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EADE English (British, ?)
Originally derived from the Old English Eadwig
, which meant "prosperity / fortune in war." Surname found mainly in Scotland and northern England. Americanized spelling of Norwegian Eide
. Also see the similar given names: Adam
, and Edith
Nickname for a lordly, impressive, or sharp-eyed man, from Middle English egle
"eagle" (from Old French aigle
, from Latin aquila
EAGLEBURGER English (American)
Americanized form of German Adelberger, a habitational name for someone from a place called Adelberg near Stuttgart.
Probably from the possessive case of the Middle English word eam
‘uncle’, denoting a retainer in the household of the uncle of some important local person. Possibly also a variant of Ames
appears in early American history in Pennsylvania and New Jerssey. Jacob Earenfight fought in the Battle of Princeton in the American Revolutionary War.
Means "person from Earnshaw", Lancashire ("Earn's nook of land" - Earn
from an Old English personal name meaning literally "eagle"). In fiction this surname is borne by Catherine Earnshaw, her brother Hindley and her nephew Hareton, characters in Emily Brontë's 'Wuthering Heights' (1847).
This interesting surname is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and is derived from the Olde English pre 7th Century "east", east, and is topographical for someone who lived in the eastern part of a town or settlement, or outside it to the east... [more]
Habitational name from either of two places, one in Humberside and one in West Yorkshire, so named from Old English ēast
"east" and burna
Topographic name for someone who lived by a brook to the east of a main settlement, from Middle English easter meaning "eastern" + brook meaning "stream".
Meaning unknown. It could be from the given name Eden
, from the place name Eden, meaning "Place Of Pleasure".
ECKLAND Norwegian, Swedish
Probably a respelling either of a Norwegian habitational name from several farmsteads named with eik
"oak" + land
"land", or of a Swedish ornamental compound with the same elements.
Occupational name for a steward, someone who managed a property, particularly church-owned land, from ancient Greek oikos meaning "household" + nomos meaning "law", "rule".
A common surname used among people whose ancestry originates from the United Kingdom (England, Ireland and Scottland etc.) Shelia Eddy
is an American who was convicted in 2014 for the murder of Skylar Neese in the state of West Virginia.
Ornamental name derived from German Edelstein
"gemstone; precious stone".
Possibly a habitational name from a place named with the element ed
"isthmus". In some cases it could also be a shortened form of EDENIUS
(a combination of Swedish ed
"isthmus" and the Latin suffix -enius
EDEVANE Welsh, Cornish
A rare Welsh surname, believed to be of Cornish origin. This surname is made up of two elements. ‘Ed’ is not a shortened form of Edward, but derives from the ancient (Old English?) ‘ead’ meaning ‘prosperity’ and/or ‘happiness’... [more]
Topographic name, especially in Lancashire and the West Midlands, for someone who lived on or by a hillside or ridge, from Old English ecg
EDGELL Medieval English
It derives from the early word for a sword ecg, to which was sometimes added a suffix such as wolf.
A surname of Anglo-Saxon origin, and a place name taken from either a village in Cheshire or one in Shropshire. The name means “park by the wood” in Old English.
Habitational name from any of numerous minor places named Edgerley, Edgerely, or Hedgerley.
Meant "son of Edmede
", from a medieval nickname for a self-effacing person (literally "humble", from Old English ēadmēde
john edminsteire was a person captured at the battle of dunbar in 1651 and shipped to boston in 1652 on the ship john and sarah. we can find no previous record of the edminsteire name. conjecture from f.custer edminster that did the geneology is it is a combination of french and german names and originated from people that migrated to scotland with mary queen of scots about 100 years earlier.
Habitational name from Edmonstone, near Edinburgh, so named from the Old English personal name Ēadmund + tūn meaning "settlement".
Combination of Swedish ed
"isthmus" and ström
Transferred use of the given name Effendi
, which is derived from the Ottoman title افندي (efendi)
, ultimately from Greek αφέντης (aféntis)
meaning "lord, master, boss, ruler, prince".
Derived from a place name on Sjælland containing the name element EIK
Habitational name from any of various farms in southwestern Norway named Eikeland, from eiki meaning "oak", "oak grove" + land meaning "land".
Habitational name from a place in County Durham so called, or from Egglestone in North Yorkshire, both named in Old English as Egleston, probably from the Old English personal name Ecgel (unattested) + tūn ‘settlement’, ‘farmstead’.
From a Germanic personal name formed with the element agi ‘point (of a sword)’.
