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KEIPER     German
Similar to the origins of Kuiper (Dutch) and Cooper (English), Keiper was an occupation which means "cooper" or "barrelmaker".
KEIRSEY     Irish
Topographic name of Norman origin name dating back to the 13th century.
KEKOA     Hawaiian
From the given name Kekoa.
KELAVA     Croatian
Possibly derived from Turkish kel, meaning "bald".... [more]
KELCH     German
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.
KELEKOLIO     Hawaiian
From the given name Kelekolio.
KELHAM     English
Derived from the village of Kelham, near Newark-upon-Trent, Nottingham.
KELLEHER     Irish
From Gaelic Ó Céileachair meaning "son of Céileachar". The Irish given name Céileachar means "companion-dear", i.e., "lover of company".
KELLEN     German
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".
KELSCH     German (Anglicized)
Partly Americanized form of German Koelsch.
KELSHAW     English
Derived from the villages of North or South Kelsey in Lincolnshire.
KELSO     Scottish
Habitational name from Kelso on the river Tweed in Roxburghshire, perhaps so named from Old English cealc "chalk" + hoh "ridge", "spur".
KELTON     Scottish
Scottish habitational name from the village of Kelton in the parish of the same name in Kirkcudbrightshire.
KELTY     Scottish
From the name of a village in Fife, Scotland, which was derived from Scottish Gaelic coillte "wooded area, grove".
ĶEMERIS     Latvian
Derived from the place name Ķemeri.
KEMPE     Swedish
Variant of KÄMPE.
KEMPER     German, Dutch
German: status name denoting a peasant farmer or serf, an agent noun derivative of Kamp ... [more]
KEMPTON     English
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 "farmstead, settlement".
KENDALE     English (Rare)
Variant of kendal
KENMA     Japanese
Japanese surname meaning "to see enough".
KENNAWAY     English
From the medieval personal name Kenewi, from Old English Cynewīg, literally "royal war", or Cēnwīg, literally "bold war".
Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Cionnfhaolaidh ‘descendant of Cionnfhaoladh’, a personal name derived from ceann ‘head’ + faol ‘wolf’.
KENNELLY     Irish
Variant spelling of Kenneally.
KENNY     English, Irish, Scottish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Coinnigh "descendant of Coinneach" or Ó Cionaodha "descendant of Cionaodh".
KENSINGTON     English
English surname meaning "Cynesige's town", from the Old English personal name Cynesige and ton 'town'.
KENSLEY     English
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).
KENT     English (?)
Region in England
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"
KENZA     Arabic (Maghrebi)
From the given name Kenza.
KEOUGH     Irish, Scottish
Anglicized, reduced form of Mac Eochaidh meaning "son of Eochaidh".
KERÄNEN     Finnish
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.
KERCHNER     German, Jewish
Variant of KIRCHNER.
KERGOAT     Breton, French
From Breton ker "Village" or "Area" and koad "Woods".
KERHERVÉ     Breton
From Breton ker "Village" or "Area" and the name Hervé.
KERIN     Irish (Latinized, Rare)
Irish variation of Kieran. ... [more]
KERINGTON     English
Varient of Carrington.
KERNEBONE     English, Cornish
KERRET     ?
KERSTEIN     German
Derived from -kirsch "cherry" and -stein "stone", variant of Kirstein.
KESHET     Hebrew (Modern)
From the given name Keshet which means "rainbow" in Hebrew, it is used more as a surname than a given name.
KESSEL     German
From the Middle High German kezzel meaning "kettle, cauldron"; either an occupational surname for a maker of copper cooking vessels or a habitational/topographic name derived from the same word.
KESSEL     Dutch, Belgian
Habitational name for someone from any of several places named "Kessel" in the Belgian provinces of Antwerp and Limburg or North Brabant in The Netherlands.
KESSLER     German, Jewish
Denotes a coppersmith or maker of copper cooking vessels, derived from Middle High German kezzel meaning “kettle, cauldron”.
KETCHAM     English
Reduced form of KITCHENHAM
KETCHUM     English
Variant of KETCHAM
KETLEY     English
Means "person from Ketley", Shropshire ("glade frequented by cats").
KETURAKIS     Lithuanian
four eyes
KEUCH     German
Variation of Kuch.
KEYN     Norwegian (Rare)
Derived from the Norwegian word for "strong pillar".
