Submitted Surnames Starting with N

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NGAI Chinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese romanization of Wei and Ni.
NIANG Western African, Wolof
Refers to a member of the Deme, a Wolof clan whose symbol is the donkey.
NIAZAI Pashto
Most likely from Persian نیاز (niyaz) meaning "need, necessity, desire, wish" (see NIAZ or NIYAZ) combined with Pashto زوی (zoy) meaning "son (of)"... [more]
NIBBE German
Nickname meaning ‘beak’, or from a short form of a Germanic personal name Nippo, composed of Old High German nit ‘hostility’, ‘eagerness’ + boto ‘messenger’.
NIBO Circassian
Of unknown meaning.
NICHTER German
Means "Negator" in German.
NICKAL German
Variant of NICKEL
NICKEL German
From the German word "kupfernickel" meaning Devil's copper or St Nicholas's (OLd Nick's) copper.
NICKERSON English
Means "son of NICHOLAS".
NICKOWICZ Polish
Patronymic of the personal name NICHOLAS.
NICKS English, German
From the nickname of Nicholas.
NICKSON English
Variant of NIXON, patronymic from the given name NICHOLAS.
NICODEMOU Greek (Cypriot)
Variant transcription of Νικοδήμου (see Nikodimou), a patronymic from the genitive form of NIKODIMOS... [more]
NICOLAOU Greek (Cypriot)
Cypriot variant of NIKOLAOU.
NICOLAY German, French
From the given name Nicolay, a form of NICHOLAS through Russian NIKOLAY... [more]
NICOLIN French
From the given name NICOLAS.
NICOLINI Italian
patronymic from Nicolino, a pet form of Nicola
NIED Upper German
South German: habitational name from Nied in Hesse.
NIEDBAŁA Polish
Nickname from niedbały meaning "negligent", "careless", "untidy".
NIEDERHÄUSER German, Swiss
Habitational name from any of numerous places named Niederhaus or Niederhausen, denoting the lower of two dwellings or settlements or one in a low-lying position.
NIEDERMEIER German, German (Austrian)
Initially used as a distinguishing name for a farmer who had a farm lower than the neighboring one(s). This surname and its variant spellings are common to Austria and the Free State of Bavaria in Germany.
NIEDERMEYER German, Dutch
Distinguishing name for a farmer (see Meyer) who had a farm lower (Middle High German nider(e)) than the neighboring one(s).
NIEHAUS German
North German: topographic name from Middle Low German nie ‘new’ + hus ‘house’; or a habitational name from a common North German and Westphalian farm name with the same meaning.
NIEMANN North Frisian
North German form of NEUMANN, from Middle Low German nie + man.
NIEMEYER Low German
North German nickname for a newly arrived steward or tenant farmer, from Middle Low German nie ‘new’ + Meyer.
NIES German
German: from a reduced form of the personal name DIONYS (see DENNIS), which was stressed on the last syllable; this was a popular personal name as a result of the influence of the French Saint DENIS... [more]
NIESEN Dutch, German
Dutch: patronymic from the personal name NIJS, a reduced form of Denijs (see DENNIS)... [more]
NIESSEN Dutch
Thought to be found most commonly in Limburg... [more]
NIETZSCHE German, German (Silesian)
Derived from a Silesian diminutive for the given name Nikolaus. A famous bearer was Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (1944-1900), a German philologist and philosopher.
NIEUWMAN Dutch
Dutch cognate of Neumann.
NIEWINSKI Polish
Habitational name for someone from Niewino in Białystok voivodeship.
NIEZABITOWSKI Polish
This indicates familial origin within either of 2 Lesser Polish villages: Niezabitów or Niezabitów-Kolonia.
NIGG German, German (Swiss)
From a short form of the personal name NIKLAUS, a German form of NICHOLAS.
NIGHTINGALE English
Nickname for someone with a good voice, from Middle English nighti(n)gale, Old English nihtegal, from niht "night" and galan "sing" (cf. NACHTIGALL).
NIGMATULLIN Tatar, Bashkir
From the given name Nigmatullah.
NIGUL Estonian
Nigul is an Estonian surname (and masculine given name); from the given name "Nigul/Nigulas", a variant of "Nicholas".
NIIB Estonian
Niib is an Estonian surname possibly derived from "nii" meaning "so", "thus", and "like that".
NIIDRE Estonian
Niidre is an Estonian surname relating to "niide" (hay harvest).
NIIKURA Japanese
From the Japanese 新 (nii) "new" and 倉 or 蔵 (kura) "storehouse" or 鞍 (kura) "saddle."
