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MCCAFFERTY     Irish (Anglicized)
McCafferty is derived from the Gaelic Mac Eachmharcaigh, meaning "son of Eachmharcach".
MCCAFFERY     Irish
The meaning of the surname MCCAFFERY is - the son of Godfrey (God's peace).
MCCAFFREY     Irish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Gothraidh "son of Gothradh", Gaelic form of the personal name GODFREY.
MCCAIN     English
"Son of warrior"
MCCALL     Irish (Anglicized)
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Cathmhaoil meaning "son of Cathmhaol", a personal name composed of the elements cath meaning "battle" + maol meaning "chief". Anglicized form of Mac Cathail meaning "son of Cathal".
MCCALVEY     Irish
Variation of McKelvey. Meaning Son of rich possessions.
MCCAMMON     Scottish, Northern Irish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Ámoinn "son of Ámoinn", a Gaelic form of the Norse personal name Amundr, which is composed of the elements ag "awe, fear", or "edge, point" and mundr "protection".
MCCANN     Irish
McCann (Irish: Mac Cana, Nic Cana)... [more]
MCCARD     Scottish, Irish
Scottish or Irish: variant of McCart.
MCCARL     Irish (Anglicized)
Probably an Americanized form of McCarroll.
MCCARN     Irish, Scottish (?)
Reduced form of MCCARRON.
MCCARNEY     Irish
From either the Gaelic O Cearnaigh, meaning "victorious", or O Catharnaigh, meaning "warlike".
MCCARROLL     Irish (Anglicized)
Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Cearbhaill (see Carroll).
MCCARRON     Irish (Anglicized)
Anglicized form of Gaelic MAC CEARÁIN meaning "son of CIARÁN".... [more]
MCCART     Northern Irish (Anglicized)
Northern Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Airt, ‘son of Art’, a personal name meaning ‘bear’.
MCCARTHY     Irish
Variant of MACCARTHY.
MCCARTY     Irish
Variant of MACCARTHY. A famous bearer was the famous western outlaw William Henry McCarty, also known as Billy the Kid. His other aliases included William H. Bonney and Henry Antrim.
MCCLAIN     Irish, Scottish, English
Variant of McLain.
MCCLARTY     Scottish, Irish
The surname McClarty originated in the ancient Scottish kingdom of Dalriada. This name comes from the personal name Lawrence. And in Scottish Gaelic 'Mac Labhruinn' translates to 'son of Lawrence'. ... [more]
MCCLEAN     Scottish, Irish
Scottish and Irish variant of McLean.
MCCLINTOCK     Scottish, Irish, Scottish Gaelic
Deriving from an Anglicization of a Gaelic name variously recorded as M'Ilandick, M'Illandag, M'Illandick, M'Lentick, McGellentak, Macilluntud, McClintoun, Mac Illiuntaig from the 14th century onward... [more]
MCCLOUD     Scottish (Anglicized)
Anglicized form of McLeod. The spelling was likely altered to associate it with the English word cloud. A notable fictional bearer was Fox McCloud, the main character in the StarFox video game series, including 1997's StarFox 64 for the Nintendo 64.
MCCLUNG     Scottish (Anglicized)
Scottish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Luinge ‘son of Lunge’, a personal name probably meaning ‘seafarer’, although the literal meaning is ‘ship’, from Latin navis longa.
MCCLURE     Scottish, Irish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Gille Uidhir (Scottish), Mac Giolla Uidhir (Irish), "son of the sallow lad".... [more]
MCCOLGAN     Irish, Scottish
Has several possible meanings. It might mean someone from the village of Kilcolgan, County Galway; a follower of St. Columba; or the son of someone named Colga. The McColgans once held a family seat in County Londonderry, Northern Ireland.
MCCOLLUM     Northern Irish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Coluim "son of Colum". See McCallum, which is the usual spelling of this name in Scotland.
MCCONAHAY     Irish
Northern Irish: variant of McConaghy... [more]
MCCOOK     Irish
Pre 7th Century Anglo Saxon. From the word "coc," meaning to cook.
