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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."
Diminutive of Platt.
From a medieval nickname for an enthusiastic competitor in sports and games (from Middle English pleyfere "companion in play, playmate"), or else a different form of Playford (from a Suffolk place-name meaning "ford where sports are held")... [more]
Either (i) from the medieval female personal name Plaisance, literally "pleasantness"; or (ii) "person from Piacenza", Italy (from Latin Placentia, literally "pleasing things").
Means being a very bright man in the near future. Also can be used as a alias.
Plekk is an Estonian surname meaning "tin".
Derived from Bulgarian плевня (plevnya) meaning "barn". A notable bearer is Rosen Asenov Plevneliev (1964-), who served as the fourth President of Bulgaria.
PLIEVIngush (Russified), Ossetian (Russified)
Russified form of an Ingush and Ossetian name, which is derived from the name of an Ingush teip (clan). The name itself comes from Plievo, the name of a village in Ingushetia, which means "village of the sons of Pkhile", referring to a given name possibly derived from Ossetian пыл (pyl) meaning "elephant".
PLIMSOLLFrench (Acadian)
I don't know the meaning, but it is my maiden name, and I understand it to be French. Samuel Plimsoll is my ancestor. He was born in Bristol, UK. He was an MP who spoke up in parliament and subsequently the Plimsoll or loading line was introduced on ships... [more]
PLINERRussian, Czech
Originated from a small town in Russia named, Plino.
Ploom is an Estonian surname meaning "plum" (Prunus).
Ploomipuu is an Estonian surname meaning "plum tree" (Prunus).
Means "son of the carpenter" from Russian плотник (plotnik) "carpenter".
PLUMEnglish, German, Jewish
English and North German: from Middle English plum(b)e, Middle Low German plum(e) ‘plum’, hence a topographic name for someone who lived by a plum tree, or a metonymic occupational name for a fruit grower... [more]
Meaning "plum, plum tree".
PLUMERGerman, English, Dutch
North German (Plümer) and English: variant of Plum, the suffix -er denoting habitation or occupation. Altered form of South German Pflümer, an occupational name for a grower or seller of plums, from an agent derivative of Middle High German pflume ‘plum’... [more]
1. Occupational name for a worker in lead, especially a maker of lead pipes and conduits, from Anglo-Norman French plom(m)er, plum(m)er ‘plumber’, from plom(b), plum(b) ‘lead’ (Latin plumbum)... [more]
PNIEWSKIPolish, Jewish
Habitational name for someone from Pniewy in the district of Poznań, or from any of the many places in Poland named Pniewo.
Nickname for a braggart or bogeyman, of uncertain Slavic origin.
From a medieval nickname for someone thought to resemble a parrot, from Middle English papejai, popinjay "parrot". This probably denoted someone who was talkative or who dressed in bright colours, although it may have described a person who excelled at the medieval sport of pole archery, i.e. shooting at a wooden parrot on a pole.
POBLETESpanish (Latin American)
Habitational name from Poblete in the province of Ciudad Real.
Habitational name for someone from a place called Podbielsko in Konin voivodeship.
Põder is an Estonian surname meaning "moose".
Põdersoo is an Estonian surname meaning "moose swamp".
Põdramagi is an Estonian surname meaning "moose mountain".
Poduska means pillow or soft cushion.
Archaic -- denotes the office of a minor church official.
From a medieval nickname for a vain or flamboyantly dressed person (from Old Norse "peacock"). American author and poet Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) was a famous bearer.
German (Westphalian): topographic name for someone who lived by a muddy pool, from an agent noun derived from Middle Low pol ‘(muddy) pool’.
pronounced,Pfowelser,it means person skilled with bird's,as in Hawk's or Eagle's(bird's of prey).From Palatine,or Austria(a Royal house).
Of uncertain origin, probably a variant of Pate.
German cognate of Page.
Means "son of Poghos".
Meaning unknown.
This indicates familial origin within either of 2 Lesser Polish villages.
