Submitted Surnames Starting with F
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Hmong clan surname, also commonly anglicized as Fang
. It may be a form or cognate of the Chinese surname Fang
Deriving from any of the places in Barcelona province named Fàbregues, from the plural of Fàbrega
. Famous bearer of this surname is Spanish/Catalan footballer Francesc "Cesc" Fàbregas Soler.
Nickname for an industrious person, from Latin facere
"to make" "to do".
Possibly derived from the french 'fard' meaning 'made-up' or 'make-up'. This is in a theatrical sense and does not imply lying. Very possibly a derivation form a theatrical occupation
From a surname, "The name Fagan in Ireland is usually of Norman origin, especially in Counties Dublin and Meath. In the County Louth area the name is derived from the native Gaelic O'Faodhagain Sept of which there are a number of variants including Feighan, Fegan and Feehan." (from irishsurnames.com)
From Swedish fager
, an archaic word meaning ”pretty, fair”.
Reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Fathaidh
or Ó Fathaigh
‘descendant of Fathadh
’, a personal name derived from fothadh
‘base’, ‘foundation’. This name is sometimes Anglicized as Green(e
as a result of erroneous association with faithche
FAHN Low German
Topographic name for someone who lived by a bog, from a Westphalian field name van
"marsh", or a habitational name from a place named with this word.
FAIR English, Irish
English: nickname meaning ‘handsome’, ‘beautiful’, ‘fair’, from Middle English fair
, Old English fæger
. The word was also occasionally used as a personal name in Middle English, applied to both men and women.... [more]
This surname comes from English descent and is the surname of the late sculptor Avard Fairbanks. Who was commissioned to sculpt a bust of President Lincoln.
From a medieval nickname probably meaning either "better-looking of two brothers" or "brother of a good-looking person", or perhaps in some cases "father's brother".
Either (i) meant "person from Fairy Farm or Fairyhall", both in Essex (Fairy
perhaps "pigsty"); or (ii) from a medieval nickname meaning "beautiful eye". This was borne by Fairey Aviation, a British aircraft company, producer of the biplane fighter-bomber Fairey Swordfish... [more]
From a medieval nickname for someone with beautiful hair, from Old English fæger
"fair" and feax
"hair". It was borne by the English general Thomas Fairfax, 3rd Baron Fairfax of Cameron (1612-1671), commander of the Parliamentary army during the Civil War... [more]
Topographic name for someone who lived by a beech tree or in a beech wood, from Late Latin fagea (arbor) meaning "beech (tree)", a derivative of classical Latin fagus meaning "beech".
Derived from Arabic فَاخِر (fāḵir)
meaning "proud, outstanding, excellent"; mainly used by Arab Christians.
Possibly derived from the German Falke
, meaning "falcon."
FALKENBERG German, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian (Rare)
Habitational name from any of several places, especially in eastern Germany and Bavaria, named from Old High German falk meaning "falcon" + berg meaning "mountain", "hill"; such place names are often associated with the presence of a castle, as falconry was a privilege of the nobility.
Habitational name from any of several places named from Old High German falke meaning "falcon" + hag meaning "hedge", "fencing". A place so named is documented west of Berlin in the 14th century.
Occupational name for a falconer, Middle High German vakenoere
. In medieval times falconry was a sport practised only by the nobility; it was the task of the falconer to look after the birds and train young ones.
Anglicized form of the surname Ó Fallamhain
meaning "descendant of Fallamhan
", the name being a byname meaning "leader" (derived from follamhnas
FALLOW English, Jewish
English: topographic name for someone who lived by a patch of fallow land, Middle English falwe
(Old English f(e)alg
). This word was used to denote both land left uncultivated for a time to recover its fertility and land recently brought into cultivation.... [more]
From southern Italian falotico ‘eccentric’, ‘strange’, Greek kephalōtikos, a derivative of Greek kephalē ‘head’.
Not much history is known for Falso however, it was common surrounding Napoli, Lazio, Latin, and Roma. It means False, phony, fake. Because of this, the surname has spread globally especially to United States of America and Brazil... [more]
Combination of Swedish fält
"field" and skog
"forest". Agnetha Fältskog (b. 1950) is a Swedish singer and former member of ABBA.
Derived from the English surname Fancourt
, which originated in the county of Bedfordshire in England.
From a medieval nickname for a well-disposed person (from Old English fægen
"glad, willing"), or from a medieval Welsh nickname for a slim person (Welsh fain
). This is the family name of the earls of Westmorland.
