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STINSONEnglish, Scottish
This is one of the many patronymic forms of the male given name Stephen, i.e. son of Stephen. From these forms developed the variant patronymics which include Stim(p)son, Stenson, Steenson, and Stinson.
STIPIĆCroatian, Serbian
Means "son of Stipe".
Variant of Starrett, probably via Sterrett (since that would better explain the sound transformation).
STIRRUPEnglish (British)
Originated in Merseyside, England.
ST LEGERIrish, English
Anglo-Irish surname, from one of the places in France called Saint-Léger, which were named in honour of St. Leodegar.
Habitational name from any of several places named with a religious dedication to a St. Louis.
STOCKMedieval English
English: A topographic name for someone who lived near the trunk or stump of a large tree, Middle English Stocke (Old English Stocc). In some cases the reference may be to a primitive foot-bridge over a stream consisting of a felled tree trunk... [more]
STOCKARDScottish Gaelic, Dutch
Scottish: occupational name for a trumpeter, Gaelic stocaire, an agent derivative of stoc ‘Gaelic trumpet’. The name is borne by a sept of the McFarlanes.... [more]
Habitational name from a place in Cumbria and North Yorkshire, England. Derived from Old English stocc "tree trunk" and dæl "valley".
English: A topographic name for someone who lived near the trunk or stump of a large tree, Middle English Stocke (Old English Stocc). In some cases the reference may be to a primitive foot-bridge over a stream consisting of a felled tree trunk... [more]
Derived from Old english stocc (tree bark) and leah (clearing), indicating that the original bearer of this name lived in a wooded clearing.
Habitational surname for a person from any of the places (e.g. Cheshire, County Durham, Hertfordshire, Norfolk, Shropshire, Warwickshire, Wiltshire, Worcestershire, and North and West Yorkshire) so called from Old English stocc "tree trunk" or stoc "dependent settlement" + tun "enclosure", "settlement".
From Middle Low German store ‘sturgeon’, hence a metonymic occupational name for someone who caught or sold sturgeon, or a nickname for someone with some supposed resemblance to the fish... [more]
Possibly a variant of STOCKDALE.
Gaelic name that originated in Ireland.
North German (Stöhr): see Stoehr.... [more]
Variant transcription of Stoyanov.
Derived from Old English stoc "place".
STOKERDutch (Modern)
A Stoker is (or was) someone who stokes (tends to) fires, coals, or furnaces.
Derivative of Stolarz "carpenter" "joiner", with the addition of the common suffix of surnames -ski.
This indicates familial origin within the town of Stólin.
STOLLERGerman, Jewish, English
Habitational surname for someone from a place called Stolle, near Zurich (now called Stollen).... [more]
A man from Stoll, a province of Germany.
Swedish soldier name meaning "proud". ... [more]
STOLTENBERGGerman, Norwegian
Habitational name from places so called in Pomerania and Rhineland. A famous bearer is Jens Stoltenberg (b. 1959), Prime Minister of Norway 2000-2001 and 2005-2013.
Stoltzfus is a surname of German origin. It is common among Mennonites and Amish. All American Stoltzfuses are descended from Nicholas Stoltzfus (1719–1774), an Amish man who migrated from Germany to America in 1766.
Topographic name for someone who lived by a paved road, in most cases a Roman road, from Middle English stane, stone, "stone" and street "paved highway", "Roman road".
STORCHGerman, Jewish
From Middle High German storch "stork", hence a nickname for someone thought to resemble the bird.
German. from the meaning the House of the Storks. ... [more]
From the Old Norse nickname Stóri, literally "large man". A literary bearer is British novelist and playwright David Storey (1933-).
STORMEnglish, German, Dutch, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian (Rare)
Nickname for a man of blustery temperament, from Middle English, Middle Low German, storm, Old Norse stormr meaning "storm".
Habitational name from any of numerous farmsteads, notably in northern Norway, so named from stor meaning "big" + mo meaning "moor", "heath".