KHAJIMBA     Abkhaz
Of unknown meaning. A notable bearer is Raul Khajimba (1958-), the current President of Abkhazia.
KHALAF     Arabic
Means "Successor" in Arabic
KHALID     Arabic
From the given name Khalid.
KHAN     Indian (Muslim), Bengali (Muslim), Urdu, Pashto, Kashmiri, Punjabi
Derived from the Turkic military title khan, which is ultimately of Mongolian origin from ᠬᠠᠭᠠᠨ (qaɣan) meaning "king, emperor, sovereign".
KHANANISHO     Assyrian
An Assyrian, Aramaic, Christian name, meaning "mercy of Jesus", from Khanan (mercy, compassion, kindness), and Isho, the Eastern Aramaic pronunciation of Jesus' Name.... [more]
KHANSARI     Persian
Actual meaning is unknown; originated in the Iranian tribe the Kurds.
KHARAZIA     Abkhaz
There are several theories on the origin of the name. It could be derived from Arabic حَارِس (ḥāris) meaning "guard, guardian, defender", from a contraction of a Hebrew term, or from the Abkhaz word ҳара (ḥārā́) meaning "we, ours" combined with the Abkhaz suffix -ya or -ia denoting descent.
KHARE     Indian, Marathi, Hindi
From Hindi and Marathi खरे (khare) meaning "pure, true".
KHAREBOV     Ossetian
Derived from a personal name Khareba ("Annunciation" in Georgian)+ Russian ending "ov" (lit. "belonging to"). Russian version of the Ossetian "Kharebaty" ("belonging to Kharebatae family").
KHASANOV     Chechen, Uzbek, Tajik, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Tatar, Bashkir
Means "son of Khasan" in Chechen, Uzbek, Tajik, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Tatar, and Bashkir.
KHASHBA     Abkhaz
Either derived from Abkhaz ахацə (āxācə) meaning "stone" or алашара (ālāšārā) "light".
KHAT     Khmer
From Chinese 凯 meaning "triumphant","victorious"
KHATUN     Indian, Hindi, Assamese, Bengali, Odia
From the Persian خاتون (xātūn), the feminine equivalent of خان‎ (xân), referring to the Turkic title khan (see Khan) or khagan.
KHIEV     Khmer
From Khmer ខៀវ (khiev) meaning "blue".
KHIL     Russian
Russian spelling of Hill. A notable bearer was Russian baritone singer Eduard Khil (1934-2012).
KHOL     ?
KHOLODOV     Russian
Derived from Russian холод (kholod) meaning "cold".
KHOSRAVI     Persian
From the given name Khusraw.
KHOURI     Arabic
Variant transcription of Khoury.
KHOURY     Arabic
Means "priest" in Arabic, ultimately from the Latin curia "court". The meaning denotes a Christian priest, therefore the surname is used by Arab Christians.
KHÚC     Vietnamese
Means "piece, section, chunck" from the character . The famous bearers the Khúc family were a group of leaders who challenged Tang rule over Vietnam.
KICHIDA     Japanese
Kichi ("Lucky") + Da ("Rice Paddy/ Feild"). It is the same as Yoshida, but this possibly heard less.
KICKLIGHTER     American
Americanized spelling of German Kückleiter, literally ‘chicken ladder’, probably a nickname for a chicken farmer.
KIDA     Japanese
From Japanese 木 (ki) meaning "tree, wood" and 田 (ta) meaning "field".
KIDDER     English
English: possibly an occupational name from early modern English kidd(i)er ‘badger’, a licensed middleman who bought provisions from farmers and took them to market for resale at a profit, or alternatively a variant of Kidman... [more]
KIDMAN     English
English: occupational name, probably for a goatherd (from Middle English kid(e) ‘young goat’ + man ‘man’), but possibly also for a cutter of wood used for fuel. (from Middle English kidde ‘faggot’ (an archaic English unit for a bundle of sticks)).
KIDNEY     Irish
Surname translated from Irish surname DUANE to English KIDNEY Mainly found in County Cork. Original Irish clan name is Ó DUBHÁIN.
KIDWELL     Welsh, English
The origins of this surname are uncertain, but it may be derived from Middle English kidel "fish weir", denoting a person who lived by a fish weir or made his living from it, or from an English place called Kiddal, probably meaning "Cydda's corner of land" from the Old English given name Cydda and halh "nook or corner of land".
