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VĂCĂRESCU     Romanian
From the Romanian word văcăr, meaning "cowherd".
VACCARINO     Italian
From a diminutive of the occupational name Vaccaro meaning "cowherd".
VĀCIETIS     Latvian
Means "German (person)".
VÁCLAVÍK     Czech, Slovak
Václavík is nickname for Slavic name Václav.
VADÁSZ     Hungarian
Hungarian surname meaning "hunter".
Secondary surname, common among soldiers, which has been adopted as a principal surname; it means "Go with a merry heart".
VADEN     English, Swedish
Apparently of English origin, but of unexplained etymology. ... [more]
VADER     German (Rare)
From Middle Low German vader meaning ‘father’, ‘senior’; in the Middle Ages this was used a term of address for someone who was senior in rank or age.
VÆRNES     Norwegian
Værnes is a village in the municipality of Stjørdal in Nord-Trøndelag county in Mid-Norway. The original spelling of the village's name was Vannes and it is a combination of var "calm, quiet" and nes "headland"... [more]
VÁGÓ     Hungarian
Occupational name for a wood- or stonecutter, or butcher, from vágni ‘to cut’.
VAID     Hindi
VAILLANT     French
From a medieval nickname for a brave person (from Old French vaillant "brave, sturdy").
VÄISÄNEN     Finnish
Topographic name from väisä meaning either meaning "road" or "sign placed on the ice" + the common surname suffix -nen.
VAKHAEV     Chechen
Means "son of Vakha".
VAL     Spanish, French
It means valley. It comes from Britain and then moved to Aragón (Spain).
Person of the East.
VALDERRAMA     Spanish
Habitational name from any of the places named Valderrama, as for example in Burgos province.
VALE     English
Topographic name for someone who lived in a valley, Middle English vale (Old French val, from Latin vallis). The surname is now also common in Ireland, where it has been Gaelicized as de Bhál.
VALEE     German
From French origin, denoting someone who lives or comes from a valley.
VALEN     English, Scottish
English and Scottish: from a medieval personal name, Latin Valentinus, a derivative of Valens (see also Valente), which was never common in England, but is occasionally found from the end of the 12th century, probably as the result of French influence... [more]
VALENTE     Italian, Galician, Portuguese
Italian, Galician, and Portuguese: nickname from valente ‘brave’, ‘valiant’.... [more]
VALENTIĆ     Croatian, Serbian
Means "son of Valent".
VALENZUELA     Spanish
Habitational name from places named Valenzuela in Córdoba and Ciudad Real. The place name is a diminutive of Valencia, literally "Little Valencia".
VALEZ     Spanish
I think it is of Spanish Background possibly meaning 'Soldier' or 'Guard'. ... [more]
VALEZZE     Spanish
Variant of Valez
VALIANT     English, Scottish, Irish
Derived from Old French vaillant meaning "heroic, courageous".
VALIYEV     Azerbaijani
Variant of Vəliyev.
VALJEAN     Literature
Meaning unknown. Jean Valjean is the name of the ex-convict, mayor, and gaurdian of the child Cosette in Victor Hugo's 'Les Miserables'. (1862)
VALKEAPÄÄ     Finnish
From the Finnish valkea meaning "white", and pää meaning "head" or "tip".
VALLANCE     English
Means "person from Valence", southeastern France (probably "place of the brave").
VALLE     Spanish, Italian
Habitational name from any of the many places named with valle "valley", or topographic name for someone who lived in a valley (Latin vallis).
VALLEY     English
Topographic name for someone who lived in a valley, Middle English valeye.
VALLIE     German
Probably an altered spelling of German Valee, a fairly common surname of French origin denoting someone who lived in a valley. The name in Germany is also spelled Wallee.
VALLIN     Swedish
The suffix -in, derived from Latin -inus, -inius "descendant of", combined with either Latin vallis "valley" or Swedish vall "wall, pasture, field of grass".
