Submitted Surnames Starting with S

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SA Korean
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).
Portuguese, Galician
Variant spelling of Saa, a habitational name from any of the numerous places named Saa, mainly in northern Portugal and Galicia.
SAADAOUI Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "relating to SA'D" in Arabic (chiefly Maghrebi).
Means "happy, auspicious, blissful" in Persian.
SAADIQ Various (Rare)
Rare variant of Sadiq.
SAADOUNE Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "help", "luck" and "support".
SAAG Estonian
Saag is an Estonian surname meaning "saw".
Saagpakk is an Estonian surname meaning "saw log".
SAAL Estonian
Saal is an Estonian surname meaning "hall".
SAAR Estonian
From the word saar, meaning either "island" or "ash tree" and designating someone who lived near one or both such locations.
Saarejõe is an Estonian surname meaning "island river".
SAAREKE Estonian
Saareke is an Estonian surname meaning "islet".
SAARELA Estonian
Saarela is an Estonian surname meaning "island area".
Saaremäe is an Estonian surname meaning "island hill/mountain".
Saarepera is an Estonian surname meaning "island folk".
Saarepuu is an Estonian surname meaning "ash tree" (Fraxinus).
Saarestik is an Estonian surname meaning "archipelago".
SAARIK Estonian
Saarik is an Estonian surname meaning "ash tree stand".
A combination of Finnish saari "island" and the common surname suffix -nen.
Saarkoppel is an Estonian surname meaning "island paddock".
SAARMA Estonian
Saarma is an Estonian surname derived from "saarmas", meaning "otter".
SAARMAA Estonian
Saarmaa is an Estonian surname meaning "island land".
Saarniit is an Estonian surname meaning "island meadow".
SAAROJA Estonian
Saaroja is an Estonian surname meaning "island stream".
SAARPUU Estonian
Saarpuu is an Estonian surname meaning "ash tree".
Saarsalu is an Estonian surname meaning "island grove".
SAARSOO Estonian
Saarsoo is an Estonian surname meaning "island swamp".
SÄÄSK Estonian
Sääsk is an Estonian surname meaning "midge" and "gnat".
SAAT Estonian
Saat is an Estonian surname derived from "saatja", meaning "sender", "addresser", "guard" and "porter".
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".
SABA French, Occitan
Nickname from a variant of Occitan sabe meaning "tasty, flavorsome". Compare SABOURIN.
SABA Arabic
From the given name SABA or SABAH.
SÀBAT Catalan
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 "Sabbath").
SABAT Jewish
Jewish (Ashkenazi) ornamental name from German Sabbat "Sabbath".
SABAT French
Nickname for a noisy, rowdy person, from Middle French sab(b)at "noise", "racket".
Patronymic or plural form of SABATINO.
SABBA Russian (Anglicized)
From the given name Sabba.
Means "dyer" in Arabic.
From the given name Sabello or Savello, Latin Sabellus, originally derived from a tribal name.
SABOURIN French (Quebec), French (Huguenot)
Southern French surname, originally a nickname for a pleasant or amiable person, from a diminutive of sabor meaning "flavor, taste" (Old French saveur). The Huguenots brought this surname to England, and from there it may have been introduced to North America.
Russian-language surname
Have researched the surname Sacasas, and have narrowed the usage down to four countries the name has been used in. Spain, Cuba, the United States and Philippines. The uncommonality of the last name and the fact that three of those countries were at one point or another colonized by Spain has led me to theorize Spanish origin.
Nickname from medieval Italian saccente "wise".
SACHAN Indian, Hindi
Derived from Sanskrit सचान (sácāna) meaning "kind, friendly".
SACHDEV Indian, Marathi, Hindi, Punjabi
From Sanskrit सत्य (satya) meaning "true, virtuous, good" and देव (devá) meaning "deity, god".
SACHDEVA Indian, Hindi, Punjabi
Variant transcription of SACHDEV.
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.
Sadhangi :- Who knows the six Angas(parts)... [more]
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.
SÄDE Estonian
Säde is an Estonian surname (and feminine given name) meaning "spark".
