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There are three Chinese characters associated with this surname. Two of these are extremely rare and are not treated here. The remaining Sa surname is also quite unusual. There are two distinct clans, one of Kyŏngsang South Province’s Kŏch’ang County and the other originating with a refugee from Ming China who came to Korea near the end of the Koryŏ period (ad 918–1392).
SÁ Portuguese, Galician
Variant spelling of Saa
, a habitational name from any of the numerous places named Saa, mainly in northern Portugal and Galicia.
From the word saar
, meaning either "island" or "ash tree" and designating someone who lived near one or both such locations.
A combination of Finnish saari
"island" and the common surname suffix -nen
Derived from the place-name Saavedra and therefore signifies "descendant or son of one from Saavedra". The place-name Saavedra is located in the north western province of Lugo in Galicia, Spain and is believed to be derived from the elements "Saa" meaning "Hall" and "Vedra" (feminine) meaning "Old".
From a nickname or personal name bestowed on someone born on a Saturday, which was considered a good omen (Late Latin sabbatum
, Greek sabbaton
, from Hebrew shabat
Jewish (Ashkenazi) ornamental name from German Sabbat
Nickname for a noisy, rowdy person, from Middle French sab(b)at
From the given name Sabello
, Latin Sabellus
, originally derived from a tribal name.
Nickname for a pleasant or amiable person, from a diminutive of sabor meaning "flavor", "taste" (Old French saveur). The name Sabourin was introduced to England through Huguenot immigration, and from there it may have been brought to North America.
Nickname for someone perceived to lead a carefree, easy life, from Middle Low German sacht(e) meaning "soft" + leben meaning "life".
Occupational name from Middle High German sacman meaning "baggage servant", one who was in charge of transporting and looking after a knight’s baggage and supplies on campaign.
SADAT German (Rare)
The last name Sadat means "master" and "gentleman," and is originally a religious last name which was popular in the west, more precisely in Germany.
Derived from Persian صادق (sâdeq)
meaning "honest, truthful, true"; ultimately from Arabic صَادِق (ṣādiq)
SADOZAI Pashto, Pakistani
Means "son of Sado", a combination of the given name Sado
and the Pashto زوی (zoy)
meaning "son (of)". The Sadozai are a Pashtun sub-tribe of the Popalzai
mainly inhabiting Pakistan and a Balochi clan of Pashtun origin... [more]
This surname is used as 佐伯, 三枝木 or 佐柄木 with 佐 (sa) meaning "assistant, help", 伯 (haku, eki) meaning "chief, count, earl, uncle, Brazil", 三 (san, zou, mi, mi'.tsu, mi.tsu) meaning "three", 枝 (shi, eda, e) meaning "bough, branch, twig, limb", 柄 (hei, gara, e, tsuka) meaning "design, pattern, build, nature, character, handle, crank, grip, knob, shaft" and 木 (boku, moku, ki, ko-) meaning "tree, wood."... [more]
SAENGER German, Jewish
Occupational name for a chorister or a nickname for someone who liked singing, from Middle High German senger, German Sänger meaning "singer".
SAFI Pashto, Afghani, Pakistani
Meaning unknown. This is the name of branch of the Ghurghakhti Pashtun tribe in regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Derived from the given name Safi
; unrelated to the name of the Pashtun tribe.
SAFIR Jewish, Yiddish
Ornamental name from northeastern Yiddish dialect safir and German Saphir ‘sapphire’.
Topographic name from Basque sagasta meaning "apple tree" + -ume meaning "young plant".
SAGORSKY Polish, Russian
It means literally "of the city/town Sagorsk". Sagorsk is a city near the Russian capital of Moskva. The ending of "sky" means "of". The "Sagor" part of the surname sounds to me like "za gor" which is "za gorod"... [more]
Patronymic from the personal name Sahak
, Armenian form of Isaac
. This was the name of the patriarch (c.345–439), who (with St. Mesrob) promoted the development of the Armenian alphabet and translation of the Bible into Armenian.
SAHARAOUI Arabic (Maghrebi)
From Arabic صحراوي (Ṣaḥrāwī)
meaning "inhabitant of the desert" (from صحراء (Ṣaḥrā')
"desert"), referring to the indigenous Sahrawi people of Western Sahara (see Sahraoui
SAHRAOUI Arabic (Maghrebi)
Maghrebi form of Sahrawi
meaning "inhabitant of the desert", from Arabic صحراء (Ṣaḥrā')
meaning "desert". The name refers to the indigenous Sahrawi people of the disputed territory of Western Sahara and is mainly found in Algeria.
SAHU Indian, Odia, Hindi, Pakistani, Bengali, Marathi, Assamese, Telugu, Gujarati
Generally means "businessman, moneylender", but also means "gentle, patient" among Jats. Most commonly used by the Odia people in India.
