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Means "stop, restrict", from the Sino-Vietnamese character 杜
. A famous bearer is Đỗ Cảnh Thạc, a warlord during the 12 Lords Rebellion.
Means "of Abbeville" Abbeville is a commune in France. Takes its name from Latin Abbatis Villa meaning "Abbot's Village".
DA CRUZ Portuguese
A variant of Cruz
, with the addition of the preposition 'da' (meaning 'of the' or 'from the').
Anglicized form of MacDaibheid
, meaning "son of David".
Habitational name for someone from a place called Dad, in Fejér and Komárom counties, or Dada, in Somogy and Szabolcs counties.
From Sino-Korean 大 meaning “great”.
Derived from the Old French word "Dague", meaning knife or dagger, and as such was a Norman introduction into England after the 1066 Conquest. The name is a medieval metonymic for one who habitually carried a dagger, or who was a manufacturer of such weapons.
DAGOHOY Filipino, Cebuano
From the Cebuano phrase dagon sa huyuhoy
meaning "talisman of the breeze", which was a nom de guerre of Filipino rebel Francisco
"Dagohoy" Sendrijas (1724-1800).
Combination of Swedish dal
"valley" and the common surname suffix -én
, a derivative of Latin -enius
Eastern German: from a pet form of the Slavic personal names Dalibor
, which are both derived from dal-
DAHMER German, Danish
A northern German or Danish habitual name for someone from one of the many places named Dahme in Brandenburg, Holstein, Mecklenburg, or Silesia. A famous bearer of this name was Jeffrey Dahmer, serial killer (1960 - 1993).
A Chinese surname meaning to wear/wore.
Anglicized form of Irish Ó Dálaigh meaning "descendant of DÁLACH".
Anglicized form of Ó Dálaigh, meaning "descendent of DÁLACH". The name has strong roots in the county Cork.
From a medieval nickname (roughly equivalent to "precious") applied to a dearly loved person (from Middle English deinteth
"pleasure, titbit", from Old French deintiet
Means "person from Daventry", Northamptonshire ("Dafa's tree"). The place-name is traditionally pronounced "daintry".
From a medieval nickname meaning "handsome, pleasant" (from Middle English deinte
, from Old French deint
). This was borne by Billy Dainty (1927-1986), a British comedian.
The origins of the name Dake are from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from the personal name David. Daw was a common diminutive of David in the Middle Ages. The surname is a compound of daw and kin, and literally means "the kin of David."
DALE Norwegian, Danish
Habitational name from any of the various farmsteads called Dale in Norway. Derived from Old Norse dalr
Scottish habitational name from a place near Selkirk, first recorded in 1383 in the form Dalglas, from Celtic dol-
‘field’ + glas
Meant "person from Dalhousie", near Edinburgh (perhaps "field of slander").
Derived from Old Irish dall
, a byname meaning "blind".
An English surname probably derived from the French de la mare, meaning "of the sea", though some contend that "mare" springs from the English word moor. This surname probably arose after the Norman conquest of Britain.
Meant "person from Dallaway", West Midlands (perhaps from a Norman personal name, "person from (de
) Alluyes", northern France). A fictional bearer of the surname is Mrs Dalloway, central figure of the eponymous novel (1925) by Virginia Woolf.
DA LUZ Portuguese
From a religious epithet meaning ‘of the light’, specifically the Marian name "Nuestra Señora da Luz" (which means "Our Lady of the Light").
Means "person from Dalyell", in the Clyde valley (probably "white field"). The name is standardly pronounced "dee-el". A fictional bearer is Detective Superintendent Andrew Dalziel, one half of the detective team of 'Dalziel and Pascoe' in the novels (1970-2009) of Reginald Hill.
Dambudzo means "that which causes suffering or trouble". #The Zimbabwean writer, Dambudzo Marechera is a famous bearer of this name".
DAME French, English
From the old French dame
, "lady" ultimately from Latin domina
Nickname for a foppish or effeminate young man, Old French dameron
, a derivative of Latin dominus
"lord", "master" plus two diminutive endings suggestive of weakness or childishness.
DAMIAN French, Spanish, Italian, Czech, Slovak, Polish
From the medieval personal name Damian
, Greek Damianos
"to subdue"). St. Damian was an early Christian saint martyred in Cilicia in ad 303 under the emperor Domitian, together with his brother Cosmas... [more]
From a short form of a personal name containing the Old High German element thank
DAMON English, Scottish
From the personal name Damon
, from a classical Greek name, a derivative of damān
"to kill". Compare Damian
Ethnic name for a Dane, or from the personal name Danese, which was introduced to and popularized in medieval Italy through French Carolingian literature, notably the epics Chanson de Roland and Ogier de Denemarche.
Probably a habitational name, perhaps from Darnford in Suffolk, Great Durnford in Wiltshire, or Dernford Farm in Sawston, Cambridgeshire, all named from Old English dierne ‘hidden’ + ford ‘ford’.
