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ABARROW     English
At or near a barrow or tumulus.
ABBOT     English
Variant of Abbott.
ABELSON     English
This name derives from the surname Abelson, meaning "son of Abel." Patronymic.
ABKE     American (Rare)
Abke is an Americanized version of an unknown German surname.... [more]
ABNEY     English
Habitational name from a place in Derbeyshire, named Abney, from the Old English personal name Abba (with the genitive -n) and the Old English eg, meaning "island"
ABYSSUM     American
Means "Abyss" in Latin.
ACCRINGTON     English
Derived from the place Accrington.
ACKERLEY     English
Old English surname which came from a place name which meant "Oak meadow." See Ackley.
ACKLEY     English
From an Old English surname: a place name which meant "Oak meadow". A variation of this is: "dwells at the oak tree meadow". ... [more]
ACKROYD     English
Topographic name from northern Middle English ake "oak" and royd "clearing".
ACY     English (Rare)
Possibly from the given name Ace.
ADDY     English
From the personal name ADDY, a medieval diminutive of ADAM. It is therefore related to the surname ADDISON.
ADIE     English, Scottish
From the personal name ADIE, a medieval pet form of ADAM.
ADKINSON     English
Variant of the surname Atkinson.
ADOLPHSON     English, Swedish (Rare)
Means "son of Adolph".
AGATE     English (British)
From Middle English gate, meaning a "gate" or "street", denoting a person who lived near a major city gate or street.
AGLER     English
From one or more Middle English personal names variously written Alger, Algar, Alcher, Aucher, etc. These represent a falling together of at least three different Continental Germanic and Old English names: Adalgar "noble spear" (Old English Æ{dh}elgār), Albgar "elf spear" (Old English Ælfgār), and Aldgar "old spear" (Old English (E)aldgār)... [more]
AIDEN     English
Derived from the first name AIDEN.
AIKMAN     Dutch, English, Scottish
Originally a surname or a nickname meaning oak man.
AKEMON     English
American variant of Aikman.
AKEY     English
Possibly an Americanized form of German EICHE "oak".
AKINS     Scottish, English, Northern Irish
Variant of Aikens, which is derived from the given name Aiken, a variant of the medieval diminutive Atkin (see Aitken).
AKRIDGE     English
Possibly English, a habitational name from a place with a name meaning ‘oak ridge’, as for example Aikrigg in Cumbria (from Old Norse eik ‘oak’ + hryggr ‘ridge’), or any of the many places called Oakridge (from Old English āc + hrycg)... [more]
ALABASTER     English
From the name of a whitish kind of gypsum used for vases, ornaments and busts, ultimately deriving from Greek alabastros, itself perhaps from Egyptian 'a-labaste "vessel of the goddess Bast"... [more]
ALBANY     Scottish, English (American)
From the title of the Dukes of Albany (House of Stuart), hence a name borne by their retainers. It is an infrequent surname in England and Scotland. The city of Albany, NY (formerly the Dutch settlement of Beverwijck or Fort Orange) was named for James Stuart, Duke of York and Albany; he was the brother of King Charles II and later king in his own right as James II... [more]
ALBRIGHT     American
This name was originally Albrecht. It was changed by German imigrants to America in the 1600s.
ALCOCK     English
From a diminutive of given names starting with Al-.
ALCOTT     English
English: ostensibly a topographic name containing Middle English cott, cote ‘cottage’ (see Coates). In fact, however, it is generally if not always an alteration of Alcock, in part at least for euphemistic reasons.
ALDERMAN     English
Status name from Middle English alderman, Old English ealdorman, "elder". In medieval England an alderman was a member of the governing body of a city or borough; also the head of a guild.
ALDERSON     English (Modern)
Patronymic from the Middle English forename Alder, derived from two Old English names, Ealdhere ‘ancient army’ and Æ{dh}elhere ‘noble army’. Means "son of Aldert".
ALDERSON     English (Anglicized)
Son of Alder, pronounced same as the Alder tree (Ol-der)
ALDRIDGE     English
habitational name from a place in the West Midlands called Aldridge; it is recorded in Domesday Book as Alrewic, from Old English alor ‘alder’ + wīc ‘dwelling’, ‘farmstead’.
ALISTON     English
Variant of Allerston, a habitational surname derived from a place so named in North Yorkshire.
ALLEY     English
From the personal name Alley.
ALLIN     English
Variant spelling of Allen. Also a derivative of the Norman female name Adelina, based on Germanic adal, 'noble'.
ALLIS     English
From the Middle English and Old French female personal name Alis (Alice), which, together with its diminutive Alison, was extremely popular in England in the Middle Ages. The personal name is of Germanic origin, brought to England from France by the Normans; it is a contracted form of Germanic Adalhaid(is), which is composed of the elements adal "noble" and haid "brilliance, beauty".
