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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.
TENKUBASHIJapanese (Rare), Popular Culture
Written with kanji meaning "Heaven Sky Bridge", possibly rare. This surname is possessed by two characters in popular culture, Aika Tenkubashi from "Shomin Sample", and Tomoka Tenkubashi from the "Idolm@sters: Million Live" game.
Given to population of spaniards that ruled for centuries over southern Italy.... [more]
TENTACLESPopular Culture
This is the surname of Squidward Tentacles from SpongeBob SquarePants.
From the given name Tenzin.
From the given name Teodor.
TEODOROPortuguese, 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".
Meaning "Teodor's son"
Tera is an Estonia surname that can mean "blade", "edge" and "grain".
Tera means "Buddhist Temple" and Da means "Rice Paddy, Field".
From the Japanese 寺 (tera) "{Buddhist} temple" and 内 (uchi or nai) "inside."
The surname Grigoryan derives from the name Grigor, which is Armenian pronunciation of the name Gregory (it derives from Greek word, γρηγορος, and means 'watchful', 'alert'). Adding to the name the prefix Ter- is the way people call the priests in Armenia (in English often the word "Father" is used instead)... [more]
Italian "Fenced In Land" from Italian "Terra" meaning "Land" and "Ciano" meaning "Fenced"
Possibly means "from Tarras", a place in Morayshire, Scotland.
Terras is an Estonian name derived from "terrass", meaning "terrace".
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.
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.
Means, "father's love". Has its history from Tiv origin. Its a common name amongst the Tiv people of Nigeria.
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.
TESCHERGerman, Danish
Occupational name for a joiner or a variant of Tasch.
TESFAYEAmharic, Ethiopian
From the given name Tesfaye.
TESHOMEAmharic, Ethiopian
From the given name Teshome.
From a special kind of ax a woodworker would use - adze, called tesla.... [more]
TESSLERRomanian, Russian
Russian, Christian. From The original name tescherak
French, Franko-American
Ultimately derived from French tistre "to weave".
It literally means "date tree".
From Japanese 手 (te) meaning "hand" and 塚 (tsuka) meaning "mound, hillock, grave".
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’.
Means Thatcher, or someone who thatches roofs. A varient of the name Thatcher
THAINScots, English
Occupational surname meaning a nobleman who served as an attendant to royals or who was awarded land by a king.
THAKERIndian, Gujarati
Gujarati surname referring to Kashiraj Thaker, an 11th century Kashmiri Brahmin who traveled to the present-day state of Gujarat to spread and maintain Hinduism. In 1947, while India and Pakistan were engaged in conflict, many Thakers from Gujarat fled to East Africa, the United Kingdom, or the United States, leading these regions to house a significant population of members today.... [more]
THAKKARIndian, Gujarati, Marathi
Derived from Sanskrit or Middle Indo-Aryan thakkura meaning "deity, lord, god".
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.
THALJewish, German
Ornamental and topographic name derived from German Tal "valley".
Vietnamese: unexplained.
THANEScots, English
Occupational surname meaning a nobleman who served as an attendant to royals or who was awarded land by a king. Variant of Thain.
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.
THAPANepali, Indian, Bengali, Assamese, Hindi, Odia
Means "warrior" in Nepali. This was the name of an aristocratic dynasty in Nepal.
THEISENGerman, Danish, Norwegian
German, Danish, and Norwegian: patronymic from a reduced form of the personal name Matthias or Mathies (see Matthew).
North German: patronymic from Theiss.
Means "son of Theodoros" in Greek.
THERIAULTFrench (Rare)
Possibly from the Greek "therion" which means a beast of a nondescript nature.
THERONSouth African, Occitan
South African surname of Occitan origin derived from any of the various locations named Théron or Thérond. The name itself is ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *tur- or Latin torus/thorus meaning "height, elevation"... [more]
THEROUXFrench (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".
Most likely derived from the Arabic al-tawmi - aka someone who grows garlic in their fields. It could also be derived from the word tawm meaning twins.
Derived from Old High German thiot "people".
