Submitted Surnames Starting with S
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Ethnic name for someone from Slovakia or who had connections with Slovakia.
Habitational name for someone from Slowin in Gorzów voivodeship. From the adjective slowinski, denoting a member of the Slowincy, a Slavic people living in Pomerania.
Occupation name for a porter, or gatekeeper. Also an occupational name for someone who made and poured alcohol. "The one who pours the alcohol." - Middle Dutch Sluter. Compare to English Porter.
Habitational name for someone from Slutsk, a city in Belarus.
SMALLEY English, Cornish (?)
Locational surname from places in Derbyshire and Lancashire, so called from Old English smæl
‘narrow’ + leah
‘wood’, ‘clearing’. This may also be a Cornish name with an entirely separate meaning.
From Old English (smeart
) meaning "quick". This surname was used to refer to person who worked as a handyman.
From Old English Smiðatun
meaning "settlement of the smiths".
It is old Serbian surname.It's origins are probably from Kosovo.
This indicates familial origin within the Greater Polish town of Śmigiel.
Derived from Russian смирный (smirniy)
meaning "quiet, still, peaceful, gentle". This is one of the most common surnames in Russia.
From Middle English smoc, smok meaning "smock", "shift", hence a metonymic occupational name for someone who made or sold such garments, or a nickname for someone who habitually wore a smock (the usual everyday working garment of a peasant).
SMOLDERS Belgian (Modern)
A Flemish occupational name equivalent to "Miller", meaning a person who operated a wind or water mill for grinding grain.
SNAPE English (British), Scottish
An old, now rare surname, with various origins in Suffolk and Yorkshire in England and Lanarkshire in Scotland. This is also the name of Severus Snape, a character from J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter book series.
History largely unknown. The word's original meaning, in the mid-nineteenth century, was to snort / snore, or to find fault. ... [more]
Means "son of Snell
", Snell being a nickname for a brisk or active person, from Middle English snell
"quick, lively" (cf. the Dutch cognate Snell
), but "in part also representing a survival of the Old English personal name Snell or the Old Norse cognate Snjallr
Habitational name from Snowden, a place in West Yorkshire named from Old English snāw ‘snow’ + dūn ‘hill’, i.e. a hill where snow lies long.
Variant spelling of Snowden
, a surname initially used by the Border Reivers. Comes from the mountain in Wales.
Although there are two Chinese characters for the So surname, one of these is extremely rare and can be discounted (there are only about two hundred people in Korea who use this rare character). Some records indicate that the more common character for So has as many as 165 clans, but only eleven of them can be documented... [more]
Metonymic occupational name for a salt seller or producer, from só
SOAMES Medieval English
First recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 with that of Warin de Saham, lord of the manor. It is therefore one earliest of all surnames recorded anywhere, being locational from a village called Soham in the county of Cambridgeshire... [more]
Habitational name for someone from a place called Sobanice, in Ciechanów voivodeship.
Means "sea farm" indicating a farmstead near the sea or open water.
Unknown meaning. A notable bearer is YouTube Personality Matt Sohinki, better known simply as Sohinki, who is a member of Smosh Games.
Derived from Turksh sokak
, meaning "street". The word is still used in Croatian meaning "little street, alley". Most people with this surname live in Cernik, Croatia.
meaning "falcon", a nickname or an occupational name for a falconer.
SOLANKI Indian, Gujarati, Marathi, Hindi
Either from the name of the Rajput Solanki clan of India or the Solanki (Chaulukya) dynasty that once ruled Gujarat and Rajasthan.
SOLAR Spanish (Rare), Catalan, Aragonese, Asturian
Spanish, Catalan, Aragonese, and Asturian-Leonese: topographic name from Latin solarius ‘ancestral home’ (a derivative of solum ‘ground’, ‘floor’), perhaps denoting someone who lived near or at the house of an important family.
German surname meaning mercenary. German spelling has umlaut over the O, but American spelling is Soldner or Soeldner.
Habitational surname for someone from any of a number of places called Solec, named with sól
Reportedly German and Dutch background? Never have really known. The history that has been told my siblings and I is that three brothers came from Germany to the US in late 1800 and went into business in Phila - they eventually argued and split up and two of them changed the spelling of their last name and scattered throughout PA - When I left home in 1963 - mY Father James Edward Soliday, son of John Soliday and Martha Freidline Soliday and us children were the only ones in our area... [more]
Basque from solo ‘rural estate’, hence a topographic or occupational name for someone who lived or worked on a country estate.
