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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.
SLUGHORN Popular Culture
Combination of English words "slug" and "horn". It is widely known as a name in the Harry Potter series.
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).
Derived from the Old English word "smoc," meaning "smock" or, literally, "woman's undergarment." The name was most likely originally borne by someone who made or sold smocks.
SMOLDERS Belgian (Modern)
A Flemish occupational name equivalent to "Miller", meaning a person who operated a wind or water mill for grinding grain.
Variation of a name given to a blacksmith
Possibly taken from English SNELL
or its German cognate SCHNELL
, meaning "quick, fast", and having its spelling influenced by Swedish snäll
"nice, kind"... [more]
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... [more]
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
Soa is an Estonian surname possibly derived from "söakas" meaning "bold" and "courageous".
Denoted a person hailing from a village called Soham in Cambridgeshire, England. The place name itself means "homestead by the lake" from Old English sæ
"lake" and ham
"farm, homestead"... [more]
Habitational name for someone from a place called Sobanice, in Ciechanów voivodeship.
Soe is an Estonian surname meaning "warm" and "fond".
Soetoro is the surname of the Indonesian stepfather of 44th president Barack Hussein Obama ll named Lolo Soetoro.
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.
Means, "beautiful sun". Derived from "bello", meaning beautiful, and "sole", meaning sun.
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]
SOLIS Spanish, English
Solis Name Meaning. Spanish and Asturian-Leonese (Solís): habitational name from Solís in Asturies or a similarly named place elsewhere. English: from a medieval personal name bestowed on a child born after the death of a sibling, from Middle English solace 'comfort', 'consolation'.
Derived from the Russian word 'Sokol', meaning 'falcon'. It is one of the most common Russian surnames, appearing in the top ten.
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".
Derived from Russian сом (som)
Feminine form of SOMOV
. This is borne by Russian ballerina Alina Somova (1985-).
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".
Soodla is an Estonian surname meaning "favorable/beneficial area".
Sookask is an Estonian surname meaning "dwarf birch" (literally, "swamp/marsh birch").
SOOMRO Pakistani, Sindhi
From the name of the city of سامراء (Sāmarrāʾ)
in present-day Iraq. This is the name of a Sindhi tribe in southeastern Pakistan, along with a historical regional dynasty in India (the Soomra).
Soon is an Estonian surname meaning "vessel" and "vein".
Soopart is an Estonian surname meaning "pintail duck (Anas acuta)".
Sõõrd is an Estonian surname possibly derived from "sõõr" meaning "circle".
Soorm is an Estonian surname, a derivation of "sõrm" meaning "finger" and "digit".
Sõõrumaa is an Estonian surname, possibly derived from "sõõr" ("circle") and "maa" (land").
Soosõrv is an Estonian surname possibly derived from "soo" meaning "swamp" and "sõrv", possibly a corruption of "serv" meaning "border" or "edge"; "swamp/marsh border".
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".
Sooväli is an Estonian surname meaning "marsh/swamp field".
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.
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’.
Sõrmus is an Estonian surname meaning "ring" or "annulet".
SOROKA Ukrainian, 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’).
soudagar is the word related to one who do the business
SOUDANI Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "Sudanese (referring to a person from Sudan)", derived from Arabic سُودَانِيّ (sūdāniyy)
Metonymic occupational name for a shoemaker, from Old French soulier
‘shoe’, ‘sandal’.... [more]
SOUTER English, Scottish
Occupational name for a cobbler or shoemaker, derived from Middle English soutere
, from Old Norse sutare
, ultimately derived from Latin sutor
meaning "to sew".
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.
An English/Scottish locational name from a variety of places, including, Southwick in Northamptonshire, England, and Southwick in Gloucestershire, Sussex, Durham, Hampshire. ... [more]
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous council in the Province of Pontevedra.
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... [more]
Spangler is an occupational surname for "metal worker" having derived from the German word spange
, meaning a clasp or buckle of the sort such a craftsman might have designed.
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.
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]
Was originally "Spach," was changed when first introduced into America
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.