Submitted Surnames Starting with C

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COY Irish
Reduced form of McCoy.
COYLE Irish
Irish reduced variant of McCool.
CRABB English, Scottish, German, Dutch, Danish
English and Scottish, from Middle English crabbe, Old English crabba ‘crab’ (the crustacean), a nickname for someone with a peculiar gait. English and Scottish from Middle English crabbe ‘crabapple (tree)’ (probably of Old Norse origin), hence a topographic name for someone who lived by a crabapple tree... [more]
CRABBE English, Literature, Popular Culture
The character 'Vincent Crabbe' has this surname in the Harry Potter series.
CRĂCIUN Romanian
Crăciun is the Romanian word for Christmas.
CRAFT English (American)
Variant of Croft and Americanized spelling of Kraft.
CRAGG Scottish, Irish, English
Variant of Craig, from Middle English Crag.
CRAMER German, English
Variant of German surname KRÄMER.
CRAN Anglo-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]
CRANDALL Scottish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Raonuill "son of RAONULL".
CRANE English, 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]
CRANLEY Irish
The surname Cranley was first found in Ulster (Irish: Ulaidh), where they held a family seat but were also to be found in County Offaly and Galway. The sept is styled the Princes of Crich Cualgne and are descended from Cu-Ulladh, a Prince in 576.
CRANSHAW English
From Cranshaw in Lancashire, named from Old English cran(uc) ‘crane’ + sceaga ‘grove’, ‘thicket’.
CRANSTON Scottish
Combination of the Old English byname Cran "crane" and Old English tun "settlement".
CRASHMAN American
Surnames of fictional characters Carl and Chloe Crashman from Carl².
CRAUWELS Flemish, 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.
CRAVEN Irish, English
Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Crabháin (County Galway) or Mac Crabháin (Louth, Monaghan) ‘descendant (or ‘son’) of Crabhán’... [more]
CRAVOTTA Sicilian
From a Sicilian immigrant to America, Cravotta was changed to Cravatta upon arrival at Ellis Island. The name means "bowtie."
CRAW English, 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
CRAWFORDJOHN Medieval Scottish
One who came from Crawfordjohn in Lanarkshire; not to be confused with nearby Crawford, also in Lanarkshire.
CRAWLEY English, 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]
CREAM English
An occupational name for a seller of dairy products.
CREANGĂ Romanian, Moldovan
A Surname commonly used in Romania and Moldova.... [more]
CREEL Scottish Gaelic (Anglicized, Modern)
Fish Basket. The word Creel relates to Crille in Gaelic meaning weave.
CREEPINGBEAR Native American, Arapaho (?)
From the English words creeping and bear.
CREESE English
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]
CREIG Scottish, English
Derived from Scottish Gaelic crioch "border".
CREMA Italian, German
From the italian city "Crema"
CREME English
Variant spelling of Cream.
CRENSHAW English
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".
CRESS German, Jewish, Belarusian
The maiden name of my Great Grandmother.... [more]
CRETE French
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]
CREUS Spanish
Variant of Cruz. Famous bearer of this surname is Spanish footballer Xavi Hernández.
CRIADO Portuguese, Spanish
Occupational name from criado ‘servant’.
CRICKS American
"living near a river." Comes from a similar origin of Rios
CRISPEN English
Variant spelling of CRISPIN.
CRISPIN English, French
From the Middle English, Old French personal name CRISPIN.
CRISTIANO Italian
From the given name Cristiano.
CRNKOVIĆ Croatian
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).
CROAKER English
Meant "person from Crèvecoeur", the name of various places in northern France ("heartbreak", an allusion to the poverty of the local soil).
CROAN Irish
Variant of Croghan.
CROCK English
Meaning "barrel," signifying one who made or worked with barrels.
CROCKETT English, 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").
CROCKETT Scottish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Riocaird "son of RICHARD".
CROFTER English
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”.
CROGHAN Irish (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.
CROOK Scottish, 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.
CROOKS English
Patrynomic for Crook.
CROSSAN Irish
Irish reduced form of McCrossen, an Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac an Chrosáin ‘son of the satirist’. Sometimes translated as 'bard' or 'storyteller.'
CROSTHWAITE English
Means the clering of the cross
CROW English
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.
CROWE English
Variant of Crow.
CROWLEY Irish (Anglicized), English
Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Cruadhlaoich ‘descendant of Cruadhlaoch’, a personal name composed of the elements cruadh ‘hardy’ + laoch ‘hero’. ... [more]
CROWNER English
Means "coroner" (from Anglo-Norman corouner "coroner", a derivative of Old French coroune "crown").
CROWTHER English
Originally meant "person who plays the crowd (an ancient Celtic stringed instrument)". It was borne by British entertainer Leslie Crowther (1933-1996).
CROY Irish (Anglicized)
A shortened form of the surname McRoy, from Irish Gaelic Mac Rúaidh "son of Rúadh", literally "the red one".
CROY Scottish
Means "person from Croy", the name of various places in Scotland.
CROZIER English, 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.
CRUCHAGA Basque (Spanish)
Castilianized form of Krutxaga.
CRUIKSHANK Scottish
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).
CRUMB English
From the English word "crumb".
CRUMP English
Originally a nickname for a crippled or deformed person, from Middle English cromp, crump meaning "bent, crooked, stooping" (from Old English crumb).
CRUSOE English (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.
CRUZAN Dutch
Americanized spelling of CRUYSSEN.
