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PRENTICE     English
Derived from apprentice.
PREPON     Jewish
This is the surname of American actress Laura Prepon (born March 7, 1980).
PRESHAW     English (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.
PRESLEY     Scottish
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]
PRESS     English, 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.
PRETO     Portuguese
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
PREÜS     German
Variant spelling of Preüss.
PREÜSS     German (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]
PREVOST     French, 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.
PREWITT     English
English surname meaning brave, valor.
PRIDEAUX     Cornish
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".
PRIDMORE     English
unexplained; perhaps a habitational name from a lost or unidentified place. Pridmore has long been a Leicestershire name.
PRIEDE     Latvian
Means "pine tree" in Latvian.
PRIEL     Hebrew
Means "the fruit of god"
PRIEST     English
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.
PRIM     Basque
PRIMAVERA     Spanish, Portuguese, Italian
From Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian primavera meaning "spring".
PRIMEAU     French
First found in Burgundy France.
PRIMROSE     Scottish
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.
PRINCE     English, 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.
PRINCIP     Bosnian, 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]
PRÍNCIPE     Italian, 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.
PRIOR     English, 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.
PRIOR     Irish (Anglicized)
Anglicized form of Irish Gaelic Mac an Phríora meaning "son of the prior".
PRIVETT     French, 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".
PROCIDA     Italian
Habitational name from Procida, one of the Flegrean Islands off the coast of Naples in southern Italy.
PROCTOR     English
proctor was originally used for the test examiner but later had been adopted as a suraname
PROCTOR     English
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.
PRODAN     Romanian
Means "foster."
PRODANOVIĆ     Serbian
Means "son of Prodan".
PROKOFIEV     Russian
Means "son of PROKOFIY".
PROPHET     English, 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]
PROTZMAN     German
A habitational name for someone from any of various places in Lower Saxony, Brandenburg, and Luxembourg called Protz.
PROUST     French
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.
PROVENCHER     French
From the French word for the flower periwinkle. (pervenche) Brought to Canada from France in 1660 by Sebastien Provencher.
PROVOST     English, 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.
PROZESKY     Polish
process or court case... [more]
PRUDHOMME     French, 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]
PRUE     English, French
English: nickname for a redoubtable warrior, from Middle English prou(s) ‘brave’, ‘valiant’ (Old French proux, preux).... [more]
PRUITT     English, French
French and English: nickname from a pet form of Old French proux ‘valiant’, ‘brave’, or ‘wise’ (see Proulx, Prue).
PRUNA     Spanish (Rare)
Possibly a habitational name from a place so named in Spain. It could also be derived from Catalan pruna "plum".
PRUSACZYK     Polish
means son of Eric
PRUSSEIT     German (East Prussian)
East Prussian German (and thus heavily Lithuanian influenced) name meaning "a Prussian".
PRYIMAK     Ukrainian
In Ukrainian means 'adoptee'
PRZEPIÓRKA     Polish
It literally means "quail".
PRZESPOLEWSKI     Polish
This indicates familial origin within either of 2 Greater Polish villages in Gmina Ceków-Kolonia: Przespolew Pański or Przespolew Kościelny.
PRZYBYLSKI     Polish
A derivative of 'Przybyla', ‘new arrival’, ‘foundling’, with the addition of the surname suffix -ski.
PRZYSŁUGAK     Polish
Comes from "przysługa" meaning "favor"
PTACEK     Czech
A name given to a small, birdlike individual, meaning literally "little bird".
PUCHETA     Basque (Castilianized)
Castilianized form of Putxeta.
PUCHOL     English, 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]
PUCKETT     English
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]
PUDDEPHAT     English
From a medieval nickname for someone with a roly-poly physique (from Middle English puddy fat "round-bellied vat").
PUDDEPHATT     Dutch
Form of Cooper, meaning barrell maker
PUDIWITR     Czech
Originally Pudivitr, or Pudivitrova(female only). V was switched to W when the family came to the U.S., though there are both names in the U.S.
PUDWILL     German
Of Slavic origin, habitational name from Podewils in Pomerania.
PUÈG-REDOND     Occitan
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Provençal commune.
PUENTE     Spanish
Habitational name from any of the numerous places named Puente, from puente ‘bridge’.
PUENTES     Spanish
Means "bridges" in Spanish. Originated from "puente". The surname was first found in the valley of the Trucios in the Basque region of Spain.However, families with this surname have been present in Catalonia for hundreds of years... [more]
PUERTO     Spanish
Habitational name from any of the numerous places named Puerto, in most cases from puerto ‘harbor’ (from Latin portus ‘harbor’, ‘haven’).
