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TOTUMIrish (Rare)
from the word "totem" meaning sign. Or from Irish 'titim' meaning 'fall'.
TOUATIArabic (Maghrebi), Judeo-Spanish
Habitual family name denoting someone who originated from the Touat (or Tuat) desert region in Algeria. It is also sometimes used by North African Sephardic Jews.
TOUGHScottish, English
Scottish variant of Tulloch. In Scotland it is pronounced tyookh. ... [more]
Tõugu is an Estonian surname meaning "half-blooded".
TOUILBINIArabic (Maghrebi, Rare)
Meaning unknown. A bearer is Abdelaziz Touilbini (1978-), an Algerian boxer.
From Japanese 東 (tou) meaning "east" and 條 or 条 (jou) meaning "paragraph".
TOUNSIArabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from Arabic تُونِسِيّ (tūnisiyy) meaning “Tunisian”, ultimately from تُونِس (tūnis) meaning "Tunisia, Tunis". It can refer to a native of the country of Tunisia, someone from the city of Tunis (in Tunisia), or the Tunisian Tounsi dialect of Arabic.
The name Tourville is a very old, and in one case, very famous name. One of the Marshall's of France was named Anne Hilarion de Cotentin de Tourville. This reads: Anne Hilarion of/from Cotentin, Comte (Count) of Tourville... [more]
Derived from the given name Toussaint, which in turn is derived from Toussaint, the French name for the Christian feast day All Saints' Day (celebrated on November 1st every year). The French name for the feast day is a contraction of French tous les saints meaning "all (of) the saints".... [more]
TOUZANIArabic (Maghrebi)
Meaning unknown; this surname is predominantly used in Morocco.
Female version is Touzova.
From the Old Norse male personal name Tófi, a shortened form of various compound names beginning with Thorf- or Thorv- (e.g. Thorvaldr), based on the name of the thunder god Thórr... [more]
Scottish: Variation of Tulloch.... [more]
English variant of Tow.
1. Variant of Tower, with later -s. ... [more]
From Japanese 斗 (to) “constellation” and 矢 (ya) “arrow”
Means "Abundant rice field"
TOYOGUCHIJapanese (Rare)
Toyo means "Abundant" and Guchi means "Mouth,Opening). Megumi Toyoguchi is a well-known radio personality and voice actress.
Traat is an Estonian surname meaning "wire" or "strand".
TRABELSIArabic (Maghrebi)
Originally indicated a person who came from the city of Tripoli in Libya. The city's name itself is of Greek origin meaning "three cities", from Greek τρι- (tri-) meaning "three" combined with πόλις (pólis) meaning "city".
TRAINEnglish (British), English (Devon)
English (Devon): 1. metonymic occupational name for a trapper or hunter, from Middle English trayne, Old French traine ‘guile’, ‘snare’, ‘trap’. ... [more]
Reduced form of McTraynor, an Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Thréinfhir "son of Tréinfhear", a byname meaning "champion, strong man" (from tréan "strong" and fear "man").
TRAORÉWestern African, Manding
Manding surname of unknown meaning and etymology. It is a common surname in Western Africa.
TRAUSCHGerman, Slavic, Low German, Luxembourgish
A nickname either derived from Trauschke, a nickname from Old Slavic drugu "companion", or from Middle Low German druus "sullen", "dour".
TRAUTWIGGerman (Modern)
From an Ancient German given name made of the name elements TRUD "strength" and WIG "fight"
Assumed to mean "by the trail". May have originally been "Trouillart". Variations may include: Trail Traill Treil Trelly Teign Pentrail
From a medieval nickname for a tricky or deceptive person (from Old French tricheor "trickster, cheat").
Means "person from Trebilcock", Cornwall (apparently "dear one's farmstead"). The final -ck is standardly silent.
TREGORYCornish (Anglicized, Rare), English (Rare)
This obscure British surname is a variant form of Tregury, which is an anglicization of the rare Cornish surname Tregurtha.... [more]
A rare Cornish surname that derives its name from either the manor of Tregurtha in the parish of St. Hilary (located in west Cornwall) or from the hamlet of Tregurtha Barton in the parish of St. Wenn (located in central Cornwall)... [more]
TREICHELGerman (Swiss)
Swiss German: from a word meaning ‘cow bell’, presumably a nickname for a cowherd or farmer, or a metonymic occupational name for someone who made cow bells.
