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RANDLE     English
English: variant spelling of Randall or Americanized spelling of Randel.
RANDOLPH     English, German
Classicized spelling of Randolf, a Germanic personal name composed of the elements rand "rim (of a shield), shield" and wolf "wolf". This was introduced into England by Scandinavian settlers in the Old Norse form Rannúlfr, and was reinforced after the Norman Conquest by the Norman form Randolf.
RANGER     English, German, French
English: occupational name for a gamekeeper or warden, from Middle English ranger, an agent derivative of range(n) ‘to arrange or dispose’.... [more]
RANNELLS     English
Patronymic from the Middle English personal name Rannulf, Ranel, of continental Germanic origin.
RAPE     English (American, Rare)
A corruption of Rolfe.
RASBERRY     English
Possibly a habitational name from Ratsbury in Lynton, Devon.
RASPBERRY     English
Variant spelling of Rasberry.
RATCLIFF     English
Habitational name from any of the places, in various parts of England, called Ratcliff(e), Radcliffe, Redcliff, or Radclive, all of which derive their names from Old English rēad meaning "red" + clif meaning "cliff", "slope", "riverbank".
RATHBONE     English (Archaic), Medieval English (Rare)
Of unknown origin, but might denote a person with short legs. From Olde English rhath, meaning "short, and bon, "legs".
RAU     English
From a medieval personal name, a variant of RALPH.
RAVENEL     English, French
Habitational name from Ravenel in Oise or a metonymic occupational name for a grower or seller of horseradish, from a diminutive of Old French ravene ‘horseradish’ (Latin raphanus)... [more]
RAVENHILL     English
From Rauenilde or Ravenild, medieval English forms of the Old Norse given name Hrafnhildr.
RAVENSWOOD     English (American)
Ravenswood is a gothic surname.
RAWLEY     English
Variant of Raleigh.
RAWLS     English
From the Olde German and Anglo-Saxon personal name Rolf. Originally derived from the Norse-Viking pre 7th Century 'Hrolfr' meaning "Fame-Wolf".
RAYMOND     English, French
From the Norman personal name Raimund, composed of the Germanic elements ragin "advice, counsel" and mund "protection".
READE     English
English variant spelling of Read.
READING     English
Habitational name from the county seat of Berkshire, which gets its name from Old English Readingas ‘people of Read(a)’, a byname meaning ‘red’. Topographic name for someone who lived in a clearing, an unattested Old English ryding.
REASON     English
A different form of Raison.
RED     English
Variant of Read (1).
REDDEN     English
Location name meaning "clearing or cleared woodland." Communities called Redden include one in Roxburghshire, Scotland and another in Somerset, England. A notable bearer is actor Billy Redden who played the dueling banjoist Lonnie in the 1972 film 'Deliverance.'
REDDICK     English
Habitational name from Redwick in Gloucestershire, named in Old English with hreod "reeds" and wic "outlying settlement".
REDDING     English, German, Dutch
English variant spelling of Reading. In 1841 Redding was the most commonly used surname in all of Buckinghamshire. A famous bearer is Otis Redding.... [more]
REDDISH     English
This surname is derived from a geographical locality. 'of Reddish,' a village near Stockport, Cheshire.
REDHAGE     English
This surname originated in Germany
REDPATH     Scottish, English
Habitational name from a place in Berwickshire, probably so called from Old English read ‘red’ + pæð ‘path’. This name is also common in northeastern England.
REDWOOD     English
Name possibly derived from the colour of the bark of trees or the name of the town Reedworth between Durham and Devon
REEVES     English
Patronymic form of Reeve. It is also a topographic surname for someone who lived on the margin of a wood, derived from Middle English atter eves meaning "at the edge" (from Old English æt þære efese).
RELPH     English
From the Old French male personal name Riulf, of Germanic origin and meaning literally "power-wolf" (cf. Riculf).
RENDALL     Scottish, English
Variant of Randall. Habitational name from Rendall in Orkney. Possibly also an Americanization of Swedish Rendahl.
