Submitted Surnames Starting with S

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SWAIN Scottish, 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]
SWALLOW English
From Middle English swal(e)we, swalu "swallow", hence a nickname for someone thought to resemble the bird, perhaps in swiftness and grace.
SWAN English, 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]
SWANN English
Variant of SWAN.
SWANNELL English
From the Old Norse female personal name SVANHILDR, literally "swan-battle".
SWANNEY Scottish
Habitational name from Swannay, Orkney
SWANSON American
Either an anglicized spelling of SVENSSON or SVENDSEN, or a patronymic meaning "son of SWAN".
SWANWICK English
Habitational name from Swanwick in Derbyshire, possibly also Swanwick in Hampshire. Both are named from Old English swan, "herdsman," and wic, "outlying dairy farm."
SWASEY English
Unexplained. Possibly an Anglicized form of Dutch Swijse(n), variant of Wijs "wise" (see WISE).
SWEED English
Variant spelling of SWEET.
SWEENY Irish
Irish variant spelling of SWEENEY.
SWETT English
Derived from the old English words "swete" and "swot".
SWIERCZYNSKI Polish
Habitational name for someone from places called Swierczyn (in Plock and Wloclawek voivodeships) or Swierczyna (of which there are many). The places are named with either swierk ‘spruce’ or swiercz ‘cricket’.
SWING English
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.
SWINTON English, Scottish
From various place names composed of Old English swin "pig, wild boar" and tun "settlement, enclosure".
SWISHER German
Americanized form of German Schweitzer meaning Swiss.
SWISS English (American)
Americanized form of German SCHWEITZ.
ŚWITAŁA Polish
Derived from Polish świt "dawn" "sun" "daylight" or świtać "to dawn". It is a nickname for an early-riser.
SWITSER English
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").
SYCAMORE English
Probably comes from the tree Sycamore
SYCHYOV Russian
From Russian сыч (sych) meaning "small owl".
SYCHYOVA Russian
Feminine transcription of Sychyov.
SYDOW Low German
Habitational name from any of several places so named in Germany.
SYDYKOV Kyrgyz, Kazakh
Derived from Arabic صَدِيق (ṣadīq) meaning "friend" or صَادِق (ṣādiq) meaning "true, truthful, veracious".
SYKES English
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.
SYLER German
Altered spelling of German SEILER.
SYLVERS Irish
Variant of Silvers.
SYLVESTER English
From the given name SYLVESTER.
SYMERE English (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.
SYMINGTON Scottish
Habitational surname derived from the places of the same name, derived from the given name Simon and northern Middle English ‘ton’ meaning settlement... [more]
SYNDULLA Popular Culture
The surname of Hera from the show "Star Wars Rebels".
SYNGE English (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.
SYRÉN Swedish
Meaning uncertain. Perhaps a combination of an unknown first element and the common surname suffix -én, or taken directly from Swedish syren "lilac".
SYRETT English
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").
SYS Belgian (Modern)
No actual idea as to origin except it is Belgian from Flanders region.
SYTKOWSKI Polish
This indicates familial origin within Sytkowo, a neighborhood in Poznań (the Greater Polish capital).
SYZONENKO Ukrainian
Patronymic derived from the given name Syzon.
SZAMOTULSKI Polish
This indicates familial origin within the Greater Polish town of Szamotuły.
SZÁSZ German
Ethnic or regional name for a German speaker from Transylvania or Szepes, etymologically a derivative of German SACHS.
SZATHMÁRI Hungarian
Hungarian surname of unknown origin.
SZCZEPANKIEWICZ Polish
Patronymic from the given name SZCZEPAN.
SZELIGA Polish
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’.
SZENDEFFY Hungarian (Rare)
Possibly derived from Hungarian szende meaning ''meek''.
SZETO Chinese (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.
SZMANDA Polish
Polish pronunciation is "sh-MAHN-dah" and Hungarian pronunciation is "s-MAHN-dah".
SZOŁDRSKI Polish
This indicates familial origin within the Greater Polish village of Szołdry.
SZOT Polish
Nickname for a fish seller with a bad reputation, from szot "bad herring".
SZPAKOWSKI Polish
This indicates familial origin within the Podlachian village Szpakowo.
SZURGOT Polish
Nickname from szurgot ‘shuffling sound’
SZURKOWSKI Polish
This indicates familial origin within either of 2 Greater Polish villages named Szurkowo.
SZYDŁO Polish
Means "awl" in Polish.
SZYMANOWSKI Polish
Habitational name for someone from Szymanów, Szymanowo, or Szymanowice.
SZYMAŃSKI Polish
Habitational name for someone from any of the various locations in Poland named Szymany derived from the given name SZYMON.
SZYŚLAK Polish
Derived from East Slavic word šišlat "do slowly".
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