POGUEIrish, American
An Irish surname meaning "kiss"
From a dialect word for standard German Pfau ‘peacok’, a nickname for a vain person or for someone with a strutting gait.
This surname means "wheezy."
Põhi is an Estonian surname meaning "north".
1 topographic name from Middle Low German pol "(muddy) pool" (Low German Pohl).... [more]
Pohla is an Estonian surname derived from "pohl" ("lingonberry").
Pöial is an Estonian surname meaning "thumb".
Põim is an Estonian surname derived from "põimima" ("enlace" or "entwine")' loosely meaning "weaver".
POIROTFrench, Literature
A French occupational name referring to a merchant who sells pears (poire). Used by Agatha Christie for her Belgian private detective Hercule Poirot, but she came up with the name by combining the surnames Poiret and Popeau, the names of two contemporary fictional detectives.
Poisson is the French word for fish, and was given to one who was a fishmonger, fisherman, or could be a nickname for one who had the appearance similar to a fish.
Nickname from pokrywka meaning ‘cover’, ‘lid’.
POLACKPolish, Jewish
Anglicized from POLAK.
Habitational name from Polanco in Santander province.
POLANDEnglish, German, French (Anglicized), Irish (Anglicized)
English and German name is derived from the Middle High German Polan, which means "Poland". The surname originally signified a person with Polish connections.This French surname originated from an occupational name of a poultry breeder, or from a fearful person; it is derived from the Old French poule, which means "chicken".In other cases, particularly in Ireland, the English Poland is a variant of Polin,which is in turn an Anglicised form of the original Gaelic spelling of Mac Póilín, which translated from Irish means "son of little Paul"... [more]
Means "steel" in Persian. Many Turkish Oghuz descendants are using this surname.
Põld is an Estonian surname, meaning "field".
Põldmaa is an Estonian surname meaning "field land".
Põldots is an Estonian surname meaning "field end".
Põldpüü is an Estonian surname meaning "partidge".
Põldroos is an Estonian surname meaning "field rose".
Põldsaar is an Estonian surname meaning "field island".
Põldsepp is an Estonian surname meaning "field smith".
Põldur is an Estonian surname meaning "farmer".
POLEYFrench, German, Jewish
French: variant of Polet, Paulet, pet forms of Paul.... [more]
Hungarian word for citizen. Taken on by Jewish Hungarians during World War Two to avoid Nazi attention for having 'Jewish' last names.
Means "son of Polidoro". Famous bearers include John William Polidori (1795-1821), a physician to Lord Byron and author of 'The Vampyre' (1819), and his sister Frances Polidori (1800-1886), the mother of painter and poet Dante Gabriel Rossetti, poet Christina Rossetti, critic William Michael Rossetti, and author Maria Francesca Rossetti.
POLINGEnglish, Welsh
Altered form of Bolling, possibly also of Bollinger or Pollinger.
Habitational name from Polinowo in Pila voivodeship or Polinów in Biala Podlaska voivodeship.
Reduced form of Ippolito. Compare French Hypolite, Greek Politis. From Polites, a shortened form of medieval Greek Konstantinopolites, an ethnic name for someone from Constantinople.
Means "soup".
Ethnic name for a Pole.
Reduced form of Pollock.
POLKAGerman (Slavic), Polish
Variant of German Polk, also a feminine form for the surname Polak, and comes from the given female name Apolonia.
Jewish (Ashkenazic): variant of spelling of Polak.
POLLOCKScottish, English
Habitational name from a place in Glasgow, apparently so named from a diminutive of a British cognate of Gaelic poll ‘pool’, ‘pit’. The surname is also common in northeastern Ulster.
Põllu is an Estonian surname meaning "arable" or "agrestic"; associated with farming ("farmer" = "põllumees").
Põlluäär is an Estonian surname meaning "arable (land) side".
Põllumees is an Estonian surname meaning "farmer"; literally "agrestic (põllu) man (mees)".