STOUTScottish, English
Probably a nickname for a brave or powerfully built man, from Middle English stout ‘steadfast’. A contrary origin derives from the Old Norse byname Stútr ‘gnat’, denoting a small and insignificant person.
A locational name from various places in England called Stowell
Originally from French Canadian immigrants. It was the closest translation to Saint Pierre.... [more]
Scottish habitational name from a place in the parish of Banchory, Kincardineshire, which is first recorded in 1153 in the form Strateyhan, and is perhaps named from Gaelic srath ‘valley’ + eachain, genitive case of eachan ‘foal’.
Nickname from Middle English streʒt "straight, upright", presumably applied in either a literal or a figurative sense.
STRAKACzech, Slovak
Czech and Slovak: Nickname from straka ‘magpie’, probably for a thievish or insolent person.... [more]
Combination of Swedish strand meaning "beach" and berg meaning "mountain".
Originally given as a nickname to one who possessed great physical strength.
Means "person from Strangeways", Greater Manchester ("strong current").
Ornamental name composed of German Strasse "street" and Berg "mountain, hill".
STRASSMANNGerman, Jewish
Topographic name for someone living on a main street, from Middle High German strasse, German Strasse "street, road" and man "man".
English: habitational name from any of various places, in Bedfordshire, Dorset, Hampshire, Norfolk, Oxfordshire, Somerset, Suffolk, Surrey, and Wiltshire, so named from Old English str?t ‘paved highway’, ‘Roman road’ + tun ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’... [more]
Northern English (Northumbria and the Northeast) variant of Scottish Strachan.
STRAUSSGerman, Jewish
From the German word strauß, meaning "ostrich." In its use as a Jewish surname, it comes from the symbol of the building or family that the bearer occupied or worked for in the Frankfurter Judengasse... [more]
STRAWBERRYEnglish (American, Rare)
Possibly from the name of the fruit, or from any of the various places named Strawberry in the US.
STRAWBRIDGEEnglish (American)
Someone who built bridges as a living.
Derived from the name strazds meaning "starling".
Literally means "blackbird".
English topographic name for someone who lived beside a stream, Middle English streme. Americanized form of Swedish Ström or Danish Strøm (see Strom).
English (Sussex) topographic name for someone living by a highway, in particular a Roman road (see Street).
Strete is derived from Old English "Straet" which, in turn is derived from the latin "strata". This surname has spelling variants including, Streeter, Street, Straight, and Streeten. The first occurrences of this surname include Modbert de Strete of Devon (1100), AEluric de Streitun and his heir Roger (at the time of Henry de Ferrers) and Eadric Streona, Ealdorman of Mercia.
From a medieval nickname for a youthful or inexperienced person (from Middle English stripling "youth").
From the Swedish word stid meaning either "swift, rapid" or "battle, combat, fight".
Name given in 1056 a.d. Meaning- Keeper of the Royal Horses.
Likely a combination of Strinne, the name of a village in Multrå parish, Ångermanland, Sweden, and berg "mountain". A well known bearer of this name was Swedish playwright and novelist August Strindberg (1849-1912).
STROHEnglish, German
Means "straw" when translated from German, indicating a thin man, a person with straw-colored hair, or a dealer of straw.
This indicates familial origin within the Lesser Polish village of Strojnów.
A nickname for a dandy; Elegant and Well-Dressed.
Means "stream" in Swedish.
STRØMNorwegian, Danish
Means "stream" in Norwegian and Danish. ... [more]
Swedish ornamental name. A combination of ström "stream" and berg "mountain".
From Middle English strong, strang "strong", generally a nickname for a strong man but perhaps sometimes applied ironically to a weakling.... [more]
German (also Strübel): from a diminutive of Middle High German strūp (see Strub).... [more]
Habitational name for someone from a place called Stryjów in Zamość voivodeship, named with stryj meaning "paternal uncle", "father’s brother".
This indicates familial origin within the Greater Polish village of Strzaliny.
