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Means "son of Sarsen".
Means "cockroach" or "roach" in Arabic.
Means, "Tailor".
Sarv is an Estonian surname meaning "horn".
SARVEREnglish, Jewish
English and Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic) occupational name from Old French serveur (an agent derivative of server ‘to serve’), Yiddish sarver ‘servant’.
SARWARPakistani, Bengali (Muslim)
From the Persian title سرور (sarvar) meaning "master, leader, chief".
From 笹 (sasa) meaning "bamboo grass" and 野 (no) meaning "field, plains". Other characters are also possible.
笹 (Sasa) means "Bamboo" and 山 (Yama) means "Mountain".
Sasi is an Estonian surname meaning "shock", "skein", and "snarl".
From Turkish şaşmaz ''infallible''.
SASORIJapanese (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’).
Sato means " Village " and Mi means " Mindset, Outlook" in this surname. Satomi is also a Japanese first name.
Sato and Ya together, means "Village Valley".
From Persian ستار (setâr) meaning "star" (see Setareh or Sitara).
An occupational name meaning "saddle maker".
Saue is an Estonian surname meaning "wand" or "staff".
SAUERGerman, Jewish
Nickname for an embittered or cantankerous person, from Middle High German sur, German sauer "sour".
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.
Means "otter" in Finnish.
Occupational name from Lithuanian šaulys meaning "rifleman".
In Middle French (the form of French spoken from 1340 to 1610), it literally means "salt merchant".
Variant of SAUER.
SAVARDFrench (Quebec)
Derived from the Old French word savart meaning "wasteland". It is also formed from the etymological elements sav and hard ('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 "Sabbath", "Saturday".
Derived from Finnish savi "clay". Savela is also a place in Helsinki and Jyväskylä.
English variant of Saville.
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".
Savi is an Estonian surname meaning "clay".
Means "son of Sava".
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.
Savisaar is an Estonian surname meaning "loam" or "clay island".
From a pet form of the personal name Sava (see SAVAS).
Means "Savonian, person from Savonia". Savonia is a historical province in eastern Finland.
From Japanese 澤 (sawa) meaning "marsh".
SAWAMURAJapanese, Popular Culture
Sawa means "Marsh, Swamp" and Mura means "Village, Hamlet". This surname belongs to multiple fictional characters. Eijun Sawamura from Diamond no Ace, Daichi Sawamura from Haikyuu!!, and Eriri Spencer Sawamura from Saekano all live in pop culture.
Sawa means "Marsh" and Shiro means in surnames means "Castle" (at least commonly), this may get mixed up with given name Shiro.
SAWHNEYIndian (Sikh), Punjabi
Variant of Sahni, which is possibly from Sahni, a village in Punjab.
This indicates familial origin anywhere within a cluster of 3 Podlachian villages in Gmina Repki: Sawice-Dwór, Sawice-Wieś, or Sawice-Bronisze.
SAXLow German
South German variant of Sachs.
Dutch variant of Sas.
SAXEnglish, Norwegian
English from an Old Norse personal name, Saxi meaning ‘sword’.
Jewish (Ashkenazic) variant spelling of Sachs.
SAXENAIndian, Hindi
Believed to mean "friend of the army" from Sanskrit सखा (sakhā) meaning "friend, companion" and सेना (sénā) meaning "army".
Habitational name from a place in West Yorkshire, possibly also one in Cambridgeshire, both so named from Old English Seaxe "Saxons" and tūn "enclosure, settlement".
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.
Means "goldsmith" in Arabic.
SAYWARDEnglish (Rare)
English surname which was a variant of Seward.
SAYYIDSwahili, Muslim
From the Arabic honourific title سَيِّد (sayyid) which means "master, lord, prince, mister".
From the Japanese 佐 (sa) "assistant" and 座 (za) "seat."
Variant of Skaggs both of English origin and unknown meaning. Famous bearer is singer Boz Scaggs (1944-) of the Steve Miller Band and the band Toto.
The name of an Italian coachbuilder, with one of its famous customers being Ferrari when it doesn't want a design from Pininfarina.
SCALAItalian, 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".
Variant of SCALA.
Scanlon is a Russian surname orginating in the western pary of Russia.
Taken from the Italian scanna meaning "slaying" and dinari meaning "money" in the plural form. Therefore, killer of money.
SCANNELLIrish (Anglicized)
Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Scannail, meaning "Descendant of Scannal," a name meaning "contention"
Habitational name from Scarborough on the coast of North Yorkshire, so named from the Old Norse byname Skarði + Old Norse borg "fortress", "fortified town".
SCARBROUGHMedieval English (Rare, ?)
The Name originated from Yorkshire, England and is a form of Scarborough.... [more]
Feminine variant of SCARLATO.