KIEHL     Medieval Low German
From Middle Low German kil ‘wedge’, applied as a metonymic occupational name or as a pejorative nickname for a ruffian. Possibly a habitational name from Kiel in Schleswig-Holstein, from Dutch and Frisian kil ‘stagnant water’ (see Kiel)... [more]
KIEL     German
German surname of several possible origins and meanings.... [more]
KIEL     Dutch
Dutch from Middle Dutch kidel, kedel ‘smock’, hence a metonymic occupational name for someone who make such garments or perhaps a nickname for someone who habitually wore one. Also a dutch habitational name from a place so named in Antwerp or from the German city Kiel in Schleswig-Holstein.
KIEL     Jewish
Jewish (Ashkenazic) variant of Kil.
KIEL     Polish
Polish from kiel ‘tooth’, ‘fang’, hence a nickname for someone with bad or protruding teeth.
KIENLIEN     German (East Prussian)
Julie Lienlien, Spouse Eduard Lehmann, Mother of Anna Katharina Lehmann (b. 1858)
KIERAN     Irish (Anglicized)
Irish anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Ciaráin ‘descendant of Ciarán’, a byname from a diminutive of ciar ‘dark’, ‘black-haired’. It was borne by two Irish saints, a hermit of the 5th century and the founder of the monastery at Clonmacnoise.
Means "farm near the church" from elements kirke meaning "church" and gaard meaning "farm." A famous bearer is Søren Aabye Kierkegaard, a Danish philosopher, theologian, poet, social critic and religious author who is widely considered to be the first existentialist philosopher.
KIESTLER     German
Possibly a form of Kistler an occupation name for a joiner or cabinet maker.
KIFF     English
the origin of the name KIFF could have come from a variation of KITH as in "kith and kin". The O.E.D. definition of the word KITH is that of a native land, familiar place or home so "kith and kin" meant your home and your relations... [more]
KIFF     German
Topographic name from a Westphalian dialect Kiff "outhouse, tied cottage, shack".
KIHARA     Japanese
Ki ("Tree, Wood") + Hara ("Plain").
KIHLBERG     Swedish
Combination of Swedish kil "wedge" and berg "mountain".
KIKIDIS     Greek
(Greek background) not very common surname and comes from Greece
KIKYO     Japanese
This surname is used as 桔梗, 喜京, 木京 or 鬼京 with 桔 (kitsu, ketsu, ki), which is used in plant names, 梗 (kyou, kou, oomune, fusagu, yamanire) meaning "close up, flower stem, for the most part", 喜 (ki, yoroko.basu, yoroko.bu) meaning "rejoice, take pleasure in", 木 (boku, moku, ki, ko-) meaning "tree, wood", 鬼 (ki, oni, oni-) meaning "devil, ghost" and 京 (kyou, kin, kei, miyako) meaning "capital."... [more]
KIL     Jewish
Jewish (Ashkenazic) of uncertain origin; perhaps a nickname from Yiddish kil ‘cool’.
KIL     Korean
There is one Chinese character for the Kil surname. In the 1930 census, there was a significantly larger number of Kils living in Korea; it was the 62nd most common name in Korea. In a census taken after the Korean War, however, it had dropped to 72nd... [more]
KILBRIDE     Irish, Scottish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Giolla Bhrighde "son of the devotee of Saint Brigid" (cf. MACBRIDE). Many of Saint Brigid's attributes became attached to the historical figure of St. Brigit of Kildare, Ireland, thus the spelling.
KILBURG     German, Luxembourgish
"Kyll castle," from German burg (castle) near the Kyll river in Germany. Also "wedge mountain" in Swedish: kil (wedge) and berg (mountain).
Indicated a person who was from Kilcommon, Erris, County Mayo in Ireland. The place name Kilcommon derives from the Gaeltacht phrase Cill Chomáin, meaning "church of St. Comán."
Variant of KILCOMMON
KILGORE     Scottish
Habitational name for someone from Kilgour in Fife, named with the Gaelic coille "wood" and gobhar, gabhar "goat".
KILIÇ     Turkish
Means "sword" in Turkish.
KILINÇ     Turkish
Meaning "sword" in Turkish. Old spelling of "KILIÇ".