Põllupüü is an Estonian surname meaning "field grouse".
POLSKIPolish, Jewish
Nickname for a Polish person, originating in areas of mixed populations.
POLTIMOREEnglish (Rare)
Rare English surname derived from a Devon place name of Celtic origin, allegedly meaning “pool by the large house”.
POLYAKOVRussian, Jewish, Belarusian, Ukrainian
Patronymic from the ethnic name Polak meaning "Pole".
from the portuguese word: pombo meaning "dove", "pigeon". ... [more]
Occupational name for an importer or seller of bitter (Seville) oranges, Middle High German pomeranz (medieval Latin pomarancia, composed of the elements arancia, the name imported with the fruit.
From the Yiddish word pomerants "orange"
From an English surname meaning "dweller by the apple orchard".
Habitational name from a place called Pompei in Naples province. Or a patronymic or plural form of POMPEO.
From the Italian given name POMPEO.
POMPEYFrench, English
Variant of Italian POMPEI.
PONCESpanish, English
The Ponce name was carried into England after the migration from Normandy following the Norman Conquest of 1066.'Ponce' is derived from 'Ponsoby',a place in Cumberland, where the family settled. The Ponce motto is 'Pro rege, lege grege' meaning "For the King, law, and people"
This indicates familial origin within the Lesser Polish town of Poniatowa.
PONOMARENKORussian, Ukrainian
Common Russian and Ukrainian last name meaning church bell ringer.
Derives from Slavic "пономарь"- Sexton.
Means "bridge builder". Comes from the French word pont, which means bridge. ... [more]
First recording of surname in scotland in 1306 in the town of Ayr Scotland. I have many links showing ties to Scotland.
Pooke was the original version... [more]
Topographic name for someone who lived near a pool or pond, Middle English pole (Old English pōl), or a habitational name from any of the places named with this word, as for example Poole in Dorset, South Pool in Devon, and Poole Keynes in Gloucestershire.
Poom is an Estonian surname meaning "beam".
POONChinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese romanization of Pan (2).
Poopuu is an Estonian surname, possibly derived from "poom" ("beam") "puu" ("wood" or "tree").
Pöör is an Estonian surname meaning "crossbar" and "fall bar".
Põõsas is an Estonian surname meaning "bush" and "shrub".
Poot is an Estonian surname meaning "boat", derived from the German "boot" ("boat").
A variant of the surname Popa.
Means "priest" in Romanian.
Meaning unknown, possibly derived from Persian پوپل‎‎ (pupal) meaning "betel nut". The Popalzai are a Pashtun sub-tribe of the Durrani in Afghanistan and parts of Pakistan.
"The way of the rich man" or "The way of prosperity"
POPOVIĆCroatian, Serbian
Means ''son of a priest''.
POPPGerman, English
From a Germanic personal name Poppo, Boppo, of uncertain origin and meaning, perhaps originally a nursery word or a short form of for example Bodobert, a Germanic personal name meaning ‘famous leader’... [more]
German form of "Pope", meaning father.
PÖPPELSouth German, German
Comes from a pet form of the personal name Popp.
Wise and classy
From Italian porcaro "swineherd".
The surname of the Ukrainian president, Petro Poroshenko.
Americanized form of Perino.
Porss is an Estonian surname meaning "bog myrtle" and "bayberry".
Occupational name for a female servant, from Spanish portera.
PORTNOYJewish, Belarusian, Ukrainian
Occupational name for a tailor from Russian portnoj (an adjective derivative of port "uncut cloth").
PORTUGALSpanish, Portuguese, English, Catalan, French, Jewish
Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan, English, French, and Jewish surname meaning ethnic name or regional name for someone from Portugal or who had connections with Portugal. The name of the country derives from Late Latin Portucale, originally denoting the district around Oporto (Portus Cales, named with Latin portus ‘port’, ‘harbor’ + Cales, the ancient name of the city)... [more]
Spanish: habitational name from any of the numerous places named Posada, from posada ‘halt’, ‘resting place’. ... [more]
Denotes a person living in Posavina, an area that is adjacent or near the Sava river in Croatia.