This indicates familial origin within the vicinity of the Sierra de Solorio mountain range that straddles Aragon, La Mancha, & Old Castile.
Regional name from the county of this name, so called from Old English sumer(tun)saete
meaning "dwellers at the summer settlement".
Habitational name from sønder
"southern" and gård
A Suryavanshi Khatri family, the surname originating from the Punjab region of India. In India the term caste creates a crucial distinction between Varna and Jāti, even though jati does not fit into any of the four varnas and is more often referred to as Sudras.
From the Japanese 園 or 薗(sono
) "garden," "orchard," "yard" and 田 (ta
) "rice paddy."
"higher, situated above", a topographic name for someone who lived at the top end of a place on a hillside.
SORDINO Italian (Rare), Literature
Derived from Italian sordino
, referring to a mute for musical instruments. It is ultimately from Italian sordo
"deaf" or "muffled (sound), silent, hidden, voiceless". American author Laurie Halse Anderson uses this for her novel Speak
(1999), on high school rape victim Melinda
Means "son of the son of Sore
", a Yiddish female personal name (from Hebrew Sara
, literally "princess"), with the addition of the Slavic possessive suffix -in
and German Sohn
Habitational name from a common farm name, Sørli, composed of the elements sør ‘south’ + li ‘slope’, ‘hillside’.
SOROKA Ukranian, Jewish
From the nickname Soroka
meaning "magpie", which indicates a thievish person or a person with a white streak of hair among black hair.
From a medieval nickname meaning literally "little red-haired one", from a derivative of Anglo-Norman sorel
Habitational name from Soták, an eastern Slovak region near Humenné.
Southern Italian: nickname from sottile ‘delicate’, ‘refined’, also ‘lean’, ‘thin’ (from Latin subtilis ‘small’, ‘slender’).
SOUDANI Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "Sudanese", referring to a person of the country of Sudan. A bearer is El Arabi Hillel Soudani (1987-), an Algerian footballer.
Metonymic occupational name for a shoemaker, from Old French soulier
‘shoe’, ‘sandal’.... [more]
SOUSA Portuguese, Portuguese (Brazilian), Galician
Habitational name from any of the various places so named in Portugal. Derived from Latin saxa
"rocks". The name is also common among people with Portuguese and Brazilian roots in India and Africa.
From Middle English south
, hence a topographic name for someone who lived to the south of a settlement or a regional name for someone who had migrated from the south.
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous council in the Province of Pontevedra.
Name of the Balfager's (Visigoth family, part of the Iberian nobility) solar (realstate), later used as the family's surname; the name "Souza" comes from the Latin word "saxa" meaning "peeble".
Translation of the French surname Souverain
which is derived from Old French souverain
meaning "high place".
Occupational surname for a leader or supervisor, derived from the English word sovereign
meaning "possessing supreme or ultimate power".
Habitational name from any places so-called in Northern England. Named from Old Norse saurr
, 'mud, filth' and by
, 'farm, estate'.
SOYDAN Turkish (Modern)
Soy, "lineage, ancestry" and dan "from"; One who has come down from good ancestry (a good family)
French surname (Alexis Benoist Soyer is a famous bearer).
This is the surname of American actress Sissy Spacek (born December 25, 1949).
Variant form of Spatafora
. Spadafora is the younger out of the two surnames and yet the most common of the two, which might partly be because it is a little bit more italianized. After all, spada
is the modern Italian word for "sword", which indicates that Spadafora is 'closer' to Italian than Spatafora, which is closer to the original Greek origin instead (as the first element of the surname is derived from Greek spathe
meaning "blade, sword").... [more]
SPALDING English, Scottish
This surname originates as a locational surname (someone coming from Spalding in Lincolnshire) is derived from Old English Spaldingas
, which may be a tribal name for members of the Spaldas tribe... [more]
Cornish: habitational name from Higher or Lower Spargo, in the parish of Mabe, so named from Cornish spern ‘thorn bushes’ + cor ‘enclosure'.
English: nickname from Middle English sparewe
‘sparrow’, perhaps for a small, chirpy person, or else for someone bearing some fancied physical resemblance to a sparrow.
Nickname from Middle English sparewe
"sparrow", perhaps for a small, chirpy person, or else for someone bearing some fancied physical resemblance to a sparrow.
