Submitted Surnames Starting with Z

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ZABALETA Basque
This indicates familial origin within either of 2 eponymous localities: the vicinity of the tower house in the Navarrese municipality of Lesaka or the neighborhood of the municipality of Nabarniz.
ZABATSU Japanese
This probably means "Wealthy Clique".
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."
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.
ZADEH Persian
From Persian زاده (-zâde) meaning "offspring (of)", also often used as a suffix for patronymic-based Persian surnames.
ZADRAN Pashto
Meaning unknown. This is the name of a Pashtun tribe inhabiting Afghanistan and Waziristan (Pakistan).
ZADZISAI Shona
Zadzisai means "you must fulfil - a pledge or promise". The name is given as a reminder to fulfil a pledge or promise.
ZAEWA Russian
meaning unknown. female form of ZAEW
ZAFAR Urdu, Bengali, Persian
From the given name Zafar.
ZAFEIRIOU Greek
Means "son of Zafeiris".
ŽAGAR Slovene
Means "sawyer", from žaga ''saw''.
ŽAGARS Latvian
Means "stick".
ZAGER German
habitational name from ZAGER, a place near Wollin
ZAGHLOUL Arabic (Egyptian)
Means "young pigeon" or, metaphorically, "free soul" in Arabic.
ZAGÓROWSKI Polish
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.
ZAHAVI Hebrew
Derived from Hebrew זָהָב (zaháv) meaning "gold".
ZAHEDI Persian
From the given name Zahed.
ZAHEED Bengali (Muslim)
Variant of Zahid used in Bangladesh.
ZAHEER Arabic, Urdu
Variant transcription of Zahir.
ZAHER Arabic (Egyptian)
From the given name Zaher.
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".
ZAHRANI Arabic
From the Arabic زهراني (zahran) meaning "flowering, blossoming"; ultimately from زَهْرَة (zahra) meaning "flower, blossom" (see Zahrah). This surname is prevalent in Saudi Arabia.
ZAHRAOUI Arabic (Maghrebi)
Means "related to Zahra" in Arabic (chiefly Moroccan and Algerian).
ZAÏDI Arabic (Maghrebi)
French transcription of Zaidi used in the Maghreb.
ZAIDI Arabic, Urdu
From the given name Zaid.
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.
ZAJĄC Polish
Means "hare" in Polish.
ZAJĄCZKOWSKI Polish
A habitational name that was given to someone from any of the various places named Zajączki, Zajączkowo, or Zajączków (which were named for 'zajączek', a diminutive of the Polish word 'zając', meaning ‘hare’.)
ZAJC Slovene
From zajec, meaning "hare".
ŽÁK Czech
Czech form of ZAK.
ZAK Polish
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 (Expatriate)
Variant transcription of Zakaryan used by Armenians living outside Armenia.
ZAKARIYA Arabic
Arabic surname derived from the name of the prophet Zechariah.
ZAKARYAN Armenian
Means "son of Zakar".
ZAKEN Hebrew
Means "old man" in Hebrew.
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.
ZALBIDEA Basque
This indicates familial origin within either of 2 eponymous localities: the commune in the French canton of Bidaxunerria, Amikuze eta Oztibarre or the neighborhood of the municipality of Urduliz in the Spanish comarca of Uribe Kosta.
ZALDIBAR Basque
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous municipality in the comarca of Durangaldea. It’s Castilianized form is Zaldívar.
ZALDÍVAR Basque, Spanish
Derived from Basque zaldi meaning "horse" combined with ibar meaning "valley". This is also the name of a town in Biscay, Spain.
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.
ZALMAI Afghani, Pashto
From the Pashto given name Zalmai.
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.
ZALVIDEA Basque (Spanish)
Castilianized form of Zalbidea.
ZAMBONI Italian
Italian: from the personal name Zamboni, a northeastern variant of Giambono, composed of a reduced form of Gianni (from Giovanni) + Bono or buono ‘good’.
ZAMFIR Romanian
From zamfir, a variant of the Slavonic word samfir or safir meaning "sapphire".
ZAMFIRESCU Romanian
Means "son of Zamfir" in Romanian.
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]
ŻAMMIT Maltese
Maltese form of the Sicilian name Zammito.
ZAMMIT Berber, Northern African
Tunisian Berber name of unknown meaning.
ZAMORA Spanish
Comes from the ancient city of Zamora in Northwest Spain. It means "wild olives."
ZAMUDIO Basque
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous municipality.
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 Italian
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.
ZAOUCHE Berber, Northern African
Kabyle name of unknown meaning.
ZAPANTA Filipino, Tagalog, Hiligaynon
Of Hiligaynon origin and uncertain meaning.
ZAPATA Spanish
Occupational surname for a shoemaker; derived from the Spanish word zapato meaning "shoe".