From Chinese 方 (fāng)
meaning "square" or "four-sided". It could also mean "house" and "fragrant", depending on which tone is used.
Such As Dales, Danes Of Ireland, From A House And Line Of What Would Be Called, Mythical.... [more]
The roots of the name are unclear. It seems the name is Native Irish Gaelic. It is thought to be derived from the Gaelic name Ó Fionnáin which means "fair".
Meant "person from Featherstonehaugh", Northumberland (now known simply as "Featherstone") ("nook of land by the four-stones", four-stones
referring to a prehistoric stone structure known technically as a "tetralith")... [more]
Fan means "From France" and Thorpe is a Middle English word meaning "Small Village, Hamlet"
From an English surname meaning "servant of Fair", Fair
being derived from Old English fæger
used as a personal name.
From Irish Gaelic Ó Fearadaigh
"descendant of Fearadach
", a personal name probably based on fear
"man", perhaps meaning literally "man of the wood". A famous bearer was British chemist and physicist Michael Faraday (1791-1867).
FARANO Italian, Sicilian
Possibly deriving from a town Faranò
in province of Messina, Sicily. Possible variant of Surname faran
which comes from Irish surnames Ó Fearáin
, Ó Faracháin
, or Ó Forannáin
Reduced or Americanized form of La Farge/Lafarge.
FARIA Portuguese, Italian
Faria is a Portuguese surname. A habitational name from either of two places called Faria, in Braga and Aveiro. ... [more]
From the Arabic فَارِس (fāris)
meaning "knight, horseman, rider" (see Faris
"Farish" derives from "Fari" meaning "Farrier".This unravells to many decades ago when people forged shoes for horses,people who were extremly skilled blacksmiths and named "farrier".This group of "farriers" named "Farish" lived in the highlands of the cool misty moors of scotland-the mighty country,who unleashed highly educated citizens who dispersed all over britain.
Original from Rome, Roman conquerors went to Iberia in about 140 B.C. and named a town in Iberia Fariza
which was a tree. This town still exists today, and was also mentioned in the book 'El Cid'... [more]
anglicized form of the Gaelic surname O'Faircheallaigh.
(i) from an Old Norse personal name denoting literally a seafarer or travelling trader, brought into English via French; (ii) "itinerant trader, pedlar", from Middle English fareman
Anglicized (part translated) form of Gaelic Mac an Scolóige
"son of the husbandman", a rare surname of northern and western Ireland.
FARNAN Irish (Anglicized)
Irish shortened Anglicization of Gaelic Ó Farannáin
‘descendant of Forannán
’, a personal name possibly based on forrán
‘attack’. The family bearing this name was connected with the church of Ardstraw in Ulster.
FARRAGUT Breton, French, Catalan, American
A Breton-French surname of unknown origin. A notable bearer was American naval flag officer David Farragut (1801-1870), who is known for serving during the American Civil War. His father was of Catalan ancestry... [more]
FARRAR English (British)
Northern English: occupational name for a smith or worker in iron, from Middle English and Old French farrour, ferour, from medieval Latin ferrator, an agent derivative of ferrare ‘to shoe horses’, from ferrum ‘iron’, in medieval Latin ‘horseshoe’... [more]
Northern English: hyper-corrected form of FARRAR
, occupational name for a smith or worker in iron. The original -ar or -er ending of this name came to be regarded as an error, and was changed to -ow.
Another surname of Arabic origins, Farrugia comes from al-farrudj, meaning chicken feeder.
(i) "someone who lives on a 'farthing' of land" (i.e. a quarter of a larger area); (ii) from a medieval nickname based on farthing
"1/4 penny", perhaps applied to someone who paid a farthing in rent; (iii) from the Old Norse male personal name Farthegn
, literally "voyaging warrior"
North German: nickname for a reliable steadfast person, or from a short form of any of the various personal names beginning with the element fast ‘steadfast’, ‘firm’, for example Fastert.
From the Old Norse male personal name Fastúlfr
, literally "strong wolf". It was borne by Sir John Fastolf (1380-1459), an English soldier whose name was adapted by Shakespeare as "Falstaff".
it is the regional venetian variant of Fabbri, it means "blacksmith"
From the Norman personal name Faulques
, which was derived from a Germanic nickname meaning literally "falcon". A famous bearer of the surname was Guy Fawkes (1570-1606), the English Catholic conspirator... [more]
FAYE French, English
Refers to one who came from Fay or Faye (meaning "beech tree") in France.