NIIN Estonian
Niin is an Estonian surname meaning "bast" and "phloem" (the fibrous material from the phloem of a plant, used as fiber in matting, cord, etc.)
NIINE Estonian
Niine is an Estonian surname meaning "linden" and "bast".
NIINELAID Estonian
Niinelaid is an Estonian surname meaning "linden islet".
NIINEMÄE Estonian
Niinemäe is an Estonian surname meaning "linden hill/mountain".
NIINEMETS Estonian
Niinemets is an Estonian surname meaning "linden forest".
NIINEPUU Estonian
Niinepuu is an Estonian surname meaning "bast tree/wood".
NIINESALU Estonian
Niinesalu is an Estonian surname meaning linden/lime grove".
NIIT Estonian
Niit is an Estonian surname meaning "meadow".
NIITSOO Estonian
Niitsoo is an Estonian surname meaning "meadow swamp".
NIKBIN Persian
In Farsi (Persian) 'nik-' means good, and 'bin' means 'seeing'. ... [more]
NIKITIN Russian
From the given name NIKITA (1). This is the name of a Russian family of nobility.
NIKITINA Russian
Feminine form of Nikitin.
NIKKEL German, Dutch
Possibly an altered spelling of Dutch Nikel, from the personal name, a Dutch form of NICHOLAS.
NIKOLAIDIS Greek
Means "son of NIKOLAOS".
NIKOLAIEV Russian
Means "son of NIKOLAY."
NIKOLAOU Greek
Means "son of NIKOLAOS".
NIKOLAYEV Russian
Variant transcription of NIKOLAEV.
NIKOLOPOULOS Greek
Means "son of Nikolaos".
NIKOLOPOULOU Greek
Feminine form of Nikolopoulos.
NIMANBEGU Albanian
Nimanbegu or Nimani , given "beg" from Turks in Ottoman Empire
NIMR Arabic (Egyptian), Arabic
From Arabic نمر (nimr) meaning "leopard, tiger, panther"; mainly used in Egypt.
NINE English (American)
Americanized spelling of German Nein or Neun, from Middle High German niun meaning "nine".
NIÑO Spanish
Nickname from Spanish niño meaning "child", "boy". This was often given to a first-born son as a familiar name.
NINOMIYA Japanese
二 (Nino) means "Two, Second" and 宮 (Miya) means "Shrine". Notable Bearers: Kazunari Ninomiya, is songwriter, radio host, and much more. Sontoku (born Kinjiro) Ninomiya, was a moralist, agricultural leader, and more.
NIRK Estonian
Nirk is an Estonian surname meaning "stoat".
NISCHAN Sorbian
Germanized spelling of the Sorbian given name NIŠAN.
NISHANT Indian
Derived from the Sanskrit name for dawn or the end of night. In Sanskrit Nisha (निशा) means 'Night' and Ant (अन्त) means 'End', which can be alliterated as the end of night or the first ray of the morning sun.
NISHI Japanese
It means "West", it's more commonly added to other name elements such as mura, hara, etc.
NISHIDA Japanese
Means "western rice paddy" in Japanese. From the Japanese words 西 (west) and 田 (rice paddy).
NISHIHARA Japanese
From Japanese 西 (nishi) meaning "west" and 原 (hara) meaning "meadow, field, plain".
NISHINO Japanese
Nishi ("West") + No ("Feild").
NISHIO Japanese
Nishi means "West" and O means "Tail".
NISHIOKA Japanese
From Japanese 西 (nishi) meaning "west" and 岡 (oka) meaning "hill, ridge".
NISHIYAMA Japanese
a Japanese surname meaning "western mountain".
NISSEN Danish
Means "son of NIS".
NISU Estonian
Nisu is an Estonian surname meaning "wheat".
NISUMAA Estonian
Nisumaa is an Estonian surname meaning "wheat land".
NISWONGER Dutch
"One who dwells in the clearing"
NIYAZOV Uzbek, Tajik, Turkmen, Kazakh, Kyrgyz
Derived from Persian نیاز (niyâz) meaning "desire, wish, gift".
NIYAZOVA Uzbek, Tajik, Turkmen, Kazakh, Kyrgyz
Feminine counterpart of Niyazov.
NIYOZOV Tajik, Uzbek
Tajik and Uzbek variant of NIYAZOV.
NJIE African
It means path finder. It is an African surname only 11 people in the UK have this surname
NKRUMAH Western African
It is of Akan origin meaning "Great".
NOAR English
This surname is thought to be derived from nore which could mean "shore, cliff." This could denote that someone might have lived in a shore or cliff. It may also be used as a surname for someone who lived in the now 'diminished' village of Nore in Surrey.