Habitational name from a farmstead, of unexplained origin.
Japanese surname meaning "mouth of the river". This surname is mostly found on the island of Kyūshū.
From a Germanic personal name composed of the elements agil
"edge", "point (of a sword)" + hard
"brave", "hardy", "strong" or ward "guard".
A Latinized joining of the German words irmin
(world, all-encompassing) and trud
German from Middle High German eich(e)
‘oak’, hence a topographic name for someone who lived near an oak tree. In some cases, it may be a habitational name for someone from any of several places named with this word, for example Eiche or Eichen, or for someone who lived at a house distinguished by the sign of an oak.
Habitational name from any of various places, notably one southeast of Heidelberg, named from Middle High German eichel meaning "acorn" + berc meaning "mountain", "hill", or topographic name for someone who lived on an oak-covered hill.
Habitational name for someone from any of the various places called Eichelberg.
EICHHORN German, Jewish
German topographic name for someone who lived on or near an oak-covered promontory, from Middle High German eich
(e) ‘oak’ + horn
‘horn’, ‘promontory’. German from Middle High German eichhorn
‘squirrel’ (from Old High German eihhurno
, a compound of eih
‘oak’ + urno
, from the ancient Germanic and Indo-European name of the animal, which was later wrongly associated with hurno
‘horn’); probably a nickname for someone thought to resemble the animal, or alternatively a habitational name for someone who lived at a house distinguished by the sign of a squirrel... [more]
Habitational name from a farmstead so named in western Norway, from Old Norse eid meaning "isthmus" + nes meaning "headland", "promontory".
Topographic name for someone who lived on or owned property surrounded by water, from Middle High German eilant
Derived from German Einhorn
(Middle High German einhorn
) "unicorn", denoting someone who lived at a house distinguished by the sign of a unicorn.
EIRIS Ancient Irish (Latinized)
Its meaning That is fruitfulness or fertility. It comes from the Irish name Eire Or Eriu (Erin, Eirinn). Another ancient name is Ivernia (Hibernia or Iverni) and its meaning is the green and fertile lands.
From a short pet form of the personal name Isenhart
, from Old High German isan
‘iron’ + hart
‘hardy’, ‘strong’. From Isenlin
, a compound of Middle High German isen
‘iron’ + the hypocoristic suffix -lin
, hence a nickname for a blacksmith, ironworker, or dealer in iron.
EISEN German, Jewish
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): metonymic occupational name for an ironworker or smith, or an ironmonger, from Middle High German isen
‘iron’, German Eisen
. It may also have been used as a nickname, with reference to the strength and hardness of iron or to its color, while as a Jewish name it was also adopted as an ornamental name from modern German Eisen
‘iron’ or the Yiddish cognate ayzn
EISENBERGER German, Jewish
Habitational name for someone from any of the several places called Eisenberg. As a Jewish name it is also an ornamental name.
May be a metonymic occupational name for an ironworker or smith, derived from the Yiddish word ayzn, and the German word eisen, which means iron. ... [more]
EJIOFOR Igbo, Nigerian
A famous bearer of this surname is Chiwetel Ejiofor, a British actor of Nigerian and Igbo descent.
Combination of Swedish ek
"oak" and berg
Habitational name from a farm in eastern Norway so named, from Old Norse ekra ‘meadow’, ‘field’.
Combination of Swedish ek
"oak" and löf
, an archaic spelling of löv
Swedish ornamental name. A combination of ek
"oak" and man
Swedish ornamental name. A combination of ek
"oak" and ström
English habitational name for someone from a place called Elham, in Kent, or a lost place of this name in Crayford, Kent. The first is derived from Old English el
‘eel’ + ham
‘homestead’ or hamm
‘enclosure hemmed in by water’... [more]
Ornamental name composed of an unexplained first element + -ander, suffix adapted from Greek aner, andros ‘man’, a common element of Swedish surnames.
Reinterpretation of Elenbos or Elebaers, from a Germanic personal name composed of the elements alja ‘other’ or agil ‘point or edge (of a sword)’ + berht ‘bright’.
ELESTIAL English (British, Modern, Rare)
First used as a surname in September 2000, first appearing on a birth certificate in July 2009. Meaning "protected by angels"; the origin is an adopted surname from a type of quartz crystal, often referred to as a new millennium crystal... [more]
From Rembrandt and Giacomo Elie, professional footballers for Genoa FC and Juventus FC.
Meaning prairie or meadow of the church. It's a surname of the christian inspiration.
