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Ko usually means "Small",but on the contrary the kanji used for "Ko" in certain surnames can strangely be "Big,Great". See DAISUKE
for the kanji sometimes used... [more]
KOMATSUZAKI Japanese (Rare)
Ko ("Small") + Matsu ("Pine Tree") + Zaki ("Peninsula, Cape"). This is a uncommon name, but it has kanji that 90% of Japanese family names have.
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
From Japanese 近 (kon)
meaning "near, close" and 藤 (dou)
meaning "wisteria". The latter character could indicate a connection to the Fujiwara clan.
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.
Japanese, Hokkaido : to knead,to mix with fingers, baker, bread.
Kongo is an Estonian surname, possibly derived from "kangur" meaning "weaver", or from "kongus" meaning "hooked".
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.
A German habitational name for someone who lives in various places called Konitz in places like Thuringia, Pomerania, Moravia, or West Prussia.
Konks is an Estonian surname meaning "hook", "swan neck", and "trammel".
Konksi is an Estonian surname derived from "konks" meaning "hook", "swan neck" and "trammel".
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.
Kon means "Gold" and Paru is a form of Haru, meaning "Spring Season". Sources are in the notes
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.
Kõo is an Estonian surname derived from "kõu" meaning "thunder".
occupational name for a decoy man, from an agent derivative of Middle Dutch kooye ‘decoy’.
Kookmaa is an Estonian surname possibly derived from "koks" meaning "coke" and "charred coal" and "maa" meaning "land": "coke/charred coal land".
From the Dutch word "koning" meaning "king", thus meaning "of the king".
Kööp is an Estonian surname possibly derived from "köök" meaning "kitchen".
Koor is an Estonian surname meaning "bark" or "crust".
Koorits is an Estonian surname possibly derived from "koor" meaning both "(tree) bark" and "choir". It may also be a corruption of "kõrvits" meaning "pumpkin".
Koot is an Estonian surname meaning both "flail" and "leg/shank".
Koovit is an Estonian surname meaning "curlew" (Numenius).
Kopli is an Estonian surname, possibly derived from "koppel", meaning "enclosure" or "paddock".
Habitational name from any of several places named Koppen.
Habitational name for someone from a place called Koralewo in Ciechanów voivodeship.
Kõrb is an Estonian surname with several meanings depending on the context: "desert", "wilderness", and "chestnut(color)/tawny".
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
Kõrge is an Estonian surname meaning "tall" and "exalted".
Kork is an Estonian surname meaning both "cork" and "cap".
From Middle High German korn
"grain", a metonymic occupational name for a factor or dealer in grain or a nickname for a peasant.
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.
Kosk is an Estonia surname meaning "waterfall".
Köster is an Estonian surname meaning "sexton" and "parish clerk".
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.
KOTLARZ Polish, Jewish
Occupational name for a boilermaker or coppersmith, from the Polish word kotlarz
meaning "boilermaker".... [more]
Kotli is an Estonian surname possibly derived from "kotlet" meaning "cutlet" or "chop"
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
Kõu is an Estonian surname meaning "thunder".
Topographic surname for someone who lived in a forest, ultimately from Turkish koru
meaning "small forest, grove".
KOURLITIS Greek (Modern)
Of unknown origin, bearing the locational suffix -tis
, "of, from". Potentially related to κουρλί
, "tendril of hair", kouros
, "noble boy, youth", or a location such as Koursaroi.
Kõuts is an Estonian surname meaning "cat" (also, in Estonian "Kass") or "tomcat".
Kõva is an Estonian surname meaning "hard", "solid" and "tough".
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".
Kõverjalg is an Estonian surname meaning "bow-legged" or "bandy-legged".
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."
KOYLE Ancient Irish
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.
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]
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).
From Russian козырь (kozyr)
meaning "high standing collar" or "canopy" or "head of a sleigh".
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
KRAIS German, Brazilian
Brazilian adaptation of the German surname Greis; altered for easier comprehension by the Portuguese-speaking population of Brazil.
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.
German metonymic occupational name for a ''basketmaker'', from Middle High German kratte
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]
Kreegipuu is an Estonian surname meaning "blackthorn (Prunus spinosa) wood/tree".
Kreek is an Estonian surname, meaning "damson" (plum).
KREISEL German, Jewish
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".
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
Occupational name for a basketmaker or a peddler, from an agent derivative of Middle High German kretze 'basket'.
Topographical name for someone who lived near a cross set up by the roadside, in a marketplace, or as a field or boundary marker, from Middle High German kriuz(e) 'cross'.
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".
Kriips is an Estonian surname meaning "line", "stroke" and "dash".
Kriisa is an Estonian surname derived from "kriise" meaning "screech".
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
KROLL German, Dutch, Polish
Nickname for someone with curly hair, from Middle High German krol
'curly', Middle Low German krulle
'ringlet', 'curl', Middle Dutch croel, crul
(apparently a loanword from German)... [more]
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.
From German Krone 'crown', probably as an ornamental name. Or a nickname for a slender, long-legged individual, from a dialect form of Kranich.