Stuckey was first found in Devonshire where they held family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence diminished after the battle of Hastings in 1066. For the next three centuries the Norman ambience prevailed... [more]
From a surname meaning "woodland clearing with tree stumps" in Old English.
Possibly meaning "stucco" or "stuck".
STUREOld Swedish, Swedish (Rare)
Derived from Old Norse stura "to be contrary". This was the surname of two important families in the 15th and 16th century Sweden. Members of these families served as regents of Sweden during this time... [more]
STURGESSEnglish (British)
popular in 1680 in England.
Sturtz comes from an alpine village in Germany. It literately means "to stumble".
Dutch surname of unknown meaning. ... [more]
STYLINSONEnglish (British)
Juxtaposed names Styles and Tomlinson, used to represent (relation)ship between Louis Tomlinson and Harry Styles (Larry Stylinson).
SUAZOSpanish, Spanish (Latin American), Basque
"Castilianized form of Basque Zuhatzu, habitational name from places in Araba and Navarre named Zuhatzu, from Basquezu(h)aitz‘tree’ + the collective suffix -zu, tsu."... [more]
Tamil Last Name
SUBELZAMedieval Basque (Latinized, Archaic)
It means bushes weed or shrub tree. Subelza is also Oak or Carrasca tree.
A Hindu name, based on Sanskrit subrahmaṅya "dear to Brahmans".
Suchwani means "decendent of Suchu", where the given name Suchu means "truthful".
From a medieval nickname for someone of childlike appearance or childish character (from Middle English suckling "infant still feeding on its mother's milk"). Sir John Suckling (1609-1642) was an English poet and dramatist.
This surname is used as either 末延 or 末野 with 末 (batsu, matsu, sue) meaning "close, end, posterity, powder, tip", 延 (en, no.basu, no.biru,, no.beru) meaning "prolong, stretching" and 野 (sho, ya, no, no-) meaning "civilian life, field, plains, rustic."... [more]
From the Japanese 末 (sue) "end" and 岡 (oka) "hill."
From the Japanese 須 (su) "necessarily" and 賀 (ga or ka) "congratulation."
From the Japanese 菅 (suga or kan) "sedge" and 野 (no) "field," "area." This name can also be read as Kanno.
SUGARGerman (Rare)
Sugar is the surname of talented storyteller, writer, and composer Rebecca Rae Sugar (creator of animated series Steven Universe).
Sugawara was #83. of most used Japanese family names in 2009, but it's usage has dropped seemingly drastically since than. Suga means "Sedge", Wara means "Plain".
SUGGEnglish (British)
Surname of internet personalities Zoe and Joe Sugg. Zoe is known as Zoella on the website YouTube and has a book on sale called "Girl Online". Joe is also a YouTuber.
杉 (Sugi) means "Cedar Tree" and 枝 (Eda) means "Branch, Bough, Twig". A notable bearer is Mayu Sugieda, who is mainly known as a musical artist.
Sugi means "Cedar Tree" and Hara means "Plain".
杉 (Sugi) means "Cedar Tree" and 森 (Mori) means "Forest".
From the Japanese 杉 (sugi) "cedar {tree}" and 本 or 元 (moto) "base," "root," "origin."
Sugi means "Cedar Tree" and Mura means "Village".
Sugi means "Cedar Tree" and No means "Field, Wilderness,Plain".
杉 (Sugi) means "Cedar Tree" and 田 (Ta) means "Rice Patty, Field".
Sugi means "Cedar Tree" and Tani means "Valley". Taizo Sugitani is a notable bearer. He's a Japanese equestrian.
From Japanese 杉 (sugi) meaning "Japanese cedar" combined with 浦 (ura) meaning "riverbank, shore" or "inlet, bay, gulf".
From the Japanese 杉 (sugi) meaning "Japanese cedar" combined with 山 (yama) meaning "mountain".
South Korean variant of So.
SUHLow German
North German from Middle Low German su ‘sow’, either a metonymic occupational name for a swineherd or an offensive nickname.
