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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]
ORANJEDutch
means "orange" in Dutch, in reference to the Dutch Royal Family
ORAVEstonian
Orav is an Estonian surname meaning "squirrel".
ORAZGELDIYEWTurkmen
Means "son of Orazgeldi" in Turkmen.
ORAZOWTurkmen
Means "son of Oraz".
ORBISONEnglish
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]
ORCUTTEnglish
Perhaps a much altered spelling of Scottish Urquhart used predominantly in Staffordshire, England.
ORCZYHungarian
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).
ORDORIKABasque
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of the municipality of Muxika in the Comarca of Busturialdea-Urdaibai.
ORDWALDEnglish
English name meaning "spear strength".
ÖRENTurkish
Means "ruin" in Turkish.
ORENHebrew
From the given name Oren.
ORGEstonian
Org is an Estonian surname meaning "valley".
ORGANEnglish
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’).
ORGANEnglish
From a rare medieval personal name, attested only in the Latinized forms Organus (masculine) and Organa (feminine).
ORGANAPopular Culture
Last name of the princess of the Science fiction movie Star Wars.
O'RIORDANIrish
Anglicized form of Irish Ó Ríoghbhárdáin meaning "descendant of Ríoghbhardán". The name Ríoghbhardán means "little poet king" (see Rórdán).
ORITZBasque
Habitational name from Oritz, a town in Navarre province.
ORLAIGHIrish
The name orlaigh means golden lady/princess. Usually spelt Orla or Orlaith and rarely spelt orlaigh. its a first name, not a surname
ORLEANSFrench
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]
ORLIKOWSKIPolish
Habitational name for someone from a place called Orlikowo in Łomża voivodeship.
ÖRNSwedish
Means "eagle" in Swedish.
OROÑAGalician
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of the parish of Santo Ourente de Entíns in the municipality of Outes.
ORONOZBasque
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of the Navarrese municipality of Baztan.
O'ROURKEIrish
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]
OROZALIEVKyrgyz
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.
ORPINEnglish
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).
ORRScottish
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]
ORROEstonian
Orro is an Estonian surname, probably derived from the prefix "oro-", relating to "hill" ("mäe") and "mountain" ("mägi"); "mountainous" or "hilly".
ORSIItalian
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
ORTUZARBasque
It means "old agricultural garden".
Ó RUAIRCIrish
Meaning, ‘descendant of Ruarc.’
ORUÇTurkish
From Turkish oruç meaning ''fast, to abstain from food''.
ORUČBosnian
Derived from the Turkish Oruç.
ORUETABasque
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of the municipality of Gautegiz-Arteaga.
ORUS-OOLTuvan
Means "Russian boy" in Tuvan, from Tuvan орус (orus) meaning "Russian (person)" combined with оол (ool) "son, boy".
ORZECHOWSKIPolish
Polish from Orzech meaning "hazelnut", someone who is living by a hazelnut tree or a nickname for someone with light brown hair.
OSAKAJapanese
O means "Big" and Saka means "Hill, Slope".
OSAKIJapanese
From the Japanese 大 (o) "big" and 崎, 埼, 﨑 or 岬 (saki) "peninsula," "cape" or 嵜 (saki) "steep," "promontory."
OSAKOJapanese
From Japanese 大 (o) meaning "big, large" combined with 迫 (sako) meaning "imperative".... [more]
OSATOJapanese
O means "Big" and Sato means "Hamlet, Village, Town".
OSAWAJapanese
O means "Large, Great" and Sawa means "Swamp, Marsh".
OSBORNEnglish
From the given name OSBORN.
Ó SEACHNASAIGHIrish
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.
Ó SEANACHAINIrish
Means "grandson of Seanachan". Alternatively, may be derived from Gaelic seanachaidh, meaning "skilled storyteller".
OSEGUERASpanish
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".
OSHIMAJapanese
From 大 (oo) meaning "large", and 島/嶋 (shima) meaning "island". It is also used in many place names, rendered as 大島.
Ó SÍOCHÁNAIrish
Proper, non-Anglicized form of Sheehan.
OSISLatvian
Meaning "ash tree".
OSKARSSONSwedish
Means "son of Oskar".
OSLEREnglish
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'.
OSMANOVIĆBosnian
Means ''son of Osman''.
OSMAREnglish
Variant of Hosmer.
OSMEÑAFilipino, Cebuano (Hispanicized)
Perhaps of Muslim origin derived from the Arabic given name Uthman, or of Spanish origin.... [more]
OSMOCHESCURomanian
Meaning unknown.
OSMONALIEVKyrgyz
From a combination of the given names Osmon and Ali (1).
OSMONDEnglish
From the given name Osmond
OSMONOVKyrgyz
Means “son of Osmon”.
