Submitted Surnames Starting with D
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Metronymic from the female personal name Maria, or name for a devotee of the Virgin Mary.
DE MARNI Italian
From Italy, most likely Northern Italy. One theory is that De Marni or a similar sounding name was the name of an orphanage, but it's origin is unknown.
From French meaning "of the seas". A famous bearer of this surname was Modeste Demers, a bishop in 18th century Vancouver.
It's an occupational word coming from Latin. It means "master". It is of French origin.
This surname was attached to a family of rich Russian entrepreneurs in the 18th–19th centuries. ... [more]
Possibly an Anglicization of the Italian surname Demma
, a metronymic from the personal name Emma
Means "person from Denby", Derbyshire or Yorkshire ("farmstead of the Danes").
From the name of various places in England, most of which meant "farm in the valley" (from Old English denu
"valley" + ham
"homestead"). Notable bearers of the surname included John Denham (1615-1669), an English poet; British Labour politician John Denham (1953-); and British actor Maurice Denham (1909-2002).
Habitational name for someone from Denning in Bavaria. Denning is related to Middle Low German denne meaning "wooded vale".
Habitational name from a place in Suffolk, recorded in Domesday Book as Dingifetuna, from the Old English female personal name Denegifu (composed of the elements Dene meaning "Dane" + gifu meaning "gift") + Old English tūn meaning "enclosure", "settlement".
English surname, composed of the Old English elements Dene "Dane" and fær "passage, crossing," hence "Dane crossing."
The distinguished surname Depietri can be traced back to the ancient and beautiful region of Piedmont. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adopt a second name to identify themselves as populations grew and travel became more frequent... [more]
Derived from Germanic depp
which is a nickname for a joker (person who plays jokes on others). A notable bearer is Johnny Depp, an American actor.
From an old personal name Terrimar
, which is probably from Old High German dart ‘spear’ + mari ‘famous’
Habitational name, possibly a variant of Darracott, from Darracott in Devon. However, the present-day concentration of the form Derricott in the West Midlands and Shropshire suggests that this may be a distinct name, from a different source, now lost.
DERRY Irish, English
English variant of Deary
, or alternatively a nickname for a merchant or tradesman, from Anglo-French darree
‘pennyworth’, from Old French denree
. ... [more]
DESAI Indian, Marathi, Gujarati
From Sanskrit देश (deśá)
meaning "province, country, kingdom" combined with स्वामिन् (svāmin)
meaning "lord, master, owner".
"Chenes" is French for "oak tree". In French, "Des" means more than one. "Des"+ "Chenes"= Deschenes meaning "Many oak trees."
DESLAURIERS French (Quebec)
A topographic name for someone living among laurels, a combination of the fused preposition and plural definite article des ‘from the’ + the plural of Old French lorier ‘laurel’.
Habitational name for someone from any of various places named with Old French mareis, maresc ‘marsh’, as for example Les Marets, in Seine-et-Marne, Centre, Nord, and Picardy.
DESNOYERS French (Quebec)
Means "of the walnut trees", from French word "noyer", meaning walnut. "Des noyers" literally translates to "the walnuts".
DE SOUZA Portuguese
Means "of Sousa" in Portuguese, referring to the River Sousa flowing through northern Portugal. The word Sousa
itself is derived from the Latin saxa, saxum
meaning "stone, rock". The surname is more commonly used in Brazil and Portuguese-speaking African countries today.
DES ROCHES French
Either a topographic name for someone living among rocks or a habitational name from any of several places named with this word, meaning "from the rocks" in French.
Habitational name from the city of Dessau in Germany.
DEVALL French, English
Devall (also DeVall) is a surname of Norman origin with both English and French ties.Its meaning is derived from French the town of Deville, Ardennes. It was first recorded in England in the Domesday Book.In France, the surname is derived from 'de Val' meaning 'of the valley.'
DEVI Indian, Hindi, Punjabi, Assamese, Telugu, Bengali, Tamil, Malayalam, Odia
From Sanskrit देवी (devī́)
meaning "goddess, female deity" (see the given name Devi
). It is used as a surname by women who did not originally have a family name. In 2014, this was the second most common surname in the world and the most common in several Indian states.
French surname meaning, 'The Village', from French De- 'the' and Ville- 'Village'.
