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CRAFTEnglish (American)
Variant of Croft and Americanized spelling of Kraft.
CRAGGScottish, Irish, English
Variant of Craig, from Middle English Crag.
CRAMERGerman, English
Variant of German surname KRÄMER.
CRANAnglo-Saxon
This picturesque name is of Anglo Saxon origin and is a nickname surname given to a tall thin man, or someone with long legs, or some other fancied resemblance to the bird. The derivation is from the old English "cran(uc)", "cron(uc)", "cren(uc)", which means a crane and until the introduction of a separate word in the 14th Century also a heron... [more]
CRANDALLScottish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Raonuill "son of RAONULL".
CRANEEnglish, Dutch
1. English: nickname, most likely for a tall, thin man with long legs, from Middle English cran ‘crane’ (the bird), Old English cran, cron. The term included the heron until the introduction of a separate word for the latter in the 14th century... [more]
CRANSHAWEnglish
From Cranshaw in Lancashire, named from Old English cran(uc) ‘crane’ + sceaga ‘grove’, ‘thicket’.
CRANSTONScottish
Combination of the Old English byname Cran "crane" and Old English tun "settlement".
CRASHMANAmerican
Surnames of fictional characters Carl and Chloe Crashman from Carl².
CRAUWELSFlemish, Dutch, German
Derrives from the Middle Dutch (medieval Dutch) word "crauwel" and Middle High German word "kröuwel" which means "flesh hook", "curved fork" or "trident". The word is no longer used. The first person with this name was most likely a farmer, butcher or a person that runned an inn or a hostel that was named after this tool.
CRAVENIrish, English
Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Crabháin (County Galway) or Mac Crabháin (Louth, Monaghan) ‘descendant (or ‘son’) of Crabhán’... [more]
CRAVOTTASicilian
From a Sicilian immigrant to America, Cravotta was changed to Cravatta upon arrival at Ellis Island. The name means "bowtie."
CRAWEnglish, Scottish, Northern Irish
One who had characteristics of a crow; sometimes used as an element of a place name e.g. Crawford, and Crawfordjohn in Lanarkshire, Crawshawbooth in Lancashire, and Crawley in Sussex
CRAWFORDJOHNMedieval Scottish
One who came from Crawfordjohn in Lanarkshire; not to be confused with nearby Crawford, also in Lanarkshire.
CRAWLEYEnglish, Irish (Anglicized)
English: habitational name from any of the many places called Crawley, named with Old English crawe ‘crow’ + leah ‘woodland clearing’. Compare Crowley. ... [more]
CREANGĂRomanian, Moldovan
A Surname commonly used in Romania and Moldova.... [more]
CREELScottish Gaelic (Anglicized, Modern)
Fish Basket. The word Creel relates to Crille in Gaelic meaning weave.
CREEPINGBEAREnglish (American, Rare)
Possibly taken from the English words creeping and bear.
CREESEEnglish
This most interesting surname has two possible origins. Firstly it may be of Anglo-Saxon origin, from the Olde English "creas", Middle English "crease", meaning "fine or elegant", which was a nickname given to an elegant person or one who dressed in fine or elegant clothes... [more]
CREMAItalian, German
From the italian city "Crema"
CRENSHAWEnglish
The derivation of this surname is from the Old English pre 7th Century "Crawa", a crow, with "sceaga" a grove, thus "Crowswood". The earliest recording of this placename is in the Lancashire Inquests of 1324 and appears as "Croweshagh".
CRESSGerman, Jewish, Belarusian
The maiden name of my Great Grandmother.... [more]
CRETEFrench
French (adjectival form Crété ‘crested’): nickname for an arrogant individual, from Old French creste ‘crest (of a hill)’ (Late Latin crista), used with reference to the comb of a rooster... [more]
CREUSSpanish
Variant of Cruz. Famous bearer of this surname is Spanish footballer Xavi Hernández.
CRIADOPortuguese, Spanish
Occupational name from criado ‘servant’.
CRICKSAmerican
"living near a river." Comes from a similar origin of Rios
CRISPENEnglish
Variant spelling of CRISPIN.
