Submitted Surnames Starting with S

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SKYRING English
originated around London home counties,... [more]
SKYWALKER Popular Culture
The surname of Anakin and Luke Skywalker from the film series "Star Wars". Presumably derived from the two English words sky and walk.
SLACK English, Dutch, Scottish
English and Dutch: nickname for an idle person, from Middle Dutch slac, Middle English slack, ‘lazy’, ‘careless’. ... [more]
SLANIUS ?
Descendent of Royalty.
SLATE English
Occupational name for a slater, from Middle English slate, "slate".
SLATTERY Irish (Anglicized, Modern)
Irish (Munster): reduced form of O’Slattery, an Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Slat(ar)ra ‘descendant of Slatra’, a byname meaning "robust", "strong", "bold".
SLAWSON English
Slawson is an English surname meaning "unexplained".
SLEDGE English
Sledge. Refers to a sledge as a sled.
SLIM English
A characteristic name for someone noted for being thin.
SLIMANI Arabic (Maghrebi)
From the given name SLIMANE (chiefly Algerian and Moroccan).
SŁODKI Polish
It means "sweet" in Polish.
SLOJKOWSKI Polish
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]
SŁOMIŃSKI Polish
This indicates familial origin within either of 2 Masovian villages named Słomin.
SŁOMKOWSKI Polish
Habitational name for someone from places called Słomków, Słomkowa, or Słomkowo, all named with słomka meaning "little straw".
SLONIM Jewish
Habitational name from Slonim, a city in Belarus.
SLOUGH English
A very rare surname, possibly of German origins.
SLOVENSKY Czech
Ethnic name for someone from Slovakia or who had connections with Slovakia.
SLOWINSKI Polish
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.
SLUCKI Belarusian
Means "of Sluck", a town in the Minsk region.
SLUGHORN Popular Culture
Combination of English words "slug" and "horn". It is widely known as a name in the Harry Potter series.
SLUITER Dutch
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.
SLUTSKY Jewish
Habitational name for someone from Slutsk, a city in Belarus.
SLYNGER Old Danish
user of a sling. ... [more]
SLYVESTRE Italian
Derived from the given name SYLVESTER.
SMAILOV Kazakh, Uzbek, Kyrgyz
Means "son of Smail".
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.
SMARCH Ukrainian (Anglicized), Russian (Anglicized)
Smarch is most likely an anglicized form of the surnames Smarchkov, Smarchkova, Smarchi, Smarchevsky, and Smarchevskaya.... [more]
SMART English
From Old English (smeart) meaning "quick". This surname was used to refer to person who worked as a handyman.
SMEATON English
From Old English Smiðatun meaning "settlement of the smiths".
SMED Norwegian, Swedish, Danish
Scandinavian cognate of SMITH.
SMETANA Czech
Means "cream".
ŠMIGIÆ Serbian
It is old Serbian surname.It's origins are probably from Kosovo.
ŚMIGIELSKI Polish
This indicates familial origin within the Greater Polish town of Śmigiel.
SMILEY Scots, English
From elements small and lea meaning "a small clearing" or as a nickname may refer to a person of happy disposition known for smiling.
SMIRNOFF Russian
Variant transcription of SMIRNOV.
SMIRNOV Russian
Derived from Russian смирный (smirniy) meaning "quiet, still, peaceful, gentle". This is one of the most common surnames in Russia.
SMIRNOVA Russian
Feminine equivalent of SMIRNOV.
SMITHE English (Rare)
Rare spelling of SMITH.
SMITHER English
Occupational surname SMITH with the suffix -er.
SMITHERS English
Patronymic from SMITHER.
SMITHSON English
Means "a son who was born by a blacksmith worker".
SMOCK English
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).
SMOKE English, German, German (Austrian)
Possibly a variant of English SMOCK or an altered form of German SCHMUCK.
SMOKER English
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.
SMOKVINA Croatian
Derived from smokva meaning ''fig''.
SMOLDERS Belgian (Modern)
A Flemish occupational name equivalent to "Miller", meaning a person who operated a wind or water mill for grinding grain.
SMOLLETT English, Scottish
From a nickname for someone who had a small head.
SMULLEN Irish
Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Smolláin, according to PATRICK WOULFE, a variant of Ó Spealáin (see SPILLANE).
SMY English
Variation of a name given to a blacksmith
SMYTH English
Creative spelling of the surname SMITH.
SNÄLL Swedish
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.