DANGAL Nepali (Modern)
The surname Dangal is supposed to be the shortened form of the demonym Dangali (pronounced DHAA-NGAA-LEE) for Dang (pronounced DHAA-NG), a district in Mid-Western Nepal. The surname is found to have been adopted by various communities, especially the Tiwaris (for the surname Tiwari), after they migrated to various regions of the countries and the locals in those regions referred to them as Dangalis (later shortened to Dangal) instead of their original surnames.
DANGER English (Rare), Pop Culture
This has been seen in records of the most uncommon American surnames. It has also been used in popular culture, in the show Henry Danger. Although, it's not the character's actual last name.
Habitational name, with fused preposition d(e)
, for someone from any of the various places in northern France called Angerville, from the Old Norse personal name Ásgeirr
"god" and geirr
"spear") and Old French ville
"settlement, village"... [more]
Patronymic from the personal name Anger
. Habitational name for someone from the city of Angers.
my mother Eugenia Daniele born Oct 29 1899 lived in casamarciano till 1921, before emigrating to Long Island City in New York .he died at 103 in 2004
Habitational name for someone from a place called Daniel or Daniele.
Derived from a given name, a short form of the name Tandulf
, the origins of which are uncertain. (In some cases, however, this surname may have originated as a nickname denoting a person who liked to dance, from the Middle High German word tanz
Occupational name for a professional acrobat or entertainer; variant of Tanzer
Vietnamese form of Tao
. This is also the Vietnamese word for peach.
D'Aoust, denotes someone from Aoust(e) in France. Aouste is situated in the Ardennes department (Champagne-Ardenne region) in the north-east of France at 29 km from Charleville-Mézières, the department capital... [more]
DA PRA Italian
A topographic name for someone from a meadow, from the northern variant of "prato" (meadow).
A habitation name in Northumberland of uncertain origin.
Comes from Italian word "aria" (plural arie) meaning "air"; also a form of opera
Nickname for someone with dark hair or a dark complexion, from Middle English darke
, Old English deorc
"dark". In England, the surname is most frequent in the West Country.
Means "person from Darley", Derbyshire ("glade frequented by deer").
DARLING Literature, English, Scottish
English and Scottish: from Middle English derling
, Old English deorling
‘darling’, ‘beloved one’, a derivative of deor
‘dear’, ‘beloved’ (see Dear
). This was quite a common Old English byname, which remained current as a personal name into the 14th century... [more]
From Old English Dearthington believed to be the settlement of Deornoth's people (unclear root + ing a family group + ton an enclosed farm or homestead).
DA ROSA Portuguese
Literally means "of the rose" in Portuguese. It is generally a component of personal names; among women, it is a Marian name; among men, it is of uncertain application.
Anglicized form of Gaelic Dhubhdarach
, a personal name meaning "black one of the oak tree".
D'ARTAGNAN French, Literature
Surname given to a person from Artagnan, France. It is also used by Charles de Batz-Castelmore d'Artagnan, the captain of the Musketeers from the novel, "The Three Musketeers".
DA RÚA Galician
This indicates familial origin within the municipality of A Rúa.
DARUWALA Indian (Parsi)
Derived from Hindi दारू (dārū)
meaning "liquor, wine, alcohol" (borrowing from Persian) combined with the suffix -वाला (-vālā)
denoting an occupation. It was used to refer to someone who sold or brewed alcohol.
From a title denoting a Sufi ascetic, derived from the Persian word درویش (darviš)
meaning "poor, needy".
Derived from Tibetan བཀྲ་ཤིས (bkra shis)
meaning "good fortune, good luck".
DA SILVA Portuguese
Topographic name for someone who lived by a wood, from Latin silva
meaning "wood". Famous bearers are Brazilian footballers Thiago Silva and Neymar.
Comes from the Greek root word of "Daskalalos" (Δάσκαλος) that means "teacher", with the adittion of the ending "akis" (ακης) that usually shows a connection with the island of Crete
Derived from German dato
"date" or "day".
From Japanese 伊 (da)
meaning "this" and 達 (te)
meaning "achieve, arrive at, intelligent".
Danish name element gård
"farmstead, yard" combined with prefix dau
of unknown origin. ... [more]
DAUGHTRY English, Norman
English (of Norman origin) habitational name, with fused French preposition d(e), for someone from Hauterive in Orne, France, named from Old French haute rive
‘high bank’ (Latin alta ripa
DAUM German, Jewish
Nickname for a short person, from Middle High German doum
"tap", "plug", or dume
, German Daumen
D'AUREVALLE French (Archaic)
This medieval surname literally means "from Aurevalle". Aurevalle can refer to any of the three French communes that are nowadays known by the more modern spelling Orival. All of them ultimately derive their name from Latin aurea vallis
meaning "golden vale" or "golden valley".
This surname literally means "from Aureville". Aureville is a commune in southwestern France, which was established in late medieval times. It derives its name from Latin aurea villa
or villa aurea
which literally means "golden country-house, golden farm" but of course later came to mean "golden village".