MCCOOL     Scottish (Anglicized), Northern Irish (Anglicized), Irish (Anglicized)
Scottish and northern Irish Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Dhubhghaill (see McDowell). ... [more]
MCCORD     Northern Irish, Scottish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Cuairt or Mac Cuarta, apparently meaning "son of a journey", which Woulfe suggests may be a reduced form of Mac Muircheartaigh.
MCCORD     Northern Irish, Scottish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Cuairt or Mac Cuarta, apparently meaning "son of a journey", which Woulfe suggests may be a reduced form of Mac Muircheartaigh (see McMurtry).
MCCORRY     Irish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Gothraidh "son of Gothradh", Gaelic form of the personal name GODFREY.
MCCOSKEY     Irish
Anglicized form of Mac Coscraich "son of COSCRACH " (see COSGROVE).
MCCREA     Scottish, Irish
Variant of McRae and McCrae.
MCCUBBIN     Scottish (Anglicized)
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Giobúin, a patronymic from the pet form of a Gaelic form of the personal name Gilbert.
MCCULLOCH     Scottish
Derived from the Gaelic personal name Cullach meaning "boar". The name McCulloch was first used by the Strathclydes of the Scottish borderlands.
MCCULLOUGH     Irish
Variant of MCCULLOCH.
MCCURDY     Scottish, Irish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Mhuircheartaigh, a patronymic from the given name MUIRCHEARTACH.
MCCURDY     Scottish, Irish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Mhuircheartaigh, a patronymic from Muircheartach, a personal name composed of the elements muir "sea" and ceartach "ruler", hence "skilled seaman"... [more]
MCCURTAIN     Irish
From Gaelic Mac Cruitín "son of Cruitín", a nickname for a hunchback.
MCDONALDS     English
Variant of MCDONALD.
MCDOWELL     Scottish (Anglicized), Irish (Anglicized)
Scottish and Irish Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Dubhghaill ‘son of Dubhghall’, a byname meaning ‘dark stranger’, used among the Gaels to distinguish the darker-haired Danes from fair-haired Norwegians... [more]
MCDUFF     Scottish, Northern Irish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Duibh, a patronymic from the personal name Dubh "black, dark".
MCELHANEY     Irish
Irish: variant of McElhinney
MCELHENNEY     Irish
This interesting surname is of Irish origin, and is an Anglicized form of the Old Gaelic "MacGiolla Chainnigh". The Gaelic prefix "mac" means "son of", plus "giolla", devotee of, and the saint's name "Canice".
MC ELHINNEY     Irish, Scottish
Dalriadan
MCELHINNEY     Northern Irish (Anglicized)
Irish (mainly Ulster): Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Giolla Choinnigh ‘son of the servant of (Saint) Coinneach’ (see Kenny).
MCELWEE     Irish, Scottish
Of Gaelic origin, found in Ireland and Scotland. Derives from Mac giolla Ruaidh, meaning "son of the servant of the red-haired youth", possibly a reference to a Dane or Norseman.
MCFADDEN     Scottish, Irish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Phaid(e)in (Scottish) and Mac Pháidín (Irish) - both patronymics of Patrick (via Gaelic diminutives of the given name).
MCFALL     Scottish, Irish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Phàil (Scottish) and Mac Phóil (Irish), patronymics from forms of the personal name PAUL.
MCFLY     Popular Culture
Used by the character Marty McFly from the Back to the Future trilogy. Combination of the Irish / Scottish surname prefix "Mc" and the English word "fly". Marty's ancestors were revealed to be from Ireland, so the surname McFly is mostly likely Irish-inspired.
MCGARRIE     Scottish, Irish
Irish name meaning 'the son of the descendant of the fearless one'.
MCGARTHWAITE     Irish
This is my last name, my fathers last name my grandfather my great grandfather
MCGEEHAN     Irish
Irish (Ulster) anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Gaoithín ‘son of Gaoithín’, a personal name derived from the diminutive of gaoth ‘clever’, ‘wise’.
MCGILLICUDDY     Irish
The surname McGillicuddy comes from the Irish Mac GiollaMochuda, meaning 'son of the devotee of St. Mochuda'. It's part of the O'Sullivan sect and comes from the West part of Ireland in county Kerry... [more]
MCGILLIS     Scottish (Anglicized)
Scottish Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Gille Iosa ‘son of the servant of Jesus’. Compare McLeish.