ZAPATO Spanish
Means "shoe" in Spanish.
ZARAGOZA Spanish, Aragonese
Name given to someone who was from the city Zaragoza in the Aragon region in Spain.
ZARATE Basque
Named after Zarate, a place in Araba province, Spain. Zarate comes from the Basque word zara, meaning "thicket".
ZARAUTZ Basque
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous municipality.
ZÁRAUZ Basque (Spanish)
Castilianized form of Zarautz.
ZAREMBA Polish
Name for a woodcutter, derived from Polish zarabac, meaning ''to hack or chop''.
ZARGARI Persian
Derived from Persian زرگر‎‎ (zargar) meaning "goldsmith", ultimately from زر (zar) "gold".
ZARIŅA Latvian
Feminine form of Zariņš.
ZARIŅŠ Latvian
From Latvian zars meaning "branch, twig" combined with -iņš, a diminutive suffix.
ZARTA South American
Chiefly used in Colombia.
ZARUBINA Russian
Famous bearer: Olga Zarubina (Ольга Зарубина), Soviet/Russian singer. ... [more]
ZASLAVSKI Russian, Jewish
Variant transcription of Zaslavsky. A notable music producer ZEDD's real name is Anton Zaslavski.
ZASLAVSKY Russian, Jewish
Russian Jewish surname derived from Iziaslav (also called Zaslav), the name of a city in Volhynia, Ukraine.
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.
ZAVALETA Basque (Spanish)
Castilianized form of Zabaleta.
ZAVARZINA Russian
Feminine form of Zavarzin.
ZAY French
Frenchified form of German See.
ZAYCHIK Russian, Jewish
Means "bunny" in Russian.
ZAYDMAN Jewish
Russian variant of SEIDMAN.
ZAYTSEV Russian, Ukrainian
Derived from Russian заяц (zayats) or Ukrainian заєць (zaets) meaning "hare".
ZAZAI Pashto, Afghani
Meaning unknown. The Zazai (or Zazi) are a Karlani Pashtun tribe in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
ZBÄREN German (Swiss)
Zbären means "Bear hunter".
ŻBIKOWSKI Polish
This indicates familial origin within the Lesser Polish village of Żbikowice.
ZBIRAK Ukrainian (Rare), Polish (Rare)
Derived from the Polish 'zbierac' meaning to collect or gather
ZDON Polish
Polish
ZDROJEWSKI 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.
ZEBRZYDOWSKI Polish
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".
ZEE Dutch
Reduced form of Dutch van der Zee.
ZE'EV Hebrew
Means "wolf" in Hebrew.
ZEEVI Hebrew
From the Hebrew given name Zev, meaning "wolf."
ZEGAMA Basque
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous municipality.
ZEGARRA Spanish (Latin American)
Possibly a Castilianized form of the Catalan Segarra.
ZEGHLACHE Berber, Northern African
Kabyle surname of unknown meaning.
ZEHNER German
(chiefly Bavaria, Austria, Switzerland, and Württemberg): occupational name for an official responsible for collecting, on behalf of the lord of the manor, tithes of agricultural produce owed as rent.... [more]
ZEHREN German (Swiss)
From a prepositional phrase from Middle High German ze hērren, an occupational name for someone was in service of a lord.
ZEIDANE Western African
Mauritanian variant of Zidane.
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 زَيْتُون (zaytūn) meaning "olive", a cognate of the Maghrebi Zitouni. 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".
ZELAZNY Polish
From Polish zelazny, ‘iron’, a nickname for a strong personality or someone who ruled ‘with a rod of iron’.
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 зелен (zelen) "green".
ZELENÝ Czech
Zelený means "green" in Czech.
ZELEZNIK Slovak
Means "iron man".
ZELIESKA Polish
Polish Ashkenazic surname, possibly derived from surname Zieliński what is a habitational name for someone from Zielona or Zielonka (places in Poland), deriving from the root word meaning "green".
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.
ZELLMER German
Variant of Selmer.
ZELMER German
Variant of ZELLMER.
ZELMERLÖW Swedish (Rare)
Rare Swedish surname composed of the name of the family's ancestor Selma Löf. One bearer is Swedish artist Måns Zelmerlöw (b.1986) who won the Eurovision Song Contest in 2016.
ZELNÍČEK Czech
Czech form of Zelnick.
ZELNICK Jewish
Occupational name for a tax collecter, comes from Yiddish tselnik which means haberdashery.
ZELNÍČKOVÁ Czech
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".
ZENGIN Turkish
From Turkish zengin meaning "rich", ultimately from Persian سنگين‏ (sangin).
ZENGOTITA Basque
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of the municipality of Mallabia.
ZENKER German
means light
ZENNER Upper German
South German: unflattering nickname for a surly, snarling person, from an agent derivative of Middle High German zannen 'to growl or howl' or 'to bare one's teeth'.
