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KABUTO Japanese (Rare)
This surname is used as 甲, 兜, 加太, 甲頭, 加部東 or 鹿伏兎 with 甲 (ka, kan, kou, kinoe, kabuto) meaning "A grade, armour, carapace, first class, former, high (voice), instep", 兜 (to, tou, kabuto) meaning "headpiece, helmet", 加 (ka, kuwa.eru, kuwa.waru) meaning "add(ition), Canada, include, increase, join", 太 (ta, tai, futo.i, futo.ru) meaning "big around, plump, thick", 頭 (zu, to, tou, atama, kashira, kaburi, -gashira) meaning "head", 部 (bu, -be) meaning "bureau, class, copy, department, part, portion, section", 東 (tou, higashi) meaning "east", 鹿 (rou, ka, shika) meaning "deer", 伏 (fuku, fu.su, fu.seru) meaning "bend down, bow, cover, lay (pipes), prostrated" or 兎 (tsu, to, usagi) meaning "hare, rabbit."... [more]
Occupational name for a potter, from Middle High German kachel
"pot", "earthenware vessel".
Habitational name for someone from any of various places called Kaczanów or Kaczanowo, named with Polish kaczan meaning "cob".
From the word karczma
meaning "inn", this would have designated someone who worked in an inn or their relatives.
Habitational name for someone from Kaaden in North Bohemia, or any of several other places called Kaden.
Means "son of Kadyr
". Two famous bearers are father and son Ramzan
(1951-2004) and Akhmad
(1976-) Kadyrov, former President and current President of the Chechen Republic, respectively.
KAFKA American (Rare)
Czech and Jewish (Bohemia): from kavka 'jackdaw', which is a type of bird; traditionally a nickname or surname.
From the Japanese 加 (ka
) "increase," "step up" and 賀 (ka
Kahn is the German word that means, in informal contexts, "small boat." It is also a Germanized form of the Jewish surname Cohen
KAIYŌ Japanese (Rare)
This surname is used as 回 (e, kai, ka.eru, mawa.shi-, -mawa.shi, mawa.su, -mawa.su, -mawa.ri, mawa.ru, -mawa.ru, motoo.ru) meaning "game, revolve, round" and 陽 (you, hi) meaning "daytime, heaven, male, positive, sunshine, yang principle."... [more]
Japanese surname meaning "wind". This is the last name of famous Japanese voice actor from Tokyo Japan, Yūki Kaji.
Written with characters meaning ‘oar’ and ‘plain’, this name is found mostly in western Japan.
Status name for the chairman or a member fraternity that held meetings on the first of each month, from Latin ad calendas
Possibly derived from Turkish kale
, meaning "castle, fortress".
Russian, from the elements Kal
("of"), therefore meaning "of Kal." Kal
may be a shortened element of a Russian given name or place name.
Means "rock" in Finnish (as in a formation of solid rock, not a piece of stone). Common, is in the top 50 surnames. Kyösti
Kallio was the fourth president of Finland.
KALLWEIT German (East Prussian)
East Prussian German (and thus heavily Lithuanian influenced) name meaning "smith; blacksmith; farrier", derived from Old Prussian kalt
"to forge; to hammer" and Old Prussian kalweitis
"the village smith".
KALP German, Jewish
From Middle High German kalp ‘calf’, German Kalb, probably applied as a metonymic occupational name for someone who reared calves.
German (Westphalian): habitational name from a place named as 'the cold farm', from Middle High German kalt
"cold" + hof
"farmstead", "manor farm’, "court".
From the Japanese 鎌 (kama
) "sickle," 蒲 (kama
) "reedmace," or 釜 (kama
) "cooker" and 田 (ta
) "rice paddy" or 多 (ta
KAMBAN Faroese, Ancient Scandinavian, Ancient Celtic, Ancient Irish
Likely from Old Irish cambán
"crooked one". This was the surname of Grímur Kamban, the legendary first settler in the Faroe Islands according to the Færeyinga saga. This name is still borne by a handful of people in the Faroe Islands today.
Japanese surname meaning "turtle well". It is written as 亀井. A bearer of this surname is Eri Kamei. She is a member of the Japanese pop group Morning Musume. (1988-)
Means "turle pear" in Japanese. From the Japanese words 亀 (turtle) and 梨 (pear).