MCGILLIVRAY     Scottish
From Scottish Gaelic Mac Gille Bhràtha from a patronymic from a personal name meaning ‘servant of judgment’.
MCGINLEY     Irish
Anglicized form of Mag Fhionnghaill, a patronymic from the personal name Fionnghall
MCGINTY     Irish
Anglicized form of Mac an tSaoi, meaning "son of the scholar".
MCGIVERN     Northern Irish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Uidhrín, a patronymic from a personal name which is from a diminutive of odhar 'dun'. This surname is also found in Galloway in Scotland, where it is of Irish origin.
MCGLYNN     Irish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mag Fhloinn, patronymic from the personal name Flann "red, crimson".
MCGORRY     Irish, Scottish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Gothraidh "son of Gothradh", Gaelic form of the personal name GODFREY.
MCGOUGH     Irish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mag Eochadha, a patronymic from the personal name Eochaidh, variant Eachaidh, "horseman", a derivative of each "horse".
MCGRATH     Irish (Anglicized)
Derives from the Irish surname Mac Craith. Famous bearers of the name include the Meic Craith from the Gaelic kingdom of Thomond in the present-day Republic of Ireland. They were historians and poets connected to the Ui Bhriain kings and earls of Thomond.
MCGRAW     Irish, Scottish
Anglicized form of the Old Gaelic Mac Craith (the earlier form of Mac Raith) meaning "son of Craith", composed of the Gaelic elements mac "son of" and Rath, an old byname meaning "grace, prosperity".
MCHALE     Irish, Welsh
From the Irish Mac Céile, a patronymic from the byname Céile, meaning "companion." This was the surname of a Mayo family, tenants of church lands. ... [more]
MCHENRY     Scottish
Meaning "Son of Henry"
MCIAN     Irish
MCILWEE     Irish
Variant of McElwee.
MCINNIS     Scottish, Irish
Anglicized form of Mac Aonghuis meaning "son of ANGUS".
MCKEE     Irish
"fire"
MCKEEHAN     Scottish Gaelic
A patronymic from a personal name or byname derived from caoch ‘blind’, ‘purblind’.
MCKEITHEN     Irish
Variant of Irish McKeehan.
MCKERROW     Scottish
Scottish: of uncertain derivation. Some sources believe it to be an Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Cearrach, Mac Cearrbhaich ‘son of the gambler’, while Woulfe derives it from Mac Ciothruadha ‘son of Ciothruaidh’, a personal name of Norse origin.
MCKIERNAN     Irish
Anglicized form of Mac Thighearnáin, a patronymic from a diminutive of the personal name Tighearna.
MCKINNON     Scottish (Anglicized)
Scottish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Fhionghuin, a patronymic from a Gaelic personal name meaning ‘fair born’ or ‘fair son’. ... [more]
MCKINSTRY     Northern Irish
From Gaelic Mac an Aistrigh, a reduced form of Mac an Aistrighthigh "son of the traveller".
MCKITTRICK     Scottish
From Gaelic, "son of Shitrig", a personal name adapted from Old Norse Sigtryggr, literally "victory-true".
MCKNIGHT     Scottish, Irish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Neachtain, a patronymic from the personal name NEACHTAN.
MCLAREN     Scottish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Labhrainn meaning "son of Labhrann", Gaelic form of the personal name Lawrence.... [more]
MCLAUGHLIN     Scottish (Anglicized)
A Scottish clan traced as far back as the 11th Century AD/CE.... [more]
MCLEISH     Scottish (Anglicized), Northern Irish (Anglicized), Scottish Gaelic
Northern Irish (Ulster) and Scottish Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Gille Íosa, patronymic from a personal name meaning ‘servant of Jesus’.
MCLERNON     Irish
This is an Irish Gaelic surname recorded in the spellings of MacLerenon, McLernon, McLernan, and McLorinan. It is mostly associated with the province of Ulster in Ireland, although with some branches in Scotland... [more]
MCLOUGHLIN     Scottish
Variation of the surname McLaughlin.