SADE Hebrew
Means "field" in Hebrew.
From the given name SADEGH.
SADIQOV Azerbaijani
Means "son of Sadıq".
SADIRAJ Albanian
Meaning unknown.
SADOZAI Pashto, Balochi
Means "son of SADO" in Pashto. The Sadozai are a Pashtun sub-tribe of the POPALZAI mainly inhabiting Pakistan as well as a Baloch tribe living by the Gulf of Oman in Iran... [more]
From the Arabic given name SAʼDULLA meaning “happiness of Allah” from سَعِدَ (saʿida) “to be happy, to be lucky” combined with ALLAH.
SADYKOV Tatar, Bashkir, Kazakh, Uzbek, Kyrgyz, Tajik, Turkmen
Either derived from Arabic صَدِيق (ṣadīq) meaning "friend" or صَادِق (ṣādiq) meaning "true, truthful, veracious".
A Lao surname.
SAEED Arabic, Urdu, Persian, Dhivehi
Alternate transcription of Sa'id.
SAEEDI Persian, Urdu
From the given name SAEED.
SAEKI Japanese
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".
SÆTHER Norwegian
Derived from Old Norse sætr "farm".
SAETTA Italian
Means "lightning" in Italian.
SAFER Jewish
Variant of SAFIR.
SAFFEELS English (Rare), German (Rare)
Used as a last name a minimum of 82 times in (USA, Germany).
From the place name Punta Safò, a settlement in Briatico.
SAFI Pashto, Afghani, Pakistani
Meaning unknown. This is the name of branch of the Ghurghakhti Pashtun tribe in regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan.
SAFI Arabic
From the given name SAFI.
SAFIR Jewish, Yiddish
Ornamental name from northeastern Yiddish dialect safir and German Saphir ‘sapphire’.
ŠAFRAN Croatian
Means "crocus, saffron".
Chechen name of unknown meaning, possibly of Arabic or Persian origin.
Topographic name from Basque sagasta meaning "apple tree" + -ume meaning "young plant".
SAGE English (Modern)
From the English word sage (see SAGE).
SAĞLAM Turkish
Means "firm, hard, strong" in Turkish.
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]
SAHABI Iranian
Possibly from Arabic صَحَابِيّ‎ (ṣaḥābiyy) meaning "companion", from the verb صَحِبَ‎ (ṣaḥiba) "to accompany, to be one's companion".
SAHAGIAN Armenian (Expatriate)
Variant transcription of SAHAKYAN used by Armenians living outside of Armenia.
Habitational name from Sahagùn in Lleón province.
Means "son of SAHAK".
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)... [more]
From Turkish saatçi meaning "watchmaker".
ŞAHIN Turkish
Comes from the Turkish word şahin meaning ''falcon''. ... [more]
SAHLIN Swedish
Swedish sal "hall, large room" (possibly from a place name containing this element) combined with the common surname suffix -in.
SAHNI Indian (Sikh), Punjabi
Possibly from Sahni, the name of a village in Punjab.
SAHOO Indian, Odia, Bengali, Hindi
Variant transcription of SAHU.
SAHRAOUI Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "relating to the desert" from Arabic صَحْرَاوِيّ (ṣaḥrāwiyy) meaning "inhabitant of the desert, having to do with the desert" (chiefly Algerian).
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.
SAID Arabic, Somali, Urdu
From the given name SA'ID.
SAÏDI Arabic (Maghrebi)
From the given name SA'ID.
SAIF Arabic, Bengali, Urdu
From the given name SAIF.
SAIHARA Japanese
Prime field, Conspicuous wilderness... [more]
SAIKIA Indian, Assamese
Derived from Assamese শইকীয়া (Xôykiya), which was a title used for military officials during the Ahom dynasty of Assam. It is ultimately derived from the Assamese word এশ (exô) meaning "one-hundred".
SAILER English
Variant spelling of SAYLOR.
SAILOR English
Variant of SAYLOR.
SÄINAS Estonian
Säinas is an Estonian surname meaning "ide/orfe" (a freshwater species of fish; genus Leuciscus).