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous parish of the municipality of Cuaña.
Comes from the Cornish words "tre", meaning settlement and "men", meaning stone.
TRENFIELDEnglish (Rare)
Relatives from Gloucestershire
Trentadue, Joseph, Trentadue Irene, Trentadue Leo, Trentadue Evelyn, Trentadue Victor, Trentadue Cindy, Trentadue Steven, Trentadue Tyler, Trentadue Winery... [more]
Derived from a Cornish place name meaning "Sulyen's farmstead" (see Sulien).
TREUGerman, Jewish
From a nickname for a trustworthy person, from late Middle High German triuwe ‘loyal’. As a Jewish surname it is mainly ornamental.
Habitational name from either of the places so named in the provinces of Burgos and Santander.
Means "person from Trevithick", the name of various places in Cornwall ("farmstead" with a range of personal names). It was borne by British engineer Richard Trevithick (1771-1833), developer of the steam engine.
Habitational name from Trewin in Cornwall.
It is derived from the Middle High German "Drehseler," meaning "turner," and was most likely initially borne by a turner or lathe worker.
Means "person from Trezise or Tresayes", Cornwall ("Englishman's farmstead").
An unexplained Vietnamese surname.
Possibly a habitational name from Triano, the Castilianized name of the Basque towns called Abanto and Urtuella, in Biscay province, Basque Country.
From Sino-Vietnamese 兆 (triệu) meaning "million". This was the name of a dynasty that ruled parts of China and Vietnam in 207 BC.
Topographic name from a diminutive of Greek triphyllon "trefoil".
TRIGGAEnglish (Rare)
Possibly a variant of Triggs or Trigg.
Habitational name from places in Huelva and Valladolid named Trigueros, from a derivative of trigo ‘wheat’, or possibly triguero ‘corn merchant’. Nickname from triguero ‘dark blond’, ‘corn colored’.
It literally means "threshing board".
TRIMBLEEnglish, Scottish, Northern Irish
A variant of Trumble, recorded in Northern Ireland since the 17th century.... [more]
TRIMBOLIMedieval Italian
Trimboli: Means: "prince of three valleys." Land or (spoils) were given to worthy soldiers for there efforts after conquest. Three valleys in Calabria were given to a soldier who will become known as Francesco Guytano Trimboli, the new perprieitor in an area near Plati, Italy, Calabria.
Vietnamese cognate of Zheng, often used by Vietnamese people of Chinese origin.
TRINIDADFilipino, Spanish
Means "trinity" in Spanish, referring to the Holy Trinity.
TRINKETEnglish, Popular Culture
Effie Trinket's surname: one of "The Hunger Games"'s trilogy character.
Meaning "splinter" in Czech. Nathan Triska is a teenage celebrity born in 1999.
Feminine form of Triska.
Means "son of TROED".
Means "son of Trofim".
This last name is common in North Dakota.
TROIPopular Culture
Possibly a variant or corruption of Troy. A notable fictional bearer was the Star Trek: The Next Generation character Deanna Troi, who was the counselor aboard the USS Enterprise.
Possibly a regional name from Turgisius, Latin name of a Norman province of Sicily
Patronymic or plural form of Troise.
TROLLESwedish, Old Swedish
Swedish noble family. According to legend, an early ancestor killed a troll and that's how the family got its name. The family's coat of arms depicts a headless troll. The earliest known ancestor is Birger Knutsson Trulle (died approx... [more]
TROLLOPEEnglish, Medieval English
Derived from the place name Troughburn in Northumberland, England, originally Trolhop, meaning "troll valley". Derived from Old Norse troll "troll, supernatural being" and hop "enclosed valley, enclosed land"
From russian word tropa - "trail".
"Trott" is an early recorded surname of the 17th century in America. It is five hundred years older when linked to Medieval Britain.
TROTTEREnglish, Scottish, German
Northern English and Scottish: occupational name for a messenger, from an agent derivative of Middle English trot(en) 'to walk fast' (Old French troter, of Germanic origin). ... [more]
TROYIrish, English, German, Jewish, French, Dutch
As an Irish surname, it is a reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Troighthigh, meaning ‘descendant of Troightheach’.... [more]
Reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Troighthigh "descendant of Troightheach", a byname meaning "foot soldier".