NOBBS English
Derived from HOB, a Medieval English diminutive of ROBERT.
NOBEL Swedish
Habitational name from Östra Nöbbelöv in Scania, Southern Sweden. The name was originally spelled Nobelius but was later shortened to Nobel. A famous bearer was ALFRED Nobel (1833-1896), a Swedish engineer, chemist, and inventor.
NOBIRA Japanese
From the Japanese 野 (no) "field," "area" and 平 (hira) "peace."
NOBLE English, Scottish, Irish, French
Nickname from Middle English, Old French noble "high-born, distinguished, illustrious" (Latin nobilis), denoting someone of lofty birth or character, or perhaps also ironically someone of low station... [more]
NOBUNAGA Japanese
NOBU means "Trust, Believe" and Naga means "Long, Chief". Takatomi Nobunaga is a Japanese composer, with his surname written as such.
NOCE Italian
Topographic name for someone who lived where nut trees grew, from noce "nut" (Latin nux, genitive nucis).
NOCELLA Italian
Diminutive of NOCE.
NOCK Celtic, English
Dweller at the oak tree; originally spelt as "Noake" evolved into "Nock".
NOCTE American
Means "night" in Latin.
NOËL French
Means "Christmas".
NÕGENE ‎ Estonian
Nõgene is an Estonian surname derived from "nõgine" meaning "sooty" or "nõges" meaning "nettle".
NÕGES Estonian
Nõges is an Estonian surname meaning "nettle".
NOGGY ? (Rare)
Perhaps a variant of Hungarian NAGY.
NÕGU Estonian
Nõgu is an Estonian surname meaning "dell".
NOGUCHI Japanese
From Japanese 野 (no) meaning "field, wilderness" and 口 (kuchi) meaning "mouth, entrance".
NOICE English
Variant spelling of Noyce.
NOIR French
Means "black" in French, originally used in Northern France as an ethnic nickname for someone from Southern France, Spain, Italy or North Africa. It also may have been used for someone who wore dark clothing or for someone who had an occupation during the night or was associated with the night.
NOISETTE French
This is a French surname meaning "hazelnut".
NOJIMA Japanese
No means "Field" and Jima means "Island". Hirofumi Nojima is an actor, voice actor, and narrator.
NOJIRI Japanese
No means "Field" and Jiri means "Behind, End, Rear", similar to TAJIRI.
NOKHAEV Kalmyk
Derived from Kalmyk ноха (nokha) meaning "dog".
NOLAND Irish, French
Irish: variant of NOLAN.... [more]
NOLF German, Dutch
From a short form of the personal name Arnolf, composed of the Germanic elements arn 'eagle' + wulf 'wolf'. Dutch: from a reduced form of Nodolf, derived from the personal name Odolf by transfer of the final -n in a preceding personal name such as Jan, Simoen
NOMI Japanese
From the Japanese possessive particle 乃 (no) and 美 (mi) "beauty."
NOMIKOS Greek
A Greek surname which means "relating to law" (see first name NOMIKI).
NOMIZU Japanese
"Field rice patty water."
NÕMM Estonian
Nõmm is an Estonian surname meaning "heath".
NÕMME Estonian
Nõmme is an Estonian surname, derived from "nõmm", meaning "heath". It is also the name of several locations of towns and villages in Estonia.
NÕMMELA Estonian
Nõmmela is an Estonian surname meaning "heath area".
NÕMMIK Estonian
Nõmmik is an Estonian surname meaning "heath forest" or "heath stand".
NÕMMSALU Estonian
Nõmmsalu is an Estonian surname meaning "heath grove".
NOMURA Japanese
From the Japanese 野 (no) "field," "area" and 村, 邑 or 邨 (mura) "village."
NONAKA Japanese
From Japanese 野 (no) meaning "field, wilderness" and 中 (naka) meaning "middle".
NONGRUM Khasi, Indian
"Nongrum" is the name given for the "Title/Surname" of a persons. It is famous only in Khasi Hills, Meghalaya,shillong, the land of the "Khasis".
NONNENMACHER German
Occupational name for a gelder of hogs, from Middle High German nunne, nonne meaning "nun", and by transfer "castrated hog" + an agent derivative of machen meaning "to make".
NOODLA Estonian
Noodla is an Estonian surname meaning "seine/fishing area".
NOOL Estonian
Nool is an Estonian surname meaning "arrow".
NOON English
Either (i) from a medieval nickname for someone of a sunny disposition (noon being the sunniest part of the day); or (ii) from Irish Gaelic Ó Nuadháin "descendant of Nuadhán", a personal name based on Nuadha, the name of various Celtic gods (cf... [more]
NOONS French
From the Portuguese name NUNES.
