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Means decendent of The Southern Warrior.
From Herne, a cottage, and den, a valley. The cottage in the valley.
Hernes is an Estonian surname meaning "pea".
habitational name from Herrington in County Durham, England
HERRMANGerman (Prussian)
Herrman is of ancient German origin. It is derived from a Germanic personal name made up of the elements heri, meaning "army," and man, meaning "man." Herrman was first found in Prussia, where the name emerged in medieval times as one of the notable families of the region.
Patronymic from the personal name Hershke, a pet form of Hersh.
The ancestral home of the Hertzel family is in the German province of Bavaria. Hertzel is a German nickname surname. Such names came from eke-names, or added names, that described their initial bearer through reference to a physical characteristic or other attribute... [more]
HESSGerman (?)
It is arguably both tribal and residential, originating from the pre 10th century A.D. It is believed to have originally described people who came from the region known as Hesse. The translation of this name is the 'hooded people'
This surname is derived from a given name, which is the Latin form of Esther.
HESTITONAAnglo-Saxon, English
A an earlier variation of the surname Hingston. See Hingston for full meaning.
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous parish of the municipality of Siero.
I can only date it back to Armagh County, Ireland in the early 1800s.
From the given name Heydar.
HEYEREnglish, German, Dutch
English variant of Ayer. ... [more]
English: variant of Hilbert.
A variant of Hibbert, ultimately coming from Hilbert to begin with.
This possibly derived from a medieval diminutive, similar to Hobbs for Robert.
HICHEMArabic (Maghrebi)
From the given name Hichem, a variant of Hisham; mainly found in Algeria.
From the medieval personal name HICKE. The substitution of H- as the initial resulted from the inability of the English to cope with the velar Norman R-.
From a pet form of a Germanic personal name, such as Icco or Hikke (a Frisian derivative of a compound name with the first element hild "strife", "battle").
From a derivative of a Slavic pet form of HEINRICH.
From Hiko, a pet form of any of the Germanic personal names formed with hild "strife", "battle" as the first element.
From the medieval personal name Hicke, a pet form of Richard. The substitution of H- as the initial resulted from the inability of the English to cope with the velar Norman R-.
In Arabic this means "black smith".
From Japanese 日 (hi) meaning "day, sun" combined with 高 (taka) meaning "tall, high".
HIDAYATIndonesian, Javanese, Urdu
From the given name Hidayat.
HIDDLESTONEnglish, Scottish
Habitational name from a place called Huddleston in Yorkshire, England. The place name was derived from the Old English personal name HUDEL.
Topographic name for someone living near a hiedl “subterranean river”.
From the Greek given name ‘Ιερωνυμος (Hieronymos) meaning "sacred name". (See JEROME.)
Finnish. (hieta) meaning, “fine-sand” combined with (la) meaning, “abode, house, place, or land of….”
Finnish. (hieta) meaning, “fine-sand” combined with (maa) meaning, “country.”
hieta ("fine-sand") & mäki ("hill")
Phonetically means "praise" or "compassion" in Japanese. It is most frequently used on the island of Okinawa in Japan. A bearer is Ryan Higa, an American YouTuber.
From the Japanese 東 (higashi) "east," originally derived from a combination of 日 ‎(hi) meaning "sun," 向か ‎(muka) meaning "facing" and 風 ‎(shi, nowadays kaze) meaning "wind." This combination had undergone some sound shifts which results in 'higashi,' namely the shift from 'mu' in 'muka' to 'n' (turning into hingashi) and the dropping of 'n' in 'hingashi' (see Kagura on the first name website as another example of this process).
Written as: 東田 meaning ‘eastern rice paddy’, is usually found in western Japan.... [more]
Higashi means "East" and Yama means "Mountain".
Habitational name from a place in Lancashire now known as Oakenbottom. The history of the place name is somewhat confused, but it is probably composed of the Old English elements ǣcen or ācen "oaken" and botme "broad valley"... [more]
HIGGINSIrish, English
Irish: variant of Hagan.... [more]
Patronymic from the medieval personal name Higgin, a pet form of Hick.
Variant of Hagan.
Patronymic from the medieval personal name Higgin, a pet form of Hick.
HIGHLANDEnglish, German
English, Scottish, and Irish: variant spelling of Hyland.... [more]
Name given to a person who lived in the high lands of England.
Hiie is an Estonian surname, derived from Estonian mythology. "Hiiela" was the land of the dead and "Hiis" is a sacred grove.
Hiielepp is an Estonian surname derived from "hiis" (a sacred grove) alder".
Hiiemaa is an Estonia surname, derived from the pre-Christian "hiie", a sacred location, and "maa" meaning land.
