Submitted Surnames Starting with M

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Anglicized form of MACSHUIBHNE
Means "son of Swiggan".
MCTEERIrish, Scottish
This surname is a modern variant of the ancient mhac an t'Saoir which means "the son of the carpenter."... [more]
Tony McTony!
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
Topographic name for someone who lived by a meadow, from Mead 1 + the suffix -er, denoting an inhabitant.
Sept of Menzies
MEANSWELLPopular 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.
Means "gold" in Khmer.
Denotes a person from County Meath, Ireland (see MCNAMEE).
Regional name for someone from this province in northern Germany. Derived from Old Saxon mikil "big, great" and burg "castle".
MECONEItalian (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]
Dweller at the meadow.
Patronymic or plural form of MEDICO. Medici is the family name of one of Italy's most powerful families.
Occupational name for a physician, Italian medico (Latin medicus, from medere "to heal").
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]
Means "wood grouse".
Derived from medo meaning ''bear''.
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Riojan municipality.
From Russian медведь (medved') meaning "bear".
Feminine form of Medvedev.
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).
MEEIrish (Anglicized, Archaic)
Irish reduced form of McNamee or Meehan. Irish anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Miadhaigh ‘descendant of Miadhach’, a byname meaning ‘honorable’.
Mee is an Estonian surname derived from "mees" meaning "man".
Dweller at the meadow.
Meeder is an Estonian surname derived from "meede (measure, arrangement)".
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'.... [more]
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.
Meel is an Estonian surname meaning "sense" or "countenance".
It is the Old English name given to a point where two streams cross each other.... [more]
Means "cherry" in Hungarian.
MEGHNAGIJewish/Sephardic/Libyan (Rare)
Sephardic Jewish, originating from the Libyan Jewish community. Most were from Tripoli, with a much smaller contingent from Benghazi.
Means "son of the Mingrelian", derived from Georgian მეგრელი (megreli) meaning "Mingrelian".
MEHENDALEIndian (Rare), Marathi (Rare)
An Indian Brahmin surname of unknown meaning from the Indian state of Maharashtra.
From the given name Mehrab.
MEHTAIndian, Marathi, Hindi, Gujarati, Punjabi
Derived from Sanskrit महत् (mahát) meaning "great, large, big".
Mei is an Estonian surname derived from the Estonian word "meie", meaning "we", or "us".
Meiesaar is an Estonian surname meaning "our island".
Variant of Meehan.
From the German word meister meaning "master".
A Scottish distinguishing name for identifying the larger or eldest (Older Scots meikle "large") or elder of two men called John. (See also Mickle).
From the given name Miron (2).
Means "Master" in German.
It means barley or wheat farmer
Spanish (Mejía): probably from a religious byname (possibly under Jewish influence), from a vernacular form of Latin, Greek Messias ‘Messiah’, from Hebrew māšīaḥ ‘anointed’.
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]
MEKKYArabic (Egyptian)
Refers to the city of Mecca or Makka (مكة) in Saudi Arabia, considered the most holy city in Islam.
MELANAYFilipino (Latinized, Modern, Rare)
From Bicol region in the Philippines, the most population name in Naga City.
Possibly from the names of several characters in Greek mythology, including a son of Poseidon who the Nile River was originally named after.
Modern form of Meðalbýr meaning "middle farm", a combination of Old Norse meðal "middle" and býr "farm".
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.
MELILLOSpanish, Italian
describing someone who worked on an apple orchard,harvesting and selling apples from the italian mela
MELINYDDWelsh (Archaic)
A byname meaning "miller."
Derived from Sardinian mele or meli meaning "honey".
MELLARKPopular Culture
The surname of the deuteragonist of the Hunger Games Trilogy, Peeta Mellark.
Habitational name from places so called near Berlin and on the island of Usedom.
Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Maoiléidigh ‘descendant of Maoléidigh’, a byname composed of the elements maol ‘chief’ + éidigh ‘ugly’.
Parishes in Derbyshire, and Lancashire, meaning the mill bank. ... [more]
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]
Possibly means "son of Mendeley". Most famously used by Russian chemist Dimitri Mendeleev.