RENFRO     English, Scottish
Variant of RENFREW
RENSHAW     English, Scottish
A habitational surname from any of the so-called or like-sounding places in the United Kingdom. These include Renishaw in Derbyshire, Ramshaw in Durham, the lost Renshaw in Cheshire and Radshaw in Yorkshire... [more]
REVELL     English
From a medieval nickname for someone who is full of noisy enthusiasm and energy (from Middle English revel "festivity, tumult").
REVELS     American
from the surname Revel, a variant of Revell, a Middle English and Old French name referring to festivity
REVERE     English, French, Judeo-Italian
French: variant of Rivière, Rivoire, or Rivier, topographic name for someone living on the banks of a river, French rivier ‘bank’, or habitational name from any of the many places in France named with this word.... [more]
REX     English, German (Latinized)
English: variant of Ricks. ... [more]
RHINE     German, French, English, Irish
A habitational name for an individual whom lived within close proximity of the River Rhine (see Rhein). The river name is derived from a Celtic word meaning 'to flow' (Welsh redan, 'flow').... [more]
RHODE     American
Comes from the state 'Rhode Island' in America
RIAL     English
Variant of Royle.
RIAL     English
Variant of Ryle.
RIBCHESTER     English
This name originates from the small village in Lancashire that shares the same name. Interestingly, most people with the name 'Ribchester' are in Lancashire, but a lot are also found in Newcastle Upon Tyne.
RICHE     English, French
English: variant spelling of Rich. ... [more]
RICHERS     English, German
From a Germanic personal name composed of the elements ric ‘power(ful)’ + hari, heri ‘army’. The name was introduced into England by the Normans in the form Richier, but was largely absorbed by the much more common Richard... [more]
RICHMOND     English
Habitational name from any of the numerous places so named, in northern France as well as in England. These are named with the Old French elements riche "rich, splendid" and mont "hill"... [more]
RIDDELL     Scottish, English
From a Norman personal name, Ridel. Reaney explains this as a nickname from Old French ridel ‘small hill’ (a diminutive of ride ‘fold’, of Germanic origin), but a more probable source is a Germanic personal name derived from the element rīd ‘ride’.
RIDEOUT     English
Means "outrider (a municipal or monastic official in the Middle Ages whose job was to ride around the country collecting dues and supervising manors)".
RIDGE     English
Topographic name for someone who lived on or by a ridge, Middle English rigge, or a habitational name from any of the places named with this word, as for example Ridge in Hertfordshire. The surname is also fairly common in Ireland, in County Galway, having been taken to Connacht in the early 17th century... [more]
RIDGEWAY     English
Comes from Middle English 'riggewey', hence a topographic name for someone who lived by such a route or a habitational name from any of various places so named, for example in Cheshire, Derbyshire, Dorset, and Staffordshire.
RIDGWAY     English
Variant spelling of Ridgeway.
RIM     English
RINGER     English
Derived from the occupation of "ringer" as in a bell ringer or a person who makes rings.
RIPPER     English
Means "maker, seller or carrier of baskets" (from a derivative of Middle English rip "basket").
RITCH     English, German, German (Swiss)
1. English: variant spelling of Rich. ... [more]
RITCHINGS     French, German, English
This surname has at least three distinct separate origins. ... [more]
RIVERS     English, Norman
English (of Norman origin): habitational name from any of various places in northern France called Rivières, from the plural form of Old French rivière ‘river’ (originally meaning ‘riverbank’, from Latin riparia)... [more]
RIVET     French, English
French: from a diminutive of Old French rive ‘(river) bank’, ‘shore’ (see Rives).... [more]
RIVETT     English, French
English (East Anglia): metonymic occupational name for a metalworker, from Middle English, Old French rivet ‘small nail or bolt’ (from Old French river ‘to fix or secure’, of unknown origin).... [more]
RO     English
Possibly a variant of Rowe.
ROBERS     English
Variant of Roberts.
ROBERSON     English
Variant of Robinson.
ROBERTSSEN     English
English variant of Robertsson.
ROBEY     English
From a medieval diminutive form of the given name Robert.
ROBIN     Scottish, English, French, German
From the personal name Robin, a pet form of Robert, composed of the short form Rob and the hypocoristic suffix -in.
ROBINS     English
Southern English patronymic from the personal name Robin.
ROBY     English
From a medieval diminutive form of the given name Robert.