From the given name Suhaila.
Nickname for a bitter or cantankerous person, from Middle Low German sūr meaning "sour".
Suits is an Estonian surname meaning "fume".
SUKACZPolish (Rare)
father surname.
Sukk is an Estonian surname meaning "stocking".
Variant transcription of Süleymanov.
Means "son of Suljo".
Means "son of Suljo".
This indicates familial origin within the Masovian village of Sułkowo Borowe.
From the Arabic title سُلْطَان (sulṭān) meaning "ruler, king, sultan" combined with the name Ali (1).
SULTONOVUzbek, Tajik
Uzbek and Tajik variant of Sultanov.
This is the Japanese variation of Smith
From Japanese 住 (sumi) meaning "living" and 友 (tomo) meaning "friend".
SUMMEREnglish, German
From Middle English sum(m)er, Middle High German sumer "summer", hence a nickname for someone of a warm or sunny disposition, or for someone associated with the season of summer in some other way.
Probably means "person living by a summer enclosure (where animals were grazed on upland pastures in the summer)" (from Middle English sumer "summer" + hay "enclosure").
SUMMERLEEEnglish (Rare)
This surname is originated from Old English sumer meaning "summer" and leah meaning "clearing, meadow."
SUMMERLINEnglish, German, Scottish
An English surname.... [more]
From Irish Gaelic Ó Somacháin "descendant of Somachán", a nickname meaning literally "gentle" or "innocent".
Regional surname for someone from Somerset, an area in England. The name is derived from Old English sumer(tun)saete meaning "dwellers at the summer settlement".
This surname is derived from an official title. 'the sumpter.' Old French sommetier, a packhorseman, one who carried baggage on horseback
SUMULONGFilipino, Tagalog
Means "to progress" or "to advance" in Tagalog.
SUNADORIJapanese (Rare)
漁 (Sunadori) means "Fishing".
Swedish ornamental name. A combination of sund "strait" and berg "mountain".
Habitational name from any of the locations with the name 'Sunderland', most notably the port city County Durham. This, along with other examples in Lancashire, Cumbria and Northumberland derives from either Old English sundor 'seperate' and land 'land' or Old Norse suðr 'southern' and land 'land' (see Sutherland)... [more]
A combination of Swedish sund "strait" and the suffix -in derived from Latin -inus, -inius "descendant of"
An ornamental name derived from the words sund, meaning "sound" or "strait", and quist, also spelled kvist or qvist, meaning "twig" or "branch".
Swedish ornamental name. A combination of sund "strait" and ström "stream".
Means "son of SUNE".
Comes from the finnish word "suo" which means swamp, and directly translated "suokas" means "swampy". This surname originally came from Karelian Isthmus, Sakkola, that in nowadays belongs to Russia... [more]
Means "Finn, person from Finland" in Finnish. A combination of Soumi "Finland" and the suffix -lainen that combined with a place name, forms the noun for the inhabitant of a place.
Ethnic name from Finnish Suomi meaning "Finland". At one time this term denoted only southwestern Finland, but nowadays it is the national name for the whole of Finland. As a surname it is mostly an adopted name during the names conversion movement at the beginning of the 20th century.
Suomi is the real, Finnish language name for Finland. The -nen ending can be translated as "little" or "of something" (Suominen="of Finland") but is in Finland mostly seen just as a typical ending for surnames, without any actual meaning.
SUPRIYADIIndonesian, Javanese
From the name Supriya, itself from the Sanskrit prefix सु- (su-) meaning “good, well” combined with प्रिया (priyā) meaning “darling, dear, sweetheart”.
SURIPunjabi, Hindi, Indian (Sikh)
Based on the name of a clan in the Khatri community, from Sanskrit suri "sun", ‘priest’, ‘sage’. It is also an epithet of Krishna.
Regional name for someone from the county of Surrey.
From the medieval personal name Seric, a descendant of both Old English Sǣrīc, literally "sea power", and Sigerīc, literally "victory power".