Variant transcription of Mendeleev.
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.
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of the municipality of Gasteiz.
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of Itzagaondoa.
Derived from given masculine names Menendo and Andrea
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of Arratzua-Ubarrundia that the falangists demolished in 1959 to make way for a reservoir.
Variant spelling of Mendoza.
MENEARCornish, 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.
MENESESSpanish (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 means mount or mountain in Breton.
MENGChinese (Rare)
Eminent, powerful. Bold, deceiving. Fierce, ferocious. The first of the series. The first month. The eldest.... [more]
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Andalusian municipality.
Derived as a diminutive of several Germanic given names whose first element was derived from Germanic *magin- and *megin- "strength; force; power".
MENSAHAfrican, Ghanaian
This is a very common last name in Ghana.
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.
MENZELGerman, English
Derived from a short form of MENZ, CLEMENS or HERMANN.
MERABETArabic (Maghrebi)
Mainly found in Algeria.
Means "son of Merab (2)" in Georgian.
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Languedocien commune.
From Spanish mercado "market", topographic name for someone living by a market or metonymic occupational name for a market trader.
Mereäär is an Estonian surname meaning "waterside".
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".
Meremäe is an Estonian surname meaning "sea hill".
Meri is both an Estonian and Finnish surname, meaning "sea".
Meriloo is an Estonia surname derived from "meri" (sea) and "loo", one of several named locations in Estonia.
Merimaa is an Estonian surname meaning "sea land".
"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]
Means "happy weather" in Middle English, originally belonging to a cheery person.
Jewish (Ashkenazic) metronymic from the Yiddish female personal name Merl, a pet form of Hebrew Miryam (see Mirkin).
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.
From a medieval nickname for someone of a cheerful disposition (cf. Meriwether).
(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"
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.
MESBAHArabic (Maghrebi), Arabic (Egyptian)
Derived from Arabic مِصْبَاح (miṣbāḥ) meaning "lamp, light, luminary".
MESÍASSpanish, Spanish (Latin American)
Spanish, meaning Messiah.
Mesikäpp is an Estonian surname meaning "honey cupboard".
Mesila is an Estonian surname meaning "apiary" and "bee garden".
Mesipuu is an Estonian surname meaning "beehive" (literally, "honey tree").
The surname of Franz Mesmer, a German physician who discovered animal-magnetism (mesmerism / hypnotism). The English word "mesmerism" is derived from this surname.
MESSAOUDIArabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from the given name Messaoud.
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".
Occupational name for someone who kept watch over harvested crops, Middle English, Older Scots mess(i)er, from Old French messier (see Messier).
MESSIAfrican, Arabic, Italian
Famous bearer of this surname is Lionel Messi (born 1987-), an Argentinian footballer of Italian descent.
MESSIAENDutch, 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]
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.
MESSOUDWestern African
From the given name Mas'ud; used in Mauritania.
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Manchego municipality.
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.
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]
Mets is an Estonian surname meaning "forest".
Metsaäär is an Estonian surname meaning "forest edge".
Metsala is an Estonian surname meaning "forest area".
Metsalu is an Estonian surname meaning "forest grove".
Metsamaa is an Estonian surname meaning "forest land".
Metsaorg is an Estonian surname meaning "forest valley".
Metsasalu is an Estonian surname meaning "forest grove".
Metsur is an Estonian surname meaning "forester".
METTEGerman, Dutch
From a pet form of the female personal name MECHTHILD.
From a short form of the female personal name MECHTHILD.
French word for "miller."
MEUSBURGERGerman (Austrian)
The history of this last name is that it means "Mountain Dweller." Being as part of the Austrian surnames, it's a widely used one in it's home country. A few brothers had gone to various countries, as of now there is Meusburgers in Columbia, as well as the United States and throughout Europe... [more]
Mézec derives from mezeg which means physician in Breton
MEZIANEBerber, Northern African
From the given name Meziane (chiefly Algerian and Moroccan).
From a title of respect, Urdu mian meaning ‘sir’ (from Persian miyān meaning ‘between’), used to address an older man. In Bangladesh this is common as a suffix added to the name of a respected person, especially a senior member of a village community.