SNARK English
History largely unknown. The word's original meaning, in the mid-nineteenth century, was to snort / snore, or to find fault. ... [more]
SNELSON English
Means "son of Snell", Snell being a nickname for a brisk or active person, from Middle English snell "quick, lively" (cf... [more]
SNOW English, Jewish (Anglicized)
Nickname denoting someone with very white hair or an exceptionally pale complexion, from Old English snaw "snow".... [more]
SNOWDEN English
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.
SNOWDON English
Variant spelling of SNOWDEN, a surname initially used by the Border Reivers. Comes from the mountain in Wales.
SNOWE English
Variation of SNOW.
SNYDER Dutch, English, German, Yiddish, Jewish
Means "tailor" in Dutch, an occupational name for a person who stitched coats and clothing.... [more]
SNYMAN Afrikaans
Afrikaans version of the German surname SCHNEIDER, which is German for tailor.
SO Korean
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]
SO Chinese (Cantonese)
A Cantonese form of SU.
Hungarian
Metonymic occupational name for a salt seller or producer, from ‘salt’.
SOA Estonian
Soa is an Estonian surname possibly derived from "söakas" meaning "bold" and "courageous".
SOAMES English
Denoted a person hailing from a village called Soham in Cambridgeshire, England. The place name itself means "homestead by the lake" from Old English "lake" and ham "farm, homestead"... [more]
SOAP American
a guy in call of duty modern warfare
SOBANSKI Polish
Habitational name for someone from a place called Sobanice, in Ciechanów voivodeship.
SÕBER Estonian
Sõber is an Estonian surname meaning "friend".
SOBIROV Uzbek, Tajik
Means "son of SOBIR".
SOBRANIE Macedonian (Rare)
Sobranie means "Parliament" in Macedonian.
SODDU Sardinian
Possibly from a nickname meaning "money, coin" or from the given name Soddì.
SÖDER Swedish
Swedish surname meaning "south".
SÖDERBERG Swedish
Combination of Swedish SÖDER "south" and BERG "mountain".
SODERBERG English (Anglicized)
Anglicized form of Swedish SÖDERBERG
SÖDERBLOM Swedish
Combination of Swedish söder "south" and blom "bloom, flower".
SÖDERHOLM Swedish, Finnish
Combination of Swedish söder "south" and holm "islet, small island".
SÖDERLUND Swedish
Swedish ornamental name. A combination of SÖDER "south" and LUND "grove".
SÖDERMAN Swedish
From Swedish söder "south" and man "man".
SÖDERSTRÖM Swedish
Combination of Swedish SÖDER "south" and ström "stream".
SOE Estonian
Soe is an Estonian surname meaning "warm" and "fond".
SÕELSEPP Estonian
Sõelsepp is an Estonian surname meaning "sieve smith".
SOETE Low German
Derived from Low German söt /seut "sweet".
SOETORO Indonesian
Soetoro is the surname of the Indonesian stepfather of 44th president Barack Hussein Obama ll named Lolo Soetoro.
SOFIA Spanish
From the given name SOFIA.
SØGÅRD Danish
Means "sea farm" indicating a farmstead near the sea or open water.
SOHINKI Jewish
Unknown meaning. A notable bearer is YouTube Personality Matt Sohinki, better known simply as Sohinki, who is a member of Smosh Games.
SOHRABI Persian
From the given name SOHRAB.
SOINTU Finnish, Karelian
"chord (music)"
ŠOJKA Croatian
Derived from šojka meaning ''jay'' (the bird).
SOKIĆ Croatian
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 Estonian
Sokk is an Estonian surname that means both "sock" and "billy-goat".
SOKOLOVA Bulgarian, Russian
Means "daughter of SOKOL".
SOKOLOVIĆ Bosnian
From sokol meaning "falcon", a nickname or an occupational name for a falconer.
SOKOLOVSKAYA Russian
Feminine form of Sokolovsky.
SOLAK Polish
Surname; meaning seller of salt or salt
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.
SOLDNER German
German surname meaning mercenary. German spelling has umlaut over the O, but American spelling is Soldner or Soeldner.
SOLEBELLO Italian
Means, "beautiful sun". Derived from "bello", meaning beautiful, and "sole", meaning sun.
SOLECKI Polish
Habitational surname for someone from any of a number of places called Solec, named with sól ‘salt’.
SOLEIMANI Persian
From the given name SOLEIMAN.