SAIKIA Indian, Assamese
From শইকীয়া (Xôykiya)
, a derivative of the Assamese এশ (exô)
meaning "one-hundred". During the Ahom dynasty, it was used as a military title for officials.
SAINT English, French
Nickname for a particularly pious individual, from Middle English, Old French saint
"holy" (Latin sanctus
"blameless, holy"). The vocabulary word was occasionally used in the Middle Ages as a personal name, especially on the Continent, and this may have given rise to some instances of the surname.
Japanese surname derived from the kanji for "west", "park, garden" and "Buddhist temple".
Japanese surname meaning "at the mouth of the slope". It is written as 坂口.
From the Japanese 酒 (saka
) "alcohol," 坂 or 阪 (saka
) "slope" and 井 (i
Ultimately derived from Sokol
. Varient forms are Sakalauskienė (married woman or widow) and Sakalauskaitė (unmarried woman).
From the Japanese 坂 or 阪(saka
) "slope" or 酒 (saka
) "alcohol" and 本 or 元 (moto
) "base," "origin."
From the Japanese 坂 or 阪 (saka
) "slope" or 酒 (saka
) "alcohol" and 根 (ne
From Japanese 崎 (saki)
"small peninsula, cape" and 本 (moto)
From Japanese 崎 (saki)
"small peninsula, cape" and 山 (yama)
Habitational name from a village so named in Awa (now part of Chiba prefecture). Bearers are descended from the Miura branch of the Taira clan.
From the Japanese 桜 or 櫻 (sakura
) "cherry blossom" or 桃 (sakura
) "peach" and 井 (i
Means "cherry blossom field" in Japanese, from 桜 (sakura)
"cherry blossom" and 野 (no)
SALAHUDDIN Arabic, Pakistani
Arabic origin; anglicized form is 'Saladin'. A compound name, it is formed by the root words of 'islah' (corrector) + 'deen' (faith).
Habitual surname for people from Palencia, Segovia, or Burgos.
Castilianized variant of Basque Zaldibar, a habitational name from a place so named in Biscay province. The place name is of uncertain derivation: it may be from zaldu ‘wood’, ‘copse’ or from zaldi ‘horse’ + ibar ‘water meadow’, ‘fertile plain’.
SALE English, French
English: from Middle English sale ‘hall’, a topographic name for someone living at a hall or manor house, or a metonymic occupational name for someone employed at a hall or manor house. ... [more]
Southern Italian habitational name from the city of Salerno in Campania.
صليب Arabic Christian surname meaning "cross".
SALIBA Arabic, Maltese
Derived from Syriac ܨܠܝܒܐ (ṣalībā)
meaning "crucifix, cross", a reference to the crucifixion of the Christian Jesus Christ
. The Saliba are a predominantly Christian family of Lebanon, the Levant, and Malta.
Either derived from the Arabic given name Salim
or from Salimi
, the name of a village in the Isfahan Province of Iran.
Russified version of the Arabic surname Salim/Selim/Saleem. The feminine variation of this name is Salimova. Those carrying this name most likely come from the predominantly-Muslim former Soviet states.
Habitational name from the city in Wiltshire, the Roman name of which was Sorviodunum (of British origin). In the Old English period the second element (from Celtic dun
‘fortress’) was dropped and Sorvio-
(of unexplained meaning) became Searo-
in Old English as the result of folk etymological association with Old English searu
‘armor’; to this an explanatory burh
‘fortress’, ‘manor’, ‘town’ was added... [more]
It is derived from the German words (Salz) meaning "salt", & (Salweide) meaning "water".
A combination of Finnish salmi
"strait" and the common surname suffix -nen
, meaning forest or island, and the common surname suffix 'nen' (meaning unknown).
SALVADOR Spanish, Catalan, Portuguese
From the popular Christian personal name Salvador
, meaning "Savior" (Latin Salvator
, a derivative of salvare
"to save"), bestowed in honor of Christ.
Derived from the Italian masculine given name Salvatore
, which in turn was derived from the Italian noun salvatore
meaning "saviour, rescuer". The word ultimately comes from Latin salvator
meaning "saviour"... [more]
SALZMANN German, Jewish
Occupational name for a producer or seller of salt, from German salz
"salt" + mann
From a personal name based on Arabic samạ̄ha meaning ‘magnanimity’.
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous municipality in the comarca of Arabako Errioxa.
