Submitted Surnames Starting with P
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Paakspuu is an Estonian surname meaning "alder buckthorn" and "black alder".
Paal is an Estonian surname meaning both "mooring post" and "dolphin".
Päär is an Estonian surname derived from "päärima" meaning "chirp" and "twitter".
Päären is an Estonian surname derived from "päärima" meaning "chirp" and "twitter".
Paartalu is an Estonia surname meaning "twain farmsteads" or "a couple of farmsteads".
Paasoja is an Estonian surname meaning "slate/limestone stream".
Päästel is an Estonian surname meaning "rescue" and "salvage".
Habitational name, from a farm so named from the personal name Paavo
, vernacular form of Paulus
, + the locative ending -la. Both the farm name and the surname can be traced back to the 15th century... [more]
PABALAT Filipino (Archaic)
A Filipino surname meaning "cover, saddle" or "saddle maker". This surname was probably created when a Spanish Surveyor conducts a census during the late 19th century or the early 20th century in Cavinti, Laguna, Philippines and asked a Filipino about his name but unable to complete his name because he lacks a surname but the surveyor notices that the boy is making a saddle so he just wrote 'Pabalat' in his papers.
From pacana meaning "pecan", "pecan tree", a word of Algonquin origin. This surname is also found in the Philippines.
"Habitation name from Pacy-sur-Eure" which took its name from the Gallo-Roman personal name Paccius and the local suffix -acum.
PACIECO Ancient Roman (Archaic)
A Roman surname meaning "little one." One of the first persons recorded with this surname is a general named Vivio Pacieco, General Pacieco was sent by Julius Caesar to fight in the Iberian peninsula... [more]
Italian surname for "Little peacemaker"; a diminutive for the Italian word "paciere", meaning Peacemaker.
Habitational name from a place in Warwickshire, so named from the Old English personal name Pac(c)a + wudu ‘wood’.
PACQUIAO Cebuano, Filipino
Hispanicized variant form of Paquiao
. A famous bearer of this surname is the Filipino world champion professional boxer Manny Pacquiao (b. 1978).
Unflattering nickname from paczyna meaning "clod", "brickbat", or possibly a metonymic occupational name for a boatman, from the same word in the sense meaning "oar", "rudder".
Padar is an Estonian surname, possibly derived from "pada", meaning "pot" or "cauldron"; or "padur", meaning "fenny coast".
Believed to mean "Pada's farm", with the Anglo-Saxon name Pada
possibly coming from the Old English word pad
, meaning "toad".
In French the meaning of the name Padgett is: Attendant
Habitational name from any of the various minor places, for example in the provinces of Burgos, Guadalajara, and Valladolid, named from Spanish padilla ‘frying pan’, ‘breadpan’ (Latin patella, a diminutive of patina ‘shallow dish’), a word which was commonly used in the topographical sense of a gentle depression.
Pae is an Estonian surname possibly derived from "pael" meaning "ribbon".
Nickname from pagáč meaning "clown", "buffoon".
Castilianized spelling of Catalan Pagà, from the Late Latin personal name Paganus
, which originally meant "dweller in an outlying village" (see Paine
Metonymic occupational name for a horse dealer, from Middle Low German page
Occupational name for someone who gathered or used straw, derived from the Italian word paglia
Pähkli is an Estonian surname meaning "nutty" ("walnuts", etc.).
Paia is an Estonian surname derived from "pai" meaning "good".
Paide is an Estonian surname taken from the town of the same name in Järva County.
From the Middle English personal name Pain(e)
(Old French Paien
, from Latin Paganus
), introduced to Britain by the Normans. The Latin name is a derivative of pagus
"outlying village", and meant at first a person who lived in the country (as opposed to Urbanus
"city dweller"), then a civilian as opposed to a soldier, and eventually a heathen (one not enrolled in the army of Christ)... [more]
PAINTER English, Medieval French, German
English: from Middle English, Old French peinto(u)r
, oblique case of peintre
‘painter’, hence an occupational name for a painter (normally of colored glass). In the Middle Ages the walls of both great and minor churches were covered with painted decorations, and Reaney and Wilson note that in 1308 Hugh le Peyntour
and Peter the Pavier were employed ‘making and painting the pavement’ at St... [more]
Locational surname derived from the village of Peyton in Essex, England; Variant of Peyton
This indicates familial origin within the Lesser Polish village of Pająków.
