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SPURGEONEnglish
Unexplained meaning.
SPURRELLEnglish (British, Rare)
Most likely from a place called Spirewell in southern Devon.
SPURRILLEnglish (British, Rare)
Most likely from a place called Spirewell in southern Devon.
SQUIREEnglish
Surname comes from the occupation of a Squire. A young man who tends to a knight.
SQUIRESEnglish
Surname is plural of Squire. A young person that tends to his knight, also someone that is a member of a landowner class that ranks below a knight.
STALEYEnglish
Byname from Middle English staley "resolute, reliable", a reduced form of Stallard.
STALLARDEnglish
Byname for a valiant or resolute person, from a reduced pronunciation of Middle English stalward, stalworth "stalwart" (an Old English compound of stǣl "place" and wierðe "worthy").
STALTONEnglish
can not find a meaning to my name anywhere.
STANCILEnglish
English habitational name from a place so named in South Yorkshire.
STANFORDEnglish
Olde English pre 7th Century "stan", stone, and "ford", ford; hence, "stony ford".
STANNARDEnglish
From the medieval personal name Stanhard, literally "stone-strong" or "stone-brave".
STANSFIELDEnglish (British)
Habitational name from a place in West Yorkshire, probably named with the genitive case of the Old English personal name Stan "stone" and Old English feld "pasture, open country". It may also be a topographic name from Middle English stanesfeld "open country of the (standing) stone"... [more]
STAPLEFORDEnglish
Habitational name from any of a number of places, in Cambridgeshire, Cheshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, and Wiltshire, so named from Old English stapol meaning "post" + ford meaning "ford".
STAPLETONEnglish
Habitational surname from any of various places in England.
STARGerman, Dutch, Jewish, English
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname from German Star, Middle High German star, ‘starling’, probably denoting a talkative or perhaps a voracious person.... [more]
STARBUCKEnglish
After Starbeck village in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, England. A famous bearer of this name was the fictional character, Starbuck, the first mate of the Pequod in Herman Melville's novel Moby-Dick.
STARLINGEnglish
From a medieval nickname for someone thought to resemble a starling, especially in constantly chattering.
STARTEnglish
Habitational name from any of the various minor places named from Old English steort "tail".
STAYEnglish, American
Possibly related to the word Stay, or a nickname for Stanley.
ST CLAIRFrench, English
From the place name St CLAIR
STEACYEnglish
Variant of Stacy.
STEADEnglish
Dweller at the homestead.
STEELEnglish
Variant of Steele.
STEELWORKEREnglish (Rare)
Modern version of Smith, meaning "someone who works with steel". Comes from the occupation Steel Worker .
STEMLEEnglish
FROM KUPPENHEIM, BADEN, GERMANY, WHERE IT WAS (AND IS TODAY) SPELLED WITH 2 Ms: STEMMLE.... [more]
STENTEnglish (Archaic)
Derived from the Old Norse name Steinn meaning "stone". Recorded in several forms including Stein, Steen, Stone and Ston, this surname is english. It is perhaps not surprisingly one of the first recorded surnames anywhere in the world.... [more]
STERKENDutch, English
Means "strong". Derived either from the Old English term sterċan, meaning "to make rigid", or from the Old Saxon sterkian and Old High German sterken, both meaning "to strengthen."
STETSONEnglish
Of unknown origin and meaning, though likely English.
STEVENScottish, English, Dutch, North German
From the personal name Steven, a vernacular form of Latin Stephanus, Greek Stephanos "crown". This was a popular name throughout Christendom in the Middle Ages, having been borne by the first Christian martyr, stoned to death at Jerusalem three years after the death of Christ... [more]
STICKMANEnglish (Canadian)
The Origin for the surname Stickman comes from the YouTube series Iron Hand character "Tim Stickman" and his wife (season 3) his kids (season 4) and parents (all seasons) made in 2016 and premiering in 2017.