POSEYEnglish, French
Derived from the Greek word "desposyni." The Desposyni is a term referring to a group of people that are allegedly direct blood relatives to Jesus. They are mentioned in Mark 3:21 and Mark 3:31. American actress Parker Posey is a famous bearer.
POSTLow German, Danish, Dutch
Topographic name for someone who lived near a post or pole (Middle Low German, Middle Dutch post, from Latin postis), presumably one of some significance, e.g. serving as a landmark or boundary, or a habitational name from any of several places in northern Germany called Post, probably from this word.
POSTHUMUSDutch, Low German
From a personal name which was given to a posthumous child, i.e., one born after the death of his father, derived from Latin postumus "last, last-born" (superlative of posterus "coming after, subsequent") via Late Latin posthumus, which was altered by association with Latin humare "to bury", suggesting death (i.e., thought to consist of post "after" and humus "grave", hence "after death"); the one born after the father's death obviously being the last.
Frisian variant of the Dutch and North German surname Posthumus.
Variant of Posey
POTEETEnglish, French
From the French name Pottet, which is derived from pot meaning "pot", originally a name for a potter.
One of the Many spellings of Pottier
This indicates familial origin within the Lesser Polish village of Potok, Gmina Szydłów.
Means ''near a stream'' from potok ''stream''.
A variant of the french word for potter, potier.... [more]
POTUHERASinhalese (Rare)
Possibly from Pothuhera, the name of a town in Sri Lanka.
This indicates familial origin within either of 3 Greater Polish villages named Potulice.
English surname that means "settlement by a pool".
POWALEIndian, Marathi
Meaning unknown, of Marathi or Konkani origin.
POWALSKIEnglish (American)
Surname of Leon Powalski from the Star Fox 64 series.
The English of Welsh Surname Powys, which derives from the place "Powys" in Wales.
Unknown source. Surname of many early American pilgrims.
POZNANSKIPolish, Jewish
Habitational name from the city of Poznan in west-central Poland, or possibly from other places of this name, in Katowice and Siedlce voivodeships.
POZOSpanish (Caribbean)
Means "well", as in wishing well
PRADHANIndian, Odia, Bengali, Hindi, Nepali, Marathi, Assamese
From the Hindu title प्रधान (pradhan) meaning "major, prime", the equivalent to the title vizier.
PRADLHungarian, German (Austrian)
Meaning unknown. Possibly originating somewhere in Hungary.
From Danish præst meaning "priest".
PRAMANIKIndian, Bengali, Hindi, Odia, Assamese
Derived from Sanskrit प्रामाणिक (prāmāṇik) meaning "genuine, authentic, credible".
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous commune.
PRASADIndian, Hindi, Bengali, Marathi, Telugu, Malayalam, Tamil, Odia, Kannada
From Sanskrit प्रसाद (prasadā) meaning "clearness, brightness, purity, graciousness", ultimately from प्रसद् (prasad) "to fall into the power of". In Hinduism and Sikhism, the term refers to a type of religious food... [more]
Variant of Pratt.
The name Prather derives from the word Praetor which means leader or each of two ancient Roman magistrates ranking below consul.
Possible variant of Pradl.
Habitational name from any of the numerous places in Catalonia called Prats, from the plural of prat ‘meadow’
From the root Praw, meaning right. Prawda means "truth."... [more]
Variant of BRECHT.
Italian origin. Native spelling is Preçi.
Derived from the first name Prato, meaning "field, meadow".
PREECEWelsh (Anglicized), English
Variant of PRICE. From Welsh ap Rhys meaning "son of RHYS". ... [more]
Prees is an Estonian surname meaning "brooch".
Nickname for a chatterer or grumbler, from an agent derivative of Middle High German breglen ‘to chatter’, ‘complain’, ‘yell’, ‘roar’.
means "good priest's glen" in Irish
Derived from apprentice.
