Submitted Surnames Starting with P

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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.
PASSEPARTOUT Literature
Derived from French passe-partout, which literally means "goes everywhere" but is actually an idiom for "skeleton key".... [more]
PASSMORE English
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]
PASTEUR French
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'.
PASTORELLI Italian
An occupational name meaning "shepherd."
PASTRANA Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Manchego municipality.
PATE English
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".
PATERNO Italian
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.
PATHAK Indian, Nepali, Hindi, Marathi, Assamese, Gujarati, Bengali, Punjabi
Derived from Sanskrit पाठक (pāṭhaka) meaning "reader, learner".
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.
PATHROSE Indian (Christian), Malayalam
Derived from a variant of the given name PETER (chiefly used by Malayalam Christians).
PATRICKS English
Patronymic form of Patrick.
PATRUSHEV Russian
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 Estonian
Päts is an Estonian surname meaning "pone" or "loaf".
PATTERS English
History not available.
PAUELL Russian
Russian translation of the surname of Powell
PAUKOVITS Hungarian
Hungarian or Austrian in origin. From the heilienkruz Austria/Hungary area
PAULEY English, German
English: from a medieval pet form of PAUL.... [more]
PAULICK German
German (of Slavic origin) spelling of Pavlik, a Slavic derivative of PAUL.
PAUSTENBACH German
Thomas Paustenbach, family name associated with the town Paustenbach, Germany
PÁVEK Czech
Diminutive of páv "peacock", hence a nickname for a pretentious or ostentatious person.
PAVEK Dutch
Americanized spelling of PÁVEK.
PAVEL Slovak
Comes from the personal name PAVEL.
PAVELEC Czech
Pavelec is short form of name Pavel.
PAVELKA Czech
Derived from the given name Pavel. A famosu bearer is Jake Pavelka.
PAVEY English
Either (i) from the medieval female personal name Pavia, perhaps from Old French pavie "peach"; or (ii) "person from Pavia", Italy.
PAVIČIĆ Croatian
Means "son of PAVAO".
PAVLIĆ Croatian, Serbian
Means "son of PAVLE".
PAVLIDES Greek
Means "Son of PAVLOS".
PAVLÍK Czech, Slovak
From a pet form of PAVEL. Ukrainian from a pet form of the personal name PAVLO, Ukrainian equivalent of PAUL.
PAVLISKO Slovak
Rusyn patronym based on Pavel
PAVLOFF Russian, Bulgarian
Anglicized variant form of PAVLOV.
PAVLOPOULOS Greek
Means "son of PAVLOS" in Greek.
PAVLOVA Russian
Feminine form of PAVLOV. A famous bearer was the Russian prima ballerina Anna Pavlova (1881-1931).
PAVLOVSKAYA Russian
Feminine counterpart of Pavlovsky.
PAWŁOWSKI Polish
Derived from the given name PAWEŁ.
PAXSON English
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.
PAYSEN German, Frisian
Patronymic from the personal name PAY, the Frisian form of PAUL.
PAYSON German, Frisian
German and Frisian variant spelling of PAYSEN, a patronymic from the personal name PAUL.
PAYTON Irish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Peatáin "descendant of PEATÁN.
PAZ Spanish
Spanish surname meaning ''peace''.
PAZ Hebrew (Rare)
From the given name PAZ (2), means "gold" in Hebrew. ... [more]
PEABODY English
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]
PEACH English (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."
PEARKS English
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]
PEARL English
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).
PEARSALL English
a British surname of French origin derived from the pre-9th-century word "pourcel", which described a breeder of animals or a farmer
PECCHIA Italian
Nickname, probably for an industrious person, from pecchia "bee".
PECHANEC Czech
Pronounced /Pe-khan-nets/... [more]
PÊCHEUR French
French for "fisher."
PECHMAN German
"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.
PECIC Albanian
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.
PECORELLA Italian
Diminutive of PECORA.
PEDAJAS Estonian
Pedajas is an Estonian surname meaning "pine".
PEDRIKS Estonian
Pedriks is an Estonian surname, a derivation of the names Frederick and Friedrich.
PEDROSA Spanish, Catalan, Portuguese, Galician
Habitational name from any of numerous places named Pedrosa, from pedroso, pedrosa meaning "stoney", an adjectival derivative of pedra meaning "stone".