Habitational name from Miano in Naples, Parma, and Teramo; Miane in Treviso; or Mian in Belluno.
Popular in Italy.
Either from Micali, a variant of the Biblical name Michael, or from Maltese mħallef meaning "judge".
Beacon, torch, light
A common last name in Greece. Probably from the Archangel Michael who appeared to the Virgin Mary with a lily.
This indicates familial origin within the Masovian village of Michalczew.
Michálek is pet form of Michal.
Means "Son of Michael".
Of unknown origin and meaning... [more]
Means "son of Michail" in Greek.
Habitational name from a place called Michalowice.
Habitational name for someone from a place called Michale in Bydgoszcz voivodeship, or Michaly in Plock voivodeship; patronymic from personal name Michal.
MICHELETFrench (Latinized, Rare)
Its name comes from the name Michael, the angel.
Derived from the given name Michail.
MICHELSGerman, Dutch
Patronymic from the personal name Michel (see Michael). ... [more]
My exact source is in the notes.
From the Japanese 道 (michi) "road," "way," "path" and 添 (zoe or soe) "addition," "add-on," "improvememnt."
MICKGerman, Dutch, Irish
Short form of the given name MIKOLAJ or an occupational name from Middle Low German and Middle Dutch micke "(wheat or rye) bread". The name was reportedly taken from Germany to Ireland in the 18th century.
It originated when an immigrant family named Michelet came to New York from Northern France. Because they had a foreign surname, they made up the names Mickley and Michelin. The originator was Jean Jacques Michelet (John Jacob Mickley), a private in the Revolutionary War... [more]
It comes the French name Michelet, which comes from the name Michael, as in the angel. ... [more]
From the Dutch word for "Midday". The earliest/oldest records of the surname are found in the Netherlands (Holland).
"middle of the village"
MIDDLETONEnglish, Scottish
Habitational name from any of the places so called. In over thirty instances from many different areas, the name is from Old English midel "middle" + tun "enclosure","settlement".
Middle of the night, darkness, dark blue
MIDORIKAWAJapanese (Rare)
From Japanese 緑 (midori) meaning "green" and 川 (kawa) meaning "river, stream".
It means "honey" in Italian.
MIERSpanish, Dutch, English (American)
As a Spanish name relates to late summer and means "harvest" or "ripened".... [more]
Castilianized form of Mieres, a habitational name from Catalan and Asturian-Leonese Mieres, towns in Catalonia and Asturies.
This surname is used as 三船, 三舟, 美船, 御舟, 御船, 神船 or 見船 with 三 (san, zoo, mi, mi'.tsu, mi.tsu) meaning "three", 美 (bi, mi, utsuku.shii) meaning "beautiful, beauty", 御 (gyo, go, o-, on-, mi-) meaning "govern, honourable, manipulate", 神 (shin, jin, kami, kan-, kou-, mi) meaning "gods, mind, soul", 見 (gen, mi.eru, mi.seru, meaning "chances, hopes, idea, look at, opinion, see, visible", 船 (sen, funa-, fune) meaning "boat, ship" and 舟 (shuu, funa-, fune, -bune) meaning "boat, ship."... [more]
Nickname from a derivative migac ‘to twinkle or wink’.
Name comes from the village Miglinieki.
In part a Southern Italian a habitational name from Mignogna, a minor place in Foggia province.
MIGUELSpanish, Portuguese
From the given name Miguel.
From the given name Mihai.
三 (Mi) means "Three" and 原 (Hara) means "Plain, Wilderness". A notable bearer with this surname would be Yasuhiro Mihara. He is a shoe designer.
Mihkli is an Estonian surname, derived from the masculine given name "Mihkel" (a cogante of "Michael").
Miil is an Estonian surname meaning "mile".
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of the Castilian municipality of Merindad de Cuesta Urria.
A shortened form of the Polish version of MICHAELSON, which became a family name earlier on.
