Submitted Surnames Starting with M

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Means "raspberry".
MALINOVRussian, Bulgarian
Either from Russian and Bulgarian малина (malina) meaning "raspberry" or Russian мал (mal) meaning "small, little".
Italian. Literal translation is the english noun: "Malice".... [more]
Means "queen" in Hebrew.
Possibly the Ukrainian version of MILOŠEVIĆ
Mäll is an Estonian surname possibly derived from "mälu", meaning "memory".
Either (i) from the Old French male personal name Malhard, brought into England by the Normans but ultimately of Germanic origin and meaning literally "council-brave"; or (ii) from a medieval nickname for someone thought to resemble a male wild duck.
MALLARIFilipino, Tagalog (Hispanicized)
Hispanicization of Mayari, which refers to the goddess of the moon in Tagalog and Philippine mythology.
MALLICKIndian, Bengali, Odia, Urdu
Variant transcription of Malick.
Reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic MacIain Mhalaich "son of Ian of the bushy eyebrows", which was the family name of the MacGregors of Balhaldie. The Ian from whom the name is derived died in the early 16th century.
Variant spelling of Malow, a habitational name from Malow in Mecklenburg.
Derived from "malm", meaning "cast iron".
From Swedish malm "ore" and ström "stream".
MALOANIrish (Anglicized, Rare)
A rare variant of Malone, the anglicized version of Ó Maoil Eoin.
Anglicized form of the Old Irish "Ó Maoldhamhnaigh," which means "descendant of a church servant."
MALPASSEnglish, Scottish, French
Habitational name from any of various places named Malpas, because of the difficulty of the terrain, from Old French mal pas "bad passage" (Latin malus passus). It is a common French minor place name, and places in Cheshire, Cornwall, Gwent, and elsewhere in England were given this name by Norman settlers... [more]
MALSAGOVIngush (Russified)
Russified form of an Ingush name, which is derived from the name of an Ingush teip (clan) in turn from the name Malsag. The name itself means "sunny person" from Ingush малх (malkh) meaning "sun, solar" combined with саг (sag) meaning "person, man".
Ukrainian form of Malinov.
Possibly from latin surname Mamelius. A famous bearer was Goffredo Mameli, author of the italian national anthem.
MAMILOVIngush (Russified)
Russified form of an Ingush surname, which is from the name of an Ingush teip (clan) possibly from a Turkic word meaning "sweet, delicious" or from an Arabic name of unknown meaning.
Means "son of Məmməd". This is one of the most common surnames in Azerbaijan.
Means "son of Mammad", from the name Mammad and the patronymic particle -ov. It is estimated to be the most common name in Azerbaijan.
A bearer of this surname is Anthony Mamo (1909 - 2008), the first president of Malta.
MAMUROVUzbek, Tajik
Means "son of Mamur".
Manabe has 3 different kanji combinations each consisted of 2 kanji. One means "Truth Pot/ Saucepan",another "Truth Section/ Part","Truth Multiple Times" are possible meanings.
Chamorro for "all morning/day"
This surname combines 真 (shin, ma, ma-, makoto) meaning "Buddhist sect, reality, true" or 間 (kan, ken, ai, aida, ma) meaning "interval, space" with 中 (chuu,, uchi, naka) meaning "centre, in(side), mean, middle" or 仲 (chuu, naka) meaning "go-between, relationship."... [more]
MANALOFilipino, Tagalog
Means "to win" in Tagalog.
Manans come from Lahore . They belong to Punjabi Brahmin caste of Hinduism.
Mänd is an Estonian surname meaning "pine".
MANDALIndian, Bengali, Hindi, Assamese, Odia, Marathi
Derived from Sanskrit मण्डल (máṇḍala) meaning "circular, round" or "halo".
mandato is the past tense of send in italian-such as "i sent a letter or message"
Southern Italian (Campania): unexplained.
MANDIĆCroatian, Serbian
Means ''son of Manda''.
Mändla is an Estonian surname meaning "pine area".
Mändmets is an Estonian surname meaning "pine forest".
Mändoja is an Estonian surname meaning "pine stream".
This surname is found in Sparta, Greece.... [more]
Mändsoo is an Estonian surname meaning "pine swamp".
MANDŽUKIĆSerbian (Rare), Croatian (Rare)
Famous bearer of this last name is Mario Mandžukić who is a Croatian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Italian club Juventus and the Croatia national team.
