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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]
Unknown meaning. French surname. Famous bearer of this name is Bruno Peyron and the German princess Louise Peyron (1918-1989).... [more]
From Middle High German pfarr 'district' 'parish' or pfarre(r) 'parish priest', hence an occupational name for a parson.
PFEFFER German, 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
South German diminutive of Pfeffer, and a nickname for a person who sells spices.
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.
Occupational name for a Ploughman, literally meaning "Ploughman/Plowman" in German.
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).
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".
PHILLISKIRK English (Rare)
From a 'lost' medieval parish in England or Scotland, named with the Old Norse element kirk
meaning 'church' or 'place of worship'.... [more]
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]
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’).
PICA Italian, 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.
This famous Yorkshire name is of early medieval English origin, and is a locational surname deriving from the place in West Yorkshire called Pickersgill, or "Robber's Ravine". The placename is derived from the Middle English "pyker", thief, robber, and "gill", gully, ravine, deep glen.
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]
Probably a nickname from Catalan picó
"having a thick upper lip".
PIÉNOEL French (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]
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’.
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]
French family last name may have been changed from the original French
Pihlakas is an Estonian surname meaning "rowan" or "mountain ash".
Pihlapuu is an Estonian surname meaning "rowan/mountain ash tree".
Pihlasalu is an Estonian surname meaning "rowan/mountain ash grove".
Piir is an Estonian surname meaning "border" and "frontier".
Pikamäe is an Estonian surname meaning "long hill/mountain".
PIKE English, 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]
Perhaps related to the English surname PICKETT
. A notable bearer is French economist Thomas Piketty (1971-).
Occupational name for a sawyer, Polish pilarz + -ski, common ending of surnames.
Pilbas is an Estonia surname meaning "sliver" and "splinter".
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.
PILENGIS Latvian (Rare)
This was my mother's maiden name. She and the rest of my family were born in Latvia. I am the first American born. I do not know what Pilengis means.
PILIANG Indonesian, Minangkabau
Probably derived from Indonesian pili
meaning "a lot" and hyang
"God, spirit, deity" or pili hyang
meaning "the god, the deity" (thus forming the term peleh
meaning "many gods") probably referring to the old Hindu-influenced gods that were worshiped before the arrival of Islam... [more]
Pill is an Estonian surname meaning "musical instrument".
Meaning unknown, possibly derived from Middle French pilot
both meaning "stake, pole". This is the name of a wealthy merchant family from Besançon, France.
Means a person who operates the flying controls of an aircraft.
Pilt is an Estonian surname meaning "picture" and "painting".
PIN French, Dutch
A topographic name for someone living by a pine tree or in a pine forest, or a habitational name from a place named with the Old French word pin
, meaning ‘pine’.
PINAL English, Spanish (Rare)
The name is derived from when the family resided near a place where vennel grew. Vennel was a herb used for cooking. Other sources list the name as a local name derived from the term at the vennel.
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’.
PINCHES English (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]
Of unknown origin. Historically, borne most famously by GIFFORD
Pinchot (1865 - 1946) first Chief of the United States Forest Service.
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
Pind is an Estonian surname meaning "surface" and "area".
Pindsoo is an Estonian surname meaning "surface swamp/marsh".
PINEDA Spanish, Catalan
Habitational name from any of the places in the provinces of Barcelona, Cuenca, and Burgos named Pineda, from Spanish and Catalan pineda
Ping is the Mandarin pinyin romanization of the Chinese surname written 平 in Chinese character.
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.
PINK English, German
Nickname, possibly for a small person, from Middle English pink penk
g ‘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".
PINKERTON Scottish, 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
PINN English, German
A metonymic occupational name for a maker of pins or pegs, which is from Middle English pin
and Middle Low German pinne
meaning ‘pin’ or ‘peg’. In some cases, the German name was an metonymic occupational name for a shoemaker.
PINN English (British)
A topographic or habitational name from a place named with Middle English pinne
, meaning ‘hill’ (Old English penn
PIONKE German, 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.
Either from Persian پیر (pir)
meaning "old" combined with HADI
or from the name of the Persian village of Pirhadi.
A professional Bulgarian tennis player, Tsvetana Pironkova, bears this surname.
PIRRUP Popular Culture
Variant of the surname PIRRIP
. It is the last name of the British character, Pip, on the animated TV series South Park
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.
patronymic "from Pisone", from a derivative of Piso
, from Latin pisum "pea"
PISULA Polish, Lithuanian
Informal nickname for a scribe or clerk, from a derivative of Polish pisać ‘to write’.
PITCHER English, 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
Pitka is an Estonian surname meanin "tall" or "long".
English from Middle English pytte
‘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".
Nickname for a drinker, from pivo meaning ‘beer’.
Czech word for peony. Also given as a nickname meaning one with rosy cheeks
Italian surname derived from a nickname meaning ‘malicious’.
PLANTAGENET Medieval English, Medieval French
Borne by the House of Plantagenet, a royal house which originated from the lands of Anjou in France. It also originated as a nickname for Geoffrey V, Count of Anjou (1113-1151), father of King Henry II of England (1133-1189), who ascended the English throne in 1154... [more]
Habitational name from places in Toledo and Cáceres provinces named Plata, or various places named La Plata.
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]
From the english word "plaza". A mostly famous bearer is actress Aubrey Plaza (1984-)
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.
From Плевня (Plevnya)
, the Bulgarian name for the village of Petroussa in Greece; the name itself means "barn" in Bulgarian. A notable bearer is ROSEN
Asenov Plevneliev (1964-), who served as the fourth President of Bulgaria.
PLIEV Ingush (Russian), Ossetian (Russian)
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)
PLIMSOLL French (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]
Ploom is an Estonian surname meaning "plum" (Prunus).
Means "son of the carpenter" from Russian плотник (plotnik)
PLUM English, 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]
PLUMER German, 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]
PLUMIER French, Belgian
Possibly an occupational name for a dealer in feathers and quills, from an agent derivative of Old French plume
"feather, plume" (compare English and Dutch PLUMER
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]
PNIEWSKI Polish, 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
"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.
Habitational name for someone from a place called Podbielsko in Konin voivodeship.
From a medieval nickname for a vain or flamboyantly dressed person (from Old Norse pá
"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
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).
This indicates familial origin within either of 2 Lesser Polish villages.
From a dialect word for standard German Pfau ‘peacok’, a nickname for a vain person or for someone with a strutting gait.
Põhjala is an Estonian surname meaning "the North" and "Northern area" as well as "Norse".
Pohla is an Estonian surname derived from "pohl" ("lingonberry").
Põim is an Estonian surname derived from "põimima" ("enlace" or "entwine")' loosely meaning "weaver".
POIROT French, 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
, 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.
POLAND English, 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]