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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.
A notable bearer is American restaurateur and television host Guy Fieri (1968-).
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
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.
Means "Finn's farmstead", from the given name FINN (2)
and Old Norse staðr
"farmstead, dwelling". This was the name of several farms in Norway.
The surname Fiorelli was first found in Bolgna (Latin: Bononia), the largest city and the capital of Emilia-Romagna Region. The famous University of Bolgna was founded in the 11th century, by the 13th century the student body was nearly 10,000... [more]
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.
From Latin fiscus ‘basket’, a humanistic Latinization of the German name Korb
. This is a metonymic occupational name for a basketmaker or a peddler, or a habitational name for someone who lived at a house distinguished by the sign of a basket... [more]
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.
FITZOOTH Folklore (?)
Fitzooth means "son of a nobleman". Robin Hood's real name was Robert Fitzooth.
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.
FIVELAND Norwegian (Rare)
From the name of a farm in Norway named with the word fivel
possibly meaning "cottongrass, bog cotton". 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
This early occupational and mainly 'midlands' English surname, is actually of pre-medieval French origins. Introduced into England at the time of the Norman Conquest of 1066, it derives from the French word flaonet
meaning a 'little flan', and described a maker of patisserie or pancakes.
Appears originally in Irish Gaelic as O Flannabhra
derived from flann
, meaning "red", and abhra
, meaning "eyebrow". First appeared in County Tipperary, Ireland.
Means "person who lives near a pool" (Middle English flasshe
French form of FLAVINIUS
. The Flavigny Abbey, in the French region of Burgundy, became famous because of the candies made by its Benedictine monks, called the anise of Flavigny... [more]
Meaning unknown. It is used in the 2019 movie Joker as the real name of the titular character played by actor Joaquin Phoenix.
Nickname for a restless or insignificant person from Middle Low German vleige ‘fly’.
FLEISCHMAN German (Austrian)
Fleischman translates in English to Meat Man, or Butcher It is most often used with a single "n" for those who were persecuted as Jews. Other Germanic spellings for Christians and others not deemed Jewish are Fleischmann
, or Fleishmann
FLENOT American (South, ?)
I think this could be a French Indian name however, it may be misspelled, and I don't know the correct spelling.
Flerchinger is a name with origins from the city of Flörschingen or Flörange in the Saarland region on the French and German border.
Probably originating in Orkney and Shetland, from a place in the parish of Delting, Shetland, named with an Old Norse term 'flotr' denoting a strip of arable land or pasture. Also possibly derived from the Old Norse byname Fljótr ‘swift’, ‘speedy’... [more]
From Swedish flink
, an adjective for someone who is quick and accurate.
FLINT English, German
Topographic name for someone who lived near a significant outcrop of flint, Old English, Low German flint
, or a nickname for a hard-hearted or physically tough individual.
Famous bearers include Norwegian footballers and relatives Tore ANDRE
, and JOSTEIN
Flo of the Norwegian national team that upset Brazil twice in both a friendly in 1997 and a 1998 World Cup group match.
FLOBERG Swedish, Norwegian (Rare)
Of uncertain origin. Could possibly be combination of flo
, an unexplained element (but probably either ornamental or locational), and berg
"mountain", or a habitational name from a place so named.
Floerke Name Meaning German (Flörke): from a pet form of the personal names Florian or Florentinus, from Latin Florus (from florere ‘to bloom’).Dictionary of American Family Names, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-508137-4... [more]
There are some English Flood's, but the name mainly derives from the Irish O'Taicligh or Mac an Tuile and was Anglicized to Flood, Floyd, and Tully when the Gaelic language was outlawed in Ireland by the English.
Combination of Latin flor
"flower" and the common surname suffix -én
Patronymic derived from the medieval given name Florea
, which was probably a derivative of Romanian floare
"flower" (from Latin flos
, accusative florem
) with the diminutive suffix -ea
Habitational name for someone from Florków in Częstochowa voivodeship, or Florki from Przemyśl voivodeship, both so named from Florek, a pet form of the personal name FLORIAN
Nickname from Middle English flo(u)r
‘flower’, ‘blossom’ (Old French flur
, from Latin flos
, genitive floris
). This was a conventional term of endearment in medieval romantic poetry, and as early as the 13th century it is also regularly found as a female personal name.
Metonymic occupational name for a miller or flour merchant, or perhaps a nickname for a pasty-faced person, from Middle English flo(u)r
‘flour’. This is in origin the same word as in 1, with the transferred sense ‘flower, pick of the meal’... [more]
Occupational name for an arrowsmith, from an agent derivative of Middle English flō
‘arrow’ (Old English flā
From the English word flute
which is an instrument.
FOGARTY Irish (Anglicized)
Reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Fógartaigh ‘son of Fógartach’, a personal name from fógartha meaning "proclaimed", "banished", "outlawed". It is sometimes Anglicized as HOWARD
FOGG Ancient Germanic
This surname appeared in Denmark during the time of the Vikings. It is believed to have Jute origin. It spread to Italy during the Roman Empire and to England as early as the 1080s, being listed in the Doomsday Book compiled by William the Conqueror... [more]
FOLAND Anglo-Saxon (Archaic)
Originally an English name, Foland is actually a variant of the name Fowler (as in bird-catcher). Most migrating to Ireland, other Fowlers/Folands first came to the Americas in 1622; John Fowler.... [more]
As a northern Irish surname it is derived from the Gaelic personal name Searrach
, which was based on searrach
"foal, colt" and anglicized as Foley
because of its phonetic similarity to English foal
It is from Germany and it is based on the personal name Volz, which was popular in former times. It means son or descendant of a Volz or Folz
Habitational name from Fontecchio in Aquila province or a topographic name from a diminutive of fonte meaning "spring".