PEDROSO Portuguese
Its origin is the word "pedra", which means "stone".
PEEBLES Scottish, Spanish (?)
Habitational name from places so named in Scotland. The place names are cognate with Welsh pebyll "tent, pavilion".
PEEGEL Estonian
Peegel is an Estonian surname meaning "mirror".
PEELE English
This surname was given topographically to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. A famous bearer of this surname is actor, comedian, writer, producer, and director Jordan Peele.
PEEP Estonian
Peep is an Estonian surname (and masculine given name). Taken from the given name "Peep".
PEERNA Estonian
Peerna is an Estonian surname, possibly derived from the city of Pärnu in Pärnu County.
PEET Estonian
Peet is an Estonian surname meaning "beetroot".
PEETERSOO Estonian
Peetersoo is an Estonian surname meaning "Peeter's swamp". However, it most likely derived from an Estonianization of the surname "Peterson" or "Peeterson".
PEETRE Estonian
Peetre is an Estonian surname; a variant of the masculine given name "Peeter".
PEETSALU Estonian
Peetsalu is an Estonian surname meaning "beet/beetroot grove".
PEEVEY Norman, English
Means "a place with a fine view". Composed of the Old French roots beu, which means "fair" and "lovely", and voir, which means "to see".
PEGG English, Welsh
Son of "Margaret", in Old English.
PEHLIVAN Turkish
Means "wrestler" or "strongman" in Turkish, referring to a yağlı güreş wrestler (a traditional Turkish oil wrestling sport), ultimately of Persian origin.
PEIA Italian
Village in Italy
PEIK German
From Middle Low German pek ‘sharp, pointed tool or weapon’.
PEIKERT German
Probably an occupational name for a drummer.
PEIL Estonian
Peil is an Estonian surname meaning "gage".
PEIPER German (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.
PEJIĆ Croatian, Serbian
Means "son of PEJO".
PEJOVIĆ Serbian (Russian, Modern)
Pejović is a Serbian surname. Mainly used in serbia. But also used in Croatia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo and Macedonia
PEKAREV Russian
Russian variation of the surname "Baker"
PELED Hebrew
Derived from Hebrew פְּלָדָה (pladá) meaning "steel".
PELHAM English
From the name of a place in Hertfordshire, which meant "PEOTLA's homestead" in Old English.
PELISAAR Estonian
Pelisaar is an Estonian surname meaning "capstan/windlass island".
PELKA Polish
Reduced pet form of the given name ŚWIĘTOPEŁK.
PELKA Jewish
Habitational name for someone from Pelki in Poland.
PELKEY French (Anglicized)
Anglicized version of French surnames PELTIER and Pelltier.
PELLE Italian
From the Italian word pelle "skin".
PELLE Danish, German
From the personal name Pelle, a vernacular form of PETER.
PELLE German
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.
PELLEGRINI Italian
Patronymic or plural form of PELLEGRINO.
PELLICER Spanish
Spanish variant of PELLETIER
PELLO Estonian
Pello is an Estonian surname meaning "pipe-clip".
PELOSI Italian
Patronymic or plural form of PELOSO.
PELOSO Italian
Nickname for a man with long or unkempt hair and beard, from peloso "hairy", "shaggy".
PELT Dutch
Dutch: shortened form of Van Pelt.
PELTER Dutch
This surname is occupational in origin. It comes from the Latin word "pellis," meaning "skin" or "hide," and would have originally been born by someone who tanned or sold hides and pelts for a living.
PELTIER French
Variant of PELLETIER (from Old French pellet, a diminutive of pel "skin, hide").
PELTO Finnish
Translates to "field" from Finnish.
PELTZ German, Jewish
Occupational name for a furrier, from Middle High German bellez, (modern German pelz) "fur", "animal skin".
PELZ German, Jewish
Variant of PELTZ.
PELZER German
Occupational name for a furrier, from an agent derivative Middle High German bellez "fur".
PEMBROKE Welsh
Habitual surname for someone from Pembroke, a town in Wales.
PEÑALVER Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Manchego municipality.
PEÑARANDA Spanish
Habitational name from places in Burgos and Salamanca named Peñaranda.
PENDARVIS English (American)
The American English spelling of the Cornish surname Pendarves. Ultimately, the surname is traced back to Pendarves Island, Cornwall.
PENDERWICK American
A family in a book series by Jeanne Birdsall.
