Submitted Surnames Starting with K

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KOMATSU Japanese
Ko usually means "Small",but on the contrary the kanji used for "Ko" in certain surnames can strangely be "Big,Great". See DAISUKE or TAI 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.
KOMISIN Cuman
Originally Comyshyn .. The prefix denotes its Cuman ancestry, and the afix -shyn means Ukraine. Hence, Cuman of Ukraine.
KOMIYA Japanese
小 (Ko) means "Small" and 宮 (Miya) means "Shrine".
KOMURO Japanese
From the Japanese 小 (ko) "small" and 室 (muro) "room."
KONAKA Japanese
小 (Ko) means "Small" and 中 (Naka) means "Middle".
KONČAR Slovene, Serbian, Croatian
Derived from konac meaning ''thread'', ''string''.
KÕND Estonian
Kõnd is an Estonian surname meaning "walk".
KONDA Japanese
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.
KONDA Telugu
Hindu name meaning ‘hill’ in Telugu.
KONDA Slovene
Pet form of the personal name Kondrad
KONDO Japanese
From the Japanese 近 (kon or chika) "close," "near" and 藤 (do, to or fuji) "wisteria." The second character may indicate historical or familial links to the formerly powerful FUJIWARA (藤原) clan.
KONDOU Japanese
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.
KONERU Japanese
Japanese, Hokkaido : to knead,to mix with fingers, baker, bread.
KONGO Estonian
Kongo is an Estonian surname, possibly derived from "kangur" meaning "weaver", or from "kongus" meaning "hooked".
KONICK Yiddish
Variation of KOENIG.
KONIECPOLSKI Polish
This indicates familial origin within the Lesser Polish town of Koniecpol.
KÖNIGSBERG Jewish
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.
KONITZER German
A German habitational name for someone who lives in various places called Konitz in places like Thuringia, Pomerania, Moravia, or West Prussia.
KONKS Estonian
Konks is an Estonian surname meaning "hook", "swan neck", and "trammel".
KONKSI Estonian
Konksi is an Estonian surname derived from "konks" meaning "hook", "swan neck" and "trammel".
KONN Estonian
Konn is an Estonian surname meaning "frog".
KONNO Japanese
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.
KÕNNUSAAR Estonian
Kõnnusaar is an Estonian surname meaning "wilderness island".
KONOPÁSEK Czech
From konopa meaning "hemp", probably an occupational name for a rope maker.
KONPARU Japanese
Kon means "Gold" and Paru is a form of Haru, meaning "Spring Season". Sources are in the notes
KONRAD German
From the given name KONRAD.
KONSTANTINIDIS Greek
Means "son of KONSTANTINOS" in Greek.
KONSTANTINOPOLITES Greek
Given to someone from Constantinople.
KONSTANTINOU Greek
Derived from the given name KONSTANTINOS.
KONT Estonian
Kont is an Estonian surname meaning "bone".
KONTIO Finnish
Means "bear, bruin" in Finnish.
KONVALINKA Czech
Means "lily-of-the-valley" in Czech.
KONZELMAN German
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 Estonian
Kõo is an Estonian surname derived from "kõu" meaning "thunder".
KOOISTRA Frisian
occupational name for a decoy man, from an agent derivative of Middle Dutch kooye ‘decoy’.
KÖÖK Estonian
Köök is an Estonian surname meaning "kitchen".
KOOKMAA Estonian
Kookmaa is an Estonian surname possibly derived from "koks" meaning "coke" and "charred coal" and "maa" meaning "land": "coke/charred coal land".
KOOLI Estonian
Kooli is an Estonian surname meaning "scholastic".
KOON American
Americanized spelling of German KUHN or Dutch KOEN.
KOONINGS Dutch
From the Dutch word "koning" meaning "king", thus meaning "of the king".
KÖÖP Estonian
Kööp is an Estonian surname possibly derived from "köök" meaning "kitchen".
KOOP Dutch (Modern)
Comes from the Biblical given name Jacob, meaning "he who supplants."
KOOR Estonian
Koor is an Estonian surname meaning "bark" or "crust".
KOORITS Estonian
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".
KOORT Estonian
Koort is an Estonian surname meaning "cord".
KOOT Estonian
Koot is an Estonian surname meaning both "flail" and "leg/shank".
KOOVIT Estonian
Koovit is an Estonian surname meaning "curlew" (Numenius).
KOPKO Polish, Ukrainian
Kopeck is a reduced pet form of the personal name Prokop.... [more]
KOPLI Estonian
Kopli is an Estonian surname, possibly derived from "koppel", meaning "enclosure" or "paddock".
