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TABAK     Jewish
Metonymic occupational name for a seller of tobacco, from German Tabak, Yiddish and Ukrainian tabik (all ultimately from Spanish tabaco, a word of Caribbean origin). Tobacco was introduced to Europe in the 16th century.
TABAK     Turkish
Occupational name for a tanner
TABAK     Dutch
Occupational name for a butcher or hog breeder, from Middle Dutch tucbake, from tucken meaning "to pull, push, or strike" + bake meaning "hog".
TABBERT     German, Frisian
From Middle Low German tabbert, Middle Dutch tabbaert ‘tabard’, a sleeveless overgarment worn by men in the Middle Ages, (ultimately from French tabard, from Late Latin tabardum)... [more]
TABER     English, Polish
English: variant spelling of Tabor. ... [more]
TABONY     Maltese
A Maltese knight
TABOR     English, Hungarian, Czech, Slovak, Jewish
English: metonymic occupational name for a drummer, from Middle English, Old French tabo(u)r ‘drum’.... [more]
TACHURI     Telugu
This indicates familial origin within either of 2 Greater Polish villages in Gmina Pleszew: Taczanów Pierwszy or Taczanów Drugi.
TADA     Japanese
From the Japanese 多 (ta) "many" and 田 (ta or da) "rice paddy."
TADEJEVIĆ     Croatian
Means "son of Tadej".
TADIĆ     Croatian, Serbian
Means ''son of Tadija''.
TADROS     Arabic (Egyptian)
Arabic form of Theodore.
TAFOLLA     Spanish
Possibly a derivative of southern Spanish tafulla, tahulla, a term denoting a measure of land. The surname is not found in present-day Spain.
TAFOYA     Spanish
Possibly a variant of TAFOLLA.
TAFT     English
Topographic name or habitational name from a dialect variant of Old and Middle English toft meaning "curtilage", "site", "homestead", also applied to a low hillock where a homestead used to be.
TAGIRBEKOV     Dagestani, Lezgian
Means "son of Tagirbek".
From the Italian tagliare "to cut" and ferro "iron" occupational name for an ironworker or a nickname for a strong or ferocious fighter, one who was adept at cutting through the cuirass of the enemy with his sword (see Telfer).
TAHIR     Arabic
From Tahir.
TAHIROVIĆ     Bosnian
Means "son of Tahir".
TAIMANGLO     Chamorro
Chamorro for "without wind/breath"
TAINA'AN     Chamorro (Modern, Rare)
Chamorro for "No name or reference".
TAIRA     Japanese
Meaning "peace". Together with the Fujiwara and Minamoto, this is one of the most prominent clans in Japanese history. It is listed in the Shinsen shojiroku. The name appears to have been taken from Taira no Miyako ("Capital of Peace"), an ancient name for the city of Kyoto, and was created in 825 by the ex-Emperor Kanmu when his son Takamune (804–867) became a commoner... [more]
TAISACAN     Chamorro
Chamorro for "without year or age"
TAISAKAN     Chamorro (Archaic)
Chamorro for "Without year or age". Alternate form of TAISACAN.
TAITAGUE     Chamorro
Chamorro for "without meaning/essence/being "
TAITANO     Chamorro
Meaning "one without land" from Chamorro tai, prefix meaning "to be without", and tano meaning "land".
TAKADA     Japanese
This surname is written as 高田, 高多, 貴田, 鷹田 or 飛田 with 高 (kou, taka, taka.i, taka.maru, taka.meru, -daka) meaning "expensive, high, tall," 貴 (ki, tatto.i, tatto.bu, touto.i, touto.bu, taka) meaning "esteem, honour, precious, prize, value," 鷹 (ou, you, taka) meaning "hawk," 飛 (hi, to.basu, -to.basu, to.bu) meaning "fly, scatter," 田 (den, ta) meaning "rice field/paddy" and 多 (ta, oo.i,, meaning "frequent, many, much."
TAKAGI     Japanese
From the Japanese 高 (taka) "high," "tall," "expensive" and 木 (ki or gi) "tree."
TAKAHARA     Japanese
From the Japanese 高 (taka) "high," "tall," "expensive" and 原 (hara, bara or wara) "field," "plain," "original."