SOLEMARK Swedish (Modern, Rare)
Combination of Swedish sol "sun" and mark "ground, earth".
SOLER Maltese
Not to be confused with the Catalan and Occitan surname of the same spelling.
SOLHEIM Norwegian
Means "home of the sun" in Norwegian. A combination of sol "sun" and heim "home".... [more]
SOLIDAY American
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]
SOLIMAN Arabic (Egyptian)
Egyptian transcription of SULAYMAN.
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'.
SOLITAIRE French
the card game
SOLOGAR Sanskrit, Indian, Hindi, Fijian
Sanskrit name of unknown origin, common in Fiji. May be related to Solgar.
SOLOKOV Russian
Derived from the Russian word 'Sokol', meaning 'falcon'. It is one of the most common Russian surnames, appearing in the top ten.
SOLOKOVA Russian
Feminine form of SOLOKOV.
SOLORIO Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the vicinity of the Sierra de Solorio mountain range that straddles Aragon, La Mancha, & Old Castile.
SÕMER Estonian
Sõmer is an Estonian surname meaning "grainy" or "mealy".
SOMERSET English
Regional name from the county of this name, so called from Old English sumer(tun)saete meaning "dwellers at the summer settlement".
SOMERVILLE Scottish, Irish (Anglicized, Rare)
Scottish (of Norman origin) habitational name, probably from Graveron Sémerville in Nord, named with the Germanic personal name SIGIMAR (see SIEMER) + Old French ville ‘settlement’... [more]
SOMOV Russian
Derived from Russian сом (som) meaning "catfish".
SOMOVA Russian
Feminine form of SOMOV. This is borne by Russian ballerina Alina Somova (1985-).
SOMSRI Thai
From Thai สม (sǒm) meaning "suitable, right" combined with ศรี (sǐi) meaning "honour, glory, splendour".
SÕNAJALG Estonian
Sõnajalg is an Estonian surname meaning "fern" (Dryopteris).
SØNDERGAARD Danish
Habitational name from sønder "southern" and gård "enclosure", "farm".
SØNDERGÅRD Danish
Means "southern farm."
SONESSON Swedish
Means "son of SONE".
SONI Hindi
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.
SONLEY English
Possibly derived from the Old Norse name SUNNULFR.
SONNENBLUME German
Means "sunflower" in German.
SONNENSCHEIN German
Surname meaning "sunshine".
SONODA Japanese
From the Japanese 園 or 薗(sono) "garden," "orchard," "yard" and 田 (ta or da) "rice paddy."
SONTAG German, Jewish
"sunday;" usually given to a person who was born on a sunday.
SOO Estonian
Soo is an Estonian surname meaning "swamp".
SOOÄÄR Estonian
Sooäär is an Estonian surname, meaning "swamp side".
SOODLA Estonian
Soodla is an Estonian surname meaning "favorable/beneficial area".
SOOKASK Estonian
Sookask is an Estonian surname meaning "dwarf birch" (literally, "swamp/marsh birch").
SOOL Estonian
Sool is an Estonian surname meaning "salt".
SOOLÄTE Estonian
Sooläte is an Estonian surname meaning "swamp/bog spring".
SOOME Estonian
Soome is an Estonian surname meaning "Finland".
SOOMETS Estonian
Soomets is an Estonian surname meaning "swamp forest".
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 Estonian
Soon is an Estonian surname meaning "vessel" and "vein".
SOOPART Estonian
Soopart is an Estonian surname meaning "pintail duck (Anas acuta)".
SOOPERE Estonian
Soopere is an Estonian surname meaning "swamp folks".
SÕÕRD Estonian
Sõõrd is an Estonian surname possibly derived from "sõõr" meaning "circle".
SOORM Estonian
Soorm is an Estonian surname, a derivation of "sõrm" meaning "finger" and "digit".
SÕÕRUMAA Estonian
Sõõrumaa is an Estonian surname, possibly derived from "sõõr" ("circle") and "maa" (land").
SOOSAAR Estonian
Soosaar is an Estonian surname meaning "swamp island".
SOOSÕRV Estonian
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 Estonian
Sooster is an Estonian surname possibly derived from "soosik", meaning "favorite" and "heir".
SÖÖT Estonian
Sööt is an Estonian surname meaning to "bait" or to "lure".
SOOTAMM Estonian
Sootamm is an Estonian surname meaning "pin oak" (Quercus palustris). Literally, "swamp oak".