PENDLEBURY English
Likely originated from the area Pendlebury, in the Borough of Swindon and Pendlebury in Greater Manchester. Formed from the Celtic pen meaning "hill" and burh meaning "settlement".... [more]
PENDLETON English
An Old English name meaning "overhanging settlement".
PENDRAGON English
From 'Pen Dragon' meaning head dragon or dragons head. This was the name of the king Uther Pendragon who was King Arthurs father
PENG Chinese, Taiwanese
It is written with the hazi symbol meaning "Drum": 彭.
PENHALIGON Cornish
Originally meant "person from Penhaligon", Cornwall ("willow-tree hill"). It is borne by Susan Penhaligon (1950-), a British actress.
PENMAN Scottish
Meaning : "A scribe, a " ready-writer.""
PENNEBAKER Dutch (Anglicized)
Coming from the Dutch name PANNEBAKKER. The name is of occupational origin and is traceable to a term literally translated as "producer of tiles." Legend has it that the family imigrated from central Europe in the mid 1300’s to the Netherlands to escape the wars and plague that were common in the area at that time.
PENNEY English
Variant of PENNY.
PENNILOPE Spanish (Latin American)
Pennilope is a type of surname. It is a type of bike aswell it is almost like a tricycle with 2 sets of stabilisers.
PENNING English, Dutch, Low German
From early Middle English penning, Low German penning, and Middle Dutch penninc, all meaning "penny". It was used as a topographic surname or a nickname referring to tax dues of a penny.
PENNING Upper German
Shortened form of Panno, which is a personal given name.
PENNINGTON English
Habitual surname for someone from Pennington, Lancashire; Pennington, Cumbria; or Pennington, Hampshire.
PENNO Estonian
Penno is an Estonian surname derived from "penny"; from the German "pfennig".
PENNYCUIK Scottish
Originally meant "person from Penycuik", near Edinburgh (probably "hill frequented by cuckoos").
PENNYFIELD English (Rare, ?)
Probably derives from the two English words, 'Penny' and 'Field'.
PENNYWELL English
English habitational name from Pennywell in Tyne and Wear or from a similarly named lost place elsewhere.
PENNYWORTH English
From Old English pening, penig meaning "penny (the coin)" and worþ meaning "enclosure". A notable fictional bearer is Alfred Pennyworth, a DC Comics character notable for being the butler of the superhero Batman.
PENROSE Cornish, Welsh
Originally meant "person from Penrose", Cornwall, Herefordshire and Wales ("highest part of the heath or moorland"). It is borne by the British mathematician Sir Roger Penrose (1931-).... [more]
PENT Estonian
Pent is an Estonian surname possibly derived from "pentsik" meaning "funny" and "eccentric".
PENWELL English
English probably a variant of PENNYWELL.
PÉPIN French
From the Old French name Pepis, itself a form of the given name PÉPIN. Alternatively, it may be derived from French pépin meaning "(fruit) seed", thus making it an occupational name for a gardener or someone who grew fruit-bearing trees.
PEPIN Russian
Means "son of PEPA".
PEPPE Italian
From a short form of the personal name Giuseppe.
PEPPE Dutch
From Peppo, a pet form of a Germanic personal name.
PEPYS English
From the medieval personal name Pepis, a form of Old French Pepin, brought into England by the Normans. It may have been based on an earlier nickname meaning "awesome"... [more]
PERALTA Catalan, Spanish, Aragonese
Habitational name from any of the places in Aragon, Catalonia, and Navarre called Peralta, from Latin petra alta "high rock". This name is also established in Italy.
PERCHER English
In textile mills, woven fabric coming off the mill / loom would pass over a frame, or rod, called a 'perch'. It was the job of the 'Percher' to examine the cloth for defects, and repair them when they were found... [more]
PERDIKOGIANNIS Greek
Means "partridge John" in Greek, from πέρδικα (perdika) "partridge" combined with the given name GIANNIS.
PERDOMO Spanish (Canarian)
From French (prud'homme) meaning "expert". This is the Spanish variant of PRUDHOMME.
PERDUE English, Irish, French
English and Irish from Old French par Dieu ‘by God’, which was adopted in Middle English in a variety of more or less heavily altered forms. The surname represents a nickname from a favorite oath... [more]
PEREA Basque
It indicates familial origin within the municipality of Aiara.