MCMANAMON     Irish
Anglicized form of Mac Meanman, a patronymic surname, created from the given name Meanma
MCMILLAN     Scottish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Maoláin, a patronymic from the byname Maolán, a diminutive of maol "bald", "tonsured".
MCMILLON     Scottish
Variant of MCMILLAN
MCMONAGLE     Irish (Anglicized), Scottish (Anglicized)
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Maonghail, a patronymic from the personal name Maonghal, composed of the elements maoin meaning "wealth" + gal meaning "valor".
MCMORROW     Irish, Scottish
From the Gaelic Mac Murchadha, which means "son of MURCHADH".
MCMORROW     Irish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Murchadha, a patronymic from the personal name Murchadh "sea warrior", from muir "sea" and cath "battle". In Leinster this name is usually Anglicized as McMurrough and in Ulster as Murphy.
MCMURRAY     Irish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Muireadhaigh, a patronymic form of Muireadhach (cf. MURDOCK).
MCMURTRY     Northern Irish, Scottish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Muircheartaigh "son of Muircheartach", a personal name meaning "navigator", from muir "sea" and ceartach "ruler".
MCNAIR     Irish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Iain Uidhir "son of sallow John". This form is associated mainly with Ross-shire.
MCNAIR     Irish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac an Oighre "son of the heir". This form is associated mainly with Perthshire.
MCNAIR     Irish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac an Mhaoir "son of the steward or keeper".
MCNAMEE     Irish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Conmidhe, a patronymic from the personal name Cú Mhidhe, meaning "hound of Meath". Meath is a county in Ierland. This family were hereditary poets in Ulster.
MCNEELY     Scottish, Northern Irish, Irish
Scottish (Galloway) and northern Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac an Fhilidh ‘son of the poet’.... [more]
MCNEESE     Irish
Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Naois, a patronymic from a shortened form of the personal name Aonghus (see Angus).
MCNULTY     Northern Irish (Anglicized)
Irish surname historically associated with County Donegal in northwest Ireland meaning "descended of the Ulaid Nation". The surname is derived from an anglicized contraction of the original Irish patronymic Mac "descended" an Ultaigh "Ulaid race".
MCPHAIL     English
Variant of Mac Phàil
MCPHERSON     Scottish, Irish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac an Phearsain, "son of the parson."
MCQUADE     Scottish, Irish
Means "son of Quade" or "of Quade". Some sources trace Quade to Quatt, an alternative spelling of Wat, short for Walter.
MCQUAID     Scottish, Irish
This surname is derived from Gaelic Mac Uaid meaning "son of Uaid," Uaid being the Gaelic form of Wat.
MCQUARRIE     Scottish
Scottish Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Guaire, a patronymic from a Gaelic personal name meaning "proud", "noble".
MCQUINNELLY     Irish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Coingheallaigh or Ó Coingheallaigh ‘son (or descendant) of Coingheallach.’
MCRAYNE     English, Scottish
Means "son of the queen," combining the surname Rayne with the prefix Gaelic prefix mac, meaning "son."
MCSIENE     Irish
means "son of Siene" in Irish Gaelic.
MCSORLEY     Scottish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Somhairle, a patronymic form of SOMHAIRLE.
MCSWAIN     Irish, Scottish
Anglicization of Mac Suibhne.
MCSWIGGAN     Irish
Means "son of Swiggan".
MCTEER     Irish, Scottish
This surname is a modern variant of the ancient mhac an t'Saoir which means "the son of the carpenter."... [more]
MCTONY     American
Tony McTony!
MDALAL     Arabic
Arabic
MEAD     English
topographic name for someone who lived by a meadow, from Middle English mede ‘meadow’ (Old English m?d). metonymic occupational name for a brewer or seller of mead (Old English meodu), an alcoholic beverage made by fermenting honey
MEADER     English
Topographic name for someone who lived by a meadow, from Mead 1 + the suffix -er, denoting an inhabitant.
MEANS     Irish
Sept of Menzies
MEANSWELL     Popular Culture
Simply the English words "means well". This is the surname of the main protagonist of LazyTown, Stephanie Meanswell, as well as her uncle, Mayor Milford Meanswell.
MEAS     Khmer
Means "gold" in Khmer.
