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JABŁONOWSKI     Polish, Jewish
Habitational name for someone from a place called Jabłonowo or Jabłonow; both place names are from jabłoń meaning "apple tree".
JABLONSKI     Polish, Jewish
Habitational name for someone from Jablonka, Jablonna, or Jablonica, all places named with jablon "apple tree", or the diminutive form jablonka.
JACOBE     Jewish
Variant spelling of Jacobi.
JACOBI     Jewish, English, Dutch, German
From the Latin genitive Jacobi ‘(son) of Jacob’, Latinized form of English Jacobs and Jacobson or North German Jakobs(en) and Jacobs(en).
JACOBSMEYER     German
Habitational name from an estate so named.
JACOWAY     English (American)
Altered form of the personal name Jacques.
JADAL     ?
JÄGERMEISTERSSEN     German
Means son of the "Master-Hunter". Originally given to the son of the master-hunter in hunting camps.
JAGO     Cornish
A patronym, Jago is the Cornish for James but is most commonly found as a surname. It dates back to the early 13th Century.
JAGODZIŃSKI     Polish, Jewish
Habitational name for someone from a place called Jagodziny, Jagodzinek, or Jagodziniec, all named with jagoda meaning "berry".
JAGR     Czech
Jágr is a Czech-language surname. It is related to the German surname Jäger which means "hunter" in German. It is used by the Ice Hockey player Jaromír Jágr.
JAHN     German
Unknown meaning.
JAHNS     German
Patronymic from the personal name Jahn.
JAKESON     English
It means "son of Jake"
JAKOBSSON     Swedish
Means "son of Jakob.
JAKOV     Croatian
Derived from the name Jakov.
JAKOVLJEVIĆ     Serbian, Croatian
Means "son of Jakov".
JALILOV     Azerbaijani
Means "son of Jalil".
JALLOH     Western African
Probably a derivative of Arabic Jalil.
JAMIESON     Scottish, Northern Irish
Patronymic from James.
JANECZEK     Polish
From a pet form of the personal name Jan.
JANEV     Macedonian
Cognate of Yanev.
JANI     Indian, Hinduism
From Sanskrit jñānī ‘knowing’, ‘learned’.
JÄNICKE     German
From a pet form of the personal name Johann.
JANKOWSKI     Polish
The name Jankowski is of habitation origin and may be traced to numerous localities bearing the names Jankok or Jankowo throughout Poland.
JANMAAT     Dutch
Famous bearer of this surname is Dutch footballer Daryl Janmaat.
JANNUSCH     German
From a pet form of the personal name Jan.
JANOS̆KO     Slovak
From a derivative of the personal name Jánoš.
JANOWICZ     Polish
Means "son of Jan".
JANUSZEWSKI     Polish
Habitational name for someone from Januszewo or Januszewice, both named with the personal name Janusz.
JAOUHARI     Arabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from Arabic جوهر (jawhar) meaning "jewel, precious stone, gem, essence", ultimately from Persian گوهر (gohar) (see Jawahir). This surname is mainly found in Morocco.
JAPENGA     Dutch
Means son of Jap " Yap" related to Jacobson in the Netherlands
JARA     Spanish
Habitational name any of the various places in southern Spain named Jara or La Jara, from jara meaning "rockrose", "cistus".
JARAMILLO     Spanish
Spanish habitational name from either of two places in the Burgos province: Jaramillo de la Fuente or Jaramillo Quemada.
JAREÑO     Basque (Modern), Spanish
Perhaps "who lives among the rockroses".
JAROSZEWSKI     Polish
Habitational name for someone from Jaroszewo or Jaroszowce, places named with the personal name Jarosz.
JARRUS     Popular Culture
Used by Kanan Jarrus from the American show "Star Wars Rebels".
JARY     French
France-England-USA
JARZĄBEK     Polish
A Polish surname meaning "Grouse". A nickname for someone thought to resemble the bird.
JARZOMBEK     Polish
Variant spelling of Jarząbek, from jarząbek meaning "grouse", presumably a nickname for someone thought to resemble the bird.
JASKÓŁKA     Polish
Nickname from Polish jaskółka meaning "swallow".
JASMINE     English, Japanese
means a fragrant shrub or flower used as perfume
JASON     English
Probably a patronymic from James or any of various other personal names beginning with J-.
JĀTNIEKS     Latvian
Means "the rider".
JAUNZEME     Latvian
Jaunzeme is compound from two words first jauns meaning "new" and second zeme meaning "land". Jaunzeme is femenine form of surname, the masculine form of surname is Jaunzems. Most famous persons with this surname are:... [more]
JAUNZEMIS     Latvian
Means "Of the new land".
JAVERT     Literature
The name of the policeman in Victor Hugo's "Les Misérables." His name was taken from the word Javert, which means "to pursue relentlessly."... [more]
JAVORSKI     Polish
Habitational name for someone from any of numerous places named Jawory or Jaworze, named with Polish jawor 'maple', 'sycamore'.