VALMONT     English, French
Means "Hill of the vale"
VALMORIDA     Filipino
"Valley of Morita" in Spanish, from Morita (森田) (sēntián), "forest and farmland" in Chinese
VALO     Finnish
means "light" in finnish
VAMPYR     English (American)
A gothic surname.
VANAGS     Latvian
Means "hawk".
Means "from the beet fields". A famous bearer of this name was German Clasical composer Ludwig Van Beethoven (1770-1827).
VAN BLANKENBERG     Dutch, Belgian
Habitational name from any of various places so called, in particular in Hennef and Gelderland, or from Blankenberge in West Flanders, Belgium.
VAN BUUREN     Dutch
Variant of Van Buren.
VAN DAM     Dutch
Van - meaning "from the" or "of the"... [more]
VAN DE MARK     Dutch
Topographic name for someone who lived by a border or boundary, from Middle Dutch marke, merke meaning "boundary", "borderland".
VAN DEN BERG     Dutch, Afrikaans, Flemish
Meaning "from the mountain".
from the bush or woods
VAN DER     Dutch
van "from"... [more]
VANDERBILT     Dutch, German
Topographic name for someone living by a low hill, from Middle Low German bulte "mound", "low hill".
VAN DER KOLK     Dutch
'van der' means "of the" ... [more]
VAN DER KOOI     Dutch
name for someone from either of two places, De Kooi in South Holland or De Kooy in North Holland.
VAN DER LEIJ     Dutch
This surname means "of the slate." The original bearer of this name may have come from a place where slate was produced.
VANDERLEY     English (American)
English spelling of Van Der Leij.
Topographic name for someone from a place rich in animal fodder, for example acorns.
VAN DER MERWE     Dutch, South African
While the name is currently very common in South Africa, it originates in Holland, literally meaning "From the Merwe". The first van der Merwes hail from the Merwede river. The name went to South Africa with the Dutch settlers in 1652.
Means "of the bannner" meaning most likely indicates ancestry of high-ranking occupation.
Means, from the pool. It was a topographic name for someone who lived by a pool or pond, derived from the Dutch word POL. The name is also spelt POHL, POL, POLL, POLS, Van den POLL and POLMAN.
VAN DER STEEN     Dutch, Belgian
Habitational name for someone from any of various minor places called Steen or Ten Stene (from steen meaning "stone"), for example in the Belgian provinces of East Flanders and Brabant.
Meaning "of the field" from Dutch van -"Of"- der - "The"- and veld - "field".
VAN DIJK     Dutch
Van Dijk is a Dutch toponymic surname meaning "from (the) dike". With 56,441 people, it was the fifth most common name in the Netherlands in 2007 Abroad, people with this surname usually abandoned the ij digraph, resulting in names like Van Dyke and Van Dyk.
VANGARDE     French
"(A soldier) in the leading edge of an army formation"
Habitational name for someone from Haitsma, a place in Friesland.
VAN KELT     Popular Culture
Used for a character from the 1992 film, School Ties, Rip Van Kelt.
VAN KLEEF     Dutch
Van meaning 'of' Kleef is a variant spelling of Kleve: a town in the Lower Rhine region of northwestern Germany near the Dutch border and the River Rhine.
VAN KRIEKEN     Dutch (Rare)
Means "cherry" in Dutch.
VAN LOOK     Dutch
Topographic name from look ‘enclosure’ or habitational name from a place named with this word.
VANNIYAN     Indian
It denotes those belonging to the Palli caste.
Habitational name from a place so called in Overijssel.
VANSON     ?
Meaning "Of the Steal Dunes " in Dutch
Means "of dead person"
From Julian Van Tristaan(1995-) professional footballer for Tottenham Hontspurs and Holland.
VÂNTU     Romanian
Meaning unknown.
VAN WORMER     Dutch
Meaning someone from the city or area of Wormer, Holland
VAN ZANDT     Dutch, Belgian
Habitational name for someone from any of the places called Zandt, in Gelderland, Friesland, South Holland, and Zeeland; or Zande in Belgium.
