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ZABEL     German
The surname has multiple meanings. It may come from a Slavic given name, or the High German word zabel, meaning "board game" - given, perhaps, as a nickname to those who played many board games.
ZÁČEK     Czech
Žáček means "small school boy" in Czech. A famous bearer is Chicagoan writer Dennis Začek.
ZACHARY     English
A reference to Sacheverell, a location in Normandy. May also refer to the given name Zacharias, meaning "to remember God," or "the Lord recalled."
ZACHER     English
A reference to Sacheverell, a location in Normandy. May also refer to the given name Zacharias, meaning "to remember God," or "the Lord recalled."
ZACHRISSON     Swedish
Variant of ZAKRISSON.
ZACHRY     English
A reference to Sacheverell, a location in Normandy. May also refer to the given name Zacharias, meaning "to remember God," or "the Lord recalled."
ZACKERT     English, German
An Americanization of the German surnames Zacher and Zachert. It comes from a vernacular form of the personal name Zacharias.
ZADRAN     Afghani, Pashto
Derived from ځدراڼ‎ (dzadrāṇ), which is the name of a Pashtun tribe inhabiting Afghanistan and Waziristan in Pakistan.
ZAFAR     Arabic
Taken from the Arabic word meaning "victory, triumph".
Means "son of Zafeiris".
ŽAGAR     Slovene
Means "sawyer", from žaga ''saw''.
ŽAGARS     Latvian
Means "stick".
This indicates familial origin within either the Lesser Polish village of Zagórowa or the Greater Polish town of Zagórów.
ZAGURSKI     Polish
Derived from the Polish places Zagórz and Zagórze. Also given to those who lived on the side of a hill opposite a main settlement - za means "beyond" and góra means "hill".
ZAHARIA     Albanian
Meaning unknown.
ZAHID     Pakistani
From the Arabic given name Zahid.
ZAHIROVIĆ     Bosnian
Means ''son of Zahir''.
ZAHN     German
Zahn was a nickname given to a person with a peculiar tooth or a strange or defective set of teeth. It comes from the Middle High German Zan(t), which means "tooth".
ZÄHNE     German
The German surname Zähne is derived from the Middle High German word "zan," which means "tooth." It is believed that the surname takes its origin from a nickname, most likely bestowed on the original bearer due to either a prominent tooth or a missing tooth.
ZAHNER     German
Name given to people who lived in Zahna, near Wittenberg.
ZAHNISER     German
Alteration of German Zahneisen and/or Zahnhäuser and/or Zahneiser. Refers to someone from a place called Zahnhausen. Also refers to those who made false teeth out of iron: Zan means "tooth" and iser means "iron" or "ironworker".
ŽÁIK     Slovak
Slovak form of ZAK.
ZAIMOĞLU     Turkish
Means "son of Zaim".
ZAINUDDIN     Malaysian, Malay
From the given name Zainuddin, a variant of Zayn ad-Din.
ŽÁK     Czech
Czech form of ZAK.
ZAK     Polish, Slovak, Czech
A nickname given to youthful or studious people. Comes from the Polish zak, meaning "student" or "schoolboy". It originally meant "novice" or "candidate for the priesthood", and so in some cases it is perhaps a nickname for someone who had been destined for holy orders.
ZAKARIAN     Armenian
Patronymic from the personal name Zakar.
ZAKARIYA     Arabic
Arabic surname derived from the name of the prophet Zechariah.
ZAKHAEV     Russian
Russian surname, likely a derivative of the given name Zakhey combined with the Russian suffix "-ev" ("of"), therefore meaning "of Zakhey."... [more]
ZAKHAROV     Russian
Means "son of Zakhar".
ZAKI     Arabic
Derived from the Arabic given name Zaki meaning "pure".
ZAĶIS     Latvian
Means "hare".
ZAKRISSON     Swedish
Means "son of ZAKRIS" in Swedish.
ZALDÍVAR     Basque
Basque surname of uncertain etymological origin.