TAKAI     Japanese
From the Japanese 高 (taka) "high," "expensive" and 井 (i) "well."
TAKAKUWA     Japanese
From the Japanese 高 (taka) "high," "tall," "expensive" and 桑 (kuwa) "mulberry tree."
TAKAMARU     Japanese
This surname is used as 高丸 with 高 (kou, taka.i, taka, -daka, taka.maru, taka.meru) meaning "expensive, high, tall" and 丸 (gan, maru, maru.i, maru.meru) meaning "curl up, explain away, full, make round, month, perfection, pills, roll up, round, seduce."... [more]
TAKAMITSU     Japanese
"Taka" is high or tall, "Mitsu" is light (as in sunlight, lightbulb). This is a rare family name in Japan. It was created by a family within that last century, but strangely enough a couple other families with no blood relation have showed up with that surname within the last 20 years in the Japanese phonebook.
TAKAMORI     Japanese
From Japanese 高 (taka) meaning "tall, high" and 森 (mori) meaning "forest".
TAKANEN     Finnish
Variant of TAKALA.
TAKAYAMA     Japanese
From Japanese 高 (taka) meaning "tall, high" and 山 (yama) meaning "mountain, hill".
TAKESHITA     Japanese
Meaning ‘(one who lives) beneath the bamboo’; it was originally pronounced Takenoshita and taken from a village of that name in Suruga (now part of Shizuoka prefecture). The original bearers were descended from the northern Fujiwara through the Kuzuyama family... [more]
TAKVAM     Norwegian
Literally: "Thanks For"
TAKYI     Akan
Meaning unknown.
TALAMANTES     Spanish
Habitational name from Talamantes in Zaragoza province
TALARICO     Italian
Of uncertain origin; probably from the Germanic personal name ATHALARIC.
TALBERT     English, French
From a continental Germanic personal name composed of the elements tal "valley" and berth "bright".
TALBOT     English
From a Germanic given name composed of the elements tal "to destroy" and bod "message".
TALBOTT     English
Variant of TALBOT.
TALCOTT     English, Norman
Norman habitational name from Taillecourt in France.... [more]
TALERICO     Italian
Variant of TALARICO.
TALGATOV     Kazakh
Means "son of Talgat".
TALHAOUI     Arabic
This surname is mostly a Arabic (Moroccan),most of the bearers of this surname are Moroccan.
TALIJA     Serbian
Talija... [more]
TALINOV     Russian
Possibly means "son of Talin".
TALLENT     English
Habitational name from Talland in Cornwall, which is thought to be named as ‘hill-brow church site’, from Cornish tal + lann.
TALLENTIRE     English (Rare)
From a small village in Cumbria, England, meaning 'head of the land' in Cumbric.
TAMAI     Japanese
From the Japanese 玉 (tama) "ball," "bundle" and 井 (i) "well."
TAMATSUKI     Japanese (Rare)
This surname is used as 玉槻 with 玉 (gyoku, tama, tama-, -dama) meaning "ball, jewel" and 槻 (ki, tsuki) meaning "Zelkova tree."
TAMAYO     Spanish
from a town in the burgos region in spain.
TAMIR     Hebrew
from the given name Tamir. Tamir means Tall.
TAMM     Estonian
Location based surname from the word tamm meaning either "oak tree" or "dam (as of a river)". It is the second most common surname in Estonia.
TAMMAM     Arabic (Egyptian)
Derived from the given name Tammam.
TAMMINEN     Finnish
From "tammi" meaning "oak tree". A place with lot of oaks.
TAMON     Japanese (Rare)
This surname is used as 多門, 多聞 or 田門 with 多 (ta, oo.i,, meaning "frequent, many, much", 田 (den, ta) meaning "rice field/paddy", 門 (mon, kado, to) meaning "gate" and 聞 (bun, mon, ki.ku, ki.koeru) meaning "ask, hear, listen."... [more]
TĂNĂSESCU     Romanian
Patronymic surname meaning "the son of Tănăs".
TANCOCK     English
From a shortened variant of the male personal name Andrew, with the suffix -cock (literally "cockerel", hence "jaunty or bumptious young man"), that was often added to create pet-forms of personal names in the Middle Ages.
