Submitted Surnames Starting with S
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Derived from Arabic شُكْرِيّ (šukriyy)
meaning "thankful, of thanks".
It is a Jewish-Polish surname that first appeared around 1090. It means Rabai, Gabbai, or Shamash. These are occupations that take place in a Shul-Synagogue. Shul is the Yiddish word for Synagogue. The name litterally means 'man that goes to the Synagogue'.
SHULTSJewish (Anglicized, Rare)
The name Shults comes from one of those ancient dukedoms, territories and states that would eventually form a part of present day Germany. At its birth in the Middle Ages, it was used to indicate someone who worked as a town-mayor derived from the medieval name "Schultheis" which has the same meaning.... [more]
From Chinese 司 (sī)
meaning "to take charge of, to control, to manage" or "officer, official".
Sibul is an Estonian surname meaning both "onion" and "bulb".
SIDDIQPakistani, Muslim, Arabic
From the Arabic word صدیق (ṣadīq)
meaning "friend" or "truthful" (see Siddiqi
). It was traditionally used as an honorific title or a nickname for a trustworthy person.
Greek reduced and altered form of the personal name Isidoros
), altered by folk etymology as if derived from sidero
‘iron’ (classical Greek sideron
), and hence regarded as an omen name: ‘may the child grow up to be as strong as iron’.
Sidorov (Russian: Ñèäîðîâ) or Sidorova (feminine; Ñèäîðîâà) is a common Russian last name derived from the first name Sidor (Ñèäîð).
From an English surname of uncertain origin, possibly originally a habitational name from an unidentified place with a second element from Old English well(a) ‘spring’, ‘stream’, but on the other hand early forms are found without prepositions... [more]
The roots of the German surname Sieber can be traced to the Old Germanic word "Siebmacher," meaning "sieve maker." The surname is occupational in origin, and was most likely originally borne by someone who held this position
The name is originally spelled "Siecke". Eric Siecke came from Norway and settled in Holstein, Germany in the year 1307. The final "e" was dropped by most of the family, though one branch still retains it... [more]
From a Germanic personal name composed of the elements sigi
"victory" and fridu
"peace". The German surname has also occasionally been adopted by Ashkenazic Jews.
It indicates familial origin within in either one of a cluster of Masovian villages.
SIEVERTLow German, Dutch, Swedish
Derived from the given name SIVERT
. A Sievert (Sv) is a unit measuring the effect of ionizing radiation on the human body (called equivalent absorbed radiation dose). It was named after Swedish medical physicist Rolf Sievert (1896 – 1966).
Originally denoting someone from Sigsworth Moor in North Yorkshire, England.
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Manchego municipality.
Siig is an Estonian surname meaning "lavaret" or "whitefish" (Coregonus lavaretus).
Siigur is an Estonian surname derived from "sigur" meaning "chicory".
Siim is an Estonian surname (and given name); from the masculine given name "Siim".
Siimar is an Estonian surname, possibly from a variant of the masculine given name "Siim".
Sikk is an Estonian surname meaning "billy goat".
Sikkel is an Estonian surname derived from "sikk" meaning "billy goat".
From Middle High German "silber," meaning "silver." Metonymic occupational name for a silversmith, or often, in the case of the Jewish surname, an ornamental name.
From Middle High German silber
"silver" and stein
"stone"; a habitational name from a place so named in Bavaria, or a topographic name.... [more]
English: metonymic occupational name for a silk merchant, from Middle English selk(e), silk(e) ‘silk’. ... [more]
Sillaste is an Estonian surname meaning "pertaining to bridges".
A different form of Shillito
(which is 'a name of unknown derivation and meaning, probably originating in Yorkshire'), borne by British novelist, short-story writer and poet Alan Sillitoe (1928-2010).
Obviously means "silver stone." In addition to people, this is the name of a racetrack in the village of the same name in England.
Means "Little Tree" or "Little Woods." Derived from the given name SILVESTER.
Means "good sign", derived from Hebrew סימן (siman
) means "sign" and טוב (tov
) means "good".
Originates from the German prefix sim
meaning "of the head" and the German word becka
meaning "bull". When combined in this order, the meaning was "bull-headed", meaning stubborn and obstinant.
Šimičić comes from the name Šimun, which is the Croatian form of Simeon, which means flatter and/or listener.... [more]
Means "son of Simke", Simke
being a diminutive of the Yiddish feminine name Sime
(from Hebrew Simcha
, literally "joy").
Simm is an Estonian surname, a variant of the masculine given name "Simon".
