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DÖTTER     German
From a Germanic personal name formed with theud ‘people’, ‘race’ + hard ‘hardy’, ‘strong’ or hari, heri ‘army’
DOUBRAVA     Czech
It means "forest".
DOUGENIS     Greek
Possibly from the elements doulos (δουλος)- "slave, servant" and genes (γενης)- "born".
DOUGHTY     English
Doughty. This interesting surname of English origin is a nickname for a powerful or brave man, especially a champion jouster, deriving from the Middle English "doughty", Olde English pre 7th Century dohtig dyhtig meaning "valiant" or "strong"... [more]
DOUILLARD     French (?)
Nickname for a softie, from Old French doille "soft, tender".
DOUKAS     Greek
From medieval Greek doukas "duke", "lord", from Latin dux. This was the name of a family of imperial rank in medieval Byzantium.
DOVAL     Galician
From 'do val' meaning 'of the valley. Galician origins.
DOW     Scottish, Irish, English, Dutch (Anglicized), German (Anglicized)
Scottish (also found in Ireland): reduced form of McDow. This surname is borne by a sept of the Buchanans.... [more]
DOWDALL     Irish
Of English origin
DOWLING     Irish, English
Anglicanized form of Ó Dúnlaing and Ó Dubhlainn
DOWNARD     English
Downard comes from England as a diminutive of Downhead in Somerset and Donhead in Wiltshire.
DOWNEY     Irish
Anglicization of Irish name Dounaigh, which is, in turn, an Gaelicization of a Norman name. Dates from the 11th c.
DOWNING     Anglo-Saxon
from 'Dunning', a patronymic meaning 'Son of Dunn', 'Dunn' being a nickname for someone with brown coloring
DOWNS     English
This surname is derived from the Old English element dun meaning "hill, mountain, moor." This denotes someone who lives in a down (in other words, a ridge of chalk hills or elevated rolling grassland).
DOWRICK     English
This name is found fairy widely in Cornwall, England.
DOWSON     English
Either a patronymic surname derived from the given name Dow, a medieval variant of Daw (which was a diminutive of David), or else a metronymic form of the medieval feminine name Dowce, literally "sweet, pleasant", from Old French dolz, dous (cf... [more]
DOYENARTE     Medieval Basque (Latinized, Rare, Archaic)
It means a place or site near the forest.
DRACOVIC     ?
DRACULA     Romanian
The Wallachian name for dragon was "Drac" or "Dracul". Vlad II of Wallachia joined a semi-secret order known as The Order of the Dragon and took the name Vlad Dracul. The word "Drac" can also mean "devil" or "evil spirit"... [more]
DRAG     Norwegian (Rare)
Habitational name from any of several farms named Drag. The place name is related to Old Norse draga "to pull" and originally denoted a place where boats were pulled along a river or across an isthmus.
DRAG     Polish
Nickname for a tall, thin person.
DRAGAN     Romanian
Possibly from the given name Dragan or a form of Draganov.
DRAGOMIROVIĆ     Serbian
Means "son of Dragomir" in Serbian.
DRAGON     French, English
Nickname or occupational name for someone who carried a standard in battle or else in a pageant or procession, from Middle English, Old French dragon "snake, monster" (Latin draco, genitive draconis, from Greek drakōn, ultimately from derkesthai "to flash")... [more]
DRAGONETTI     Italian
Diminutive of drago or dragone "dragon".
DRAGOO     American, French (Huguenot)
Americanized form of Dragaud, a French (Huguenot) surname derived from the Germanic given name Dragwald, itself derived from the elements drag- meaning "to carry" and wald "power, rule".
DRAKEFORD     English
The first element of this locational surname is probably derived from the personal name Draca or Draki (see Drake), while the second element is derived from Old English ford meaning "ford"... [more]
DRANSFIELD     English
Means "Drains the fields".
DRAY     English
From Middle English dregh, probably as a nickname from any of its several senses: "lasting", "patient", "slow", "tedious", "doughty". Alternatively, in some cases, the name may derive from Old English drýge "dry, withered", also applied as a nickname.
DRAYDEN     English
It means man whore straight up man whore and a dick.
DRAYTON     English
I had a maternal grandfather with the surname Drayton who came from Shrewsbury, Shropshire but cannot find any reference.
DRAŻBA     Polish
Polish occupational name from dražba "auction".
DREIFUSS     German, Jewish
Variant of DREYFUSS
DREIK     French
Derived from the Old Norse given name Draki or the Old English given name Draca both meaning "dragon".