SAINT English, French
Nickname for a particularly pious individual, from Middle English, Old French saint, seint "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.
Means Saint John in French
SAIONJI Japanese
Japanese surname derived from the kanji for "west", "park, garden" and "Buddhist temple".
SAIPOV Uzbek, Kyrgyz
From a given name derived from Arabic صائب (sayib) meaning "just, true, right".
SAITAMA Japanese
Japanese surname meaning "precious stone peninsula".
SAKA Japanese
Saka means "Slope, Hill", often in other surnames and place names such as OSAKA.
SAKABAYASHI Japanese (Rare)
Saka means "Slope, Hill", "Promontory", "Steep", or in rarer cases "Alcohol, Liquor" ( similar to the word sake ).
Japanese surname meaning "at the mouth of the slope". It is written as 坂口.
SAKAGUT Zapotec (Anglicized, Rare)
This name is rare and usually given to the "god child."
Saka means "Hill, Slope" and Hara means "Plain, Field". A notable bearer with this surname is Atsushi Sakahara. He is a film director, entrepreneur, and producer.
SAKAI Japanese
From the Japanese 酒 (saka or sake) "alcohol," 坂 or 阪 (saka) "slope" and 井 (i) "well."
Ultimately derived from SOKOL. Varient forms are Sakalauskienė (married woman or widow) and Sakalauskaitė (unmarried woman).
Means "bearded" in Turkish.
SAKANE Japanese
From the Japanese 坂 or 阪 (saka) "slope" or 酒 (saka or sake) "alcohol" and 根 (ne) "root."
阪 (Saka) means "Hill, Slope" and 谷 (Tani) means "Valley".
SAKAYANAGI Japanese (Rare), Popular Culture
阪 (Saka) means "Slope, Hill" and 柳 (Yanagi) means "Willow". There is Arisu Sakayanagi from The Classroom of the Elite, a popular series with a manga and anime adaption. If this surname is used by other people, it is not common.
SAKI Japanese
Meaning "Peninsula, Cape, Promontory", it's often an element of longer surnames, like KAWASAKI, OSAKI, etc.
From Japanese 崎 (saki) meaning "cape, peninsula" and 本 (moto) meaning "base, root, origin".
From Japanese 崎 (saki) "small peninsula, cape" and 山 (yama) "mountain".
SAKS Estonian
Saks is an Estonian surname derived from "Saksa" ("German") and "Saksamaa" ("Germany"). Ultimately derived from "Saxon" and "Saxony".
Saksakulm is an Estonian surname meaning "German brow".
SAKUMA Japanese
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.
SAKURA Japanese
It is usually only thought of as a given name,but it's also a last name too. A variation of it (if not itself) was considered one of the most popular surnames in 2012, ranking within the top one hundreds... [more]
SAKURA Japanese
From Japanese 佐 (sa) meaning "help, aid" and 倉 (kura) meaning "warehouse, storehouse".
SAKURAI Japanese
From the Japanese 桜 or 櫻 (sakura) "cherry blossom" or 桃 (sakura or momo) "peach" and 井 (i) "well."
Sakura means "Cherry Blossom (tree)" and Mi means "View, See, Mindset."
Means "cherry blossom field" in Japanese, from 桜 (sakura) "cherry blossom" and 野 (no) "field".
SAKURAZAKA Japanese (Rare)
Sakura means "Cherry Blossom" and Zaka means "Peninsula, Cape". Hiroshi Sakurazaka is a Japanese author.
Meaning unknown.
SALAGUBANG Filipino, Tagalog
Means "beetle" in Tagalog.
SALAHUDDIN Arabic, Bengali, Urdu
From the given name SALAH AL-DIN.
Mingrelian form of the Abkhaz surname Шакар-ипа (Shakar-ipa) meaning "son of SHAKAR". The name itself may be derived from Persian شکر (šakar) meaning "sugar" or from Arabic شَكَرَ (šakara) meaning "to be thankful, to be grateful".
SALAMANDYK Ukrainian (Rare, Expatriate)
Rare Ukrainian surname of uncertain origin, perhaps Moldovan.
