these titles that they started using as Surnames.
CHOULES     English (British, Rare)
The surname Choules is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and is a variant of Scholes, itself "a topographical name for someone who lived in a rough hut or shed", from the Northern Middle English 'scale, schole'... [more]
CHOURAQUI     Judeo-Spanish, Northern African
North African Jewish surname meaning "the one who comes from the east", ultimately from Arabic شَرْقِيّ (šarqiyy) meaning "eastern". It is etymologically related to Cherkaoui.
CHOUREY     Hindi
chourey surname basically belongs to kurmi caste
CHRAPLEWSKI     Polish
This indicates familial origin within either of 3 Greater Polish villages named Chraplewo.
CHRIST     Biblical Greek
Christ is the surname of Jesus Christ, the son of God. The word “Christ” comes from christos, a Greek word meaning “anointed.” It is the equivalent of the word mashiach, or Messiah, in Hebrew... [more]
CHRIST     German
From the Latin personal name Christus "Christ" (see Christian). The name Christ (Latin Christus) is from Greek Khristos, a derivative of khriein "to anoint", a calque of Hebrew mashiach "Messiah", which likewise means literally "the anointed".
CHRISTIAN     English, German, French
From the personal name Christian, a vernacular form of Latin Christianus "follower of Christ" (see Christ). This personal name was introduced into England following the Norman conquest, especially by Breton settlers... [more]
CHRISTL     German
Pet form of the given name Christian.
CHRISTMAS     English
Either an occupational name for someone who was responsible for arrangement of festivities for Christmas day, or it might a nickname for someone who was born on Christmas.
CHRISTODOULOPOULOS     Greek
Means "descendant of Christ's servant" in Greek.
CHRISTOFOROU     Greek (Cypriot)
Cypriot surname derived from the Greek given name Christophoros.
CHRISTOYANNOPOULOS     Greek
Means "descendant of JOHN and CHRIST" in Greek. A notable bearer of this surname is Alexandre Christoyannopoulos.
CHRISWELL     English
Likely originated in England. Creswell seems to be the oldest spelling then gradually giving way to Criswell and Chriswell.
CHROMCZAK     Polish (Latinized, Rare, ?)
The meaning of the name is: Chromium approval throughput time might.
CHRONIS     Greek
Shortened form of the Greek given name Polychronis or Polychronios, from the Greek πολυ (poly) "many" and χρόνος (chronos) meaning "time, year".
CHRONOWSKI     Polish
This indicates familial origin within either of 5 Lesser Polish villages: Chronów-Kolonia Dolna, Chronów-Kolonia Górna, Chronówek, Chronów in Gmina Orońsko, or Chronów in Gmina Nowy Wiśnicz.
CHRYSANTHE     French
From the Greek Χρύσανθος (Chrysanthos), meaning "golden flower". This surname was first given to children found on October 25, the feast day of Saint Chrysanthos.
CHRYSLER     German, Jewish
From a German name referring to spinning or related to a Yiddish word, krayzl meaning "spinning top." The name can refer to a potter who spun a wheel to make utensils or to a person with curly hair or someone known for being continually active... [more]
CHRYSSOMALLIS     Greek (Rare)
A known bearer is Yiannis Chryssomallis (1954-; also known as Yanni), a Greek-American musician.
CHUCKLER     Indian, Telugu
Telugu occupational name for a leather worker, a job historically considered spiritually polluting and impure in India, where the surname belongs to Dalit, or "Untouchables" - members of the lowest caste.
CHUIBEKOV     Slavic (Rare)
The name Chuibekov means "son of Chuib". It originates from Eastern Europe/Russia, and is very rare today. It is most prevalent in Central Asia, especially Kyrgyzstan, where the majority of the population is descended from early Siberians, and first found in Mongolia... [more]
CHUN     Korean
CHURCHILL     English
From English, meaning 'church hill'. Denoted one who lived by both a church and a hill. A famous bearer is Sir Winston Churchill, the famed Prime Minister of Britain during WW2.