Hiiemets is an Estonian surname meaning "sacred grove forest".
Hiis is an Estonian surname meaning "grove".
Denotes someone who was originally from the region of Hejaz in western Saudi Arabia.
Meaning unknown.
HILAIREHaitian Creole, French
From the given name Hilaire.
From the given name Hilarius.
HILBERTEnglish, French, Dutch, German
English, French, Dutch, and German: from a Germanic personal name composed of the elements hild ‘strife’, ‘battle’ + berht ‘bright’, ‘famous’.
Meadow of the hilldweller.
Hiljanen derives from hilja which means "quiet" in Finnish.
German: Variant of Hillegass from a variant of the Germanic personal name Hildegaud, composed of hild ‘strife’, ‘battle’ + got, of uncertain meaning (perhaps the same word as Goth).
use by countryfolk.
A fair someone. One who does a fair thing. Hill is which lives on a hill, other meanings of a fine hill, good for agriculture, hillfair as a fair hill.
English: from the Norman female personal name Hildiarde, Hildegard, composed of the Germanic elements hild ‘strife’, ‘battle’ + gard ‘fortress’, ‘stronghold’. The surname has been in Ireland since the 17th century.
Variant of Hill.
Means "daughter of Hilmar".
Variant of HILZ.
HIMALAYAIndian (Rare), Indonesian (Rare)
Possibly from the name of the Himalaya mountain range in Asia, derived from Sanskrit हिमालय (himā-laya) meaning "snow dwelling".
From the Japanese 氷 (hi) "ice" and 見 (mi) "mindset," "outlook."
Means "color of the sky".
German word for "sky"
HIMMLERGerman, History
Derived from German Himmel "heaven, sky". This was a topographic name for someone living at a high altitude. ... [more]
From the name of a place in Leicestershire meaning "Hynca's wood", from the Old English byname Hynca, derivative of hún "bear cub", and leah "woodland, clearing".
HINDEnglish, Scottish
English (central and northern): nickname for a gentle or timid person, from Middle English, Old English hind ‘female deer’.... [more]
English (Lancashire): habitational name from a place near Manchester, so named from Old English hind ‘female deer’ + leah ‘wood’, ‘clearing’.
Keeper of the king's deer.
HINGESTONAnglo-Saxon, English
A an earlier variation of the surname Hingston. See Hingston for full meaning.
HINGESTONEAnglo-Saxon, English
A an earlier variation of the surname Hingston. See Hingston for full meaning.
The distribution of the Hingston surname appears to be based around the South Hams area of Devon. The English Place Name Society volumes for Devon give the best indication of the source of the name... [more]
HINKEBEINDutch, German
Nickname for someone with a limp, from Middle Low German hinken meaning "to limp" + bein meaning "leg".
Nickname for a timid, fearful person, from dialect hinkel ‘chicken’
Elaborated variant of Hinkel, with the addition of Middle High German 'man'.
Americanized spelling of Dutch and German Hinkel. Variant spelling of English Hinckley.
From Japanese 日 (hi) meaning "sun, day" combined with 野 (no) meaning "area, field".
日 (Hi) means "Sun, Day", ノ (No) is a particle, 出 (De) means "Come Out". This surname means "Sunrise" in Japanese. It is uncommon, as a last name and a first name as well.
It means "son of Hinrich"
Hint is an Estonian surname, a diminutive of the masculine given name "Hindrek".
Appeared in Luxembourg in 1698 in an area around Bertrange and Strassen. there are Hentgens there yet today.
HINTONEnglish (Archaic)
Comes from Old English heah meaning "high" and tun meaning "enclosure" or "settlement." A notable person with the surname is female author S.E Hinton.
HINXSTONEAnglo-Saxon, English
A an earlier variation of the surname Hingston. See Hingston for full meaning.
HINXTONAnglo-Saxon, English
A an earlier variation of the surname Hingston. See Hingston for full meaning.
English name meaning relative of Herbert
Hira means "Peace" and I means "Well,mine shaft,or pit". So this surname means "Peaceful Well/Mine Shaft/Pit". Here are notable people: Hirai Kawato is a professional wrestler,Momo Hirai is a musical artist,and Ken Hirai is an R&B and Pop singer.
Hira means "Peace, Flat" and Kawa means "Stream, River".
Hira means "Peace, Levelness, Flat" and Matsu means "Pine (tree)". Akiko Hiramatsu is a voice actress.
Hira means "Peace" and No means "Field,Area,Meadow,etc." This is considered a generally common Japanese last name,it is ranked within the top 1000's at least,if not always in the 100's. A notable person with this surname is Aya Hirano,a singer and voice actress,for "The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya",for example.
