Submitted Surnames Starting with O

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From the medieval personal name Oppy or Obby, pet-forms of such names as Osbert and Osbold. John Opie (1761-1807) was a British portrait and history painter; other bearers of this surname include Peter Opie (1918-82), and his wife Iona Opie (née Archibald; 1923-), British authors and folklorists.
Öpik is an Estonian surname meaning "textbook" or "manual".
Generally considered a (very) contracted form of given names that contained the Old High German element od "fortune; wealth" (or a variant thereof) and a second element that began with or contained the letter B, for example Audobald.
OPPARAIndian, Tamil
It is a Tamil name, denoting an agricultural occupation.
Habitational name meaning "upper farm". Derived from Old Norse uppi "upper" and garðr "farm, yard". This was the name of several farmsteads in Norway. ... [more]
From the Irish Gaelic Á Preith or Ó Preith meaning "of the cattle spoil".
From the given name ʻŌpūnui.
ORAAlbanian (Modern, Rare), Various
Means "time" in Albanian. A famous bearer is British singer Rita Ora (b. 1990).
ORAKZAIPashto, Pakistani
Means "lost son" in Pashto; a combination of wrak meaning "lost" and زوی (zoy) meaning "son". The Orakzai (or Aurakzai) are a Pashtun tribe from the Orakzai Agency and North West Frontier Province of Pakistan.
ORANGEMedieval English, Medieval French, English
Derived from the medieval female name, or directly from the French place name. First used with the modern spelling in the 17th century, apparently due to William, Prince of Orange, who later became William III... [more]
means "orange" in Dutch, in reference to the Dutch Royal Family
Orav is an Estonian surname meaning "squirrel".
Means "son of Orazgeldi" in Turkmen.
Means "son of Oraz".
From a village in Lincolnshire, England originally called Orby and later Orreby that is derived from a Scandinavian personal name Orri- and the Scandinavian place element -by which means "a farmstead or small settlement."
ORCHARDEnglish, Scottish
English: topographic name for someone who lived by an orchard, or a metonymic occupational name for a fruit grower, from Middle English orchard.... [more]
Perhaps a much altered spelling of Scottish Urquhart used predominantly in Staffordshire, England.
Was the surname of a family of Hungarian nobility (including Baroness Emmuska Orczy, author of *The Scarlet Pimpernel*) originating from the village Orczi (now called Orci).
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of the municipality of Muxika in the Comarca of Busturialdea-Urdaibai.
English name meaning "spear strength".
Means "ruin" in Turkish.
From the given name Oren.
Org is an Estonian surname meaning "valley".
Metonymic occupational name for a player of a musical instrument (any musical instrument, not necessarily what is now known as an organ), from Middle English organ (Old French organe, Late Latin organum ‘device’, ‘(musical) instrument’, Greek organon ‘tool’, from ergein ‘to work or do’).
From a rare medieval personal name, attested only in the Latinized forms Organus (masculine) and Organa (feminine).
ORGANAPopular Culture
This is the surname of Princess Leia from the 'Star Wars' movies.
Orgla is an Estonian surname meaning "valley area".
Orgmaa is an Estonian surname meaning "valley land".
Orgmets is an Estonian surname meaning "valley forest".
Anglicized form of Irish Ó Ríoghbhárdáin meaning "descendant of Ríoghbhardán". The name Ríoghbhardán means "little poet king" (see Rórdán).
Habitational name from Oritz, a town in Navarre province.
The name orlaigh means golden lady/princess. Usually spelt Orla or Orlaith and rarely spelt orlaigh. its a first name, not a surname
From France. Middle ages??
ORLEYDutch, Flemish, English
A surname of uncertain origin found among the Dutch, Flemish and English. In England the name is primarily found in Yorkshire and Devon. Orley may be an adapted form of a French name D'Orley or a nickname for Orlando... [more]
Habitational name for someone from a place called Orlikowo in Łomża voivodeship.
ORMAYEnglish (American)
Believed to be the Americanization of the last name Ormoi from Hungary.
Means "eagle" in Swedish.
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of the parish of Santo Ourente de Entíns in the municipality of Outes.
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of the Navarrese municipality of Baztan.
Means "descendant of Ruairc", a pre-9th-century Norse personal name. A famous bearer was child actress Heather O'Rourke (1975-1988).
OROWITZJewish, German
The name comes from a famous Rabbinical dynasty.... [more]
From a combination of the given name Oraz of Turkic origin meaning "happiness, joy" and Ali (1).
OROZCOSpanish, Basque
Comes from the Bilbao province in the Basque region of Spain.
ORPAZHebrew (Modern)
From the given name Orpaz, means "golden light" in Hebrew.