CHYTIL     Czech
Nickname from the past participle of chytit ‘have caught’.
CHYŻY     Polish (Rare)
Derived from Old Polish adjective "chyży" which means "quick, swift"
CICERO     Italian
From the Italian cicero "pea," "chickpea," or "lentil."
CIEPLIŃSKI     Polish
This indicates familial origin within either of 3 Kuyavian villages: Ciepliny-Budy, Cieplinki, or Ciepliny.
CIESZYŃSKI     Polish
Habitational name for someone from a place called Cieszyn.
CIFRINO     Italian
Uncommon name originating in Italy. Legend says that it was used for the offspring of a king and one of his maids. Meaning is most likely something like "little nothing".
CIGARROA     Basque (Castilianized)
Castilianized form of Zigarroa.
ČILIĆ     Croatian (Rare)
During the Ottoman occupation of Bosnia a son of noble family Suchich was kidnapped and converted to Islam. He had two sons, one was a proud Muslim and the other ran away after finding out the truth about his origin... [more]
CIMAROSA     Italian
from "Cima" Top, and "Rosa" A rose or the Color Pink. A famous Bearer of this surname is the Italian composer Domenico Cimarosa(1749-1801).
CIMINELLI     Italian
Diminutive of CIMINO
CIMINELLO     Italian
Diminutive of CIMINO
CIMINO     Italian
Occupational name for a spice dealer, from cimino "cumin", Sicilian ciminu.
CINARDO     Italian
From Italy
CINNAMOND     Scottish, Irish, English
Possibly originates from Scottish place name Kininmonth. Probably introduced to Northern Ireland by Scottish settlers where it remains in Ulster. Another origin is the French place name Saint Amand originated from French Huguenots settling in Ireland.
CINTRON     Spanish
Spanish form for the french "Citroen". Original from Puerto Rico.
CIOBANU     Romanian
Romanian surname meaning "sheperd".
CIORA     Romanian (Rare)
Derived from a Romanian place name.
CIRCELLI     Sicilian, Italian
Derived from the Sicilian word circedda, circeddu, circhetta meaning "hoop earring". It was used as a surname to describe someone who wore hoop earrings.
CIRIA     Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Castilian municipality.
CĪRULIS     Latvian
Means "lark".
CITRINE     Jewish
An invented Jewish name based on Yiddish tsitrin "lemon tree".
CIUBOTARU     Romanian
Means "boot maker" in Romanian, the one that makes boots ("ciubota" (singular), regionalism for "cizma"/"gheata"). Not the same with "shoe maker" (or "Schumacher" in German) as the Romanian "Ciubotar" refers strictly to boots and not all kinds of shoes.
CLAASSEN     German
The name Claassen means "son of Klaus." It's primarily German, but it's also Dutch and Danish.
CLAIRMONT     English
Means "bright hill."
CLANCY     Irish (Anglicized)
Anglicized form of MAC FHLANNCHAIDH.
CLAREY     Irish
Anglicized form of Ó Cléirigh and variant of O'Clery and Cleary.
CLARY     Irish
Variant of CLEARY
CLATTENBURG     Ancient Germanic, Anglo-Saxon
Most likely something to do with a fortress. Meaning currently unknown.
CLAVELL     French
The first documented records of the surname Clavell appear in Catalunya between 1291 and 1327. The word clavell traces back to the Indo-European words "kleu", later "klawo" meaning a metal tool. In Latin "clavus", it eventually became a surname "Clavell".
CLAYBERG     English
Meaning is unknown, but it most likely means "clay mountain", from surnames Clay "clay" and Berg "mountain".
CLEAVELAND     English
Spelling variant of Cleveland.
CLELAND     Belgian, Scottish, Irish
Scottish and Irish reduced form of McClelland. ... [more]
CLEMENT     English
Derived from the given name Clement.
CLEMENTS     English
Means "son of Clement".
CLEMMENS     American
English
CLEMMONS     English
Derived from the Latin first name Clement, Clemmons means "merciful".
CLEMO     English
From a Cornish form of the personal name CLEMENT.