Regional name for someone from the county of Devon. In origin, this is from an ancient British tribal name, Latin Dumnonii, perhaps meaning "worshipers of the god Dumnonos".
French: variant of De Var
, a habitational name for someone from a place named Var, for example in Charente. Respelling of French Devors
, a habitational name, with the preposition de
, for someone from Vors in Aveyron.
DEWAN Indian, Pakistani
Status name for a treasurer or court official, from Arabic diwan
"royal court", "tribunal of justice", or "treasury". Under the Mughal administration in India the dewan was usually the highest official in a state.
A nickname for one identified with the animal or from a place noted for a sign showing a picture of a wolf. Signs with easily understood pictographs communicated the names of locations in preliterate Europe.
DEY Indian, Bengali, Assamese, Odia
Either a variant or Dev
meaning "deity, god" (from the Sanskrit देव (devá)
) or derived from the Sanskrit deya
meaning "suitable for a gift".
DE ZEEUW Dutch
Nickname for someone from the Dutch provence Zeeland
DHAR Indian, Bengali
Most likely from Bengali ধার (dhāra)
meaning "credit"; ultimately from Sanskrit उद्धार (uddhara)
"deliverance, salvation, release".
Meaning Deacon. Notable bearer of this name is Athanasios Diakos (1786–1821), a Greek military commander during the Greek War of Independence and a national hero.
DIALLO Western African
A common name throughout West Africa, it is the French transcription of a surname of Fula origin.
"Diamonds" in Greek. One notable bearer of the surname is Marina Lambrini Diamandis, A Welsh/Greek Songwriter and Singer who preforms under the stage name of "Marina and the Diamonds"
DIAMANT Hebrew, Jewish
Jewish surname derived from French and German diamant
meaning "diamond", used to denote a jeweler.
Americanized form of a Jewish surname, spelled in various ways, derived from modern German Diamant
"diamond", or Yiddish dimet
, from the Middle High German diemant
(via Latin from Greek adamas ‘unconquerable’, genitive adamantos, a reference to the hardness of the stone)... [more]
Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Diamáin
"descendant of Diamán", earlier Díomá
, a diminutive of Díoma
, itself a pet form of DIARMAID
English variant of Dayman
). Forms with the excrescent d are not found before the 17th century; they are at least in part the result of folk etymology.
DI'BONARIA Sardinian (Rare)
(Our Lady of Bonaria) Also known as Blessed Virgin Mary located in Cagliari, Italy... Di meaning (of) and Bonaria meaning "Good Natured". Last name given to honor Our Lady of Bonaria.
DICKENSHEETS English (American)
Americanized spelling of German Dickenscheid, a habitational name from a place named Dickenschied in the Hunsrück region. The place name is from Middle High German dicke ‘thicket’, ‘woods’ + -scheid (often schied) ‘border area’ (i.e. ridge, watershed), ‘settler’s piece of cleared (wood)land’.
From the given name Diel
, from Thilo
, a diminutive of given names beginning with Diet-
, as such as Dietrich
DIELMANN German (Modern)
It was once spelled as "Dielhmann" and sometimes with one "n". The meaning is unknown, but when I used Google's translator "dielh" means "the" and "mann" was "man.
Rare Italian surname that comes from the city of Isola di Fano, Presaro e Urbino, Italy
DI FRANCESCO Italian
Literally means "of Francis," and therefore may also mean "son of Francis."
Nickname from Middle English dell
Means "not knowing how to (do something)" in Filipino. ”di” is short for hinde/hindi, which means no, not, etc. “maanó” is derived from paano, which means “how.”
DI MAGGIO Italian
Came from a child who was born in the month of May. The surname Maggio is derived from the Italian word Maggio, which literally means the month of May.
DINGFELDER Medieval German (Rare, Archaic)
When surnames were finally adopted, family heads who originated from Thungfeld in the Steigerwald area of Mittelfranken, took the name of their traditional home area.
DINJER German (Rare)
Occupational surname that originated in the German dialect spoken in the Rhineland-Palatinate region. ... [more]
From a short form of the personal name Dinis, a variant of Dennis.
DI PEGO Italian
the origin of di Pego is unknown, but translates to 'I caught', in Italian.... [more]
Reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Díscín
"descendant of Díscín
", which may be derived from díosc
"barren". The place name Ballyeeskeen, now Ballydiscin, in County Sligo, is derived from the surname.