ZALE     Polish (Anglicized)
Possibly from a Polish surname, the meaning of which is uncertain (it may have been a variant of the surname Zalas which originally indicated one who lived "on the other side of the wood", from za "beyond" and las "forest").
ZALICK     English
Comes from the Greek surname Tsalikis.
ZALINSKY     Polish (Anglicized)
Americanized form of Zielinski, variant of Zielinsky.
ZALUSKY     Ukrainian
Derives from the Slavic word zalew, meaning "bay" or "flooded area". Given to families who lived near water or areas that flooded often.
ZAM     ?
ZAMLOCH     German (Austrian)
Altered, likely Americanized or Germanized, version of the Czech surname Zemlicka. Zemlicka derives from žemle, meaning "bread roll," and was a name given to bakers.... [more]
ZAMORA     Spanish
Comes from the ancient city of Zamora in Northwest Spain. It means "wild olives."
ZANAMWE     Southern African
Zimbabwean Surname, originally from the Chivi area, shona speaking people of the Shumba(lion) totem originate from the Masvingo province, Mwenezi, Chitanga,Chikombedzi, Boli Chibwedziva. Some migrated to the Mashonaland East province Mhondoro area and assumed the Moyo(heart) totem
Zandegiacomo's migrated to America and changed the name to Zandi.
ZANE     English
Meaning unknown. It could be a Americanization of the German surname Zahn. Zane is also used as a given name.
ZANI     Italian
Comes from the personal name Z(u)an(n)i, a northeastern (Venetian) form of Gianni (from Giovanni, Italian equivalent of John). Zani or Zanni is a comic figure in the Commedia del’Arte, and the surname may be a nickname derived from this use, which is also the origin of the English word zany.
ZANNI     Italian
From the first name Gianni, which derives from Giovanni, which is the Italian version of John, which means "the grace/mercy of the Lord." ... [more]
ZANOTTI     Italian
Comes from a pet form of Zani.
ZANTO     German
Unknown origin and history.
ZAPATA     Spanish
Occupational surname for a shoemaker; derived from the Spanish word zapato meaning "shoe".
ZAPATO     Spanish
Means "shoe" in Spanish.
ZARATE     Basque
Named after Zarate, a place in Araba province, Spain. Zarate comes from the Basque word zara, meaning "thicket".
ZARENE     ?
ZARGARI     Persian
Derived from Persian زرگر‎‎ (zargar) meaning "goldsmith". It may also be used to refer to the Zargari, a Romani-related ethnic group from Zargar, Iran, or simply to the village of Zargar in the Qazvin Province of Iran.
ZARIŅA     Latvian
Feminine form of Zariņš.
ZARIŅŠ     Latvian
Derived from Latvian zars meaning "branch, twig".
ZASLAVSKI     Russian, Jewish
Variant transcription of Zaslavsky. A notable music producer ZEDD's real name is Anton Zaslavski.
ZASLAVSKY     Russian, Jewish
Russian surname that is also used in Israel.
ZATARAIN     Basque
From the Biscayan and Gipuzkoan dialects of Basque; topographic surname meaning someone who lived or lives near a Shrub tree.
ZATZ     Jewish
Abbreviation of the Hebrew phrase Zera TSadikim "seed of the righteous", assumed in a spirit of pious respect for one’s ancestors.
ZAY     French
Frenchified form of German See.
ZAYCHIK     Russian, Jewish
Means "bunny" in Russian.
ZAYDMAN     Jewish
Russian variant of SEIDMAN.
ZAZAI     Pashto, Afghani
Meaning unknown. The Zazai (or Zazi) are a Karlani Pashtun tribe in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
ZBÁRAZ’KIJ     Ukrainian
This indicates familial origin within the city of Zbáraž.
ZBÄREN     German (Swiss)
Zbären means "Bear hunter".
ŻBIKOWSKI     Polish
This indicates familial origin within the Lesser Polish village of Żbikowice.