Paju is an Estonian name, meaning "osier" ("willow").
Pajusoo is an Estonian surname meaning "willow (osier) swamp".
Circassian name derived from Adyghe пакъ (pāq)
meaning "snub-nosed, bluntnose".
Pakk is an Estonian surname meaning both "parcel" and "forecastle".
Surname of author R.J. Palacio, who wrote the book Wonder (2012)
Habitational name from the city or region of Palencia
in northern Spain.
Occupational name for a man responsible for the maintenance and provision of saddle-horses.
(i) "person from Palling", Norfolk ("settlement of Pælli's people") or "person from Poling", Sussex ("settlement of Pāl's people"); (ii) from the Welsh name ap Heilyn
"son of Heilyn
", a personal name perhaps meaning "one who serves at table"
Palk is an Estonian surname meaning both "timber" and "wage".
Päll is an Estonian surname meaning "screech owl".
This Surname usually belong to Fisherman Sect in Andhra Pradesh State of India
Means "maker of palings and fences" (from a derivative of Old French palis
"palisade"). In fiction, the Palliser novels are a series of six political novels by Anthony Trollope, beginning with 'Can You Forgive Her?' (1864) and ending with 'The Duke's Children' (1880), in which the Palliser family plays a central role.
The name Pallmann originates from the Landsuhl area of Bavaria, Germany (nor in Rhineland-Palatinate). The meaning of the name is unknown. Some Pallmanns came to America and Americanized the spelling, by dropping the second "n", while others retained the "n".
Old surname first used in northern Italy,was derived from the old latin word "palominus", used to refer to a yellowish horse. The lastname Pallominy, originally spelled "Pallomini", was used to denote a heard of those horses in the medieval Italy ( circa 1350 AD), more especifically in the city of Florence and its surroundings.
The name was adopted by a notable Swedish family in honor of their ancestor Palme Lyder
(born 1570s, died 1630), a merchant who immigrated to Sweden from the Netherlands or Germany in the early 1600s... [more]
The Palmero family lived in the territory of Palma, which is in Campania, in the province of Naples. The surname Palma was also a patronymic surname, derived from the personal name Palma, which was common in medieval times... [more]
Combination of Swedish palm
meaning "palm tree", and kvist
Palu is an Estonian surname meaning "sandy heath" and "heathy woodland".
This indicates familial origin within the Lesser Polish village of Paluchów.
Palumaa is an Estonian surname meaning "sandy heath/heathy wood land".
Palumäe is an Estonian surname meaning "heath woodland hill/mountain".
Palumets is an Estonian surname meaning "sandy heath/heathy woodland forest".
Paluoja is an Estonian surname meaning "heath woodland stream".
Paluots is an Estonian surname meaning "heath woodland's end".
Palusaar is an Estonian surname meaning "sandy heath/heathy woodland island".
Palusalu is an Estonian surname meaning "sandy heath/heathy woodland grove".
Paluvee is an Estonian surname meaning "sandy heath/heathy woodland water".
PAMIREDDY Indian, Telugu
From Telugu పామిడి (pāmiḍi)
meaning "snake killer" or "garuda, eagle" (also the name of a village in Andhra Pradesh, India), ultimately from పాము (pāmu)
"snake, serpent" combined with రెడ్డి (reḍḍi)
meaning "village headman" (see Reddy
Derived from the given name Panagos
(a short form of Panagiotis
) and the patronymic suffix -πουλος (-poulos)
. This suffix occurs chiefly in the Peloponnese; it is derived from Latin pullus
Derived from Persian پناه (panâh)
meaning "shelter, refuge, protection".
metonymic occupational name for a baker, from Latin panarium ‘bread basket’.
A famous Spanish cave, located in Burgos, where the arabs hid from Spanierds.
given to someone who worked with high quality breads. from italian word pane
"bread" and bianco
Derived from the word "pane" meaning "bread" in Italian and "pinto" meaning "painted", "flecked", or possibly "bad". The name is generally given to a baker.