KILLEEN     Irish
From the Gaelic name Ó Cillín meaning "descendant of Cillín".
KILLIAN     Irish (Anglicized, Modern), German
Meaning "little church". From cill (Irish for "church") and -ín, a Gaelic diminutive.
KILMESTER     German
Kilmester is attested as a surname near Rostock in the 13th century.
KILPATRICK     Irish, Scottish
Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Giolla Phádraig "son of the servant of (Saint) Patrick"... [more]
KILVERT     English
Probably from an Old Norse personal name Ketilfrith, literally "cauldron peace". The surname was borne by British clergyman and diarist Francis Kilvert (1840-1879).
KIM     Khmer
Khmer variation of the chinese name "Jin"
KIN     Dutch
Nickname for someone with a pointed or jutting chin.
KINCAID     Scottish
Scottish habitational name from a place near Lennoxtown, north of Glasgow, which is first recorded in 1238 as Kincaith and in 1250 as Kincathe. The former spelling suggests derivation from Gaelic ceann ‘head’, ‘top’ + càithe ‘pass’, whereas the latter would point to cadha ‘quagmire’ as the second element.
KIND     English, German, Jewish, Dutch
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic) from Middle High German kint, German Kind ‘child’, hence a nickname for someone with a childish or naive disposition, or an epithet used to distinguish between a father and his son... [more]
One who lights bergs
KINDNESS     English (Puritan)
Simply from the English abstract noun
KINGSFORD     English
English habitational name from any of various places named Kingsford, for example in Essex, Devon, Warwickshire, and Worcestershire. The name ostensibly means ‘the king’s ford’, but the one in Worcestershire is named as Ceningaford ‘ford of Cena’s people’.
KINGSLEIGH     English
It is a variant of KINGSLEY.
KINGSOLVER     English (American)
Altered form of English Consolver, which is unexplained. Compare Kinsolving.
KINJO     Japanese
From the Japanese 金 (kin or kane) "gold," "money" and 城 (jo or shiro) "castle."
KINKADE     Scottish
Habitation name, from the lands of Kincaid in Scotland.
KINNE     German, Dutch
German: From the female given name Kinne, a Silesian diminutive of Kunigunde.... [more]
KINNEY     Scottish
Reduced form of McKinney.
KINNUNEN     Finnish
Uncertain origin. The first part, kinnu, is possibly derived from Swedish skinn "(animal) skin". -nen is a common surname suffix in Finland.
KINNUNEN     Finnish
Finnish cognate of Skinner
KINO     Japanese
Of unknown meaning. A notable name bearer is a fictional character "Makoto Kino" in the "Sailor Moon" anime.
KINOSHITA     Japanese
From Japanese 木 (ki) meaning "tree", 之 (no), an element meaning "of", and 下 (shita) meaning "below, under".
KINSELLA     Irish
From Gaelic Uí Ceinnsealaigh meaning "descendant of Cinnsealach", a given name probably meaning "chief warrior".
KINSEY     English
KINSOLVING     English
Altered form of English Consolver
KINUGASA     Japanese
Kinu means "cloth" while Gasa means "hat". This "Cloth Hat" surname belongs to Teinosuke Kinugasa,and actor who lived long in the late 1900's,Sachio Kinugasa is a former football player and Tatsuya Kinugasa is a former medley swimmer.There's also a stadium & railway station with this name.
KINZLER     German
Variant of KINTZ or KÜNZLER.
KIPPENBERGER     German, French, Scottish
Mainly means "Shepard".
KIPPING     German
German: habitational name from a place named with Middle High German kip ‘point’, ‘peak’ or from Kippingen in the Rhineland.
KIRCH     German
German: from Middle High German kirche ‘church’, hence a topographic name for someone living by a church or a occupational nickname from someone employed by the church. ... [more]
KIRCHOFER     German
German topographic name for someone living near a churchyard, or habitational name for the proprietor or tenant of a farm named as "Church Farm", from Middle High German kirche "church" + hof "farmstead", "manor farm".