A Welsh surname derived from 'map Neely' or 'son of Neely'
Derived from MÁNEK, a pet form of EMANUEL.
Variant of MAGNUS, MENNEN or a short form of GERMANUS.
MANESSEnglish (American)
Probably a variant of MANES.
Place name for "Munda's ford" from an Old English personal name Munda, the same element in the second syllable of Edmund and ford meaning a waterway crossing.
Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Mongáin ‘descendant of Mongán’, originally a byname for someone with a luxuriant head of hair (from mong ‘hair’, ‘mane’), borne by families from Connacht, County Limerick, and Tyrone... [more]
Possibly an Italian variant of Mangan.
Chamorro for "their breath"
Meaning uncertain, perhaps (i) "operator of a mangonel (a medieval siege catapult)"; or (ii) from the Germanic personal name Managwald, literally "much rule".
MANHARTGerman (Modern)
From the Germanic personal name Manhard, composed of the Germanic elements man "man", "human" + hard "hardy", "brave", "strong". Americanized spelling of German Manhardt.
Occupational name for a maker of handles (e.g. of knives), from medieval Greek manikion "sleeve", "handle", from Latin manicae "sleeve, manacle".
It means 'blacksmith' in Italian. The variant Maniscalchi is the plural.
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Riojan municipality.
Chamorro for "all the heavens". Man- is a pluralization and Langet means "sky/heaven".
Habitational name from places in Devon and Cheshire, named in Old English as "common wood or clearing", from (ge)mǣne "common, shared" and lēah "woodland clearing". The surname is still chiefly found in the regions around these villages.
MANNSanskrit (Anglicized)
Originally Sanskrit, now in Punjabi and Hindi - used by Jats predominantly in Punjab area of NW India. Well represented in Sikhs. Also spelled as {!Maan} when anglicized. Belonged to landholding nobility of warrior caste (knights) that at one time held a strong and established kingdom.... [more]
Männamaa is an Estonian surname meaning "whorl/verticil land".
MANNAY-OOLTuvan (Rare)
Derived from Tuvan маңнаар (mañnar) meaning "to run" combined with оол (ool) "son, boy".
MANNAZZUSardinian (Archaic), Sicilian (Rare, Archaic), Corsican (Modern, Rare), Italian (Rare)
It came from the Ancient Nuraghi people. the Nuraghi people inhabited southern Corsica and northern and central Sardinia.
Männik is an Estonian surname meaning "pine stand" or "pine forest".
Männil is an Estonian surname meaning "pine" ("Pinaceae").
MANNINGEnglish, Irish (Anglicized)
English patronymic from Mann. ... [more]
MANNIONIrish (Anglicized, Rare)
Anglicized form of Ó Mainnín. Mainnín is derived from Irish manach "monk".
Means "loom" or "weaving" in Hebrew.
This indicates familial origin within either of 2 eponymous localities: the municipality or the neighborhood in the municipality of Badalona.
MANSELLEnglish (Canadian), Norman
Of Norman origin, a habitational or regional name from Old French mansel ‘inhabitant of Le Mans or the surrounding area of Maine’. The place was originally named in Latin (ad) Ceromannos, from the name of the Gaulish tribe living there, the Ceromanni... [more]
MANSELLAnglo-Norman, French
A status name for a particular type of feudal tenant, Anglo-Norman French mansel, one who occupied a manse (Late Latin mansa ‘dwelling’), a measure of land sufficient to support one family... [more]
MANSONEnglish, Scottish
Manson is a surname of Scottish origin. It is an anglicised version of the Scandinavian name Magnusson, meaning son of Magnus. It is derived from the latin word magnus, which means "great."
MANSOORUrdu, Arabic
From the given name Mansoor.
From the given name Mansur.
MANSOURArabic (Egyptian)
Habitational name for someone from Mansoura, the name of a city in Egypt.
Means "son of MÅNS".
Chamorro for "all of their land"
MANTEYGerman, Polish
Habitational name for someone from a place called Manthei in Schwerin province. This name is also established in Poland.
MANTIAEnglish (?)
This is my last name. I honestly don't know where it came from. But it's a last name because it's mine lol
Locational surname, derived from old English "the dweller near the chalky or sandy earth."
