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Paartalu is an Estonia surname meaning "twain farmsteads" or "a couple of farmsteads".
Paas is an Estonian surname meaning "slate".
Means "swallow", taken from the Estonian word.
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]
From pacana meaning "pecan", "pecan tree", a word of Algonquin origin. This surname is also found in the Philippines.
Variant of Pacetto, a pet form of the personal name Pace.
"Habitation name from Pacy-sur-Eure" which took its name from the Gallo-Roman personal name Paccius and the local suffix -acum.
PACHECOSpanish, Portuguese
1.Spanish and Portuguese: from a personal name of uncertain, possibly pre-Roman, origin.... [more]
means "peacefull" in Italian.
From an augmentative of the personal name Pace.
PACKARDEnglish, Norman, Medieval English, German (Anglicized)
English from Middle English pa(c)k ‘pack’, ‘bundle’ + the Anglo-Norman French pejorative suffix -ard, hence a derogatory occupational name for a peddler. ... [more]
Habitational name from a place in Warwickshire, so named from the Old English personal name Pac(c)a + wudu ‘wood’.
PACQUIAOCebuano, 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
PADIACHYIndian, Tamil
It is a Tamil name, denoting a footsoldier of the Palli caste.
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.
PADUKONEIndian, Kannada (Rare), Konkani (Rare)
From the name of ಕುಂದಾಪುರ (Kundapur), a coastal town in the state of Karnataka in India. This is the surname of Deepika Padukone (1986–), an Indian actress.
Paesüld is an Estonian surname meaning "ribbon/tab cord".
The Maori meaning of it is "driftwood"
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).
Patronymic form of PAGANINO.
Diminutive of PAGANO.
Metonymic occupational name for a horse dealer, from Middle Low German page "horse".
Occupational name for someone who gathered or used straw, derived from the Italian word paglia "straw".
Southern Italian diminutive of PAGLIARO.
Pahapill is an Estonian surname meaning "bad pill".
Paide is an Estonian surname taken from the town of the same name in Järva County.
From the Middle English personal name Pain(e), Payn(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]
PAINTEREnglish, 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]
PAIPMedieval Scottish, Biblical Latin, Scottish Gaelic
An ancient Caithness surname, meaning father. The family changed their name from "Paip" to "Pope".
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").
Pajula is an Estonian surname meaning "willow area".
Pajusalu is an Estonian name meaning "willow grove".
Pajusoo is an Estonian surname meaning "willow (osier) swamp".
Pajuste is an Estonian surname, relating to "willow".
Circassian name derived from Adyghe пакъ (pāq) meaning "snub-nosed, bluntnose".
Variant transcription of Park (1).
Pakk is an Estonian surname meaning both "parcel" and "forecastle".
Surname of author R.J. Palacio, who wrote the book Wonder (2012)
PALADFilipino, Tagalog
Means "fate, destiny, palm in Tagalog.
Means "paladin, knight" in Italian.
PALAFOXSpanish (Mexican)
From Palafolls, a Catalan place name.
Occupational name for a hatter.
From palau meaning "palace", "mansion".
Habitational name from the city or region of Palencia in northern Spain.
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.
Palginõmm is an Estonian surname meaning "timber heath".
(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".
PALLAIndian, Tamil
Another form of Palli.
PALLANIndian, Tamil
Another form of Palli.
This Surname usually belong to Fisherman Sect in Andhra Pradesh State of India
PALLIIndian, Tamil
It is a Tamil name, meaning "agricultural laborers".
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.
Means "palm tree" in Swedish.
PALMASpanish, Catalan, Galician, Portuguese, Italian
Spanish, Catalan, Galician, Portuguese, and southern Italian: habitational name from any of various places named or named with Palma, from Latin palma ‘palm’. ... [more]
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]
Palmiste is an Estonian surname relating to "palm (tree)".
Combination of Swedish palm meaning "palm tree", and kvist meaning "twig"
Palmsaar is an Estonian surname meaning "palm island".