OSPANKazakh
From the Kazakh given name Ospan, a variant of Uthman.
OSSOLAItalian
Likely a habitational name from an area in the Verbano-Cusio-Ossola province in Northern Italy.
OSSOLIŃSKIPolish
This indicates familial origin within the Lesser Polish village of Ossolin.
ÖSTSwedish
Means "east" in Swedish.
OSTAPCHUKBelarusian
Means "son of Ostap".
ØSTBYNorwegian
Habitational name from farmsteads in Norway named Østby or Austby. Derived from Old Norse aust "east" and býr "farm, village".
ÖSTERSwedish
Swedish form of Øster.
OSTERHOUTDutch
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".
ØSTHAGENNorwegian
An uncommon Norwegian surname of uncertain origin. It is most likely a locational name, derived from Norwegian øst, 'east' and hagen, 'enclosure'. ... [more]
ÖSTLUNDSwedish
Combination of Swedish öst "east" and lund "groove".
OSWALDEnglish
From the given name Oswald.
OTAJapanese
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."
ŌTAKAJapanese
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, kasa.mu, 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]
OTAKIJapanese
From the Japanese 大 (o) "big" and 瀧 or 滝 (taki) "waterfall."
ŌTANIJapanese
Variant transcription of Ootani.
OTANIJapanese
From the Japanese 大 (o) "big" and 谷 (tani or ya) "valley."
OTANIJapanese
Variant transcription of Ootani.
OTEROSpanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Castilian municipality.
OTHONOSGreek (Cypriot)
Comes from Όθων meaning "Otto" in Greek.
O' TOLANIrish
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".
OTONARIJapanese
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, na.su, -na.su, na.ru, nari) meaning "become, elapse, get, grow, reach, turn into."
Ó TORÁINIrish
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’.
OTRADOVECCzech
Habitational name for someone from any of four places in Bohemia called Otradov or Otradovice.
OTSEstonian
Ots is an Estonian surname meaning "cusp" or "tip".
OTSUKAJapanese
From the Japanese 大 (o) "big" or 太 (o) "fat," "thick" and 塚 (tsuka) "mound."
ŌTSUKIJapanese
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]
OTSUSEstonian
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]
OTTEstonian
Ott is an Estonian surname (and given name); taken from the masculine given name "Ott", a variant of "Otto".
OTTOWAYEnglish
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".
O' TUATHALAINIrish
May translate as "The male descendant of the follower of the lord".
O' TWOLANIrish
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".
OTXARANBasque
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).
OUDENHOVENDutch
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.
ÕUEMAAEstonian
Õuemaa is an Estonian surname meaning "courtyard".
OUERTANIArabic (Maghrebi)
Found mainly in Tunisia.
OUESLATIArabic (Maghrebi)
Denotes someone originally from Oueslatia, a town in Tunisia.
ÕUNEstonian
Õun is an Estonian surname meaning "apple".
ÕUNAPUUEstonian
Õunapuu is an Estonian surname meaning "apple tree".
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]
OVADIAHebrew
From the given name Ovadia.
ÖVALLSwedish (Rare)
Combination of Swedish ö "island" and vall "wall, pasture, field of grass".
OVALLEGalician
Galician topographic name from o vale ‘the valley’ (Latin uallis, ualles).
OVERBEEKEDutch
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.
OVERSONEnglish
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".
OWChinese
Variant of Ou.
OWARIJapanese
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.
OWNEREnglish
From English owner meaning "a person who owns something".
OXENDINENative American
A surname used often within the Lumbee tribes in North Carolina
OXENSTIERNASwedish
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]
OYAKAWAJapanese
From the Japanese 親 (oya) "parent" and 川 (kawa) "river."
OYAMAJapanese
From the Japanese 大 (o) "big" and 山 (yama) "mountain."
OYAMADAJapanese
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.
OYIAKWANAkan
Meaning unknown.
OYINVWIUrhobo
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.
OZAKIJapanese
A variant of Osaki. O means "Big" and Zaki means "Peninsula, Cape, Promontory".
ÖZALPTurkish
Comes from Özalp, Van, Turkey
OŽANACzech
Ožana - ožanka (Teucrium) - Osana - OSANNA, OSANKA (german) - HOSANA (hebrew)... [more]
OZAWAJapanese
A variant of Osawa, meaning the same: O means "Gerat, Large and Sawa means "Marsh, Swamp".
ÖZCANTurkish
Means "pure soul" in Turkish.
ÖZDEMIRTurkish
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]
OZEROVRussian
From the Russian word озеро (ozero) which means "lake".
ÖZKANTurkish
Özkan means "pure blood" in Turkish.
ÖZTÜRKTurkish
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.
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