Means "person from Fazakerley", Liverpool ("glade by the borderland").
In Islam Imam Hussain's brother (Abbas) was named Fazal, however he was not his biological brother. Imam Hasan was his biological brother. Fazal was rather referred to as Abbas, in his life (c. 566 – c. 653 CE) he was referred to as Abbas and is also referred to today as Abbas
Indicates a person lived in or near Featherstonhaugh in Northumberland, England. From Old English feðere
"stone", and healh
FEDIE Low German
Originally spelled as 'Fidi' in Austria, later changed to Fedie when bearers of the name immigrated to the United States. The meaning of the name is "faith."
Occupational name for a filemaker, from Feil + the agent suffix -er.
FEIT German, Jewish
Variant of Veit
. Also, nickname from Middle High German feit ‘adorned’, ‘pretty’ (the same word as French fait, Latin factus).
From Middle English fell
”high ground”, ultimately derived from Old Norse fjall
, describing one who lived on a mountain.
FELL English, German, Jewish
Metonymic occupational name for a furrier, from Middle English fell
, Middle High German vel
, or German Fell
or Yiddish fel
, all of which mean "skin, hide, pelt". Yiddish fel
refers to untanned hide, in contrast to pelts
"tanned hide" (see Pilcher
FELLER English, German, Jewish
Occupational name for a furrier, from an agent derivative of Middle English fell
, Middle Low German, Middle High German vel
, or German Fell
or Yiddish fel
"hide, pelt". See also Fell
Habitational name for someone from a place called Feld(e) or Feld(a) in Hesse.
English: patronymic from Fellow
, from Middle English felagh, felaw late Old English feolaga ‘partner’, ‘shareholder’ (Old Norse félagi, from fé ‘fee’, ‘money’ + legja to lay down)... [more]
A habitation name composed of the elements feld-
, meaning "field or pasture" and -tun
, meaning "settlement."
The surname Fendrich has its origin in Austria, and mean "flag-bearer".
From Chinese 馮 (féng)
representing galloping or speed.
From Chinese 凤 (fèng)
meaning "fenghuang", referring to a phoenix-like mythical bird in Chinese legend.
Derived from Chinese 风 (fēng)
From a medieval nickname meaning literally "fine love" (from Old French fin amour
A surname of either Old French
origin, allegedly meaning “huntsman”, or else more probably referring to those who were brought over from the Low Countries to assist in draining the “fens” or wetlands of England and Ireland – a process which lasted from the 9th to the 18th centuries.
This is the name of my great-great grandmother born in Germany, married to Andreas Lutz, also born in Germany.
An ancient Irish name. Presumed to come from the name Fionnghusa, or sometimes O'Fionnghusa.... [more]
Topographic name for a fen dweller, from a derivative of Old English fenn
FENRICH DE GJURGJENOVAC German
Fenrich is a German family name, derived from a military title 'fenrich'/'fähn(d)rich' meaning "ensign" or "standard bearer" (bannerman
), from early New High German fenrich
. The term was formed and came into use around 1500, replacing Middle High German form vener
, an agent derivative of Alemannic substantive van
Means "person from Fenwick", Northumberland, Strathclyde and Yorkshire ("dairy farm in fenland"). The name is pronounced as "Fennick". It belongs to a chain of department stores, founded in Newcastle in 1882 by John Fenwick (1846-1905).
Habitational name from a place called Fernau or Fernow.
FERRAND French, English
This French surname can be derived from a given name (thus making it a patronymic surname) as well as from a nickname (thus making it a descriptive surname). In the case of a patronymic surname, the surname is derived from the medieval French masculine given name Ferrand
, which was a variant form of the name Fernand
, itself a contraction of Ferdinand
FERRANDIN French (Rare)
This French surname can be derived from a given name (thus making it a patronymic surname) as well as from the name of a profession (thus making it an occupational surname). In the case of a patronymic surname, the surname is derived from the masculine given name Ferrandin
, which was a diminutive of the medieval French given name Ferrand
Derived from the masculine given name Ferrandino
, which is a diminutive of the medieval Italian given name Ferrando
. For more information about this, please see the entry for the patronymic surname of Ferrando
FERRANDO Italian, Spanish
This surname can be derived from a given name (thus making it a patronymic surname) as well as from a nickname (thus making it a descriptive surname). In the case of a patronymic surname, the surname is derived from the medieval masculine given name Ferrando
, which was in use in both Italy and Spain during the Middle Ages... [more]
This surname can be derived from a given name (thus making it a patronymic surname) as well as from a nickname (thus making it a descriptive surname). In the case of a patronymic surname, the surname is derived from the medieval masculine given name Ferrante
Derived from the masculine given name Ferrantino
, which is a diminutive of the medieval Italian given name Ferrante
. For more information about this, please see the entry for the patronymic surname of Ferrante
It means smith. In the Gaelic languaje is gofaint or ngfaint.