VARDANIAN     Armenian
Variant spelling of Vartanian.
VARDANYAN     Armenian
Variant spelling of Vartanian.
VARGO     Hungarian
Comes from the surname Varga.
VARMA     Indian
Hindu name, from Sanskrit varman "armor", "protection".
VARSONOFYEV     Russian (Rare)
Derived from the given name "Varsonofy".
VARTANYAN     Armenian
Variant transcription of Vartanian.
It literally means "water stone".
Patronymic of the Greek given name Vasilis (see Basil).
VASILIEV     Russian
Variant transcription of Vasilyev.
From the given name Vasilije.
VASILOV     Bulgarian, Russian
Meaning "son of Vasil" in Russian and "from Bulgaria" in Bulgarian.
VAŠKO     Czech, Slovak
Vaško is Moravian and Slovak pet form of name Václav.
VASS     English
Status name denoting a serf, Middle English, Old French vass(e), from Late Latin vassus, of Celtic origin. Compare Welsh gwas "boy", Gaelic foss "servant".
VASSEUR     French
Variant of Levasseur.
VASTA     Italian
Vasta is derived from the Italian word Vast. Vasta means wide in Italian. It is a common name in Italy preferably in Milan, Italy.
VAUX     French
French, English, and Scottish habitational name from any of various places in northern France called Vaux, from the Old French plural of val ‘valley’.
VAYLEZ     Spanish
Variant of Valez or Valezze
VAYSEBLUM     Yiddish
It literally means "white flower"
VAZIROV     Azerbaijani
Anglicized form of Vəzirov.
VEA     Spanish, Galician
Habitational name, principally from Vea in Soria province, but in some cases from any of four places with the same name in Pontevedra province, Galicia.
VEA     Norwegian
Habitational name from any of four farmsteads so named, from the plural of Old Norse viðr meaning "wood", "tree".
VECCHI     Italian
Italian: patronymic or plural form of Vecchio, meaning "old".
VECCHIO     Sicilian
Italian (mainly Sicily): from vecchio ‘old’, ‘aged’, applied as a status name for the older or oldest son, or as a nickname, possibly for someone who was prematurely gray, bent, or wrinkled.
VEČEŘA     Czech
Means "supper". Pronounced "veh-cze-zha".
VEE     Norwegian
Habitational name from farmsteads named Ve, for example in Hordaland and Sogn, from Old Norse "sacred place".
VEERS     German (Rare)
German variant of Weers.
VEEVERS     English
Means "dealer in foodstuffs" (from Old French vivres "victuals").
VĒJONIS     Latvian
Derived from the word vējš meaning "wind".
VELAMA     Indian, Telugu
It is a Telugu name, denoting mainly agricultural laborers.
VELASCO     Spanish
From the medieval given name Velasco or Belasco formed with Basque bel "raven" combined with the diminutive suffix -sco. In some cases possibly a habitational name from any of various places in Logroño, Soria, and Seville provinces named Velasco.
VELÁSQUEZ     Honduran, Spanish
Spanish patronymic from the personal name Velasco.
VÉLEZ     Spanish
Patronymic from the personal name VELA.
VÉLEZ     Spanish
Habitational name from any of various places in Andalusia called Vélez.
VELÊZ     Portuguese
Possibly a habitational name from Vellés in Salamanca.
VELEZ     Portuguese
Variant of VELÊZ.
VELÍŠEK     Czech, Italian, Croatian
Velliscig is an Italian surname with no small population base and spread almost exclusively in Friuli. The center of origin of this surname must be identified in the ancient Kingdom of Hungary - Bohemia between the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary.... [more]
VELLALA     Indian, Tamil
It is a Tamil name, denoting agricultural laborers.
VELLALAN     Indian, Tamil
Alternate spelling of Vellala.
VELTE     German
German variant of Velten.