KOPPEL Estonian
Koppel is an Estonian surname meaning "paddock".
KOPPEN German
Patronymic from a reduced pet form of the personal name JAKOB.
KOPPEN German
Habitational name from any of several places named Koppen.
KOPŘIVA Czech
Means "nettle".
KOPRIVA Slovak
Means "nettle".
KOPRIVICA Serbian, Croatian
A diminutive of kopriva meaning ''nettle''.
KOPYTO Polish, Jewish
Jewish Polish name possibly meaning "hoof"
KORALEWSKI Polish
Habitational name for someone from a place called Koralewo in Ciechanów voivodeship.
KÕRB Estonian
Kõrb is an Estonian surname with several meanings depending on the context: "desert", "wilderness", and "chestnut(color)/tawny".
KORBECI German, Albanian
German name for Korb "basket" changed over time to Korbeci
KORBEL German
Diminutive of Korb "basket".
KORBEL Czech
Occupational name for a maker of drinking vessels, from korbel "tankard".
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... [more]
KÕRGE Estonian
Kõrge is an Estonian surname meaning "tall" and "exalted".
KÕRGEMAA Estonian
Kõrgemaa is an Estonian surname meaning "highland".
KÕRGEMÄE Estonian
Kõrgemäe is an Estonian surname meaning "high hill/mountain".
KÕRGESAAR Estonian
Kõrgesaar is an Estonian surname meaning "high/tall ash tree".
KORJUS Estonian
Korjus is an Estonian surname meaning "carrion".
KORK Estonian
Kork is an Estonian surname meaning both "cork" and "cap".
KORKMAZ Turkish
Means "unafraid, fearless" in Turkish.
KORN German
From Middle High German korn "grain", a metonymic occupational name for a factor or dealer in grain or a nickname for a peasant.
KORNFELD German, Jewish
Means "cornfield" in German.
KOROI Fijian
Fijian surname of unknown meaning.
KOROLIUK Ukrainian
Based on the root word "король" (Korol), meaning "King"
KOROLYOV Russian
Derived from Russian король (korol) meaning "king".
KORP Estonian
Korp is an Estonian surname meaning both "rough/outer bar" and "raven".
KORPELA Finnish
From korpi, a marsh type, and -la, a suffix used for places. This surname was found in Lapua, Vassa, Finland, circa 1900 and before.
KORTAVA Abkhaz
Mingrelian form of the Abkhaz surname Кәартаа (Kuartaa) of unknown meaning. During the reign of Stalin, the Abkhaz began adopting the Mingrelian spelling.
KORTAZAR Basque
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of the municipality of Ispaster.
KÕRTS Estonian
Kõrts is an Estonian surname meaning "pub" or "inn".
KORUS Czech, Polish
Derived from the given name KORNEL.
KÕRVE Estonian
Kõrve is an Estonian surname meaning to "scorch" or "singe".
KÕRVITS Estonian
Kõrvits is an Estonian surname meaning "pumpkin".
KOS Croatian, Slovene, Serbian
Means "blackbird".
KOSAKA Japanese
This is last name means small "Small Slope", Ko (small), Saka (slope).
KOSCHEK Hebrew
Derives from the ancient Hebrew given name "YAAKOV" meaning "following-after".
KÖSE Turkish
Means ''beardless''.
KOSHKOV Russian (Rare)
Possibly from Russian кошка (koshka) "cat".
KOŠIR Slovene
From the Slavic word koš meaning "basket". It originally indicated a person who made or sold baskets.
KOSK Estonian
Kosk is an Estonia surname meaning "waterfall".
KOSKI Finnish
Means "rapids" in Finnish.
KOSSOW German
unknown
KOSTABI Estonian
Kostabi is an Estonian surname meaning "echo".
KOSTADINOVSKI Macedonian
Son of Kostadin. Kostadin is an Eastern Orthodox name common in Macedonia and Bulgaria.
KOSTAS Greek
From the given name KOSTAS.
KOSTEN American (South)
All of the individuals I know named Kosten are very homosexual.
KÖSTER Estonian
Köster is an Estonian surname meaning "sexton" and "parish clerk".
KOSTIUK Polish
Patronymic from a pet form of the personal name KONSTANTY
KOSTOPOULOS Greek
Means "son of KOSTAS".
KOSTOVSKI Macedonian
Means "son of KOSTA".
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.
KOSUGI Japanese
Ko ("Small") + Sugi ("Cedar"). Jurota Kosugi is a Japanese voice actor.
KOT Polish, Slovak, Czech, Belarusian, Jewish, German
From a personal name or nickname based on Slavic kot "tom cat".