ZDON     Polish
Habitational name for someone from any of several places called Zdroje or Zdrojewo, in particular in Bydgoszcz voivodeship, named with Polish zdroje meaning "springs","spa".
ZEAGLER     English (American)
Americanized spelling of German Ziegler.
This indicates familial origin within the Lesser Polish village of Zebrzydowice.
ZEC     Croatian, Bosnian, Serbian, Slovene
Means ''rabbit''.
ZEČEVIĆ     Serbian
Derived from zec, meaning ''rabbit''.
ZECHMAN     Jewish
Occupational name from Yiddish tsekh meaning "guild" or "craft corporation" and man "man".
ZEHREN     German (Swiss)
From a prepositional phrase from Middle High German ze hērren, an occupational name for someone was in service of a lord.
ZEILINGER     German
Habitational name for someone from Zeiling in Bavaria.
ZEIMET     German, Luxembourgish
Western German and Luxembourgeois: probably a variant spelling of Zeimert, a variant of Zeumer, an occupational name for a harness maker, from an agent derivative of Middle High German zoum ‘bridle’.
ZEITOUN     Arabic
Derived from the Arabic word الزيتون‎ (alzytwn) meaning "olive". It could also be linked to the famous El-Zeitoun district in Cairo, Egypt.
ZELAYA     Basque
Basque surname related to the Euskara word for "field".
ZELDIN     Jewish
Means "son of Zelde", a Yiddish female personal name based on Middle High German sælde "fortunate, blessed".
ZELENÁ     Czech, Slovak
Means "green" in Czech and Slovak.
ZELENOVIĆ     Serbian
Derived from Serbian zelen meaning "green".
ZELENÝ     Czech
Zelený means "green" in Czech.
ZELEZNIK     Slovak
Means "iron man".
Means "son of Zelimkhan".
ZELINSKI     Polish
Variant of Zielinski.
ZELLER     German, Dutch, English, Jewish
Originally denoted someone from Celle, Germany or someone living near a hermit's cell from German zelle "cell". It is also occupational for someone employed at a zelle, for example a small workshop.
ZELLNER     German, Jewish
Variant of ZÖLLNER.
ZELNÍČEK     Czech
Czech form of Zelnick.
ZELNICK     Jewish
Occupational name for a tax collecter, comes from Yiddish tselnik which means haberdashery.
Feminine form of Zelníček, this is the maiden name of Donald J. Trump's first wife, Ivana Zelníčková Trump.
ZELTIŅŠ     Latvian
Derived from the word zelts meaning "gold".
ZENKER     German
means light
ZERFAS     German
Derived from a Low German and Upper German form of the personal name Servatius.
ZEROUAL     Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "one who has blue eyes" in Berber. A bearer is Liamine Zéroual (1941-), the former president of Algeria from 1994 to 1999. This surname is mainly found in Morocco and Algeria.
ZERROUKI     Arabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from Arabic أزرق ('azraq) meaning "blue". A bearer was Sidi Ahmed Zerrouki (1970-), a former Algerian footballer.
ZESCOI     English
derived from the word zesty when used to describe someone
ZETTERBERG     Swedish
Combination of Swedish säter "mountain pasture" and berg "mountain, hill".
ZETTERGREN     Swedish
Combination of Swedish säter "mountain pasture" and gren "branch".
ZETTERLUND     Swedish
Combination of Swedish säter "mountain pasture" and lund "grove".
Combination of Swedish säter "mountain pasture" and ström "stream".
ZGŁOBICKI     Polish
This indicates familial origin within the Lesser Polish village of Zgłobice.
Habitational name for somebody who comes from the village of Zgłobień in Poland.
Means "son of Zhanibek".
ZHAPAROV     Kazakh, Kyrgyz
Possibly means "son of Zhapar". Used in both Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. Known bearers are Radik Zhaparov and Marat Zhaparov, both Kazakh ski jumpers.
ZHARKOV     Russian
From Russian жаркий (zharkiy) meaning "hot". It could also mean "son of Zharko".