VELTEN     Dutch, German
Dutch and German from a vernacular form of the personal name Valentin (see Valentine).
VELTEN     Norwegian
Norwegian habitational name from any of several farmsteads, mainly in Hedmark, named with velte ‘log pile’.
VENEMA     Dutch
Linked to 'veen' or bog. Of the bog.
VENGEROV     Ukrainian, Russian
Ukrainian and Russian surname derived from the word венгр (vengr) meaning "Hungarian".
VENTRELLI     Italian
Meaning 'small belly' from the Italian ventre (belly) and the diminutive suffix elli, meaning small or little.
VENTRIS     English
Probably from a medieval nickname for a bold or slightly reckless person (from a reduced form of Middle English aventurous "venturesome"). It was borne by British architect and scholar Michael Ventris (1922-1956), decipherer of the Mycenaean Greek Linear B script.
VENZOR     Native American (?)
Perhaps from a native American language: commonly found in northern Mexico, alongside the variants Vensor, Benzor and Bensor, unexplained.
VERA     Spanish, Spanish (Latin American), Spanish (Mexican)
Surname for a person from a region called Vera or La Vera. This surname is used in Spain, Mexico, and Latin American countries such as Paraguay and Argentina. "Vera" is also a given name.
VERDE     Spanish, Italian, Portuguese
From Spanish verde "green" (Latin viridis), presumably a nickname for someone who habitually dressed in this color or had green eyes, etc. This is also a common element of place names.
VERDEJO     Spanish
Habitational name from any of the places so called.
VERDI     Italian
The Italian word for "green".
VERDIER     French, Norman, English
Occupational name for a forester. Derived from Old French verdier (from Late Latin viridarius, a derivative of viridis "green"). Also an occupational name for someone working in a garden or orchard, or a topographic name for someone living near one... [more]
VERDON     French
Habitational name from a place so named, for example in Dordogne, Gironde, and Marne.
VERGAN     French (Huguenot)
Family history states that original name was "du Vergau" French Huguenot chased from France to Germany.
VERHELST     Belgian
VERKHOTUROV     Russian (Modern, Rare)
Arrived from Verkhoturye (city in the Urals, on the river Tura)
VERMA     Indian
Variant of VARMA.
VERMETTE     German
Variant of METTE.
VERNEY     English, French
The surname Verney was first found in Buckinghamshire, England, when they arrived from Vernai, a parish in the arrondissement of Bayeux in Normandy.
VERNIER     French
Surname for a person who lived near an alder tree. Also a variant of Garnier and Varnier and the eastern French form of Warner.
VERRALL     English
An uncommon Anglo-Saxon surname.
VERRAN     Cornish
Perhaps means "person from Treverran", Cornwall (from Cornish tre "farmstead" with an unknown second element), or "person from Veryan", Cornwall ("church of St Symphorian").
VERRET     French
From the French word verre, meaning "glass." Possibly denoting someone who worked with glass.
VERRILL     English
This is an uncommon Anglo-Saxon surname.
VERWEY     Dutch, Afrikaans, South African
Contracted form of van der Weij meaning "from the meadow".
VERYARD     Medieval Spanish (Rare)
Rumour has it that the surname De-Veryard represented a Spanish occupation, but unclear what that might be - have never been able to establish the origin.
VESTIN     Swedish
Ornamental name composed of Swedish väst "west" and the suffix -in derived from Latin -inus, -inius "descendant of".
VETTER     German
from a nickname from Middle High German veter(e) ‘uncle’, ‘nephew’. The word is from Old High German fetiro (a derivative of fater ‘father’), which was used more generally to denote various male relatives; the meaning of modern German Vetter is ‘cousin’.
VEYERA     Portuguese (Modern)
Originated in East Providence, RI about 1900 variation of the common Vieira portuguese surname.