MEATH     Irish
Denotes a person from County Meath, Ireland (see MCNAMEE).
MECKLENBURG     German, Jewish
Regional name for someone from this province in northern Germany. Derived from Old Saxon mikil "big, great" and burg "castle".
MECONE     Italian (Modern, Rare)
Giuseppe Meconi (Febuary 1860-April 21,1921) was born in San Massimo, Campbasso Province, Italy. Giuseppe arrived in Pennsylvania, United States in the late 1880s and married Elizabeth Magyar in 1885... [more]
MEDICI     Italian
Patronymic or plural form of MEDICO. Medici is the family name of one of Italy's most powerful families.
MEDICO     Italian
Occupational name for a physician, Italian medico (Latin medicus, from medere "to heal").
MEDLEY     English
Habitational name, either a variant of Madeley (a name common to several places, including one in Shropshire and two in Staffordshire), named in Old English as ‘Mada’s clearing’, from an unattested byname, Mada (probably a derivative of mad ‘foolish’) + leah ‘woodland clearing’; or from Medley on the Thames in Oxfordshire, named in Old English with middel ‘middle’ + eg ‘island’... [more]
MEDLOCK     English
Variant of MATLOCK.
MEDNIS     Latvian
Means "wood grouse".
MEDO     Croatian
Derived from medo meaning ''bear''.
MEDRANO     Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Riojan municipality.
MEDVEDEV     Russian
Derived from Russian медведь (medved') meaning "bear".
MEDVEDEVA     Russian
Feminine form of Medvedev.
MÉE     French
French habitational name from places called (Le) Mée in Mayenne, Eure-et-Loir, and Seine-et-Marne, derived from Old French me(i)s ‘farmstead’ (Latin mansus).
MEE     Irish (Anglicized, Archaic)
Irish reduced form of McNamee or Meehan. Irish anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Miadhaigh ‘descendant of Miadhach’, a byname meaning ‘honorable’.
MEEHAN     English
Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Miadhacháin 'descendant of Miadhacháin', a diminutive of Miadhach, a byname meaning 'honorable'. Also a diminutive of Gaelic maoth 'moist', 'soft', 'tearful'.
MEEKS     Scottish
In Scotland, the names were spelled according to sound so there are many variations of the spelling including Meek, Meeke, Meik, Meech, Mekie and other spellings. After hard times in Scotland, many Meeks' left for Australia Ireland, and North America.
MEFFORD     English
It is the Old English name given to a point where two streams cross each other.... [more]
MEGGYES     Hungarian
Means "cherry" in Hungarian.
MEGHNAGI     Jewish/Sephardic/Libyan (Rare)
Sephardic Jewish, originating from the Libyan Jewish community. Most were from Tripoli, with a much smaller contingent from Benghazi.
MEGRELISHVILI     Georgian
Means "son of Megreli" in Georgian.
MEHENDALE     Indian (Rare), Marathi (Rare)
An Indian Brahmin surname of unknown meaning from the Indian state of Maharashtra.
MEHMEDOVIĆ     Bosnian
Means "son of Mehmed".
MEHTA     Indian
Indian (Gujarat, Rajasthan, Panjab, and Bombay city): Hindu (Bania, Vania, Brahman, Khatri), Jain, Parsi, and Sikh name meaning "chief" in several modern Indian languages, from Sanskrit mahita "praised", "great" (from mah- "to praise or magnify")... [more]
MEIGHAN     Irish
Variant of Meehan.
MEIGHEN     Irish
Variant of Meighan.
MEIJSTER     Dutch
From the German word meister meaning "master".
MEIKLEJOHN     Scottish
A Scottish distinguishing name for identifying the larger or eldest (Older Scots meikle "large") or elder of two men called John. (See also Mickle).
MEIRON     Hebrew
Variant of Miron.
MEISTER     German
Means "Master" in German.
MEIZYS     Lithuanian
It means barley or wheat farmer
MEJIA     Spanish
Spanish (Mejía): probably from a religious byname (possibly under Jewish influence), from a vernacular form of Latin, Greek Messias ‘Messiah’, from Hebrew māšīaḥ ‘anointed’.
