Submitted Surnames Starting with K
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'Small island'; mostly found along the coast between Tōkyō and Kyōto and in the Ryūkyū Islands; an alternate reading found farther east is Ojima. Another Kojima with a different first character but similar meaning is found in western Japan.
It is a Dutch occupational surname, meaning cook.
This surname combines 古 (ko, furu-, furu.i, -fu.rusu) meaning "old" or 小 (shou, o-, ko-, sa-, chii.sai) meaning "little, small" with 木 (boku, moku, ki, ko-) meaning "tree, wood."
Nickname for a fussy or broody person, from kokoszka
This indicates familial origin within the Masovian village of Kołaków.
KOLDEN German, Norwegian
From Middle Low German kolt, kolde ‘cold’, a nickname for an unfriendly person; alternatively, it may be a habitational name, a shortened form of Koldenhof ‘cold farm’ in Mecklenburg (standardized form: Kaltenhof, a frequent place name in northern Germany, East Prussia, Bavaria, and Württemberg).Norwegian: habitational name from a farm called Kolden, from Old Norse kollr ‘rounded mountain top’.
Means "son of the wheelwright", from Russian колесо (koleso)
"Kolk is Dutch for either whirlpool or canyon. Probably the name refers to wild water."
Kolk is an old German word that means '' man who lives by the river'' and Mann is German for 'man'. The name Kolkmann comes from a man who lived by the North Rhine.
A Polish surname for someone who was born in the area of Koło, Wielkopolskie, Poland
From German kölsch
, denoting someone from Cologne (Köln in German).
Originally Comyshyn .. The prefix denotes its Cuman ancestry, and the afix -shyn means Ukraine. Hence, Cuman of Ukraine.
Written with characters meaning ‘now’ and ‘rice paddy’, this version of the name is found mostly in eastern Japan. In western Japan it is pronounced Imata.
From the Japanese 近 (kon
) "close," "near" and 藤 (do
) "wisteria." The second character may indicate historical or familial links to the formerly powerful Fujiwara
KONEČNÝ Czech, Slovak
From Czech and Slovak konečný
meaning ''final, last, finite''. Perhaps a nickname for the youngest son of a family, a topographic name for someone who lived at the end of a settlement, or a nickname for someone who brought something to a conclusion.
This indicates familial origin within the Lesser Polish town of Koniecpol.
Associated with the Polish/Prussian/German/Russian town Königsberg
, now called Kaliningrad
. This surname was borne by the parents of American actor, writer, teacher, and director Walter Koenig
(1936-) before they emigrated to the United States.
From Japanese 小 (ko)
meaning "small" and 西 (nishi)
A German habitational name for someone who lives in various places called Konitz in places like Thuringia, Pomerania, Moravia, or West Prussia.
Variously written, most usually with characters meaning ‘now’ or ‘near’ and ‘field’. Found mostly in eastern Japan, farther to the northeast it is pronounced Imano.
From konopa meaning "hemp", probably an occupational name for a rope maker.
Orginating from Konrad
, which is a variant of Conrad
, meaning "brave counsel." The second half of the name indicates one who was a councilman or advisor to someone of importance or power.
occupational name for a decoy man, from an agent derivative of Middle Dutch kooye ‘decoy’.
From the Dutch word "koning" meaning "king", thus meaning "of the king".
Habitational name from any of several places named Koppen.
Habitational name for someone from a place called Koralewo in Ciechanów voivodeship.
Occupational name for a maker of drinking vessels, from korbel
KOREN Slovene, Hebrew
Koren is a surname which has multiple origins. Koren may be a variant of the German occupational surname Korn
, meaning a dealer in grain. Alternatively, it may be a variant of the Greek female name Kora
From Middle High German korn
"grain", a metonymic occupational name for a factor or dealer in grain or a nickname for a peasant.
Common Russian surname from the word "король" which means "king".
, a marsh type, and -la
, a suffix used for places. This surname was found in Lapua, Vassa, Finland, circa 1900 and before.
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of the municipality of Ispaster.
From the Slavic word koš
meaning "basket". It originally indicated a person who made or sold baskets.
A combination of Finnish koski
"rapid" and the common surname suffix -nen
KOSTRA Czech, Slovak
Unusual surname found in Slovakia and the Czech Republic meaning "skeleton" from the word kostra
, ultimately from the word kost
meaning "bone". In Czech in particular, kostra
refers only to the biological meaning of "skeleton" - a skeleton as an independent entity is known as a kostlivec
From the Japanese 小 (ko
) "small" and 竹 (take
Derived from German Kate / Kote
, originally from Middle Low German kote
"small house; hut".... [more]
From Middle High German, Middle Low German kote
‘cottage’, ‘hovel’, a status name for a day laborer who lived in a cottage and owned no farmland.
Derived from kot
"corner". The name referred to someone who was from a remote area.
This surname is used as 寿 (shuu, ju, su, kotobuki, kotobu.ku) meaning "congratulations, longevity, one's natural life."... [more]
Comes from the Polish word kotwica
Topographic surname for someone who lived in a forest, derived from northern Greek kouri
; ultimately from Turkish koru
"small forest, grove".