Means "Palm Sunday" in German.
Means "son of PÅL".
This indicates familial origin within the Lesser Polish village of Paluchów.
PAMIREDDYIndian, 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).
Meaning "Panic" or "Worry".
From a short form of the personal name Panagiotis ‘All Holy’ (an epithet of the Virgin Mary).
Derived from Persian پناه (panâh) meaning "shelter, refuge, protection".
Means "Son of Panagiotis" in Russian
metonymic occupational name for a baker, from Latin panarium ‘bread basket’.
PANCHENKOUkrainian (Modern)
It is a common Ukrainian surname meaning "Fisher".
A famous Spanish cave, located in Burgos, where the arabs hid from Spanierds.
PANDEYIndian, Nepali, Hindi, Bengali, Marathi, Odia, Punjabi
Derived from Sanskrit पण्डित (paṇḍitá) meaning "scholar, teacher". In Hindi, the word also refers to a Brahman who either teaches or cooks.
PANDITIndian, Nepali, Bengali, Hindi, Marathi, Odia, Kashmiri
From Sanskrit पण्डित (paṇḍitá) meaning "learned, wise" and "scholar, teacher". It is used as a title for a teacher or scholar of Hinduism and Hindu philosophy.
given to someone who worked with high quality breads. from italian word pane "bread" and bianco "white"
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.
Derived from Adyghe пэ (pă) meaning "nose" combined with нэшъу (năŝ°) "blind".
Means "baker" in Italian.
Chamorro variant of the Tagalog name Pangilinan.
PANGILINANTagalog, Filipino
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.
PANIĆSerbian, Serbo-Croatian, Croatian
Patronymic from the personal names Pane, Pano, Panteleon or Pankracij.
Panksepp is an Estonian surname meaning "bank smith". May also be derived from "pangsepp", meaning "bucket smith/maker".
Means "Son of Panos" in Russian
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]
From the given name PANTALEON.
Derived from the Greek words panta, "always", and zise, "live". Means "always live" or "live forever".
PANTOJASpanish, Portuguese
Has its origins in the place-name "Pantoja" in Spain. Derived from either the Greek word "panthos" (which means 'all gods') or the Mozarabic "panucea" (meaning 'spindle of yarn').... [more]
PANTOLINSwedish (Rare)
Swedish military name
Metonymic occupational name for a baker, from pão meaning "bread"
Variant of Bao.
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 priest and servant of Christ" in Greek.
Means "descendant of the diamond priest" in Greek. A notable bearer of this surname is Ioannis Papadiamantopoulos, a Greek revolutionary leader.
Means "George the priest" from Greek παπάς (papás) "priest" and the given name Georgios.
PAPAMICHAELGreek, English (Rare)
Means "Son of priest Michael".
Means a bad mother f*cker.
Means "son of the priest", from the Greek παπάς (papás) meaning "priest" combined with the Turkish oğlu or oğul 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]
From the personal name Paquet, a pet form of Pascal.
PAQUIAOCebuano (Hispanicized), Filipino (Hispanicized)
Hispanicized form of the Cebuano surname Pakyaw (also found spelled as Pakiaw and Pakaw), which is derived from Cebuano pakyaw meaning "wholesale" or "to buy or pay in bulk".
Derived from Portuguese meaning "pair, couple, equal".
Means "paradise" in Italian.
PARAIYAIndian, 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.
PARAMARIndian, 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]
PARAMOREFrench (Rare)
origin is unknown but the meaning of the name is lover used in France and England
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... [more]
PARDOSpanish (Latin American)
Originally a nickname for someone with dark hair or complexion... [more]
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).
PARDYEnglish (Modern)
English (Dorset) variant of Perdue.
Pärg is an Estonian surname meaning "wreath".
PARHAMIrish, 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’.
From the name Perkin, which is a medieval diminutive of Peter.