MEJIA     Galician
A very ancient surname, infrequent and widely spread across Spain, mostly in Madrid, Barcelona, Ciudad Real, Valencia, Cuenca, Sevilla and Toledo; and also in Pontevedra, Lugo, Guadalajara, Almería, Granada, Alicante and Málaga.... [more]
MEKKY     Arabic (Egyptian)
Means "of Mecca", referring to the Islamic holy city in Saudi Arabia. The name itself is derived from the Arabic form of the city's name, مكة (makka).
MELANAY     Filipino (Latinized, Modern, Rare)
From Bicol region in the Philippines, the most population name in Naga City.
MELBY     Norwegian
Modern form of Meðalbýr meaning "middle farm", a combination of Old Norse meðal "middle" and býr "farm".
MELGOSA     Spanish
This indicates familial origin within either of 2 Castilian municipalities, Melgosa de Burgos or Melgosa de Villadiego. It could also indicate familial origin within the Manchego municipality La Melgosa.
MELILLO     Spanish, Italian
describing someone who worked on an apple orchard,harvesting and selling apples from the italian mela
MELINYDD     Welsh (Archaic)
A byname meaning "miller."
MELLARK     Popular Culture
The surname of the deuteragonist of the Hunger Games Trilogy, Peeta Mellark.
MELLENTHIN     German
Habitational name from places so called near Berlin and on the island of Usedom.
MELLODY     Irish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Maoiléidigh ‘descendant of Maoléidigh’, a byname composed of the elements maol ‘chief’ + éidigh ‘ugly’.
MELVILLE     Irish
Variant of MULVIHILL.
MENDARTE     Basque
This is a (nearly extinct) Basque surname of Gipuzkoan origin. It is a topographic name for someone who lived near a mountain. (Basque mendi = Mountain, arteko = near/in between)... [more]
MENDELEEV     Russian
Possibly means "son of Mendeley". Most famously used by Russian chemist Dimitri Mendeleev.
MENDELEYEV     Russian
Variant transcription of Mendeleev.
MENDIETA     Basque
This indicates familial origin within any of 3 eponymous neighborhoods: the one in the municipality of Ajangiz, the one in the municipality of Lemoa, or the one in the municipality of Artziniega.
MENDIGUREN     Basque
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of the municipality of Gasteiz.
MENDINUETA     Basque
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of Itzagaondoa.
MENDIOLA     Basque
Derived from given masculine names Menendo and Andrea
MENDÍVIL     Basque (Castilianized)
Castilianized form of Mendibil.
MENDIZABAL     Basque
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of Arratzua-Ubarrundia that the falangists demolished in 1959 to make way for a reservoir.
MENDLSAN     Yiddish
Yiddish form of Mendelssohn.
MENDOSA     Spanish
Variant spelling of Mendoza.
MENEAR     Cornish, English (British)
English (Devon; of Cornish origin): topographic name for someone who lived by a menhir, i.e. a tall standing stone erected in prehistoric times (Cornish men ‘stone’ + hir ‘long’). In the United States, it is a common surname in Pennsylvania & West Virginia.
MENESES     Spanish (Caribbean)
Meneses is my maternal grandfather's surname. He was born in Cuba in 1888 but his family came from Spain in the 1800's... [more]
MENEZ     Breton
Menez means mount or mountain in Breton.
MENG     Chinese (Rare)
Eminent, powerful. Bold, deceiving. Fierce, ferocious. The first of the series. The first month. The eldest.... [more]
MENGÍBAR     Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Andalusian municipality.
MENKE     German
Derived as a diminutive of several Germanic given names whose first element was derived from Germanic *magin- and *megin- "strength; force; power".
MENSAH     African, Ghanaian
This is a very common last name in Ghana.
MENTZER     German
Habitational name with the agent suffix -er, either from Mainz, earlier Mentz, derived from the medieval Latin name Mogontia (Latin Mogontiacum, probably from the Celtic personal name Mogontios), or from Menz in Brandenburg and Saxony.
MENZEL     German, English
Derived from a short form of MENZ, CLEMENS or HERMANN.
MERABET     Arabic (Maghrebi)
Mainly found in Algeria.