TANDY     English
From a pet-form of the male personal name Andrew.
TANGEN     Norwegian
Tangen is a village in south-east Norway.
TANGERINE     English
Possibly means "from Tangier".
TANGUAY     French, English
From a personal name, a contraction of Tanneguy, from Breton tan meaning 'fire', and ki meaning 'dog', which was the name of a 6-th century Christian saint associated with Paul Aurelian.
TANIELU     Samoan
From the given name Daniel.
TANIKAWA     Japanese
From the Japanese 谷 (tani or ya) "valley" and 川 or 河 (kawa or gawa) "river."
TANJI     Japanese (Rare)
Rare in Japan, the name is written with characters meaning ‘red’ and ‘govern’. The actual meaning is unclear.
TANNEN     German, Jewish
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic) habitational name from any of several places in Lower Saxony or Baden named with German Tannen ‘pine’, or from a short form of any of the many compound names formed with this element... [more]
TANNENBAUM     Jewish, German
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic) topographic name or Jewish ornamental name from German Tannenbaum ‘fir tree’, ‘pine tree’.
TANNERAHO     Finnish
My grandmother was from Finland was as is many generations according to her. Descendants are still located in Musta Jarva, near Ruovesi.
TANO     Italian
From a short form of the personal name Gaetano.
TAO     Chinese
According to tradition, from Tao Tangshi, the name of the emperor Yao (2357–2257 bc), first of the three model emperors, before he came to power. A branch of his descendants retained the surname Tao... [more]
TAPON     French
From the old French word tapon, meaning "cork". Hence this surname was first given to corks makers.
TAPPER     Swedish
Swedish soldier name meaning "brave". ... [more]
Greek name.... [more]
TARASENKO     Ukrainian
Patronymic form of TARAS.
TARASOV     Russian
Means "son of TARAS".
TARBELL     English
Tarbell is an alteration of the English placename Turville in Buckinghamshire in England.
TARCZA     Polish, Hungarian
Means "shield" in Polish.
TARGARYEN     Literature
The surname of Daenerys from the book series "A Song of Ice and Fire" by George R. R. Martin and the TV series adaptation "Game of Thrones".
TĂRNICERIU     Romanian
From tărnicer meaning "saddler".
TARNOWSKI     Polish
This indicates familial origin within the Lesser Polish city of Tarnów.
TARTAKOVSKY     Jewish, Russian
A bearer of this surname is Gennady "Genndy" Tartakovsky, A Russian-American director, animator, and producer.
ȚĂRUȘ     Romanian
From Romanian ţăruş meaning ''stake, picket''.
TARVER     English
Sodhut dweller, from old English
TATELMAN     Russian, Yiddish
Man who tats or sew
TATEWAKI     Japanese
From the Japanese 舘 (tate) "mansion," "large building," "palace" and 脇 (waki) "side."
TATKE     German
Unknown source.
TATLOW     English (British, Rare)
I heard it was from a small village in England called Tallow.
TATS     German
TATSUDA     Japanese
Means "dragon rice paddy" in Japanese. From the Japanese words 竜 (dragon) and 田 (rice paddy).
TATSUMI     Japanese
This surname is used as the combinations shown above + others that aren't on this entry.... [more]
TATUM     English
Derived from a place name meaning "Tata's homestead" in Old English.
TAUFER     German (Rare, Archaic)
Taufer is a german surname. The meaning of Taufer is "to dip".... [more]
TAULER     Catalan
From the Catalan word tauler meaning "board".
TAUNTON     English
Habitational name from Taunton in Somerset, Taunton Farm in Coulsdon, Surrey, or Tanton in North Yorkshire. The Somerset place name was originally a combination of a Celtic river name (now the Tone, possibly meaning ‘roaring stream’) + Old English tūn ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’... [more]
TAVITIAN     Armenian
Tavitian is an Armenian surname that means "son of David," the equivalent of Davidson or Davidian. Notable people with this surname include the French game designer Bernard Tavitian, Romanian musician Harry Tavitian, and the fictional character from the television show "Grimm," Hans Tavitian.
