Submitted Surnames Starting with C

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COBERLEY English
Possibly from a village in England called Coberley
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]
COCIÑA Galician
It literally means "kitchen".
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.
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.
COENS Medieval German
Variation of Coen. A diminutive of Konrad/Conrad, an old German Emperor's name (compare its Dutch form 'Coenraad'). The surname, thus, means "of, from, or belonging to Conrad/Konrad". The name Conrad comes from the Old High German word Kuonrat, meaning literally "bold in counsel".... [more]
COERS German, Dutch
Derived from the given name Konrad
COFFEE Irish
Variant of Coffey.
COFFEY Irish
Ireland County Cork
COFFIN English
The House of Coffin is an ancient English family which originated in Devonshire.
COGGESHALL English
Habitational name from Coggeshall in Essex, England, which was derived from Cogg, an Old English personal name, and Old English halh meaning "nook, recess".
COILL Irish
Meaning, "hazel tree."
COISH Anglo-Saxon, English, English (Australian), English (American)
Derived from Old English cosche and cosshe (c.1490), meaning "small cottage" or "hut". The medieval Coish family held a seat in Cambridgeshire.
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 the Chinese surname Kho or Xu used by Chinese-Filipinos. It originated from Hokkien 許寰哥 (Khó Hoân-ko) meaning "Brother Koo Kuan", used a nickname for Co Yu Hwan (許玉寰), the founder of the clan and a migrant from Fujian, China.
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.
COLLINES French
French for "hillbanks".
COLLINSWORTH English
Variant spelling of Collingsworth, itself a variant 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.
COLSTON English
Colston means “Coal town settlement.” It is also a variant of Colton.
COLTRANE Irish (Anglicized)
Northern Irish Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Coltaráin.
COMBEFERRE Literature (?)
Combeferre is the surname of one of the strong, persuasive members of the ABC in Victor Hugo's novel Les Misérables. Meaning is unknown.
COMEAU French, French (Acadian), Louisiana Creole
French: from a Gascon diminutive of Combe.
COMEAUX French (Acadian), French Creole
Variant spelling of French Comeau.
COMIM Italian
It mans waiter in italian.
COMINERO Medieval Spanish (Latinized, Rare)
Means "gatherer of cumin" from the spanisgh word "comino".
COMMANDER Anglo-Saxon, French
From Middle English comander, comandor and comandour and also from Old French comandeor, all meaning "commander", "leader" or "ruler". The first recorded use of the name is through a family seat held in Somerset.
COMMEGNO Friulian
Imaginative, wealth, adventurer
COMPTON English
Habitational name from any of the numerous places throughout England (but especially in the south) named Compton, from Old English cumb meaning "short, straight valley" + tūn meaning "enclosure", "settlement".
CONAHAN Irish (Anglicized)
Irish reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Connachaín (see Cunningham).
CONATSER English (Anglicized)
A variant of the German last name Konitzer.
CONCEIÇÃO Portuguese
Portuguese cognate of Concepción.
CONCEPCIÓN Spanish
Means "conception'' in Spanish, in reference to the Immaculate Conception of Virgin Mary.
CONDON Irish (Anglicized, Modern)
Anglicized form of Gaelic Condún, itself a Gaelicized form of the Anglo-Norman habitational name de Caunteton. This seems to have been imported from Wales, but probably derives ultimately from Caunton in Nottinghamshire, which is named with the Old English personal name Caluno{dh} (composed of the elements calu "bald" + no{dh} "daring") + Old English tun "enclosure", "settlement".
CONE Irish
Reduced form of McCone. Americanized spelling of North German Kohn or Köhn, or Kuhn.
CONEY English
Means "seller of rabbits", or from a medieval nickname for someone thought to resemble a rabbit (in either case from Middle English cony "rabbit").