KIRIGAYA     Japanese
This surname is used as 桐谷, 桐ケ谷, 桐ヶ谷 or 桐萱 with 桐 (tou, dou, kiri) meaning "paulownia," 谷 (koku, kiwa.maru, tani, ya) meaning "valley" and 萱 (ken, kaya, kanzou) meaning "miscanthus reed."... [more]
KIRIGIRI     Popular Culture
This surname is used as 霧切 with 霧 (bu, bou, mu, kiri) meaning "fog, mist" and 切 (sai, setsu, ki.ri, -ki.ri,,,,, ki.reru, -ki.reru, -gi.ri, meaning "be sharp, cut(off)."... [more]
KIRIMURA     Japanese
Kiri means "Paulownia" and Mura means "Village".
KIRISHIMA     Japanese
This surname combines 桐 (tou, dou, kiri) meaning "paulownia," 霧 (bu, bou, mu, kiri) meaning "fog, mist" or 切 (sai, setsu, ki.ri, -ki.ri,,,,, ki.reru, -ki.reru, -gi.ri, meaning "be sharp, cut(off)" with 島 (tou, shima) meaning "island" or 嶋, which is an outdated variant of 島.... [more]
KIRIYA     Japanese
Kiri ("Paulownia") + Ya ("Valley"). There are many ways to pronounce the Japanese word for valley, such as Tani, Gaya, etc. This depends on the region.
KIRK     English, Scottish, Danish
Scottish and northern English, and Danish from northern Middle English, Danish kirk ‘church’ (Old Norse kirkja), a topographic name for someone who lived near a church.
KIRKBY     English
Variant of Kirby.
KIRKLAND     English, Scottish
Derived from the Scottish 'kirk', meaning church, and land. This name denoted one who lived near or tended to the land belonging to or surrounding a church. A famous /fictional/ bearer is Arthur Kirkland, a main character in the highly popular anime/webmanga Axis Powers Hetalia... [more]
KIRKPATRICK     English, Scottish, Northern Irish
Habitational name from various places so called from the dedication of their church to St. Patrick. See KIRK.
KIRKSEY     English
English: probably a habitational name from a lost or unidentified place. This surname is also common in the American South.
KIRSCH     German
Means 'cherry' in German, short form of Kirschstein or other surnames starting with Kirsch.
From German means "cherry tree".
German surname meaning "cherry stone".
KIRSIPUU     Estonian
Common Estonian surname, taken from the word kirsipuu, meaning "cherrytree".
KIRSTEIN     German
Derivative of the Latin personal name Christianus, also an Americanized spelling of Kirschstein.
KIRSTEN     English
English and modernized version of Kirstein
KIRWAN     Irish
From Gaelic Ó Ciardhubháin meaning "descendant of Ciardhubhán", a given name composed of the elements ciar "dark" and dubh "black" combined with a diminutive suffix.
KISHI     Japanese
From Japanese 岸 (kishi) meaning "shore".
KISHIMOTO     Japanese
Kishi ("Beach") + Moto 元 ("Origin, Source").
KISHKA     Ukrainian
Means "Cat" in Ukrainian.
KISSAMI     Arabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from Arabic قاسمي (qāsimi) meaning "descendants / followers of Qasim", ultimately from Arabic قاسم (qāsim) meaning "one who divides goods among his people". This was the name of a Moroccan family descended from sharifs and the idrisid dynasty.
KITABAYASHI     Japanese
From the Japanese 北 (kita) "North" and 林 (bayashi or hayashi) "forest," "woods."
KITAGAWA     Japanese
A Japanese surname meaning "Northern River". It is written 北川 or 喜多川.
KITAMURA     Japanese
From the Japanese 北 (kita) "North" and 村, 邑 or 邨 (mura) "village."
KITANI     Japanese
From the Japanese 木 (ki or moku) "tree," "wood" and 谷 (tani or ya) "valley."
KITANO     Japanese
Kita ("North") + No ("Feild").
KITCHENHAM     English
Occupational surname for a person who was in charge of the kitchen in a royal or noble house, or a monastery. From the Anglo Saxon cycene (German: Küche Dutch: kjøkken Latin: cocina Italian: cucina)
KITLEY     English
Derived from a place name in Devonshire, England, and was first recorded in the form of Kitelhey in 1305.... [more]
KITSON     Scottish, English
Patronymic form of KIT.
KITTELL     German (Anglicized), English
English: variant of Kettle. ... [more]
KITTREDGE     English
Derived from the given name Keterych.
KIURU     Finnish, Karelian
"lark (bird)"
KIVI     Estonian
From the word kivi, meaning "stone".