The Basque surname Elizabelar or De Elizabelar means "meadow of the church,". It's a surname that belongs to Celtic families. The Basques come from the ancient Celtic ethnic group (Celtic tribe) in the Pyrenees called (named) the baskunes or the barskunes (the people of the above).
Respelling of German Elender
, a nickname for a stranger or newcomer, from Middle High German ellende
‘strange’, ‘foreign’, or a habitational name for someone from any of twenty places named Elend, denoting a remote settlement, as for example in the Harz Mountains or in Carinthia, Austria.
This name means "Black Alder Tree Courtyard" and was inspired by a tree in a yard at the family farm in Nettelstedt, Germany.
Habitational name from places so named in Hampshire, Northumbria, and Norfolk. The first of these is named from Old English Edlingaham
‘homestead (Old English ham) of the people of Edla
’, a personal name derived from a short form of the various compound names with a first element ead
‘prosperity’, ‘fortune’; the others may have the same origin or incorporate the personal name Ella
English habitational name from places in Cambridgeshire, Kent, Northumbria, and North Yorkshire; most are so named from Old English Ellingtun ‘settlement (Old English tun
) associated with Ella’
, a short form of the various compound names with a first element ælf
‘elf’, but the one in Kent has its first element from the Old English byname Ealda
An English habitational name from Elmore in Gloucestershire, named from Old English elm
‘elm’ + ofer
‘river bank’ or ofer
It means "the narrative (which refers to the title of a chapter of the Quran)".
ELRIC English, Anime
From the medieval English givin name Elric
. Notable bearers were the Fullmetal Alchemist characters Edward and Alphonse Elric, as well as their mother, Trisha Elric.
It means "the intercessor (which refers to the Prophet of Islam, who will hopefully intercede on one's behalf before God on the day of judgement)".
From a variant of the old personal name Elsung.
Means "person from Elwell", Dorset (probably "spring from which omens can be read").
It's either from a place name in Gloucestershire, England called Ellwood that is derived from Old English ellern
"elder tree" and wudu
"wood", or a form of the Old English personal name Ælfweald
, composed of the elements ælf
"elf" and weald
EMERY English, French, Norman
English and French from a Germanic personal name, Emaurri
, composed of the elements amja
‘busy’, ‘industrious’ + ric
‘power’. The name was introduced into England from France by the Normans... [more]
A topographic name for someone who lived by land where grain was grown, a status name for someone who owned such land, or a metonymic occupational name for someone who grew or dealt in grain.
A name that came from a family that lived in Yorkshire, where they derived the family name from Helmsley. Probably of Old English origin Helm and ley or leah, which means "a clearing in the woods."
Derives from Spanish heritage and culture. Other spellings of the name of ENCIÑIAS may be Encinas, Encinias, Encinitas etc.
From the Japanese 遠 (en
) "distant" and 藤 (to
) "wisteria." The second character may indicate historical or familial links to the formerly powerful Fujiwara
ENGELBERT German, English, French
From a Germanic personal name composed of engel
) + berht
‘bright’, ‘famous’. The widespread popularity of the name in France during the Middle Ages was largely a result of the fact that it had been borne by a son-in-law of Charlemagne
; in the Rhineland it was more often given in memory of a bishop of Cologne (1216–25) of this name, who was martyred.
The name Engelbrecht has multiple translations, including "Angle Glorious" and "Bright Angel".
Habitational name from any of various farmsteads, so named from Old Norse eng
"meadow" and land
ENGLANDER German, Jewish
Ethnic name derived from German Engländer
, meaning 'Englishman', thus denoting an incomer from England. In some cases, the Jewish name may be an ornamental adoption.
From a surname which was from Occitan enjeura
meaning "to terrify". This was the name of a charismatic activist in Victor Hugo's novel 'Les Misérables' (1862).
From the Irish town of Ennis, which comes from Irish inis
From the Japanese 榎 (eno
) "hackberry," "nettle tree" and 本 (moto
ENRIGHT Irish (Anglicized)
From Irish Gaelic Indreachtach
, literally "attacker". The surname was borne by British poet D.J. Enright (1920-2002).
Combination of Swedish en
"juniper" and rot
"Son of Epa" or "Son of Eepa". The name was applied starting around 1620 C.E. to the descendants of Eepa, matriarch of a family of the "grytman" type of elected nobility who held political power in and around the town of Sneek/Snits... [more]
It means "apple tree", denoting either someone who planted them or lived near them.