CONG TANG TON NU Vietnamese
Often written with the middle two words uncapitalized when with a full name; example: Con tang ton Nu Hue Hue. The first name is Hue Hue, and the surname is Cong tang ton Nu. It is a female royal Vietnamese surname created by the NGUYEN Dynasty.
CONKLIN Irish, Dutch
Origin unidentified. Most likely of Dutch origin (the name is found in the 18th century in the Hudson Valley), or possibly a variant of Irish Coughlin.
CONLEY Irish
Variant of Connolly.
CONLIN Irish
Variant of Conlon.
CONLON Irish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Conalláin or Ó Caoindealbháin.
CONNEELY Irish
from Mac Conghaile or Ó Conghaile, which comes from Ó Conghalaigh. Ó Conghalaigh derives from the forename Conghal, meaning "fierce as a wolf". Frequent examples of the name can be found in the West of Ireland, particularly in the Connemara area of County Galway... [more]
CONNICK Yiddish
Variation on Koenig.
CONQUEST English
Probably from a medieval nickname, perhaps applied to a domineering person. This surname is borne by the British poet, historian and critic Robert Conquest (1917-).
CONRAD German
Americanized spelling of KONRAD.
CONRADI German, Danish (Rare), Norwegian (Rare)
Derived from a patronymic from the given name Konrad.
CONRAN Irish
The surname Conran is derived from 'O Conarain', and Conran is a more anglicized version.... [more]
CONROY Irish
meaning, "hound of prosperity"
CONSIGLIO Italian
Meaning "Counselor" or "One who gives good advice".
CONTE Italian
Italian: from the title of rank conte ‘count’ (from Latin comes, genitive comitis ‘companion’). Probably in this sense (and the Late Latin sense of ‘traveling companion’), it was a medieval personal name; as a title it was no doubt applied ironically as a nickname for someone with airs and graces or simply for someone who worked in the service of a count.
CONTINO Italian
Diminutive of Italian Conte or Conti.
CONTRACTOR Indian (Parsi)
Parsi occupational surname for a contractor, or someone who works on the basis of a contract. As the British rule of India demanded for all Parsees to adopt a surname, many adopted English vocabulary based on their occupation (i.e. Engineer or Merchant).
CONWAY Welsh, Scottish, Irish
As a Welsh surname, it comes from the name of a fortified town on the coast of North Wales (Conwy formerly Conway), taken from the name of the river on which it stands. The river name Conwy may mean "holy water" in Welsh.... [more]
COOGAN Irish
Anglicized form of the Gaelic name "MacCogadhain"; composed of the Gaelic prefix "mac," which means "son of," and the Gaelic personal name "Cuchogaidh", which means "Hound of War". The name is also found in Ireland as Cogan, Coggan, Coggen, Cogin, Coggon, Coogan and Goggin(s).
COOGLAN Irish
Irish surname of unknown meaning. May be a variant of Coghlan.
COOLEY Irish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Giolla Chúille ‘son of the servant of (Saint) Mochúille’, a rare Clare name.
COOLIDGE English
Probably an occupational name for a college servant or someone with some other association with a university college, for example a tenant farmer who farmed one of the many farms in England known as College Farm, most of which are or were owned by university colleges.
COONROD Dutch
Americanized spelling of Dutch Coenraet or Koenraadt or German Kühnrat (Konrad).
COOTER English
A Sussex, England surname of uncertain meaning. Could be a local pronunciation of Cotter, meaning "cottage dweller" for a serf in the feudal system allowed to live in a cottage in exchange for labor on the cottage owner's estate.
COPELAND English
Some sources say that Copeland is English: "one that is good at coping". Another says Copeland is Northern English and Scottish, from Cumberland and Northumberland meaning "bought land". Old Norse, kaupa-land for‘bought land’.
COPPENHAVER German
Americanized spelling, probably originally spelled Kopenhaver or Koppenhaver. Means "owner of a hill".
COPPINS English
From a reduced diminutive of JACOB.