MANTONIrish (Anglicized)
Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Manntáin "descendant of Manntán", a personal name derived from a diminutive of manntach "toothless". Famous bearers include Thomas J. Manton, an American congressman, and Joseph Manton, a British gunsmith (b.1766, d.1835).
MANUELSpanish, Portuguese, French, German
Derived from the given name Manuel.
MANUELCatalan, Spanish
Possibly also a habitational name from Manuel in Valencia province.
MANUKIANArmenian (Expatriate)
Variant transcription of Manukyan used by Armenians living outside of Armenia.
Means "son of Manuk".
MANUSNorwegian (Hispanicized)
Hispanicized variant of Magnussen. This was the surname of Norwegian World War II resistance fighter Max Manus, whose father spent much of his life living in Hispanophone countries.
MANZGerman (Austrian), German
In Austria it means manager, one who is in charge of men. In Germany it is a given name.
From Chinese 毛 (máo) which refers to the ancient region of Mao (in the present-day Henan province) of the Zhou dynasty. The character also means "hair" or "feather" in Chinese. The most notable bearer of this surname was Chinese communist revolutionary Mao Zedong (1893-1976), who was the founder of the People's Republic of China.
MAOULOUDWestern African
Derived from Arabic مولود‎‎ (mawlud) meaning "born, newborn", used to refer to the مولد (Mawlid) observance of the birth of the Islamic Prophet Muhammad (chiefly Mauritanian).
Name for a person who lived near a maple tree, from Middle English mapel, and Old English mapul.
Variant of Maple, probably a name for plural Maple, a famous bearer of this name is Marla Maples (1963-).
From a variant of the medieval female personal name Mabbe, a shortened form of Amabel. A fictional bearer is Elizabeth Mapp, busybodyish spinster in the 'Mapp and Lucia' novels of E.F. Benson.
This indicates familial origin within either of 2 eponymous localities: the Manchego municipality or the neighborhood of the Andalusian municipality of Málaga.
Means "king" in Hindu. Due to the vast amount of Indian emigrates in Jamaica, this is a common name there and also refers to a teacher of Rastafarianism.
MARANDICIRomanian, Moldovan
Meaning unknown.
Habitational name from any of various places named with the Latin personal name Marius and the suffix -anu.
MARASIGANFilipino, Tagalog
Of Tagalog origin and unexplained meaning.
Derived from the French given name Marc.
From the given name Marcellus.
Marcet is a name that roughly translates to "Seven Seas" or "The Sea and the Sky" in the Catalan language. The name is unusual in the United States but very common in areas of Spain such as Barcelona, and in neighboring France.
From the English word meaning, "to walk stiffly and proudly" or possibly from the month.
MARCHANTFrench, English, Spanish
Variant of Marchand, from French marchand meaning "merchant, mercantile". Though it is of French origin, it was transferred into the Spanish-speaking world, especially Chile, by French invasion of the Iberian Peninsula.
This indicates familial origin within either of 4 Andalusian localities or 1 Murcian locality.
Patronymic or plural form of Marco.
Nickname from marchione ‘marquis’, from medieval Latin marchio, genitive marchionis, from Germanic marka ‘borderland’
from the personal name Marcin
Habitational name for someone from a place called Marcisze or Marciszów.
MARCOSpanish, Italian
From the personal name Marco, from Latin Marcus (see Mark).
Means "pearl" in Hebrew, ultimately from Greek μαργαρίτης (margarī́tēs) (see Margalit).
Means "son of Margar" from a given name derived from Old Armenian մարգարէ (margarē) "prophet".
From the Jewish female personal name Margolis, literally (in Hebrew) "pearls".
patronymic from the personal name Margos, Armenian form of Mark.
Margulis is a surname that is derived from the Ashkenazi Hebrew pronunciation of the Hebrew word מרגלית (Israeli Hebrew /maʁɡaˈlit/), meaning 'pearl,'
A bearer is Giorgi Margvelashvili, the current president of Georgia.
Mari is an Estonian surname (and feminine given name), meaning "berry".
From the town of Marigliano (near naples)
This indicates familial origin within either of 4 eponymous localities: the municipality in the Comarca of O Morrazo, the neighborhood of the parish of Xubial, the neighborhood of the parish of Camos in the municipality of Nigrán, or the neighborhood of the parish of Fiestras in the municipality of Silleda.
MARINOVIĆCroatian, Serbian
Means ''son of Marin''.