Means "herbalist" (from Middle English orpin "yellow stonecrop", a plant prescribed by medieval herbalists for healing wounds). A variant spelling was borne by British painter Sir William Orpen (1878-1931).
This is an old name of Renfrewshire area of Scotland. The origins could be French or Norwegian (Viking) from more man 1000 years ago. What is known is that Orr is a place name and a sept of the Campbell clan... [more]
Orro is an Estonian surname, probably derived from the prefix "oro-", relating to "hill" ("mäe") and "mountain" ("mägi"); "mountainous" or "hilly".
Patronymic or plural form of Orso. It may also be an Italianized form of Slovenian Uršic, metronymic from the female personal name Urša, short form of Uršula (Latin Ursula), or a patronymic from the male personal name Urh, Slovenian vernacular form of Ulrik, German Udalrich
It means "old agricultural garden".
Oru is an Estonian surname derived from "org" meaning "valley".
Meaning, ‘descendant of Ruarc.’
From Turkish oruç meaning ''fast, to abstain from food''.
Derived from the Turkish Oruç.
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of the municipality of Gautegiz-Arteaga.
Orumaa is an Estonian surname derived from "org ("valley") and "maa" ("land").
Orusalu is an Estonian surname meaning "valley grove".
Means "Russian boy" in Tuvan, from Tuvan орус (orus) meaning "Russian (person)" combined with оол (ool) "son, boy".
Oruvee is an Estonian surname meaning "valley water".
Polish from Orzech meaning "hazelnut", someone who is living by a hazelnut tree or a nickname for someone with light brown hair.
O means "Big" and Saka means "Hill, Slope".
From the Japanese 大 (o) "big" and 崎, 埼, 﨑 or 岬 (saki) "peninsula," "cape" or 嵜 (saki) "steep," "promontory."
From Japanese 大 (o) meaning "big, large" combined with 迫 (sako) meaning "imperative".... [more]
O means "Big" and Sato means "Hamlet, Village, Town".
O means "Large, Great" and Sawa means "Swamp, Marsh".
From the given name OSBORN.
Means "descendant of Seachnasach", a personal name of uncertain origin, perhaps derived from seachnach "elusive". The Ó Seachnasaigh or O'Shaughnessy family are believed to be descendants of Daithi, the last pagan king of Ireland.
Means "grandson of Seanachan". Alternatively, may be derived from Gaelic seanachaidh, meaning "skilled storyteller".
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of the Castilian municipality of Valle de Mena.
OSEIWestern African
Very popular surname in Ghana.
OSGOODEnglish Jewish
English: Old Norse personal name Asgautr, composed of the elements as'god'+the tribal name Gaul. This was established in England before the Conquest, in the late old English forms Osgot or Osgod and was later reinforce by the Norman Ansgot.... [more]
O'SHAUGHNESSYIrish (Anglicized)
Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Seachnasaigh "descendant of Seachnasach", a personal name of uncertain origin, perhaps derived from seachnach "elusive".
From 大 (oo) meaning "large", and 島/嶋 (shima) meaning "island". It is also used in many place names, rendered as 大島.
Proper, non-Anglicized form of Sheehan.
Meaning "ash tree".
Means "son of Oskar".
Possibly derived from Ostler (from the the Norman 'Hostelier') meaning clerk or bookkeeper. First used in England after the Norman invasion of 1066. Surname of a 19th cent. Canadian doctor, Sir William Osler, widely viewed as the 'Father of Internal Medicine'.
Means ''son of Osman''.
Variant of Hosmer.
OSMEÑAFilipino, Cebuano (Hispanicized)
Perhaps of Muslim origin derived from the Arabic given name Uthman, or of Spanish origin.... [more]
Meaning unknown.
From a combination of the given names Osmon and Ali (1).
From the given name Osmond
Means “son of Osmon”.
From the Kazakh given name Ospan, a variant of Uthman.
Likely a habitational name from an area in the Verbano-Cusio-Ossola province in Northern Italy.
This indicates familial origin within the Lesser Polish village of Ossolin.
Means "east" in Swedish.
Means "son of Ostap".
Habitational name from farmsteads in Norway named Østby or Austby. Derived from Old Norse aust "east" and býr "farm, village".
Swedish form of Øster.
OSTERDAYAmerican (Germanized, Rare)
One day in Germany there was a male infant left on the steps to a church. When someone found the baby on the steps, they decided to name him Oster because that day was the day of Easter. Easter in German is Oster... [more]
From the town of Oosterhout,, meaning "East Wood", as it is located nearby forests in the east of the Netherlands. Primary modern usage is in the United States can be traced back to Jan Jensen van Oosterhoudt, who immigrated to New Amsterdam in the 17th Century, and has been generally been simplified to Osterhout, where the O is pronounced as "AW"... [more]
ÖSTERREICHERGerman, German (Austrian)
Means "One from Austria", "the Austrian".