COPPOLA Italian
Coppola is an occupational name for someone who makes 'coppolas', which are a type of hat. The word 'coppola' literally means 'hat' in Neapolitan dialect. The name also could have been for someone who frequently wore a coppola too.... [more]
COPUS English
For full analysis of the origin for the name Copus/Copas I would refer you to my family website copusfamily.co.uk
CORBALÁN Aragonese
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous municipality.
CORBEDDU Sardinian
Means "son of Corbu" in Sardinian.
CORBETT English, Scottish, Welsh
Nickname from Norman French corbet meaning 'little crow, raven'. This surname is thought to have originated in Shropshire. The surname was taken by bearers to Scotland in the 12th Century, and to Northern Ireland in the 17th Century.... [more]
CORCOVADO Spanish
Means "hunchback" in Spanish. It would denote a person with a curved spine.
CORD Northern Irish
Reduced form of McCord.
CORDASCO Italian
From the given name Corda or Cordio (a short form of Accord(i)o, literally "agreement") + the suffix -asco denoting kinship.
CORDAY French
Either from the French word corde meaning "cord/rope/string", or from the Latin word cor meaning "heart." This was the surname of Charlotte Corday, the assassin who killed Jacobin leader Jean-Paul Marat during the French revolution.
CORDEIRO Portuguese, Galician
Means "young lamb" in Portuguese and Galician (Latin cordarius, a derivative of cordus "young", "new")... [more]
CORDEN English
Derives from Old French Cordon meaning "a seller of ribbon" or from Cordoan, a locational job description for a worker in fine kid leather. Originally associated with the city of Cordova in Spain... [more]
CORDER French (Anglicized, Archaic), English (American)
Linked to both English, French and Spanish origin. Cordier, Cordero, Corder- one who makes cord. Can refer to both the act of making cords (rope), cores of fire wood, or actual location names.... [more]
CÓRDOBA Spanish
Indicates someone who was originally from the city of Córdoba (Cordova) in Andalusia, Spain. The name itself is derived from Phonecian Qʾrtuba meaning "Juba’s city", itself from Phonecian qʾrt meaning "city" and juba referring to King Juba I of Numidia.
CORDOVEIRU Asturian
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous parish of the municipality of Pravia.
CORDRAY English
From a medieval nickname for a proud man (from Old French cuer de roi "heart of a king").
CORDS German
Derived from the first name Konrad.
CORE English (American), German (Anglicized)
Core is the anglicized form of the German surname Kohr, also spelled Kürr. Alternately, it is an English name of Flemish origin.
CORIO Italian
Variant of COIRO.
CORK English
Metonymic occupational name for a supplier of red or purple dye or for a dyer of cloth, Middle English cork (of Celtic origin; compare Corkery).
CORKE English
Variant of Cork.
CORKERY Irish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Corcra "descendant of Corcra", a personal name derived from corcair "purple" (ultimately cognate with Latin purpur).
CORLETT Manx
From Manx Gaelic Mac Thorliot "son of Thorliot", a male personal name derived from Old Norse Thórrljótr, literally "Thor-bright".
ĆORLUKA Croatian
Derived from Turkish körlük, meaning "blindness".... [more]
CORMICAN Scottish
From a pet form of the Gaelic personal name Cormac (see McCormick).
CORMIER French
French topographic name for someone who lived near a sorb or service tree, Old French cormier (from corme, the name of the fruit for which the tree was cultivated, apparently of Gaulish origin).
CORNELLANA Asturian (Spanish)
Castilianized form of Curniana.
CORNISH Celtic
One who came from Cornwall, a county in the South West of England.
CORNWALL Celtic
One who came from Cornwall, a county in the South West of England.
CORNWALLIS Scottish
Example: Lord Charles Cornwallis.
CORNWELL English
Habitational name from Cornwell in Oxfordshire, named from Old English corn, a metathesized form of cron, cran ‘crane’ + well(a) ‘spring’, ‘stream’.variant of Cornwall.