This is the surname of American actress Laura Prepon (born March 7, 1980).
PRESHAWEnglish (British, Rare)
This surname is a habitational name from a locality near Upham on the slopes of the South Downs. It is entirely within a private estate and has its own chapel.
From Persley, a small Scottish hamlet on the River Don, Aberdeenshire, now a suburb of the much larger city of Aberdeen, named perhaps with the Pictish word *pres-, meaning 'bushes' or 'undergrowth'.... [more]
PRESSEnglish, Jewish
A nickname for a pious individual from the Middle English form of "priest" or possibly someone employed by a priest. In the Jewish sense, one whose occupation was to iron clothes.
comes from the Portuguese word preto meaning "black" or "dark". referring to someone with dark skin and/or hair. possibly a cognate of the spanish surname PRIETO
Variant spelling of Preüss.
PREÜSSGerman (East Prussian)
Origin: From the New Latin 'Prussia', the Latin form used by Peter of Dusburg for the name of the region in the now-extinct language of its Baltic inhabitants, 'Prūsa'. Prussia (German: About this sound Preußen; Latin: Borussia, Prutenia; Latvian: Prūsija; Lithuanian: Prūsija; Polish: Prusy; Old Prussian: Prūsa; Danish: Prøjsen; Russian: Пру́ссия) was a German kingdom and historic state originating out of the Duchy of Prussia and the Margraviate of Brandenburg... [more]
PREVOSTFrench, English
Derived from Old French prevost meaning "provost" (ultimately from Latin praepositus, the past participle of praeponere meaning "to place in charge") which is a status name for any of the various officials in a position of responsibility.
A prevot was a govenment position during the Ancient Régime
English surname meaning brave, valor.
Means "person from Prideaux, earlier Pridias", Cornwall (perhaps based on Cornish prȳ "clay"). The modern Frenchified spelling is based on the idea that the name comes from French près d'eaux "near waters" or pré d'eaux "meadow of waters".
unexplained; perhaps a habitational name from a lost or unidentified place. Pridmore has long been a Leicestershire name.
Means "pine tree" in Latvian.
Means "the fruit of god"
Derived from the occupation priest, which is a minister of a church. It could also be a nickname for a person who is / was a priest.
Prii is an Estonian surname meaning "free".
Prikk is an Estonian surname meaning "(ship's) brig".
PRIMAVERASpanish, Portuguese, Italian
From Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian primavera meaning "spring".
First found in Burgundy France.
From the name of Primrose in Fife, Scotland, a place originally named Prenrhos, literally "tree-moor" in Welsh. This is the family name of the Earls of Rosebery.
PRINCEEnglish, French
Nickname from Middle English, Old French prince (Latin princeps), presumably denoting someone who behaved in a regal manner or who had won the title in some contest of skill.
PRINCIPBosnian, Serbian
Probably derived from Latin princeps "leader, initiator, prince", which itself was ultimately derived from primus "first" and capere "to take". The surname may thus have originated as a nickname for someone with a princely appearance, or for someone who was the illegitimate offspring of a prince... [more]
PRÍNCIPEItalian, Spanish
From principe "prince, heir" (Latin princeps, genitive principis, from primus "first" and capere "to take"), applied probably as a nickname for someone who gave himself airs and graces or for someone in the service of a prince.
PRIOREnglish, Scottish, Dutch, German
Derived from Latin prior meaning "superior". It was used as an occupational surname for a prior, which is a head of a religious house, below an abbot.
PRIORIrish (Anglicized)
Anglicized form of Irish Gaelic Mac an Phríora meaning "son of the prior".
PRIVETTFrench, English, Welsh (?)
French, from the given name Privat (see PRIVATUS). Also an English habitational name from a place so named in Hampshire, derived from Old English pryfet "privet".
Habitational name from Procida, one of the Flegrean Islands off the coast of Naples in southern Italy.
