Submitted Surnames Starting with M

Filter Results       more options...
Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
MCSWEENEYIrish
Anglicized form of MACSHUIBHNE
MCSWIGGANIrish
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]
MCTONYAmerican
Tony McTony!
MEADEnglish
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
MEADEREnglish
Topographic name for someone who lived by a meadow, from Mead 1 + the suffix -er, denoting an inhabitant.
MEANSIrish
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.
MEASKhmer
Means "gold" in Khmer.
MEATHIrish
Denotes a person from County Meath, Ireland (see MCNAMEE).
MECKLENBURGGerman, Jewish
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]
MEDDEnglish
Dweller at the meadow.
MEDICIItalian
Patronymic or plural form of MEDICO. Medici is the family name of one of Italy's most powerful families.
MEDICOItalian
Occupational name for a physician, Italian medico (Latin medicus, from medere "to heal").
MEDLEYEnglish
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]
MEDNISLatvian
Means "wood grouse".
MEDOCroatian
Derived from medo meaning ''bear''.
MEDRANOSpanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Riojan municipality.
MEDVEDEVRussian
From Russian медведь (medved') meaning "bear".
MEDVEDEVARussian
Feminine form of Medvedev.
MÉEFrench
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’.
MEEEstonian
Mee is an Estonian surname derived from "mees" meaning "man".
MEEDEnglish
Dweller at the meadow.
MEEDEREstonian
Meeder is an Estonian surname derived from "meede (measure, arrangement)".
MEEHANEnglish
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]
MEEKSScottish
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.
MEELEstonian
Meel is an Estonian surname meaning "sense" or "countenance".
MEFFORDEnglish
It is the Old English name given to a point where two streams cross each other.... [more]
MEGGYESHungarian
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.
MEGRELISHVILIGeorgian
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.
MEHRABIPersian
From the given name Mehrab.
MEHTAIndian, Marathi, Hindi, Gujarati, Punjabi
Derived from Sanskrit महत् (mahát) meaning "great, large, big".
MEIEstonian
Mei is an Estonian surname derived from the Estonian word "meie", meaning "we", or "us".
MEIESAAREstonian
Meiesaar is an Estonian surname meaning "our island".
MEIGHANIrish
Variant of Meehan.
MEIJSTERDutch
From the German word meister meaning "master".
MEIKLEJOHNScottish
A Scottish distinguishing name for identifying the larger or eldest (Older Scots meikle "large") or elder of two men called John. (See also Mickle).
MEIRONHebrew
From the given name Miron (2).
MEISTERGerman
Means "Master" in German.
MEIZYSLithuanian
It means barley or wheat farmer
MEJIASpanish
Spanish (Mejía): probably from a religious byname (possibly under Jewish influence), from a vernacular form of Latin, Greek Messias ‘Messiah’, from Hebrew māšīaḥ ‘anointed’.
MEJIAGalician
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.
MELASGreek
Possibly from the names of several characters in Greek mythology, including a son of Poseidon who the Nile River was originally named after.
MELBYNorwegian
Modern form of Meðalbýr meaning "middle farm", a combination of Old Norse meðal "middle" and býr "farm".
MELGOSASpanish
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."
MELISSardinian
Derived from Sardinian mele or meli meaning "honey".
MELLARKPopular Culture
The surname of the deuteragonist of the Hunger Games Trilogy, Peeta Mellark.
MELLENTHINGerman
Habitational name from places so called near Berlin and on the island of Usedom.
MELLODYIrish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Maoiléidigh ‘descendant of Maoléidigh’, a byname composed of the elements maol ‘chief’ + éidigh ‘ugly’.
MELLOREnglish
Parishes in Derbyshire, and Lancashire, meaning the mill bank. ... [more]
MENDARTEBasque
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]
MENDELEEVRussian
Possibly means "son of Mendeley". Most famously used by Russian chemist Dimitri Mendeleev.