ALLISON     English, Scottish
Patronymic from a Middle English male personal name, most likely ALLEN, but other possibilities include ELLIS or of a short form of ALEXANDER. ... [more]
ALLOWAY     English
Means (i) "person from Alloway, Alloa or Alva", the name of various places in Scotland ("rocky plain"); or (ii) from the medieval male personal name Ailwi (from Old English Æthelwīg, literally "noble battle").
ALLRED     English
From the Middle English personal name Alured, a form of ALFRED, which was sometimes written Alvred, especially in Old French texts.
ALMOND     English
From the Middle English personal name Almund, from Old English Æ{dh}elmund, "noble protection" and variant of Allman, assimilated by folk etymology to the vocabulary word denoting the tree.
ALVORD     English
Derived from a variation of Ælfræd.
AMBER     English
This surname may be derived from the River Amber, located in Derbyshire in England.... [more]
AMBROSE     English
From the Late Latin name Ambrosius, which was derived from the Greek name Αμβροσιος (Ambrosios) meaning "immortal".
AMES     English, German
English: from the Old French and Middle English personal name Amys, Amice, which is either directly from Latin amicus ‘friend’, used as a personal name, or via a Late Latin derivative of this, Amicius.... [more]
AMMER     German, English (Rare)
This surname may be derived from Middle High German amer which means "bunting (as in the bird)." As such, it is used as a nickname for someone with a fine voice or someone who is a flamboyant dresser.... [more]
AMORY     English, Norman
English from a Germanic personal name, Aimeri, composed of the elements haim ‘home’ + ric ‘power’. (The same elements constitute the etymology of Henry.) The name was introduced into England from France by the Normans... [more]
AMSDON     English (Modern)
Unknown. Possibly a spelling variant of Amsden. Ancestry.com suggests probably a habitational name, from a reduced form of the Oxfordshire place name Ambrosden, which is composed of an Old English personal name Ambre + Old English dun ‘hill’... [more]
AMSLER     American, German (Swiss)
As a Swiss German surname it is from the Swiss place name Amslen.
ANDROS     English
Variant of Andrews.
ANEY     English
Possibly a respelling of French Ané, from a personal name derived from Latin Asinarius.
ANGUINO     American, Spanish (Mexican)
Mexican-American last name
ANISTON     English
"Town of Agnes, Agnes town"... [more]
ANN     English
Habitational name from Abbots Ann in Hampshire, named for the stream that runs through it, which is most probably named with an ancient Welsh word meaning ‘water’.
ANNA     English, Irish, Italian, Hungarian
Probably derived from the female first name ANNA.
ANSTEY     English
Means "person from Anstey or Ansty", the name of numerous places in England (either "single track" or "steep track"). F. Anstey was the pen-name of British barrister and author Thomas Anstey Guthrie (1856-1934).
ANTHONY     English
From the personal name ANTHONY.
ANTILLA     Finnish, Finnish (Anglicized), English (American)
Variant and/or Anglicized form of Anttila
APELTIA     English (Rare)
Comes from the word "appellation" referring to the Appellation Mountains.
APPLE     English
From Middle English appel meaning "apple" (Old English æppel). An occupational name for a grower or seller of apples.
APPLEBEE     English
Variant spelling of Appleby.
APPLEGARTH     English, Scottish
Topographic name from northern Middle English applegarth meaning "apple orchard" (Old Norse apaldr meaning "apple tree" + gar{dh}r meaning "enclosure"), or a habitational name from a place so named, of which there are examples in Cumbria and North and East Yorkshire, as well as in the county of Dumfries.
APPLEGATE     English
Extremely common variant of Applegarth, in which the less familiar final element has been assimilated to the northern Middle English word gate meaning "road" or to modern English gate.
APPLEWHITE     English
Habitational name from a place named Applethwaite, from Old Norse apaldr ‘apple tree’ and þveit ‘meadow’. There are two or three such places in Cumbria; Applethwaite is also recorded as a surname from the 13th century in Suffolk, England, pointing to a possible lost place name there... [more]
ARABIA     English (American)
Americanized form of French Arabie.
ARANDS     English, Spanish
Anglicized version of a name given to residents of Aranda de Duero, a small town in the north of Spain.
ARBORNE     English (British)
A surname found in England as well as in America. This surname has been attached to Americans of English ancestry.
ARCHIBALD     English
From the personal name ARCHIBALD.
ARCHULETA     Spanish, English
Castilianized form of Basque Aretxuloeta, a topographic name meaning "oak hollow".