CLERIHEW     Scottish
A Scottish surname of unknown origin and meaning. A clerihew is a humorous or satirical verse consisting of two rhyming couplets in lines of irregular metre about someone who is named in the poem. It was invented by the British author Edmund Clerihew Bentley (1875-1956; Clerihew was his mother's maiden name)... [more]
CLERK     English
Variant spelling of Clark.
CLEVELAND     Old English, English, Popular Culture
English regional name from the district around Middlesbrough named Cleveland ‘the land of the cliffs’, from the genitive plural (clifa) of Old English clif ‘bank’, ‘slope’ + land ‘land’... [more]
CLEVELAND     Norwegian (Anglicized)
Americanized spelling of Norwegian Kleiveland or Kleveland, habitational names from any of five farmsteads in Agder and Vestlandet named with Old Norse kleif ‘rocky ascent’ or klefi ‘closet’ (an allusion to a hollow land formation) + land ‘land’.
CLEVERLEY     English
Probably means "person from Cleveley", Lancashire ("woodland clearing by a cliff").
CLINGER     English (American)
Americanized spelling of German Klinger.Possibly a variant of Clinker. an English occupational name for a maker or fixer of bolts and rivets.
CLINKENBEARD     Low German
Possibly an Americanized form of North German Klingebiel, a variant of Klingbeil.
CLINKER     English (British, ?)
Possibly a varient of Clinger.
CLOPTON     English
Habitational name from any of various places, for example in Essex, Suffolk, and Warwickshire, named Clopton from Old English clopp(a) meaning "rock", "hill" + tūn meaning "settlement".
CLORE     English (American)
Americanized spelling of German Klor (from a short form of the medieval personal name Hilarius (see Hillary) or Klar).
CLOUD     English
Topographic name for someone who lived near an outcrop or hill, from Old English clud "rock" (only later used to denote vapor formations in the sky).
CLOUD     French
From the Germanic personal name Hlodald, composed of the elements hlod "famous, clear" and wald "rule", which was borne by a saint and bishop of the 6th century.
CLOYD     Welsh (Anglicized)
Anglicized form of Clwyd.
CLUTE     Dutch
From kluit, meaning "lamp"
CLWYD     Welsh
This indicates familial origin near the River Clwyd.
CLY     Navajo
From Navajo tłʼaaí meaning ‎"lefty, left-handed one", from the verb nishtłʼa ‎"to be left-handed".
CMIEL     Polish
From the Polish noun 'trzmiel', which means "bumblebee."
COAKLEY     Irish
From Irish Gaelic Mac Caochlaoich "son of Caochlaoch", a personal name meaning literally "blind warrior".
COALLA     Asturian (Castilianized)
Castilianized form of Cuaya.
COARD     German
Derived from the first name Konrad.
COATH     English
Derived from the Cornish word for smith, goff.
COBAIN     Scottish
This unusual surname is of Old Norse origin and is found particularly in Scotland. It derives from an Old Norse personal name Kobbi, itself from an element meaning large, and the Gaelic bain, denoting a fair person, with the diminutive ('little' or 'son of') form Cobbie.
COBALT     English
Name given to a person who mined cobalt.
COBBOLD     English
From the medieval male personal name Cubald (from Old English Cūthbeald, literally "famous-brave").
COBERLEY     English
Possibly from a village in England called Coberley
COCHRAN     Scottish, Irish
Variant of COCHRANE.
COCHRANE     Scottish, Scottish Gaelic, Irish
Derived from the 'Lowlands of Cochrane' near Paisley, in Renfrewshire, Scotland. Origin is uncertain, the theory it may have derived from the Welsh coch meaning "red" is dismissed because of the historical spelling of the name Coueran.... [more]
COCKE     English
nickname from Middle English cok ‘cock’, ‘male bird or fowl’ (Old English cocc), given for a variety of possible reasons. Applied to a young lad who strutted proudly like a cock, it soon became a generic term for a youth and was attached with hypocoristic force to the short forms of many medieval personal names (e.g. Alcock, Hancock, Hiscock, Mycock)... [more]
COCUZZA     Italian
From cocuzza "gourd", "pumpkin", applied either as an occupational name for a grower or seller of gourds or a nickname for a rotund individual.