CRISPINEnglish, French
From the Middle English, Old French personal name CRISPIN.
CRISTIANOItalian
From the given name Cristiano.
CRNKOVIĆCroatian
Derived from crn "black". The name refers to a person who was dark-skinned, or a person from the region Crna Gora "Black Mountain" (modern-day Montenegro).
CROAKEREnglish
Meant "person from Crèvecoeur", the name of various places in northern France ("heartbreak", an allusion to the poverty of the local soil).
CROANIrish
Variant of Croghan.
CROCKEnglish
Meaning "barrel," signifying one who made or worked with barrels.
CROCKETTEnglish, Scottish
Nickname for someone who affected a particular hairstyle, from Middle English croket ''large curl'' (Old Norman French croquet, a diminutive of croque "curl", "hook").
CROCKETTScottish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Riocaird "son of RICHARD".
CROFTEREnglish
A surname of Scottish origin used in the Highlands and Islands and means “an owner or a tenant of a small farm”. The Old English word croft seems to correspond with the Dutch kroft meaning “a field on the downs”.
CROGHANIrish (Anglicized)
Irish Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Conchruacháin ‘son of Cú Cruacháin’, a personal name meaning ‘hound of Croghan’. Croghan in county Roscommon was the ancient royal site of the province of Connacht.
CROOKScottish, English
Possible origin a medieval topographical surname, denoting residence from the Middle English word "crok" from the Old NOrse "Krokr". Possibly a maker or seller of hooks. Another possibility is meaning crooked or bent originally used of someone with a hunch back.
CROOKSEnglish
Patrynomic for Crook.
CROSSANIrish
Irish reduced form of McCrossen, an Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac an Chrosáin ‘son of the satirist’. Sometimes translated as 'bard' or 'storyteller.'
CROSTHWAITEEnglish
Means the clering of the cross
CROWEnglish
From Middle English crow, Old English crawa, applied as a nickname for someone with dark hair or a dark complexion or for someone thought to resemble the bird in some other way.
CROWEEnglish
Variant of Crow.
CROWLEYIrish (Anglicized), English
Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Cruadhlaoich ‘descendant of Cruadhlaoch’, a personal name composed of the elements cruadh ‘hardy’ + laoch ‘hero’. ... [more]
CROWNEREnglish
Means "coroner" (from Anglo-Norman corouner "coroner", a derivative of Old French coroune "crown").
CROWTHEREnglish
Originally meant "person who plays the crowd (an ancient Celtic stringed instrument)". It was borne by British entertainer Leslie Crowther (1933-1996).
CROYIrish (Anglicized)
A shortened form of the surname McRoy, from Irish Gaelic Mac Rúaidh "son of Rúadh", literally "the red one".
CROYScottish
Means "person from Croy", the name of various places in Scotland.
CROZIEREnglish, French
English and French occupational name for one who carried a cross or a bishop’s crook in ecclesiastical processions, from Middle English, Old French croisier.
CRUIKSHANKScottish
From a medieval Scottish nickname for someone with a crooked leg (from Scots cruik "bent" + shank "leg"). This was the surname of British caricaturist George Cruikshank (1792-1872) and British actor Andrew Cruikshank (1907-1988).
CRUMBEnglish
From the English word "crumb".
CRUMPEnglish, Welsh, Anglo-Norman
"Crooked or deformed person" in Old English. An ancient Worcestershire surname.
CRUSOEEnglish (Rare)
According to Reaney and Wilson this name was taken to England by John Crusoe, a Huguenot refugee from Hownescourt in Flanders, who settled in Norwich.
CRUZANDutch
Americanized spelling of CRUYSSEN.
CUACatalan
Nickname from Catalan cua meaning "tail".
CUADROCeltic (Latinized, Modern)
It refers to a work of art or a painting (picture, frame). It's very common in Portugal.
CUAYAAsturian
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous parish of the municipality of Grau.