Means “hero of the country” from Sanskrit देश (deśá)
meaning “point, region, place” or “country, kingdom” combined with नायक (nāyak)
meaning “leader, hero”.
DISTEL German, North German, Dutch
Topographic name for someone who lived by a patch of ground overgrown with thistles, or perhaps a nickname for a "prickly" person, from Middle High German, Middle Low German, Middle Dutch distel
Topographic name for someone who lived in a place where thistles grew, from German Distel
"thistle" (see Distel
) and -er
, suffix denoting an inhabitant.
Variant of Dittmar
. In eastern Germany, this form has been used for Dittmar since the 15th century.
DJAZAIRI Arabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from Arabic الجزائر (al-Jazā’ir)
meaning "the islands", referring to the country of Algeria or referring to an Algerian person. This surname could be used to refer to someone from the city of Algiers, or just a general Algerian person.
from Togo Lome, Vogan in west Africa from the djokoto family.
From the Sino-Vietnamese character 段
, meaning "party, group, corps"
Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Dubháin
‘descendant of Dubhán
’, meaning ‘the little black one’, a common name in the 16th century in southern Ireland, or Ó Damháin
‘descendant of Damhán
’ meaning ‘fawn’, ‘little stag’, a rare Ulster name... [more]
From the medieval personal name Dobbe
, one of several pet forms of Robert
in which the initial letter was altered. Compare Hobbs
From a diminutive of the given name Dob
, itself a medieval diminutive of Robert
(one of several rhyming nicknames of Robert in which the initial letter was altered; compare Hobbs
, meaning "something rounded" in German.
Possibly a nickname from Middle English dogge
"dog" (Old English docga
DODIE Scottish (Modern)
Dodie is a Scottish shortening of the name "Dorothy" it is quite rare and one of the only famous people with this name is the singer/songwrite Dodie Clark.
An English nickname for a gentle person from the word for a female deer. Originally a female first name transferred to use as a surname. Well known in American law as a hypothetical surname for a person unnamed in legal proceedings, as in Jane Doe or John Doe.
Derived from Middle Low German top
"pot". This is an occupational surname originally given to a potter.
Habitational name for someone from any of several places in Bavaria named Dörfling.
DOHRMANN Low German
North German topographic name for someone who lived by the gates of a town or city (see Thor
Do ("Earth") + I ("Habitation") or ("Well, Mineshaft") in a different region. "Earth Well" is used mainly in the west and in Shikoku, the "Earth Habitation" kanji is used in eastern Japan. This name isn't rare and considered out of the ordinary, but it's uncommon to the ears.
DOLE English, Irish (Anglicized)
English: from Middle English dole ‘portion of land’ (Old English dal ‘share’, ‘portion’). The term could denote land within the common field, a boundary mark, or a unit of area; so the name may be of topographic origin or a status name... [more]
Habitational name for someone from Domanice or Domaniew, or various places named with Doman.
Occupational name from the Old English root doma, dema ‘judge’, ‘arbiter’. Compare Dempster.
From the Polish from "Little Lord." The suffix, -czyk generally denotes the diminutiveness of the root word.
Occupational name for a church schoolmaster, from Latin domine
, a vocative form of dominus
, "lord" "master".
Don derives from the Old Gaelic "donn", brown, or the Old English pre 7th Century "dunn", brown, or the Old English pre 7th Century "dunn", dull brown or dark, and was originally given as a distinguishing nickname to someone with dark hair or a swarthy complexion.
Patronymic from classical Armenian tōnapet meaning ‘head of a festival’.
Meaning “given to God”, surname given to a child because they were given to a priest or monastery or either an orpan.
From the medieval personal name Donato
, past participle of donare
, frequentative of dare
"to give"). It was the name of a 4th-century Italian bishop martyred in c. 350 under Julian the Apostate, as well as various other early saints, and a 4th-century grammarian and commentator on Virgil, widely respected in the Middle Ages as a figure of great learning.
In Chinese, it means "east". An origin of Dong is the simplification of the surname Dongfang, which originates from Fu Xi.
From the Gaelic Domhnallain, a diminutive of Donnell/Domhnall meaning "world mighty" (Irish form of the Scottish Donald).