TAYNAK     Indian
The Surname needs a definition. The surname comes from India and is viewable from facebook profiles and google searches. Ganesh Taynak is a common name. The meaning is unknown so far.
TAZAWA     Japanese
From the Japanese 田 (ta or da) "rice paddy" or 多 (ta or da) "many" and 澤 or 沢 (zawa or sawa) "swamp."
TAZELAAR     Dutch
Dutch (Zeeland) variant of ’t Hazelaar, topographic name for someone living by hazel bushes.
TCHAIKOVA     Romanian, Turkish, Russian, Slovak
From the word "Chaika" meaning Seagull in multiple other Slovak languages.
TEACH     English
This surname is derived from the Middle English phrase "at asche," meaning at,or near the ash tree.
TEBBS     English
Variant of Tibbs.
TECUCEANU     Romanian
A topographical Romanian surname meaning "from Tecuci". Tecuci is a city in the Galaţi county of Romania.
TEDESCHI     Italian
Plural; From the Italian word tedesco meaning "German".
TEE     English
TEETES     German (Anglicized)
Americanized form of German Dietz
TEFFT     English
Variant of English Taft. This surname was already well established in Connecticut and Rhode Island by 1715.
TEGALDO     Italian
This surname is the Piedmontese origin. The Tegaldo last name comes from the Latin Teca (= shell beans). Its meaning is grower of vegetables (bean). Also it is known as vegetable farming... [more]
TEGAN     English
Variant of Teagan.
TEGGIN     Medieval Welsh
derived from tha ancient area of now Flintshire which was named Tegeingl
TEIXEIRA     Portuguese
From the portuguese teixo meaning "yew"; or "yew tree". yew is a type of shrub
TELAGA     Indian, Telugu
It is a Telugu name, mostly denoting agricultural laborers.
TELFAIR     Scottish, English
Variant of TELFER.
TELFER     Scottish, English, Italian
From a personal name based on a byname for a strong man or ferocious warrior, from Old French taille or tailler "to cut" + fer "iron" Latin: ferrum "iron" (see Tagliaferro).
TELLECHEA     Basque
Latinized spelling of "Telletxea" meaning in Basque "(from) the house with tiles"
Unexplained; possibly a habitational name from a lost or unidentified place.
TEMIROV     Kazakh
Means "son of Temir".
TEMPEST     English (British)
English (Yorkshire): nickname for someone with a blustery temperament, from Middle English, Old French tempest(e) ‘storm’ (Latin tempestas ‘weather’, ‘season’, a derivative of tempus ‘time’).
TEMPESTA     Italian
Italian: nickname for someone with a blustery temperament, from tempesta ‘storm’, ‘tempest’ (see Tempest). ... [more]
TEMPLE     English, French
Occupational name or habitational name for someone who was employed at or lived near one of the houses ("temples") maintained by the Knights Templar, a crusading order so named because they claimed to occupy in Jerusalem the site of the old temple (Middle English, Old French temple, Latin templum)... [more]
TEMPLETON     English
Derived from Templeton, from the English words 'temple' and 'town'.
TEMPLIN     German
German habitational name from a place so named in Brandenburg, of Slavic origin.
TEMPLIN     French
Possibly from a French diminutive of Temple.
TENEYCK     Dutch
Topographic name for someone who lived by a prominent oak tree, Middle Dutch eyk. This has been a prominent family name in Albany, NY, area since the 1630s.
TENNEY     English
Variant of Tennyson.
TENNOR     ?
TENNYN     ?
TENORIO     Spanish
Given to population of spaniards that ruled for centuries over southern Italy.... [more]
From the given name Teodor.
TEODORO     Portuguese, Portuguese (Brazilian), Italian, Spanish
Comes from the given name Teodoro. It derives from Theodoros, a compound containing the elements theos, meaning "god", plus doron, a "gift, hence"; "God's gift".
TEODORSSON     Swedish
Meaning "Teodor's son"
TERAUCHI     Japanese
From the Japanese 寺 (tera) "{Buddhist} temple" and 内 (uchi or nai) "inside."
Italian "Fenced In Land" from Italian "Terra" meaning "Land" and "Ciano" meaning "Fenced"
TERRACE     Scottish
Possibly means "from Tarras", a place in Morayshire, Scotland.