CUBAPortugese, Asturian-Leonese, Galician, Spanish
habitational name from any of the places in Portugal (in the provinces of Alentejo and Beira Baixa) or Spain (in Aragon, Asturies, and Galicia) named Cuba, from cuba ‘barrel’ (from Latin cupa)... [more]
CUDASlovak
Derives from the word name derives from cuda meaning "miracle".
CUDAKPolish
Means "oddity, crank" in Polish. It can also come from the word cud meaning "miracle, wonder".
CUDDIHYAncient Irish (Rare)
Ó’Cuidighthigh means descendant or grandson of the helpful one
CUENCASpanish
Cuenca is an ancient Spanish last name which originated from Cuenca, a city in the Kingdom of Castilla.... [more]
CUGINIItalian (Rare)
Means "cousins" in Italian.
CULBERTAnglo-Saxon, Irish, English, Scottish
Meaning and origin are uncertain. Edward MacLysaght (The Surnames of Ireland, 1999, 6th Ed., Irish Academic Press, Dublin, Ireland and Portland, Oregon, USA) states that this surname is of Huguenot (French Protestant) origin, and found mainly in Ireland's northern province of Ulster... [more]
CULBERTSONEnglish, Scottish, Northern Irish
Patronymic from Culbert.
CULLIMOREEnglish (Rare)
Apparently a habitational name from an unidentified place. There is a place called Colleymore Farm in Oxfordshire, but it is not clear whether this is the source of the surname, with its many variant spellings
CULLYEnglish
From an Irish surname which was derived from Ó Colla meaning "descendant of Colla". The Old Irish name Colla was a variant of Conla (perhaps the same Connla).
CULPEPEREnglish
Variant of Culpepper. Known bearers of this surname include: Nicholas Culpeper (1616-1664), an English herbalist, physician and astrologer; and English colonial administrator Thomas Culpeper, 2nd Baron Culpeper (1635-1689), governor of Virginia 1680-1683... [more]
CULPEPPEREnglish
Means "person who collects, prepares and/or sells herbs and spices" (from Middle English cullen "to pick" + pepper).
CULVEREnglish
Means "person who keeps or looks after doves", or from a medieval nickname for someone thought to resemble a dove (e.g. in mild disposition) (in either case from Middle English culver "dove")... [more]
CULVÉRTFrench, English, Irish
English version of the Old French, Culvere. Means Peaceful and Mildest of tempers.
CUMANIAlbanian
Meaning unknown.
CUMBERBATCHEnglish
Name for someone from Comberbach in North Cheshire. May come from etymological elements meaning "stream in a valley."
CUMBERLANDEnglish
Regional name for someone from Cumberland in northwestern England (now part of Cumbria).
CUMMINGIrish, Scottish, English
Perhaps from a Celtic given name derived from the element cam "bent", "crooked"
CUNDALLEnglish
This is an English surname, deriving from the village so-named in North Yorkshire. The village takes its name from the Cumbric element cumb meaning 'dale' (cognate with Welsh cwm, 'valley') and Old Norse dalr meaning 'valley', forming a compound name meaning 'dale-valley'.
CUNHAPortuguese (Brazilian)
This name can mean either mean that your upper class or a coin maker. Cunha directly translates to "coin" or "wedge"
CUNLIFFEEnglish
Originally meant "person from Cunliffe", Lancashire ("slope with a crevice" (literally "cunt-cliff")).
CUNNIFFIrish
From Irish Gaelic Mac Conduibh "son of Condubh", a personal name meaning literally "black dog".
CUNNINGTONEnglish (American)
Scottish linked to {Marshall}
CUOMOItalian
Probably from a shortened form of Cuosëmo, a Neapolitan variant of the Italian male personal name Cosimo.
CURMIMaltese
(Warning: Whatever you do, don't look up the coat of arms, if you're squeamish. Take me seriously.)
CURNIANAAsturian
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous parish of the municipality of Salas.
CUROVICH?
Possible other spelling Curovic. Great Grandfather born in Austria, but name traces back to Croatia possibly.
