Submitted Surnames Starting with P

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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".
Peetsalu is an Estonian surname meaning "beet/beetroot grove".
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".
PEJOVIĆSerbian (Russified, Modern)
Pejović is a Serbian surname. Mainly used in serbia. But also used in Croatia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo and Macedonia
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.
Pello is an Estonian surname meaning "pipe-clip".
Patronymic or plural form of PELOSO.
Nickname for a man with long or unkempt hair and beard, from peloso "hairy", "shaggy".
Dutch: shortened form of Van Pelt.
Variant of Pelletier (from Old French pellet, a diminutive of pel "skin, hide").
Translates to "field" from Finnish.
PELTZGerman, Jewish
Occupational name for a furrier, from Middle High German bellez, (modern German pelz) "fur", "animal skin".
PELZGerman, Jewish
Variant of PELTZ.
Occupational name for a furrier, from an agent derivative Middle High German bellez "fur".
Habitual surname for someone from Pembroke, a town in Wales.
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Manchego municipality.
Habitational name from places in Burgos and Salamanca named Peñaranda.
PENDARVISEnglish (American)
The American English spelling of the Cornish surname Pendarves. Ultimately, the surname is traced back to Pendarves Island, Cornwall.
A family in a book series by Jeanne Birdsall.
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]
An Old English name meaning "overhanging settlement".
From 'Pen Dragon' meaning head dragon or dragons head. This was the name of the king Uther Pendragon who was King Arthurs father
PENGChinese, Taiwanese
It is written with the hazi symbol meaning "Drum": 彭.
Originally meant "person from Penhaligon", Cornwall ("willow-tree hill"). It is borne by Susan Penhaligon (1950-), a British actress.
Meaning : "A scribe, a " ready-writer.""
One who lived near a fold or hill. From the Old English word "penn," meaning "hill" and "pen, fold."
Variant of PENNY.
PENNILOPESpanish (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.
PENNINGEnglish, 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.
PENNINGUpper German
Shortened form of Panno, which is a personal given name.
Habitual surname for someone from Pennington, Lancashire; Pennington, Cumbria; or Pennington, Hampshire.
Penno is an Estonian surname derived from "penny"; from the German "pfennig".
Originally meant "person from Penycuik", near Edinburgh (probably "hill frequented by cuckoos").
PENNYFIELDEnglish (Rare, ?)
Probably derives from the two English words, 'Penny' and 'Field'.
English habitational name from Pennywell in Tyne and Wear or from a similarly named lost place elsewhere.
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.
PENROSECornish, 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 is an Estonian surname possibly derived from "pentsik" meaning "funny" and "eccentric".
English probably a variant of Pennywell.
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.
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". It is standardly pronounced "peeps"... [more]
PERALTACatalan, 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.
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]
PERDOMOSpanish (Canarian)
From French (prud'homme) meaning "expert". This is the Spanish variant of Prudhomme.
PERDUEEnglish, 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]
PEREGRINEEnglish, 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.
PEREIREBreton (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.
PEREIRICeltic (Latinized, Archaic)
Pereiri or Pereiro is a Galician surname in the north of Spain. It's a last name belonging to ancient Celtic tribes.
PEREIRISMedieval 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... [more]
PEREIROSCeltic (Latinized, Modern)
It is a last name that belongs to Celtic families. Its meaning is the will pear tree.
PEREIRUMedieval 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]
Variant of Pereira used in Sri Lanka.
PEREROMedieval Spanish (Latinized, Archaic)
It appeared in Extremadura and it means pear tree. It's a family name belonging to the Celtiberian culture (Celtic families).
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).
PERESSBreton (Latinized, Rare, Archaic)
It means Son of Peter (Pedro).
Patronymic from a pet form of the personal name Pero.
It's a Galician surname and it means apple tree.
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".
PERHONENFinnish (Rare)
Means "butterfly" in Finnish.
PERIĆCroatian, Serbian
Derived from the short form of Petar, Pero.
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]
PERKINEnglish, Welsh
"Variant of Surname Perkins "
Jewish (Ashkenazic): ornamental name from German Perlmutter ‘mother-of-pearl'.
Ornamental name composed of German Perle ‘pearl’ + Stein ‘stone’.
A famous bearer is the Italian archaeologist Luigi Pernier (1874 - 1937), who discovered the mysterious Phaistos disc on the Greek island of Crete.
PERSADTrinidadian Creole
Indo-Trinidadian variant of Prasad.
Americanised version of Persson.
Means "descendant of a Persian" in Greek.
PERVAIZUrdu, Punjabi
Variant transcription of Parvez.
