Submitted Surnames Starting with S
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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."
Soopart is an Estonian surname meaning "pintail duck (Anas acuta)".
Sõõrumaa is an Estonian surname, possibly derived from "sõõr" ("circle") and "maa" (land").
Sooster is an Estonian surname possibly derived from "soosik", meaning "favorite" and "heir".
Sööt is an Estonian surname meaning to "bait" or to "lure".
Sootamm is an Estonian surname meaning "pin oak" (Quercus palustris). Literally, "swamp oak".
Sopp is an Estonian surname meaning "mud", "creek" and "bottom".
"higher, situated above", a topographic name for someone who lived at the top end of a place on a hillside.
SORDINOItalian (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’.
Sõrmus is an Estonian surname meaning "ring" or "annulet".
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’).
Metonymic occupational name for a shoemaker, from Old French soulier
‘shoe’, ‘sandal’.... [more]
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'.
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]
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
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]
SPICEREnglish, 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]
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
Occupational name for a maker or seller of mirrors, from Middle High German spiegel
, German Spiegel
"mirror" and the agent suffix -er
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).
An English surname, meaning "the one who watches".
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").
SPINDLEREnglish, 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.
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."
From Middle High German sprinc
, Middle Low German sprink
"spring, well", hence a topographic name for someone who lived by a spring or well, or habitational name from Springe near Hannover.
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
SPRINGERGerman, 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.
Derived from Thai ศรี (sǐi)
meaning "glory, majesty, splendour" combined with สุวรรณ (sù-wan)
meaning "gold, golden".
From the Polish word sroka
, meaning "magpie".
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
From Old French estalee
"fish trap", hence possibly a metonymic occupational name for a fisherman, or topographic name for someone who lived near where fish traps were set.
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".
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.
Of unknown meaning. The Stanikzai are a Pashtun tribe in Afghanistan.
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".
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".
STARGerman, 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".
STAUBGerman (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 a derivative of Middle High German stec
"steep path or track, narrow bridge". The name was likely given to someone living close to a path or small bridge.
From Middle High German ster
‘ram’, hence probably a nickname for a lusty person, or possibly a metonymic occupational name for a shepherd.
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]
From stony mountain. From "stein" meaning stone, and "berg" meaning mountain.
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): occupational name for someone who worked with stone: a quarry-man, stone-cutter, or stonemason; an agent derivative of Stein
. Also can be a topographic name for someone who lived on stony ground or near a prominent outcrop of rock.
Occupational name from Middle High German steinmetze
, German steinmetz
"stonemason", "worker in stone".
nickname for a disabled person; from Middle Low German stelte, stilt "wooden leg"
FROM KUPPENHEIM, BADEN, GERMANY, WHERE IT WAS (AND IS TODAY) SPELLED WITH 2 Ms: STEMMLE.... [more]
habitational name from any of numerous farmsteads, notably in eastern Norway, named Steinset, from either the noun stein ‘stone’ or the same word as a personal name + set ‘farmstead’.... [more]
Derived from the Old Norse name Steinn meaning "stone". Recorded in several forms including Stein, Steen, Stone and Ston, this surname is english. It is perhaps not surprisingly one of the first recorded surnames anywhere in the world.... [more]
Means "strong". Derived either from the Old English term sterċan
, meaning "to make rigid", or from the Old Saxon sterkian
and Old High German sterken
, both meaning "to strengthen."
STERNKELow German (Rare, ?)
From the German word or surname Stern meaning "star" and the Low German diminutive "-ke". The exact origins of this surname are unknown.
STEVENScottish, English, Dutch, North German
From the personal name Steven
, a vernacular form of Latin Stephanus
, Greek Stephanos
"crown". This was a popular name throughout Christendom in the Middle Ages, having been borne by the first Christian martyr, stoned to death at Jerusalem three years after the death of Christ... [more]
The Origin for the surname Stickman comes from the YouTube series Iron Hand character "Tim Stickman" and his wife (season 3) his kids (season 4) and parents (all seasons) made in 2016 and premiering in 2017.
Used sometimes as a derogatory term, stiff means uptight. It is used in a surname in American culture as well as in the media, such as novels, movies or tv shows.
From Old English stigel
‘steep uphill path’ (a derivative of stigan
The last name of one of the characters from the Teen Wolf 1980s movie and the MTV show, Stiles Stilinski.