FERRERS Ancient Roman
It derives from Latin, "ferrum", which means "iron". As a surname, it derives from two French villages named "Ferrieres" where iron was mined.
Scottish: occupational name for a smith, one who shoed horses, Middle English and Old French ferrier, from medieval Latin ferrarius, from ferrus ‘horseshoe’, from Latin ferrum ‘iron’. Compare FARRAR
Feste was the fool in Twelfth Night, written by William Shakespeare.
Nickname for a fat man, from Middle Low German vett meaning "fat".
Nickname from Old French fait, Middle English fet meaning "suitable", "comely".
Habitational name from any of several farms named with Old Norse fit meaning "meadow".
Ornamental name from modern German Feuer
Metonymic occupational name for a stoker in a smithy or public baths, or nickname for someone with red hair or a fiery temper, from Middle High German viur
Habitational name for someone from any of the places called Feuerbach.
Feuerhahn comes from the Old High German words (fivr) meaning "fire" & (hano) meaning "cock".
This name comes from the German feuer meaning fire, and stein meaning stone. This was a name commonly given to a blacksmith.
This is actually a standard word in French, correctly pronounce like "furry" without the r's. It means "leaf", or "sheet" (i.e. feuille de papier).
From a Middle English form of February
, probably used as a nickname either for someone born in that month or for someone with a suitably frosty demeanor. In fiction, this surname was borne by the central character of George Meredith's novel 'The Ordeal of Richard Feverel' (1859).
Anglisized version of the Gaelic Ó Faoláin meaning "descendent of Faolán", a given name meaning "wolf".
FFROST Medieval Welsh
Devired from the old Welsh word "Ymffrostgar", meaning a brag or boastful person. Originally spelt as "Ffrost", later changed to "Frost".
Topographic name for someone who lived near pine trees (originally bei den Fichten, Feichten, or Feuchten), from Old High German fiohta
. The vowel of the first syllable underwent a variety of changes in different dialects.
FICHTER German (Austrian)
Habitational name deriving from places named with this word in Württemberg, Bavaria, Saxony, or Austria.
The Fichtner family name first began to be used in the German state of Bavaria. After the 12th century, hereditary surnames were adopted according to fairly general rules, and names that were derived from locations became particularly common
FIELD English, Scottish, Irish, Jewish (Anglicized)
English: topographic name for someone who lived on land which had been cleared of forest, but not brought into cultivation, from Old English feld
‘pasture’, ‘open country’, as opposed on the one hand to æcer
‘cultivated soil’, ‘enclosed land’ (see Acker
) and on the other to weald
‘wooded land’, ‘forest’ (see Wald
Southern English from Middle English felder
‘dweller by the open country’.
Topographic name for someone who lived in a house in open pasture land. Reaney draws attention to the form de Felhouse (Staffordshire 1332), and suggests that this may have become Fellows.
Topographic name from an Old English felding
‘dweller in open country’.
This surname most likely means, "Field Man", if it's not derived from the English words themselves.
FIENE German, Low German
A nickname for an elegant person, from Middle Low German fin
, meaning ‘fine’. Can also be a locational name from several fields and places named Fiene.
Local. Has the same signification as Manorfield. Lands held in fee or fief, for which the individual pays service or owes rent.
From a medieval nickname for a trustworthy person (from the Anglo-Norman form of Old French fichais
Habitational name from any of the places in Galicia named Figueroa, from a derivative of figueira
, meaning "fig tree."
This indicates familial origin within the Masovian village of Fijałkowo.
Means either (i) "person from Filkins", Oxfordshire ("settlement of Filica's people"); or "son of Filkin
", a medieval personal name meaning literally "little Phil
", from Philip
From a medieval nickname derived from Anglo-Norman fitz le rei
"son of the king" (see also Fitzroy
), probably applied mainly (and ironically) to an illegitimate person or to someone who put on quasi-royal airs.