Derived from the Italian word pesce which means "fish", ultimately from Latin piscis. This could serve as an occupational surname for a fisher / fisherman or a person who looked like a fish... [more]
Pesur is an Estonian surname meaning "washer".
Derivative of the personal name Petr, Czech form of Peter.
PETEKSlovene, Croatian
Derived from petek "Friday".
German surname derived from a diminutive form for Peter.
PETKOVBulgarian, Macedonian
Means “son of Petko” in Bulgarian and Macedonian.
Patronymic form of the Greek given name Petros (see Peter).
From Greek petros meaning "rock" or "stone".
From the given name Pietro.
PETRENKOUkrainian, Russian, Moldovan
A surname traced to the Cossacks.
Means "son of Petar".
Derived from Petre, the Romanian form of Peter.
Means "son of Peter" in Georgian.
PETRIČEVIĆCroatian, Serbian
A patronymic derived from Petrič, a diminutive of Petar.
Patronymic surname that was derived from the first name Peter.
Pluralized variant of Petrosello, itself a variant of PETROSINO.
Derived from the given name Pietro.
Means "son of Petros" in Greek.
PETROSIANArmenian (Expatriate)
Variant transcription of Petrosyan used by Armenians living outside Armenia.
Habitational name from Petrosino in Trapani, Sicily.
From petrosino "parsley", a southern dialect variant of prezzemolo.
PETROVABulgarian, Russian
From the first name Petrova.
Comes from the Lithuanian given name Petras.
Feminine form of Petruškevičius. Used by an unmarried woman.
From the given name Peter.
Pettai is an Estonian surname derived from "petta" meaning "to be up to mischief".
Predominantly Scottish form of Petty.
English version of Pottinger.
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.
PETTYEnglish, Scottish
Derived from Norman French petit, 'small', thus a nickname for a small or insignificant individual.... [more]
German. Derives from a pet form of a Slavic version of the given name Peter.
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).
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]
Unknown meaning. French surname. Famous bearer of this name is Bruno Peyron and the German princess Louise Peyron (1918-1989).... [more]
PFEFFERGerman, Jewish
Occupational name for a spicer, or a nickname for a person with a fiery temper, for a small man, or for a dark-haired person. Derived from German Pfeffer "pepper".
Occupational name for a pipe player. From German Pfeife "whistle, pipe".
From Middle High German pfil ‘arrow’ (from Latin pilum ‘spike’, ‘javelin’), either a metonymic occupational name for an arrowsmith or possibly a nickname for a tall thin man.
a topographic name for someone who lived by a swamp or pond, Middle High German phuol.... [more]
metonymic occupational name for a sealer of weights, or for a wholesale merchant, from Middle High German pfunt ‘pound’ (as a measure of weight and a unit of currency).
Unknown meaning of German origin
PHÉNIXFrench (Quebec)
French Canadian variant of Phoenix.
PHENIXFrench (Quebec, Anglicized)
Either (i) an anglicization of French Canadian Phénix, literally "phoenix", probably originally a nickname of now lost import; or (ii) a different form of Fenwick.
A rare nickname given for someone's appearance of blonde and red hair just as a phoenix has colorful plumage and a tail of gold and scarlet.
From the medieval French male personal name Filibert, of Germanic origin and meaning literally "very bright, very famous".
In the Medieval period, of Ancient Greek origin, derives from philippos, a compound made of philein meaning "to love", and hippos, a horse, hence "lover of horses".
Derived from the given name Philip
From a 'lost' medieval parish in England or Scotland, named with the Old Norse element kirk meaning 'church' or 'place of worship'.... [more]
English (chiefly southeastern): from the Middle English personal name Philipot/Philpot, a pet form of Philip.
Patronymic from Phil, a short form of the personal name Philip.
From the name of a beautiful immortal bird which appears in Egyptian and Greek mythology. After living for several centuries in the Arabian Desert, it would be consumed by fire and rise from its own ashes, with this cycle repeating every 500 years... [more]
PHUKUNTSISetswana/ Sesotho
This surname has multilayered meanings... [more]
PIAGNOLOItalian (Anglicized, Modern)
It was borrowed from Italian chemist Giovenco Piagnolo
Topographic name from piana ‘plain’, ‘level ground’, from Latin planus, or a habitational name from any of the places named with this word.
Topographic name for someone who lived on a plain or plateau, Italian piano (Latin planum, from the adjective planus ‘flat’, ‘level’).