CORPUS Anglo-Saxon
It was a name given to a dark-haired person. In Yorkshire and Suffolk, the surname Corpus is derived from the Old Norse word korpr, which means raven; in Oxfordshire, the surname is derived from the Old French word corp, which has the same meaning.
CORR Irish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Corra "descendant of CORRA".
CORRADO Italian
From the personal name CORRADO.
CORRALES Filipino, Spanish
Denoting someone who worked in a barn or on a farm . Corral means "barnyard", "corral", "yard" ,"sheepshed".
CORRAO Italian
Reduced form CORRADO.
CORREA Portuguese, Spanish
From Spanish, meaning "leather garment."
CORREIA Portuguese
meaning "leather strap" or "belt", "rein", or "shoelace"; denoting a person who worked with leather products
CORRIE English
Habitational name from places in Arran, Dumfries, and elsewhere, named Corrie, from Gaelic coire "cauldron", applied to a circular hanging valley on a mountain.
CORRIE Scottish
Scottish spelling of MCCORRY.
CORRIGAN English
Traditionally an Irish surname meaning "spear". From the Irish Gaelic corragán which is a double diminutive of corr 'pointed'.
CORRIN Manx, Scottish
First documented in 1290, sources suggest prototypes to be of Norse and/or Irish origins.
CORSAUT French
Possibly a variant of Cossart.
CORSI Italian
Patronymic or plural form of CORSO.
CORSON English
Nickname from Old French 'corson', a diminutive of curt ‘short’
CORT Polish, Russian, Jewish
Derived from the surname "Kutalczuk", "Kotelchik", "Cuttlechuck", or "Kuttlechuck"
CORTÁZAR Basque (Spanish)
Castilianized form of Kortazar.
CORTÉS Spanish
From Old French corteis, curteis which means "courteous, polite". It could also serve as a habitual surname for people from Cortes in Spain or Portugal.
CORTÈS Catalan
Catalan form of Cortés.
CORTÊS Portuguese
Portuguese form of Cortés.
CORTRIGHT English
Habitational surname from the Dutch Kortrijk for a person from a place of this name in Flanders. Perhaps also a respelling of English Cartwright.
CORVIN Hungarian (Americanized)
Shortened and Americanized form of Corvinus.
CORVINUS Hungarian
dirived from Corvin, maning raven.
COSCA Italian
Topographic name from the Calabrian dialect word c(u)oscu "oak", also "wood".
COSCO Italian
Masculinized form of COSCA.
COSCOLLOLA Catalan
This indicates familial origin within or within the vicinity of the eponymous farmhouse in the municipality of Lladurs.
COSGROVE English
Habitational name from Cosgrove in Northamptonshire, named with an Old English personal name Cof + Old English graf "grove", "thicket".
COSGROVE Irish
From the Gaelic name Ó Coscraigh "descendant of COSCRACH."
ĆOSIĆ Croatian, Serbian
Means ''beardless''.
ČOSIĆ Croatian
Variant spelling of Ćosić.
COSS English
English short form of Cossio.
COSSART English, French
From French, referring to "a dealer of horses" (related to the English word "courser"). This surname was brought to England in the wake of the Norman Conquest of 1066, and became one of the many Anglo-Norman words that made up Middle English.
COSTABILE Italian
Italian name.... [more]
COSTELLO Irish, Italian
Costello (Irish: Mac Coisdealbha) is a common Irish surname originating in County Mayo. The surname derives from Jocelyn de Angulo (fl.1172), an Anglo-Norman knight.... [more]
COSTINIU Romanian
Meaning unknown.
COTONI Italian
means "cottons" in Italian
COTTER English
"A cottage dweller", a name in the feudal system for a serf allowed to live in a cottage in exchange for labor on the cottage owner's estate.