THIESSENGerman, Danish
Reduced form of the personal name Matthias or Mathies.
Meaning "Tiller of the Water" in Luxembourgish. A variant of the Germanic surname Miller
From an element with an unknown meaning combined with Sanskrit माने (māne) meaning "meaning, purpose".
THOMAGerman, German (Swiss)
German and Swiss German: variant of Thomas. Greek: genitive patronymic from Thomas. Genitive patronymics are particularly associated with Cyprus.
Derived from the personal name Thoman.
A Variant of Thompson, meaning "Son of Thomas".
Possibly variant of Thompson, similar to Thom-LIN-son.
Derived from the forename Thomas.
Variant of Thompson meaning "Son of Thomas".
A variant of Thompson, meaning "Son of Thomas".
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.
Means "son of Þórhallur" in Icelandic.
THORNLow 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]
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.
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".
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]
Variant form of Thurgood.
Means "daughter of ÞÓR" in Icelandic.
Means "son of ÞÓR" in Icelandic.
English status name from Old English þr?l ‘thrall’, ‘serf’ (from Old Norse þræll).
Means "person who embroiders cloth with gold thread".
The last name of the main pirate character in Lucaart's Monkey Island.
THREETAmerican (Anglicized), German
Americanization of German Tritt.
THRESTONMedieval 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]
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".
From the Old English given name Thurgod (see Þórgautr).
THURMANEnglish (Rare)
Composed of the elements þórr (see Thor) and mundr "protection".
Derived from the Old Norse personal name þórsteinn (see Torsten).
From the given name Tiago.
TIBAYANFilipino, Tagalog
Means "to strengthen" in Tagalog.
TICHÁCzech, Slovak
Means "silent".
Means "silent".
From the given Tico.
This Old English Surname was derived from a hill named after its resemblance to a teat or tead (mammary gland) of which Tidd is a variant. That name became a name for the locale and further by extension for its people... [more]
From the given name Tiên.
It's a patronym and it means "son of Ties".
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.
Tiigimaa is an Estonian surname meaning "pond land".
Tiik is an Estonian surname meaning "pond".
Tiitsmaa is an Estonian surname derived from the masculine given name "Tiit" and "maa ("land"); "Tiit's land".
Means "son of Tikhon".
Tikker is an Estonian surname meaning "gooseberry".
Meaning unknown.
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.
TIMBERLEYAmerican, English (Rare)
Means "timber clearing" in English. From the Middle English words tymber, meaning wood trees, and leah, meaning clearing. The name's origin be related to tree farming.... [more]
TIMMGerman, 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]
TIMOSHENKOUkrainian, Russian
From the names "Timothy, Tymofiy and Tymish". Means "son of Tymish". Also used in Russia.
Tinetariro means "We have hope". Usually given to declare that we have our hope in God.
From a place name in England composed of the unattested name Tynni and Old English hlaw "hill, mound, barrow".
TIPPETTSEnglish (American)
Tippetts Recorded as Tipp, Tippe, diminutives Tippell, Tippets, Tipping, patronymics Tippett, Tipples, Tippins, and possibly others, this is a medieval English surname. ... [more]
TISCHJewish, German
Metonymic occupational name for a joiner, from German "Tisch", Yiddish "tish" meaning table.
French for "weaver."
TKACZPolish, Jewish
Variant of Tkach. Means 'to weave'
TKACZPolish, Jewish
Variant of Tkach. Means 'to weave'
TKHAKUSHINOVCircassian (Russified)
Russified form of a Circassian family name of unknown meaning. A notable bearer is Aslan Tkhakushinov (1947-), the former Head of the Republic of Adygea, Russia.
It means where fire is born.
Derived from Adyghe лӏы (ḷə) meaning "husband, man" combined with бзэу (bzăw) meaning "deer, stag".
TLEMSANIArabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from Tlemcen, the name of a city in north-western Algeria.
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Castilian municipality.
To ("Door") + Be ("Section, Part"). It's similar to Abe, kanji wise. Sunaho Tobe is a freelance illustrator and character designer.