ZHELYAZKOV     Bulgarian
Means "son of Zhelyazko".
ZHUANG     Chinese
Chinese given name from the character meaning "village, hamlet" or "villa".
ZHUGE     Chinese
One of the rare Chinese double character surnames. It is ranked 314th in the Hundred Family Surnames. The first character can be read as "all, these, various" and the second character as meaning "vine, vines"... [more]
ZHUGLI     Albanian
Meaning unknown.
ZHULATI     Albanian
Meaning unknown
Means "son of Zhumabek".
ZIADEH     Arabic
Means surplus, extra in Arabic
ŽIAK     Slovak
Žiak means "school boy" in Slovak
ZIANI     Arabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from the given name Zayyan meaning "beautifer, very beautiful".
ZIANI     Italian (Rare, Archaic)
Habitual surname denoting someone from Ziano, a locality in Italy. Unrelated to the Maghrebi surname of the same spelling.
ZICARI     Italian, Sicilian
Southern Italian and Sicilian from an unattested Arabic personal name Zikri or Zikari.
ZIDANE     Arabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from the given name Zaydan, which is derived from Arabic زاد (zada) "to increase". A notable bearer is Zinedine Zidane (1972-), a retired French footballer of Algerian descent.
ZIĘBA     Polish
From ‘finch’; a nickname for someone thought to resemble the bird or maybe because a person lived in an area with many finches. Perhaps a metonymic occupational name for a birdcatcher or dealer.
ZIEGLER     German (Modern)
Literally translates to "aiming brook"
ZIELIŃSKA     Polish
Feminine form of Zieliński, this name is only used by females in Poland.
ZIELINSKY     Polish, Russian
Russian form and variant of Zielinski.
ZIELSDORF     German
Habitational name from an unidentified place, perhaps Ziersdorf in Lower Austria.
ZIKA     Czech, Greek
From a short form of the personal name Zikmund, the Czech form of Siegmund.... [more]
ŽILINSKAS     Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of Zieliński.
ŽILINSKIENĖ     Lithuanian
Feminine form of Žilinskas, name for a married woman or widow with the name.
ZILLIER     Upper German
ancient form of selear
ZIMMER     German
Shortening of Zimmermann
ZIMMON     English (American)
Variant of Zinon
ZIPPLIES     German (East Prussian)
Lithuanian-Germanized form of the Swiss German surname Süpply
ZITOUNI     Arabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from Arabic زيتون (ziatun) meaning "olive"; mainly used in Algeria.
ŽIVKOV     Serbian
Means "son of Živko".
Means "son of Živojin".
ZLATKIN     Jewish
Meaning, "gold" or "yellow."
ZLATKOVIĆ     Serbian
Means "son of Zlatko".
ZOHAR     Hebrew
Derived from the the given name Zohar meaning "light, brilliance" in Hebrew.
ZOLDAN     Italian
from the name place Zoldo. Zoldan indicates also the name of a little valley North from Venice.
ZOLLER     German, Jewish
Occupational name for a customs officer, Middle High German zoller.
ZOLLNER     English
Variant of ZOLLER.
ZOLOTAREVA     Russian
Russian. Feminine form of ZOLOTOV, meaning "gold."
ZOPF     German
Nickname for someone who wore his hair in a pigtail or plait, Middle High German zopf, zoph, or from a field name from same word in the sense ‘tail’, ‘end’, ‘narrow point’.
ZOPPI     Italian
Nickname from zoppo "lame, unsteady".
ZORANOVSKI     Macedonian
Son of Zoran
ZORANSKY     German (East Prussian)
The surname Zoransky (alternatively Zoranski) is of Prussian origin and traces back to 1525 when Prussia was formed. The surname Zoransky or Zoranski is of nobility class, however, the family was stripped of its rights and titles in 1834 during the Needle losses which took place 1794-1870... [more]
ZOREF     Biblical Hebrew
Zoref, spelled צורף in Hebrew and pronounced Tzo-ref, though the typical American pronunciation is with a Z, means "Goldsmith" in both Biblical and Modern Hebrew, Zoref does not necessarily connote working only with gold; rather, it is a metalsmith that works with any kind of metallic substance.... [more]
ZORN     German
Originating in Germany around 1191, meaning "to tear apart" or "destroy". Very close DNA to the surnames Friedrich and Rothchild.