Maripuu is an Estonian surname meaning "berry tree".
Marjamäe is an Estonian surname meaning "berry hill/mountain."
Reputedly from the name of a Scottish estate (Ratho-Marjoribankis) bestowed on Robert the Bruce's daughter Marjorie on her marriage in 1316. A fictional bearer is Lucilla Marjoribanks, the heroine of Margaret Oliphant's novel 'Miss Marjoribanks' (1866).
MARKEnglish, German, Dutch
Topographic name for someone who lived on a boundary between two districts, from Middle English merke, Middle High German marc, Middle Dutch marke, merke, all meaning "borderland"... [more]
MARKARIANArmenian (Expatriate)
Variant transcription of Margaryan used by Armenians living outside of Armenia.
MARKELLDutch, German, Slovene (Anglicized)
Dutch and German: from a pet form of the Germanic personal name Markolf, composed of the elements marc, merc ‘boundary’ + wolf ‘wolf’. Americanized form of Slovenian Markelj, a derivative of the personal name Marko, Latin Marcus, + the suffix -elj.
Status name for someone who lived on an area of land that was marked off from the village land or woodland, Middle High German merkære.
Variant spelling of Marks.
English name from a place in Nottinghamshire, named in Old English as 'homestead at a (district) boundary', from mearc 'boundary' + ham 'homestead'. English surname used as an equivalent of Gaelic Ó Marcacháin 'descendant of Marcachán', a diminutive of Marcach (see Markey).
This surname means "border clearing" from Old English elements mearc meaning "border, mark" and leah meaning "clearing, grove."
Combination of Swedish mark "ground, field" and lund "grove".
Means "son of Markos" in Greek.
Means "son of Markos".
Derived from the forename Marko.
Possibly a variant of Markov.
This surname is derived either from the name Mark or from Old English mearc meaning "border, mark."
This surname means "son of Mark."
patronymic from the personal name Markus, a pet form of Mark.
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Andalusian municipality.
MARNOBirth certificate
My great grandmother's maiden name, born in Belfast, Ireland and lived in Ayr, Scotland
Germanized form of Polish Marocki, itself derived from the personal given name Marcin, the Polish form of Martin.
Means "Son of Marcos" in Portuguese
MARREROItalian, Spanish
Maker of spades or hoes. Marra spade
Spanish or Portuguese
MARSCHALLAncient Germanic
Meanting Horse Servant
English: topographic name for someone who lived by or in a marsh or fen, Middle English mershe (Old English mersc), or a habitational name from any of various minor places named with this word, for example in Shropshire and Sussex.
Dutch surname meaning "man from the marsh". Created in combination with the Dutch words "mars", (meaning marsh), and "man", (meaning man). Rare.
Occupational name for a stable boy in or for the supervisor of the stables on a noble estate, from Middle High German mar(c) 'noble horse' stall 'stable' + the agent suffix -er.
MARTAAncient Celtic (Latinized, Archaic)
It is a small animal from the variety of mammals living in Spain and is prized for its skin has great finesse. Also known like Beech Marten (Stone Marten or White Breasted Marten).
MARTAINGerman (Rare)
Possibly a Germanized form of Dutch Martijn.
MARTELLEEnglish, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese
English and German: from a medieval personal name, a pet form of Martin or Marta.... [more]
Southern Italian: nickname for someone with a forceful personality, from Italian martèllo ‘hammer’ (Late Latin martellus), or a metonymic occupational name for someone who used a hammer in their work.
Patronymic derived from Martignetto, itself a pet form of Martino.
Martikainen is one of the most common surnames in Finland.
Used in Western France. From a pet form of Martin.
Means "Son of Martin." Portuguese form of Martínez.
From a pet form of the personal name Martin.
Patronymic form of Martino.
From the personal name Martino (see Martin).
Derived from the given name Martinos which is Martin in English.
MARTINOVIĆCroatian, Serbian
It is formed by adding the patronymic suffix -ić and the possessive infix -ov- to the given name Martin.
Means "Son of Martin".
MARTINSENNorwegian, Danish
Norwegian and Danish patronymic of Martin.
Derived from the given name Marta
Derived from the given name Martti and the name suffix -nen, which is sometimes patronymic. John Morton (1725-1777), Pennsylvania/American politician and signer of the Declaration of Independence, was descended from a Marttinen family whose name had been anglicized as Morton.