KIVIMÄKI     Finnish
"Combined of Finnish words kivi (stone) and mäki (hill)"
KIVISTÖ     Finnish
A combination of Finnish kivi "stone, rock" and the suffix -stö.
KIX     English (Rare)
Location name from one of two rivers in West Yorkshire called Kex.
KIYA     Japanese
Means "tree valley" in Japanese, from 木 (ki) "tree" and 谷 (ya) "valley".
KIYOMIZU     Japanese
A variation of the popular surname "Shimizu". Kiyo ("Pure,Clean") + Mizu ("Water")
KIYOTA     Japanese
From the Japanese 清 (kiyo) "clearly," "brightly," "cleanly" and 田 (ta or da) "rice paddy."
KJÆR     Danish, Norwegian
Topographic name for someone living near a wetland. Derived from Old Norse kjarr "swamp, bog".
Means "daughter of Kjartan". Used exclusively by women.
KJARTANSSON     Icelandic
Means "son of Kjartan". Used exclusively by men.
KJELLA     Norwegian (?)
Meaning unknown, but it might be related to the given name Kjell.
KJELLBERG     Swedish, Norwegian (Rare)
Old Norse kelda or Swedish källa, both meaning "spring (geology)", combined with berg "mountain, hill".
German surname meaning "Clear stone".
KLARIĆ     Croatian, Slovene
From the given name KLARA
KLARICH     English
English spelling of Klarić.
KLASS     German
The name is patronymic and it comes from the German first name "Clausen" which is a variant of the name "Nicholas".
KĻAVIŅŠ     Latvian
Derived from the word kļava meaning "maple".
KLAYN     Jewish
Variant of KLEIN
KLEFFNER     German
Topographic name from Middle Low German clef, cleff "cliff", "precipice".
KLEFFNER     German
Nickname for a prattler or gossip, from Middle High German, Middle Low German kleffer(er).
KLEIBRINK     German
KLEMENČIČ     Slovene
Means "son of Klemen".
KLERCKX     Dutch
Variant of De klerk
KLEYNEN     Flemish
Comes from the town in Belgium. Originally Van Klijnen
KLIEBERT     German
Occupational name for a woodsman or woodworker, from an agent derivative of Middle High German klieben meaning "to cleave or split".
KLIEM     Maltese
Kliem is a Maltese word that means "words."
KLIEWER     German, German (West Prussian), Mennonite
Germanized form of Dutch Kluiver, an occupational name for a court official, originally a hangman or torturer.
habitational name for someone from Klimaszewnica or Klimasze in Łomża voivodeship, so called from the personal name Klimasz, a pet form of Klemens
KLIMENTOV     Russian
Means "son of KLIMENT."
KLINE     American
Kline is one of the smaller groups of anglicized forms of the German surname Klein.... [more]
KLINGBEIL     German
From Middle High German klingen "to ring or sound" and bīl "axe", literally "sound the axe", an occupational nickname for a journeyman, carpenter, shipwright (or any occupation involving the use of an axe)... [more]
KLINGER     German
Klinger is a German surname meaning ravine or gorge in Old German. The English variant of Klinger is Clinger.
KLOR     German (Austrian)
The Klor surname may have evolved from the feminine personal name Klara. Or it may have come from the Middle High German and Middle Low German "Klar," meaning "Pure" or "Beautiful".
KLOSS     English (British)
Surname from the model, Karlie Kloss (1992-)
Combination of "kloster" meaning "monastery," and common German suffix Mann.
KLYNER     ?
KMET     Slovenian, Serbian, Croatian, Slovak
Slovenian, Serbian, Croatian, and Slovak status name for a type of peasant. In Slovenia this denoted a peasant who had his own landed property. In Serbia and elsewhere it was a status name for a feudal peasant farmer who cultivated the land of his lord instead of paying rent or doing military service... [more]
KNAB     German
Variant of Knabe.
KNABE     German
German status name for a young man or a page, from Middle High German knabe (English knave). In aristocratic circles this term denoted a page or squire (a youth destined to become a knight), while among artisans it referred to a journeyman’s assistant or (as a short form of Lehrknabe) ‘apprentice’... [more]
KNAPE     German
Variant of Knapp.