JAW     English
JAWOREK     Polish
Most likely comes from the last name Javorski meaning someone from "Jawor".
JAWORSKI     Polish, Jewish
Habitational name for someone from any of numerous places named Jawory or Jaworze, named with Polish jawor meaning "maple", "sycamore".
JAY     English, French
Nickname from Middle English, Old French jay(e), gai "jay (the bird)", probably referring to an idle chatterer or a showy person, although the jay was also noted for its thieving habits.
JAYASINGHE     Sinhalese
Combination of Sanskrit जय (jayá) "conquest, victory, triumph, winning" and सिंह (siṃhá) "lion".
JAYASUNDERA     Sinhalese
From Sanskrit जय (jayá) "conquest, victory, triumph, winning" and सुंदर (sundara) "beautiful, handsome, lovely, charming".
JAYE     English
Variant of Jay.
JEAN     French
Derived from the French given name JEAN.
JEANPETIT     French
French translation of Littlejohn.
JEFFREY     English
From a Norman personal name that appears in Middle English as Geffrey and in Old French as Je(u)froi. Some authorities regard this as no more than a palatalized form of Godfrey, but early forms such as Galfridus and Gaufridus point to a first element from Germanic gala "to sing" or gawi "region, territory"... [more]
JEHLE     Hebrew
Jehle-Romanov surname was given name of monarchical leaders over the areas of eastern Eurasia known as Russia and all Russia's yet upon revolution family erroneously reported all dead. Most family of Alexander died while remaining in Russia, while those whom escaped circa 1880 survived... [more]
JELAVIĆ     Serbian, Bosnian
derived from the place name Jelav, one of the places in Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
JELUŠIĆ     Croatian
The first ever appearance recorded to this date was even before the Turkish men (Ottoman) broke into the Kingdom of Croatia (around 13. century).... [more]
JENCKES     English
"Back-formation" of Jenkin, a medieval diminutive of John.
JENDOUBI     Arabic (Maghrebi)
From Jendouba, the name of a large city in north-western Tunisia, itself derived from Berber jen "market" and douba "wheat".
JENDRE     German (Anglicized, Rare), Czech (Anglicized, Rare), Slovak (Anglicized, Rare), Danish (Anglicized, Rare)
Jendre is an anglicized version of many surnames throughout Europe that start with 'Jendre'.... [more]
JENKS     Engish, Welsh
English (also found in Wales) patronymic from the Middle English personal name Jenk, a back-formation from Jenkin with the removal of the supposed Anglo-Norman French diminutive suffix -in.
JENNER     English
Occupational name for an engineer.
JENNER     German
Derived from the name Januarius.
JENNESS     English
English surname, a patronymic from the Middle English personal name Jan.
JENSDATTER     Norwegian, Danish
Strictly feminine patronymic of Jens.
JENSSEN     Norwegian, Danish
Variant of JENSEN.
JEREMIAS     Jewish, Spanish
Derived from the Hebrew given name Jeremiah
JEREMY     English
From the given name Jeremy.
JERKOVIĆ     Croatian, Serbian
Means ''son of Jerko''.
JESSEL     English
From a pet-form of Jessop (a medieval male personal name - a different form of Joseph). A literary bearer is Miss Jessel, the governess who has charge of the two troubled and enigmatic children in Henry James's ghost story 'The Turn of the Screw' (1898).
JESSUP     English
From the given name Joseph.
JESTEN     Dutch
Variation of Joosten.
JESU     Indian
JETER     French (Huguenot), German
Jeter is a French and German surname. It is the last name of former New York Yankees baseball player, Derek Jeter. It's also the last name of Carmelita Jeter, an American sprinter who specializes in the 100 meter sprint.
JETT     French
Form of Jette
JEW     English
Ethnic name for a Jew, from Middle English jeu meaning "Jew" from Old French giu.
JEZDIMIROVIĆ     Serbian
Means "son of Jezdimir".
JEZIERSKI     Polish
Habitational name for someone from Jezioro, Jeziory, Jeziora, or Jezierzyce, all places named with jezioro meaning "lake".
JEZIORSKI     Polish
Variant of Jezierski.
JHA     Nepali, Indian
Short form of the Sanskrit word 'upadhyaya' meaning 'teacher'
JIMERSON     English (British), Scottish
Variant of Scottish and northern English Jameson, based on a pet form of the personal name.
JINNOUCHI     Japanese
From the Japanese 陣 (jin) "camp" and 内 (uchi or nai) "inside." The grammatical and phonetic particle ノ or 之 (no) is sometimes written between the other two characters.
JLASSI     Arabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from Arabic الجلاص (al-Jlass), which is the name of a Tunisian tribal confederation.
JOAQUIM     Portuguese, Catalan
From the personal name Joaquim.
JOB     English, French, German, Hungarian
English, French, German, and Hungarian from the personal name Iyov or Job, borne by a Biblical character, the central figure in the Book of Job, who was tormented by God and yet refused to forswear Him... [more]
JOCELYN     English
Another of the names brought to England in the eleventh century by the Normans, and mentioned in the Domesday Book. Originally a masculine name only.