PICAItalian, Catalan
Nickname for a gossipy or garrulous person, from the central-southern Italian word pica ‘magpie’. Compare Picazo.Catalan: habitational name from any of the numerous places called Pica.Catalan: from either pica ‘pointed object’ (weapon, etc.) or a derivative of picar ‘to prick’.
Picard is the name given to a person from Picardy, a historical region and cultural area of France. The Star Trek: Next Generation Jean-Luc Picard has this name.
meaning- little one
Nickname from piccolo "small".
Spanish form of the surname Picard
of Norman origin, from the personal name "Pic", here with the diminutive suffixes "et" or "ot", and recorded as "Picot, Pigot" and Piket". The name is ultimately of Germanic derivation, from "pic", meaning "sharp", or "pointed", which was a common element in names meaning for instance, residence near a "pointed hill", use of a particular sharp or pointed tool or weapon, or a nickname for a tall, thin person.
This surnames origins lie with the Anglo-Saxons. It is a product of their having lived in the parish of Pitchford in Shropshire. ... [more]
meaning beak of a bird, or peak of a mountain in spanish... [more]
Modern (and also more common) form of Piénoel.
PIÉNOELFrench (Rare)
French surname that possibly refers to the buckled shoes that the original bearer was wearing, in which case it is derived from Old French pié meaning "foot" combined with Old French noiel meaning "buckle"... [more]
PIEPERGerman, Dutch
Occupational name for a piper.
English (of Norman origin): habitational name from any of various places, for example in Aisne and Calvados, so called from Old French pierre ‘stone’ + pont ‘bridge’.
"Pieter's son"
The derivation of the name Pietrafesa comes from the cracked aspect of the mountain on which it rose. In Italian "Pietra" mean Rock and "-fesa" comes from the Italian word fessura meaning cracked.... [more]
Pihlakas is an Estonian surname meaning "rowan" or "mountain ash".
Piip is an Estonian surname meaning "pipe".
Piir is an Estonian surname meaning "border" and "frontier".
Piirikivi is an Estonian surname meaning "border stone".
Piiroja is an Estonian surname meaning "border creek".
Pikamäe is an Estonian surname meaning "long hill/mountain".
PIKEEnglish, Irish
English: topographic name for someone who lived by a hill with a sharp point, from Old English pic ‘point’, ‘hill’, which was a relatively common place name element.... [more]
Pikk is an Estonian surname meaning "tall".
Pikkoja is an Estonian surname meaning "long stream".
Occupational name for a sawyer, Polish pilarz + -ski, common ending of surnames.
From Middle English pilch, a metonymic occupational name for a maker or seller of pilches or a nickname for a habitual wearer of these. A pilch (from Late Latin pellicia, a derivative of pellis "skin, hide") was a kind of coarse leather garment with the hair or fur still on it.
Occupational name for a maker or seller of pilches, from an agent derivative of Pilch. In early 17th-century English, pilcher was a popular term of abuse, being confused or punningly associated with the unrelated verb pilch "to steal" and with the unrelated noun pilchard, a kind of fish.
PILGRIMEnglish, German
From Middle English pilegrim, pelgrim or Middle High German bilgerin, pilgerin (from Latin pelegrinus "traveler"; see Pellegrino). This originated as a nickname for a person who had been on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land or to some seat of devotion nearer home, such as Santiago de Compostella, Rome, or Canterbury... [more]
PILKINGTONEnglish (British), Irish
Habitational name from a place in Lancashire, England.
Pill is an Estonian surname meaning "musical instrument".
Pilliroog is an Estonian surname meaning "thatch".
Meaning unknown, possibly derived from Middle French pilot or pillot both meaning "stake, pole". This is the name of a wealthy merchant family from Besançon, France.
Pilt is an Estonian surname meaning "picture" and "painting".
Nickname for a chirpy person, from Middle English pinch, pink ‘(chaf)finch’. Compare Finch. possibly a metonymic occupational name from Middle English pinche ‘pleated fabric’, from Middle English pinche(n) ‘to pinch (pastry)’, ‘to pleat (fabric)’, ‘to crimp (hair, etc.)’, also ‘to cavil’, ‘to be niggardly’.
PINCHESEnglish (British, Rare)
This is one of the very earliest of surnames. This is an English name. First recorded in the 12th century it was a nickname of endearment for a bright, chirpy, person, thought by his peer group to be active like a finch... [more]
The surname Pinckney originally denoted someone from Picquigny, France, which derives from a Germanic personal name, Pincino (of obscure derivation) and the Latin locative suffix -acum... [more]
PINEDASpanish, Catalan
Habitational name from any of the places in the provinces of Barcelona, Cuenca, and Burgos named Pineda, from Spanish and Catalan pineda "pine forest".