An uncommon Norwegian surname of uncertain origin. It is most likely a locational name, derived from Norwegian øst, 'east' and hagen, 'enclosure'. ... [more]
Combination of Swedish öst "east" and lund "groove".
From the given name Oswald.
From the Japanese 太 (o) "fat," "thick," 大 (o) "big" or 多 (o) "many" and 田 (ta or da) "rice paddy" or 多 (ta, da or o) "many." Note that 多多 would be read "Tada."
This surname combines 大 (tai, dai, oo-, -oo.ini, oo.kii) meaning "big, large" with 高 (kou, taka, taka.i, taka.maru, taka.meru, -daka) meaning "expensive, high, tall," 鷹 (ou, you, taka) meaning "hawk," 孝 (kyou, kou, taka) meaning "child's respect, filial piety," 嵩 (shuu, suu, kasa,, taka.i) meaning "be aggravated, grow bulky, grow worse, swell" or 貴 (ki, tatto.i, tatto.bu, touto.i, touto.bu, taka) meaning "esteem, honour, precious, prize, value."... [more]
From the Japanese 大 (o) "big" and 瀧 or 滝 (taki) "waterfall."
Variant transcription of Ootani.
Variant transcription of Ootani.
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Castilian municipality.
OTHONOSGreek (Cypriot)
Comes from Όθων meaning "Otto" in Greek.
The meaning of the name is unclear, but it seems to derive from the pre 13th century Gaelic O' Tuathalain suggesting that it was probably religious and may translate as "The male descendant of the follower of the lord".
This surname combines 乙 (itsu, otsu, oto-, kinoto) meaning "duplicate, strange, the latter, witty" or 音 (in, on, -non, oto, ne) meaning "noise, sound" with 成 (jou, sei,,,, nari) meaning "become, elapse, get, grow, reach, turn into."
Meaning, ‘descendant of Torán’, a personal name formed from a diminutive of tor ‘lord’, ‘hero’, ‘champion’.
O’TORANIrish (Anglicized)
Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Toráin ‘descendant of Torán’, a personal name formed from a diminutive of tor ‘lord’, ‘hero’, ‘champion’.
Habitational name for someone from any of four places in Bohemia called Otradov or Otradovice.
Ots is an Estonian surname meaning "cusp" or "tip".
From the Japanese 大 (o) "big" or 太 (o) "fat," "thick" and 塚 (tsuka) "mound."
This surname combines 大 (tai, dai, oo-, -oo.ini, oo.kii) "large, big" with 月 (gatsu, getsu, tsuki) meaning "moon, month," 槻 (ki, tsuki) meaning "Zelkova tree," 築 (chiku, kizu.ku, tsuki) meaning "build, construct, fabricate," 附 (fu, tsu.ku, tsu.keru) meaning "affixed, append, attach" or 即 (soku, sunawa.chi, tsu.ku, tsu.keru) meaning "adapt, agree, as is, conform, instant, namely." It can also be used to combine 王 (ou, -nou) meaning "king, magnate, rule" and 月.... [more]
Ostus is an Estonian surname meaning "decision" or "resolution".
ŌTSUTSUKIPopular Culture
This surname is used as 大筒木 with 大 (tai, dai, oo-, -oo.ini, oo.kii) "large, big," 筒 (tou, tsutsu) meaning "cylinder, gun barrel, pipe, sleeve, tube" and 木 (boku, moku, ki, ko-) meaning "tree, wood."... [more]
From a Latin form (through French) of the Turkish given name Osman, itself from Arabic Uthman. This was given in honour of Osman I, the founder of the Ottoman Empire.
From the Norman male personal names Otoïs, of Germanic origin and meaning literally "wealth-wide" or "wealth-wood", and Otewi, of Germanic origin and meaning literally "wealth-war".
May translate as "The male descendant of the follower of the lord".
The meaning of the name is unclear, but it seems to derive from the pre 13th century Gaelic O' Tuathalain suggesting that it was probably religious and may translate as "The male descendant of the follower of the lord".
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of the municipality of Zalla.
OUChinese (Cantonese)
During the Spring and Autumn period (722–481 bc), a prince of the state of Yue was enfeoffed a region that included a mountain the name of which contained the Chinese character for Ou. Many of the prince’s descendants adopted this character as their surname... [more]
OUAHMEDBerber, Northern African
Kabyle name meaning "son of Ahmed", from the Berber prefix ou- meaning "son (of)" combined with the Arabic name Ahmed (chiefly Algerian).