Habitational name for someone from any of several places called Kovali in Belarus, or perhaps Kavoliai in Lithuania, named with a derivative of kavalj meaning "smith".
From the Ukrainian word коваль
meaning "blacksmith". It is a common Russian surname and the equivalent to the English surname "Smith
KOWALEWSKI Polish, Jewish
Habitational name for someone from places called Kowalew or Kowalewo, named with kowal
"smith" or an occupational name for a blacksmith.
habitational name for someone from any of several places called Kowalki or Kowaliki, named with kowalik
This indicates familial origin within the Lesser Polish village of Kowersk.
From the Japanese 小 (ko
) "small" and 山 (yama
From the Japanese 子 (ko
) "child" and 安 (yasu
) "relax," "inexpensive," "low."
KOZAK Polish, Czech, Slovak, Sorbian, Ukrainian
Ethnic name for a Cossack, a member of a people descended from a group of runaway serfs who set up a semi-independent military republic in Ukraine in the 15th and 16th centuries.
Nickname from Yiddish kozak
from a Ukrainian loanword meaning "warrior", "brave man".
A habitational name for someone from several places called Kozice, named with Koza 'nanny goat'.... [more]
KOZUE Japanese (Rare)
This surname is used as 梢, 小梢 or 梢江 with 梢 (shou, kusunoki, kozue) meaning "treetops, twig", 小 (shou, o-, ko-, sa-, chii.sai) meaning "little, small" and 江 (kou, e) meaning "bay, creek, inlet."... [more]
Kraanvelt was a surname granted to descendants of Toomas (b. 1686) and Kai (b. 1692)who lived in Kure farm,under Kiiu estate in Kuusalu parish, Estonia. ... [more]
KRÄFT German, Jewish
Nickname for a strong man, from Old High German kraft, German Kraft ‘strength’, ‘power’.
German: nickname for a slim or long-legged person, from Middle Low German krane ‘crane’. Compare Kranich
Means ''from Kranjska'', an area of Slovenia called Carniola in English.
German: nickname for a long-legged or tall and slender person, from Middle High German kranech ‘crane’.
This indicates familial origin within the Masovian village of Krasne, Przasnysz County.
KRAULEDAT German (East Prussian)
East Prussian German (and thus heavily Lithuanian influenced) name referring to a barber-surgeon well versed in bloodletting, derived from Lithuanian kraujaleidys
meaning "tailor", possibly more accurately meaning "taylor's son".
Derived from Croatian krčmar
meaning "innkeeper, tavern owner, barkeeper", which is ultimately derived from Croatian krčma
meaning "inn, tavern, pub".... [more]
KREISEL German, Jewish
Nickname for an active and/or disorganized person, derived from the German kreisel
or Yiddish krayzl
meaning "top (toy), spinning top", ultimately from German kreis
"circle, range, scope" and Middle High German kriusel
KREMIC Bosnian (Rare)
Surname Kremić was used in early middle-ages, in Bosnia. It was used by royal and ordinary people. That surname is very rare today and it's almost extinct, but in the past it had very big influence.
topographic name for someone living in a hollow
From Middle High German kresse
"gudgeon", hence probably a nickname for someone thought to resemble the fish in some way or an occupational name for a fisherman.
From Old High German krassig
Noun to kriegen
meaning "to fight (with words)". Describes a person who likes to argue. A wrangler, a quarreler, a brawler. Literal translation "warrior", from the German noun krieg
"war" and the suffix -er
Probably a habitational name for someone from an unidentified place called Kriegshaus, literally "war house".
Shortened form of Krishna or of any other name beginning with Krishna (such as Krishnan, Krishnaswami, Krishnamurthy, etc.), used in the U.S. by families from southern India. It is not in use in India.
Hindu name from Sanskrit kṛṣnamūrti meaning ‘manifestation of the god Krishna’, from krisna ‘black’ (epithet of an incarnation of the god Vishnu) + murti ‘image’, ‘manifestation’... [more]
Taken from the name of the mountain Kriváň, ultimately from kriv-
meaning "bent, crooked".
Surname of sid and marty krofft
KRONECKER Jewish, German (Austrian)
Derived from the place name Kroneck in Austria. A famous bearer of this surname was Leopold Kronecker(1823~1891),the German mathematician who worked on number theory.
Means Descendent of The Short man.
This indicates familial origin within the Greater Polish village of Kruchowo.
KRUMHOLZ Jewish, German
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic) from Krumbholz
‘bent timber’, ‘mountain pine’, hence probably a metonymic occupational name for a cartwright or wheelwright. As a Jewish surname it is ornamental.
habitational name for someone from Krzyżanów in Piotrków or Płock voivodeships, Krzyżanowo in Płock or Poznań voivodeships, or various places in Poland called Krzyżanowice, all named with krzyż ‘cross’.
Nickname meaning ‘little priest’ or possibly a patronymic for an illegitimate son of a priest, from ksiadz ‘priest’ + the diminutive suffix -ek.nickname meaning ‘little prince’, from a diminutive of ksia?ze ‘prince’.