SOOVÄLI Estonian
Sooväli is an Estonian surname meaning "marsh/swamp field".
SOOVERE Estonian
Soovere is an Estonian surname meaning "swamp blood".
SOPA Albanian
Meaning unknown.
SOPP Estonian
Sopp is an Estonian surname meaning "mud", "creek" and "bottom".
SOPRANO Italian
For soprano "higher, situated above", a topographic name for someone who lived at the top end of a place on a hillside.
SORA English (Canadian)
Sora is a Kingdom Hearts character developed by Square Enix and Disney
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 Sordino... [more]
SØRENSDATTER Danish, Norwegian
Strictly feminine patronymic of SØREN.
SORENSON Jewish
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 "son".
SORHAPURU Basque (Rare)
From south west France Basque Country. Name of a small village
SORIA Spanish (Spanish, Rare)
The Spanish last name, Soria, comes from a city in Spain called Soria
SORLIE Norwegian
Habitational name from a common farm name, Sørli, composed of the elements sør ‘south’ + li ‘slope’, ‘hillside’.
SORLIE Scottish
Reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Somhairle.
SORMUNEN Finnish
from the word sormi "finger" or sormus "ring"
SÕRMUS Estonian
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.
SOROKIN Russian
From soroka, meaning "magpie".
SORRELL English
From a medieval nickname meaning literally "little red-haired one", from a derivative of Anglo-Norman sorel "chestnut".
SORSA Finnish
Means "duck" in Finnish
SOTAK Slovak
Habitational name from Soták, an eastern Slovak region near Humenné.
SOTTILE Italian
Southern Italian: nickname from sottile ‘delicate’, ‘refined’, also ‘lean’, ‘thin’ (from Latin subtilis ‘small’, ‘slender’).
SOUDAGAR Urdu
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).
SOUEIDI Western African
Mainly found in Mauritania.
SOUEILEM Western African
Meaning unknown—this surname is mainly found in Mauritania.
SOULE English, French, Medieval English
English: of uncertain origin; perhaps derived from the vocabulary word soul as a term of affection.... [more]
SOULIER French
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".
SOUTH English
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.
SOUTHARD English, Dutch
Possibly derived from the English surname SOUTHWORTH.
SOUTHERN English
Topographic name, from an adjectival derivative of South.
SOUTHWELL English
English surname meaning "From the south well"
SOUTHWICK English
An English/Scottish locational name from a variety of places, including, Southwick in Northamptonshire, England, and Southwick in Gloucestershire, Sussex, Durham, Hampshire. ... [more]
SOUTHWORTH English
Means "southern enclosure".
SOUTOMAIOR Galician
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous council in the Province of Pontevedra.
SOVEREIGN French
Translation of the French surname Souverain which is derived from Old French souverain meaning "high place".
SOVEREIGN English
Occupational surname for a leader or supervisor, derived from the English word sovereign meaning "possessing supreme or ultimate power".
SOWERBY English
Habitational name from any places so-called in Northern England. Named from Old Norse saurr, 'mud, filth' and by, 'farm, estate'.
SOYA English (Modern), Literature, Popular Culture
In the Kai the Hedgefox franchise, the name of the Soya clan is a pun on "SAWYER".
SOYDAN Turkish (Modern)
Soy, "lineage, ancestry" and dan "from"; One who has come down from good ancestry (a good family)
SOYER French
French surname (Alexis Benoist Soyer is a famous bearer).
SOZIO Italian
Nickname from socio "companion", "ally".
ŠPAČEK Czech
Means "tipcat". Pronounced "sh:pah-CZEK".
SPACEK Polish
This is the surname of American actress Sissy Spacek (born December 25, 1949).
SPACKMAN English
English variant of SPEAKMAN.
SPADAFORA Italian
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 German
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.
SPARGO Cornish
Cornish: habitational name from Higher or Lower Spargo, in the parish of Mabe, so named from Cornish spern ‘thorn bushes’ + cor ‘enclosure'.
SPARK English, German
Northern English: from the Old Norse byname or personal name SPARKR ‘sprightly’, ‘vivacious’.... [more]
SPARROW English
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.
SPATAFORA Italian
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]
SPAUGH German
Was originally "Spach," was changed when first introduced into America
SPAULDING English (British)
Variant spelling of Spalding.
SPEAKMAN English
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 ‘man’).
SPECK German
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.
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