Southern Italian: Probably an occupational nickname for a fisherman, from Sicilian filuòsa ‘fishing net’. Also from the subphylum: Filosa. These are known as euglyphids, filose (which means stringy or thread-like), amoebae with shells of siliceous scales or plates, which are commonly found in soils, nutrient-rich waters, and on aquatic plants.
"son", used to identify the younger of two bearers of the same personal name in a family.
English: nickname from Middle English finch
‘finch’ (Old English finc
). In the Middle Ages this bird had a reputation for stupidity. It may perhaps also in part represent a metonymic occupational name for someone who caught finches and sold them as songsters or for the cooking pot... [more]
FINE English (?)
English nickname for a clever or elegant man, from Old French fin
‘fine’, ‘delicate’, ‘skilled’, ‘cunning’ (originally a noun from Latin finis
‘end’, ‘extremity’, ‘boundary’, later used also as an adjective in the sense ‘ultimate’, ‘excellent’).
FINGER English, German, Jewish
Probably applied as a nickname for a man who had some peculiarity of the fingers, such as possessing a supernumerary one or having lost one or more of them through injury, or for someone who was small in stature or considered insignificant... [more]
FINK German, Slovene, English, Jewish
Nickname for a lively or cheerful person, Jewish ornamental name derived from the Germanic word for "finch", and German translation of Slovene Šinkovec
which is from šcinkovec
FINKELSTEIN Yiddish, Jewish
Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic) ornamental compound name, literally 'sparkle stone', from Yiddish finkl
'sparkle' + stein
'stone'. See also Garfinkel
This interesting surname is of Irish origin, and is an Anglicization of the Gaelic O' Fionnagain
, meaning the descendant(s) of Fionnagan, an Old Irish personal name derived from the word "fionn", white, fairheaded.
Habitational name from any of several farms so named, especially in southeastern Norway, from the personal name Finnr, meaning ‘Finn’, ‘Lapp’ + stad (from Old Norse staðr ‘farmstead’, ‘dwelling’).
FIRMAN English, French
From a medieval personal name meaning "firm, resolute, strong man." Borne by early saints and bishops. First name variants Firman
. Expressed in Latin as Firminus.
FIRTH English, Scottish, Welsh
English and Scottish: topographic name from Old English (ge)fyrhþe
‘woodland’ or ‘scrubland on the edge of a forest’.... [more]
From a place called Fischbach, or a topographic name from German meaning fisch
'fish' + bach
FISCHIONI Italian (Rare)
Possibly deriving from fischiare, meaning to whistle, or from fischioni, the Italian word for widgeons.
FISH Medieval English, Jewish
From Middle English fische
, fish ‘fish’, a metonymic occupational name for a fisherman or fish seller, or a nickname for someone thought to resemble a fish.... [more]
FISING Anglo-Saxon (Rare), Romanian
This surname specifically comes from a village in Transylvania, Romania named Gergeschdorf, currently named Ungurei in Transylvania, Romania. The surname is a Siebenburgen Saxon or Transylvanian Saxon specific surname... [more]
FISK English (British)
English (East Anglia): metonymic occupational name for a fisherman or fish seller, or a nickname for someone supposedly resembling a fish in some way, from Old Norse fiskr ‘fish’ (cognate with Old English fisc).
FISKE English, Norwegian
From the traditionally Norwegian habitational surname, from the Old Norse fiskr
"fish" and vin
"meadow". In England and Denmark it was a surname denoting someone who was a "fisherman" or earned their living from selling fish.
The name fitch is of anglo-saxon decent, it refers to a person of iron point inrefrence to a soldier or worrior it is derived from an english word (Fiche) which means iron point the name started in county suffolk
FITZEMPRESS History, Anglo-Norman
Means "son of the empress" in Anglo-Norman French. The three sons of Empress Matilda were known as Henry FitzEmpress (King Henry II of England), Geoffrey FitzEmpress, Count of Nantes, and William FitzEmpress, Count of Poitou.
Fitz appears to be a Norman term derived from the French word fils and the Latin word filius, each of which means son. The name is most common in England and Ireland, each of which was conquered by Normans between 1066-1167.
The name of a farm near Lygdal, Vest-Agder, Norway. The word, fivel, is the name of a plant with a flower that resembles a white cotton ball and this plant grows in abundance in the marshy land near the location of the farm.
probably from Middle English flack, flak "turf", "sod" (as found in the place name Flatmoor, in Cambridgeshire), and hence perhaps an occupational name for a turf cutter.
Ornamental name from Yiddish flam