ARDEN     English
From various English place names, which were derived from a Celtic word meaning "high".... [more]
ARISEN     English (Modern)
From a Dutch surname that means "son of Aris". In The Netherlands, this name is never used as a first name, since Dutch law strictly prohibits the use of surnames as first names. Therefore, if this name is indeed sometimes used as a first name in the United States (where it *is* allowed to use surnames as first names), one should classify Arisen as an (American-)English first name.
ARLOTT     English
From a medieval nickname for a ne'er-do-well (from Middle English harlot or arlot "vagabond, base fellow"; "prostitute" is a 15th-century development). This surname was borne by Jack Arlott (1914-1991), a British journalist, poet and cricket commentator.
ARNETT     English
Derived from Arnold, a pet name perhaps. Also could be from /arn/ "eagle" and /ett/, a diminutive.
ARTIS     English
English: regional name for someone from the French province of Artois, from Anglo-Norman French Arteis (from Latin Atrebates, the name of the local Gaulish tribe). This surname is popular in North Carolina and Virginia, of the US.
ARUNDEL     English
English surname which comes from two distinct sources. Either it was derived from a place name meaning "horehound valley" in Old English (from harhune "horehound (a plant)" and dell "valley"), or it was from Old French arondel, diminutive of arond "swallow", which was originally a Norman nickname given to someone resembling a swallow.
ASELTON     American
Asel being a variant of Asil meaning ""noble"" and ton meaning ""town"".
ASHBY     English
English: habitational name from any of the numerous places in northern and eastern England called Ashby, from Old Norse askr ‘ash’ or the Old Norse personal name Aski + býr ‘farm’.
ASHFORD     English
Derived from Ashford, which is the name of several places in England. All but one of these derive the second element of their name from Old English ford meaning "ford" - for the one in North Devon, it is derived from Old English worō or worth meaning "enclosure".... [more]
ASHLAND     English
This surname is derived from Old English æsc & land and it means "ash tree land."
ASHMORE     English
English locational name, from either "Aisemare", (from Old English pre 7th Century "aesc" meaning ash plus "mere" a lake; hence "lake where ash-trees grow), or from any of several minor places composed of the Old English elements "aesc" ash plus "mor" a marsh or fen.
ASPINALL     English
A locational name of Anglo-Saxon origin, it means “aspen well”.
ASQUITH     English
Habitational name from a village in North Yorkshire named Askwith, from Old Norse askr ‘ash tree’ + vi{dh}r ‘wood’
ASSELBROUGH     English
pronouncec assel brudd the origin of the name id unknown but the family were first fiund in heworth .george asselbrough married sarah keatlie in heworth.they had george b1752-1833 alston,srag 17154c nicholas 1757 - 1813 felling pit disaster.peter 1760 james 1762,... [more]
ATELIER     French, English
From the French atelier meaning "workshop," referring to the workplace of an artist in the fine or decorative arts, particularly during the Middle Ages and into the 19th century.
ATHENS     English (British)
British Artist and Violinist Faithe-Lynne Athens' last name
ATHERTON     English
Habitational name from a place near Manchester named Atherton, from the Old English personal name Æ{dh}elhere + Old English tūn meaning "settlement".
ATLEE     English
English: topographic name for someone whose dwelling was ‘by the clearing or meadow’, Middle English atte lee. The word lea or lee (Old English leah) originally meant ‘wood’, thence ‘clearing in a wood’, and, by the Middle English period, ‘grassy meadow’.
ATLEY     English
Variant of Atlee.... [more]
ATMORE     English
Locational surname derived from Middle English atte more meaning "at the marsh".
ATTWELL     English
Variant of ATWELL.
ATWELL     English
Topographic name from Middle English atte welle "by the spring or stream"
AUDEN     English
This surname is derived from the Germanic given name Aldwin, of which the Old English equivalent is Ealdwine. Also compare Alden, which is a surname that has the same etymological origins. The surname Auden was probably formed during the time of the Norman French occupation of England, as Germanic names containing -al- usually became -au- in Norman French... [more]
AUDISH     English (British)
Audish was first found in the counties of Norfolk, Suffolk and Lincolnshire in the south of England, people who had the surname 'Audish' were wealthy landowners, thus held in high esteem.
AUFDEMBERGE     American (Rare)
The surname Aufdemberge originated in America, but in German it means 'On the mountains".... [more]
AUGUSTUS     English
Means "great" or "venerable", derived from Latin augere "to increase".
AULCY     English
English surname, of unknown meaning.
AUS     English
Variant spelling of Scandinavian Aas.
AUSBORN     English
Variant of Osborne.
AUSLEY     English (Modern)
Rare surname which was from an English place name in which the second element is Old English leah "wood, clearing". The first element may be hors "horse" (in which case the name likely referred to a place where horses were put out to pasture) or the river name Ouse (ultimately from the ancient British root ud- "water").
