Submitted Surnames Starting with S
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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."
Means "noisy" or "loud" from the German word "schel"
Nickname for a disabled person, from Middle High German schemel
"stool", which was used as a crutch by invalids.
SCHENK German, Dutch, Jewish
German and Dutch: from Middle High German, Middle Dutch schenke
, ‘cupbearer’, ‘wine server’ (from Old High German scenko
, from scenken
‘to pour out or serve’), hence an occupational name for a cupbearer or server of wine... [more]
SCHENKEL German, Dutch, Jewish
German, Dutch, and Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname for someone with long or otherwise notable legs, from Middle High German schenkel
, Middle Dutch schenkel
‘thigh’, ‘lower leg’, German Schenkel
It literally means someone who either lives near (or in, if poor &/or homeless) a barn or works within its general vicinity.
SCHILD German, Dutch
Occupational name for a maker or painter of shields, from Middle High German, Middle Dutch schilt
From German Schild "shield", "(house) sign", applied either as an ornamental name or as a habitational name for someone who lived in a house distinguished by a sign.
First appeared during the Middle Ages in Central Europe/Germany. The name means "Shield-Maker" and suggests correlation to Blacksmiths or or other forms of metalwork in the time period.
Derived from a Middle High German word meaning "feast" and thus used as a nickname for a "gourmet".
SCHMUCK German, German (Austrian)
From Middle High German smuc meaning "jewel", "finery", hence a metonymic occupational name for a jeweler, or a nickname for someone who wore a prominent jewel or ornament.North German: nickname from Middle Low German smuck meaning "neat", "dainty".
German origin. Means "shock" in German, as in surprise.
SCHOEN German, Jewish, Dutch
German (Schön) nickname for a handsome or pleasant man, from Middle High German schoene
‘fine’, ‘beautiful’; ‘refined’, ‘friendly’, ‘nice’. ... [more]
German (Schönwetter): nickname for someone with a happy disposition, from Middle High German schœn ‘beautiful’, ‘fine’, ‘nice’ + wetter ‘weather’.
Nickname for an offensive person, from Middle High German schemen
Habitational name for someone from any of several places in Germany and Switzerland named Schönenberg.
, an ethnic name for a Scottish person or somebody of such descent.
Uncertain. Would seem to be derived from Schottland
, 'Scotland', thus an ethnic name for an individual of such descent. ... [more]
SCHOTTLANDER German, Jewish, Dutch
From German Schottland
, 'Scotland' and, in some cases, denoted an immigrant from Scotland or Ireland. Numerous Irish fled to continental Europe after the Anglo-Norman invasion in the 13th century.... [more]
Habitational name for someone from Schötmar in the Lippe area.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (Redirected from Schouten (disambiguation))... [more]
SCHRAM German, English, Yiddish
Derived from German Schramme
(Middle High German schram(me)
) and Yiddish shram
, all of which mean "scar".
Some think that the last name Schrock comes from the German word which meant something along the lines of "Jump" or "Leaps" and was probably a nickname to someone who was a great jumper, or someone who was easily startled.
Occupational name for a shoemaker’s assistant, from Middle High German schuoch meaning "shoe" + knecht meaning "journeyman", "assistant".
Occupational name for a Talmudic scholar or the sexton of a synagogue, from an agent derivative of Yiddish shul
Possibly a habitational name from Schüller in the Eifel.
Occupational surname for an archer or a watchman (from Middle High German schützen
"to guard or protect"). Also a habitational name from Schutz, a place near Trier, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany.
The surname of German VfB Stuttgart footballer Daniel Schwaab, born in Waldkirch, Germany.
SCHWAB German, Jewish
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): regional name for someone from Swabia (German Schwaben), from Middle High German Swap, German Schwabe ‘Swabian’. The region takes its name from a Germanic tribe recorded from the 1st century BC in the Latin form Suebi or Suevi, of uncertain origin; it was an independent duchy from the 10th century until 1313, when the territory was broken up.
Habitational name from any of several places so named, for example near Lübeck and near Anklam.
Topographic name for someone who lived in a forest clearing, from Middle High German swant
"to thin out", "make disappear", causative from swinden
"to disappear" modern German schwinden
Habitational name from any of the various places called Schwand
, all in southern Germany, named with this element, from Middle High German swant
"to thin out", "make disappear", causative from swinden
"to disappear" modern German schwinden
Ethnic name for a Swiss, from German Schweitz meaning "Swiss".
Occupational name for someone whose job was to swingle flax, i.e. to beat the flax with a swingle in order to remove the woody parts of the plant prior to spinning, from Middle German swingen meaning "to swing" or swing meaning "swingle".
Means "person from Scobie", an unidentified place in Perth and Kinross ("thorny place"). A fictional bearer is Henry Scobie, the conscience-wracked and ultimately suicidal deputy commissioner of police in Graham Greene's West Africa-set novel 'The Heart of the Matter' (1948).