ROCHESTER     English
Means "person from Rochester", Kent (probably "Roman town or fort called Rovi"). A fictional bearer of the surname is Mr Rochester, the Byronic hero of Charlotte Brontë's 'Jane Eyre' (1847).
ROCK     English
Topographic name for someone who lived near a notable crag or outcrop, from Middle English rokke "rock" (see Roach), or a habitational name from a place named with this word, as for example Rock in Northumberland.
ROCKWELL     English
Means "person from Rockwell", Buckinghamshire and Somerset (respectively "wood frequented by rooks" and "well frequented by rooks"). Famous bearers include American illustrator Norman Rockwell (1894-1978) and Utah pioneer Porter Rockwell (1813-1878).
RODHAM     English
From Roddam in Northumberland. The name is thought to have derived from Germanic *rodum, meaning 'forest clearing'.
RODMAN     English
It is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Rodman is "renowned man". The most famous bearer of the surname is the basketball player Dennis Rodman
RODMAN     English
The surname Rodman is an ancient English surname, derived from a trade name, "men who were by the tenure or customs of their lands to ride with or for the lord of the manor about his business". The most famous bearer of this name is the basketball player Dennis Rodman.
ROE     English
Nickname for a timid person, derived from the Middle English ro meaning "roe"; also a midland and southern form of Ray.
ROEL     English, Spanish, Dutch, German
From the name Roeland, meaning "famous country".
ROGER     Scottish, English, North German, French, Catalan
From a Germanic personal name composed of the elements hrōd "renown" and gār, gēr "spear, lance", which was introduced into England by the Normans in the form Rog(i)er... [more]
ROHRLACH     German (Rare), American
Form a place name, e.g., Rohrlach (Kreis Hirschberg) in Silesia (now Trzcińsko, Poland)
ROLF     English
From the Middle English personal name Rolf, composed of the Germanic elements hrōd "renown" and wulf "wolf". This name was especially popular among Nordic peoples in the contracted form Hrólfr, and seems to have reached England by two separate channels; partly through its use among pre-Conquest Scandinavian settlers, partly through its popularity among the Normans, who, however, generally used the form Rou(l) (see Rollo).
ROLFE     English
Variant of Rolf.
ROLL     Upper German, German, English
German: from Middle High German rolle, rulle ‘roll’, ‘list’, possibly applied as a metonymic occupational name for a scribe.... [more]
ROLLE     English
Variant of Roll.
ROLLIN     English, German
English: variant of Rolling.... [more]
ROLSTON     English
English habitational name from any of various places, such as Rowlston in Lincolnshire, Rolleston in Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, and Staffordshire, or Rowlstone in Herefordshire, near the Welsh border... [more]
ROMAN     Catalan, French, Polish, English, German, Hungarian, Romanian, Ukrainian, Belorussian
From the Latin personal name Romanus, which originally meant "Roman". This name was borne by several saints, including a 7th-century bishop of Rouen.
ROMINE     English, Dutch
From Rome
ROMNEY     English
English: habitational name from a place in Kent, so called from an obscure first element, rumen, + Old English ea ‘river’ (see Rye).
ROMP     English, German
Likely a variant of Rump.
RONSON     English
Means "son of RON"
ROOK     English
From a medieval nickname for someone thought to resemble a rook (e.g. in having black hair or a harsh voice).
ROOM     English (British)
Variant of Roome.
ROOME     English
Variant of Rome.
ROOT     English, Dutch
English: nickname for a cheerful person, from Middle English rote ‘glad’ (Old English rot). ... [more]
ROPER     English
English: occupational name for a maker or seller of rope, from an agent derivative of Old English rāp ‘rope’. See also ROOP.
ROSELAND     English
Americanized form of Norwegian Røys(e)land; a habitational name from about 30 farmsteads, many in Agder, named from Old Norse reysi ‘heap of stones’ + land ‘land’, ‘farmstead’.
ROSEMAN     English
From the Norman feminine name Rosamund.
ROSEVEAR     Cornish, English
From the name of a Cornish village near St Mawgan which derives from Celtic ros "moor, heath" and vur "big".
ROSEWOOD     English
Denoting someone who came from a rose wood or grove.
