Submitted Surnames Starting with C

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CHERNYAVSKY Russian
From the Russian word "черный" meaning "black".
CHERNYKH Russian
Derived from Russian черный (cherniy) meaning "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.
CHETCUTI Maltese
Derived from Arabic كتكوت‎‎ (katkūt) meaning "(newborn) chick, young chicken".
CHETRIT Judeo-Spanish, Northern African
Form of Shitrit used by French and North African Jews.
CHETTI Indian, Marathi, Telugu, Malayalam, Tamil
Variant transcription of Chetty.
CHETTY Indian, Tamil, South African
Refers to a South Indian caste of merchants, agriculturalists, and land-owners.
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’.
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, Taiwanese
Chinese variant transcription of Jiang also used in Taiwan.
CHIARA Italian
Chiara meaning clear
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.
CHIAVETTA Italian
From Italian "chiavetta", deriving from chiave meaning key.
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).
CHIBANA Japanese
千 (Chi) means "A Thousand, One Thousand" and 花 (Bana) is a variation of Hana, meaning "Blossom, Flower". A male notable bearer, is Choshin Chibana. He was a martial artist who created his own form of karate... [more]
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.
CHICLANA Spanish
This indicates familial origin within either of 2 eponymous Andalusian municipalities: Chiclana de la Frontera or Chiclana de Segura.
CHIEN Taiwanese, Chinese
Taiwanese transcription of Jian.
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]
CHIKAFUJI Japanese
Chika means "Near" and Fuji means "Wisteria".
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
CHILLINGWORTH English (Rare)
Notable as the surname of Hester Prynne's husband Roger Chillingworth in the 1850 novel 'The Scarlet Letter'
CHILTON English
Meaning, "A town by the River"
CHILVER English (British)
Means "ewe lamb" , (a young female sheep).
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
CHINO Japanese (Rare)
Written with characters Chi ("Micanthus Reed") and No ("Feild").
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 (Spanish)
Castilianized form of Txiriboga.
CHIRICO Italian
Surname of Italian surrealist artist, Giorgio de Chirico
CHIROTO Shona
Meaning unknown.
CHISAKA Japanese
Chi means "One Thousand" and Saka means "Slope,Hill".
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.
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.
CHOO Korean
Alternative spelling of Chu, a Korean surname meaning "autumn". A famous bearer is Malaysian-American fashion designer Jimmy Choo (1948-).
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
Khatri Sikh, Hindu, and Jain name of unknown meaning.
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.
CHOSOKABE Japanese
Variant transcription of Chousokabe.
CHOUHAN Pakistani
Surname (or family name) Chouhan has Indian, Pakistani origin, most common language spoken by them is Hindi, they are originated and/or found widely in Madhya Pradesh state
CHOUKRI Arabic (Maghrebi)
Maghrebi transcription of Shukri (chiefly Moroccan).
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
CHOUSOKABE Japanese
From Japanese 長 (chou) meaning "chief, head, leader", 宗 (so) meaning "religion", 我 (ka) meaning "ego" and 部 (be) meaning "section".
CHOWDARY Indian, Telugu, Tamil
Variant of Chaudhary used in Southern India.
CHOWDHARY Indian, Bengali, Urdu, Hindi
Variant transcription of Chaudhary.
CHOWDHRY Urdu, Bengali, Hindi
Variant transcription of Chaudhary.
CHRAPLEWSKI Polish
This indicates familial origin within either of 3 Greater Polish villages named Chraplewo.
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".
CHRISTENSON English
Anglicized form of Christensen
CHRISTINA English, Various
Derived from the name Christina
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
From a short form of Greek Polychronis. The word χρόνος (chrónos) itself means "time" in Greek.
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]
CHUKHO Circassian (Russian)
Derived from Adyghe цу (c°) meaning "ox, bull, buffalo" and шъхьэ (ŝḥă) meaning "head".
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"
CIABATTINO Italian
Italian for "cobbler."
CIANCI Italian
The surname Cianci is a name for a person of small financial means. The surname Cianfari is derived from the Italian words cianfrone and cianferone, which referred to a type of medieval coin.
ČIČAK Croatian
Means ''burdock, thistle''.
CICCONE English
A diminutive of Francesco. A famous bearer is American singer Madonna Ciccone (1958-), better known as simply Madonna.
ÇIÇEK Turkish
Means "flower, blossom" in Turkish.
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.
ÇIFLIGU Albanian (Rare)
This surname derives from the Albanian city Çiflig. The word Çiflig comes from the Turkish term for land management in the Ottoman Empire. Albania was under Ottoman rule for almost 500 years and has many cities and surnames that derive from Turkish terms.
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".
ÇIFTÇI Turkish
Means "farmer" in Turkish.
CIGARROA Basque (Spanish)
Castilianized form of Zigarroa.
CILLIËRS Afrikaans
Brought to South Africa by settlers of French decent some time in the past 300 years. Sometimes also a given name for boys.
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.
ÇINAR Turkish
Means "oriental plane tree (Platanus orientalis)" in Turkish, of Persian origin. The oriental plane tree is widely revered throughout Central Asia.
CINARDO Italian
From Italy
CINFUEGOS Asturian
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous parish of the municipality of Quirós.
CINGESWELL English
Meaning "Lives at the King's spring"
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.