MERABISHVILI     Georgian
Means "son of Merab".
MERANTI     ?
MERÀS     Occitan
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Languedocien commune.
MERCADO     Spanish
From Spanish mercado "market", topographic name for someone living by a market or metonymic occupational name for a market trader.
MERCER     English, Catalan
Occupational name for a trader, from Old French mercier, Late Latin mercarius (an agent derivative of merx, genitive mercis, "merchandise"). In Middle English the term was applied particularly to someone who dealt in textiles, especially the more costly and luxurious fabrics such as silks, satin, and velvet.
MEREDITH     Welsh
From the personal name Maredudd. In Welsh the stress is on the second syllable. The Old Welsh form is Morgetiud, of which the first element may mean "pomp, splendor" and the second is iudd "lord".
MERINO     Spanish
"Merino" where a kind of medieval judges in the kingdoms of Castille and Navarre (nowadays Spain). Besides solving controversies among the people, could have some role in the organization of their territories.... [more]
MERIWETHER     English
Means "happy weather" in Middle English, originally belonging to a cheery person.
MERL     Jewish
Jewish (Ashkenazic) metronymic from the Yiddish female personal name Merl, a pet form of Hebrew Miryam (see Mirkin).
MERRIDEW     English
A different form of Meredith (from the Welsh personal name Meredydd, perhaps literally "lord of splendour"). It occurs in Wilkie Collins' 'The Moonstone' (1868) belonging to Mrs Merridew, widowed sister to Sir John Verinder.
MERRIWEATHER     English
From a medieval nickname for someone of a cheerful disposition (cf. Meriwether).
MERVYN     English
(i) from the medieval personal name Merewine, literally "fame-friend"; (ii) from the Old English personal names Mǣrwynn, literally "famous joy", and Merefinn, from Old Norse Mora-Finnr; (iii) from the Welsh personal name Merfyn, literally probably "marrow-eminent"
MESA     Spanish
Derived from the Spanish word mesa meaning "table"; ultimately from Latin mēnsa which also means "table". This surname was used to refer to people who lived on a mesa, a hill that is flat at the top and steep along the sides.
MESCHWITZ     Sorbian (Germanized)
Germanized form of Mješicy.
MESÍAS     Spanish, Spanish (Latin American)
Spanish, meaning Messiah.
MESMER     German
The surname of Franz Mesmer, a German physician who discovered animal-magnetism (mesmerism / hypnotism). The English word "mesmerism" is derived from this surname.
MESSAOUDI     Arabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from the given name Messaoud.
MESSER     German
Occupational name for an official in charge of measuring the dues paid in kind by tenants, from an agent derivative of Middle High German mezzen "to measure".
MESSER     Scottish
Occupational name for someone who kept watch over harvested crops, Middle English, Older Scots mess(i)er, from Old French messier (see Messier).
MESSI     African, Arabic, Italian
Famous bearer of this surname is Lionel Messi (born 1987-), an Argentinian footballer of Italian descent.
MESSIAEN     Dutch, French
Derived from Messiaen, the (archaic) Dutch form of the latinate first name Messianus, which itself is ultimately derived from the Roman praenomen Messus. The meaning of Messus is not wholly certain; it may be derived from the Latin verb meto "to reap, to harvest, to cut, to sever", or from the latinized form of Greek mesos or messos "(the) middle, (the) middle one"... [more]
MESSINA     Italian
Habitational name from the Sicilian city Messina. It was named Messana in the 5th century bc when it was captured by Anaxilaos of Rhegium; previously it had been known as Zancle.
MESSOUD     Western African
From the given name Mas'ud; used in Mauritania.
METALLO     Italian
From the Greek vocabulary word metallo "metal", used as a nickname for a miner or for someone with a clear or metallic tone of voice.
METCALF     English
Variant of Metcalfe.
METCALFE     English
An occupational name from Northern England, from Old English mete, 'food' and calf, 'calf', i.e calfs being fattened for consumption in late summer. Thus, making this surname an occupational name for either a slaughterer or herdsman... [more]
METTE     German, Dutch
From a pet form of the female personal name MECHTHILD.
METZ     German
From a short form of the female personal name MECHTHILD.
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