ROSSEAU     French, American
Variant spelling of Rousseau. Comes from the Old French word rous meaning "red", likely a nickname for someone with red hair or a particularly rosy complexion.
ROSSIE     English
Possibly a variant of Rossi.
ROUSE     English
nickname for a person with red hair, from Middle English, Old French rous ‘red(-haired)’
ROVER     English, German (Anglicized)
This surname is derived from Middle English roof (from Old English hrof) combined with the agent suffix (i)er, which denotes someone who does/works with something. Thus, the surname was originally used for a constructor or repairer of roofs.... [more]
ROWETT     English
English from a medieval personal name composed of the Germanic elements hrod ‘renown’ + wald ‘rule’, which was introduced into England by Scandinavian settlers in the form Róaldr, and again later by the Normans in the form Rohald or Roald... [more]
ROWLEY     English
Anglo Saxon Name- locational, comes from several places in England such as in Devonshire, Yorkshire, County Durham and Staffordshire. It means ' rough wood or clearing', from the Old English 'run' meaning rough and 'leah', meaning clearing in a wood.
ROWSON     English (British, Anglicized)
The ancestors of the Rowson family first reached the shores of England in the wave of migration after the Norman Conquest of 1066. Their name is derived from the Norman given name Ralph. This name, which also occurs as Ralf, Rolf, and Raoul, is adapted from the Old French given name Raol.... [more]
ROYAL     English
From the given name Royal.
RUDD     English
A famous bearer is political activist Mark Rudd.
RUFF     English
Variant of Rolf.
RUFF     English
Variant of Rolfe.
RUFFIN     English
From the medieval French male personal name Ruffin, from Latin Rūfīnus, a derivative of Rūfus (literally "red-haired one"). A known bearer of the surname is US soul singer Jimmy Ruffin (1939-).
RUGBY     English
From Rugby, Warwickshire. Originally named *Rocheberie, from Old English *Hrocaburg, 'Hroca's fort', the name was altered due to influence fort Danish settlers, with the second element being replaced with Old Norse byr, 'farm'.... [more]
RULE     Scottish, English
Scottish name from the lands of Rule in the parish of Hobkirk, Roxburghshire. The derivation is from the River Rule which flows through the area, and is so called from the ancient Welsh word "rhull" meaning "hasty or rushing".... [more]
RUMBELOW     English
Means "person from Rumbelow", the name of various locations in England ("three mounds").
RUMNEY     English
Variant of Romney.
RUMPOLE     English
A different form of Rumbold (from the Norman personal name Rumbald, of Germanic origin and probably meaning literally "fame-bold"). A fictional bearer of the surname is Horace Rumpole, the eccentric QC created by John Mortimer (originally for a 1975 television play).
RUNCIE     English, Scottish
Derived from Latin runcinus, and related to the Old French "roncin", for a horse of little value. Middle English, Rouncy, as in Chaucer's Cantebury Tales.... [more]
RUTH     English, German (Swiss)
English: from Middle English reuthe ‘pity’ (a derivative of rewen to pity, Old English hreowan) nickname for a charitable person or for a pitiable one. Not related to the given name in this case.... [more]
RUTLEDGE     English, Scottish
Origin unknown
RUTT     English, German
English: variant of Root.... [more]
RUTTER     English
Either (i) "player of the rote (a medieval stringed instrument played by plucking)"; or (ii) from a medieval nickname for a dishonest or untrustworthy person (from Old French routier "robber, mugger")... [more]
RYALL     English
From any of several places in England named from Old English ryge "rye" + hyll "hill".
RYALS     English
English occupational surname.
RYDELL     Swedish, English
Swedish: ornamental name composed of the place name element ryd ‘woodland clearing’ + the common suffix -ell, from the Latin adjectival ending -elius.... [more]
RYERSON     American
Americanized spelling of Swedish Reierson or of any of its cognates, for example Dutch Ryerse, Ryersen or Norwegian and Danish Reiersen.
RYLE     English
Variant of Royle.
RYLE     English
Habitational name from Royle in Lancashire (see Royle).
SAFFEELS     English (Rare), German (Rare)
Used as a last name a minimum of 82 times in (USA, Germany).
SAGE     English (Modern)
From the English word sage (see Sage).