AVEN     Scandinavian, English, German, Dutch, French (Anglicized)
Scandinavian: unexplained.... [more]
AXFORD     English
Derived from Axford, which is the name of two villages in England (one is located in the county of Hampshire, the other in Wiltshire). Both villages derive their name from Old English æsc(e) "ash tree(s)" and Old English ford "ford", which gives their name the meaning of "ford by the ash trees" or "a ford with ash trees"... [more]
AYDEN     English, Scottish, Turkish
From a Scottish surname which was derived from Gaelic caol meaning "narrows, channel, strait".
AYLER     English
occupational name from Old French aillier ‘garlic seller’, from ail ‘garlic’ (from Latin allium).... [more]
AYLIFF     English
From the medieval female personal name Ayleve (from Old English Æthelgifu, literally "noble gift"), or from the Old Norse nickname Eilífr, literally "ever-life".
AYRES     English
Variant of Ayers.
BABINGTON     English
Habitational name for someone from Babington in Somerset or Great or Little Bavington in Northumberland, named with the Old English personal name Babba + the connective particle -ing- meaning "associated with", "named after" + tūn meaning "settlement".
BACCHUS     English
(i) Variant of Backus (meaning "one who lives in or works in a bakery", from Old English bǣchūs "bakehouse, bakery"), the spelling influenced by Bacchus (name of the Greek and Roman god of wine).... [more]
BACKHURST     English (British)
Meaning bake house or wood cutter
BACON     English, French, Norman
An occupational surname for someone who sold pork, from Middle English and Old French bacun or bacon, meaning 'bacon', which is ultimately of Germanic origin. Can also be derived from the Germanic given names Baco, Bacco, or Bahho, from the root bag-, meaning 'to fight'... [more]
BADRINETTE     English
Apparently an extremely rare name of French origin, but isn't used as a first name in France. It might come from the rather uncommon French surname Bardinette, which apparently is a variant spelling of the surname Bardinet... [more]
BAILY     English
Variant of Bailey.
BAIN     Scottish, French, English
Nickname for a hospitable person from northern Middle English beyn, bayn meaning "welcoming", "friendly".... [more]
BAINBRIDGE     English
from Bainbridge in North Yorkshire, named for the Bain river on which it stands (which is named with Old Norse beinn ‘straight’) + bridge.
BAINEBRIDGE     English, Irish
Bridge over the Bain, An English town named for its place on the river Bain, now used as a surname. Lives near the bridge over the white water... [more]
BAIRNSFATHER     English
From a medieval nickname in Scotland and northern England for the (alleged) father of an illegitimate child (from northern Middle English bairnes "child's" + father). This surname was borne by British cartoonist and author Bruce Bairnsfather (1888-1959).
BAKE     English
Probably an occupational name for a baker.
BALCOM     English
Altered spelling of English Balcombe, a habitational name from Balcombe in West Sussex, which is named with Old English bealu "evil, calamity" (or the Old English personal name Bealda) combined with cumb "valley".
BALDOCK     English (Rare)
Means "person from Baldock", Hertfordshire ("Baghdad": in the Middle Ages the lords of the manor were the Knights Templar, whose headquarters were in Jerusalem, and they named the town Baldac, the Old French name for Baghdad).
BALDY     English
Possibly from an Old English female personal name, Bealdḡ{dh}, meaning ‘bold combat’, first recorded c.1170 as Baldith, and in others from the Old Norse personal name Baldi.
BALE     English
Variant of Bail. This is the surname of Welsh footballer Gareth Bale.
BALEN     English
English surname, perhaps of Cornish British origin, from belen, meaning "mill."
BALL     English
Nickname for a short, fat person, from Middle English bal(le) ‘ball’ (Old English ball, Old Norse b{o,}llr)... [more]
BALLARD     English
English and Scottish: derogatory nickname from a derivative of bald ‘bald-headed’ (see also Bald).
BALLASTER     English
Meant "person who makes or is armed with a crossbow" (from a derivative of Middle English baleste "crossbow", from Old French).
BANE     English
Variant of Bain.
BANGS     English
Variant of BANKS
BANKSTON     English
Derived from the old English world "Banke" usually given to a family who lived near a hill or a slope.
BANKSY     English, Popular Culture
This is pseudonyms Banksy is a pseudonymous England-based graffiti artist, political activist, film director, and painter. Banksy's real name might be Robin Gunningham. How Banksy got his pseudonym is unknown... [more]
BANWELL     English
Means "person from Banwell", Somerset ("killer spring (perhaps alluding to a contaminated water source)").
BARDELL     English
Originally meant "person from Bardwell", Suffolk ("Bearda's spring"). A fictional bearer of the surname is Mrs Bardell, Mr Pickwick's widowed landlady in Charles Dickens's 'Pickwick Papers' (1837), who misconstrues an innocent remark about having a companion as a marriage proposal, which leads to her suing Pickwick for breach of promise.