TERRIEN     French
Topographic name from an adjectival derivative of terre "land", denoting someone who lived and worked on the land, i.e. a peasant. It is Americanized frequently as Landers, and occasionally as Farmer.
TERSE     English
This name means literally curt, short or stiff. Similar to Stiff (surname) (see STIFF under user submitted names) Not very commonly used. If you're looking for a name for a fictional character who is either an antagonist or just likes to stir things up, you could probably use this.
TERWILIGER     American
a name adopted by a Dutch family in New York
An anglicized version of the Dutch surname, Der Willikeur, meaning "a by-law; a statute". Also, Der willige-waar, means "serviceable ware", or "ware that sells well" and could be related as well.
TERZIĆ     Bosnian, Serbian
Terzić is a Bosnian and Serbian surname, derived from terzija, meaning "tailor".
TESCHER     German, Danish
Occupational name for a joiner or a variant of Tasch.
TESLA     Serbian
From a special kind of ax a woodworker would use, called tesla.... [more]
TESSLER     Romanian, Russian
Russian, Christian. From The original name tescherak
TETRAULT     French
French, Franko-American
TETREAULT     Old Swedish
heckin old Swedish dude gothenberg up in here
THACKERY     English
English (Yorkshire) habitational name from Thackray in the parish of Great Timble, West Yorkshire, now submerged in Fewston reservoir. It was named with Old Norse þak ‘thatching’, ‘reeds’ + (v)rá ‘nook’, ‘corner’.
THACKWRAY     English
Means Thatcher, or someone who thatches roofs. A varient of the name Thatcher
THAKKAR     Indian, Gujarati, Marathi
Means "deity, god, lord"; derived from Sanskrit or Middle Indo-Aryan thakkura.
THAKUR     Indian
Indian (northern states): Hindu name meaning ‘deity’, ‘god’, ‘lord’ in modern Indian languages, from Sanskrit or Middle Indo-Aryan ̣thakkura. Compare Thakkar. Although this name is commonly associated with Kshatriyas, it is also found among Brahmans and other communities.
THAL     Jewish, German
Ornamental and topographic name derived from German Tal "valley".
THANOS     Greek
From a short form of the personal name Athanasios, literally "immortal". This was the name of several saints venerated in the Greek Orthodox Church, the most important of them being Athanasios the Great (293–373), theologian and patriarch of Alexandria in Egypt.
THEISEN     German, Danish, Norwegian
German, Danish, and Norwegian: patronymic from a reduced form of the personal name Matthias or Mathies (see Matthew).
THEISSEN     German
North German: patronymic from Theiss.
Means "Son of Theodoros"
THERIAULT     French (Rare)
Possibly from the Greek "therion" which means a beast of a nondescript nature.
THERL     ?
THERON     Occitan, South African
Derived from the French place names of Théron, Thérond, or Thoron, ultimately from Latin torus meaning "height". This surname originates from Occitan France. A famous bearer is Charlize Theron, a South African and American actress... [more]
THEROUX     French (Quebec)
Southern French (Théroux): of uncertain origin; perhaps a topographic name for someone living by "the wells", from a plural variant of Occitan théron "well".
THERRIEN     French
Variant of TERRIEN.
Variant of Thibault.
THIEL     German
Derived from Old High German thiot "people".
THIESSEN     German, Danish
Reduced form of the personal name Matthias or Mathies.
THIMMESCH     Luxembourgish
Meaning "Tiller of the Water" in Luxembourgish. A variant of the Germanic surname Miller
THOM     German
THOMAN     German
Derived from the personal name Thoman.
THOMASON     Welsh, English, Swedish (Rare)
Means "son of Thomas".
THOMASSEN     Norwegian, Danish
Means "son of THOMAS".
THOMASSON     English
Son of Thomas.
THOREAU     English
Last name of famous American author, naturalist, transcendentalist, tax resister, development critic, sage writer and philosopher, Henry David Thoreau.
Means "daughter of Þórhallur" in Icelandic.
ÞÓRHALLSSON     Icelandic
Means "son of Þórhallur" in Icelandic.