DAVE Indian, Gujarati
Derived from Sanskrit द्विवेदिन् (dvivedin)
meaning "familiar with the two Vedas".
Habitational name from a place in Cheshire named Davenport, from the Dane river (apparently named with a Celtic cognate of Middle Welsh dafnu
"to drop, to trickle") and Old English port
DAVEY English, Welsh
Derived from the given name David
. Alternately, it may be a variant spelling of Welsh Davies
, which could be patronymic forms of David
, or corrupted forms of Dyfed
, an older Welsh surname and the name of a county in Wales.
DA VINCI Italian
Means, "son of Vinci(1)
". A famous bearer was Italian inventor and artist Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519).
DAVINE Irish (Anglicized)
Anglicized form of Irish Ó Duibhín
meaning "descendant of Duibhín" (Duibhín meaning "little black one") or Ó Daimhín
meaning "descendant of Daimhín" (Daimhín: "fawn").
DAW Irish (Anglicized)
Irish anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Deaghaidh
, ‘descendant of Deaghadh
’, a personal name of uncertain origin. It may be composed of the elements deagh-
‘good’ + ádh
‘luck’, ‘fate’; some such association seems to lie behind its Anglicization as Goodwin.
This surname is derived from an occupation. 'the deye' or 'day,' a maid, a dairy-maid, whence 'dairy'
DAWLATZAI Pashto, Afghani
Means "descendants of Dawlat
"; a combination of the given name Dawlat
and Pashto زوی (zoy)
meaning "son (of)". The Dawlatzai is a Pashtun sub-tribe of the Tanoli
inhabiting eastern Afghanistan.
Either derived from the town of Dax in France or from the Old English given name Dæcca
(of unknown meaning).
DAYAL Indian, Hindi, Punjabi
Means "kind, compassionate", derived from Sanskrit दया (dayā)
meaning "compassion, pity".
DAYANGHIRANG Filipino, Tagalog
Means "chosen lady", derived from Tagalog dayang
meaning "lady, princess, girl" and hirang
Patronymic from the personal name Dai, a pet form of Dafydd, with the redundant addition of the English patronymic suffix -s.
This indicates familial origin within the commune of Bailleu.
From the Chinese element de
, meaning "ethics, moral, virtue".
Originally for someone who worked as a deacon or was the son of one.
Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Déadaigh ‘descendant of Déadach’, a personal name apparently meaning ‘toothy’.
Surname found in Ireland, it is the name of one of the Tribes of Galway.
Meant "person from Dearden", Lancashire ("valley frequented by wild animals"). It was borne by British film director Basil Dearden (original name Basil Dear; 1911-1971).
From a medieval nickname apparently based on Middle English derth
Nickname for a noisy or troublesome person, from Anglo-French de(s)rei
‘noise’, ‘trouble’, ‘turbulence’ (from Old French desroi
). topographic for someone who lived by a deer enclosure, from Old English deor
‘deer’ + (ge)hæg
DE ATH English
Probably a deliberate respelling of Death
(i), intended to distance the name from its original signification.
(i) "death" (perhaps from the figure of Death as personified in medieval pageants); (ii) "person who gathers or sells wood for fuel" (from Middle English dethe
Likely from the Spanish word Belén
, which refers to the nativity scene.
This surname is of French derivation and was introduced to Britain by the Normans. It has two possible derivations, the first from the Roman (Latin) 'debil-is', which means literally "poorly" or "weak", and may have been a metonymic for a doctor or healer, whilst the second possible origin is a nickname derivation from the old French 'Theodore' to Tibald and Tibble or Dibble, Deble.
DEBLOIS French (Gallicized)
French surname meaning "From Blois", a town in Mid-Western France. The origins of the surname started back in the 1600s when a man named Grégoire Guérard traveled to Flanders (Now Belgium) and immigrated to New France (Now Canada) in 1658... [more]
DEBNATH Indian, Bengali, Assamese
Derived from Sanskrit देव (devá)
meaning "deity, god" combined with नाथ (nāthá)
meaning "possessor, owner".
DE BOIS Arthurian Romance
Possible form of the French surname Dubois
. This is the last name of Prince Arthur's mother Ygraine de Bois in the series Merlin.
DE BONTE DutchBont
is a word to describe something with many colours, originally used for spotted cows. So the name means: The one with many colours. Figuratively speaking this would mean: The one who acts crazy.
From the given name Debus
, a variant of Thebs
, which was an altered short form of Mattheus
. This was borne by American union leader Eugene V. Debs (1855-1926).
DE CLERMONT French
Means "of the bright hill" from the French de
meaning "of" and clair
'bright', 'clear' + mont
Meaning uncertain. Probably a habitual surname for someone from Deaux in Gare.
DE DRUMON Medieval Scottish
This name appears carved on the tomb of "Jonnes de Drumon". This is said to be the earliest known written example of the Scottish surname Drummond. We believe that de Drumon could have been costal French or Belgium... [more]