BARDEN     English
English: habitational name from places in North and West Yorkshire named Barden, from Old English bere ‘barley’ (or the derived adjective beren) + denu ‘valley’.
BAREFOOT     English
English: nickname for someone who was in the habit of going about his business unshod, from Old English bær ‘bare’, ‘naked’ + fot ‘foot’. It may have referred to a peasant unable to afford even the simplest type of footwear, or to someone who went barefoot as a religious penance.In some instances, probably a translation of German Barfuss, the northern form Barfoth, or the Danish cognate Barfo(e)d.
BARKER     English
SURNAME Town cryer, or someone who shouts out notices
BARKIS     English
Meant "person who works in a tannery" (from Middle English barkhous "tannery" - bark was used in the tanning process). A fictional bearer is Barkis, a carrier in Charles Dickens's 'David Copperfield' (1849) who sends a message via David to Clara Peggotty that "Barkis is willin'" (i.e. to marry her).
BARKUS     English
Probably a reduced form of Barkhouse, a topographic name for someone who lived by a tannery, Middle English barkhous, or an occupational name for someone who worked in one.
BARLTROP     English
Variant of Barthorpe.
BARNABY     English
Either (i) means "person from Barnaby", Yorkshire ("Beornwald's settlement"); or (ii) from the medieval male personal name Barnaby, the English form of Barnabas, a biblical name ultimately from Aramaic Barnabia "son of Nabia".
BARNER     English
Southern English habitational name for someone who lived by a barn.
BARNETTE     English, French (?)
Variant of Bernet and perhaps also a variant of English Barnett, under French influence.
BARON     English, French
From the title of nobility, derived from Middle English & Old French baron (ultimately of Germanic origin). Instead of referring to someone of rank, this surname referred to a service in a baronial household or a peasant with ideas above their station... [more]
BARRATT     English
Variant of BARRETT.
BARRICK     English
Variation of Barwick.
BARRON     English
Variant of BARON.
BARROW     English
Habitational name from any of the numerous places named with Old English bearo, bearu "grove" or from Barrow in Furness, Cumbria, which is named with an unattested Celtic word, barr, here meaning "promontory", and Old Norse ey "island"... [more]
BARROWMAN     English
A man employed in wheeling a barrow; specifically, in coal-mining, one who conveys the coal in a wheelbarrow from the point where it is mined to the trolleyway or tramway on which it is carried to the place where it is raised to the surface.
BARTHORPE     English
This surname originates from the village of the same name in the East Riding of Yorkshire, likely combining the Old Norse personal name Bǫrkr with Old Norse þorp meaning "village."
BARTLETT     English
English: from the Middle English personal name Bartlet, a pet form of Bartholomew.
BARWICK     English, German
English: habitational name from any of various places called Barwick, for example in Norfolk, Somerset, and West Yorkshire, from Old English bere ‘barley’ + wic ‘outlying farm’, i.e. a granary lying some distance away from the main village.... [more]
BASSETT     English
From Old French basset, which is a diminutive of basse meaning "low, short". It was either used as a nickname for a short person or someone of humble origins.
BATEMAN     English, Scottish
Occupational name meaning ‘servant of Bate.’
BATEY     English (?)
Originates from mostly northern England. Is the presumed given name to fishers. (With it meaning "Small fishing boat" in old English.)
BATHGATE     Scottish, English
From the town of Bathgate, west of Edinburgh, Scotland. The town's name derives from Cumbric *beith, meaning 'boar' (Welsh baedd) and *gaith. meaning 'wood' (Welsh coed).
BAUCOM     English
Variant spelling of BALCOMBE, a habitational name from West Sussex derived from Old English bealu "evil" and cumb "valley".
BAUMFREE     Dutch, American, African American
This name is clearly derived from Sojourner Truth, a former African-American slave who was born as Isabella Bomefree (but at some point the surname was changed to the more German-looking Baumfree). Although Sojourner's original owners - James and Elizabeth Bomefree/Baumfree - were apparently of Dutch descent, it is questionable whether the surname is really of Dutch origin... [more]
BAX     English
Possibly a short form of Baxter, or maybe from the Anglo-Saxon word box, referring to the box tree.
BAXENDALE     English
Habitational name, probably an altered form of Baxenden, a place near Accrington, which is named with an unattested Old English word bæcstān meaning "bakestone" (a flat stone on which bread was baked) + denu meaning "valley"... [more]
BAXLEY     English
Variant of BEXLEY.
BAY     English, French, Dutch, Scottish, German, Danish, Norwegian
English, French, and Dutch: nickname for someone with chestnut or auburn hair, from Middle English, Old French bay, bai, Middle Dutch bay ‘reddish brown’ (Latin badius, used originally of horses).... [more]
BAYLEY     English
Variant of Bailey.