Originally meant "person from Surridge", Devon ("south ridge").
Meant "person from the south" (from Old French surreis "southerner").
Comes from the female personal name Susanna, Susanne (Middle English), Susanna (Dutch), from Hebrew Shushannah ‘lily’, ‘lily of the valley’. Southern French: from Occitan susan ‘above’, ‘higher’, hence a topographic name for someone living at the top end of a village or on the side of a valley... [more]
Susi is an Estonian surname, meaning "wolf" in the Võro dialect.
SUSILUOTOFinnish (Rare)
Combination of Finnish susi "wolf" and luoto "islet".
left handed
The name means ''south of the cliff/hill''.
Comes from place named Šutovo in Macedonia.
SUTTERGerman, English
English and South German occupational name for a shoemaker or cobbler (rarely a tailor), from Middle English suter, souter, Middle High German suter, sutære (from Latin sutor, an agent derivative of suere ‘to sew’).
Possibly derives from the Old English word ''sutere'', and the Latin word ''sutor'', meaning a shoemaker.
Habitational surname for a person from a place called Suthie in Perthshire or possibly from Suddy (or Suddie) in Knockbain.
Suur is an Estonian surname meaning "big" and "grand".
Suurkivi is an Estonian surname meaning "big stone".
Suurküla is an Estonian surname meaning "big village".
Suuroja is an Estonian surname meaning "big stream".
Suurorg is an Estonian name meaning "big valley".
Suursalu is an Estonian surname meaning "big copse" or "big grove".
Suvi is an Estonian surname meaning "summer".
From Suvorov, the name of a town in the Tula Oblast of Russia.
Derived from Thai สุวรรณ (sù-wan) meaning “gold, golden” combined with รัตน์ (rạtn) meaning “gem, jewel”.
From Japanese 涼 (suzu) meaning "cool, refreshing" and 風 (kaze) meaning "wind".
SUZUMIYAJapanese (Rare), Popular Culture
Suzu means "Bell" and Miya means "Shrine". Haruhi Suzumiya was the female protagonist of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, a popular Japanese light novel series.
From Japanese 錫 (suzu) meaning "copper, tin" or 鈴 (suzu) meaning "bell" combined with 村 (mura) meaning "village, town". Other kanji combinations are possible. ... [more]
SUZUTANIJapanese (Rare)
Suzu means "Bell, Chime" and Tani is western Japanese for "Valley".
SUZUYAJapanese (Rare)
This is the more commonly heard variation of Suzutani.
It's from an animal cockroach.
From Swedish svan "swan".
Means "swan" in Swedish.
Croatian form of Schwarz.
Elaborated form of Švarc.
Means "sword" in Swedish.
It means "shoemaker".
Means "Swede, Swedish" in Swedish.
Russian surname with unknown meaning.
Means "freedom woman".
Svobodný means "freedom man" in Czech.
Recorded in the spellings of Swaile, Swale and Swales, this is an English surname. It is locational, and according to the famous Victorian etymologist Canon Charles Bardsley, originates from either a hamlet called Swallow Hill, near Barnsley in Yorkshire, with Swale being the local dialectal pronunciation and spelling... [more]
SWAINScottish, Irish, English
Northern English occupational name for a servant or attendant, from Middle English swein "young man attendant upon a knight", which was derived from Old Norse sveinn "boy, servant, attendant"... [more]
From Middle English swal(e)we, swalu "swallow", hence a nickname for someone thought to resemble the bird, perhaps in swiftness and grace.
SWANEnglish, Scottish
Originally given as a nickname to a person who was noted for purity or excellence, which were taken to be attributes of the swan, or who resembled a swan in some other way. In some cases it may have been given to a person who lived at a house with the sign of a swan... [more]
Variant of Swan.
From the Old Norse female personal name Svanhildr, literally "swan-battle".
Habitational name from Swannay, Orkney
Either an anglicized spelling of Svensson or Svendsen, or a patronymic meaning "son of Swan".