Means "good health" in Arabic.
SALAMOV Azerbaijani, Uzbek, Chechen
Derived from Arabic سَلَام (salām) meaning "peace, greeting".
Meaning uncertain. Possibly a variant of SELANDER or a combination of an unexplained first element and the common surname suffix -ander.
SALAS Spanish, Galician, Aragonese, Portuguese, Catalan, Asturian
Habitational name from places named with salas, plural form of sala, meaning "room, hall" in Spanish and Asturian. Also an anglicized form of the Hungarian name SZÁLAS "tall".
SALAÜN Breton, French
Form of the given name SOLOMON.
Habitual surname for a person from any of the locations in Spain named Saldaña. The name itself comes from the older name Gili-Zalan, which is of uncertain meaning.
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’.
Means "One who knows".
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]
SALEEM Arabic, Urdu
From the given name SALIM.
SALEH Arabic
From the given name SALIH.
SALEHI Persian
Derived from the given name SALEH.
SALEM Arabic
From the given name SALIM.
Southern Italian habitational name from the city of Salerno in Campania.
SALHI Arabic (Maghrebi)
From Arabic صَالِح (ṣāliḥ) meaning "honest, good, virtuous" (chiefly Maghrebi).
SALIB Arabic (Egyptian), Coptic
Egyptian Christian derived from Arabic صَلِيب (ṣalīb) meaning "cross, crucifix".
SALIBA Arabic, Maltese
Means "crucifix, cross" in Arabic, a reference to the crucifixion of JESUS CHRIST in Christianity... [more]
SALIH Arabic, Urdu
From the given name SALIH.
SALIM Arabic, Bengali, Urdu
From the given name SALIM.
SALIMI Persian, Arabic
From the given name SALIM.
SALIPADA Filipino, Maguindanao
Maguindanao form of SARIPADA.
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]
SALISTE Estonian
Saliste is an Estonian surname derived from "salu", meaning "grove".
SALLIS English
A name for someone who lives where sallows grow - sallows being a type of willow, from the Middle English 'salwe'.
SALLO Estonian
Sallo is an Estonian surname. It is a corruption of "salu", meaning "grove" or "copse".
SALLOW English (Rare)
Sallow comes from the medieval word for willow tree. It is a location surname.
It is derived from the German words (Salz) meaning "salt", & (Salweide) meaning "water".
SALMAN Arabic, Urdu, Turkish
From the given name SALMAN.
SALMI Finnish
Means "a strait" in Finnish.
A combination of Finnish salmi "strait" and the common surname suffix -nen.
SALMING Swedish (Rare)
Derived from Salmi, the name of a small village in Northern Sweden (see also SALMI).
From SALO, meaning forest or island, and the common surname suffix 'nen' (meaning unknown).
SALONGA Filipino, Tagalog
From the name of a chief of Polo (presently the city of Valenzuela in Manila) who was later baptised as PEDRO Salonga.
SALT Anglo-Saxon, English
Of Anglo-Saxon origin, from the town in Staffordshire.
SALTER English
Occupational name for an extractor or seller of salt (a precious commodity in medieval times), from Middle English salt 'salt' + the agent suffix -er.
"Salthouse" and other variants come from the place name in Northumberland.
Last name of cricket player Ian Saltmarsh (1901-1970).
SALTZMAN Jewish, German
Altered spelling of SALZMANN.
SALU Estonian
Salu is an Estonian surname meaning "grove".
SALUÄÄR Estonian
Saluäär is an Estonian surname meaning "grove edge".
Salulaht is an Estonian surname meaning "grove bay".
SALUMÄE Estonian
Salumäe is an Estonian surname meaning "grove ridge".
SALUORG Estonian
Saluorg is an Estonian surname meaning "grove valley".
Salupalu is an Estonian surname meaning "meadow heathy woodland".
Salurand is an Estonian surname meaning "grove beach".
SALUSOO Estonian
Salusoo is an Estonian surname meaning "grove swamp".
SALUSTE Estonian
Saluste is an Estonian surname, relating to "grove".