It literally means "pine tree".
Castilianized from the Portuguese surname PINHEIRO, meaning "pine-tree"
PINESEnglish (American)
Surname of the characters, Dipper, Mabel and Stan from Gravity Falls.
A combination of "pinin", Piedmontese for youngest/smallest brother, and FARINA, the Italian variant of MILLER. This is the name of the Italian coachbuilder, founded by Battista "Pinin" Farina, later Battista Pininfarina.
PINKEnglish, German
Nickname, possibly for a small person, from Middle English pink penkg ‘minnow’ (Old English pinc).English (southeastern): variant of Pinch .Variant spelling of German Pinck, an indirect occupational name for a blacksmith, an onomatopoeic word imitating the sound of hammering which was perceived as pink(e)pank... [more]
Pink is an Estonian surname meaning "bench" and "garden seat".
PINKERTONScottish, Northern Irish
Habitual surname for someone from a place near Dunbar, with an unknown meaning (from Old English tan meaning "enclosure" or "settlement".
habitational name from a lost or unidentified place in or bordering on Devon
Variant spelling of Pinckney.
Means "feather" in Sardinian.
PINNEREnglish (Rare)
Parish in Middlesex.
PINSONJewish, Russian
Derived from Spanish "pinzon", meaning "finch".
PIONKEGerman, Polish
Germanized form of Slavic Pinoek, which is a nickname from pionek ‘puppet’.
Habitational name from places called Piórkowo in Toruń voivodeship or Piórków in Tarnobrzeg voivodeship.
A famous bearer of this surname is Spanish/Catalan footballer Gerard Piqué.
Means "pears", derived from Sardinian pira "pear".
PIRESPortuguese (Latinized, Modern), Portuguese (Brazilian, Latinized, Modern)
Etymologicaly, the name PIRES comes from the Latin, and means "The one who belongs to Peter's family".... [more]
Either from Persian پیر (pir) meaning "old" combined with Hadi or from the name of the Persian village of Pirhadi.
Pirn is an Estonian surname meaning "pear".
Pirnipuu is an Estonian surname meaning "pear tree".
A professional Bulgarian tennis player, Tsvetana Pironkova, bears this surname.
Habitational name from the city of Pisa in Tuscany. The city was probably founded by Greek colonists, but before coming under Roman control it was in the hands of the Etruscans, who probably gave it its name... [more]
From a reduced form of episcopo "bishop" (Greek episkopos "bishop", literally "overseer"), hence a metonymic occupational name for someone in the service of a bishop, or perhaps a nickname for a pompous person.
PISTARIOGreek, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
Pistario is a surname, mainly used in the Greek, Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese languages.
PISULAPolish, Lithuanian
Informal nickname for a scribe or clerk, from a derivative of Polish pisać ‘to write’.
PITCHEREnglish, German
From an agent derivative of Middle English pich ‘pitch’, hence an occupational name for a caulker, one who sealed the seams of ships or barrels with pitch. English variant of Pickard. Possibly from German Pitscher, from the short form of a personal name formed with Old High German bitan ‘to endure’, or bittan ‘to wish or ask for’.
Pitka is an Estonian surname meanin "tall" or "long".
Origin unidentified.
English from Middle English pytte, pitte ‘pit’, ‘hollow’, hence a topographic name for someone who lived by a pit or hollow, or a habitational name from a place named with this word, as for example Pitt in Hampshire.
A surname which originally belonged to a person who lived by a pit or hollow. Meaning "King of the Pit" or "King of the Hollow".
Described someone who lived in a hollow or pitt (see Pitt).
Pius is an Estonian surname meaning "pious".
Nickname for a drinker, from pivo meaning ‘beer’.
Czech word for peony. Also given as a nickname meaning one with rosy cheeks
PLAHNAGerman (Austrian)
It is a name from the Gratkorn, Graz, Styria area of Austria
Means "son of Plamen".
PLANKTONPopular Culture
This is the surname of Sheldon J. Plankton from SpongeBob SquarePants.
PLÁŇSKERCzech (Rare, Archaic), Slovak (Rare, Archaic), German (Rare, Archaic)
Originating from Bohemia, a region between The Czech Republic and Germany. The name means "forest clearing", Pláň: forest, sker: clearing. It is a very rare last name with only about 20 holders of it.
An occupational surname for a gardener.
Byname from plata "silver".
Habitational name from places in Toledo and Cáceres provinces named Plata, or various places named La Plata.
From Old French plat, meaning "flat."