This surname originates from the Italian island of Sicily, where it was first borne by a noble family of Byzantine origin, which had settled on the island in the 11th century AD. Their surname was derived from the Greek noun σπάθη (spathe)
"blade, sword" (akin to Latin spatha
"broad sword with a double edge") combined with Greek φορεω (phoreo)
"to carry, to bear", which gives the surname the meaning of "he who carries the sword" or "sword-bearer"... [more]
English (chiefly Lancashire) nickname or occupational name for someone who acted as a spokesman, from Middle English spekeman
‘advocate’, ‘spokesman’ (from Old English specan
to speak + mann
Variant of Specker
as well as a locational surname from one of various places called Speck, Specke and Specken in northern Germany and Spöck in southern Germany, as well as an occupational surname derived from German Speck
"bacon" denoting a butcher who sepcialized in the production of bacon, as well as a derisive nickname for a corpulent person.
Occupational name from Polish szpektor
"teacher's assistant in a Jewish school", a derivative of Polish inspecktor
SPENCE English, Scottish
Metonymic occupational name for a servant employed in the pantry of a great house or monastery, from Middle English spense
"larder", "storeroom" (a reduced form of Old French despense
, from a Late Latin derivative of dispendere, past participle dispensus, "to weigh out or dispense").
From a medieval nickname for someone who spread their amorous affections around freely. A different form of the surname was borne by Dora Spenlow, the eponymous hero's "child-wife" in Charles Dickens's 'David Copperfield' (1849-50).... [more]
SPICER English, Jewish, Polish
English: occupational name for a seller of spices, Middle English spic(i)er
(a reduced form of Old French espicier
, Late Latin speciarius
, an agent derivative of species
‘spice’, ‘groceries’, ‘merchandise’).... [more]
SPIEGEL German, Jewish
Metonymic occupational name for a maker or seller of mirrors, from Middle High German spiegel
, German Spiegel
"mirror" (via Old High German from Latin speculum
, a derivative of specere
SPIEGLER German, Jewish
Occupational name for a maker or seller of mirrors, from Middle High German spiegel
, German Spiegel
"mirror" and the agent suffix -er
SPIELBERG Jewish, German
From Old High German spiegel
"lookout point" or German Spiel
"game, play" and berg
"mountain". Locational surname after a town in Austria. A famous bearer is American director Steven Spielberg (1946-present).
While it translates to the plural of "spy" in English, Spies is a semi-common name found throughout Germany and the surrounding nations. This surname is also popular throughout states with a high German population.
From the medieval male personal name Spileman
, literally "acrobat" or "jester" (from a derivative of Middle English spillen
"to play, cavort").
SPINDLER English, German, Jewish
Occupational name for a spindle maker, from an agent derivative of Middle English spindle
, Middle High German spindel
, German Spindel
, Yiddish shpindl
Portuguese topographic name from a diminutive of espinha
‘thorn’, ‘thorn bush’.
Italian (Liguria) diminutive of Spina
. Italian topographic name for someone living by Monte Spinola in the province of Pavia.
SPITZ German, Yiddish
From the German spitz
"point", referring to a person who lives near a pointy hill or a field that is pointed at one end.
Occupational name for a maker of spurs, from Middle High German spor ‘spur’, or a topographic name, from Middle High German spor ‘spoor’, ‘animal tracks’.... [more]
Apparently a metonymic occupational name either for a maker of roofing shingles or spoons, from Old English spon
"chip, splinter" (see also Spooner
English from northern Middle English Spragge
, either a personal name or a byname meaning "lively", a metathesized and voiced form of "spark."
Means (i) "operator of a springald (a type of medieval siege engine)" (from Anglo-Norman springalde
); or (ii) from a medieval nickname for a youthful person (from Middle English springal
SPRINGER German, English, Dutch, Jewish
Nickname for a lively person or for a traveling entertainer. It can also refer to a descendant of Ludwig
der Springer (AKA Louis
the Springer), a medieval Franconian count who, according to legend, escaped from a second or third-story prison cell by jumping into a river after being arrested for trying to seize County Saxony in Germany.
Surname comes from the occupation of a Squire. A young man who tends to a knight.
Surname is plural of Squire. A young person that tends to his knight, also someone that is a member of a landowner class that ranks below a knight.
Means "son of the Sharif". Sharif is an Arabic title meaning "noble". Sunni Arabs refer to the Sharifs as the descendants of Hasan ibn Ali.