CURPHEYManx
Sea warror from the Viking
CURRENTIrish
The surname of Current, is of Irish/Scottish with several different families, and meanings of this name. There are many spelling variations of this name.
CURRIEScottish, Irish
Irish: Habitational name from Currie in Midlothian, first recorded in this form in 1230. It is derived from Gaelic curraigh, dative case of currach ‘wet plain’, ‘marsh’. It is also a habitational name from Corrie in Dumfriesshire (see Corrie).... [more]
CURRIEREnglish
Occupational surname meaning "a worker who prepared leather".
CURRYScottish, English
Scottish and northern English: variant of Currie.
CURTINIrish (Anglicized), Scottish (Anglicized), English
Irish and Scottish reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Cruitín ‘son of Cruitín’, a byname for a hunchback (see McCurtain). ... [more]
CUSTERGerman (Anglicized)
Anglicization of the German surname Köster or Küster, literally "sexton". A famous bearer was George Custer (1839-1876), the American cavalry general. General Custer and his army were defeated and killed by Sioux and Cheyenne forces under Sitting Bull in the Battle of Little Bighorn (1876; also known colloquially as Custer's Last Stand).
CUTHBERTEnglish
Derived from the name CUTHBERT
CUTHBERTSONEnglish, Scottish
Patronymic surname from the personal name Cuthbert.
CUTLEREnglish
Means "maker of swords & knives."
CUTTEREnglish
This surname is derived from an occupation. 'the cutter,' i.e. cloth-cutter
CUYLERDutch
Variant of Koole or Kuilart.
CVETANOVBulgarian
Variant spelling of Tsvetanov.
ĆWIKLIŃSKIPolish
This indicates familial origin within either of 2 Masovian villages in Gmina Płońsk: Ćwiklinek or Ćwiklin.
CWYNARPolish
Polonized form of the German surname Zwirner, an occupational name for a yarn or twine maker, from an agent derivative of Middle High German zwirn ‘twine’, ‘yarn’
CYGANPolish
Ethnic name or nickname from a word meaning ‘gypsy’, ‘Romany’.Altered spelling of eastern German Zigan, from Hungarian cigány ‘gypsy’.
CYPHERGerman (Anglicized, Rare)
Fanciful Americanized spelling of German Seifer.
CYPRESSEnglish
Translation of German Zypress, a topographic name for someone living near a cypress tree or a habitational name for someone living at a house distinguished by the sign of a cypress, Middle High German zipres(se) (from Italian cipressa, Latin cupressus), or possibly of any of various Greek family names derived from kyparissos ‘cypress’, as for example Kyparissis, Kyparissos, Kyparissiadis, etc.
CYPRIANEnglish
Possibly an altered spelling of French Cyprien, from a medieval personal name, from Latin Cyprianus (originally an ethnic name for an inhabitant of Cyprus), or a shortened form of Greek Kyprianos, Kyprianis, Kyprianidis, ethnic names for an inhabitant of Cyprus (Greek Kypros), or patronymics from the personal name Kyprianos (of the same derivation)... [more]
CYRUSEnglish
From the given name CYRUS. A notable bearer is American singer and songwriter, Miley Cyrus (1992-).
CYWIŃSKIPolish
Habitational name, possibly for someone from Cywiny in Ciechanów province.
CZARNIECKIPolish
This indicates familial origin within the Lesser Polish village of Czarnca.
CZARNYPolish
From the Polish czarny meaning "black", a cognate of Černý.
CZECHCzech, Polish
Czech means "Czech man".
CZELUSNIAKCzech
Jewish, Polish
CZERWONKAPolish
From Polish czerwony ”red”.
CZESKYCzech, Polish
Czesky means "bohemian" in Polish.
CZESLAWOWICZPolish
Patronymic from the given name Czeslaw.
CZICAGIAPolish
Habitational name meaning someone who is from Chicago.
CZUBIŃSKIPolish
This denotes that someone’s family originated in the Masovian village of Czubin.
CZYŻEWSKIPolish
habitational name for someone from any of the many places in Poland called Czyżew or Czyżewo, from czyż(yk) ‘siskin’.
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