STIFFEnglish (American)
Used sometimes as a derogatory term, stiff means uptight. It is used in a surname in American culture as well as in the media, such as novels, movies or tv shows.
STILESEnglish
From Old English stigel, stigol ‘steep uphill path’ (a derivative of stigan ‘to climb’).
STINCHCOMBEnglish
Habitational name from Stinchcombe in Gloucestershire, recorded in the 12th century as Stintescombe, from the dialect term stint meaning "sandpiper" + cumb meaning "narrow valley".
STINSONEnglish, Scottish
This is one of the many patronymic forms of the male given name Stephen, i.e. son of Stephen. From these forms developed the variant patronymics which include Stim(p)son, Stenson, Steenson, and Stinson.
STIRRUPEnglish (British)
Originated in Merseyside, England.
ST LEGERIrish, English
Anglo-Irish surname, from one of the places in France called Saint-Léger, which were named in honour of St. Leodegar.
STOCKDALEEnglish
Habitational name from a place in Cumbria and North Yorkshire, England. Derived from Old English stocc "tree trunk" and dæl "valley".
STOCKEEnglish
English: A topographic name for someone who lived near the trunk or stump of a large tree, Middle English Stocke (Old English Stocc). In some cases the reference may be to a primitive foot-bridge over a stream consisting of a felled tree trunk... [more]
STOCKLEYEnglish
Derived from Old english stocc (tree bark) and leah (clearing), indicating that the original bearer of this name lived in a wooded clearing.
STOCKTONEnglish
Habitational surname for a person from any of the places (e.g. Cheshire, County Durham, Hertfordshire, Norfolk, Shropshire, Warwickshire, Wiltshire, Worcestershire, and North and West Yorkshire) so called from Old English stocc "tree trunk" or stoc "dependent settlement" + tun "enclosure", "settlement".
STOGDILLEnglish
Possibly a variant of STOCKDALE.
STOKEEnglish
Derived from Old English stoc "place".
STOLLERGerman, Jewish, English
Habitational surname for someone from a place called Stolle, near Zurich (now called Stollen).... [more]
STONESTREETEnglish
Topographic name for someone who lived by a paved road, in most cases a Roman road, from Middle English stane, stone, "stone" and street "paved highway", "Roman road".
STOREYEnglish
From the Old Norse nickname Stóri, literally "large man". A literary bearer is British novelist and playwright David Storey (1933-).
STORMEnglish, German, Dutch, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian (Rare)
Nickname for a man of blustery temperament, from Middle English, Middle Low German, storm, Old Norse stormr meaning "storm".
STOUTScottish, English
Probably a nickname for a brave or powerfully built man, from Middle English stout ‘steadfast’. A contrary origin derives from the Old Norse byname Stútr ‘gnat’, denoting a small and insignificant person.
STOWELLEnglish
A locational name from various places in England called Stowell
ST PETEREnglish
Originally from French Canadian immigrants. It was the closest translation to Saint Pierre.... [more]
STRADLINGEnglish (British)
Researchers found the origin of this surname Stradling by referring to such documents as the Viking Sagas, the Orkneyinga Sagas, the Exchequer Rolls of Scotland, the Inquisitio and the translations of local manuscripts, parish records, baptismal & tax records, found in the north of Dingwall, and in the Orkneys and Shetlands.... [more]
STRAIGHTEnglish
Nickname from Middle English streʒt "straight, upright", presumably applied in either a literal or a figurative sense.
STRANGEnglish
Originally given as a nickname to one who possessed great physical strength.
STRANGEWAYSEnglish
Means "person from Strangeways", Greater Manchester ("strong current").
STRATTONEnglish
English: habitational name from any of various places, in Bedfordshire, Dorset, Hampshire, Norfolk, Oxfordshire, Somerset, Suffolk, Surrey, and Wiltshire, so named from Old English str?t ‘paved highway’, ‘Roman road’ + tun ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’... [more]
STRAUGHANEnglish
Northern English (Northumbria and the Northeast) variant of Scottish Strachan.