”鮫” (sa me) is meaning ”shark”(in ancient use, ”alligator” ) and ”島”(or ”嶋”) (shima in west Japan , jima in east Japan) is meaning "island" in Japan.... [more]
SAMON Japanese (Rare)
This surname combines 左 (sa, sha, hidari) meaning "left" or 佐 (sa) meaning "assistant, help" with 門 (mon, kado, to) meaning "gate."... [more]
From a medieval nickname for a fool (from Middle English samwis
"foolish", literally "half-wise").
SANCTI Celtic (Latinized, Archaic)
Sancti or Santi is a Italian surname in the north of Italy, Cisalpine Gaul or Galia Citerior also known as Galia Togata. It's a last name belonging to ancient Celtic tribes.
Swedish ornamental name. A combination of sand
"sand" and berg
Habitational name from any of forty or more farmsteads so named, especially on the west coast, from the dative case of Old Norse sandr meaning "sand", "sandy plain", "beach".
SANDHU Indian (Sikh), Punjabi
Sikh name derived from Sindhu
, a historical name of the Indus River flowing through Pakistan; ultimately from the Sanskrit सिन्धु (síndhu)
meaning "river, stream". The Sandhus are the largest Jat clan in Punjab.
Habitational name from places called Sedowice, Sedowo, Sedów, in Lublin, Bydgoszcz, Piotrków, and Sieradz voivodeships.
Swedish ornamental name. A combination of sand
"sand" and ström
From Swedish sand
"sand" and vall
"wall, pasture, field of grass".
From Middle English sanguine
(blood) ,one of the four humours.
SAN JOSÉ Spanish
Habitational name from any of the places named for a local church or shrine dedicated to St. Joseph.... [more]
SAN JUAN Spanish
Habitational name from any of the numerous places so named for a local shrine or church dedicated to St. John (San Juan
SANKEY English, Irish
Habitational name from a place in Lancashire, which derived from the name of an ancient British river, perhaps meaning "sacred, holy." ... [more]
SAN MIGUEL Spanish
Habitational name from any of the numerous places so named for a local shrine or church dedicated to St. Michael (San Miguel
Combined from 'santa', meaning "sand", and '-la', a suffix indicating a place.
SANTE Ancient Celtic
It is a surname of Northern Italy (Cisalpine Gaul). It means sacred or holy.
Habitational name from a place to the southeast of the Somme river, named with Latin sana terra
"healthy, wholesome land".
SANTI Italian (Latinized, Archaic)
Santi is a surname of Christian inspiration and it means Son of Santo (Saint)
. It also has a second meaning in plural that is Santos (Saints)
. Santi is a last name that comes from Piedmont (northern Italy)... [more]
SANTIS Medieval Italian (Latinized, Archaic)
It means holliness, hallowed, saintly, sainted, sanctity. It is a surname that corresponds with Italian Celts families (Italo-Celtic family groups), more precisely in Piemonte or Piedmont (north of Italy).
Unexplained but a common surname in Cambodia.
SAPPINGFIELD American (Anglicized, Rare)
From the German name "Sappenfeld," a small town in Bavaria, Germany. (Pop. 380.) The town itself is named after an early resident named "Sappo;" in English, the name means "Sappo's Field." The name "Sappo" may mean noble (unconfirmed)... [more]
From a medieval French nickname for a swarthy person, or for someone who had gone on a Crusade (from Old French sarrazin
"Saracen"). It was borne by American golfer Gene Sarazen (1902-99), original name Eugene Saraceni.
SARD English, French, Spanish, Italian
In the book "Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary by Henry Harrison and Gyda (Pulling) Harrison 1912 - Reprinted 1996.... The Sard surname (which has been in England, Italy and Europe for a long time) is defined thus on page 136...... [more]
SARDAR Bengali (Muslim), Indian (Muslim), Hindi, Marathi, Pakistani, Urdu, Arabic, Afghani
From the Persian title سردار (sardâr)
meaning "commander, headmaster", denoting a prince, nobleman, or aristocrat.
Means ''yellows'' in Turkish. A common place name in Turkey.
SARKAR Bengali, Indian
From Hindi सरकार (sarkār)
, borrowing from the Persian title سرکار (sarkâr)
, meaning "lord, supervisor, overseer".
IT COMES FROM POLAND FROM LONG-AGO ANCESTORS
Habitational name for someone from any of the many places in Poland called Sarnowa, Sarnowo, or Sarnów, named with Polish sarna "roe deer".
Catalan habitational name from any of the places named Sarrià or Sàrria, in Catalonia.
SARVER English, Jewish
English and Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic) occupational name from Old French serveur
(an agent derivative of server
‘to serve’), Yiddish sarver
SASORI Japanese (Rare)
This surname is used as 佐曽利 with 佐 (sa) meaning "assistant, help," 曽 (so, sou, zou, katsu, katsute, sunawachi) meaning "before, ever, formerly, never, once" and 利 (ri, ki.ku) meaning "advantage, benefit, profit."