Hira means "Peace" and Saka means "Hill, Slope".
Hira means "Flat, Even, Peace, Level" and Sawa means "Swamp, Marsh".
From the Japanese 平 (hira) "peace" and 島, 嶋 or 嶌 (shima) "island."
From the Japanese 平 (hira) "peace" and 田 (ta or da) "rice paddy" or 多 (ta or da) "many."
Hira meaning "Peace" and Tani meaning "Valley". In other regions of Japan, this name could be pronounced "Hiragai, Hiragaya, or Hiraya" by accident, depending on the region it's taken to. I think this originates from the south.
HIREMATHIndian, Kannada
Hindu surname from Karnataka with an unknown meaning.
From the Japanese 廣 or 広 (hiro) "wide" and 井 (i) "well."
Means "wide sea" in Japanese, from 広 (hiro) "wide" and 海 (mi) "sea".
From Japanese 廣 or 広 (hiro) meaning "wide" and 野 (no) meaning "field".
Hiro means "Wide" and Sawa means "Swamp, Marsh".
From the Japanese 廣 or 広 (hiro) "wide" and 瀬 (se) "riffle," "shallows."
HIROSHIMAJapanese (Rare)
Hiro means "widespread,broad","generous","prosperous" depending on kanji used. Shima means "Island" the same as "jima" does. So this surname rather mean "Prosperous Island"or "Broad Island"."Generous Island" might be possible,but it's not likely used for the last name the same as it is for the given name, Hiro.
It probably means "Wide Rice Paddy, Broad Field".
Hirsekorn - millet grain - seems to be of Jewish origin
HIRTUpper German (Anglicized)
From the word Hirten meaning sheep herder. {Hirt}
From the Japanese 蛭 (hiru) "leech" and 間 (ma) "pause."
Hirv is an Estonian surname meaning "deer"
Hirvesoo is an Estonian surname meaning "deer swamp".
Hisa (久) "Long ago, Long lasting" and Matsu (松) "Pine".
Of uncertain origin and meaning.
From a pet form of HICK.
From Japanese "浸" (hita) meaning immersion and "らし" (rashi) meaning likelihood
Comes from the town Hitchin
HITOTOSEJapanese (Rare)
Regardless of Hitotose's pronunciation, it literally consists of the kanji for "all 4 seasons : Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter" in that order.
一 (Hitotsu) means "One" and 柳 (Yanagi) means "Willow".
from the prussian word von hittenraoucht meaning "of royalty"
HITTLEGerman (Anglicized)
Americanized form of German Hüttl (see Huettl).
Variant of HJELM.
HJELMSwedish, Danish
From Swedish hjälm or Danish hjelm, both derived from Old Norse hjalmr "helmet".
From Swedish hjälte "hero".
HJERMSTADNorwegian (Rare)
Hjerm means royal swords, stad means place. So Hjermstad means "place for the King's swords".
Named after the town of Hjørnevik, Norway
Means "daughter of Hlöðver". Used exclusively by women.
Means "son of Hlöðver". Used exclusively by men; Hlöðversdóttir is the female form].
Hluchý means "Deaf" in Czech.
Vietnamese form of Hu.
American form of Scandinavian topographical surnames, such as Swedish Högland or Norwegian Haugland, both essentially meaning "high land".
"Attached to the bosom", i.e very, very close. Name given by Kamehameha to his brother and closest high chief.
Nickname meaning gray haired.
Hõbe is an Estonian surname meaning "silver".
Hõbemägi is an Estonian surname meaning "silver mountain".
Originally indicated a person from Kočevje (Gottschee County), a city and municipality in southern Slovenia.
Means "high field".
Topographic name for someone living by a hedge, from a dialect variant of Heck.
In relation to Hock a wine producing region and probably being adopted into Britain via Anglo Saxon settlers.
HOCOGChamorro (Modern)
Chamorro for "No more, empty, completed".
From the given name Hod which means "glory, splendor" in Hebrew, more commonly used as a surname.
Variation of the surname, HODSON.
From the given name Hodge, a medieval diminutive of Roger.
Nickname from Middle English hodge "hog", which occurs as a dialect variant of hogge, for example in Cheshire place names.
HODGSONEnglish (British)
English patronymic form of the personal name Hodge, a pet form of Rodger. The surname in most cases originated in the North Yorskire Dales, where it is still common to the present day.
Derived from the Persian title خواجه (xâje) meaning "lord, master, owner". It is a cognate of the Albanian Hoxha.
HÖEKAncient Germanic (?)