STRAWBERRYEnglish (American, Rare)
Possibly from the name of the fruit, or from any of the various places named Strawberry in the US.
STRAWBRIDGEEnglish (American)
Someone who built bridges as a living.
STREAMEnglish
English topographic name for someone who lived beside a stream, Middle English streme. Americanized form of Swedish Ström or Danish Strøm (see Strom).
STREETEREnglish
English (Sussex) topographic name for someone living by a highway, in particular a Roman road (see Street).
STRETEEnglish
Strete is derived from Old English "Straet" which, in turn is derived from the latin "strata". This surname has spelling variants including, Streeter, Street, Straight, and Streeten. The first occurrences of this surname include Modbert de Strete of Devon (1100), AEluric de Streitun and his heir Roger (at the time of Henry de Ferrers) and Eadric Streona, Ealdorman of Mercia.
STRIBLINGEnglish
From a medieval nickname for a youthful or inexperienced person (from Middle English stripling "youth").
STROHEnglish, German
Means "straw" when translated from German, indicating a thin man, a person with straw-colored hair, or a dealer of straw.
STRONGEnglish
From Middle English strong, strang "strong", generally a nickname for a strong man but perhaps sometimes applied ironically to a weakling.... [more]
STUCKEYEnglish
Stuckey was first found in Devonshire where they held family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence diminished after the battle of Hastings in 1066. For the next three centuries the Norman ambience prevailed... [more]
STUKELEYEnglish
From a surname meaning "woodland clearing with tree stumps" in Old English.
STUKELYEnglish
Possibly meaning "stucco" or "stuck".
STURGESSEnglish (British)
popular in 1680 in England.
STYLINSONEnglish (British)
Juxtaposed names Styles and Tomlinson, used to represent (relation)ship between Louis Tomlinson and Harry Styles (Larry Stylinson).
SUCKLINGEnglish
From a medieval nickname for someone of childlike appearance or childish character (from Middle English suckling "infant still feeding on its mother's milk"). Sir John Suckling (1609-1642) was an English poet and dramatist.
SUGGEnglish (British)
Surname of internet personalities Zoe and Joe Sugg. Zoe is known as Zoella on the website YouTube and has a book on sale called "Girl Online". Joe is also a YouTuber.
SUMMEREnglish, German
From Middle English sum(m)er, Middle High German sumer "summer", hence a nickname for someone of a warm or sunny disposition, or for someone associated with the season of summer in some other way.
SUMMERHAYSEnglish
Probably means "person living by a summer enclosure (where animals were grazed on upland pastures in the summer)" (from Middle English sumer "summer" + hay "enclosure").
SUMMERLEEEnglish (Rare)
This surname is originated from Old English sumer meaning "summer" and leah meaning "clearing, meadow."
SUMMERLINEnglish, German, Scottish
An English surname.... [more]
SUMMERSETEnglish
Regional surname for someone from Somerset, an area in England. The name is derived from Old English sumer(tun)saete meaning "dwellers at the summer settlement".
SUMTEREnglish
This surname is derived from an official title. 'the sumpter.' Old French sommetier, a packhorseman, one who carried baggage on horseback
SUNDERLANDEnglish
Habitational name from any of the locations with the name 'Sunderland', most notably the port city County Durham. This, along with other examples in Lancashire, Cumbria and Northumberland derives from either Old English sundor 'seperate' and land 'land' or Old Norse suðr 'southern' and land 'land' (see Sutherland)... [more]
SURREYEnglish
Regional name for someone from the county of Surrey.
SURRIDGEEnglish
From the medieval personal name Seric, a descendant of both Old English Sǣrīc, literally "sea power", and Sigerīc, literally "victory power".
SURRIDGEEnglish
Originally meant "person from Surridge", Devon ("south ridge").
SURRIDGEEnglish
Meant "person from the south" (from Old French surreis "southerner").