BAYLOR     English
Possibly derived from the legal term bailor "one who delivers goods". It could also be a respelling of German name BEILER, an occupational name for an inspector of measures or a maker of measuring sticks... [more]
BEABER     English (American)
Americanized spelling of German Bieber or Biber, from Middle High German biber ‘beaver’, hence a nickname for someone thought to resemble the animal in some way, a topographic name for someone who lived in a place frequented by beavers or by a field named with this word, or a habitational name from any of various place names in Hesse containing this element.
BEACH     English
Name for someone living near a beach, stream, or beech tree.
BEACHEM     English
Variant spelling of Beauchamp.
BEAM     English
From Old English beam "beam" or "post". It could be a topographic name from someone living near a post or tree, or it could be a metonymic occupational name for a weaver.... [more]
BEAMAN     English
A beekeeper.
BEAR     English
From the Middle English nickname Bere meaning "bear" (Old English bera, which is also found as a byname), or possibly from a personal name derived from a short form of the various Germanic compound names with this first element... [more]
BEARCUB     English (American, Rare)
Surname meaning a bear cub.
BEARD     English (American)
Nickname for a bearded man (Middle English, Old English beard). To be clean-shaven was the norm in non-Jewish communities in northwestern Europe from the 12th to the 16th century, the crucial period for surname formation... [more]
BEARDEN     English
English habitational name, a variant of Barden, or from places in Devon and Cornwall called Beardon.
BEAS     English
Varient spelling of the surname Bees.
BEAUCHAMP     English, French
From the Old French "beau, bel" meaning "fair" and "lovely" and "champ(s)" meaning "field" or "plain." It is the name of several places in France. It is also the surname of the Beauchamp Family in the hit series Witches of East End.
BEAUFOY     French (Anglicized, Rare), English (Rare)
Anglicized form of Beaufay. Known bearers of this surname include the English astronomer and physicist Mark Beaufoy (1764-1827) and the British screenwriter Simon Beaufoy (b. 1967).
BEAUVOIR     English
From the surname of Simone de Beauvoir (1908-1986), a French feminist and philosopher.
BECKER     English
Occupational name for a maker or user of mattocks or pickaxes, from an agent derivative of Old English becca "mattock".
BECKETT     English
An Old English name simply meaning "beehive". Famous Irish playwrite Samuel Beckett bears this name.
BECKLEY     English
This surname was taken from an English habitational name from any of the various places, in Kent, Oxfordshire, and Sussex, named Beckley whose name was derived from the Old English byname Becca and the Old English lēah "woodland clearing".... [more]
BECKWITH     English (African)
Habitational name from a place in West Yorkshire named Beckwith, from Old English bece "beech" + Old Norse viðr "wood" (replacing the cognate Old English wudu).
BECRAFT     English (American)
English, variant of Beecroft. topographic name for someone who lived at a place where bees were kept, from Middle English bee ‘bee’ + croft ‘paddock’, ‘smallholding’.
BEE     English
From Middle English be meaning "bee", Old English beo, hence a nickname for an energetic or active person or a metonymic occupational name for a beekeeper.
BEEDEN     English (British)
Probably means "from Beeden", a village near Newbury in Berkshire. Ultimately coming from either Old English byden, meaning "shallow valley", or from the pre 7th century personal name Bucge with the suffix dun, meaning "hill of Bucge".
BEELER     English
Anglicized spelling of German BIEHLER.
BEER     English, German, Dutch, German (Swiss)
Habitational name from any of the forty or so places in southwestern England called Beer(e) or Bear(e). Most of these derive their names from the West Saxon dative case, beara, of Old English bearu ‘grove’, ‘wood’ (the standard Old English dative bearwe being preserved in Barrow)... [more]
BEIHL     English, German
Variant of BIEHL, a short form of BIEHLER.
BELGRAVE     English
Aristocratic surname from French, meaning "beautiful grove"; comes from a place name in Leicestershire. A famous namesake is British polar explorer Belgrave Ninnis, who perished in Antarctica on a 1912 expedition.
BELLE     English
Possibly a variant of Bell(1) or Bell(2).
BELLERS     English
Name came from the son of a French Noble born in Leicestershire, England. Hamon Bellers took his last name after the Kirby Bellers (Bellars) which was the name of the land given to him by his father.
BELLINGHAM     English
Habitational name from places called Bellingham.
BENGTSON     English, Swedish
Variant of the Swedish surname Bengtsson.
BENNINGFIELD     English, Anglo-Saxon
Benningfield is believed to be either ... [more]
BENTHAM     English
Habitational name from any of various places named Bentham, from Old English beonet "bent grass" + ham "homestead" or hamm "enclosure hemmed in by water".