KOTAKE Japanese
From the Japanese 小 (ko) "small" and 竹 (take) "bamboo."
KOTANI Japanese
Ko means "Small" and Tani means "Valley".
KOTEN German
Derived from German Kate / Kote, originally from Middle Low German kote "small house; hut".... [more]
KÖTH German
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.
KOTKAS Estonian
Kotkas is an Estonian surname, meaning "eagle".
KOTLARZ Polish, Jewish
Occupational name for a boilermaker or coppersmith, from the Polish word kotlarz meaning "boilermaker".... [more]
KOTLI Estonian
Kotli is an Estonian surname possibly derived from "kotlet" meaning "cutlet" or "chop"
KOTNIK Slovene
Derived from kot "corner". The name referred to someone who was from a remote area.
KOTOBUKI Japanese
This surname is used as 寿 (shuu, ju, su, kotobuki, kotobu.ku) meaning "congratulations, longevity, one's natural life."... [more]
KOTSUKI Japanese
This is another way to pronounce and spell KOZUKI.
KOTT German, Polish, Czech
German: variant of Koth or Kotz.... [more]
KOTTI Albanian
Kottie or Kotte
KOTWICA Polish
Comes from the Polish word kotwica meaning 'anchor'.
KÕU Estonian
Kõu is an Estonian surname meaning "thunder".
KOUMOTO Japanese
It might mean "light source origin".
KOURI Greek
Variant of KOURIS.
KOURIS Greek
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 Estonian
Kõuts is an Estonian surname meaning "cat" (also, in Estonian "Kass") or "tomcat".
KOUUMOTO Japanese
Rainfall origin.
KÕVA Estonian
Kõva is an Estonian surname meaning "hard", "solid" and "tough".
KOVÁČIK Slovak
Comes from a pet form of KOVÁČ, 'smith'.
KOVALENKO Ukrainian, Russian
From Ukrainian and Russian коваль (koval') meaning "blacksmith, smith".
KOVALESKI Belarusian
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".
KOVALEV Russian
Variant spelling of KOVALYOV.
KOVALYOV Russian
Derived from Russian коваль (koval) meaning "blacksmith".
KÕVAMAA Estonian
Kõvamaa is an Estonian surname meaning "solid ground".
KOVATCH Hungarian (Americanized)
A corruption of Hungarian KOVÁCS; a name that means “blacksmith”.
KÕVERJALG Estonian
Kõverjalg is an Estonian surname meaning "bow-legged" or "bandy-legged".
KOWAL Polish
Blacksmith
KOWALEWSKI Polish, Jewish
Habitational name for someone from places called Kowalew or Kowalewo, named with kowal "smith" or an occupational name for a blacksmith.
KOWALKOWSKI Polish
habitational name for someone from any of several places called Kowalki or Kowaliki, named with kowalik
KOWERSKI Polish
This indicates familial origin within the Lesser Polish village of Kowersk.
KOX English
Variant of COX
KOYAMA Japanese
From the Japanese 小 (ko) "small" and 山 (yama) "mountain."
KOYASU Japanese
From the Japanese 子 (ko) "child" and 安 (yasu or an) "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.
KOZAK Jewish
Nickname from Yiddish kozak from a Ukrainian loanword meaning "warrior", "brave man".
KOZAKIEWICZ Polish
Patronymic from KOZAK.
KOZAR Ukrainian, Russian, Croatian, Slovene
Means “goatherd”.
KOZICKI Polish
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]
KOZUKI Japanese
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).
KOZYREV Russian
From Russian козырь (kozyr) meaning "high standing collar" or "canopy" or "head of a sleigh".
KOZYREVA Russian
Feminine form of KOZYREV.
KPORARO Urhobo (Rare)
The name Kporaro is of Urhobo origin and it means "Advancement" or "Progress."
KRAANVELT Estonian
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]
KRAAV Estonian
Kraav is an Estonian surname meaning "ditch".
KRABI Estonian
Krabi is an Estonian surname meaning "crab".
KRABS Popular Culture
This is the surname of Eugene H. Krabs from SpongeBob SquarePants.
KRACÍK Czech
The origin is not known.
KRÄFT German, Jewish
Nickname for a strong man, from Old High German kraft, German Kraft ‘strength’, ‘power’.
KRAFTMEL Yiddish
It literally means "starch".
KRAHE German, Spanish
From the German word Krähe, meaning "crow".... [more]
KRAHN German
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.
KRAJEWSKI Polish (Rare)
Habitational name taken from places in Poland named with Polish kraj "border area".