Saluveer is an Estonian surname meaning "grove embankment (berm)".
SALVADOR Filipino, Spanish, Catalan, Tagalog, 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"... [more]
SALZMANN German, Jewish
Occupational name for a producer or seller of salt, from German salz "salt" + mann "man".
SAMADI Persian, Arabic
From the given name SAMAD.
Derived from Arabic سَمْح (samḥ) meaning "magnanimous, generous".
From the given name SAMANDAR.
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous municipality in the comarca of Arabako Errioxa.
Means "saddler" or "saddle-maker" in Greek, ultimately from σαμάρι (samári) "packsaddle".
”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]
SAMET German, Jewish, Yiddish
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic) metonymic occupational name for a maker or seller of velvet, from Yiddish samet ‘velvet’ (German Samt, ultimately from Greek hexamiton, a compound of hex ‘six’ + mitos ‘thread’).
SAMIR Arabic, Bengali, Indian
From the given name SAMIR (1).
SAMIS Dutch, German
From a pet form of the personal name SAMUEL.
SAMMA Estonian
Samma is an Estonian surname derived from either "sammal" meaning "moss" or "sammas" meaning " column", "pillar" and "post".
SAMMAL Estonian
Sammal is an Estonian surname meaning "moss".
SAMMEL Estonian
Sammel is an Estonian surname meaning "moss".
SAMMUL Estonian
Sammul is an Estonian surname meaning "pace" and "step".
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]
SAMPER Catalan
Habitational name from any of the places in Catalonia called Sant Pere, generally as the result of the dedication of a local church or shrine to St. Peter (Sant Pere).
SAMPORNA Filipino, Maranao
Means "main point" in Maranao, possibly from Sanskrit संपूर्ण (sampūrṇ) meaning "complete, entire, whole".
SAMSON Filipino
From Min Nan 三孫 (sam-sun) or 三孙 (sam-sun) meaning "third grandchild".
Means "son of SAMSON".
From a medieval nickname for a fool (from Middle English samwis "foolish", literally "half-wise").
SANCHES Portuguese
Portuguese cognate of SANCHEZ.
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.
SANCTIUS Biblical Latin (Latinized, Archaic)
It meaning saint or holy. It comes from the Latin word sanctus.
SANCTO Medieval Italian (Latinized, Modern)
It comes from the Latin and it means hallowed or holiness.
SANCTUS Medieval Italian
Sanctus is a very old graphic form in Italy and it means santo (saint).
SAND English, Scottish, Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, German, Jewish
Topographic name for someone who lived on patch of sandy soil, from the vocabulary word sand. As a Swedish or Jewish name it was often purely ornamental.
Combination of Swedish sand "sand" and dal "valley".
San means "saint" in Italian, but I don't know what the... [more]
SANDBERG Swedish, German, Norwegian
Either a Swedish and Norwegian combination of sand "sand" and berg "mountain", or (Middle High) German combination of sand "sand" and berc "mountain".
SANDE Norwegian
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".
SANDE German
Variant of SAND.
Originated from a name for someone who lived on a sand hill
Scottish surname of famous merchant family engaged in banking in Scotland and London and in the Port Wine trade in London. The same family were earlier the founders of an obscure Protestant sect the Sandemanians.
SANDHU Indian (Sikh), Punjabi
Sikh name derived from Sindhu, a historical name of the Indus River flowing through Pakistan, ultimately from Sanskrit सिन्धु (síndhu) meaning "river, stream". The Sandhus are the largest Jat clan in Punjab.
Possibly a Scottish variant of SANDERSON.
Norman origin. Habitational name from Saint-Hilaire-du-Harcouët in La Manche, which gets its name from the dedication of its church to St. Hilary, or alternatively from either of the places, in La Manche and Somme, called Saint-Lô... [more]
SANDMEIER German, German (Swiss), German (Austrian)
From Middle High German sand combined with Meier, referring to a tenant farmer whose farm was on sandy soil.
Habitational name from places called Sedowice, Sedowo, Sedów, in Lublin, Bydgoszcz, Piotrków, and Sieradz voivodeships.
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