ZOSIMOV     Russian
Means "son of Zosim".
ZOSIMOVI     Georgian
Means "son of Zosim".
ZOSIMOVICH     Russian
"son of Zosim" in Russian.
ZOUAOUI     Arabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from French zouave which in turn is derived from Arabic zuwâwiyy referring to a member of the Kabyle (Berber) tribe Zuwâwa or Zouaoua. In modern usage, the word zouave denotes a member of a light-infantry corps in the French army, originally consisting of Algerians.
ZRNČIĆ     Croatian
Possibly derived from the Slavic element zrn, of unknown meaning.... [more]
ZSIROS     Hungarian
Hungarian surname derived from the Serbo-croation word žȋr meaning "acorn".
ZSOLNAY     Hungarian
Hungarian form of the surname Zilinsky.
ZUBAIR     Arabic
From the given name Zubayr.
ZUBELDIA     Basque
A famous bearer of this surname is Aritz Aduriz Zubeldia, a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Athletic Bilbao as a striker.
ZUBELZA     Basque (Latinized)
It means bushes, weed or shrub. Also known as oak; in Spanish is Carrasca or Carrasquilla.
ZUBER     German, German (Swiss)
German: Metonymic occupational name for a cooper or tubmaker, from Middle High German zuber ‘(two-handled) tub’, or a habitational name from a house distinguished by the sign of a tub. ... [more]
ZUBIANI     Italian
It comes from the given name Eusebio.
ZUBIRIA     Medieval Basque (Latinized, Archaic)
It means nearby bridge.
ZUFALL     Medieval German
A German name from the Middle High German "zuoval," meaning "benefit," "coincidence" or "windfall." It was a nickname for a lucky person, most likely a person to whom a plot of land had been given... [more]
ZUGRĂVESCU     Romanian
Patronymic surname of uncertain origin. It may be derived from the verb a zugrăvi meaning "to paint, to describe figuratively" and therefore mean "The descendant of he who describes/paints".
ZUILL     English, Scottish
From the town of Zuill, Scotland. The "Z" pronounced as "Y" comes from ancient yogh representing a variety of sounds. The name itself is of unknown origin.
ŽUKAUSKAS     Lithuanian
Nickname from a Lithuanian derivative of Polish żuk meaning "beetle".
Derived from Zulfikar.
ZUPANČIČ     Slovene
Means "son of Zupan".
ZÜRCHER     German
Habitational name for someone from the Swiss city of Zurich.
ŻUROWSKI     Polish
This indicates familial origin within the Lesser Polish village of Żurowa.
ZVEJNIEKS     Latvian
Means "fisherman".
ZVEZDANOVIĆ     Serbian (Rare)
Derived from the given name Zvezdan.
ZVIRBULIS     Latvian
Means "sparrow".
ZWILLING     German, Jewish
Means "a twin", as in a twin brother or twin sister. Often given to those who were twins.
Patronymic from the personal name Zygmunt.
ZYK     Russian, Belarusian
A Russian name now found in Belarus and other areas around "white Russia". Literally translates to the Russian word "beetle". It's pronounced "Z'ook" and has taken on other forms of spelling, such as; Zuck, Tzook, Shyk, etc.
ZYLSTRA     Dutch, Frisian, English
Derived from Dutch zijl "canal" or "sluice". Originally indicated someone who lives near a canal or sluice.
ŻYWIECKI     Polish
This indicates familial origin within the Lesser Polish town of Żywiec.
ZZOHA     Arabic
Probably from the given name Zoha, which means "Morning light"
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