Submitted Surnames Starting with K
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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 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".
Korp is an Estonian surname meaning both "rough/outer bar" and "raven".
, a marsh type, and -la
, a suffix used for places. This surname was found in Lapua, Vassa, Finland, circa 1900 and before.
Mingrelian form of the Abkhaz surname Кәартаа (Kuartaa)
of unknown meaning. During the reign of Stalin, the Abkhaz began adopting the Mingrelian spelling.
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of the municipality of Ispaster.
Kõrts is an Estonian surname meaning "pub" or "inn".
Kõrve is an Estonian surname meaning to "scorch" or "singe".
This is last name means small "Small Slope", Ko (small), Saka (slope).
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
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
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, ultimately from Turkish koru
meaning "small forest, grove".
Kõuts is an Estonian surname meaning "cat" (also, in Estonian "Kass") or "tomcat".
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
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."
The surname Koyle was first found in Donegal (Irish: Dún na nGall), northwest Ireland in the province of Ulster, sometimes referred to as County Tyrconnel, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.
KOZAKPolish, 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]
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]
As far as I know, it doesn't mean "Small Moon". It has this kanji: 上月 (literally "above" and "moon", but it probably implies that the moon is above us in the sky).
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]
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.
KRAULEDATGerman (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]
Kreegipuu is an Estonian surname meaning "blackthorn (Prunus spinosa)".
Kreek is an Estonian surname, meaning "damson" (plum).
Jewish family name and originally a nickname for an active or disorganized person, derived from German kreisel
meaning "spinning top, top", ultimately from kreis
"circle". Alternatively, it could've be used as a nickname for a person with curly hair in the context of "spiral" or "curl".
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
KRONECKERJewish, 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.
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.
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood in the Navarrese municipality of Uztarroze.
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.
Kübarsepp is an Estonian surname meaning "hat maker" (literally, "hat smith").
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
Mingrelian form of an Abkhaz surname of unknown meaning.
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]
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 a given name meaning "given by God", itself derived from Kazakh құдай (quday)
meaning "god, deity" and беруге (beruge)
meaning "to give".
KUDASHEVBashkir, Tatar, Russian
Means "son of Kudash
", from a given name of Mordvin or Turkic origin possibly meaning "woman's son" or "wife's son", referring to a boy born from one father and another mother (in relation to his half-siblings)... [more]
From 久 (ku) "long time" and 遠 (tou/dou) "distant" OR from 工 (ku) "construction" and 藤 (dou) "wisteria."
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]
KÜHLGerman, 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.
Kukk is an Estonian surname, meaning "rooster" or "cockerel".
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".
Kuldkepp is an Estonian surname meaning "gold cane (or, stick)".
Meaning unknown, most likely to derive from the russian word кулик (kulic) which translated means "sandpiper".
Kullerkupp is an Estonian surname meaning "globeflower" (Trollius europaeus).
Külm is an Estonian surname meaning "cold" or "chilly".
Kulu is an Estonian surname meaning "sumptuary" and "cost".
Külv is an Estonian surname meaning "(seed) sowing".
Külvik is an Estonian surname meaning "thrower" and "(seed) sower".
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]
The kanji in Anri Kumaki's name reads, Kuma ("Bear") + Ki ("Tree"). She is a singer and songwriter. There might be other combinations too, probably being , Ku ("Long Time") + Maki
I was given this name from my dad who comes from Afghanistan. It's extremely rare in the UK. My dad always told me that my name was created. My grandfather used to help out refugees near the area (in Afghanistan) and the name "Kumaki" was his nickname from the people he helped out... [more]
KUMARIIndian, 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.
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.
Künnap is an Estonian surname meaning the "European white elm".
Künnapuu is an Estonian surname meaning "European white elm tree" (Ulmus laevis).
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
) 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.
is a rare Japanese masculine given name. The surname often means "Owns, Posess, Storehouse, Horse".
倉 (Kura) means "Owns, Storehouse, Posesses" and 沢 (Sawa) means "Marsh, Swamp".
Kura has two possible kanji both meaning "Storehouse" and ta is "Rice Patty".
KURBANOVUzbek, Turkmen, Tajik, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Chechen, Avar, Lak, Dargin, Kumyk, Crimean Tatar
Means "son of Kurban