Anglicized version of ó Fuada, or 'descendent of Fuada'. It comes from the personal name 'fuad' or 'swift' but also 'rush' and 'speed'.
Nickname for someone with a peculiarity or deformity of the foot, from Middle English fot (Old English fot), or in some cases from the cognate Old Norse byname Fótr.
From Old Norse fyrði
dative form of fjórðr
"fjord". This was the name of several farmsteads in Norway.
Habitational name from any of the places in Cambridgeshire, Essex, and Norfolk named Fordham, from Old English ford
‘ford’ + ham
‘homestead’ or hamm
‘enclosure hemmed in by water’.
FORET French, French Creole
From Old French forest
‘forest’, a topographic name for someone who lived in or near a royal forest, or an occupational name for a keeper or worker in one. See also FORREST
Possibly a variant of FERGIE
or a shortened form of FERGUSON
. It could also be a habitational name from a place so named in Scotland.
It's a toponymic and it means born in Cividale del Friuli
(north of Italy).
This surname is also spanish and it means "ant". it could indicate a person that is short and thin but works hard an constantly.... [more]
FORREN Norwegian (Rare)
Derived form the name of a farmstead in Norway named with a word meaning "hollow, gorge".
Combination of Swedish fors
"rapid" (geology) and man
Variant of FORSYTHE
. Known bearers include the Scottish botanist William Forsyth (1737-1804), after whom the genus Forsythia is named, and Scottish inventor Alexander John Forsyth (1769-1843).
FORSYTHE Scottish, Northern Irish
This surname has two possible origins. The more accepted explanation is that it comes from the Gaelic given name Fearsithe
, which means "man of peace" from the elements fear
"man" and sithe
Means 'strong shield' from French elements fort
meaning "strong" and escu
Originally meant "person from Fortune", Lothian ("enclosure where pigs are kept").
not sure how i can up with this but i used it for my hp professor oc
English from a Norman personal name, a short form of various Germanic names formed with folk
‘people’. See also VOLK
FOUQUEREAU French (Quebec)
Jean Fouquereau was born on November 6, 1617, in Anjou, Isère, France, his father, Louis, was 23 and his mother, Catherine, was 20. He married Renee Bataille on December 31, 1639, in Angers, Maine-et-Loire, France... [more]
[Foust} maybe german. The Fout name can be traced back to Denmark.
FOWL English, Popular Culture
This name is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and derives from the Old English pre 7th Century word fugol
, "fowl", "bird", which was used as a byname and as a personal name. The medieval form of the word was the Middle English development foul
, used as a continuation of the Old English personal name and also as a nickname for someone who in some way resembled a bird.
Means "fox stream", from Old English fox and well(a), meaning stream.
From a medieval nickname based on Old French foi
"faith", applied either to a notably pious person or to one who frequently used the word as an oath; also, from the medieval French female personal name Foy
, from Old French foi
FOY Irish (Anglicized)
A different form of FAHY
(from Irish Gaelic Ó Fathaigh
"descendant of Fathach
", a personal name probably based on Gaelic fothadh
Topographic name for someone who lived near a prominent ash tree from Old French fraisne fresne
"ash" from Latin fraxinus
FRALEY English (American)
Anglicized/Americanized version of the German surname "Frohlich", meaning "happy" or "cheerful".
English: habitational name from any of various places so called, of which there are several in Gloucestershire and one in Dorset. Most take the name from the Frome river (which is probably from a British word meaning ‘fair’, ‘brisk’) + Old English tun ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’... [more]
Ethnic name for an inhabitant of France, a country in Europe.
In German means "stone of the Franks". The name appeared mostly in the regions of Westphalia and Rhineland. In Mary Shelley (1797-1851)'s "Frankenstein", the main character, Victor Frankenstein (1770-1793) and his family bore this name... [more]
Status name for a person whom lived on an area of land without having to pay obligations. From Norman French frank
, 'free' and Middle English land
, 'land'. This surname is common in Yorkshire.... [more]
Means "french blue" in German. One of the many names assigned to Jews during the rule of Emperor Joseph II, who required all Jews in the Hapsburg Empire to adopt surnames.
Combination of the given name FRANZ
and the popular surname suffix -én
, derived from Latin -enius
FRASCATORE Italian (Rare)
Meaning uncertain. It is possibly derived from (or related to) Italian frasca
meaning "bough, branch", which might possibly indicate that the surname had first started out as a nickname for someone who worked as a woodcutter or as a forester... [more]
Nickname or status name from Old English frēo
"free(-born)", i.e. not a serf.
FREELING English, Dutch
This is the surname of Christian Freeling (born February 1, 1947 in Enschede, Netherlands)a Dutch game designer and inventor. This surname was also used for the main character "Carol Anne Freeling" in the Poltergeist film of 1982 as well.... [more]
Dutch spelling of Frere (brother); another variant spelling is Frear.
Derives from the German words, frei, which means free, and berg, which means hill, and is the name of a city in Germany.