Occupational name for a fruit grower or dealer, from Middle High German epfeler meaning "grower of or dealer in apples".
Derived from the personal name ERLAND
. A famous bearer was Swedish politician Tage Erlander (1901-1985), Prime Minister of Sweden between 1946 and 1969. His father adopted the name Erlander from his father, whose surname was Erlandsson.
ERMAN German (Modern), French (Modern)
Erman is a shortened French adaption of the Swiss-German surname Ermendinger
, itself derived from the older surname Ermatinger
, a name connected to the village of Ermatingen on the Swiss shore of Lake Constance, and came into existence during the early or middle 18th century when Jean-Georges Ermendinger (1710-1767), a Swiss fur trader from Geneva, married into a French speaking Huguenotte family... [more]
ERMATINGER German (Swiss)
The surname Ermatinger derives from the village of Ermatingen on the Swiss shore of Lake Constance. It simply means "from Ermatingen".... [more]
The surname Ermendinger was derived from the older surname Ermatinger
, a name connected to the village of Ermatingen on the Swiss shore of Lake Constance, and came into existence at some point during the early 17th or late 16th century when a branch of the Ermatinger
family relocated from Schaffhausen, Switzerland, to Mulhouse, Alsace... [more]
ERNSBERGER German (Anglicized, Modern)
Also spelled (Ehrnsberger) has been said that a Christian Ernsberger or Ehrnsberger came to the U.S. in 1710 from Germany but i dont know from where in Germany.
South German: from a pet form of a personal name beginning with Ort-, from Old High German ort "point" (of a sword or lance)
ESAU Welsh, German
From the Biblical personal name Esau, meaning ‘hairy’ in Hebrew (Genesis 25:25).
ESCHER Dutch, German
German habitational name for someone from any of the various places called Esch, Esche, or Eschen.
A topographic name from a collective form of escoba, meaning 'broom' (from the late Latin, scopa), or a habitational name from either of two minor places in Santander province called Escobedo.
German: byname or occupational name for someone who drove donkeys, from Middle High German esel
‘donkey’ + the agent suffix -er
ESPAILLAT Catalan, Occitan
Occupational name from Catalan espallat, in an old spelling, or directly from Occitan espaiat, espalhat, past participle of espallar meaning "to winnow", "to separate the wheat from the chaff".
Spanish: from any of numerous fields named Espinal or Espinar, from a collective of espina ‘thorn’.
ESPINOSA DE LOS MONTEROS Spanish
Originating in northern Spain in the Espinosa de los Monteros municipality, it has various meanings. One meaning is that it was the surname of hidalgos who lived in Espinosa and helped the nobles get on their horses... [more]
ESTES Welsh, Spanish, English
a popular surname derived from the House of Este. It is also said to derive from Old English and have the meaning "of the East." As a surname, it has been traced to southern England in the region of Kent, as early as the mid-16th century.
ETHERINGTON English (British)
An Old English surname from Kent, the village of Etherington, which derives from the Old English "Ethel"red' ing (meaning people of, coming from) and "ton" a town/village.
This indicates familial origin within either of 2 eponymous Navarrese localities.
Topographic name for someone who lived by a bank of yew trees, from Old English iw
"yew" and bank
EULER German, Jewish
Occupational name for a potter, most common in the Rhineland and Hesse, from Middle High German ul(n)ære
(an agent derivative of the dialect word ul
"pot", from Latin olla
Surname of Norman origin, introduced into England after the Conquest of 1066, and is a locational name from "Evreux" in Eure, Normandy. The place is so called from having apparently been the capital of the "Eburovices", a Gaulish tribe.
Habitational name from any of various places, in Bedfordshire, Merseyside, and Nottinghamshire, so named from Old English eofor
‘wild boar’ + tun
Perhaps a topographic name from ebbio
‘danewort’ (Sambucus ebulus), from Latin ebullus
, or possibly a habitational name from a minor place named with this word.
Habitation name from the town of Ewell in Surrey or from Temple Ewell or Ewell Manor, both in Kent or Ewell Minnis near Dover. Originally from Old English Aewill
meaning "river source" or "spring".
Derived from Middle English eyer
"heir", originally denoting a man who was designated to inherit or had already inherited the main property in a particular locality. The surname was borne by the heroine of Charlotte Brontë's 'Jane Eyre' (1847).
EZZO Medieval Italian
EZZO: " Derived from a Germanic name Azzo, based on the element z , which originates debated; between the various hypotheses are: ... [more]