Occupational name for a dyer, or as a nickname for someone who habitually wore scarlet or who had bright red hair, From Sicilian scarlatu "scarlet".
Meaning disputed; it could be derived from Sicilian sciarra meaning "fight, brawl", Arabic شَرّ (šarr) meaning "evil, cruel", or a word meaning "anger".
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]
Describes an inhabitant of the region Swabia
SCHADEGerman, 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 "bushel".
SCHAFFNERGerman, German (Swiss)
German: occupational name for a steward or bailiff, variant of Schaffer.... [more]
It comes from steinner and stein burg which originates it from Germany and lets it tell you that you are Hebrew.
SCHATTENSTEINLatvian/Russian Jewish
Notes from Daniel Satten (1896-1972) say that Mordachi Block (1830-1919) returned to Russia (now Liepāja, Latvia) with the surname Schattenstein. It is not clear where he went or why it was changed... [more]
SCHATTNERGerman, 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 "shade", "protection".
SCHATZGerman, 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).
Variant of SKAU.
Diminutive of Scaub
SCHAUMBURGGerman, Dutch, Belgian
Habitational name from any of the places called Schaumburg or Schauenburg in Germany, or Schauwberg in Brabant, Belgium.
SCHAUSGerman, 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).
Yiddish name meaning "butcher."
Anglicized version of the German surname, Schütz, "archer," "yeoman," "protect."
Variant and more Americanized spelling of Szeliga.
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.
northern Italian
northern Italy
SCHENKELGerman, Dutch, Jewish
German, Dutch, and Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname for someone with long or otherwise notable legs, from Middle High German schenkel, Middle Dutch schenkel, schinkel ‘thigh’, ‘lower leg’, German Schenkel ‘thigh’.
German version of Sherman
It literally means someone who either lives near (or in, if poor &/or homeless) a barn or works within its general vicinity.
From the Italian word schiavo "slave".
SCHICKLGRUBERGerman (Austrian)
This was the surname of Maria Schicklgruber (April 15, 1795 - January 7, 1847), the mother of Adolf Hitler.
Habitational name from Schievelbein in Pomerania.
SCHILDGerman, Dutch
Occupational name for a maker or painter of shields, from Middle High German, Middle Dutch schilt "shield".
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.
SCHINKUpper German, Dutch
Nickname for someone with long or otherwise remarkable legs, from Middle High German schinke ‘thigh’, ‘leg’. Compare Schenkel. ... [more]
Derived from a Middle High German word meaning "feast" and thus used as a nickname for a "gourmet".
Name for someone living by the Schlei river.
literal meaning: smokestack
SCHMALTZGerman (Rare), German (Austrian, Rare)
Schmaltz is a German and Austrian surname. It was used as an occupational surname for chandlers.
Czech and Slovak form of the German surname Schmidt through the feminine suffix -ová.
SCHMUCKGerman, 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".
North German and American variant of Schneider
German origin. Means "shock" in German, as in surprise.
SCHOENGerman, Jewish, Dutch
German (Schön) nickname for a handsome or pleasant man, from Middle High German schoene ‘fine’, ‘beautiful’; ‘refined’, ‘friendly’, ‘nice’. ... [more]
Dutch word for "shoemaker."
German (Schönwetter): nickname for someone with a happy disposition, from Middle High German schœn ‘beautiful’, ‘fine’, ‘nice’ + wetter ‘weather’.
SCHOLTENDutch (Surinamese)
Schout "sherif"(he who punishes), Son of Scholte (also from Schout)
Nickname for an offensive person, from Middle High German schemen "to insult."
From Hebrew shomer "watchman".
"one who was a gossip, a vagabond or rascal"... [more]
SCHÖNGerman, Swedish
Derived from Middle High German schoene "beautiful, friendly".
Habitational name for someone from any of several places in Germany and Switzerland named Schönenberg.
From schotte, 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]
SCHOTTLANDERGerman, 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]
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (Redirected from Schouten (disambiguation))... [more]
SCHRAMGerman, 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.
Denoted a person from Schröding, a old placename in Bavaria.
The surname Schueler was first found in southern Germany, where the name was closely identified in early mediaeval times with the feudal society which would become prominent throughout European history.
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 "synagogue".
Possibly a habitational name from Schüller in the Eifel.
SCHUTTEDutch, Low German
Dutch and North German (Schütte) occupational name for an archer, from Middle Low German schutten ‘to shoot’. Compare German Schuetz.
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.
SCHWABGerman, 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.
1. The name given to those who lived in Swabia
Means "Swan" in German.
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 (from swenden "to thin out", "make disappear", causative from swinden "to disappear" modern German schwinden.
Habitational name from any of the various places called Schwand or Schwanden, all in southern Germany, named with this element, from Middle High German swant (from swenden "to thin out", "make disappear", causative from swinden "to disappear" modern German schwinden.