From the Japanese 神 (kami
) "god" and 谷 (ya
It's origins are of German descent, meaning "comb"
This surname is used as 加本, 嘉本, 家本, 賀本, 下元, 嘉元 or 賀元 with 加 (ka, kuwa.eru, kuwa.waru) meaning "add(ition), Canada, include, increase, join," 嘉 (ka, yoi, yomi.suru) meaning "applaud, esteem, praise," 家 (ka, ke, ie, uchi, ya) meaning "expert, family, home, house, performer, professional," 賀 (ga, ka) meaning "congratulations, joy," 下 (ka, ge, o.riru, kuda.saru, kuda.ri, kuda.ru, sa.garu, sa.geru, shita, shimo, moto) meaning "below, descend, down, give, inferior, low," 本 (hon, moto) meaning "book, main, origin, present, real, true" and 元 (gan, gen, moto) meaning "beginning, former time, origin."
From the Japanese 上 (kan
) "upper," "above," 管 (kan
) "tube," "canal," 官 (kan
) "authorities," "government" or 神 (kan
) "god" and 林 (bayashi
) "forest," "woods," "grove."
From Japanese 神 (kan)
meaning "God, deity" and 田 (da)
meaning "rice field".
People with the last name of "Kandhal" are commonly descendants of Rao Kandhal who belonged to the "Rathore" clan of Rajputs (warrior class) in India. "Rao" is a royal title. Rao Kandhal was younger brother of Rao Jodha who founded the princely state of Jodhpur in western Rajasthan, India... [more]
Probably from Middle High German kant meaning "jug" (from Latin olla cannata meaning "pot with one spout") and hence an occupational name for a maker or seller of jugs.
KANE Irish, Norwegian
From the anglicized Irish surname Cathan, meaning "warlike." In Norway, it's used as a noble name.
From Japanese 金 (kane)
meaning "gold, metal" and 田 (da)
meaning "rice field".
This surname is used as 金城, 金木, 金気, 金喜, 兼城, 兼木 or 鹿子木 with 金 (kin, kon, gon, kana-, kane, -gane) meaning "gold," 兼 (ken, ka.neru, -ka.neru) meaning "and, concurrently," 城 (jou, shiro, ki) meaning "castle," 木 (boku, moku, ki, ko-) meaning "tree, wood," 気 (ki, ke, iki) meaning "air, atmosphere, mood, mind, spirit," 喜 (ki, yoroko.basu, yoroko.bu) meaning "rejoice, take pleasure in," 鹿 (roku, ka, shika) meaning "deer" and 子 (shi, su, tsu, ko, -ko, -ne) meaning "child, sign of the rat (1st sign of the Chinese zodiac)."
From the Japanese 金 (kane
) "gold," "money" and 子 (ko
Topographic name meaning ‘(one who lives) near where gold (or any metal) is found’. Found in the island of Okinawa, where it is variously written. ... [more]
Means "gold castle" in Japanese. From the Japanese words 金 (gold) and 城 (castle). This surname is of Okinawan origin.
From the Japanese 菅 (kan
) "sedge" and 野 (no
) "field," "area." This name can also be read as Sugano
KAPADIA Gujarati, Hinduism, Indian (Parsi)
Indian (Gujarat, Bombay city, Rajasthan): Hindu (Bania, Vania) and Parsi name meaning ‘cloth merchant’ in Gujarati, from kapə̣d ‘cloth’ (Sanskrit karpạta) + the adjectival suffix -ya.
KAPLAN Jewish, Turkish
Means "tiger" in Turkish. This common Jewish surname has a spelling variation: Caplan
. For an unknown reason, Jewish immigrants who passed through the port at Baltimore had their names changed to Caplan
, while the Jewish immigrants who passed through Ellis Island retained the original K
Surname used as a translation of Cohen
, from German Kaplan
or Polish kapłan
From a Sanskrit personal name meaning literally "camphor".
Habitational name for someone from Kapuścin or Kapuścino, placed named with kapusta meaning "cabbage".
KARAL Indian, Bengali
This Surname was given in honour by the Britishers to Nikhil Chandra Banerjee to recognize his efforts in constructing The Karali Kali temple in Dhaka,now the capital of Bangladesh. It was a very expensive construction and still attracts tourists every year... [more]
KARASU Japanese (Rare)
This surname is used as 烏 (u, o, izukunzo, karazu, nanzo) meaning "crow, raven" or 鴉, which is an outdated variant of 烏.... [more]
Habitational name for someone from Karbowo in Torun voivodeship, a place so named from Polish karbowy
"overseer (of farm laborers)", from karbowac
"to make notches", i.e. to keep records.
habitational name for someone from Karczew, named with Polish karcz ‘stump’.
In Leo Tolstoy's novel 'Anna Karenina' (1877), this is the title character's surname, the feminine form of her husband's surname, Karenin
KARJALA Finnish, Russian
Finnish from karja
‘cattle’ + the local suffix -la
, or possibly from a word of Germanic origin, harja-
‘host’, ‘crowd’, Old Swedish haer
. Historic records suggest that the Germanic inhabitants of the area around Lake Ladoga (in present-day Russia) used this term to refer to the Finns who once lived there.