Hindu (Brahman) name, from Sanskrit šāstrī ‘versed in the Shastras’ (from šāstra ‘book of rules’, ‘religious treatise’).
SAUER German, Jewish
Nickname for an embittered or cantankerous person, from Middle High German sur
, German sauer
Occupational nickname for someone who sold sour wine, or perhaps a nickname for someone with a sour disposition, from Middle High German sur
"sour" + win
"wine", i.e. vinegar.
SAVARD French (Quebec)
Derived from the Old French word savart
meaning "wasteland". It is also formed from the etymological elements sav
('hard' meaning "strong"). Notable bearers are Serge and Denis Savard; both Canadian ice hockey players.
From the personal name Sav(v)as, New Testament Greek Sabbas
, a derivative of Sabbaton
Derived from Finnish savi
"clay". Savela is also a place in Helsinki and Jyväskylä.
Derived by means of suffix "-ev" from a russian given name Saveliy
of latin origin that has been popular on russian territories in 14th century. Basically, it means "son of Saveliy".
A habitational name from an uncertain place in Northern France. This is most likely Sainville, named from Old French saisne
, 'Saxon' and ville
, indicating a settlement.
Italian nickname given to a wise, sage man. Saint Dominic Savio is a well-known bearer of this surname.
Means "Savonian, person from Savonia". Savonia is a historical province in eastern Finland.
This indicates familial origin anywhere within a cluster of 3 Podlachian villages in Gmina Repki: Sawice-Dwór, Sawice-Wieś, or Sawice-Bronisze.
SAXENA Indian, Hinduism
Indian (northern states): Hindu (Kayasth) name from one of the subgroups of the Kayasth community. According to Saxena tradition, their name is from Sanskrit sakhisenā ‘friend of the army’, a title awarded to them by the kings of Srinagar.
Habitational name from a place in West Yorkshire, possibly also one in Cambridgeshire, both so named from Old English Seaxe
"Saxons" and tūn
From a personal name based on Arabic sayyid ‘lord’, ‘master’, ‘chief’. This is a title of respect used for the descendants of Fatima, daughter of the Prophet Muhammad.
From the Japanese 佐 (sa
) "assistant" and 座 (za
SCALA Italian, Greek
Habitational or topographic name from any of various places named with scala
, "ladder", "steps", "wharf".
Habitational name from Scali in Piedimonte Etneo, Sicily. From greek skali
, "step", "terrace".
Scanlon is a Russian surname orginating in the western pary of Russia.
SCANNADINARI Italian (Rare)
Taken from the Italian scanna
meaning "slaying" and dinari
meaning "money" in the plural form. Therefore, killer of money
Habitational name from Scarborough on the coast of North Yorkshire, so named from the Old Norse byname Skarði
+ Old Norse borg
"fortress", "fortified town".
Occupational name for a dyer, or as a nickname for someone who habitually wore scarlet or who had bright red hair, From Sicilian scarlatu
Metonymic occupational name for a shepherd, from Middle High German schāf ‘sheep’. In some cases it may have been a nickname for someone thought to resemble a sheep, or a habitational name for someone living at a house distinguished by the sign of a sheep... [more]
SCHADE German, Dutch, Scottish, English
German and Dutch: from schade
‘damage’, a derivative of schaden
‘to do damage’, generally a nickname for a thug or clumsy person, or, more particularly, a robber knight, who raided others’ lands.... [more]
Occupational name for a cooper, from an agent derivative of Middle High German scheffel
It comes from steinner and stein burg which originates it from Germany and lets it tell you that you are Hebrew.
SCHATTNER German, Jewish
Habitational name for someone from any of several places named Schaten or Schatten, or a topographic name for someone living in a shady location, from Middle High German schate
SCHATZ German, Jewish
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic) metonymic occupational name for a treasurer, from German Schatz
‘treasure’, Middle High German scha(t)z
. It may also have been a nickname for a rich man (or ironically for a miser), or else for a well-liked person or a ladies’ favorite, from the use of the vocabulary word as a term of endearment... [more]
German diminutive of Schatz
, or a nickname for a lover meaning "little sweetheart" (from the same word used as a term of endearment).
SCHAUMBURG German, Dutch, Belgian
Habitational name from any of the places called Schaumburg or Schauenburg in Germany, or Schauwberg in Brabant, Belgium.
SCHAUS German, Luxembourgish
A nickname for a simpleton, from schaus
, a word in Rhenish Franconian and Lower Rhine dialects of German.
habitational name for someone from Schaubeck near Marbach (Württemberg).
Anglicized version of the German surname, Schütz, "archer," "yeoman," "protect."