Japanese: there are multiple meanings with this surname depending on the kanji used. ... [more]
From the Old English word todde, meaning "fox", with "hunter",
Means "son of Todor".
From Japanese 十神 (togami) meaning "ten gods".
Slovak I have a baptismal record of my great Grandfather I can send.
Toht is an Estonian surname meaning "(tree) bark".
Toim is an Estonian surname meaning "grain".
Variant transcription of Toujou.
Toku means "Virtue" and Fuji means "Wisteria".
TOKUGAWAJapanese (Rare)
The kanji in this surname : Toku ("Virtue") + Gawa ("River"). Ieyasu Tokugawa was the first shogun of the Tokugawa shogunate.
Meaning : Toku "Virtue" and I "Well, Mineshaft, Pit".
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]
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".
Tõldsepp is an Estonian surname meaning "carriage" or "coach smith".
A town and commune of about 19,000 inhabitants, in the province of Macerata in the Marche region of central Italy.
Variant of Toller.
TOLIVARAsturian (Modern, Rare), English (Rare)
Variant of Tolliver. Apparently, this name may have originated in Candamo, Asturias, in the 18th (or earlier) century. The "var" last syllable may be related to "fer," and the meaning may be related to iron, e.g. iron miner, iron refiner, etc... [more]
Tõll is an Estonian surname derived from the mythological Estonian hero giant Suur Tõll ("Big Tõll" or "Tõll the Great") who lived on the island of Saaremaa.
From a patronymic from Tollef, a variant of Torleiv, from Old Norse þorleifr (see TORLEIF).
Tolli is an Estonian surname meaning "bonded".
Means "fat" from Russian толстый (tolstyy) meaning "thick, stout, fat". This was the name of a Russian family of nobility; a notable member was Count Lev "Leo" Tolstoy (1828-1910), a Russian writer.
This indicates familial origin within the Podlachian village of Tołwin.
The name comes from Powhatan tamahaac, derived from the Proto-Algonquian root *temah- 'to cut off by tool'. Algonquian cognates include Lenape təmahikan, Malecite-Passamaquoddy tomhikon, Abenaki demahigan, all of which mean "axe".
Toman is nickname of name Tomas.
Means "son of Tomas".
Habitational name for someone from any of the many places in Poland called Tomaszew or Tomaszewo, formed with the personal name Tomasz.
Comes from the personal name Tomasz and any other name that relates to that name.
From the Japanese 戸 (to or do) "door," "shutter" and 松 (matsu) "pine tree."
Patronymic from Tomek, a pet form of the personal name Tomasz, or Thomas.
Variant of Tomczak, also comes from the given name Tomasz (see Thomas)
Comes from a pet form of the personal name Tomáš.
Variant of Tomčić. Derived from Toma.
Tomi means "Wealth, Abundance, Fortune" and Ie means "House, Home, Building, Family, Dwelling, Residence, Habitation".
Tomi means "Abundance, Wealth" and Ta means "Rice Patty, Field."
Tomi means "Wealthy" and Yasu means "Cheap, Inexpensive, Relax".
Derived from the forename Thomas.
Derived from the forename Thomas.
From a pet form of Tom, a short form of the personal name Thomas.
Patronymic from the personal name Tomlin.
A variant of Tomlinson, or Thomlinson.
Tomo means "Friend", Eda means "Branch".
友 (Tomo) means "Friend" and 坂 (Saka) means "Slope, Hill".
Tomp is an Estonian surname meaning "stump".
Derived from the forename Thomas.
A variant of Thompson, meaning "Son of Thomas".
Vietnamese form of Sun.
Tonderai means "Remember". This name is given as a call to remember a particular event or to remember one's origins.
TONERIrish (Anglicized, Modern)
An anglicized form of the Irish Gaelic surname, O'Tomhrair. Still used in the modern day Republic of Ireland, and relatively common in Atlantic Canada.
Tõnisson is an Estonian surname derived from the Estonian masculine given name "Tõnis" and the Germanic word "son" = "Tõnis's son".