MENDELEYEVRussian
Variant transcription of Mendeleev.
MENDIETABasque
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.
MENDIGURENBasque
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of the municipality of Gasteiz.
MENDINUETABasque
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of Itzagaondoa.
MENDIOLABasque
Derived from given masculine names Menendo and Andrea
MENDIZABALBasque
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of Arratzua-Ubarrundia that the falangists demolished in 1959 to make way for a reservoir.
MENDOSASpanish
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]
MENEZBreton
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]
MENGÍBARSpanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Andalusian municipality.
MENKEGerman
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.
MENTZERGerman
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.
MERABISHVILIGeorgian
Means "son of Merab (2)" in Georgian.
MERÀSOccitan
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Languedocien commune.
MERCADOSpanish
From Spanish mercado "market", topographic name for someone living by a market or metonymic occupational name for a market trader.
MEREÄÄREstonian
Mereäär is an Estonian surname meaning "waterside".
MEREDITHWelsh
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".
MEREMÄEEstonian
Meremäe is an Estonian surname meaning "sea hill".
MERIEstonian
Meri is both an Estonian and Finnish surname, meaning "sea".
MERILOOEstonian
Meriloo is an Estonia surname derived from "meri" (sea) and "loo", one of several named locations in Estonia.
MERIMAAEstonian
Merimaa is an Estonian surname meaning "sea land".
MERINOSpanish
"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]
MERIWETHEREnglish
Means "happy weather" in Middle English, originally belonging to a cheery person.
MERLJewish
Jewish (Ashkenazic) metronymic from the Yiddish female personal name Merl, a pet form of Hebrew Miryam (see Mirkin).
MERRIDEWEnglish
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.
MERRIWEATHEREnglish
From a medieval nickname for someone of a cheerful disposition (cf. Meriwether).
MERVYNEnglish
(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"
MESASpanish
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.
MESIKÄPPEstonian
Mesikäpp is an Estonian surname meaning "honey cupboard".
MESILAEstonian
Mesila is an Estonian surname meaning "apiary" and "bee garden".
MESIPUUEstonian
Mesipuu is an Estonian surname meaning "beehive" (literally, "honey tree").
MESMERGerman
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.
MESSERGerman
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".
MESSERScottish
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]
MESSINAItalian
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.
MESTANZASpanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Manchego municipality.
METALLOItalian
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.
METCALFEEnglish
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]
METSEstonian
Mets is an Estonian surname meaning "forest".
METSAÄÄREstonian
Metsaäär is an Estonian surname meaning "forest edge".
METSALAEstonian
Metsala is an Estonian surname meaning "forest area".
METSALUEstonian
Metsalu is an Estonian surname meaning "forest grove".
METSAMAAEstonian
Metsamaa is an Estonian surname meaning "forest land".
METSAORGEstonian
Metsaorg is an Estonian surname meaning "forest valley".
METSASALUEstonian
Metsasalu is an Estonian surname meaning "forest grove".
METSUREstonian
Metsur is an Estonian surname meaning "forester".
METTEGerman, Dutch
From a pet form of the female personal name MECHTHILD.
METZGerman
From a short form of the female personal name MECHTHILD.
MEUNIERFrench
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]
MÉZECBreton
Mézec derives from mezeg which means physician in Breton
MEZIANEBerber, Northern African
From the given name Meziane (chiefly Algerian and Moroccan).
MIANMuslim
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.
MIANOItalian
Habitational name from Miano in Naples, Parma, and Teramo; Miane in Treviso; or Mian in Belluno.
MICALEItalian
Popular in Italy.
MICALLEFMaltese
Either from Micali, a variant of the Biblical name Michael, or from Maltese mħallef meaning "judge".
MICELLIItalian
Beacon, torch, light
MICHAILGreek
A common last name in Greece. Probably from the Archangel Michael who appeared to the Virgin Mary with a lily.
MICHALCZEWSKIPolish
This indicates familial origin within the Masovian village of Michalczew.