VICARY     English (British)
There are a number of theories as to the origins of the name, Spanish sailors shipwrecked after the Armada and French Huguenots fleeing the Revolution are two of the more romantic ones. It is more likely to have come as someone associated with the church - the vicar, who carried out the pastoral duties on behalf of the absentee holder of a benefice... [more]
VICENTE     Spanish, Portuguese
From the personal name Vicente, Spanish and Portuguese equivalent of Vincent.
VICKERS     English
Means "son of the vicar". It could also be the name of someone working as a servant of a vicar.
VICKERY     French (Huguenot, Anglicized)
La Vache = having to do with cows, cow fields, cow pastures, cow barns; French Language. ... [more]
VIDAKOVIĆ     Croatian, Serbian
Means ''son of Vidak or Vid''.
VIDAS     Lithuanian
From a short form of the personal name Vidmantas.
VIDLER     English
Either (i) from a medieval nickname based on Anglo-Norman vis de leu, literally "wolf-face"; or (ii) "violinist, fiddle player" (cf. Fiedler).
VIDOVIĆ     Croatian, Serbian
It is formed by adding the patronymic suffix -ić and the possessive infix -ov- to the given name Vid.
VIDRINE     French (Cajun)
Vidrines are French Cajuns that live mostly around south central Louisiana, towns and cities like Mamou, Eunice and Ville Platte.
VIEIRA     Portuguese
Religious byname from Portuguese vieria "scallop" (Late Latin veneria, a derivative of the name of Venus; the goddess was often depicted riding on a scallop). The scallop was a symbol of the pilgrim who had been to the shrine of Santiago de Compostela.
VIEIRA     Portuguese
Habitational name from any of numerous minor places called Vieiria.
VIG     Indian
VIGIL     Spanish
Comes from the word "vigil", which is Latin for "vigilia" and "wakefulness".
VIK     Norwegian, Swedish
Derived from Old Norse vík "bay, inlet".
VIKENTIEV     Russian
Means "son of Vikentiy".
VIKENTIYEV     Russian
Variant transcription of Vikentiev.
VIKLUND     Swedish
Combination of Swedish vik "bay" and lund "grove".
VIL     ?
VILA     Celtic
It means village or small town. In the Gaelic languaje is pentref or bentref.
VILAR     Ancient Celtic (Latinized, Archaic)
Its meaning is village or a small town. It's very common in Portugal.
Means "daughter of Vilhjálmur". Its masculine counterpart is Vilhjálmsson.
VILKAS     Lithuanian
Taken directly from the Lithuanian word vilkas meaning "wolf".
VILLADSEN     Danish
Villadsen means "son of Villads".
VILLAR     Galician, Medieval Portuguese, Anglo-Saxon
It's a surname found in Galicia, Spain and also in Portugal. Its meaning is village or small town and also is a farm.
VILLARD     Galician, Portuguese
A Galician and Portuguese surname in the north of Iberian Peninsula. It's a last name belonging to ancient Celtic tribes.
VILLARD     German
Altered form of German Hilgard, from the female personal name Hildegard, composed of the Germanic elements hild "strife, battle" and gard "fortress, stronghold".
Villasurda is a Germanic name dating back to the time of the Vikings. It, roughly translated from a Norse word, means, "the one who is fat."
VILLATORO     Spanish
Presumably a name given to someone from Villatoro, Spain
VILLEIN     French
"Used in medieval England and France. Villein is another term used for the serfs in the lowest classes of the feudal system."
Villerius is a name of Dutch origin similar to the French DeVilliers
VILLWOCK     German
Of uncertain and much debated origin.... [more]
VINCE     English
From a short form of the personal name Vincent.
VINCE     Hungarian
Variant of Vincze.
VINCETIĆ     Croatian
Derived from Vinko, Croatian form of Vincent.
VINDA     Hindi
Taken from Mitravinda, one of the eight principal queen-consorts of the Hindu god Krishna.
VINH     Vietnamese
A royal Vietnamese surname created by the NGUYEN Dynasty.