MIKAHungarian, Polish
Comes from a pet form of a central and eastern European personal name equivalent to Nicholas
From the Japanese 三 (mi) "three," 見 (mi) "mindset," "outlook," "mentality," 味 (mi or aji) "taste," 海 (mi or umi) "sea" or 水 (mi or mizu) "water," and 上 (kami, kan or ue) "upper," "above," 神 (kami, kan or shin) "god" or 守 (kami or mori) "guard," "protect," "defend."
MIKANJapanese, Popular Culture
Mikan means "Mandarin Orange", this is pretty uncommon. A character from Danganronpa, Tsumiki Mikan, has this surname. The source is in the notes.
MIKAZUKIJapanese (Rare)
Mikazuki is a one kanji surname that means " Crescent ".
Fro, a pet form of the personal name Miklós, Hungarian form of Nicholas, or possibly from a short form of Mihály, Hungarian form of Michael.
MIKELEnglish, Nigerian
From the given name Mikel.
Variant transcription of Mikhailov.
Possibly Mi ("Three") + Ki ("Tree"). This might've been inspired by the Japanese first name Miki.
Mikk is an Estonian surname (and masculine given name); a shortened form of the masculine given name Mihkel (a variant of Michael).
Norwegian variant of the originally German surname MECKLENBURG, which came to Norway during the hanseatic era.
Mikkelsaar is an Estonian surname derived from the masculine given name "Mikkel (Mihkel)" and "saar", meaning island; "Mikkel's island".
From a pet form of the personal names Miklós (Hungarian form of Nicholas) or Mihály (Hungarian form of Michael).
From the personal name Mikołaj meaning "son of Mikołaj".
MIKOSPolish, Hungarian, Greek
From a derivative of a personal name equivalent to Nicholas: Polish Mikolaj, Slovenian Miklavž, or Hungarian Miklós.... [more]
Means ''son of Mikula''.
Nickname from milán "kite" (the bird of prey).
MILANAYFilipino (Latinized, Rare, Archaic)
The Milanay is original surname from Bicol region in the Philippines, the most population name in Naga City.
From a medieval nickname for an inoffensive person (literally "mild maiden").
Means "son of Milenko".
MILETIĆCroatian, Serbian
Means ''son of Mile''.
MILEYIrish (Anglicized)
Anglicised form of Ó MAOL AODHA, though Ó MÁILLE and Ó MAOLMHUAIDH can also be possibilities. See Molloy (and Mulloy) and Milley (and Mulley) for comparison. A known bearer of this surname is James "Bubber" Miley (1903-1932), an American jazz musician.
Variant spelling of English Millhouse.
Variant spelling of Millhouse.
This is the surname of British Labour Party politicians Ed and David Miliband, who are ethnically Jewish.
MILINACroatian, Serbian
passed down from generations
Probably from Middle English milk ‘milk’, applied as a metonymic occupational name for a producer or seller of milk.In some instances, probably a translation of German Milch, a variant of Slavic Milich or of Dutch Mielke (a pet form of Miele), or a shortening of Slavic Milkovich.
MILLScottish, English
Scottish and English: topographic name for someone who lived near a mill, Middle English mille, milne (Old English myl(e)n, from Latin molina, a derivative of molere ‘to grind’)... [more]
This surname is thought to be a respelling of Millais, which may come from the French surname Millet, a metonymic occupational name for a grower or seller of millet or panic grass (derived from a diminutive form of Old French mil which is then derived from Latin milium meaning "millet").... [more]
A mill worker.
Parishes in Cheshire, and the East Riding of Yorkshire.
MILLSAPEnglish (American), English
Judging by the name and how it sounds, I guess it's occupational. This is the name of a town in Texas, named after Fuller Millsap.
MILNEREnglish, Scottish
Northern English (mainly Yorkshire) and Scottish: variant of Miller, retaining the -n- of the Middle English word, which was a result of Scandinavian linguistic influence, as in Old Norse mylnari.
Derived from the given name Milo.
MIMOUNArabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from the given name Mimoun.
MIMSEnglish (British)
Habitational name from Mimms (North and South Mimms) in Hertfordshire, most probably derived from an ancient British tribal name, Mimmas.