MICHÁLEKCzech
Michálek is pet form of Michal.
MICHALIDISGreek
Means "Son of Michael".
MICHALKA?
Of unknown origin and meaning... [more]
MICHALOPOULOSGreek
Means "son of Michail" in Greek.
MICHALOWSKIPolish
Habitational name from a place called Michalowice.
MICHALSKIPolish
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.
MICHELETOSGreek
Derived from the given name Michail.
MICHELSGerman, Dutch
Patronymic from the personal name Michel (see Michael). ... [more]
MICHIEScottish
My exact source is in the notes.
MICHIZOEJapanese
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.
MICKLEYFrench
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]
MICKLEYEnglish
It comes the French name Michelet, which comes from the name Michael, as in the angel. ... [more]
MIDDAGDutch
From the Dutch word for "Midday". The earliest/oldest records of the surname are found in the Netherlands (Holland).
MIDDENDORFGerman
"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".
MIDNIGHTIrish
Middle of the night, darkness, dark blue
MIDORIKAWAJapanese (Rare)
From Japanese 緑 (midori) meaning "green" and 川 (kawa) meaning "river, stream".
MIELEItalian
It means "honey" in Italian.
MIERSpanish, Dutch, English (American)
As a Spanish name relates to late summer and means "harvest" or "ripened".... [more]
MIERASCatalan
Castilianized form of Mieres, a habitational name from Catalan and Asturian-Leonese Mieres, towns in Catalonia and Asturies.
MIFUNEJapanese
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, mi.ru) 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]
MIGAPolish
Nickname from a derivative migac ‘to twinkle or wink’.
MIGLINIEKSLatvian
Name comes from the village Miglinieki.
MIGNOGNAItalian
In part a Southern Italian a habitational name from Mignogna, a minor place in Foggia province.
MIGUELSpanish, Portuguese
From the given name Miguel.
MIHAIRomanian
From the given name Mihai.
MIHARAJapanese
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.
MIHKLIEstonian
Mihkli is an Estonian surname, derived from the masculine given name "Mihkel" (a cogante of "Michael").
MIILEstonian
Miil is an Estonian surname meaning "mile".
MIJANGOSSpanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of the Castilian municipality of Merindad de Cuesta Urria.
MIKAPolish
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
MIKAMIJapanese
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 ".
MIKEHungarian
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.
MIKHAYLOVRussian
Variant transcription of Mikhailov.
MIKIJapanese
Possibly Mi ("Three") + Ki ("Tree"). This might've been inspired by the Japanese first name Miki.
MIKKEstonian
Mikk is an Estonian surname (and masculine given name); a shortened form of the masculine given name Mihkel (a variant of Michael).
MIKKELBORGNorwegian
Norwegian variant of the originally German surname MECKLENBURG, which came to Norway during the hanseatic era.
MIKKELSAAREstonian
Mikkelsaar is an Estonian surname derived from the masculine given name "Mikkel (Mihkel)" and "saar", meaning island; "Mikkel's island".
MIKÓHungarian
From a pet form of the personal names Miklós (Hungarian form of Nicholas) or Mihály (Hungarian form of Michael).
MIKOLAJCZYKPolish
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]
MIKULIĆCroatian
Means ''son of Mikula''.
MILÁNSpanish
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.
MILDMAYEnglish
From a medieval nickname for an inoffensive person (literally "mild maiden").
MILENKOVBulgarian
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.
MILHOUSEnglish
Variant spelling of English Millhouse.
MILHOUSEEnglish
Variant spelling of Millhouse.
MILIBANDJewish
This is the surname of British Labour Party politicians Ed and David Miliband, who are ethnically Jewish.
MILINACroatian, Serbian
passed down from generations
MILKEnglish
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]
MILLAYEnglish
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]
MILLENEnglish
A mill worker.
MILLINGTONEnglish
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.
MILOEnglish
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.