CODAN     ?
CODEY     Irish
Based off of the given name Cody
CODREANU     Romanian, Moldovan
A common surname in Romania and Moldova.... [more]
COE     English
English (Essex and Suffolk): nickname from the jackdaw, Middle English co, Old English ca (see Kay). The jackdaw is noted for its sleek black color, raucous voice, and thievish nature, and any of these attributes could readily have given rise to the nickname.
COELLO     Galician
It literally means "rabbit".
COERS     German, Dutch
Derived from the given name Konrad
COFFEE     Irish
Variant of Coffey.
COFFEY     Irish
Ireland County Cork
COILL     Irish
Meaning, "hazel tree."
COIT     Medieval Welsh French English
The surname Coit was first found in Carnarvonshire, a former country in Northwest Wales, anciently part of the Kingdom of Gwynedd, and currently is divided between the unitary authorities of Gwynedd and Conwy, where they held a family seat... [more]
COITO     Medieval Italian (Tuscan, Latinized, ?)
That means a wedding or the nuptials.
COJUANGCO     Filipino
Hispanicized form of Xu
COKAYNE     English
Medieval English nickname which meant "idle dreamer" from Cockaigne, the name of an imaginary land of luxury and idleness in medieval myth. The place may derive its name from Old French (pays de) cocaigne "(land of) plenty", ultimately from the Low German word kokenje, a diminutive of koke "cake" (since the houses in Cockaigne are made of cake).
COLDEN     English, Scottish
English: habitational name from a place in West Yorkshire named Colden, from Old English cald ‘cold’ col ‘charcoal’ + denu ‘valley’.... [more]
COLELLA     Italian
diminutive of personal name Cola, a short form of Nicola, an Italian equivalent of Nicholas... [more]
COLES     English, Scottish, Irish, German (Anglicized), English (American)
English: from a Middle English pet form of Nicholas.... [more]
COLEY     English
With variant Colley can mean "dark" or "blackbird" or it can be a nickname for Nicholas.
COLFAX     English
From a medieval nickname for someone with dark or black hair, from Old English cola "charcoal" and feax "hair".
COLLABRUSCO     Italian
From the region Calabria in southern Italy; widely moved to US.
COLLARD     English, French
English and French: from the personal name Coll + the pejorative suffix -ard.
COLLET     French
From a pet form of Colle.
COLLEY     English
With variant Coley, can mean "dark" or "blackbird" or it can be a nickname for Nicholas. Colley was used as a surname for generations of students from the same family taught by a teacher over many years in James Hilton's sentimental novel "Goodbye, Mr... [more]
COLLIER     English
This name is derived from Middle English cole, from Old English col meaning "coal", combined with the agent suffix (i)er, which denotes someone who does/works with something. Thus, the surname was originally used for a burner, gatherer or seller of coal.
COLLINSWORTH     English
Variant spelling of Collingsworth, itself a variant of Collingwood.
COLLINWOOD     English
Variation of Collingwood.
COLLIS     English
A variant of Collins, itself a patronymic of given names Collin or Colin, both ultimately nicknames for Nicholas.
COLLUM     Northern Irish
Reduced form of northern Irish McCollum.
COLMENARES     Spanish
It literally means "apiaries", denoting someone who either worked at some or lived near some.
COLO     Italian
From the personal name Colo, a short form of Nicolo (see Nicholas). (Colò) nickname from medieval Greek kolos ‘lame’, classical Greek kylos.
COLOMBRES     Asturian
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous parish in Ribadeva.
COLONEL     American
From a French word for a military rank of an officer who led a column of regimental soldiers. Could be a nickname for someone with a military bearing or demeanor.
COLTRANE     English
Cole-train, meaning literally "cole train", in the UK, was made famous by the Jazz musician John Coletrane in the 1960's (??)
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