Tõniste is an Estonian surname derived from the masculine given name "Tõnu".
Tõnn is an Estonian surname and masculine given name related to the masculine given name "Tõnu".
French for "cooper."
Means "son of Tonnes", Tonnes or Tønne(s) being a Norwegian short form of Antonius.
TÔN THẤTVietnamese
A royal Vietnamese surname created by the NGUYEN Dynasty.
In J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings", the surname of Peregrin "Pippin" Took, a cousin of Meriadoc Brandybuck and second cousin of Frodo Baggins. Bandobras Took, also known as the Old Took, is somewhat a famous name in Hobbit-lore, as he was not only adventurous but a friend of Gandalf's and tall enough to ride a horse... [more]
TOOKEEnglish (Rare)
This unusual English surname is of pre 7th century Old Scandinavian origin.
Tool is an Estonian surname meaning "chair".
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".
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".
Toom is an Estonian surname, possibly derived from "Toomingas" ("bird cherry") or, from the shortened version of the masculine given name "Toomas".
from ancient Gaelic personal name 'Tuama', probably derived from 'tuaim', meaning a hill or a small mountain
Toomingas is an Estonian surname meaning "bird cherry" (Prunus padus).
Toompere is an Estonian surname meaning "Toom's (Toomas) family."
Toompuu is an Estonian surname meaning "bird-cherry tree".
Toomre is an Estonian surname derived from "toompuu", meaning "Prunus".
Toomsalu is an Estonian surname meaning "bird-cherry grove".
Toots is an Estonian name derived from "tootja", meaning "manufacturer".
TOPAZHebrew (Modern)
From the given name Topaz, which is a kind of a precious stone.
TOPELIUSFinnish (Rare), Swedish (Rare)
Latinized form of the Finnish place name Toppila in Ostrobothnia, Finland. Zachris Topelius (1818-1898) was a Swedish-speaking Finnish author, journalist, and historian.
It literally means "potter".
Toprak means "earth" in Turkish.
TORANGalician, Irish
Galician (Torán): habitational name from the village of Santa María de Torán in Ourense province.... [more]
Means "of Torkington". Torkington is an area in Greater Manchester, England.
Torm is an Estonian surname meaning "storm".
Derived from Old High German dorn / torn "thorn". As a surname, it was usually given to someone who lived near a thorn hedge.
Derived from Italian tornatore meaning "turner", which refers to a craftsman who turns and shapes various materials (such as wood and metal) on a lathe. In other words: this surname is the Italian cognate of the English surname Turner... [more]
Swedish ornamental name. A combination of Swedish törn "thorn" and blad "leaf".
TORPNorwegian, Swedish, Danish
Scandinavian form of THORPE.
TORRALBASpanish, Catalan, Aragonese
Habitational name from any of several places called Torralba, named with torre meaning "tower" + alba meaning "white".
TORRASSpanish (?)
Means 'towers' in Spanish. Similar to name TORRES.
TORRENCEScottish, Irish
Scottish and northern Irish habitational name from either of two places called Torrance (one near East Kilbride, the other north of Glasgow under the Campsie Fells), named with Gaelic torran ‘hillock’, ‘mound’, with the later addition of the English plural -s.... [more]
A topographical name for someone who lived by a flood stream, deriving from the Spanish torrente. Topographical surnames were among the earliest created, since both natural and man-made features in the landscape provided easily recognisable distinguish names in the small communities of the Middle Ages... [more]
TORRIENTESpanish (Latin American, Rare)
Cuban name likely meaning "river".
This indicates familial origin within any of various eponymous localities.
It literally means a place where there’s a tower.
TORSHKHOEVIngush (Russified)
Russified form of an Ingush family name derived the name of an Ingush teip (clan). The clan's name itself is derived from ТӀаьрши (Tarsh), a village in Ingushetia, of unknown meaning.
Swedish patronymic meaning "son of Torvald". ... [more]
Tõsine is an Estonian surname meaning "serious" and "earnest".
Tosta literally means "hard" in italian.
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