CSEPREGI Hungarian
Someone from the district of Csepreg in Hungary
CUA Catalan
Nickname from Catalan cua meaning "tail".
CUADRO Celtic (Latinized, Modern)
It refers to a work of art or a painting (picture, frame). It's very common in Portugal.
CUAYA Asturian
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous parish of the municipality of Grau.
CUBA Portugese, 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]
CUCOLO Italian Austrian Judeo-Italian
Used in Austria, and in southern regions of Italy.
CUDA Slovak
Derives from the word name derives from cuda meaning "miracle".
CUDAK Polish
Means "oddity, crank" in Polish. It can also come from the word cud meaning "miracle, wonder".
CUDDIHY Irish (Anglicized)
Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Cuidighthigh meaning "descendant of Cuidightheach".
CUENCA Spanish
Cuenca is an ancient Spanish last name which originated from Cuenca, a city in the Kingdom of Castilla.... [more]
CUFF English
From the english word "cuff"
CUGINI Italian (Rare)
Means "cousins" in Italian.
CULBERT Anglo-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]
CULBERTSON English, Scottish, Northern Irish
Patronymic from Culbert.
CULINDRIS Cantabrian
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous municipality.
CULLIMORE English (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
CULLY English
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).
CULPEPER English
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]
CULPEPPER English
Means "person who collects, prepares and/or sells herbs and spices" (from Middle English cullen "to pick" + pepper).
CULVER English
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]
CULVÉRT French, English, Irish
English version of the Old French, Culvere. Means Peaceful and Mildest of tempers.
CUMANI Albanian
Meaning unknown.
CUMBERBATCH English
Name for someone from Comberbach in North Cheshire. May come from etymological elements meaning "stream in a valley."
CUMBERLAND English
Regional name for someone from Cumberland in northwestern England (now part of Cumbria).
CUMMING Irish, Scottish, English
Perhaps from a Celtic given name derived from the element cam "bent", "crooked"
CUNANAN Filipino, Pampangan
Meaning uncertain, of Kapampangan origin.
CUNDALL English
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'.
CUNHA Portuguese (Brazilian)
This name can mean either mean that your upper class or a coin maker. Cunha directly translates to "coin" or "wedge"
CUNLIFFE English
Originally meant "person from Cunliffe", Lancashire ("slope with a crevice" (literally "cunt-cliff")).
CUNNIFF Irish
From Irish Gaelic Mac Conduibh "son of Condubh", a personal name meaning literally "black dog".
CUNNINGHAM Irish
Surname adopted from Scottish by bearers of Gaelic Ó Cuinneagáin "descendant of Cuinneagán", a personal name from a double diminutive of the Old Irish personal name Conn meaning "leader, chief".
CUNNINGTON English (American)
Scottish linked to {Marshall}
CUOMO Italian
Probably from a shortened form of Cuosëmo, a Neapolitan variant of the Italian male personal name Cosimo.
CURIE French
Occupational name for a farm hand, from Old French éscuerie "stable".
CURMI Maltese
(Warning: Whatever you do, don't look up the coat of arms, if you're squeamish. Take me seriously.)
CURNIANA Asturian
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.
CURPHEY Manx
Sea warror from the Viking
CURRENT Irish
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.
CURRIE Scottish, 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]
CURRIER English
Occupational surname meaning "a worker who prepared leather".
CURRY Scottish, English
Scottish and northern English: variant of Currie.
CURTIN Irish (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]
CUSTER German (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).
CUTHBERT English
Derived from the name CUTHBERT
CUTHBERTSON English, Scottish
Patronymic surname from the personal name Cuthbert.
CUTLER English
Means "maker of swords & knives."
CUTTER English
This surname is derived from an occupation. 'the cutter,' i.e. cloth-cutter
CUYLER Dutch
Variant of Koole or Kuilart.
CVETANOV Bulgarian
Variant spelling of Tsvetanov.
ĆWIKLIŃSKI Polish
This indicates familial origin within either of 2 Masovian villages in Gmina Płońsk: Ćwiklinek or Ćwiklin.
CWYNAR Polish
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’
CYGAN Polish
Ethnic name or nickname from a word meaning ‘gypsy’, ‘Romany’.Altered spelling of eastern German Zigan, from Hungarian cigány ‘gypsy’.
CYPHER German (Anglicized, Rare)
Fanciful Americanized spelling of German Seifer.
CYPRESS English
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.
CYPRIAN English
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]
CYRUS English
From the given name CYRUS. A notable bearer is American singer and songwriter, Miley Cyrus (1992-).
CYWIŃSKI Polish
Habitational name, possibly for someone from Cywiny in Ciechanów province.
CZARNIECKI Polish
This indicates familial origin within the Lesser Polish village of Czarnca.
CZARNY Polish
From the Polish czarny meaning "black", a cognate of Černý.
CZECH Czech, Polish
Czech means "Czech man".
CZELUSNIAK Czech
Jewish, Polish
CZERWONKA Polish
From Polish czerwony ”red”.
CZESKY Czech, Polish
Czesky means "bohemian" in Polish.
CZESLAWOWICZ Polish
Patronymic from the given name Czeslaw.
CZICAGIA Polish
Habitational name meaning someone who is from Chicago.
CZUBIŃSKI Polish
This denotes that someone’s family originated in the Masovian village of Czubin.
CZYŻEWSKI Polish
habitational name for someone from any of the many places in Poland called Czyżew or Czyżewo, from czyż(yk) ‘siskin’.