PUETT     English (American)
Americinized form of Pütt.
PUGINA     Italian
Most likely derived from the feminine form of the Italian word pugno which means "fist".
PUHAR     Serbian (Modern, Rare)
The last name of the contestant Mirjana Puhar from America's Next Top Model, who originally was born in Serbia. She died on February 24, 2015, aged 19 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
PUIU     Romanian
Derived from the name Puiu.
PULASKI     Polish
Polish (Pułaski): habitational name for someone from the Pulazie in Łomża Voivodeship.
PULEO     Sicilian
origin- common name found in Palermo in Scicily
PULIDO     Spanish, Spanish (Latin American)
Thought to have come through Cuba and Puerto Rico from Burgos, the capital of Castile in northern Spain in the 16th century. The name likely originated there in the 11th century. It means neat, polished, and clean.
PULLMAN     German
Variant of Puhlmann, itself a variant of Puhl.... [more]
PULSIFER     English
Probably a variant of Percival.
PULSIPHER     Italian (Anglicized)
from the nickname meaning "handsome man" of a member of the Italian Pulci family who settled in England around the time of the Norman conquest
PULVER     Low German, French, English
I comes from the Latin verb meaning "to make powder." This name was given to either an alchemist or one who made gunpowder.
PUMFREY     Welsh
Variant of Pumphrey.
PUMPHREY     Welsh
From Welsh ap Umffrey meaning "son of Humphrey".
PUMUPULA     Filipino
meaning "getting reddish"
PUNTILA     Finnish
Origin from the House of Puntila in Finland. Notice; the famous finnish play "Mr. Puntila and his Man Matti" by Bertolt Brecht http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mr_Puntila_and_his_Man_Matti
PURDEY     English
Variant of Purdie (see Purdie on the given name site)
PURDOM     English
English: metathesized variants of Prudhomme; the -ru- reversal is a fairly common occurrence in words where -r- is preceded or followed by a vowel.
PURDUM     English
Variant spelling of English Purdom.
PURO     Finnish (Rare)
From the Finnish word puro, meaning "a brook".
PURVIANCE     Scottish
Materials collector for the Crown. Materials that may be used as tax or in war. Similar to the system of purveyance. Approximately 1100's , southwest Scotland.
PURVIS     Scottish
Probably means "person in charge of buying supplies for a large household" (from Middle English purveys "provisions").
PURZYCKI     Polish
This indicates familial origin within either of 3 Masovian villages: Purzyce, Purzyce-Rozwory, or Purzyce-Trojany.
PUȘCAȘ     Romanian
Cognate of Puskás.
PUSCHAT     German (East Prussian)
East Prussian German (and thus heavily Lithuanian influenced) surname derived from Lithuanian pušaite "(young) pine tree", which - allegedly - used to be a term of endearment for a young girl.
PUSEY     English
Habitational name from Pusey in Oxfordshire (formerly in Berkshire), so called from Old English peose, piosu ‘pea(s)’ + ēg ‘island’, ‘low-lying land’, or from Pewsey in Wiltshire, recorded in Domesday Book as Pevesie, apparently from the genitive case of an Old English personal name Pefe, not independently attested + Old English ēg ‘island’.
PUSEY     French
Habitational name form Pusey in Haute-Saône, so named from a Gallo-Roman personal name, Pusius, + the locative suffix -acum.
PUTENIS     Latvian
Means "blizzard".
PUTIN     Russian
Russian name of unknown origin.
PÜTT     German
Habitational name from any of several places so named in Rhineland, Westphalia, and Pomerania, but in most cases a topographic name from Middle Low German putte ‘pit’, ‘well’, ‘puddle’, ‘pond’.
PUTTICK     English (British)
A variant spelling of the Sussex surname Puttock from the Village of Puttock, which itself derives from the Old English "Puttocke" a bird of prey, the kite. ... [more]
PUTXETA     Basque
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of the municipality of Abanto.
PUŽ     Croatian
Means ''snail''.
PYATKOV     Russian
Possibly from "pyat", meaning "five".
PYBURN     English (?)
Apparently from some lost or minor place so named. 1881 British census has 109; KH.
PYGALL     English (Hellenized, Rare)
From ancient Greek for rump, associations with prostitution across Europe, commonly given to illegitimate children of prostitutes, found especially in North East England and Nottinghamshire.
PYKE     English
Most likely originates from the words pike (the weapon or the fish), having to do with fishermen or soldiers, or pick, having to do with miners or somebody who tills the ground.
PYYS     ?
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