TROYERGerman (Anglicized)
Surname common among the Amish and the Mennonites. It is the Pennsylvania German form of the German last name "Dreier", "Dreyer" or "Treyer". Hans Treyer, an early Anabaptist leader, died as a martyr of his faith in Bern in 1529... [more]
Means "Knave" or "Joker"
TRUDEAUFrench (Quebec)
From a pet form of the personal name Thouroude or Gertrude.
This surname is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and has three distinct possible sources, each with its own history and derivation. ... [more]
This indicates familial origin within the vicinity of the eponymous Castilian river.
Means "son of TRUED".
English habitational name from Trewhitt in Northumbria, named from Old Norse tyri ‘dry resinous wood’ + possibly an Old English wiht ‘river bend’.
TRUMBOFrench, German
French (Alsatian) form of German Trumbauer.
Metonymic occupational name for a trumpeter, from Middle English trumpe "trumpet".
Metonymic occupational name for a drummer, from Middle High German trumpe "drum".
Vietnamese cognate of Zhang.
Simplified version of Trương used outside of Vietnam.
This is a late medieval occupation descriptive name given to a professional witness, in effect an early Solicitor, the name deriving from the Olde French "Attester" - one who testifies or vouches for a contract or agreement.
Habitational name for someone from Truszków in Lublin voivodeship.
Truu is an Estonian surname meaning "faithful".
Truumeel is an Estonian surname meaning "true minded".
Truuväärt is an Estonian surname meaning "true worth". Ultimately derived from German.
Variant of Drux.
Meaning: "corpulent man" "tripod"
This indicates familial origin within the Lesser Polish village of Trzonów.
TSAIChinese, Taiwanese
Variant transcription of Cai also used in Taiwan.
TSAIChinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese variant of Chai.
TSANGChinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese variation of the surname Zeng. Shao Kang was the king of the Xia Dynasty, and he delegated one of his sons to rule the State of Zeng. Zeng was originally the name of a place during the Shao Kang's reign.
TSAOUSSISGreek (Anglicized, Modern, Rare)
From the Greek meaning "peacock"
Derived from the former city of Tsaritsyn, once known as Stalingrad and currently Volgograd.
Either derived from the Ingush nickname Царнай (Tsarnay) meaning "king" or from Chechen царна (tsarna) meaning "fire" or "them"; the first meaning is unlikely given that the title is not actually present in the Ingush language... [more]
Someone who is a descendent of a person who worked for the Tsar or Emperor.
Derived from the Czech word "třída," which means class, kind, category, grade, or avenue and place.
The Germanic spelling of the Hungarian name Çsida. Derived from the Turkish word for rider, or man on horseback.
TSEChinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese romanization of Xie.
TSENGTaiwanese, Chinese
Taiwanese transcription of Zeng.
Means "son of Tseren".
From Tibetan ཚེ (tshe) "life" and རིང (ring) "long".
Derived from Adyghe цӏыкӏу (c̣əḳ°) meaning "little" combined with ныбэ (nəbă) meaning "stomach, belly".
See similar surname Tsuboi, for definition.
Tsubo means "pot,vase" and "a Japanese unit of areal measurement". I means "well,pit,mine shaft". Bearers of this name are Tomohiro Tsuboi,a voice actor, and Ryoutaro Tsuboi from Sword Art Online, they each have different "tsubo" kanji from the other.
From the Japanese 土 (tsuchi) "earth," "soil," 槌 (tsuchi) "mallet" or 津 (tsu) "harbour" and 知 (chi) "wisdom," "intellect" and 田 (da or ta) "rice paddy" or 多 (da or ta) "many."
This is the same as Doi, it's just a different pronunciation.
Tsuchi means "Earth, Ground" and Ya means "Valley".
Tsu means "Harbor, Seaport" and Da "Rice Patty, Field". Kentaro Tsuda is a voice actor and live actor.
TSUDZUMIJapanese (Rare)
This surname is used as either 鼓 or 都積 with 鼓 (ko, tsudzumi) meaning "beat, drum, muster, rouse", 都 (tsu, to, miyako) meaning "capital, metropolis" and 積 (seki,, tsu.mori, tsu.moru, -dzu.mi) meaning "acreage, amass, contents, load, pile, up, stack, volume."... [more]
TSUDZURIJapanese (Rare)
This surname is be used as 綴 (getsu, tei, techi, tetsu, sumi.yaka, tsudzuri,, to.jiru) meaning "bind (books), compose, spell, write."... [more]
From the Japanese 告 (tsuge) "tell."