Derived from Scotforth
, the name of a village near Lancaster (in Lancashire) in England. The village's name means "ford of the Scot(s)" and is derived from Old English Scott
"Scot" combined with Old English ford
(i) "person from Scotland"; (ii) "person from Scotland or Scotlandwell", Perth and Kinross; (iii) from the Norman personal name Escotland
, literally "territory of the Scots"
SCURLOCK Welsh, Irish
Obscure, probably derived from 'ystog', a Welsh word meaning 'fortress'
Habitational name from a place in Leicestershire, recorded in Domesday Book as Satgrave and Setgrave; probably named from Old English (ge)set meaning "fold", "pen" (or sēað meaning "pit", "pool") + grāf meaning "grove" or græf meaning "ditch".
Version of Sayer
. Used in the United States. Famous bearer of the name is Richard Warren Sears, one of the founders of Sears, Roebuck and Co.
From an ancient barony called "The lands of Setter", Stromness, Orkney. Derives from the Ancient Norse word "saetr" meaning a hut or shelter for animals.
SEBERT German, French
From a German personal name composed of the elements sigi meaning "victory" + berht meaning "bright", "famous".
Two famous bearers are the Swedish ice hockey players, and twins, Henrik and Daniel Sedin (b. 1980).
From Italian sei
"six" + dita
, plural of dito
"finger", hence a nickname either for someone having six fingers or metaphorically for someone who was very dextrous.
Means small farmer in Czech (from the Slavic root sed, set, "to sit, stay"). A Sedláček had more land than a Zahradník, a Chalupník or a Baracnik, but less land than a Dvořáček.
Habitational name from places called Sedowice, Sedowo, Sedów, in Lublin, Bydgoszcz, Piotrków, and Sieradz voivodeships.
SEE English, German
Topographic name for someone who lived by the sea-shore or beside a lake, from Middle English see meaning "sea", "lake" (Old English sǣ), Middle High German sē. Alternatively, the English name may denote someone who lived by a watercourse, from an Old English sēoh meaning "watercourse", "drain".
SEELY Medieval English
Means "Blessed", "Happy", and/or "Lucky." By adding an Un- to Seely makes it "Unblessed", "Unhappy", and/or "Unholy." Used primarily in Northern England and Southern Scotland during the Middle English period but is derived from the Old English sǣl and gesǣlig... [more]
Coming from an old Rowénan word to mean "king" or "leader", SÉERA is nowan uncomon surname. Used by the ruling family of eastern Erikówna (see TYRAN
Comes from a Germanic personal name, Sigizo, from a compound name formed with sigi ‘victory’ as the first element.
A topographical surname designating someone from Segarcea, a small town in Dolj County, Romania.
Regional name from the district of La Segarra, or habitational name from any of the places named with Segarra or La Segarra in Catalonia and Valencia.
Short form of SEIBOLD
. Ultimately derived from names composed of the Germanic name element sigi
From the Germanic given name Sito
, a short form of a compound name formed with sigi
Metonymic occupational name from German Seide
and Yiddish zayd
SEIDE German, Jewish
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): from Middle High German side, German Seide ‘silk’ (from Late Latin seta, originally denoting animal hair), hence a metonymic occupational name for a manufacturer or seller of silk.
Originating in the region of Saxony. Name of a silk merchant, from the German word for silk: seide
German and Jewish occupational surname for a rope maker.
SEIM Upper German
German: metonymic occupational name for a beekeeper, from Middle High German seim ‘honey’.
SEINFELD German, Jewish
From the German word sein
"to be" and the word of German Jewish origin feld
which means "field". It was a name given to areas of land that had been cleared of forest.
The last name Sekewael is an original name from one of the island in Maluku. That one island name is "Negeri Oma." The meaning of Sekewael is "The Guardian of the River" because in "Negeri Oma" any body want to use the river of the water they have to ask for permission by Sekewael family... [more]
From the Japanese 関 (seki
) "barrier," "gate" and 口 (guchi
There is possibility that name come from latin word secolo, means century. Usual Serb end of surname is IC. All Serbs-Montenegrians, also small number of Croats who has that surname has origion from heart of Montenegro... [more]
East Anglian surname, from the medieval English masculine name Saulf
which was derived from the Old English elements sǣ
"sea" and wulf
From the Old Norse habitational name Seljuland
, from selja
"willow" and land
SELVA Catalan, Italian
From any of various places in Catalonia, the Balearic Islands, or northern Italy named Selva, as for instance the Catalan district La Selva, from selva
"wood", Latin silva
The Selz is a river in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, and a left hand tributary of the Rhine. It flows through the largest German wine region, Rheinhessen or Rhenish Hesse. Also, Seltz (German: Selz) is a commune in the Bas-Rhin department of the Alsace-Champagne-Ardenne-Lorraine region in north-eastern France.... [more]
Norwegian: habitational name from any of about fifteen farms so named, a variant of Seim
From Sanskrit सेना (sénā)
meaning "army, armament, armed force" combined with नायक (nāyak)
1. Topographic name for someone who lived by land cleared by fire, from Middle High German sengen ‘to singe or burn’. ... [more]
Derived from the Middle High German word senne
meaning "dairy farmer".