BEOLLAN     English, Irish, Scottish Gaelic
English: variant of Boland.... [more]
BERESFORD     English
English: habitational name from a place in the parish of Alstonfield, Staffordshire named Beresford, from Old English beofor ‘beaver’ (or possibly from a byname from this word) + Old English ford ‘ford’... [more]
BERKELEY     English
It is English and it is also a surname.
BERLIN     German, English, Swedish
Habitational name from the city in Germany, the name of which is of uncertain meaning. It is possibly derived from an Old Slavic stem berl- meaning swamp or from a West Slavic word meaning "river lake".... [more]
BERNER     English, Norman
From the Norman personal name Bernier from Old English beornan ‘to burn’, hence an occupational name for a burner of lime (compare German Kalkbrenner) or charcoal. It may also have denoted someone who baked bricks or distilled spirits, or who carried out any other manufacturing process involving burning... [more]
BERNETT     Scottish, English
Altered spelling of Scottish and English Burnett or French Bernet.
BERRICK     English
Variation of Barwick.
BESS     English
Popularly grown surname from the diminuative form of "Elizabeth" during any time of a Queen Elizabeth
BETH     English
From the given name Beth, itself a short form of Elizabeth and Bethany.
BETHEL     English, Welsh (Anglicized)
Anglicized form of Welsh ab Ithel "son of ITHEL".
BETHENCOURT     French, English, Portuguese (Rare)
Bettencourt and Bethencourt are originally place-names in Northern France. The place-name element -court (courtyard, courtyard of a farm, farm) is typical of the French provinces, where the Frankish settlements formed an important part of the local population... [more]
BETTENCOURT     French, English, Portuguese (Rare)
Bettencourt and Bethencourt are originally place-names in Northern France. The place-name element -court (courtyard, courtyard of a farm, farm) is typical of the French provinces, where the Frankish settlements formed an important part of the local population... [more]
BEXLEY     English
Habitational name from Bexley (now Bexleyheath in Greater London), which was named from Old English byxe ‘box tree’ + leah ‘woodland clearing’.
BIBLE     English
From the given name BIBEL or an altered spelling of German BIEBL.
BICKHAM     English
Habitational name from places so named in Devon and Somerset, most of which are most probably named with an Old English personal name Bicca and Old English cumb "valley". The first element could alternatively be from bica "pointed ridge".
BICKNELL     English (British)
Contracted form of the placename Bickenhill in Somerset, England.
BIDDLE     English, Irish
Variant of English BEADLE or German BITTEL. The name is now popular in the north east region of America, where it was brought by English and Irish immigrants.
BIDEN     English (British)
Variant of Beeden.
BIGELOW     English
Habitational name from a place in England called Big Low meaning "big mound".
BIGGINS     English
Habitational name from any of the various places in England named with northern Middle English bigging "building" (from Old Norse). This word came to denote especially an outbuilding, and is still used in and around Northumberland and Cumbria.
BILLARD     English, German
From a short form of the personal name Robillard, a derivative of Robert.... [more]
BILLINGHAM     English
A surname of English origin.
BINGLEY     English, Literature
Habitual surname for someone from Bingley in West Yorkshire, derived either from the given name Bynna or the Old English element bing meaning "hollow" and leah meaning "woodland clearing"... [more]
BINK     English
Topographic name for someone living by a bink, a northern dialect term for a flat raised bank of earth or a shelf of flat stone suitable for sitting on. The word is a northern form of modern English bench.
BINKS     English
Variant of Bink.
BIRCHALL     English
Probably a habitational name from Birchill in Derbyshire or Birchills in Staffordshire, both named in Old English with birce "birch" + hyll "hill".
BIRCHARD     English
From the Old English personal name, Burgheard. See also Burkett.
BIRCHFIELD     English
Variant of English BURCHFIELD or an anglicized form of German BIRKENFELD.
BIRDSONG     English
From the English words bird and song. Possibly an English translation of the German surname Vogelsang.
BIRKET     English
It's a locational surname taken from the village of Birket Houses in Lancashire.
BIRKIN     English
The surname "Birkin" comes from a village in Yorkshire of the same name, first recorded as "Byrcene" in the Yorkshire charters of 1030, and as "Berchine" and "Berchinge" in the Domesday Book. The first known person with the surname "Birkin" was Jon de Birkin, a baron who lived in the late-11th century.
BIRNEY     English
Scottish: habitational name from a place in Morayshire, recorded in the 13th century as Brennach, probably from Gaelic braonach 'damp place'.
BISBEE     English
Named after the city of Bisbee which is in Arizona.... [more]
BIZZELL     English
a corn merchant; one who made vessels designed to hold or measure out a bushel.