CINWELL English
Meaning "Lives at the King's spring"
CIOBANU Romanian
Romanian surname meaning "sheperd".
CIOCCA Italian
The origin has to do with hair
CIORA Romanian (Rare)
Derived from a Romanian place name.
CIRCELLI Sicilian
Derived from Sicilian circedda meaning "(hoop) earring", originally used to denote someone who wore hoop earrings.
CIRIA Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Castilian municipality.
CĪRULIS Latvian
Means "lark".
CITARELLA Neapolitan
Occupational name for someone who made or played a guitar, derived from chitarra or catarra "guitar".
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."
CLARENCE English
From the given name Clarence.
CLAREY Irish
Anglicized form of Ó Cléirigh and variant of O'Clery and Cleary.
CLARY Irish
Variant of CLEARY
CLATTENBURG English (?)
Most likely something to do with a fortress. Meaning currently unknown.
CLAUDE French
From the first name Claude.
CLAUDEL French
From the given name Claudel.
CLAVEL Spanish
Metonymic occupational name for a spice trader or a nail maker, derived from Spanish clavel or Catalan clavell meaning "nail", later also "clove", itself a derivative of Latin clavellus "nail".
CLAVEL French
Metonymic occupational name for a nail maker, ultimately from Latin clavellus "nail", but in some cases possibly from the same word in the sense "smallpox, rash". A fictional bearer is Miss Clavel, a nun and teacher in Ludwig Bemelmans's 'Madeline' series of children's books (introduced in 1939).
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".
CLAW English
The surname Claw is a very rare English surname.
CLAYBERG English
Meaning is unknown, but it most likely means "clay mountain", from surnames Clay "clay" and Berg "mountain".
CLEAVE English
From an English topographical name meaning "cliff".
CLEAVELAND English
Spelling variant of Cleveland.
CLEBSCH Ancient Germanic
Means "baker" in Old Prussian.
CLEBURNE English
Cleburne is a surname of Northern English and Southern Scottish Anglo-Saxon origin.
CLELAND Belgian, Scottish, Irish
Scottish and Irish reduced form of McClelland. ... [more]
CLELLAND Scots, Irish
Scottish and Irish topographical name meaning "clay land".
CLEMENCEAU French
Derived from the French given name Clément. A famous bearer was Georges Clemenceau (1841-1929), a French politician who was the 54th Prime Minister of France during the First World War.
CLEMENTS English
Means "son of Clement".
CLEMMONS English
Derived from the Latin first name Clement, Clemmons means "merciful".
CLEMO English
From a Cornish form of the personal name CLEMENT.
CLEMSON English
Means "son of Clem".
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) and 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.
CLIVE English
English surname meaning "cliff" in Old English, originally belonging to a person who lived near a cliff.
CLOONEY English, Irish
From Gaelic Ó Cluanaigh meaning "descendant of Cluanach". Cluanach was a given name derived from Irish clauna "deceitful, flattering, rogue".
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).
CLORES Spanish, Portuguese
Portuguese form of Flores.
CLOSSON Scottish
this name is of the noble family in Orkney islands known as the closson whom came to Orkney with the viking raiders in the early 900's and they founded the noble house of closson there of
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.
CLUFF English
Derived from pre 7th century word "cloh" meaning a ravine or steep-sided valley.
CLUTE Dutch
From kluit, meaning "lamp"
CLUTTERBUCK English, Dutch (Anglicized, ?)
English surname of unknown origin, possibly a corrupted form of a Dutch surname derived from Dutch klateren "to clatter" and beek "brook". The original surname may have been brought to England by Flemish weavers whom Edward III brought to England in the 14th century to teach their techniques to the English, or by Huguenots who fled the Netherlands in the 16th century to escape religious persecution... [more]
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".
CLYDE Scottish
A river in the south-west of Scotland, running through Inverclyde, Ayrshire, Dunbartonshire, Lanarkshire, and the city of Glasgow. The second longest in Scotland; and the eighth longest in the United Kingdom... [more]
CMIEL Polish
From the Polish noun 'trzmiel', which means "bumblebee."
COACH Irish
Origin uncertain. Most probably a reduced form of Irish McCoach, which is of uncertain derivation, perhaps a variant of McCaig.
COACH French
Possibly an altered spelling of French Coache, from the Norman and Picard term for a damson, probably applied as a metonymic occupational name for a grower or seller of plums.
COAKLEY Irish
From Irish Gaelic Mac Caochlaoich "son of Caochlaoch", a personal name meaning literally "blind warrior".
COALLA Asturian (Spanish)
Castilianized form of Cuaya.
COARD German
Derived from the first name Konrad.
COATES English
Meaning of the Cottage or Cottages
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.
ÇOBAN Turkish
Means "shepherd" in Turkish.
ČOBAN Croatian, Serbian
From čoban meaning ''shepherd''. Cognate of Turkish Çoban.
ČOBANAC Croatian
From čoban meaning ''shepherd''.
ČOBANIĆ Croatian
From čoban meaning ''shepherd''.
ČOBANKOVIĆ Croatian
From čoban meaning ''shepherd''.
ČOBANOV Croatian
From čoban meaning ''shepherd''.
ČOBANOVIĆ Croatian, Serbian
From čoban meaning ''shepherd''.
ČOBANSKI Croatian (Rare)
From čoban meaning ''shepherd''.