Means "Karelian, a person from Karelia" in Finnish. Derived from Finnish Karjala
"Karelia". Karelia is an area on the border between Finland and Russia.
KARKAVANDIAN Armenian, Iranian
Those belonging to the Karkevand/Garkevand district of Iran who are most likely of Armenian origin. Typical modern Armenian last names end with the originally patronymic suffix -յան or -եան, transliterated as -yan, -ian, or less often '-jan'... [more]
Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic) habitational name for someone from Karlin, a suburb of Pinsk in Belarus, in which the Jews formed the majority of the population until the Holocaust. A well-known Hasidic sect originated in Karlin and at one time it attracted so many followers that a (now obsolete) Russian word for ‘Hasid’ was Karliner
(of Yiddish origin)... [more]
Polish habitational name from a village in Poland.
Means "Carl's Mountain" in German language, it is also used in other Germanic languages
Means "son of Karp
". A notable bearer is Anatoly Karpov, a Russian chess Grandmaster.
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous municipality in the Basque Country.
Breton form of Carter
. This was the birth surname of Breton-French explorer Jacques Cartier (1491-1557), who is known for discovering the gulf of St. Lawrence.
From 柏 (kashiwa)
, which specifically refers the Japanese Emperor Oak/Daimyo oak (Quercus dentata)
, and 木 (ki)
, meaning "tree".
this name is believed to be a version of the name of a city called kashman
From the city of Kasimov, located in Ryazan district, Russia.
Estonian location based surname from the word kask
meaning "birch tree" and probably designating someone who lived near such a tree.
KASSEM Arabic, Persian
Kassem, Kassim, Kasim, or Qasim \q(a)-sim\ is of Arabic origin, and the meaning of Kassem is "charitable, generous; one who gives to the people".... [more]
From the Japanese 片 (kata
) "single-" and 桐 (giri
) "foxglove tree."
Finnish for common juniper. Originally given to people living near juniper trees.
It cames only from the greek island lefkada, its by the word meaning is "Downfoot" nut actually it means The guy who run away
This surname is used as 桂, 勝占, 勝羅, 勝良, 曽良 or 葛良 with 桂 (kei, katsura) meaning "cinnamon tree, Japanese Judas-tree", 勝 (shou, ka.tsu, katsu, -ga.chi, sugu.reru, masa.ru) meaning "excel, prevail, victory, win", 曽 (so, sou, zou, katsu, katsute, sunawachi) meaning "before, ever, formerly, never, once", 葛 (kachi, katsu, kuzu, tsudzura, katsura) meaning "arrowroot, kudzu", 占 (sen, urana.u, shi.meru) meaning "divining, forecasting, fortune-telling, get, have, hold, occupy, take", 羅 (ra, usumono) meaning "gauze, Rome, thin silk" and 良 (ryou, i.i, yo.i, ra) meaning "good, pleasing, skilled."... [more]
An abbreviation of the phrase kohen tsedek
From Middle High German gehau
"(mountain) clearing" hence a topographic name for a mountain dweller or possibly an occupational name for a logger.
Topographic name for someone who lived by a mineshaft, from Middle High German kouw(e)
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): occupational name for a merchant or wholesaler (see Kaufer
). Jewish (Ashkenazic): variant spelling of Kaufman
KAULITZ German (East Prussian)
Famous bearers of this surname are Bill Kaulitz (German singer, songwriter, voice actor, designer, and model) and his twin brother Tom Kaulitz (German singer, songwriter, voice actor, designer, and model) are both in the German pop-rock / alternative rock band, Tokio Hotel.
From a regional (Hessian) variant of the habitational name Kues, from a place on the Mosel river, probably so named from Late Latin covis
"field barn", "rack" and earlier recorded as Couese, Cobesa.
Pet name derived from the Old High German personal name Gozwin, of uncertain origin.
Netonymic occupational name for a flax grower or dealer, from Middle High German kute
, from Kaut(e)
"male dove", hence a metonymic occupational name for the owner or keeper of a dovecote.
Topographic name from the Franconian dialect word Kaut(e)
"hollow", "pit", "den".
Nickname for a shy or strange person, from Middle High German kuz
Nickname derived from kawka, meaning ‘jackdaw’.
'Side or bank of the river'; written two ways, with two different characters for kawa ‘river’. One family is descended from the northern Fujiwara through the Saionji family; the other from the Sasaki family... [more]
From Japanese 川 (kawa)
meaning "river, stream" and 田 (da)
meaning "field, rice paddy".