KNAPP     German
Occupational name from the German word Knapp or Knappe, a variant of Knabe "young unmarried man". In the 15th century this spelling acquired the separate, specialized meanings "servant", "apprentice", or "miner"... [more]
KNAPP     English
Topographic name for someone who lived by a hillock, Middle English "nappe, Old English cnæpp, or habitational name from any of the several minor places named with the word, in particular Knapp in Hampshire and Knepp in Sussex.
KNAPPE     German
German variant of Knapp.
KNAUER     German (Silesian)
Nickname for a gnarled person, from Middle High German knur(e) 'knot', 'gnarl'. habitational name for someone from either of two places in Thuringia called Knau.
KNAUS     German
Comes from Middle High German knuz ‘proud’, ‘arrogant’, ‘daring’, hence a nickname for a haughty person. In Württemberg knaus (and in Switzerland knus) also meant ‘gnarl’, hence a nickname for a short, fat, gnarled person; topographic name for someone living on a hillock, from knaus ‘hillock’ in the Swabian and Alemannic dialects of German
KNAUSS     German
A variant of Knaus.
KNAVS     Slovene
Slovenian form of Knaus, this was the maiden name of Donald Trump's wife, and current First Lady of the United States, Melania Trump.
KNICKERBOCKER     Dutch (Anglicized)
Americanized spelling of the Dutch occupational name Knickerbacker "marble baker", i.e., a baker of children's clay marbles. This lowly occupation became synonymous with the patrician class in NYC through Washington Irving's attribution of his History of New York (1809) to a fictitious author named Diedrich Knickerbocker... [more]
KNIGHTON     English
English surname which was derived from a place name composed of the Old English elements cnihta meaning "servant, retainer" (genitive plural of cniht) and tun "enclosure, settlement".
KNIPE     English
The lineage of the name Knipe begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It is a result of when they lived on the peak of a hill or highland. The surname Knipe is primarily familiar in the regions of Lancashire and Westmoreland.... [more]
KNOCK     English
Topographic name for someone living by a hill, from Middle English knocke "hill" (Old English cnoc).
KNODEL     German
dweller near a hilltop; descendant of Knut (hill, or white-haired); a lumpish, thickset person.
KNOLL     English, German, Jewish
English and German topographic name for someone living near a hilltop or mountain peak, from Middle English knolle ‘hilltop’, ‘hillock’ (Old English cnoll), Middle High German knol ‘peak’... [more]
KNORR     German (Rare)
The name 'Knorr' was used by a collection of knights during the feudal period in Germanic History. Originally laborers to an existing feudal Lord, they gained their freedom and knight status after sucessfully protecting their master's land from invasion... [more]
KNÖS     Swedish
Knös, derived from the swedish word "knös" that means "rich". "Knös, knösa" can also mean "job, work".
KNOWLES     English, Irish
As an English surname it is derived from a genitive or plural form of Middle English knolle meaning "hilltop, hillock", denoting a person who either lived at the top of a hill or near a hillock, or hailed from one of the many places in England named with this word.... [more]
KNOWLTON     English
Habitational name from either of two places so named, one in Dorset and the other in Kent.
KNOX     English (Modern), Scottish, Northern Irish
Topographic name derived from Old English cnocc "round hill" referring to someone living on or near a hill top.
KNUTZ     German
Variant of Kuntz
KO     Korean
There is only one Chinese character for the surname Ko. There are ten different Ko clans, but they are all descended from the Ko clan of Cheju Island. There is no historical information regarding the founder of this clan, but there is a legend which tells of three men who appeared from a cave on the north side of Cheju Island’s Halla Mountain... [more]
KOBASHI     Japanese
Ko ("Small") + Bashi from Hashi ("Bridge").
KOBOLDT     German (Rare)
Derived from German Kobold (Middle High German kobolt) "kobold; hobgoblin; puck; imp".
KOČEVAR     Slovene
Variant of Hočevar.
KOCH     Jewish
Koch - which also has the meaning of Cook in German's origin was however not from that meaning. It origins are to be traced in the Jewish ancestory. The original meaning came from the word Star. Amongst the related surnames (with or without bar in front or a ba or similar appended) are: Koch, Kochba, Kok, Kock, Kuk, Coq, Coqui, Cook (as a translation from the perceived meaning of cook) and a host of others... [more]
Habitational name for someone from any of several places called Kochendorf, in Württemberg, Schleswig-Holstein, and Bohemia.
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