BLACKABY     English
Variant of Blackerby.
BLACKBIRD     English
Variation of Blackbeard.
BLACKERBY     English, Irish, Scottish
English surname of unexplained origin, probably from the name of a lost or unidentified place.
BLACKMON     English
Variant of BLACKMAN.
BLACKMORE     English
BLACKMORE, an English name, has two possible beginnings: ... [more]
BLACKSTOCK     English
English and southern Scottish: topographic name from Middle English blak(e) ‘black’, ‘dark’ + stok ‘stump’, ‘stock’.
BLACKWELL     English
Habitational name from any of various places, for example in Cumbria, Derbyshire, County Durham, Warwickshire, and Worcestershire, named Blackwell, from Old English blæc "black, dark" and wæll(a), well(a) "spring, stream".
BLADE     English (Australian)
it is a name given to a hansom man
BLAIN     Scottish (Anglicized), Scottish Gaelic, English
Anglicized form of the Gaelic name BLÁÁN, a shortened form of MACBLAIN, or a variant of BLIN. It could also be a nickname for a person suffering from boils, from Middle English blain "blister"
BLAKEWAY     English
Literally means "black way", thus referring to a black road near which the original bearer must have lived. A famous bearer of this surname was Jacob Blakeway (b. 1583-?), the biological father of Mayflower passenger Richard More (1614-1696).
BLANCHFLOWER     English
From a medieval nickname applied probably to an effeminate man (from Old French blanche flour "white flower"). This surname was borne by Northern Irish footballer Danny Blanchflower (1926-1993).
BLAND     English
Bland is a habitational name from a place in West Yorkshire called Bland, the origin of which is uncertain. Possibly it is from Old English (ge)bland ‘storm’, ‘commotion’ (from blandan ‘to blend or mingle’), with reference to its exposed situation... [more]
BLAYLOCK     English
The surname of James P. Blaylock (1950-), an early steampunk author. His surname may mean "black lock" from Middle English blakelok, originally referring to a person with dark hair.
BLAZE     English
Variant of Blaise.
BLEDSOE     English
Comes from a place in Gloucestershire called Bledisloe, comes from an Old English personal name Blið.
BLESSED     English
From a medieval nickname for a fortunate person. This surname is borne by British actor Brian Blessed (1936-).
BLEWETT     English
From a medieval nickname for a blue-eyed person or one who habitually wore blue clothing (from Middle English bleuet "cornflower" or bluet "blue cloth").
BLISSETT     English
A different form of Blessed. A bearer of this surname is Luther Blissett (1958-), a Jamaican-born English footballer ("Luther Blissett" has been used since 1994 as a cover name for activists engaging in anti-cultural establishment polemics and spoofs on the internet and elsewhere).
BLIZZARD     English
A different form (influenced by blizzard "heavy snowstorm") of Blissett.
BLOOD     English
Evidently from Old English blod ‘blood’, but with what significance is not clear. In Middle English the word was in use as a metonymic occupational term for a physician, i.e. one who lets blood, and also as an affectionate term of address for a blood relative.
BLOOM     English
Metonymic occupational name for an iron worker, from Middle English blome ‘ingot (of iron)’.
BLOOMFIELD     English
This interesting surname is of early medieval English origin, and is a locational name from either of the two places thus called in England, one in Staffordshire, and the other in Somerset, or it may be a dialectal variant of Blonville (-sur-Mer) in Calvados, Normandy, and hence a Norman habitation name... [more]
BLOUNT     English
Variant of Blunt.
BLOW     English
From a medieval nickname for someone with a pale complexion (from Middle English blowe "pale"). This surname was borne by English composer John Blow (1649-1708) and British fashion editor Isabella Blow (original name Isabella Delves Broughton; 1958-2007); additionally, "Joe Blow" is a name used colloquially (in US, Canadian and Australian English) as representative of the ordinary uncomplicated unsophisticated man, the average man in the street (of which the equivalent in British English is "Joe Bloggs").
BLUFORD     English, American (South)
Possibly an English habitational name from a lost or unidentified place. The name occurs in records of the 19th century but is now very rare if not extinct in the British Isles. In the U.S. it is found chiefly in TX and TN.
BLUME     German, English
Could be from the Jewish surname Blum of from Swedish Blom. It could also be from the English word bloom.
BLUNT     English
From the Old French word blund which means "blonde, fair". It also coincides with the Middle English word blunt or blont meaning "dull". A famous bearer is Emily Blunt, a British actress.
BODEN     English
Possibly a variant of BALDWIN.
BODIN     French, English
Derived from Old French personal name BODIN or a variant spelling of BAUDOUIN.
BODKIN     English
From the medieval male personal name Bowdekyn, a pet-form of Baldwin.
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