From Japanese 川 (kawa)
meaning "river, stream" and 本 (moto)
meaning "base, root, origin".
From the Japanese 川 or 河 (kawa
) "river" and 村, 邑 or 邨 (mura
From the Japanese 川 or 河 (kawa
) and 野 (no
) "field," "area."
"River cape"; found mainly in eastern Japan and the Ryukyu Islands.
Meaning ‘river island’; mostly found in eastern Japan and the Ryūkyū Islands.
From the Turkish word kaya
which simply means "rock".
Means "of the cossack". Derived from the word "Казак" meaning "cossack" in Russian.
From Hebew chazan
, which is an occupational name for a cantor in a synagogue.
Reduced form of Kazandis
which is an occupational surname for a maker of cauldrons or someone who uses a cauldron for the distillation of ouzo or raki. It is derived from Turkish kazanci
meaning "cauldron worker", "furnace worker"; from kazan
meaning "cauldron" and -ci
which is a patronymic derivative.
Means "of Kazan". Kazan is a city in Russia and the capital of Tatarstan, a Russian republic.
Means "windy valley" in Japanese, from 風 (kaze)
"wind, breeze" and 谷 (tani)
KEARNS Irish (Anglicized)
Irish anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Céirín
‘descendant of Céirín
’, a personal name from a diminutive of ciar
‘dark’, ‘black’. English patronymic -s
has been added superfluously.
Habitational name from a place called Ketton in Durham or one in Rutland or from Keaton in Ermington, Devon. The first is named from the Old English personal name Catta
or the Old Norse personal name Káti
and Old English tun
"settlement"; the second is probably from an old river name or tribal name Cetan
(possibly a derivative of Celtic ced
"wood") and Old English ea
"river"; and the last possibly from Cornish kee
"hedge, bank" and Old English tun
Nickname for a skilled or enthusiastic skittles player, from an agent derivative of Middle High German kegel meaning "skittle", "pin".
Habitational name from various places called Kehl
, notably the town across the Rhine from Strasbourg. In some cases it may be a variant of Köhler
Similar to the origins of Kuiper (Dutch) and Cooper (English), Keiper was an occupation which means "cooper" or "barrelmaker".
Topographic name of Norman origin name dating back to the 13th century.
nickname from Middle High German kelch "double chin", "goiter". from another meaning of Middle High German kelch "glass", "chalice", hence a metonymic occupational name for a chalice maker or a habitational name for someone living at a house distinguished by the sign of a chalice.
Derived from the village of Kelham, near Newark-upon-Trent, Nottingham.
From Gaelic Ó Céileachair
meaning "son of Céileachar". The Irish given name Céileachar
means "companion-dear", i.e., "lover of company".
From the name of a place in Rhineland, which is derived from Middle Low German kel
(a field name denoting swampy land) or from the dialect word kelle
meaning "steep path, ravine".
Habitational name from Kelso on the river Tweed in Roxburghshire, perhaps so named from Old English cealc
"chalk" + hoh
Scottish habitational name from the village of Kelton in the parish of the same name in Kirkcudbrightshire.
From the name of a village in Fife, Scotland, which was derived from Scottish Gaelic coillte
"wooded area, grove".
KEMPER German, Dutch
German: status name denoting a peasant farmer or serf, an agent noun derivative of Kamp
From the name of a place in Shropshire meaning "Cempa's town" or "warrior town", from a combination of either the Old English word cempa
"warrior" or the byname derived from it and tun
From the medieval personal name Kenewi
, from Old English Cynewīg
, literally "royal war", or Cēnwīg
, literally "bold war".
This surname might derive from the surname Kinsley
or from the locational surname Kelsey
(denoting someone who is from either North or South Kelsey in Lincolnshire).
KENTIE Scottish, English, Dutch
Origin and meaning unknown. The name Kentie was spread in the Netherlands when a Scottish soldier, Alexander Kenti, settled at Woudrichem, the Netherlands around 1650. Alexander Kenti was born and raised in the Scottish highlands... [more]
KENWYN Cornish (Rare)
This surname is derived from the name of a town and river in Cornwall, England (called Keynwynn in Cornish). It is said that the name is derived from Cornish keyn
meaning "back, keel, ridge" and gwynn
meaning "white, fair, blessed."
KENYON English, Welsh
Kenyon is a surname from Wales meaning "a person from Ennion's Mound"
Possibly from Keräpää, a nickname for a bald person or someone with a round head and/or with closely cropped hair, + the common surname suffix -nen. In eastern Finland the name dates back to the 16th century.