JOELSON     English
Means "son of Joel".
JOHANNESDOTTER     Swedish (Rare)
Means "daughter of Johannes". This surname is only used by females.
JOHANNESSEN     Norwegian
Means "son of JOHANNES".
JOHANNESSON     Swedish
Means son of Johannes.
JOHANNING     German
North German patronymic from Johann, German form of John.
JOHANNKNECHT     German
John The Servant
JOHANNNESBURG     French
Origin of Johannesburg's name is explained. In reaction to an inquiry, officials in Pretoria replied that Johannesburg was named after Johann Friedrich Bernhard Rissik and Christiaan Johannes Joubert - the only document dealing directly with the origin of the city's name.
JOHANSDOTTER     Swedish (Rare)
Means "daughter of Johan". This surname is only used by females.
JOHN     English
From the given name John. A famous bearer is Elton John.
JOHNSEN     Norwegian
Means "son of JOHN".
JOHNSTONE     Scottish
Variant of Johnston.
JOINES     Welsh
While the ancestors of the bearers of Joines came from ancient Welsh-Celtic origins, the name itself has its roots in Christianity. This surname comes from the personal name John, which is derived from the Latin Johannes... [more]
JOLAHA     Indian, Muslim
Means "weaver".
JOLIE     English
From the given name Jolie meaning pretty.
JOLIET     French
17th- century Quebecois explorer Louis Jolliet. He and Father Jacques Marquette were the first to map the Mississippi River. Later, Jolliet's name was misspelled as Joliet, most likely due to the influence of the French word joli or jolie, "handsome/pretty"... [more]
JOLY     French
JONAITIS     Lithuanian
From the personal name Jonas
JONARES     ?
Person of the West.
JÓNSDÓTTIR     Icelandic
Means "daughter of Jón" in Icelandic.
JONSON     English
Variant of Johnson and English form of Johnsson
JÓNSSON     Icelandic
Means "son of Jón" in Icelandic.
JOOF     Serer
The surname Joof (English spelling in Gambia) whit its derivatives Juuf / Juf (Seereer proper) or Diouf (French spelling in Senegal and Mauritania) is a Senegambian surname found amongst the Seereer people of Senegal, the Gambia and Mauritania... [more]
JORDISON     English
Possibly meaning son of Jordan. This name is surname of American drummer Joey Jordison.
JORGENSON     German, English
Respelling of Jørgensen or Jörgensen (see Jorgensen) or the Swedish cognate Jörgens(s)on.
JOSEPH     Hebrew, English, Dutch, Yiddish
From Ioseph, the Latin form of Greek Ιωσηφ (Ioseph), which was from the Hebrew name יוֹסֵף (Yosef) meaning "he will add". In the Old Testament, Joseph is the eleventh son of Jacob. Because he was the favourite of his father, his older brothers sent him to Egypt and told their father that he had died... [more]
JOSIPOVIĆ     Croatian
Means "son of Josip" in Croatian.... [more]
JOST     Dutch, German
Dutch and German: from a personal name, a derivative of the Breton personal name Iodoc (see Joyce), or from the personal name Just.
JOURDINE     French, English
English and French variant of Jordan.
JOVIĆ     Croatian, Serbian
Means "son of Jovan".
JOWETT     English
From the medieval male personal name Jowet or the female personal name Jowette, both literally "little Jowe", a pet-form of Julian. This was borne was British theologian and classical scholar Benjamin Jowett (1817-1893).
JOY     French (Latinized)
Joy \joy\ as a girl's name is pronounced joy. It is of Old French and Latin origin, and the meaning of Joy is "joy". Used in the Middle Ages, and made popular in the 17th century under the influence of the Puritans, to whom being "joyful in the Lord" was an important duty... [more]
JOYCE     English
Joy
JOZIĆ     Croatian, Serbian
Means "son of Jozo".
JUDKINS     English
Means "decsendent of JUD".
JUGHASHVILI     Georgian
Meaning unknown. This was the original surname of Joseph Stalin (aka Ioseb Jughashvili).
JULIUSSON     Swedish
Means "son of Julius".
JÜNGER     German, Jewish
German (Jünger) distinguishing name, from Middle High German jünger ‘younger’, for the younger of two bearers of the same personal name, usually a son who bore the same name as his father... [more]
JUNIFER     ?
Matronymic of Jenifer.
JUNK     German
Variant of Jung.
JUNKO     Japanese
Junko can be written using different kanji characters and can mean any of the following:... [more]
JURCZAK     Polish
From a pet form of the personal name Jurek.
JURIŠIĆ     Croatian, Serbian
Means "son of Jure".
JUSTIN     French, English, Slovene
From a medieval personal name, Latin Justinus, a derivative of Justus.
JUSUFBEGOVIĆ     Bosnian
Derived from Jusuf.
JUSUFOVIĆ     Bosnian
Means "son of Jusuf (see Joseph)".
JUTSUM     Old Danish
Of Jutish extraction. From Jutland.
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