NÖÖP Estonian
Nööp is an Estonian surname meaning "button".
NOOP Estonian
Noop is an Estonian surname meaning "block".
NÖÖR Estonian
Nöör is an Estonian surname meaning "twine" or "cord".
NOOR Arabic, Urdu, Somali, Bengali, Persian
Variant transcription of NUR.
NOOR Estonian
Noor is an Estonian surname meaning "young".
NOORHANI Estonian
Noorhani is an Estonian surname meaning "young goose".
NOORI Persian, Arabic, Urdu
From the given name NOOR (1).
NOORKÕIV Estonian
Noorkõiv is an Estonian surname meaning "young (noor) birch (kõiv Võro dialect)".
NOORMÄGI Estonian
Noormägi is an Estonian surname meaning "young hill/mountain".
NOORMETS Estonian
Noormets is an Estonian surname meaning "young forest".
NOORZAI Pashto
Means "son of light", from Arabic نور (nūr) meaning "light, illumination" combined with Pashto زوی (zoy) meaning "son (of)".
NORA Italian, German
Italian and German: from a short form of the feminine personal names ELEONORA or LEONORA.
NORBERG Swedish
Combination of Swedish norr "north" and berg "mountain".
NORD Swedish
Swedish surname meaning "north".
NORDAHL Norwegian, Swedish
The surname derives from a place name in Sunnmøre, Norway. Meaning from Old Norse norðr ''north'' and dalr ''dale'', ''valley''. In Sweden, this name is mostly ornamental, rather than habitaional.
NORDBERG Swedish
Combination of Swedish nord meaning "north", and berg meaning "mountain".
NORDENSKIÖLD Swedish
Derived from the two Swedish words "norden" which refers to the region of Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Norway and Iceland. The other word, skiöld, is an old way of spelling the word "sköld" that means shield.... [more]
NORDGREN Swedish
consist of "nord" meaning north, and "gren" meaning branch.
NORDH Swedish
Variant of NORD.
NORDICK English
Habitational name from a place so named near Bocholt, in the Lower Rhine area.
NORDIN Swedish
Combination of Swedish NORD "north" and the common surname suffix -in.
NORDLANDER Swedish
Combination of Swedish nord "north" and the common surname suffix -lander (a combination of land "land" and the habitational suffix -er).
NORDLUND Swedish
Swedish ornamental name. A combination of NORD "north" and LUND "grove".
NORDSTRÖM Swedish
Combination Swedish of nord "north" and ström "stream".
NORELL Swedish, English
Swedish ornamental name composed of norr "north" or nor "small strait" and the popular surname suffix -ell, from Latin adjectival suffix -elius. ... [more]
NORÉN Swedish
Swedish ornamental name composed of norr "north" or nor "small strait" and the popular surname suffix -én, from Latin -enius. The second element might, in some rare cases, be derived from Swedish en "juniper".
NORGAARD Danish
North "Nor" Farm "gaard"
NORIEGA Asturian
This indicates familial origin within an eponymous village.
NORMAN Swedish
Combination of Swedish norr "north", or in some cases nor "narrow strait of water", and man "man".
NORMAND French
Means North Man, meaning vikings
NORONHA Portuguese
Derived from Noreña, the name of a village in Asturias, northern Spain.
NOROUZI Persian
From Persian نوروز (nowruz) referring to the Iranian New Year, which is celebrated on the spring equinox.
NØRREGAARD Danish
An alternate spelling of Nørgaard. Literally meaning north farm in Danish.
NORRELL English, German (?)
A locational surname from the Germanic (Old English/Old Norse) term for the north. It either refers to someone who lived in a location called Northwell, lived north of a well, spring or stream (Old English weall)... [more]
NORRGÅRD Finnish, Swedish
From Swedish norr meaning "north" combined with gård meaning "farm, estate".
NORRINGTON English
Norrington is the name given to a person from the eponymous place.
NORRMAN Swedish
Either a variant of NORMAN or taken directly from Swedish norrman "Norwegian, person from Norway".
NØRSKOV Danish
Means "northern forest" from the Danish nord "north" and skov "forest".
NORSWORTHY English
Habitational name from Norseworthy in Walkhampton, Devon.
NORTHCOTT English
Derived from the Old English words "norð," meaning "north," and "cot," meaning a "cottage," or "shelter."
NORTHERN English
Topographic name, from an adjectival form of North.
NORWAY English
From the country in Europe.