PEREGRINE English, Popular Culture
Derived from the given name PEREGRINE. A fictional bearer is Alma LeFay Peregrine, a character from the novel "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" (2011) by Ransom Riggs.
PEREIRE Breton (Latinized, Archaic)
This surname is the Gallic (Gaulish) origin and it means wild pear tree. There are also similar spellig in the Iberian Peninsula such as Pereiro, Pereyro, Pereiros, Perero and Pereros. These surnames (last names) correspond to families of the Celtiberian culture.
PEREIRI Celtic (Latinized, Archaic)
Pereiri or Pereiro is a Galician surname in the north of Spain. It's a last name belonging to ancient Celtic tribes.
PEREIRIS Medieval Portuguese (Latinized, Rare, Archaic), Galician (Latinized, Rare, Archaic)
Pereiris (also known as Pereirus) is a last name of the Celtic roots (it's Galician and Portuguese). It meaning is will pear tree or pear tree and also european will pear tree. Pereiris comes from the translation of Welsh name and Cornish name Gellygen or Gellyg.
PEREIROS Celtic (Latinized, Modern)
It is a last name that belongs to Celtic families. Its meaning is the will pear tree.
PEREIRU Medieval Portuguese (Latinized, Rare, Archaic)
This is a Military Order (Knights Templar or the Order of Solomon's Temple) and it was founded by the Henrique de Borgonha, conde de Portucale (Henry, Count of Portugal) in the year 1090. It was then confirmed by Pope Alexandre III in the year 1177... [more]
PERERA Sinhalese
Variant of PEREIRA used in Sri Lanka.
PERERO Medieval Spanish (Latinized, Archaic)
It appeared in Extremadura and it means pear tree. It's a family name belonging to the Celtiberian culture (Celtic families).
PERESE Gascon
Meaning the pear tree. It have a second meaning that is Son of Peter and it's a surname of the Christian inspiration. In Catalonia there is a derivative that is Parés (Variations: Pares, Parès, Parè and Pare).
PERESS Breton (Latinized, Rare, Archaic)
It means Son of Peter (Pedro).
PERETTI Italian
Patronymic from a pet form of the personal name Pero.
PEREYRO Galician
It's a Galician surname and it means apple tree.
PERHAM English
A variation of the English name PARHAM, based on the village of Parham (one in county Suffolk, another in county Sussex). From the Old English peru, meaning "pear" (the fruit), and ham, meaning "homestead".
PERHONEN Finnish (Rare)
Means "butterfly" in Finnish.
PERIĆ Croatian, Serbian
Derived from the short form of PETAR, PERO.
PERIZ Gascon
Periz is a Gascon surname. It's a native of the region of Gascony (Guyenne). Its signification is Descendant of Peter (Also is The family of Peter). In the French languaje is Pierre. It's a surname of the Christian inspiration and alludes to St... [more]
PERKIN English, Welsh
"Variant of Surname PERKINS "
PERLEY English
Variant of PARLEY or BURLEY.
PERLMUTTER Jewish
Jewish (Ashkenazic): ornamental name from German Perlmutter ‘mother-of-pearl'.
PERLSTEIN Jewish
Ornamental name composed of German Perle ‘pearl’ + Stein ‘stone’.
PERNIER Italian
A famous bearer is the Italian archaeologist Luigi Pernier (1874 - 1937), who discovered the mysterious Phaistos disc on the Greek island of Crete.
PEROTTI Italian
from the personal name PIETRO.
PERPICH English (American)
Americanized spelling of Croatian and Serbian PRPIĆ. Prporuše was a term denoting young girls who, in the dry season, would visit houses in the village and pray for rain.
PERSAD Trinidadian Creole
Indo-Trinidadian variant of PRASAD.
PERSAUD South American
The name Persaud means "Gracious gift" originally deriving from Hindi "Prasad". The name has connection to multiple Asian religions including Hinduism, Sikhism and Islam where "Prasada" is a food that is used in religious offering.... [more]
PERSON English
Americanised version of PERSSON.
PERSOPOULOS Greek
Means "descendant of a Persian" in Greek.
PERVAIZ Urdu, Punjabi
Variant transcription of PARVEZ.
PERVIK Estonian
Pervik is an Estonian surname meaning "embankment".
PESCI Italian
Variant of PESCE.
PESKA Czech
From a pet form of the personal name Pešek
PESUR Estonian
Pesur is an Estonian surname meaning "washer".