Occupational name from Middle English prok(e)tour "steward" (reduced from Old French procurateour, Latin procurator "agent", from procurare "to manage"). The term was used most commonly of an attorney in a spiritual court, but also of other officials such as collectors of taxes and agents licensed to collect alms on behalf of lepers and enclosed orders of monks.
Means "foster."
Means "son of Prodan".
Means "son of PROKOFIY".
Proode is an Estonian surname possibly derived from "pruudi", meaning "bridal".
Prööm is an Estonian surname possibly derived from "krööm" meaning "grain".
Proosa is an Estonian surname meaning "prose".
PROPHETEnglish, Scottish, French, German
Scottish, English, French, and German: nickname from Middle English and Old French prophete, Middle High German prophet ‘prophet’, ‘seer’, ultimately from Greek prophetes ‘predictor’, from pro ‘before’ + a derivative of phemi ‘to speak’... [more]
From a short form of the personal name Ambrose.
A habitational name for someone from any of various places in Lower Saxony, Brandenburg, and Luxembourg called Protz.
Variant of the French nickname Preaux meaning "wise, worthy, valiant". A famous bearer is Valentin Louis Georges Eugène Marcel Proust--simply known as Marcel Proust--(1871-1922), a French author.
From the French word for the flower periwinkle. (pervenche) Brought to Canada from France in 1660 by Sebastien Provencher.
PROVOSTEnglish, French
Derived from the Middle English provost; referring to the person who heads a religious chapter in a cathedral or educational establishment. It was also used as a nickname for a self-important person and is a French variant of Prevost.
process or court case... [more]
PRUDHOMMEFrench, English, Norman, Medieval French
French (Prud’homme) and English (of Norman origin): nickname from Old French prud’homme ‘wise’, ‘sensible man’, a cliché term of approbation from the chivalric romances. It is a compound of Old French proz, prod ‘good’, with the vowel influenced by crossing with prudent ‘wise’ + homme ‘man’... [more]
PRUEEnglish, French
English: nickname for a redoubtable warrior, from Middle English prou(s) ‘brave’, ‘valiant’ (Old French proux, preux).... [more]
PRUITTEnglish, French
French and English: nickname from a pet form of Old French proux ‘valiant’, ‘brave’, or ‘wise’ (see Proulx, Prue).
PRUNASpanish (Rare)
Possibly a habitational name from a place so named in Spain. It could also be derived from Catalan pruna "plum".
means son of Eric
Pruss is an Estonian surname meaning "beam" and "rafter".
PRUSSEITGerman (East Prussian)
East Prussian German (and thus heavily Lithuanian influenced) name meaning "a Prussian".
Pruul is an Estonian surname meaning "brewer".
Pruun is an Estonian surname meaning "brown".
In Ukrainian means 'adoptee'
PRYTZSwedish, Norwegian
Swedish and Norwegian surname, possibly of German origin.
It literally means "quail".
This indicates familial origin within either of 2 Greater Polish villages in Gmina Ceków-Kolonia: Przespolew Pański or Przespolew Kościelny.
A derivative of 'Przybyla', ‘new arrival’, ‘foundling’, with the addition of the surname suffix -ski.
Comes from "przysługa" meaning "favor"
Derived from Maltese basla meaning "onion", ultimately from Arabic بَصَل (baṣal).
A name given to a small, birdlike individual, meaning literally "little bird".
Czech surname meaning "bird".
Polish surname meaning "bird".
PUCHOLEnglish, English (American)
Puchol is name prominently used in the English culture. "Puchol" means "Little Bitch" and is generally associated with weakness. Studies show that the name and those who have it give cancer to others... [more]
Of uncertain origin; perhaps a variant of Pocket(t), from a diminutive of Anglo-Norman French poque "small pouch", hence a metonymic occupational name for a maker of purses and pouches or a nickname... [more]
From a medieval nickname for someone with a roly-poly physique (from Middle English puddy fat "round-bellied vat").
Form of Cooper, meaning barrell maker