NORWEL English
English surname meaning "From the North Spring"
NORWELL English
Means, "from the North Spring"
NORZAGARAI Basque
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous house in the municipality of Aiara.
NORZAGARAY Basque (Spanish)
Castilianized form of NORZAGARAI.
NOSDECHEVSKY Polish
Family name from ancestors who emigrated from Poland around 1900
NOSTRADAMUS Medieval Dutch (?)
This surname was beared by the famous writer MICHAEL de Nostradamus, also famous for predicting the apocalypse and the danger from the arab world.
NOTBOHM German, Low German
Low German cognate of High German NUSSBAUM.
NOTO Japanese
The kanji I viewed personally is unknown. But if it were to be made simply, it would be : No ("Feild") + To ("Wisteria").
NOTOU Japanese
A variant transcription of "NOTO" and vice versa.
NOTTINGHAM English (British)
A habitational name from the city of Nottingham in the East Midlands. Comes from the Old English name, meaning "homestead (ham) of Snot’s people". The initial S- was lost in the 12th century, due to the influence of Anglo-Norman French.... [more]
NÕU Estonian
Nõu is an Estonian surname meaning "vessel".
NÕUPUU Estonian
Nõupuu is an Estonian surname meaning "vessel tree/wood".
NOVAKOVSKY Russian
Russian form of NOWAKOWSKI.
NOVEMBER English (American)
From the name of the month.
NOVI Italian
Derived from Italian novello and ultimately derived from Latin novellus meaning "new". "Novi" also means "new" in several Slavic languages.
NOVIK Belarusian
Belarusian surname equivalent to the Russian surname NOVIKOV.
NOVIKOV Russian
Means "son of the novik" from Russian новик (novik), which referred to 16th-18th century teenage boys who were enlisted into the army. The word itself is probably from Russian новый (noviy) meaning "new".
NOVO Galician, Portuguese
Nickname from Portuguese and Galician novo ‘new’, ‘young’ (Latin novus). The word was also occasionally used in the Middle Ages as a personal name, particularly for a child born after the death of a sibling, and this may also be a source of the surname.
NÓVOA Galician
Habitational name from the former Galician juridical district Terra de Nóvoa, in Ourense province.
NOVOSEL Croatian
Derived from nov, meaning "new", and selo, meaning "village", so the possible meaning is "the one who's new to the village".
NOVOSELIĆ Croatian
Derived from nov, meaning "new", and selo, meaning "village", so the possible meaning is "the one who's new to the village".... [more]
NOVOSELTSEVA Russian
Feminine counterpart of Novoseltsev.
NOWAKOWSKI Polish
Polish surname meaning "new fellow".
NOWICKI Polish
Habitational name for a person from any of the several locations in Poland called Nowice. The name is derived from Polish nowy meaning "new".
NOY English
Either (i) from the medieval male personal name Noye, the English form of the Hebrew name Noach "Noah"; or (ii) an invented Jewish name based on Hebrew noy "decoration, adornment".
NSHIMIRIMANA Central African
Means "I thank God" in Burundian and Rwandan.
NUA African
Means "second daughter" in African.
NUGA Estonian
Nuga is an Estonian surname meaning "knife".
NUGIS Estonian
Nugis is an Estonian surname meaning "marten".
NUHIJI Albanian
Meaning unknown.
NUIAMÄE Estonian
Nuiamäe is an Estonian surname meaning "clubs hill."
NUMA Japanese
Numa means "Swamp".
NUNEMAKER German (Anglicized)
Anglicised spelling of Nonnenmacher.
NUNN English
Means someone who is a nun
NUPP Estonian
Nupp is an Estonian surname meaning "knob", "button" and "bud".
NUR Arabic, Bengali, Turkish
From the given name NUR.
NURALIEV Tajik, Uzbek, Kyrgyz, Kazakh
Derived from Arabic نُور (nūr) meaning "light, illumination, brightness" combined with the name ALI (1).
NUREYEVA Russian, Tatar, Bashkir
Feminine variant of Nureyev.
NURGALIEV Kazakh
From a given name derived from Arabic نُور (nūr) "light" (see NUR) and ALI (1).
NURIEV Tatar, Bashkir
Means "son of NUR".
NURISLAMOV Tatar
Means "son of NURISLAM".
NURISTANI Afghani
Derived from the name of Nuristan (meaning "land of light"), a province in northern Afghanistan.
NURK Estonian
Nurk is an Estonian surname meaning "corner".
NURM Estonian
Nurm is an Estonian surname meaning "lea" and "meadow" and "pasture".
NURME Estonian
Nurme is an Estonian surname, derived from "nurm", meaning "lea" (an open area of grassy land.)
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