Surname of Ren Höek from Ren & Stimpy.
HOERMANEnglish, German
Variant of Herman. Variant of Hörmann.
Means - King farmer
HOFERLEGerman (Austrian)
Means "Yard Clearing" from a Combination of the Austrian word Höfer meaning "yard" or "court" with the ancient suffix "le" meaning woodland or clearing.
HOFMANNGerman, Jewish
Variant of Hoffmann. The surname in this spelling is also found in Denmark.
Habitational name from any of several places so named in Pomerania and East Prussia, or perhaps from Hohenseeden near Magdeburg.
Derived from Middle High German hon "chicken". As a surname, it was given to someone who either bred or traded in chickens.... [more]
Hõim is an Estonian surname meaning "tribe".
A variant of Hoyt.
Variant transcription of Houjou.
HOKELow German
Occupational name from Middle Low German meaning "small trader". Americanized form of Hauck. It has been used in the House of Nassau-Ter Haar.
HOKINOUEJapanese (Rare)
Hoki means "Cave, Grotto, Den", No means "of, therefore", and Ue means "Upper, Top, Above". A notable bearer is Kota Hokinoue, he is a wheelchair athlete. If you want the sources, they're in the notes for you.
From the Karelian personal name Hokka (a derivative of Russian Foka) + the common surname suffix -nen.
The name Holappa has its origin in a Russian word holop which means “slave” or “soul” (see “Dead Souls” by Nikolai Gogol). The first Holappas came from behind the Russian border around the 1500 to Swedish side, to the area that would later become Finland... [more]
HOLBROOKEnglish, German (Anglicized)
English: habitational name from any of various places, for example in Derbyshire, Dorset, and Suffolk, so called from Old English hol ‘hollow’, ‘sunken’ + broc ‘stream’. ... [more]
Holbrook is an old English surname that means a small stream of fresh running water, a brook or small stream, small creek.
Habitational name from any of various places, for example in Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Greater Manchester, Oxfordshire, and Somerset, so named from Old English hol meaning "hollow", "sunken", "deep" + cumb meaning "valley".
Topographic name for someone who lived by a depression or low-lying spot, from Old English holh "hole, hollow, depression".
Finnish surname, derived from Scandinavian given name Holger.
HOLLGerman, Dutch, English
Short form of German HÖLD or a topographic name meaning "hollow" or "hole".
English: from Old English haligdæg ‘holy day’, ‘religious festival’. The reasons why this word should have become a surname are not clear; probably it was used as a byname for one born on a religious festival day.
HOLLANDIrish (Anglicized), Irish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hÓileáin, a variant of Ó hAoláin, from a form of FAOLÁN (with loss of the initial F-). Compare Whelan.
HOLLANDERGerman, English, Jewish, Dutch, Swedish
Regional name for someone from Holland.
English (chiefly Yorkshire) topographic name from Middle English holing, holi(e) ‘holly tree’. Compare Hollen.
An ancient Scottish name that was first used by the Strathclyde-Briton people of the Scottish/English Borderlands. It is a name for someone who lived near the mountain called Holy Day in the country of Annandale.
HOLLIEREnglish, French
Occupational name for a male brothel keeper, from a dissimilated variant of Old French horier "pimp", which was the agent noun of hore "whore, prostitute". Hollier was probably also used as an abusive nickname in Middle English and Old French.... [more]
Possibly means "holly man"
Location name for someone who lived near holly trees.
Habitational name from a lost place in County Durham called Hollingside or Holmside, from Old English hole(g)n "holly" and sīde "hillside, slope"; there is a Hollingside Lane on the southern outskirts of Durham city... [more]
Topographic name for someone who lived where holly trees grew.
English: occupational name for a brothelkeeper; originally a feminine form of Hollier.
HOLLOMANEnglish (British)
Nickname, perhaps ironic, from Middle English holy ‘holy’ + man ‘man’.
HOLLOWAYAnglo-Saxon, English, Medieval English
Variant of Halliwell, from Old English halig (holy) and well(a) (well or spring)... [more]
HOLMSwedish, Norwegian, Danish, English
Derived from Old Norse holmr, meaning "islet".
Swedish ornamental name. A combination of holme "islet" and berg "mountain".
Swedish ornamental name. A combination of holme "islet" and gren "branch".
Combination of Swedish holm "islet" and kvist "branch, twig".
Ornamental name composed of Swedish holm "islet" and sten "stone".
Variant transcription of Kholodov.
Holoubek - white dove Columban
HOLTEREnglish, German, Norwegian
Derived from English holt meaning "small wood". A topographic name for someone who lived near a small wooden area, as well as a habitational name from a place named with that element.