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]
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.
Pärnamaa is an Estonians surname meaning "linden land".
Pärnamets is an Estonian surname meaning "linden forest".
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.
Pärnpuu is an Estonian surname meaning "linden tree".
Italian surname coming from the given name Gaspare.
Means "enclosure".
Form of Pierone.... [more]
PARSIPersian, Indian (Parsi)
Derived from Persian پارسی (pârsi) literally meaning "Persian", though it also refers to the Parsi (or Parsee), a Zoroastrian community in India.
PARSLEYMedieval French, English, Norman, French
Derived from Old French passelewe "cross the water."... [more]
PÄRSONSwedish (Rare)
Variant of PERSSON. A notable bearer is Swedish alpine skier Anja Pärson (b. 1981).
Surname given to the parson (priest).
Habitational name for someone from Partenheim in Rheinhessen.
Habitational name from a place in Greater Manchester (formerly in Cheshire) called Partington, from Old English Peartingtun "PEARTA's town".
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".
Meaning... [more]
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.
Means "guard, sentinel, watchman" in Persian.
PASHEnglish (American)
Americanized spelling of German Pasch.
PASHAAlbanian, Ottoman Turkish (Anglicized), Turkish (Anglicized)
Pasha or pascha (Ottoman Turkish: پاشا‎, Turkish: paşa), formerly anglicized as bashaw, was a higher rank in the Ottoman Empire political and military system, typically granted to governors, generals and dignitaries and others... [more]
Habitational name for someone from a place called Paszyn in Nowy Sacz voivodeship; also a pet form of Paweł.
PASKHAEVChechen (Rare)
Of unknown meaning.
ferryman "across the water"
PASSELEWEMedieval 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]
An occupational name meaning "shepherd."
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.
PATHAKIndian, Nepali, Hindi, Marathi, Assamese, Gujarati, Bengali, Punjabi
Derived from Sanskrit पाठक (pāṭhaka) meaning "reader, learner".
PATHANIndian (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.
PATHROSEIndian (Christian), Malayalam
Derived from a variant of the given name Peter (chiefly used by Malayalam Christians).
Päts is an Estonian surname meaning "pone" or "loaf".
Hungarian or Austrian in origin. From the heilienkruz Austria/Hungary area
PAULEYEnglish, German
English: from a medieval pet form of Paul.... [more]
German (of Slavic origin) spelling of Pavlik, a Slavic derivative of Paul.
PAULSENNorwegian, Danish
Means "son of PAUL".
Thomas Paustenbach, family name associated with the town Paustenbach, Germany
Diminutive of páv "peacock", hence a nickname for a pretentious or ostentatious person.
Americanized spelling of PÁVEK.
Comes from the personal name Pavel.
Pavelec is short form of name Pavel.
Derived from the given name Pavel. A famosu bearer is Jake Pavelka.
Either (i) from the medieval female personal name Pavia, perhaps from Old French pavie "peach"; or (ii) "person from Pavia", Italy.
Means "son of Pavao".
PAVLIĆCroatian, Serbian
Means "son of Pavle".
Means "Son of Pavlos".
PAVLÍKCzech, Slovak
From a pet form of Pavel. Ukrainian from a pet form of the personal name Pavlo, Ukrainian equivalent of Paul.
Rusyn patronym based on Pavel
PAVLOFFRussian, Bulgarian
Anglicized variant form of Pavlov.
Means "son of Pavlos" in Greek.
Derived from the given name PAWEŁ.
This surname means "son of Pack." Pack may be a survival of the Old English personal name Pacca or it may have been a Middle English personal name derived from Paschalis (meaning "relating to Easter"), the Latin form of Pascal.
PAXTONScottish, English
From a place in England named with the Old English given name Pæcc and Old English name element -tun "settlement". A famous bearer was the actor Bill Paxton, (1955-2017).
PAYSENGerman, Frisian
Patronymic from the personal name Pay, the Frisian form of Paul.