Pang is an Estonian surname meaning "pail" and "bucket".
PANGANIBAN Filipino, Tagalog
Means "careful, cautious (of danger)", derived from Tagalog panganib
"danger" combined with the suffix -an
denoting cause or action.
PANGILINAN Filipino, Tagalog
Means "place of abstinence" from Tagalog pangilin
meaning "abstinence, to abstain" and the suffix -an
meaning "place of, time of". It was used to denote abstinence from certain foods for religious purposes.
Panksepp is an Estonian surname meaning "bank smith". May also be derived from "pangsepp", meaning "bucket smith/maker".
A Dutch name that literally means “producer of tiles.” the earliest trace of the name in the Netherlands is in the year 1568, associated with Herr Jan de Pannebakker and his wife Nancy who were accused of heresy and killed by the Spaniards at Utrecht.... [more]
Venice, one of the oldest and most beautiful regions of Italy, is the esteemed birthplace of numerous prominent families, and of a family that bears the surname Panozzo. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for them to adopt a second name to identify themselves, as populations grew and travel became more frequent... [more]
Derived from the Greek words panta, "always", and zise, "live". Means "always live" or "live forever".
Metonymic occupational name for a baker, from pão meaning "bread"
Pao is an Estonian surname, derived from "paotama", meaning "slightly open".
A populaur Hungarian surname meaning Priest. It is also a variant of Papp
The root papa
comes from the Greek language, whose Italian translation is literally "priest", but during centuries this was also a term of respect, and this is due to the active influence of Greek and Byzantine culture in southern Italy and specifically in Naples... [more]
Means "descendant of the diamond priest" in Greek. A notable bearer of this surname is Ioannis Papadiamantopoulos, a Greek revolutionary leader.
Means "son of the priest", derived from the Greek παπάς (papás)
meaning "priest" combined with the Turkish oğlu
meaning "son, descendant".
When many Greek immigrants came to the U.S. at Ellis Island or wherever else they came to, they shortened their names. Pappas means priest. People with this name are descendants of priests. (In the Greek Orthodox church, one can become a priest if married... [more]
Pappel is an Estonian surname meaning "poplar/cottonwood".
PAQUIAO Filipino (Spanish), Cebuano (Spanish)
Hispanicized form of the Cebuano surname Pakyaw
(also found spelled as Pakiaw
), which is derived from Cebuano pakyaw
meaning "wholesale" or "to buy or pay in bulk".
Derived from Portuguese meaning "pair, couple, equal".
PARAIYA Indian, Tamil
It is a Tamil name, denoting laborers in agriculture and/or industry. This is a surname belonging to Dalit
, or "Untouchables," in the Hindu caste system.
From the name of a village in Dailekh District called Parajul.
PARAMAR Indian, Gujarati
From Sanskrit पर (para)
meaning "alien, enemy" or "distant, remote, opposite" combined with मार (māra)
meaning "killing, destroying, slaying". This was the name of an Indian dynasty that ruled west and central India from the 9th to 14th centuries... [more]
From a transliteration of the English word "brother" or "brothers".
Derived from Italian paratore
meaning "decorator, fuller", which refers to a craftsman who fulls coarse cloth. In other words: this surname is the Italian cognate of the English surname Fuller
From a medieval nickname based on the Old French oath par Dieu
"by God" (cf. Purdie
Variant Of Pardon From Middle English Pardun, Pardon "Pardon" A Metonymic occupational name for a pardoner, a person licensed to sell papal pardons or indulgences. German: either a cognate of 1 (also for a sexton), from Old French pardon ‘pardon’, or perhaps a nickname from Middle Low German bardun, Middle High German purdune ‘pipe’ (instrument), ‘tenor’ (voice).
Latinization of a learned Hellenized translation of either Solvorn
, a placename in Luster (Sogn og Fjordane), or of Solnør
, a placename in Skodje/Ørskog (Møre og Romsdal), Norway. The surname itself is then derived from Greek para heliou
"near (or close by) the sun".