COTTON English, French
English: habitational name from any of numerous places named from Old English cotum (dative plural of cot) ‘at the cottages or huts’ (or sometimes possibly from a Middle English plural, coten)... [more]
COTTRELL English, French
First found in Derbyshire where the family "Cottrell" held a family seat and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege lord for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings, 1066CE... [more]
COULIBALY Western African, Manding
Meaning uncertain. One popular folk etymology suggests that it is derived from Bambara kulun-bari meaning "without a canoe", referring to someone who crossed a river or other body of water without the use of a canoe... [more]
COULLSON Anglo-Saxon, Scottish Gaelic (Anglicized, Rare), Middle English
All origins of the name are patronymic. Meanings include an Anglicized version of the Gaelic MacCumhaill, meaning "son of Cumhall", which means "champion" and "stranger and an Anglicized patronymic of the Gaelic MacDhubhghaill, meaning "son of Dubhgall." The personal name comes from the Gaelic words dubh, meaning "black" and gall, meaning "stranger."... [more]
COULSON English
Means "son of Cole".
COURCELLES French
The name of several places in France, Belgium and Canada. In Middle French the word courcelle was used to describe a "small court" or a "small garden". The word is derived from the medieval Gallo-Romance and Gallo-Italian word corticella, which was formed from the Latin word cohors, meaning "court" or "enclosure", and the diminutive –icella.... [more]
COURFEYRAC Literature
Courfeyrac is the surname that Victor Hugo used for Marius' closest friend in the friend of the ABC. Meaning is unknown.
COURT English, French, Irish
A topographic name from Middle English, Old French court(e) and curt, meaning ‘court’. This word was used primarily with reference to the residence of the lord of a manor, and the surname is usually an occupational name for someone employed at a manorial court.... [more]
COURTIER French, Medieval French, Medieval English
French: habitational name from places called Courtier (Seine-et-Marne, Aples-de-Haute-Provence), Courtié (Tarn), or Courtière (Loir-et-Cher). ... [more]
COURTOIS French
French form of Curtis.... [more]
COUSIN Maltese
(Definitely doesn't come from the word meaning " a child of one's uncle or aunt".
COUSINS French
"Relative" in Old French.
COUTER English
The couter (also spelled "cowter") is the defense for the elbow in a piece of plate armour. Initially just a curved piece of metal, as plate armor progressed the couter became an articulated joint.... [more]
COUTINHO Portuguese
Diminutive of Couto.
COVA Catalan, Galician
Topographic name from Catalan and Galician cova ‘cave’, or a habitational name from a place named with this word, in the provinces of Lugo, Ourense, Pontevedra, Catalonia and Valencia.
COVERDALE English (British)
From the valley (Dale) of the river Cover.... [more]
COVERT English, French
The surname is probably topographical, for someone who either lived by a sheltered bay, or more likely an area sheltered by trees. The formation is similar to couvert, meaning a wood or covert, and originally from the Latin "cooperio", to cover... [more]
COVEY Irish, English
Irish: reduced form of MacCovey, an Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Cobhthaigh (see Coffey).... [more]
COWAN Scottish (Anglicized), Northern Irish (Anglicized)
This surname, widespread in Scotland and Ulster, is an Anglicized form of the old Gaelic MacEoghain or MacEoin. The Gaelic prefix "mac" means "son of", plus the personal name Eoghan from the old Celtic "Oue(i)n", well-born, but believed to derive ultimately from the Greek "Eugenious", "born lucky" or "well-born"... [more]
COWARD English
several origins... [more]
COWELL English (British)
Means "son of Nicholas. A famous bearer is British talent manager Simon Cowell (1959-).
COWEN Scottish, English (British)
Scottish and northern English: variant spelling of Cowan.
COWIE Scottish
habitational name from any of several places, especially one near Stirling, named Cowie, probably from Gaelic colldha, an adjective from coll ‘hazel’