SAGRAVES     English
Variant of Seagrave.
SAILER     English
Variant spelling of Saylor.
SAILOR     English
Variant of SAYLOR.
SAINT     English, French
Nickname for a particularly pious individual, from Middle English, Old French saint, seint "holy" (Latin sanctus "blameless, holy"). The vocabulary word was occasionally used in the Middle Ages as a personal name, especially on the Continent, and this may have given rise to some instances of the surname.
SALE     English, French
English: from Middle English sale ‘hall’, a topographic name for someone living at a hall or manor house, or a metonymic occupational name for someone employed at a hall or manor house. ... [more]
SALISBURY     English
Habitational name from the city in Wiltshire, the Roman name of which was Sorviodunum (of British origin). In the Old English period the second element (from Celtic dun ‘fortress’) was dropped and Sorvio- (of unexplained meaning) became Searo- in Old English as the result of folk etymological association with Old English searu ‘armor’; to this an explanatory burh ‘fortress’, ‘manor’, ‘town’ was added... [more]
SALLOW     English (Rare)
Sallow comes from the medieval word for willow tree. It is a location surname.
SAM     English
SAMWAYS     English
From a medieval nickname for a fool (from Middle English samwis "foolish", literally "half-wise").
SAND     English, Scottish, Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, German, Jewish
Topographic name for someone who lived on patch of sandy soil, from the vocabulary word sand. As a Swedish or Jewish name it was often purely ornamental.
SANDWELL     English
From a place called SANDWELL.
SANGUINEM     American
Means "blood" in Latin.
SANGWIN     English
From Middle English sanguine (blood) ,one of the four humours.
SANKEY     English, Irish
Habitational name from a place in Lancashire, which derived from the name of an ancient British river, perhaps meaning "sacred, holy." ... [more]
SAPPINGFIELD     American (Anglicized, Rare)
From the German name "Sappenfeld," a small town in Bavaria, Germany. (Pop. 380.) The town itself is named after an early resident named "Sappo;" in English, the name means "Sappo's Field." The name "Sappo" may mean noble (unconfirmed)... [more]
SARD     English, French, Spanish, Italian
In the book "Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary by Henry Harrison and Gyda (Pulling) Harrison 1912 - Reprinted 1996.... The Sard surname (which has been in England, Italy and Europe for a long time) is defined thus on page 136...... [more]
SARVER     English, Jewish
English and Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic) occupational name from Old French serveur (an agent derivative of server ‘to serve’), Yiddish sarver ‘servant’.
SAVELL     English
English variant of Saville.
SAVILLE     English
A habitational name from an uncertain place in Northern France. This is most likely Sainville, named from Old French saisne, 'Saxon' and ville, indicating a settlement.
SAX     English, Norwegian
English from an Old Norse personal name, Saxi meaning ‘sword’.
SAXTON     English
Habitational name from a place in West Yorkshire, possibly also one in Cambridgeshire, both so named from Old English Seaxe "Saxons" and tūn "enclosure, settlement".
SAYWARD     English (Rare)
English surname which was a variant of Seward.
SCARBOROUGH     English
Habitational name from Scarborough on the coast of North Yorkshire, so named from the Old Norse byname Skarði + Old Norse borg "fortress", "fortified town".
SCHADE     German, Dutch, Scottish, English
German and Dutch: from schade ‘damage’, a derivative of schaden ‘to do damage’, generally a nickname for a thug or clumsy person, or, more particularly, a robber knight, who raided others’ lands.... [more]
SCHRAM     German, English, Yiddish
Derived from German Schramme (Middle High German schram(me)) and Yiddish shram, all of which mean "scar".
SCOGINGS     English, Old Danish
A surname of Scandinavian origin from the old Norse and old Danish by-name "Skeggi" or "skoggi", meaning 'the bearded one'. Common in areas invaded and settled by Scandinavians in the 8th and 9th Centuries.
SCOTFORD     English
Derived from Scotforth, the name of a village near Lancaster (in Lancashire) in England. The village's name means "ford of the Scot(s)" and is derived from Old English Scott "Scot" combined with Old English ford "ford".