DREYFUS     French, German, Jewish
French-influenced variant of DREYFUSS, popular amongst people of Alsatian Jewish descent.
DREYFUSS     German, Jewish
Originates from the German city of Trier. The Latin name for the city was "Treveris," whose pronunciation eventually developed into Dreyfuss. The spelling variants tend to correspond to the country the family was living in at the time the spelling was standardized: the use of one "s" tends to be more common among people of French origin, while the use of two tends to be found among those of German descent
DRIGGERS     American
Corruption of the Spanish surname Rodriguez. Originated in 17th century Virginia as a former slave by that surname was integrated into free society.
DRIKER     ?
Means 'printer'.
DRING     English
Means "young man" (from Old Norse drengr).
DRIVER     English
Occupational name for a driver of horses or oxen attached to a cart or plow, or of loose cattle, from a Middle English agent derivative of Old English drīfan ‘to drive’.
DROZDOWSKI     Polish
Habitational name for someone from any of various places called Drozdowo or Drozdów, for example.
DRUIMEANACH     Scottish Gaelic
Scottish Gaelic form of Drummond.
DRUM     Scottish
Habitational name from a place and castle in Aberdeenshire named from Gaelic druim "ridge".
DRUMMER     English
Locational name from a place called Drummer, near Chadderton in Lancashire. The meaning is possibly from the pre 7th century Olde English 'drum' meaning "a ridge".
DRUMMONDS     Scottish
Variant of Scottish Drummond.
DRURY     English, French, Irish
Originally a Norman French nickname, derived from druerie "love, friendship" (itself a derivative of dru "lover, favourite, friend" - originally an adjective, apparently from a Gaulish word meaning "strong, vigourous, lively", but influenced by the sense of the Old High German element trut, drut "dear, beloved").... [more]
DRUX     German
Variant of Trux, which itself is a contracted form of Truxes and derived from the German word Truchsess, ultimately from Middle High German truhsaeze and Old High German truhtsazzo (from truht "band; cohort; regiment" and saza "seat; chair").... [more]
DRYER     English
From an agent derivative of Old English dr̄gean "to dry"; possibly an occupational name for a drier of cloth. In the Middle Ages, after cloth had been dyed and fulled, it was stretched out in tenterfields to dry.
DRYSDALE     Scottish
common in scotland.
D'SILVA     Indian (Christian)
Variant of Silva more common among Christians from India.
D'SOUZA     Indian (Christian)
Form of de Souza used by Christians in India.
DUBACH     German (Swiss)
A surname describing a person from the town of Tübach in St. Gallen, Switzerland.
DUBE     Ndebele, Zulu
It means Zebra. It is usually a surname instead of a person's name used by Zimbabwean Ndebele people and South African Zulu people.... [more]
DUBEC     Slovak
Very old word for oak
DUBHAGÁINN     Irish
Derived from the given name Dubhagáin.
DUBOSQUE     French
DuBosque means 'of the forest' in french and was a surname given typically to someone from a rural treed area.
ĐỨC     Vietnamese
From the given name Đức.
DUCH     Slovak, Czech
Means "ghost" in Slovak.
DUCHEK     Czech
Duchek is short form of name Duchoslav.
DÜCK     Low German, German
North German nickname for a coward, from Low German duken ‘to duck or dive’. ... [more]
DUCK     English, Irish, Dutch, Low German, German
English from Middle English doke, hence a nickname for someone with some fancied resemblance to a duck or a metonymic occupational name for someone who kept ducks or for a wild fowler. ... [more]
DUCK     Dutch
Dutch variant of Duyck. In a German-speaking environment, this is also a variant of van Dyck and Dyck.
DUCKWORTH     English
Habitational name from Duckworth Fold, in the borough of Bury, Lancashire, which is named from Old English fuce "duck" and wor{dh} "enclosure".
DUDAEV     Chechen
Variant transcription of Dudayev.
DUDAYEV     Chechen
Russified form of a Chechen family name of disputed meaning; the name may be derived from Ossetian дудахъхъ (dudaqq) meaning "bustard", from Ingush тат (tat) meaning "Mountain Jew", or from Circassian дадэ (dade) meaning "grandfather" or "king, head, chief"... [more]
DUDDRIDGE     English
It is locational from a "lost" medieval village probably called Doderige, since that is the spelling in the first name recording (see below). It is estimated that some three thousand villages and hamlets have disappeared from the maps of Britain over the past thousand years... [more]
DUDIYN     Chechen
Variant of Dudin.
DUDZAI     Shona
Dudzai means "Speak it out, confess it".