KRAJNC Slovene
Means ''from Kranjska'', an area of Slovenia called Carniola in English.
KRAKOWSKY Czech (Anglicized)
Person from the city of Krakow, Poland.
KRALJ Slovene, Croatian, Serbian
Means "king".
KRALJEVIĆ Croatian, Serbian
From kralj ''king'', means ''little king, prince''.
KRALJIĆ Croatian, Serbian
From kralj ''king''.
KRAMARIĆ Croatian
Possibly a Croatian form of KRÄMER.
KRANE Dutch, Low German
Dutch: nickname for a long-legged or tall thin man, from Middle Dutch crane ‘crane’. ... [more]
KRANICH German
German: nickname for a long-legged or tall and slender person, from Middle High German kranech ‘crane’.
KRASIŃSKI Polish
This indicates familial origin within the Masovian village of Krasne, Przasnysz County.
KRASNOV Russian
From Russian красный (krasniy) meaning "red".
KRÁSNÝ Czech, Slovak
Means "beautiful". Pronounced "KRAHS-nee".
KRASOWSKI Polish, Jewish
Habitational name for someone from the villages of Krasowa, Krasów, or Krasowa.
KRASTIŅŠ Latvian
Derived from the word krasts meaning "coast".
KRÁTKÝ Czech
Means "short".
KRATOCHVÍLE Czech
Means "amusing".
KRATT German
German metonymic occupational name for a ''basketmaker'', from Middle High German kratte ''basket''.
KRAUCZUN German (East Prussian)
East Prussian German (and thus heavily Lithuanian influenced) name meaning "tailor; dressmaker".
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.
KRAVAR Croatian
Means ''cow herder''.
KRAWCZYK Polish
From krawiec meaning "tailor", possibly more accurately meaning "taylor's son".
KRČMAR Croatian
Derived from Croatian krčmar meaning "innkeeper, tavern owner, barkeeper", which is ultimately derived from Croatian krčma meaning "inn, tavern, pub".... [more]
KRECHTER German
Possibly derived from KRÄMER
KREEGI Estonian
Kreegi is an Estonian surname meaning "blackthorn".
KREEGIPUU Estonian
Kreegipuu is an Estonian surname meaning "blackthorn (Prunus spinosa) wood/tree".
KREEK Estonian
Kreek is an Estonian surname, meaning "damson" (plum).
KREEM Estonian
Kreem is an Estonian surname meaning "cream".
KREGER German
Mercenary or warrior for hire.
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".
KREMER German
Variant of KRÄMER.
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.
KREPP German
topographic name for someone living in a hollow
KRESS German
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.
KRESS German
From Old High German krassig, gratag "greedy".
KRESS German
From a much altered pet form of the personal name ERASMUS.
KRETZER German
Occupational name for a basketmaker or a peddler, from an agent derivative of Middle High German kretze 'basket'.
KREUTZ German
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'.
KRIEG German
German word meaning "war"
KRIEGER German
Noun to kriegen, kämpfen 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.
KRIEGSHAUSER German
Probably a habitational name for someone from an unidentified place called Kriegshaus, literally "war house".
KRIER German, Luxembourgish
Occupational name from Middle High German krier "herald".
KRIEVIŅŠ Latvian
Derived from the word krievs meaning "Russian".
KRIEVS Latvian
Means "Russian (person)".
KRIIPS Estonian
Kriips is an Estonian surname meaning "line", "stroke" and "dash".
KRIISA Estonian
Kriisa is an Estonian surname derived from "kriise" meaning "screech".
KRIIT Estonian
Kriit is an Estonian surname meaning "chalk".
KRIS Danish
From the given name KRIS.
KRISH Indian
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.
KRISHNAKUMAR Indian
Combination of KRISHNA and KUMAR.
KRISHNAMURTHY Indian
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]
KRISHNAN Indian, Malayalam, Tamil
Derived from the given name KRISHNA, used in Kerala and Tamil Nadu.
KRISTENSON English
Anglicized form of KRISTENSEN
KRIVÁŇ Slovak
Taken from the name of the mountain Kriváň, ultimately from kriv- meaning "bent, crooked".
KRIŽAJ Slovene
Means "crucify" in Slovene.
KROFFT ?
Surname of sid and marty krofft
KROG Norwegian, Danish
Habitational name from places named with krog "corner, bend".
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]
KRONBERGS Latvian (Archaic)
Germanic,originally swedish
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.
KRONEN German
From German Krone 'crown', probably as an ornamental name. Or a nickname for a slender, long-legged individual, from a dialect form of Kranich.
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