PAYSONGerman, Frisian
German and Frisian variant spelling of Paysen, a patronymic from the personal name Paul.
Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Peatáin "descendant of PEATÁN.
Spanish surname meaning ''peace''.
PAZHebrew (Rare)
From the given name Paz (2), means "gold" in Hebrew. ... [more]
Probably from a nickname for a showy dresser, from Middle English pe "peacock" (see Peacock) and body "body, person". Alternatively it may be from the name of a Celtic tribe meaning "mountain men" from Brythonic pea "large hill, mountain" combined with Boadie, the tribe's earlier name, which meant "great man" (or simply "man") among the Briton and Cambri peoples... [more]
PEACHEnglish (Rare)
Derived from the name of the fruit, which itself derived its name from Late Latin persica, which came from older Latin malum persicum meaning "Persian fruit."
Sir Stuart Edmond Pearks (1875–1931) served as the Chief Commissioner of the North-West Frontier Province of British India from 1930 until 1931. Sourced from Wikipedia.... [more]
Metonymic occupational name for a trader in pearls, which in the Middle Ages were fashionable among the rich for the ornamentation of clothes, from Middle English, Old French perle (Late Latin perla).
a British surname of French origin derived from the pre-9th-century word "pourcel", which described a breeder of animals or a farmer
Nickname, probably for an industrious person, from pecchia "bee".
Pronounced /Pe-khan-nets/... [more]
French for "fisher."
"Pechman" means "man with bad luck" in many European languages (Polish, German, and Dutch predominantly), though in German, it originally referred to one who prepared, sold, or used pitch.
Derived from the name of the small town Peja (Pec) in western Kosovo. Most likely given to the inhabitants of the town and their descedents.
Diminutive of PECORA.
Pedajas is an Estonian surname meaning "pine".
PEDROSASpanish, Catalan, Portuguese, Galician
Habitational name from any of numerous places named Pedrosa, from pedroso, pedrosa meaning "stoney", an adjectival derivative of pedra meaning "stone".
PEEBLESScottish, Spanish (?)
Habitational name from places so named in Scotland. The place names are cognate with Welsh pebyll "tent, pavilion".
Peegel is an Estonian surname meaning "mirror".
Peep is an Estonian surname (and masculine given name). Taken from the given name "Peep".
Peet is an Estonian surname meaning "beetroot".
Peetre is an Estonian surname; a variant of the masculine given name "Peeter".
PEGGEnglish, Welsh
Son of "Margaret", in Old English.
Means "wrestler" or "strongman" in Turkish, referring to a yağlı güreş wrestler (a traditional Turkish oil wrestling sport), ultimately of Persian origin.
Village in Italy
From Middle Low German pek ‘sharp, pointed tool or weapon’.
Probably an occupational name for a drummer.
Peil is an Estonian surname meaning "gage".
PEIPERGerman (Austrian)
Occupational name for a piper, from Middle High German piper. In some cases it may be derived from Sorbian pipar "pepper", thus being an occupational name for a spicer or a nickname for one with a fiery temper.
PEJIĆCroatian, Serbian
Means "son of Pejo".
Derived from Hebrew פְּלָדָה (pladá) meaning "steel".
From the name of a place in Hertfordshire, which meant "Peotla's homestead" in Old English.
Reduced pet form of the given name ŚWIĘTOPEŁK.
Habitational name for someone from Pelki in Poland.
PELKEYFrench (Anglicized)
Anglicized version of French surnames Peltier and Pelltier.
From the Italian word pelle "skin".
Nickname for a bald man, from Old French pelé, from Latin depilatus " "stripped (of hair)".
PELLEDanish, German
From the personal name Pelle, a vernacular form of PETER.
From Middle Low German pelle "precious purple silk cloth", presumably an occupational name for a maker or seller of such cloth or for a maker of official and church vestments.
Patronymic or plural form of Pellegrino.
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