Simmo is an Estonian surname and masculine given name; a variant of the name "Simon".
The name Simonetti originated from the personal name Simon, itself a derivative of the Hebrew name "Sim'on," from the verb "sama" meaning "to listen." Thus, the name Simonetti means "God has listened," referring to the gratitude of the parents who, having wished for a child, had their prayers answered.... [more]
Means "lightning" in Turkish. This word refers to lightning that streaks across the sky, while the term yıldırım
denotes lightning that strikes the ground (see Yıldırım
Comes from a personal name in Sicily and souther Calabria. The name was apparently in origin a nickname from Latin senator member of the Roman senate, Latin senatus, a derivative of senex ‘old’... [more]
Derived from a Norman French place name meaning "Saint Claire".
Clan Sinclair is a Scottish clan, which held lands in the highlands; thought to have come to Scotland from France after the Norman invasion.
Derived from German süss
metronymic from the medieval female personal name Siss, Ciss, short for Sisley, Cecilie, or possibly from a pet form of Sisley (with the old French diminutive suffix -on). variant of Sessions
Either derived from Arabic صَدِيق (ṣadīq)
meaning "friend" or صَادِق (ṣādiq)
meaning "true, truthful, veracious".
Combination of Swedish sjö
"lake" and berg
Derived from the Frisian given name Sjoerd
combined with the Frisian surname suffix -(s)ma
, which is most likely derived from Old Frisian monna
meaning "men".... [more]
Ornamental name comprised of Swedish sjö
"lake" and gren
Means "seaman, sailor" in Swedish, although this name is more likely to be an ornamental name composed of Swedish sjö
"lake" and man
"man". A notable bearer is film director Vilgot
Ornamental name composed of Swedish sjö
"lake" and ström
"stream, small river".
English name of unknown meaning occurring mainly in Hertfordshire. A noted bearer is American country music artist Ricky
Allegedly a habitational name derived from Skärlöv
, a village located on the island of Öland, Kalmar County, Sweden. The name of the village is, according to very uncertain sources, said to mean Skares gård
"Skare's farm"... [more]
Habitational name for someone from Skawina in Kraków province.
SKELTONEnglish, German, Norwegian (Rare)
Habitational name from places in Cumbria and Yorkshire, England, originally named with the same elements as Shelton
, but with a later change of ‘s’ to ‘sk’ under Scandinavian influence.
This indicates familial origin within either of 2 Podlachian villages: Skibniew-Kurcze or Skibniew-Podawce.
is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and is a locational name from Skipwith in the East Riding of Yorkshire. The placename was recorded as "Schipewic" in the Domesday Book of 1086; as "Scipewiz" in the 1166 Pipe Rolls of the county; and as "Skipwith" in the 1291 Pipe Rolls, and derives from the Olde English pre 7th Century "sceap, scip", sheep, and "wic", outlying settlement; hence, "settlement outside the village where sheep were kept"... [more]
SKLUEFFRussian (Latinized, Rare, ?)
Means bird of prey. From Russia. Was changed by the government from Cellieic letters to Latin letters. Unknown if it was change in Russia or Harbin, Chun where they escaped Bolshevism.
Habitational name for someone from a place called Skowronów, Skowronna, or Skowronki, all named with Polish skowronek meaning "skylark".
This indicates familial origin within the Lesser Polish village of Skrzyszew.
Nickname for a stingy person, from a derivative Czech škudil meaning "stingy","tight-fisted".
This indicates familial origin within a cluster of 3 Podlachian villages: Skwierczyn-Dwór, Skwierczyn Lacki, & Skwierczyn-Wieś.
The surname of Anakin and Luke Skywalker from the film series "Star Wars". Presumably derived from the two English words sky
Occupational name for a slater, from Middle English slate
A characteristic name for someone noted for being thin.
Literally Means: ""Slow Cow Ski"" Family name created by the creation of a winter-sport in Poland/Germany, where for village entertainment, the local dairy farm would take their slowest (for reasons of safety) cows & place them on oversized set of snow ski's... [more]
This indicates familial origin within either of 2 Masovian villages named Słomin.
Habitational name for someone from places called Słomków, Słomkowa, or Słomkowo, all named with słomka meaning "little straw".
Habitational name from Slonim, a city in Belarus.
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.
SMALLEYEnglish, 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.
From elements small
meaning "a small clearing" or as a nickname may refer to a person of happy disposition known for smiling.
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).
A Flemish occupational name equivalent to "Miller", meaning a person who operated a wind or water mill for grinding grain.
SNAPEEnglish (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
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.