Habitational name from Swanwick in Derbyshire, possibly also Swanwick in Hampshire. Both are named from Old English swan, "herdsman," and wic, "outlying dairy farm."
Unexplained. Possibly an Anglicized form of Dutch Swijse(n), variant of Wijs "wise" (see Wise).
Irish variant spelling of Sweeney.
SWIFTEnglish, Irish
As an English surname, it is originated as a nickname for a swift, fast runner (from Old English swift meaning "swift, fleet, quick.")... [more]
Probably an Americanized spelling of German Schwing or from Middle High German zwinc meaning "legal district", hence possibly a metonymic occupational name for a district administrator.
Americanized form of German Schweitzer meaning Swiss.
SWISSEnglish (American)
Americanized form of German Schweitz.
Derived from Polish świt "dawn" "sun" "daylight" or świtać "to dawn". It is a nickname for an early-riser.
Either (i) from the medieval nickname Swetesire (literally "sweet sir, amiable master"), applied sarcastically either to someone who used the expression liberally as a form of address or to someone with a de-haut-en-bas manner; or (ii) an anglicization of Schweitzer (from Middle High German swīzer "Swiss person").
Probably comes from the tree Sycamore
SYDOWLow German
Habitational name from any of several places so named in Germany.
SYDYKOVKyrgyz, Kazakh
Derived from Arabic صَدِيق (ṣadīq) meaning "friend" or صَادِق (ṣādiq) meaning "true, truthful, veracious".
English Surname (mainly Yorkshire): topographic name for someone who lived by a stream in a marsh or in a hollow, from Middle English syke ‘marshy stream’, ‘damp gully’, or a habitational name from one of the places named with this word, in Lancashire and West Yorkshire.
Altered spelling of German Seiler.
Variant of Silvers.
From the given name Sylvester.
SYMEREEnglish (American, Rare)
Name of unknown origin, typically used in the United States. It is best known as the real first name of American rapper Lil Uzi Vert.
Habitational surname derived from the places of the same name, derived from the given name Simon and northern Middle English ‘ton’ meaning settlement. Symington is also the name of several places found in Southern Scotland.
SYNDULLAPopular Culture
The surname of Hera from the show "Star Wars Rebels".
SYNGEEnglish (British)
First found in Shropshire where they had been anciently seated as Lords of the Manor of Bridgenorth, from the time of the Norman Conquest of England in 1066 A.D.
Either (i) from the medieval male personal name Syred (from Old English Sigerǣd, literally "victory-counsel"); or (ii) from the medieval female personal name Sigerith (from Old Norse Sigfrithr, literally "victory-lovely").
This indicates familial origin within Sytkowo, a neighborhood in Poznań (the Greater Polish capital).
From given name Syzon, with the suffix “enko” the whole surname meaning: The son of Syzon
This indicates familial origin within the Greater Polish town of Szamotuły.
Ethnic or regional name for a German speaker from Transylvania or Szepes, etymologically a derivative of German SACHS.
Hungarian surname of unknown origin.
Patronymic from the given name Szczepan.
Habitational name from places called Szeliga or Szeligi. It is not clear whether there is any connection with the Polish vocabulary word szeliga ‘coat-of-arms’.
SZENDEFFYHungarian (Rare)
Possibly derived from Hungarian szende meaning ''meek''.
SZETOChinese (Cantonese)
From Chinese 司徒 (sītú), which denoted the Minister over the Masses (one of three important official titles of the Han dynasty). It is somewhat equivalent to the modern-day title of Prime Minister.
Polish pronunciation is "sh-MAHN-dah" and Hungarian pronunciation is "s-MAHN-dah".
This indicates familial origin within the Greater Polish village of Szołdry.
Nickname for a fish seller with a bad reputation, from szot "bad herring".
This indicates familial origin within the Podlachian village Szpakowo.
Nickname from szurgot ‘shuffling sound’
This indicates familial origin within either of 2 Greater Polish villages named Szurkowo.
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