THORN     Low German, German, German (Silesian), Polish, Luxembourgish
In North German, Danish, and Luxembourgish, it is a habitational name for someone who lived near a tower, from Middle Low German torn "tower".... [more]
THORNBURG     English
The name Thornburg comes from the Old English thorn broc, because the original bearers lived near a "stream by the thorns" in Buckinghamshire and North Yorkshire.
THORNHILL     English
Habitational name from any of various places named Thornhill, for example in Derbyshire, West Yorkshire, Dorset, and Wiltshire, from Old English þorn "thorn bush" + hyll "hill".
THORNLEY     English
Derived from Thornley, which is the name of three villages in England (two are located in the county of Durham, the third in Lancashire). All three villages derive their name from Old English þorn "thorn" and Old English leah "clearing (in a wood), glade", which gives their name the meaning of "the thorny glade"... [more]
ÞÓRSDÓTTIR     Icelandic
Means "daughter of ÞÓR" in Icelandic.
ÞÓRSSON     Icelandic
Means "son of ÞÓR" in Icelandic.
THRALL     English
English status name from Old English þr?l ‘thrall’, ‘serf’ (from Old Norse þræll).
THREADGOLD     English
Means "person who embroiders cloth with gold thread".
THREEPWOOD     English
The last name of the main pirate character in Lucaart's Monkey Island.
THREET     American (Anglicized), German
Americanization of German Tritt.
THRESTON     Medieval English (Rare)
The surname of Threston is English in origin, and, means "to twist"** and, can be traced as far back as the 11th century where the name is found in the "Domesday Book." The name Threston is a variation of the name of the town of Threxton, Norfolk, UK, and, there are several variations of the name Threxton including:... [more]
THULIS     Irish
The meaning of the name is unclear, but it seems to derive from the pre 13th century Gaelic O' Tuathalain suggesting that it was probably religious and may translate as "The male descendant of the follower of the lord".
THURSTON     English
Derived from the Old Norse personal name þórsteinn (see Torsten).
TIAZ     ?
TICHÁ     Czech, Slovak
Means "silent".
TICHÝ     Czech
Means "silent".
TIÊN     Vietnamese
From the given name Tiên.
TIESEMA     Frisian
It's a patronym and it means "son of Ties".
TIFFANY     English
From the medieval female personal name Tiffania (Old French Tiphaine, from Greek Theophania, a compound of theos "God" and phainein "to appear"). This name was often given to girls born around the feast of Epiphany.
TILEA     Romanian
Meaning unknown.
TILNEY     English
Used in farming familys back in the 18th century but its still living true! but this very rare and uniqe name is only used in three family in australia.
TIMM     German, Dutch, English
English: probably from an otherwise unrecorded Old English personal name, cognate with the attested Continental Germanic form Timmo. This is of uncertain origin, perhaps a short form of Dietmar... [more]
TIMOSHENKO     Ukrainian, Russian
From the names "Timothy, Tymofiy and Tymish". Means "son of Tymish". Also used in Russia.
TIMPSON     English (British)
Means son of Tim
TINDLE     English
Variant of Tindall.
TIPPETTS     English (American)
Tippetts Recorded as Tipp, Tippe, diminutives Tippell, Tippets, Tipping, patronymics Tippett, Tipples, Tippins, and possibly others, this is a medieval English surname. ... [more]
TLATILPA     Aztec
It means where fire is born.
TOAL     Irish
TODA     Japanese
Japanese: there are multiple meanings with this surname depending on the kanji used. ... [more]
TODOROVIĆ     Serbian
Means "son of Todor".
TOLAN     Irish
Recorded as O' Tolan, O' Twolan, Toland, Toolan, Toolin, apparently Thulis, possibly on some occasions O' Toole, and probably others, this is an ancient Irish surname of very confusing origins... [more]
TOLAND     Irish
The meaning of the name is unclear, but it seems to derive from the pre 13th century Gaelic O' Tuathalain suggesting that it was probably religious and may translate as "The male descendant of the follower of the lord".
TOLENTINO     Spanish
A town and commune of about 19,000 inhabitants, in the province of Macerata in the Marche region of central Italy.
TOLER     English
Variant of Toller.
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