PETÁK Czech
Derivative of the personal name PETR, Czech form of PETER.
PETEK Slovene, Croatian
Derived from petek "Friday".
PETITO Jewish (Archaic)
Jewish family surname. Family originally settled in South of Italy, but also spread in Rome. According family's background stories, ancestors ( פטיטו ) sailed from Palestine to (south) of Italy, where they settled, at time of the big diaspora as an effect of Bar Kochba defeat (135 A.D.). There are still today in Israel people with Petito surname in the major Israel cities, as well elsewhere (check Petito in www.israelpb.com --or here, letter P: http://www.genami.org/en/belgian-file/belgian-file-p.php).
PETKE German
German surname derived from a diminutive form for PETER.
PETKOV Bulgarian, Macedonian
Means “son of PETKO” in Bulgarian and Macedonian.
PETRAKIS Greek
Patronymic form of the Greek given name PETROS (see PETER).
PETRANOV Bulgarian
From Greek petros meaning "rock" or "stone".
PETRAS Various
Possibly from the name Petros. Famous bearer of this surname is the German singer Kim Petras (born 1992)
PETRELLI Italian
From the given name PIETRO.
PETRENKO Ukrainian, Russian, Moldovan
A surname traced to the Cossacks.
PETREVSKI Macedonian
Means "son of PETAR".
PETRI Romanian
Derived from PETRE, the Romanian form of Peter.
PETRIASHVILI Georgian
Means "son of PETER" in Georgian.
PETŘÍČEK Czech
From given name PETR.
PETRÍČEK Czech
Derived from a diminutive of Petr.
PETRIČEK Croatian
From given name PETAR.
PETRIČEVIĆ Croatian, Serbian
A patronymic derived from Petrič, a diminutive of PETAR.
PETRIE English
Patronymic surname that was derived from the first name Peter.
PETROCELLI Italian
Pluralized variant of Petrosello, itself a variant of PETROSINO.
PETRONE Italian
Derived from the given name PIETRO.
PETROPOULOS Greek
Means "son of PETROS" in Greek.
PETROSIAN Armenian (Expatriate)
Variant transcription of PETROSYAN used by Armenians living outside Armenia.
PETROSINO Italian
Habitational name from Petrosino in Trapani, Sicily.
PETROSINO Italian
From petrosino "parsley", a southern dialect variant of prezzemolo.
PETROVA Bulgarian, Russian
Feminine form of PETROV.
PETROVICH Ukrainian, Belarusian
Patronymic from Petro, the Ukrainian form of PETER.
PETRUŠKEVIČIUS Lithuanian
Comes from the Lithuanian given name PETRAS.
PETRUŠKEVIČIŪTĖ Lithuanian
Feminine form of PETRUŠKEVIČIUS. Used by an unmarried woman.
PETRYNIEC Ukrainian
From the given name PETER.
PETTAI Estonian
Pettai is an Estonian surname derived from "petta" meaning "to be up to mischief".
PETTIE Scottish
Predominantly Scottish form of PETTY.
PETTINGER English
English version of POTTINGER.
PETTIS English
From the possessive or plural form of Middle English pytte, pitte ‘pit’, ‘hollow’, hence a topographic name for someone who lived by a pit, or a habitational name from a place named with this word, as for example Pett in East Sussex.
PETTY English, Scottish
Derived from Norman French petit, 'small', thus a nickname for a small or insignificant individual.... [more]
PETZOLD German
German. Derives from a pet form of a Slavic version of the given name PETER.
PEUGEOT French
Meaning unknown.
PEUREUX French
In the war there was a French resistance fighter named Maurice Peureux.
PEVEC Croatian
From pevec meaning ''rooster''
PEW Welsh
From Welsh ap Hew or ap Hugh "son of HUGH" (see PUGH). A fictional bearer is Blind Pew, the blind pirate in Robert Louis Stevenson's 'Treasure Island' (1883).
PEWTERSCHMIDT Popular Culture
Comprised of the English word pewter, which is a metal alloy made mostly of tin, and the German element schmidt 'smith' (see SCHMIDT). This surname is obviously intended to be of Germanic origin... [more]
PEYRON French
Unknown meaning. French surname. Famous bearer of this name is Bruno Peyron and the German princess Louise Peyron (1918-1989).... [more]
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