Polish patronymic from the name Martyn
Slovene form of Marušić.
Either (i) from a medieval nickname (often ironic) for someone regarded as a prodigy; or (ii) "person from Merville", the name of two places in northern France ("smaller settlement" and "settlement belonging to a man with a Germanic name beginning with Meri-, literally 'famous'")... [more]
Derived from the name of the Roman god of war Mars; means "of Mars". A notable bearer is Karl Marx, a German philosopher and "The Father of Communism".
Habitational name from places in Saône-et-Loire, Seine-et-Marne, and Nièvre, named in Latin as Mariacum meaning "estate of Marius".
Is a portmanteau of the words mar, meaning sea, and corazon, meaning heart.
MARZOUKIArabic (Maghrebi)
From the given name Marzouq (chiefly Tunisian and Moroccan). A notable bearer is Moncef Marzouki (1945-), who was the fourth President of Tunisia from 2011 to 2014.
MASALISGreek (Cypriot)
Cypriot surname, often used in rural parts of Cyprus. Died out in Greece, there are no more living people with it anymore.
Possibly a rough translation of marsh, given to people who lived near marshes.
German from a pet form of a short form of Thomas.
Most notably the Italian luxury car manufacturer Maserati, founded in Bologna, Italy all the way back in December 1914.
MASEYEnglish, Scottish, French, Norman
English and Scottish (of Norman origin) and French: habitational name from any of various places in northern France which get their names from the Gallo-Roman personal name Maccius + the locative suffix -acum.... [more]
MÅSGAChamorro (Modern)
Chamorro for "Had enough off or satiated".
From the Japanese 真 (ma) "real" and 下 (shimo or shita) "down," "bottom."
Name for someone who came from the Mashreq region in the Middle East (modern Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq).
MASIHIndian, Urdu, Punjabi
Derived from Arabic مَسِيح (masīḥ) referring to the Messiah in Islam (Isa) or Christianity (Jesus).
Masing is an Estonian surname of ultimately German origin.
Chechen surname of unknown meaning; possibly from Arabic مَقْصُود (maqṣūd) meaning "aim, intention, goal".
MASLOVRussian, Jewish
Derived from Russian масло (maslo) meaning "butter", originally used as an occupational name for someone who worked as a dairyman or sold dairy products.
I believe it is Ukranian. I have been told it was spelled a little different and could be of Russian Jewish origin
Means "Egyptian (person)" in Arabic.
MASRYArabic (Egyptian)
Egyptian transcription of Masri.
MASSEEnglish, French, Dutch
English: variant of Mace ... [more]
Perhaps means "brewery worker" (from Middle English mash "fermentable mixture of hot water and grain" + rudder "rudder-shaped stirrer").
Perhaps from a medieval nickname for someone with an auburn or reddish beard (from Middle English massing "brass" + berd "beard").
Nickname for a tall, lanky man, from Middle Dutch mast "(ship's) mast".
Nickname from Middle High German mast "fat", "stout".
Occupational name for a swineherd, from Middle Dutch mast "swine fodder", or a topographic name for someone from a place rich in animal fodder, for example acorns.
MASTOURArabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from Arabic مسْتُور (mastur) meaning "hidden, covered".
The meaning is Mastro-"master" of the- monico"-monastery."
Mastrorilli is an Italian surname.
From the Japanese 増 (masu) "increase," 益 (masu) "benefit," 桝 (masu) "box seat," "measure" or 升 (masu) "box" and 山 (yama) "mountain."
Town of the Capcir district, in the Northern Catalonia, now part of the Pyrénées-Orientales department in France.
MATANHebrew (Modern, Rare)
From the given name Matan which means "gift" or "to give" in Hebrew.
Literally means "gift" in Hebrew.
Mätas is an Estonian surname meaning "sod" or "turf".
Occupational name for a producer of silk, from Sicilian matassa "hank", "skein", also the name of a type of silk (cf. METAXAS).
Came from the Romanian given name Matei.
Derived from the given name Matej.
Habitational name from Matera in Basilicata region.
MATHARUIndian (Sikh, Modern)
Matharus were fierce warriors especially during, the time when the Matharu tribe, had converted to Sikhism; they fought numbers of wars for Guru Gobind Singh, Banda Singh Bahadur and Jassa Singh Ramgarhia.... [more]
Meaning unknown.