From the Japanese 辻 (tsuji) "{road} crossing" and 原 (hara, bara or wara) "field," "plain," "original."
From the Japanese 辻 (tsuji) "{road} crossing" and 井 (i) "well."
Tsuji ("Crossroad") + Mura ("Village").
From the Japanese 辻 (tsuji) "{road} crossing" and 田 (ta or da) "rice paddy."
TSUJIURAJapanese (Rare)
Tsuji ("Crossroad") + ("Bay, Coast"). Other than the athlete Steve Tsujiura ( who wasn't even born in Japan,but in Canada) this commonly refers to a Japanese fortune telling cracker made of rice.
Tsuka ("Mound") + Hara ("Plain"). Mitsuo Tsukahara is a Japanese gymnastics artist.
Tsuka ("Mound") + Moto ("Origin,Root").
月 (Tsuki) means "Month, Moon" and 形 (Gata) means "Shape, Form, Type".
月 (Tsuki) means "Moon, Month" and 見 (Mi) means "Outlook, View, Mindest". Souhei Tsukimi is a light novel author who has written more than four different series.
TSUKIMOTOJapanese, Popular Culture
月 (Tsuki) means "Moon, Month" and 本 (Moto) meets "Origin, Root, Source". If you search for Tsukimoto', you'll quickly find fictional characters.
Means ''of the moon'' in Japanese. A famous bearer of this surname would be Usagi Tsukino in the show Sailor Moon.
Means "Moon mountain"... [more]
Means 'moon god' or something like that.
Like the first name Tsukushi.
From the Japanese 恒 (tsune) "constant" or 常 (tsune) "always" and 松 (matsu) "pine tree."
TSUNETSUKIPopular Culture
In the case of the character Matoi Tsunetsuki (常月 まとい) from 'Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei', the surname is made up of 常 (jou, tsune, toko) meaning "constant" and 月 (getsu, gatsu, tsuki) meaning "moon, month."... [more]
Tsuno means "Horn" and Da "Rice Patty, Field". A notable bearer is Kazuo Tsunoda. He was an officer & ace fighter pilot in the Japanese Imperial Navy.
From the Japanese 角 (tsuno) "horn" and 井 (i) "well."
From the Japanese 鶴 (tsuru) "crane" and 岡 (oka) "hill."
Tsuru means "Crane, Stork" and Ta means "Rice Patty, Field".
From the Japanese 堤 (tsutsumi) "{river}bank."
From the Japanese 都 (tsu) "metropolis," "capital" and 築 (zuki) "since construction."
Tsuzu means "Twenty" and No means "Feild, Wilderness".
Ukrainian surname created from the Ukrainian word цибуля (tsybulya) meaning "onion" and the patronymic ending -enko.
Derived from Tibetan ཚེ་རིང (tshe ring) meaning "long life, longevity".
Castilianized variant of Filipino Tuason ‘eldest grandson’.
nickname from Slavic (Old Slavic toliti ""to soothe or calm"")
From the given name Tufan.
From Turkish tüfek ''rifle''.
Means "gunsmith" in Turkish.
Meaning, "watercourse."
Tuisk is an Estonian surname meaning "blizzard".
Scottish habitational name from a place near Dingwall on the Firth of Cromarty, named with Gaelic tulach ‘hillock’, ‘mound’, or from any of various other minor places named with this element.
Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Taithligh "descendant of Taithleach", a byname meaning "quiet", "peaceable".
Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Maol Tuile "descendant of the devotee of the will of God" (from toil "will of God").
Habitational name from any of various places called Tullo in eastern Scotland.
Possibly from a Tuvan tribal measurement used to denote a month or member of a tribe.
Tulving is an Estonian surname derived from "tulv", meaning "flood".
TUMGOEVIngush (Russified)
Russified form of an Ingush surname, which is from the name of an Ingush teip (clan). The clan's name itself is derived from Tumag (ТIумагI), the name of a village in Ingushetia, possibly meaning "to see with the heart" in Ingush.
Derived from Turkish tunç meaning ''bronze''.
Tungal is an Estonian surname that is possibly derived from the Germanic surname "Dunkel". Also, may be derived from the Estonian word "tungaltera", meaning "ergot".
TUNNARDDutch (Modern)
Often found used in Lincolnshire UK as a surname in farming families.