Written with characters meaning ‘long time’ and ‘method’, this name is found mostly in the Ryūkyū Islands.
Meaning "sunken ground"; variously written, mostly with characters used phonetically. Found mostly in western Japan, apparently taken from several habitational names. Many unrelated families descend from various branches of the Taira
, and other great families.
From the Japanese 久 (ku
) "long time," 保 (bo
) "protect," "guaratee," "keep" and 田 (ta
) "rice paddy." The first two characters can also be written as 窪 (kubo
German metonymic occupational name for a pastry cook, from German kuchen
‘cake’, or simply a variant of Koch
Occupational name for a master cook (literally "kitchen master"), a court official.
This name combines 朽 (kyuu, ku.chiru) meaning "decay, remain in seclusion, rot" or 口 (ku, kou, kuchi) meaning "mouth" with 木 (boku, moku, ki, ko-) meaning "tree, wood."... [more]
KUCHLER German (Rare)
Often confused with Küchler
a name for a cookie baker, Kuchler is a noble name for an old german family. Kuchler is origined in a city named Kuchl at the border of todays german bavaria. Sometimes they are reffered to "Herrn von Kuchl" meaning "Ruler of Kuchl"... [more]
From 久 (ku) "long time" and 遠 (tou/dou) "distant" OR from 工 (ku) "construction" and 藤 (dou) "wisteria."
KUES German, Dutch
Habitational name from Cues, now part of Bernkastel-Kues in the Rhineland Palatinate.
From the Japanese 久 (ku
) "long time," and 我 (ga
This surname is used as 釘宮 with 釘 (chou, tei, kugi) meaning "nail, peg, tack" and 宮 (kyuu, ku, kuu, guu, miya) meaning "constellations, palace, princess, Shinto shrine."... [more]
KÜHL German, Low German
The spelling Kühl results from a folk-etymological association with High German kühl
‘cool’ (Middle High German küel(e)
, a nickname from Middle High German küel
‘cool’, ‘calm’... [more]
Nickname from Middle High German küel
Regional name for someone from Kujawy (see Kujawa) or from a village called Kujawy, for example in Sielce voivodeship.
KUJIRA Japanese (Rare)
Kujira is an uncommon Japanese surname and first name that literally means "whale".
Habitational name for someone from a place called Kukowo in Wlolawek voivodeship or Kuków in Bielsko-Biala voivodeship, named with kuk, the cry of the cuckoo.
From Sanskrit कुल (kula)
meaning "family, tribe, clan, caste" combined with शेखर (śekhara)
meaning "crown, crest" or "peak, summit".
Meaning unknown, most likely to derive from the russian word кулик (kulic) which translated means "sandpiper".
Japanese: ‘bear valley’; also pronounced Kumatani, Kumaya, and Kumagaya, a habitational name from the town of Kumagaya, in a part of Musashi now part of Saitama prefecture. The earliest bearers were of Taira descent... [more]
KUMARI Indian, Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi, Malayalam, Telugu, Tamil, Bengali, Sinhalese, Pakistani
From the given name Kumari
, the feminine form of Kumar
. It is exclusively used by women.
Habitational name from any of various places in Brandenburg and Mecklenburg called Kummerow.
KUN Hungarian, Jewish
Hungarian: ethnic name for a member of a Turkic people known in English as the Cumanians (Hungarian kún). ... [more]
Meaning: A German surname specific to the Canton of Glarus in Switzerland, the name means "skill with numbers" "Kund" is a German word/root meaning "skill, ability, knowledge" and the "ert" is the transformed spelling of the root "ratha"--meaning "number" This combination would mimic the etymology of the German word for 100, "hundert," which is composed of the roots "hund" =100 and "ratha" meaning "number."Note: Although I have seen one reference to "kundert" being a cognate of the German word "Konrad," I tend to doubt that connection for the specific reason that almost none of the other cognates have that "d" in the middle (other cognates being Kunrad, Kuhnert, Kunert, Kuhnhardt Kuhnt, and Kurth).
From Japanese 国 (kuni) meaning "a land, a large place" combined with 田 (da) meaning "paddy, field".
Kuni means "Land,Large Place" and can also refer to a country,but not always. Matsu means "Pine Tree". Okao Kunimatsu was a professional wrestler.
Metronymic form of KUNE
. This surname is most famous for its association with the American actress named Mila Kunis.
KUNNATHUPARAMBIL Malayalam (Rare)
Elamkunnapuzha-Kunnathuparambil Family has a rich history of around 200 years and traces its origins to a small village called Elamkunnapuzha in Ernakulam District. It was at that time one of our ancestors migrated from Elamkunnapuzha to a small village called Vennoor, near Mala in Thrissur District for his livelihood... [more]
Means "Solid", also the old Turkish name of a mountain range in Asia where Turks supposedly originated from.
Nickname for a flatterer, from an agent derivative of Middle High German künzen
KUPFER German, Jewish
) and Jewish (Ashkenazic) metonymic occupational name for a worker or trader in copper, Middle High German kupfer
, German Kupfer
‘copper’. As a Jewish name it is often an ornamental name.