SCOTLAND     English
(i) "person from Scotland"; (ii) "person from Scotland or Scotlandwell", Perth and Kinross; (iii) from the Norman personal name Escotland, literally "territory of the Scots"
SEAFORTH     English
English
SEAGER     English, German (Modern)
English: from the Middle English personal name Segar, Old English S?gar, composed of the elements s? ‘sea’ + gar ‘spear’.... [more]
SEAGLE     English (American)
Americanized form of Jewish Segal or German Siegel.
SEAGRAVE     English
Habitational name from a place in Leicestershire, recorded in Domesday Book as Satgrave and Setgrave; probably named from Old English (ge)set meaning "fold", "pen" (or sēað meaning "pit", "pool") + grāf meaning "grove" or græf meaning "ditch".
SEARS     English
Version of Sayer. Used in the United States. Famous bearer of the name is Richard Warren Sears, one of the founders of Sears, Roebuck and Co.
SEASON     English
Likely a corruption of the surname Searson, meaning "son of Saer".
SEE     English, German
Topographic name for someone who lived by the sea-shore or beside a lake, from Middle English see meaning "sea", "lake" (Old English sǣ), Middle High German sē. Alternatively, the English name may denote someone who lived by a watercourse, from an Old English sēoh meaning "watercourse", "drain".
SEEKINS     English (British)
Probably a variant of English Seekings, a Cambridgeshire name of unexplained etymology.
SEGER     Swedish, English, Dutch
Means "victory" in Swedish. It is also a variant of the English surname SEAGER or derived from the Germanic given name SIGIHERI "victory army".
SEGURA     Spanish, Catalan, American (Hispanic)
Derived from Spanish segura "safe, secure".
SELF     English
East Anglian surname, from the medieval English masculine name Saulf which was derived from the Old English elements "sea" and wulf "wolf".
SENNETT     English
Variant of Sinnott via Sennott.
SENNOTT     English
Variant of Sinnott.
SENSABAUGH     American
Americanized form of German Sensenbach, a topographic name formed with an unexplained first element + Middle High German bach ‘creek’.
SEVERN     English
From the name of the River Severn, which is of unknown meaning. The Severn is Great Britain's longest river, flowing from Wales through much of western England to the Bristol Channel. It is one of Britain’s most ancient river names, recorded as early as the 2nd century AD in the form Sabrina; its original meaning may have been "slow-moving" or "boundary".
SEVERN     English
From a medieval personal name derived from Severinus (Latin).
SEVERSON     American
Probably an Americanized form of Sivertsen, Sivertson, or Sievertsen.
SEVIER     English
Occupational name for a sieve-maker, Middle English siviere (from an agent derivative of Old English sife "sieve").
SEWALL     English (British, Modern)
Dates back at least to Middle English (1500s or earlier); many believe it is Saxon in origin; "may mean "sea" and "victory" or "war""
SEWELL     English
English from the Middle English personal names Siwal(d) and Sewal(d), Old English Sigeweald and Seweald, composed of the elements sige ‘victory’ and se ‘sea’ + weald ‘rule’... [more]
SEYMORE     English
Variant of Seymour.
SHACKLADY     English
Perhaps from a medieval nickname for a man who had had sexual relations with a woman of higher social class (from shag "to copulate with" (not recorded before the late 17th century) and lady).... [more]
SHACKLEFORD     English, Medieval English
Locational surname deriving from the place called Shackleford in Surrey, near the town of Farnham. The origin of "shackle" is uncertain. It could be derived from Old English sceacan "to shake"... [more]
SHADE     English, German, Dutch, Scottish
Topographic name for someone who lived near a boundary, from Old English scead ‘boundary’.nickname for a very thin man, from Middle English schade ‘shadow’, ‘wraith’.... [more]
SHADOW     English
Origin unidentified. The name Shadue, Schadewe is recorded in England in the 12th and 13th centuries, from Middle English shadwe ‘shadow’, Old English sceadu (see Shade). However, there is no evidence of its continuation into modern times in this form.
SHAKESHAFT     English (British)
Similar in origin to surnames such as Shakesheave, Shakespeare and Wagstaffe.
SHAKESPEARE     English
From Middle English schak(k)en, "to brandish", speer "spear."