Means "of Tunstall"; Tunstall is a town in the United Kingdom. Derived from the Old English elements tun meaning "farm" and staell which has about the same meaning as tun.
A combination of Finnish toumi "bird cherry" and the common surname suffix -nen.
From the word, meaning "blunt, dull".
Refers to Turan, an historical region in Central Asia inhabited by the nomadic Iranian Turanian people. The name itself means "land of the Tur" and is derived from the name of a Persian mythological figure, Tur (تور).
TURBEFIELDFrench, Norman
The name is a village in Normandy. Is documented in Gloucester Abbey in 1044.
Ethnic name for a Turk, or a nickname from the same word in the sense of a non-Christian or, following the medieval ethnic stereotype, a cruel, ferocious, or short-tempered person.
Turi is an Estonian surname meaning both "scruff" or "withers".
Türk means "Turk" in Turkish.
TURKSlovene, Croatian
Means ''Turk''.
TURKIEHAncient Hebrew, Arabic, Jewish
A Lebanese jewish surname that is often used among Lebanese jews in Israel.
TÜRKMENTurkish, Turkmen
Refers to a Turkmen person (someone from the present-day nation of Turkmenistan). The ethnonym itself is believed to be derived from Türk combined with the Sogdian suffix -man (thus meaning "almost Turk") or from Türk combined with Arabic إِيمَان (ʾīmān) meaning "faith, belief, religion".
Means "son of a Turk" in Turkish.
TURKSTRA - Meaning: From the town of "Turkeye". Turkeye is a small town within Zeelandic Flanders in the western part of Netherlands. This family names was given to persons originating from the village.
TURNEYEnglish, Norman
Habitational name from places in France called Tournai, Tournay, or Tourny. All named with the pre-Roman personal name TURNUS and the locative suffix -acum.
Türnpuu is an Estonian surname meaning "buckthorn tree" (Rhamnus).
Origin unidentified ('Dictionary of American Family Names': "1881 census has 0, Not in RW, EML"), perhaps from the Italian surname Tarantino.
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous municipality in the Comarca of Calatayú.
From 'turku', an archaic word for a marketplace (tori in modern Finnish), and the common surname suffix 'nen'.
Tutt is an Estonian surname meaning "wisp" or "tuft".
TUTTLEEnglish, English (American), Irish
Derived from the Old Norse given name Þorkell, derived from the elements þórr (see Thor) and ketill "cauldron". The name evolved into Thurkill and Thirkill in England and came into use as a given name in the Middle Ages... [more]
Tuude is an Estonian surname possibly derived from the masculine given name "Tuudor".
Tuul is an Estonian name meaning "wind".
Tüür is an Estonian surname meaning "(boat) rudder".
Tuvi is an Estonian surname meaning "dove (bird)".
Norwegian habitational name derived from Old Norse þveit "clearing".
TVILLINGSwedish (Rare)
Means "twin" in Swedish.
Most famously borne in the pen name of American author and one time Mississippi riverboat pilot Mark Twain (1835-1910), whose real name is Samuel Langhorne Clemens. The term twain is an Old English word for "two." The name Mark Twain is derived from a riverboat term meaning a mark of two fathoms depth on a line sunk in the river... [more]
This indicates familial origin within any of 3 Greater Polish villages: 2 named Twardowo or 1 named Twardów.
Tweedel is Scottish for "the dell on the tweed river"
Meaning unknown.
Russian surname derived from Tver Oblast (known as Kalinin from 1931-1990, Union of Soviet Socialist Republics)
Possibly derived from TWEEDY perhaps originating from the area around the River Tweed. Most common in England around the Lincolnshire area, but also found in Yorkshire and Lancashire. There are also people called TWIDDY in the USA who probably emigrated from England or the Scottish Borders originally.
English habitational name from any of the numerous places named Twyford, for example in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Derbyshire, Hampshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Middlesex, and Norfolk, from Old English twi- ‘double’ + ford ‘ford’.
It literally means a store or bar that sells everything.
TYLSONEnglish, German (Anglicized)
English: variant of Dyson (see surname Dye). ... [more]
Means "German" in Swedish. It probably started out as a nickname for someone who had immigrated from Germany or for someone who had German ancestry. It could also be a 'soldier name' and refer to the military unit someone belonged to... [more]
Means "cliff, rock" in Hebrew.
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