Means "black head", from German Schwarz "black", and Kopf "head".
SCHWEDERGerman, Upper German
German: ethnic name for a Swede.... [more]
North German: variant of Schweder or Schwehr.
German: relationship name, a variant of Schwäher, a variant of Schwager.
an occupational or nickname having to do with pigs
Means "Swine Climber". ... [more]
Ethnic name for a Swiss, from German Schweitz meaning "Swiss".
SCHWERUpper German, German, Jewish
South German relationship name from Middle High German sweher ‘father-in-law’. ... [more]
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".
SCILLATOItalian, Sicilian
Comes from the commune of Scillato in Sicily, Italy, southeast of Palermo.
Meaning "thin"... [more]
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).
Scottish form of the Dutch Scroggins surname.
SCOGINGSEnglish, Old Danish
A surname of Scandinavian origin from the old Norse and old Danish by-name "Skeggi" or "skoggi", meaning 'the bearded one'. Common in areas invaded and settled by Scandinavians in the 8th and 9th Centuries.
Possibly deriving from Italian words scorno meaning shame, and vacca meaning cow. Sicilian variant of Scornavacca.
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 "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"
From Holland
The name of a character in a book by Dickens.
SCURLOCKWelsh, Irish
Obscure, probably derived from 'ystog', a Welsh word meaning 'fortress'
SEAGEREnglish, German (Modern)
English: from the Middle English personal name Segar, Old English S?gar, composed of the elements s? ‘sea’ + gar ‘spear’.... [more]
SEAGLEEnglish (American)
Americanized form of Jewish Segal or German Siegel.
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.
Likely a corruption of the surname Searson, meaning "son of Saer".
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.
SEBERTGerman, French
From a German personal name composed of the elements sigi meaning "victory" + berht meaning "bright", "famous".
SEDDIKArabic (Egyptian), Arabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from Arabic صَدِيق (ṣadīq) meaning "friend".
SEDDIKIArabic (Maghrebi)
Maghrebi cognate of Siddiqui (chiefly Algerian).
Two famous bearers are the Swedish ice hockey players, and twins, Henrik and Daniel Sedin (b. 1980).
SEDIQIAfghani, Persian
Afghani Persian variant of Sadeghi.
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.
SEDLACKCzech (Anglicized)
Americanized spelling of Czech Sedlák (see also Sedlak).
Habitational name from places called Sedowice, Sedowo, Sedów, in Lublin, Bydgoszcz, Piotrków, and Sieradz voivodeships.
SEEEnglish, 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".
Norwegian for "house by the sea."
SEEKINSEnglish (British)
Probably a variant of English Seekings, a Cambridgeshire name of unexplained etymology.
SEELYMedieval 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]
Seeme is an Estonian surname meaning "seed".
Seep is an Estonian surname meaning "soap".
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).
Variant of Seese.
Comes from a Germanic personal name, Sigizo, from a compound name formed with sigi ‘victory’ as the first element.
Variant of Sevčik.
SEGALEEnglish, Italian
Respelling of SEGAL. A famous bearer is Mario A. Segale, the inspiration for Nintendo's video game character Mario
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.
SEGERSwedish, English, Dutch
Means "victory" in Swedish. It is also a variant of the English surname SEAGER or derived from the Germanic given name SIGIHERI "victory army".
SEGURASpanish, Catalan, American (Hispanic)
Derived from Spanish segura "safe, secure".
Sei is an Estonian surname possibly derived from "seib", meaning "washer" and "disk"; or "seil", meaning "sail".
Short form of SEIBOLD. Ultimately derived from names composed of the Germanic name element sigi "victory".
From the Germanic given name Sito, a short form of a compound name formed with sigi "victory".
Metonymic occupational name from German Seide and Yiddish zayd "silk"
SEIDEGerman, 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
SEIDMANJewish, German
Derived from SEID.
German and Jewish occupational surname for a rope maker.
SEIMUpper German
German: metonymic occupational name for a beekeeper, from Middle High German seim ‘honey’.
SEINFELDGerman, 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.
SEITZUpper German
A mainly Bavarian surname, from a reduced form of the personal name Seifried, a variant of Siegfried. Germanized spelling of Slovenian Zajc, nickname from zajec "hare".
SEITZUpper German
From a reduced form of the personal name Seifried, a variant of Siegfried.
Variant of Seitz.
Derived from the given name SIVERT.
SEJKORACzech, Slovak
Sejkora means titmouse in Czech.
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 Japanese 関 (seki) meaning "barrier".
From the Japanese 関 (seki) "barrier," "gate" and 口 (guchi or kuchi) "mouth."
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]
SELASSIEEthiopian, Amharic, Western African
Possibly means "trinity" in Amharic. A notable bearer was Haile Selassie (1892-1975), the regent and emperor of Ethiopia from 1930 to 1974.