SHALLCROSS     English
Means "person from Shallcross", Derbyshire ("place by the Shacklecross", an ancient stone cross in the High Peak, its name perhaps denoting a cross to which people could be shackled as a penance).
SHANDY     English (Rare)
Shandy appears as a rare surname, mostly found in English-speaking countries going back to the 1600s. This name may originate from the English dialect adjective meaning "boisterous" or "empty headed; half crazy", of which the earliest record dates to 1691, though any further explanation for its origins are unknown... [more]
SHANKS     English (Modern)
Possibly a diminutive of LONGSHANKS, which would be given to a tall or gangly person.
SHARPE     English
Variant of Sharp.
SHARPIN     English
Variant of Sharp.
SHARPLIN     English
Variant of Sharp.
SHARPLING     English
Variant of Sharp.
SHARPTON     English
Habitational name from Sharperton in Northumberland, possibly so named from Old English scearp "steep" and beorg "hill", "mound" and tun "settlement".
SHASTEEN     English (American, Modern)
A derivative Chastain.... [more]
SHEARD     English
English surname which was originally from a place name meaning "gap between hills" in Old English.
SHEARER     English, Scottish, German
From Germanic schere, 'to shear', so was most likely a nickname for a person who sheared sheep.... [more]
SHEEN     English
Meaning unknown, though possibly a variant of Sean. A famous bearer of the surname is actor Charlie Sheen.
SHEFFIELD     English, English (British)
A surname which named after an city in England.... [more]
SHELDON     English
From an Old English place name meaning "valley with steep sides".
SHELDRAKE     English
From a medieval nickname for a dandyish (showy) or vain man, from Middle English scheldrake, the male of a type of duck with brightly-coloured plumage (itself from the East Anglian dialect term scheld "variegated" combined with drake "male duck").
SHELL     American
Posibly from the given name Shell.
SHEPERD     English
Spelling of Shepherd.
SHERRARD     English
Probably from a medieval nickname based on Middle English shere "bright, fair", with the derogatory suffix -ard.
SHERWIN     English
English: nickname for a swift runner, from Middle English schere(n) ‘to shear’ + wind ‘wind’.
SHERWOOD     English
Means bright wood.... [more]
SHIELD     English
Metonymic occupational name for an armorer, from Middle English scheld "shield" (Old English scild, sceld).
SHINGLER     English
An occupational name for someone who laid wooden tiles, or shingles on roofs, an agent derivative Middle English schingle ‘shingle’. ... [more]
SHINN     English
Metonymic occupational name for a Skinner, from Old English scinn, Middle English shin ‘hide’, ‘pelt’. In Middle English this word was replaced by the Norse equivalent, skinn.
SHIPLEY     English (Rare)
English: habitational name from any of the various places, for example in Derbyshire, County Durham, Northumberland, Shropshire, Sussex, and West Yorkshire, so called from Old English sceap, scip ‘sheep’ + leah ‘wood’, ‘clearing’.
SHOAF     American
Origin is unknown but it is the surname of American Rachel Shoaf who is a convicted murderer.
SHOCKLEY     English
(i) perhaps "person from Shocklach", Cheshire ("boggy stream infested with evil spirits"); (ii) perhaps an anglicization of Swiss German Schoechli, literally "person who lives by the little barn"
SHRADER     English
Variant of SCHRADER.
SHRAPNEL     English
A different form of Carbonell. Shrapnel (i.e. metal balls or fragments that are scattered when a bomb, shell or bullet explodes) is named after General Henry Shrapnel (1761-1842), a British artillery officer who during the Peninsular War invented a shell that produced that effect.
SHROPSHIRE     English
Regional name from the county of Shropshire, on the western border of England with Wales.
SHUCK     English
Origin uncertain; perhaps a nickname from Middle English schucke "devil, fiend".
SHUFFLEBOTTOM     English
Meaning: "From a sheep valley"
SHURGOT     Polish, English (American)
Americanized spelling of Szurgot.
SIDDLE     English
Variant of Siddall.
SIGSWORTH     English
Originally denoting someone from Sigsworth Moor in North Yorkshire, England.
SILK     English, Irish
English: metonymic occupational name for a silk merchant, from Middle English selk(e), silk(e) ‘silk’. ... [more]
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