ZERAFA Maltese
Derived from Arabic زَرَافَة (zarāfa) meaning "giraffe" or ظَرِيف (ẓarīf) meaning "charming, elegant, graceful".
ZERDALI Turkish
Means "wild apricot."
ZERFAS German
Derived from a Low German and Upper German form of the personal name Servatius.
ZERHOUNI Arabic (Maghrebi), Northern African, Berber
Possibly refers to the Zerhoun mountain in Morocco. The family name originates from the city of Nedroma in Tlemcen, Algeria.
ZERILLO Italian
From the Italian first name ZERO
ZEROUAL Arabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from Arabic أزرق (ʾazraq) meaning "blue" (chiefly Moroccan and Algerian). A notable bearer is Liamine Zéroual (1941–), the former President of Algeria from 1994 to 1999.
ZERROUGUI Arabic (Maghrebi)
Variant transcription of Zerrouki.
ZERROUKI Arabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from Arabic أزرق (ʾazraq) meaning "blue" (chiefly Algerian).
ZERVAS Various
Meaning unknown. The surname was borne by singer Arizona Zervas, with his debut single “ROXANNE”.
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".
ZETTERSTRÖM Swedish
Combination of Swedish säter "mountain pasture" and ström "stream".
ZGHEIB Arabic
Lebanese surname of unknown meaning.
ZGŁOBICKI Polish
This indicates familial origin within the Lesser Polish village of Zgłobice.
ZGŁOBIEŃIAK Polish
Habitational name for somebody who comes from the village of Zgłobień in Poland.
ZHANIBEKOV Kazakh
Means "son of Zhanibek".
ZHARKOV Russian
Possibly derived from Russian жаркий (zharkiy) "hot".
ZHIHUA Chinese (Rare)
Rare Chinese compound surname.
ZHOLDOSHOV Kyrgyz
Means "son of Zholdosh".
ZHUANG Chinese
Derived from Chinese 莊 (zhuāng) meaning "village, farmstead, hamlet" or "villa, manor".
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.
ZHUKOVSKY Russian
Same spelling as Zhukov
ZHULATI Albanian
Meaning unknown
ZHUNUSOV Kazakh, Kyrgyz
Means "son of Zhunus", from a form of the Arabic name Yunus.
ZHUSUPOV Kazakh, Kyrgyz
Means “son of Zhusup”.
ZHUVINSKY Russian
Surname named after the Zhuvinsky Reserve
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.
ZICKUHR German
Zickuhr is a German surname that means "zigzag." Although, some person believe that Zickuhr means "cuckoo clock."
ZIDANE Arabic (Maghrebi)
From the given name Zaydan, which in turn is derived from Arabic زاد (zāda) meaning "to add, to increase". A notable bearer is Zinedine "Zizou" Zidane (1972-), a former French footballer of Algerian descent.
ZIDARIĆ Croatian
From zidar meaning ''stonemason, bricklayer''.
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.
ZIEGENHORN Upper German (Archaic)
Goat horn, either 1. the horn of a goat, 2. Goat mountain, or 3. From goat mountain.
ZIEGLER German (Modern)
"Brick-mason."
ZIEJA Polish
Derived from Polish ziajać meaning "to spontaneously/violently show negative feelings". This surname denoted someone who complained often.
ZIELENBACH German
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.
ZIELONKA Polish, Jewish
Derived from the Polish word for "green"
ZIELSDORF German
Habitational name from an unidentified place, perhaps Ziersdorf in Lower Austria.
ZIGARROA Basque
It literally means "cigar".
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
ZINGER German
The surname Zinger was first found in Saxony, where this family name became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. ... In Old German the name meant "lively" and "spritely," or more literally, "a biting, sharp taste."
ZINGESER Jewish, Yiddish
Comes from Yiddish "ציו" meaning "Tin" and "גייסער" meaning "Smith".
ZINN German
From the German for word for tin "tin." The name indicated someone who worked with the metal. A famous bearer is Johann Gottfried Zinn, a German botanist. Carl Linnaeus named the flower Zinnia in his honor.
ZINNMAN German
Occupational name for a pewter smith.
ZIPPERSTEIN Jewish
Stein is German for the English word stone.
ZIPPLIES German (East Prussian)
Lithuanian-Germanized form of the Swiss German surname Süpply
ZITOUNI Arabic (Maghrebi)
Derived Arabic زَيْتُون (zaytūn) meaning "olive" (chiefly Algerian).
ZIV Hebrew
From the given name Ziv.
ZIVAI Shona
Zivai means "you must know".
ZIVANAI Shona
Zivanai means "You must know each other". #This name is a call to family and relatives to get to know each other by visiting and fellowship - usually so that they do not drift apart"