DUESLER     Upper German
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DUESTERWALD     German
Variant spelling of Düsterwald.
DUFAULT     French
Alternate spelling of Dufau, meaning "of the beech tree."
DUFFIELD     English
The meaning is dove field or open country. It's origin is the Yorkshire area named after a few places there.... [more]
DUFRENE     French
Variant of DUFRESNE.
DUFRESNE     French
Topographic name for someone who lived near a prominent ash tree from Old French fraisne fresne "ash" from Latin fraxinus "ash".
DUFVA     Swedish
From Swedish duva "dove, pigeon".
DUGAN     Irish (Anglicized)
Surname derived from Ó Dubhagáinn.
DUGGAN     Scottish, Irish, English
Scottish and Irish variant spelling of Dugan. ... [more]
DUGGER     English
Variant of DUGARD or DUGGERT.
DUGONJA     Bosnian
This surname is used at: Sarajevo, Mostar, Dubrovnik, Novi Pazar.
DUGOPOLSKI     Polish (Anglicized)
To originate from Długopole, Poland.
DUGUID     Scottish
Probably "do good", from a Scottish nickname for a well-intentioned person or (ironically) a do-gooder.
DUHAMEL     French
Topographic name for someone who lived in a hamlet, from Old French hamel, a diminutive of ham "homestead", with fused preposition and definite article du.
DUISTERWALD     Dutch (Archaic)
'Dutchization' of Düsterwald.
DUISTERWOUD     Dutch
Dutch equivalent of Düsterwald.
DUJARDIN     French
Means "from the garden" from French jardin "garden".
DUJMOVIĆ     Croatian, Serbian
Means "son of Dujam".
DUKAKIS     Greek
Dukakis means "son of the duke or little duke".
ĐUKANOVIĆ     Serbian, Croatian, Montenegrin
From the given name Đuka / Đukan, a variant of Đorđe.
DU LAC     Arthurian Romance
In the series Merlin, this was the surname of Sir Lancelot: Lancelot du Lac. du Lac possibly means "of the lake."
DULANEY     Irish
Variant of Delaney.
DUMAS     French
Meaning "of the little farm".
DUMBLEDORE     English (?), Literature, Popular Culture
This is the surname of Albus Dumbledore, a major character in the Harry Potter-universe created by English author J. K. Rowling.
DUMMITT     English
Habitational name from Dumart-en-Ponthieu in Somme, France.
DUNDALE     English
((Anne))... [more]
DUNDAS     Scottish, Northern Irish
Scottish and northern Irish (Counties Leitrim and Fermanagh): habitational name from Dundas, a place near Edinburgh, Scotland, which is named from Gaelic dùn ‘hill’ + deas ‘south’.
DUNNE     Irish, English, Scottish
This surname means dark and was likely given to those with a dark complexion or with dark hair.
DƯƠNG     Vietnamese
Means "male" or "yang" from the Sino-Vietnamese . It is cognant to Yang.
DUPAIN     French (Rare), Popular Culture
Means "of the bread", from French pain meaning "bread". It is borne by fictional character Marinette Dupain-Cheng of the TV series 'Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir'.
DU PLESSIS     Afrikaans, French Creole, French (Cajun), French (Huguenot)
French topographic name for someone who lived by a quickset fence, Old French pleis (from Latin plexum past participle of plectere ‘plait’, ‘weave’), with fused preposition and definite article du ‘from the’... [more]
DURÁN     Spanish
Spanish form of Durante which means "enduring".
DURBIN     French
Derived from the place called D'urban or D'urbin in Languedoc
DURDEN     English
A different form of Dearden. A fictional bearer is Tyler Durden, a character from Chuck Palahniuk's 'Fight Club' (1996) and its subsequent film adaptation (1999).
DURET     French
Derived from French dur meaning "hard, tough".
DURGA     Indian, Odia, Telugu
From the given name Durga, the name of a Hindu warrior goddess.
DURHAM     English
Denotes a person from either the town of Durham, or elsewhere in County Durham, in England. Durham is derived from the Old English element dun, meaning "hill," and the Old Norse holmr, meaning "island."
ĐURIĆ     Croatian, Serbian
Means "son of Đuro".
DURKIN     Irish (Anglicized)
Anglicised form of Mac Duarcáin meaning "son of Duarcán".
DURNEL     ?
ĐUROV     Croatian
Means "Đuro's son" in Croatian.
ĐUROVIĆ     Serbian
Derived from the forename Đuro.