OUAZZANIArabic (Maghrebi)
Denotes someone originally from Ouazzane, a town in northern Morocco.
OUBEIDWestern African
Mauritanian variant of Obeid (see Ubayd).
Derived from Dutch oude "old" and hoeve "farm; farmstead; manor". As a surname it is derived from one of the many places of this name, for example in Menen, Passendale, Steenvoorde, Steenwerk, Broekburg or Godewaardsvelde.
OUELLETTEFrench (Quebec)
Canadian spelling of French (Norman and Champenois) Ouilet, from a Frenchified form of Willet, a pet form of William.
Õuemaa is an Estonian surname meaning "courtyard".
OUERTANIArabic (Maghrebi)
Found mainly in Tunisia.
OUESLATIArabic (Maghrebi)
Denotes someone originally from Oueslatia, a town in Tunisia.
Õun is an Estonian surname meaning "apple".
Õunapuu is an Estonian surname meaning "apple tree".
Õunloo is an Estonian surname meaning "apple swathe/wood row".
Õunroos is an Estonian surname meaning "apple rose".
OUYAHIABerber, Northern African
Means "son of Yahia", from the Berber prefix ou- meaning "son (of)" combined with the Arabic given name Yahia (chiefly Algerian).
OUYANGChinese, Taiwanese
Derived from Chinese 歐余 (ōuyú), the name of a mountain in present-day Huzhou, China (now called Mount Sheng). The name originates from Ti, a prince of the ancient Yue state, who resided on the south side of the mountain with his family... [more]
From the given name Ovadia.
ÖVALLSwedish (Rare)
Combination of Swedish ö "island" and vall "wall, pasture, field of grass".
Galician topographic name from o vale ‘the valley’ (Latin uallis, ualles).
Means "over/on brook" or "over/on stream" or "over/on creek"... [more]
OVERHOLSERGerman (Swiss)
The Oberholtzer family originated in the Swiss village of Oberholtz, south of Zurich, before the 15th century. However, in 1661, one family left Switzerland for the Palatinate in Germany.
Derived from the Old French name Overson, meaning "dweller by the river-banks". The name was probably brought to England in the wake of the Norman conquest of 1066.
OVERSONDanish, Norwegian
Altered spelling of Oveson, itself a patronymic from the personal name Ove, a Danish form of the older Aghi, with a second element possibly meaning "spear".
Variant of Ou.
From Japanese 終 (owa) meaning “last, to finish” and 里 (ri) meaning “village, the home of one’s parents, hometown”. The latter character is also an archaic Japanese unit of area.
From English owner meaning "a person who owns something".
OXENDINENative American
A surname used often within the Lumbee tribes in North Carolina
A notable surname used by an ancient Swedish noble family from Småland dating back to the 13th century. The name itself may mean "the ox's forehead", from the Swedish oxen, a cognate to the English plural of 'ox', and stierna, which may mean forehead, even though the modern word is panna... [more]
From the Japanese 親 (oya) "parent" and 川 (kawa) "river."
From the Japanese 大 (o) "big" and 山 (yama) "mountain."
O means "Small", Yama means "Mountain", Da means "Field, Rice Paddy".
OYASKIEnglish (American)
A surname created by Michael Oyaski (formally Michael O'Yaski). The surname is currently known to only be used by one particular branch of the O'Yaski family tree. The surname means "Dragon Rider of the West" according to members of the Oyaski family.
ỌYÁWÁLÉYoruba, Nigerian
Means "the river goddess came home" in Yoruba.
Meaning unknown.
A name from the history of the urhobo culture. It's been noted that the name indicate strength and is the name attached to it. The important vice of the tradition. Leads trivial matters in hope for liberty.
A variant of Osaki. O means "Big" and Zaki means "Peninsula, Cape, Promontory".
Comes from Özalp, Van, Turkey
Ožana - ožanka (Teucrium) - Osana - OSANNA, OSANKA (german) - HOSANA (hebrew)... [more]
A variant of Osawa, meaning the same: O means "Gerat, Large and Sawa means "Marsh, Swamp".
Means "pure soul" in Turkish.
Özdemir literally means "pure iron" in Turkish, however means "one who is strong like his genealogy iron".
OZDOEVIngush (Russified)
Russified form of an Ingush family name, which is derived the old Ingush personal name Ozda used by members of the Ozda teip (clan). The name itself is of disputed origin and meaning, though it is thought to be of non-Nakh, Perso-Arabic origin... [more]
From the Russian word озеро (ozero) which means "lake".
Özkan means "pure blood" in Turkish.
From the given name Öztürk.
OZUJapanese (Rare)
In this surname can mean "Small" and Zu means "Harbor". This is how Yasujiro Ozu's surname is written. He was a director of films.