Possibly coming from the surname "Sanna", it may mean "one with a big protruding tooth".... [more]
SENRI Japanese (Rare)
This surname is used as 千里 with 千 (sen, chi) meaning "thousand" and 里 (ri, sato) meaning "league, parent's home, ri (type of measurement), village."... [more]
Americanized form of German Sensenbach
, a topographic name formed with an unexplained first element + Middle High German bach ‘creek’.
A topographic name formed with an unexplained first element + Middle High German bach ‘creek’. Pretty common in Iowa and Pennsylvania.
From the Sino-Korean 徐 (seo)
meaning "slowly, quietly, calmly" or "composed, poised" or 西 (seo)
meaning "west, western".
This indicates familial origin within any of multiple localities that bear this syncopated form of the name San Xoán.
Occupational surname from the Estonian word sepp
Unknown.. researching history of the spanish name that was first identify being used in Utado Puerto, Rico in 1790s by Fransico Serbia and Paula Serbia Filare
Last name of Dr.Serizawa, inventor of the Oxogen Destroyer from Godzilla 1954.
Taken from the name of a town in the Vallespir district, in Northern Catalonia.
Habitational name from any of numerous farmsteads named Seter or Sæter.
It has been claimed in the past that the name Seton is Norman in origin, however evidence points to it being Flemish. Various suggestions have been put forward regarding the derivation of the name but nothing proved conclusively; it probably means "town by the sea" and possibly derives from the "sea town" of Staithes in modern day North Yorkshire... [more]
From Japanese 節 (setsu
) meaning "section, period, verse, melody" and 死 (shi
) meaning "death". Other kanji combinations are possible.
Derived by means of suffix "-ev" from Old Slavic verb sheveliti (se) meaning to make noise, to whirr, to rustle, to whistle, to wander. Initially it designated someone bold, daring, hardy, spirited... [more]
From the name of the River Severn, which is of unknown meaning. The Severn is Great Britain's longest river, flowing from Wales through much of western England to the Bristol Channel. It is one of Britain’s most ancient river names, recorded as early as the 2nd century AD in the form Sabrina
; its original meaning may have been "slow-moving" or "boundary".
Occupational name for a sieve-maker, Middle English siviere
(from an agent derivative of Old English sife
SEWALL English (British, Modern)Dates back at least to Middle English (1500s or earlier)
; many believe it is Saxon in origin
; "may mean "sea" and "victory" or "war""
SEWINA German, Polish
The first available record of the Sewina family name is around 1620 in the province of Silesia, a mixed cultural region between Germany and Poland. Once part of the Prussian Empire and Germany. After World War Two, the area is now part of Poland... [more]
Occupational name for a scrap-metal merchant, from a derivative of Sferro in the sense ‘old and broken iron’. Habitational name from the district of Paternò in Catania, Sicily.
Perhaps from a medieval nickname for a man who had had sexual relations with a woman of higher social class (from shag
"to copulate with" (not recorded before the late 17th century) and lady
SHACKLEFORD English, Medieval English
Locational surname deriving from the place called Shackleford in Surrey, near the town of Farnham. The origin of "shackle" is uncertain. It could be derived from Old English sceacan
"to shake"... [more]
SHADE English, German, Dutch, Scottish
Topographic name for someone who lived near a boundary, from Old English scead
‘boundary’.nickname for a very thin man, from Middle English schade
‘shadow’, ‘wraith’.... [more]
Origin unidentified. The name Shadue
is recorded in England in the 12th and 13th centuries, from Middle English shadwe
‘shadow’, Old English sceadu
). However, there is no evidence of its continuation into modern times in this form.
SHAH Persian, Afghani
From the Persian word شاه (šâh)
meaning "king, monarch", referring to a title used by Iranian monarchs.
SHAHBAZ Ancient Persian
Shahbaz is the name of a fable bird, used on the first banner of the Persian Achaemenid Empire.
SHAKERA Jamaican Patois (Modern)
Shakera is a name given to a Jamaican girl who is very arrogant and tends to take out her anger on herself and others around her. But she is also a very intelligent girl who do well in her school work ,
From a Muslim personal name based on Arabic shakūr
Transferred use of the given name Shalev
meaning "calm, tranquil"; more commonly used as a surname.
From a personal name based on the word shalhub
Means "person from Shallcross", Derbyshire ("place by the Shacklecross", an ancient stone cross in the High Peak, its name perhaps denoting a cross to which people could be shackled as a penance).
From the place name Shan. Cheng Wang, the second king (1115–1079 bc) of the Zhou dynasty, granted to a son the area of Shan, and the son’s descendants adopted the place name as their surname. It comes from the Chinese word meaning "mountain"... [more]
SHANDY English (Rare)
Shandy appears as a rare surname, mostly found in English-speaking countries going back to the 1600s. This name may originate from the English dialect adjective meaning "boisterous" or "empty headed; half crazy", of which the earliest record dates to 1691, though any further explanation for its origins are unknown... [more]