DURRANI     Pashto, Pakistani, Afghani
Derived from Pashto padshah durr-i durran meaning "king pearl of the age", a title used by Ahmad Shah Durrani, founder of the state of Afghanistan. This is the name of a Pashtun tribe in Pakistan and Afghanistan... [more]
DURU     Turkish
Duru means 'clean, limpid' in Turkish.
DURWARD     English, Scottish (?)
Means "guardian of the door, door-keeper" (cf. Durward). A fictional bearer of the surname is Quentin Durward, eponymous hero of the novel (1823) by Sir Walter Scott.
DUSHAJ     Albanian
It comes from serbian name ''dusha'' meaning soul.In serbian ''dusha moja'' means my sweatheart.Probably a nickname or name given to the patriarch of the dushaj family that got taken as a surname by his descendants later on,adding the popular albanian ending -aj.
DUSHANE     American, French (Anglicized)
Anglicized variant of Duchesne.
DÜSTERWALD     German
Derived from Middle Low German düster "dark" combined with Old High German wald "forest".
DUTTA     Indian, Bengali, Assamese
From the Sanskrit दत्त (datta) meaning "given, granted".
DUTTON     English
habitational name from any of the places called Dutton, especially those in Cheshire and Lancashire. The first of these is named from Old English dun ‘hill’ + tun ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’; the second is from Old English personal name Dudd + Old English tun.
DUVALL     French
Variant spelling of Duval.
DUXBURY     English
Habitational name from a place in Lancashire, recorded in the early 13th century as D(e)ukesbiri, from the genitive case of the Old English personal name Deowuc or Duc(c) (both of uncertain origin) + Old English burh ‘fort’ (see Burke).
DUYCK     Dutch
Dutch nickname from Middle Dutch duuc ‘duck’; in some cases the name may be a derivative of Middle Dutch duken ‘to dive’ and cognate with Ducker. Compare also Duck
DWAMENA     Akan
Meaning unknown.
DWIGGINS     Irish
Anglicized form (with English genitive -s) of Gaelic Ó Dubhagáin (see Dugan) or, more likely, of Ó Duibhginn (see Deegan).Possibly a variant (by misdivision) of English Wiggins.
DWIVEDI     Indian
This surname has multiple meanings, the most commonly accepted etymology is that Dwivedi means a person who has the knowledge of two Vedas, but there exists a conflicting view since Dwivedis are given higher status than Chaturvedis or Chaubeys... [more]
DWORKIN     Jewish
From a pet-form of the Yiddish female personal name Dvoyre, from Hebrew Devorah (source of English Deborah), literally "bee". The surname was borne by US feminist Andrea Dworkin (1946-2005).
DWYER     Irish (Anglicized)
Anglicized form of Ó DUBHUIDHIR.
DYCK     Dutch
Topographic name for someone who lived by a dike, Dutch dijk. Compare Dyke.
DYE     English, Welsh
English: from a pet form of the personal name Dennis. In Britain the surname is most common in Norfolk, but frequent also in Yorkshire. Welsh is also suggested, but 1881 and UK both show this as an East Anglian name - very few in Wales.
DYKE     ?
Topographic name for someone who lived by a dike
DYKEMA     Dutch
Derived from DYK, a Dutch form of DYKE.
DÝMEK     Czech, Polish
Derived from Czech dým meaning "smoke" or Polish dymek meaning "haze".
DZHABRAILOV     Chechen
Means "son of Dzhabrail" in Chechen.
DZHARIMOV     Circassian, Russian
Russified form of an Adyghe family name possibly derived from the given name Dzharim meaning "ruler". Alternatively, it could be of Karachay-Balkar origin meaning "half", given to one child from a set of twins... [more]
DZHOKHAROV     Chechen
Means "son of Dzhokhar".
DZHOPUA     Abkhaz
Abkhaz family name of unknown meaning.
DZHUGASHVILI     Georgian, Russian
Russian variant of Jughashvili.
DZIABISINSKY     Polish
Polish
DZIAŁO     Polish
Derived from Polish działo "cannon" or "gun" as an occupational name metonymically. It can also be a nickname from Polish działać "to work", "to do", "to influence", etc.
DZIAŁYŃSKI     Polish
This indicates familial origin within Działyń, Gmina Zbójno.
DZIEKAN     Polish
Occupational name for "dean" from Polish dziekan.
DZIENCIELSKY     Polish
It is the surname of Chaya, a character in the movie Defiance played by Mia Wasikowska.
DZIK     Polish
DZIUBA     Polish, Russian, Ukrainian
Derived from Polish dziub or Ukrainian dzyuba. It is a nickname for a person with pock-marks on his or her face.
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