Submitted Surnames Starting with S
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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).
Siim is an Estonian surname (and given name); from the masculine given name "Siim".
SILBER German, Jewish
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.
SILBERSTEIN German, Jewish
From Middle High German silber
"silver" and stein
"stone"; a habitational name from a place so named in Bavaria, or a topographic name.... [more]
SILK English, Irish
English: metonymic occupational name for a silk merchant, from Middle English selk(e), silk(e) ‘silk’. ... [more]
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).
From Middle English silver
"silver", hence a nickname for a rich man or for someone with silvery gray hair, or a metonymic occupational name for a silversmith.
Topographic name from any of the various streams in different parts of England named with this word, probably from the silvery appearance of the water.
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.
SIMANTOV Hebrew (Modern)
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]
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".
SINCLAIR Scottish (Anglicized)
Clan Sinclair is a Scottish clan, which held lands in the highlands; thought to have come to Scotland from France after the Norman invasion.
SINNOTT English, Irish
From the medieval personal name Sinod
(from Old English Sigenōth
, literally "victory-brave").... [more]
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
SITDIKOV Bashkir, Tatar
Either derived from Arabic صَدِيق (ṣadīq)
meaning "friend" or صَادِق (ṣādiq)
meaning "true, truthful, veracious".
Combination of Swedish sjö
"lake" and berg
SJOERDSMA Frisian, Dutch
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".
SKARSGÅRD Swedish (Rare)
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.
SKELTON English, 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]
SKLUEFF Russian (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.
SKYWALKER Popular Culture
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.
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.
SMILEY Scots, English
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).
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.
Soe is an Estonian surname meaning "warm" and "fond".
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.
Sokk is an Estonian surname that means both "sock" and "billy-goat".
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
Not to be confused with the Catalan and Occitan surname of the same spelling.
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.
Sõmer is an Estonian surname meaning "grainy" or "mealy".
Regional name from the county of this name, so called from Old English sumer(tun)saete
meaning "dwellers at the summer settlement".
From Thai สม (sǒm)
meaning "suitable, right" combined with ศรี (sǐi)
meaning "honour, glory, splendour".
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."
Soo is an Estonian surname meaning "swamp".
Sõõrumaa is an Estonian surname, possibly derived from "sõõr" ("circle") and "maa" (land").
Sööt is an Estonian surname meaning to "bait" or to "lure".
Sootamm is an Estonian surname meaning "pin oak" (Quercus palustris). Literally, "swamp oak".