PARHAM Irish, English
This name has been used amongst the Irish and English. This user's great grandmother came from Ireland and her maiden name was Parham. However, in English (London) it is a habitational name from places in Suffolk and Sussex, named in Old English with pere ‘pear’ + ham ‘homestead’.
Paris is an Estonian surname derived from "päris" meaning "true" and "genuine".
A place name meaning "pear field" from Old English 'per' with 'lee' or 'lea' meaning a field or clearing, perhaps where land was cleared to cultivate pear trees. Therefore this name denotes someone who lived near or worked at such a location or came from a habitation associated with the name... [more]
Parmas is an Estonian surname meaning a "heap of sheaves" and an "armful".
Variant of Parley
. This form is found more in northern England, specifically Cumberland and Durham, but is of like derivation.
Taken from the word pärn
meaning "linden tree", it may also be linked to the Estonian city of Pärnu. It is the fifteenth most common surname in Estonia.
Pärnaste is an Estonian surname derived from "pärn" meaning "linden".
Eastern Ashkenazic occupational name for the president of a Jewish community, from Yiddish parnes
(from Hebrew parnas
English habitational name from Parnham in Beaminster, Dorset.
Pärnoja is an Estonian surname meaning "linden creek/stream".
Italian surname coming from the given name Gaspare.
Parro is an Estonian surname, possibly a corruption of "parun" meaning "baron".
PARSI Persian, Indian (Parsi)
Derived from Persian پارسی (pârsi)
literally meaning "Persian", though it also refers to the Parsi (or Parsee), a Zoroastrian community in India.
Pärtel is an Estonian surname derived from the masculine given name "Pärtel".
Pärtelpoeg is an Estonian surname meaning "son of Pärtel (a masculine given name)".
Habitational name from a place in Greater Manchester (formerly in Cheshire) called Partington, from Old English Peartingtun
Habitational name from any of various places called Parton
; most are named with Old English peretun
‘pear orchard’. A famous bearer of the surname is Dolly Parton
Parts is an Estonian surname, derived from "part" meaning "duck".
Parve is an Estonian surname meaning "raft". Probably taken from "parvemees" meaning "raftsman".
Topographic name for a field or meadow which was used at Easter as a playground; etymologically two sources seem to be combined: Latin pascuum ‘pasture’ and Middle Low German pāsche(n) ‘Easter’.
Cornish form of Pascal, meaning "easter", with the Cornish patronymic suffix, -o.
Habitational name for someone from a place called Paszyn in Nowy Sacz voivodeship; also a pet form of Paweł
PASSELEWE Medieval English
The medieval name is from Old French passe(r)
‘to pass or cross’ + l’ewe
‘the water’, hence a nickname, probably for a ferryman or a merchant who was in the habit of traveling overseas, or else someone who had been on a pilgrimage or crusade.
Either (i) from a medieval nickname for someone who crossed marshy moorland (e.g. who lived on the opposite side of a moor, or who knew the safe paths across it); or (ii) perhaps from an alteration of Passemer
, literally "cross-sea", an Anglo-Norman nickname for a seafarer... [more]
French for "shepherd" or "preacher, pastor". Famous bearer Louis Pasteur (1822-1895), French chemist who created the first rabies vaccine, gave his name to the process of 'pasteurization'.
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Manchego municipality.
Derives from the given name Pat
(t), a short form of the personal name Patrick
from the Latin Patricius meaning "son of a noble father".
Italian surname of unknown origin, most likely comes from Paternò in Sicily. Notable individuals include Joe Paterno (1926 - 2012), head coach at Pennsylvania State University until 2011.
PATHAN Indian (Muslim), Bengali, Urdu, Pashto
Derived from Hindustani पठान (paṭhān)
meaning "a Pashtun (person)", referring to the Pashtun ethnic group inhabiting present-day Afghanistan and Pakistan. It is sometimes used by Pashtuns who ancestrally migrated to India.
Patronymic derived from a Russian diminutive of Patricius
. This is borne by Russian political and security figure Nikolai Patrushev (1951-), former director of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB).
Päts is an Estonian surname meaning "pone" or "loaf".
Hungarian or Austrian in origin. From the heilienkruz Austria/Hungary area
Diminutive of páv "peacock", hence a nickname for a pretentious or ostentatious person.