Old German name meaning "Wood Island". Holt means wood and ey means island. Family can be traced back to around 650 A.D. and is located in the Ruhr and Essen area of Germany.
North German: topographic name for someone who lived by a copse (a small group of trees), from Middle Low German holt ‘small wood’ + haus ‘house’.
"Unreliable" or "Untrustworthy"
HOLTZCLAWGerman (Anglicized, Modern)
Americanized spelling of German Holzklau, which translates into modern German as "wood thief", but is probably a nickname for someone who gathered wood, from Middle High German holz "wood" + a derivative of kluben "to pick up", "gather", "steal".
The meaning of Holzheim is " wood home". Holz=wood and heim=home. ... [more]
HOLZINGERGerman, Jewish
Habitational name for someone from any of various places called Holzing or Holzingen.
Occupational - from German holz "wood", and schuh "shoe".
The surname Hamberg could be derived from it.
HOMEEnglish, Scottish
English and Scottish variant spelling of Holme.
This surname is used as 保村, 甫村 or 穂村 with 保 (ho, hou, tamo.tsu) meaning "guarantee, keep, preserve, protect, support, sustain", 甫 (fu, ho, haji.mete, suke) meaning "for the first time, not until", 穂 (sui, ho) meaning "crest (of wave), ear, ear (of grain), head" and 村 (son, mura) meaning "town, village."... [more]
From Honeyball, a medieval personal name of uncertain origin: perhaps an alteration of Annabel, or alternatively from a Germanic compound name meaning literally "bear-cub brave" (i.e. deriving from the elements hun "warrior, bear cub" and bald "bold, brave").
HONIGGerman, Jewish
Metonymic name for a gatherer or seller of honey, from Middle High German honec, honic "honey", German Honig.
It literally means "honeyman", possibly denoting a beekeeper.
HOODEnglish, Scottish, Irish
English and Scottish: metonymic occupational name for a maker of hoods or a nickname for someone who wore a distinctive hood, from Middle English hod(de), hood, hud ‘hood’. Some early examples with prepositions seem to be topographic names, referring to a place where there was a hood-shaped hill or a natural shelter or overhang, providing protection from the elements... [more]
Topographic name for someone living by a tall tree, "tall tree", or a habitational name from places called Hoogboom and Hogenboom in the Belgian province of Antwerp, meaning "tall tree".
Derived from Swedish hök "hawk".
This surname is derived from a geographical locality. "at the hook," from residence in the bend or sudden turn of a lane or valley.
This surname may derive from Old English hóc meaning "hook, angle" and hám meaning "village, hamlet, dwelling."
HOOTDutch, German
The Dutch form is a habitation name for someone who lived in the hout or "woods" while the German form hoth is from an occupational name for a maker of hats.
Höövel is an Estonian surname meaning "planer".
HOPLAWelsh (?)
1st recorded Hopla.... [more]
Variant of Hopp.
Probably a habitational name from a farm name in Norway.
Czech word for hill or mountain
The last name Horan means warlike.It is the last name of one direction member Niall Horan
Ukrainian form and equivalent of Gorbachev.
From Swedish hör "listen, hear" and berg "mountain".
"Moat" or Ho ("Protect") + Ri ("Benefit,Profit,Gain") are both used for this surname.
HORIEJapanese (Rare)
For notable bearers Yui Horie and Mitsuko Horie, the Hori means "Moat" and E means "Inlet, River". Mitsuko Horie and Yui Horie are voice actresses and singers.
掘 (Hori) means "Moat" and 米 (Gome) means "Rice, America". A notable bearer with this surname is Yuki Horigome, a footballer.
HORIKITAJapanese (Rare)
Hori ("Moat"),this can also be used: Ho ("Protect") + Ri ("Benefit,Profit,Gain") + Kita ("North").
Hori means "Moat" and No means "Field, Wilderness."
A habitational name from locations called Hornby in northern England, though predominantly associated with Lancashire. Derived from the Norse horni meaning "horn" and býr meaning "farm" or "settlement".
HORNEYGerman (Anglicized)
German: Eastphalian or Americanized form of a personal name composed of the Germanic elements hard ‘hardy’, ‘brave’, ‘strong’ + nit ‘battle fury’, ‘eagerness to fight’, or a habitational name from a place so called in Brandenburg or in the Rhineland... [more]
A habitational name from Cumbria, derived from the Norse Ormr meaning "serpent" and býr meaning "farm". Similar in form to Hornby, Hornsby is a widespread surname in northern England.
Name of a German farm.
It literally means "hornstone".
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