VINING     English (British)
Habitational name for someone from a place called Fyning in Rogate in Sussex.
VINSON     English
This surname means "son of Vincent."
VIRAY     Occitan, French, Catalan
Southern French (Occitan) and Catalan variant of Occitan Verai and Veray, nickname from Occitan verai ‘honest’. From southern France this name spread to northern Catalonia.
VIRCO     Greek
VIROLAINEN     Finnish
From the Finnish word, meaning "an Estonian".
VIRSIK     Czech
May mean "peach"
VIRTUE     English
Used as a name for someone who had played the part of Virtue in a medieval mystery play, or as a nickname for someone noted for their virtuousness or (sarcastically) for someone who parades their supposed moral superiority.
VIRTUOSO     English (American), Spanish, Italian
This Italian surname could possibly be connected to those whose ancestors were involved in playing a musical instrument or somehow connected to the musical instrument industry.
VISCARRAT     Basque (Latinized, Modern)
It means back of the mounts or loin of the mountain.
VISCONTI     Italian
From visconte, a title of rank (medieval Latin vicecomes "deputy of a count").
VISE     English
Topographic name for someone who lived by a boundary, Old French devise.
VIŠNEVIŠKAS     Lithuanian
This indicates familial origin within the Belarusian agrotown of Víšneva, which was originally Lithuanian & under the name of ''Višnevas''.
VISSER     Dutch
Means "fisherman" in Dutch.
VISSERS     Flemish, Dutch, German
Variation of Fischer.
VITALE     Italian
Like the given name Vitale, the surname Vitale comes from the Late Latin name Vitalis, which was derived from Latin vitalis "of life, vital".... [more]
VÍTEK     Czech
Vítek comes from Latin name Vitus.
VITKUS     Lithuanian
From a pet form of the personal name Výtautas (a compound of vyti ‘to guide’ + tauta ‘the people’).
VĪTOLS     Latvian
Meaning "willow".
VIVEASH     English
English surname of uncertain origin. May be Anglo-Norman from French vivace meaning "lively, vigorous", however its pronunciation has led to its connection to various places in southern England called Five Ash Trees.
VIVIS     English (Rare)
Found in the 1891, 1901 & 1911 British census, other records & FreeBMD. Could derive from Vivas from Spanish Catalan
VLAD     Romanian
Derived from the given name Vlad.
VLADIMIROV     Russian, Bulgarian
Means "son of Vladimir".
VLADU     Romanian
Derived from given name Vlad.
VLAINIĆ     Croatian, Bosnian
Variant of Vlajnić or Vlajinić
VLASCO     Spanish
Variant of VELASCO
VLČEK     Czech, Slovak
Means "little wolf".
VLK     Czech, Slovak
Means "Wolf".
Means "military" or "warlike", from the Sino-Vietnamese character .
VOBORNÍK     Czech, Slovak
Příjmení Voborník vzniklo dle svého bydliště, tedy z obory. Oborníky mívali naši předkové, byli to správcové nebo strážcové obor, lesní a hajní v oborách (slovo toto žije v příjmení Oborník, Voborník)... [more]
VOELKER     German
My maiden name Surname.
VOGELSANG     German
Means "bird song" in German. From the German words vogel (bird) and sang (song).
VOGL     German (Austrian)
Southern German variant of Vogel.
VOGLER     German
Occupational name for a birdcatcher.
VOIT     English
A famous bearer of This surname is Angelina Jolie 's father and actor John Voit.
From the Czech word dvojèata meaning twins.
VOLKMUTH     German
Volk: People... [more]
VOLKÓNSKIE     Russian
This indicates familial origin within the vicinity of the Volkona river south of Moscow.
From a German personal name composed of the elements folk ‘people’ + berht ‘bright’, ‘famous’. In the U.S. this name is often Americanized as Fulbright and Fullbright.
VON BOCK     Popular Culture (?)
Used by Hetalia character Eduard Von Bock AKA Estonia
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