From the Polish word sroka
, meaning "magpie".
STAAL Dutch (Modern)
From Middle High German stal
meaning "steel". May have been a occupational name, for a steelworker or blacksmith.
From Middle High German stet meaning "place", "town" + müller meaning "miller", hence an occupational name for a miller who ground the grain for a town.
Metonymic occupational name for a smith or armorer, from Middle High German stal
Means "Steel Hammer" (From Swedish stål
"steel" and hammare
"hammer"). Was originally a name common among blacksmiths.
Derived from the Russian word сталь
meaning "steel". It is the alias surname of Ioseb Jughashvili, more commonly known as Joseph Stalin, former dictator of the Soviet Union.
Byname for a valiant or resolute person, from a reduced pronunciation of Middle English stalward
"stalwart" (an Old English compound of stǣl
"place" and wierðe
Variant of Staller. German: topographic name for someone who lived in a muddy place, from the dialect word stal. English: habitational name from Stalmine in Lancashire, named probably with Old English stæll 'creek', 'pool' + Old Norse mynni 'mouth'.
English habitational name from a place so named in South Yorkshire.
Olde English pre 7th Century "stan", stone, and "ford", ford; hence, "stony ford".
STANG German, Jewish
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic) from Middle High German stang
, German Stange
‘pole’, ‘shaft’, hence a nickname for a tall, thin person, a metonymic occupational name for a maker of wooden shafts for spears and the like, or a metonymic occupational name for a soldier.
STANISLAW Polish, German
Polish from the personal name Stanislaw
, composed of the Slavic elements stani
‘become’ + slav
‘glory’, ‘fame’, ‘praise’. This surname is well established in German-speaking lands.
Coming from any of the towns Stanisławów
, etc.. in Poland.
From the medieval personal name Stanhard
, literally "stone-strong" or "stone-brave".
STANSFIELD English (British)
Habitational name from a place in West Yorkshire, probably named with the genitive case of the Old English personal name Stan
"stone" and Old English feld
"pasture, open country". It may also be a topographic name from Middle English stanesfeld
"open country of the (standing) stone"... [more]
Possibly an altered spelling of German Stanz
, a habitation name from places called Stans or Stanz in Austria and Switzerland (see also Stentz
Habitational name from any of a number of places, in Cambridgeshire, Cheshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, and Wiltshire, so named from Old English stapol meaning "post" + ford meaning "ford".
STAR German, Dutch, Jewish, English
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname from German Star, Middle High German star
, ‘starling’, probably denoting a talkative or perhaps a voracious person.... [more]
After Starbeck village in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, England. A famous bearer of this name was the fictional character, Starbuck, the first mate of the Pequod in Herman Melville's novel Moby-Dick.
From a medieval nickname for someone thought to resemble a starling, especially in constantly chattering.
Habitational name from any of the various minor places named from Old English steort
Nickname from Middle High German stæt(e) meaning "firm", "steadfast", "constant".
STAUB German (Swiss), German, Jewish
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic) occupational nickname for a miller, from Middle High German stoup
, German Staub
‘dust’. The Jewish surname may also be ornamental.
From Middle High German stuche
, a term used to denote both a type of wide sleeve and a headcovering. Also a habitational name from a place called Staucha, near Dresden.
This surname refers either to various towns named Stauffen or else it might be derived from Middle High German stouf
Combination of Old Norse stafr
"pole" and vik
"bay". This was the name of a farmstead in Norway.
Originally Stavnin (shutter-maker), Stavonin resulted from an incorrect spelling that stuck (for over a hundred years)... [more]
Habitational name for someone from Stefanów or Stefanowo, named with the personal name Stefan
Possibly means 'son of Stefko', judging by the fact that Slavic suffixes such as '-ovich' and '-ovic' mean '(name)'s son'.
Means "head miner" or "overman" from the German verb "steigen" meaning "to climb" or in this case "to lead a climb".
From Middle High German ster
‘ram’, hence probably a nickname for a lusty person, or possibly a metonymic occupational name for a shepherd.
STEINBACH German, Jewish
German habitational name from any of the many places named Steinbach, named with Middle High German stein
‘stone’ + bach
‘stream’, ‘creek’. ... [more]
Denotes a person hailing from one of the many places in Germany called Steinbeck or Steinbach, from Middle High German stein
"stone" and bach
"stream, creek". In some cases it is a South German occupational name for a mason... [more]