SUSANEnglish
Comes from the female personal name Susanna, Susanne (Middle English), Susanna (Dutch), from Hebrew Shushannah ‘lily’, ‘lily of the valley’. Southern French: from Occitan susan ‘above’, ‘higher’, hence a topographic name for someone living at the top end of a village or on the side of a valley... [more]
SUTCLIFFEEnglish
The name means ''south of the cliff/hill''.
SUTTERGerman, English
English and South German occupational name for a shoemaker or cobbler (rarely a tailor), from Middle English suter, souter, Middle High German suter, sutære (from Latin sutor, an agent derivative of suere ‘to sew’).
SUTTERFIELDEnglish
Possibly derives from the Old English word ''sutere'', and the Latin word ''sutor'', meaning a shoemaker.
SWAILEEnglish
Recorded in the spellings of Swaile, Swale and Swales, this is an English surname. It is locational, and according to the famous Victorian etymologist Canon Charles Bardsley, originates from either a hamlet called Swallow Hill, near Barnsley in Yorkshire, with Swale being the local dialectal pronunciation and spelling... [more]
SWAINScottish, Irish, English
Northern English occupational name for a servant or attendant, from Middle English swein "young man attendant upon a knight", which was derived from Old Norse sveinn "boy, servant, attendant"... [more]
SWALLOWEnglish
From Middle English swal(e)we, swalu "swallow", hence a nickname for someone thought to resemble the bird, perhaps in swiftness and grace.
SWANEnglish, Scottish
Originally given as a nickname to a person who was noted for purity or excellence, which were taken to be attributes of the swan, or who resembled a swan in some other way. In some cases it may have been given to a person who lived at a house with the sign of a swan... [more]
SWANNEnglish
Variant of Swan.
SWANNELLEnglish
From the Old Norse female personal name Svanhildr, literally "swan-battle".
SWANSONAmerican
Either an anglicized spelling of Svensson or Svendsen, or a patronymic meaning "son of Swan".
SWANWICKEnglish
Habitational name from Swanwick in Derbyshire, possibly also Swanwick in Hampshire. Both are named from Old English swan, "herdsman," and wic, "outlying dairy farm."
SWASEYEnglish
Unexplained. Possibly an Anglicized form of Dutch Swijse(n), variant of Wijs "wise" (see Wise).
SWIFTEnglish, Irish
As an English surname, it is originated as a nickname for a swift, fast runner (from Old English swift meaning "swift, fleet, quick.")... [more]
SWINGEnglish
Probably an Americanized spelling of German Schwing or from Middle High German zwinc meaning "legal district", hence possibly a metonymic occupational name for a district administrator.
SWISSEnglish (American)
Americanized form of German Schweitz.
SWITSEREnglish
Either (i) from the medieval nickname Swetesire (literally "sweet sir, amiable master"), applied sarcastically either to someone who used the expression liberally as a form of address or to someone with a de-haut-en-bas manner; or (ii) an anglicization of Schweitzer (from Middle High German swīzer "Swiss person").
SYCAMOREEnglish
Probably comes from the tree Sycamore
SYKESEnglish
English Surname (mainly Yorkshire): topographic name for someone who lived by a stream in a marsh or in a hollow, from Middle English syke ‘marshy stream’, ‘damp gully’, or a habitational name from one of the places named with this word, in Lancashire and West Yorkshire.
SYLVESTEREnglish
From the given name Sylvester.
SYMEREEnglish (American, Rare)
Name of unknown origin, typically used in the United States. It is best known as the real first name of American rapper Lil Uzi Vert.
SYNGEEnglish (British)
First found in Shropshire where they had been anciently seated as Lords of the Manor of Bridgenorth, from the time of the Norman Conquest of England in 1066 A.D.
SYRETTEnglish
Either (i) from the medieval male personal name Syred (from Old English Sigerǣd, literally "victory-counsel"); or (ii) from the medieval female personal name Sigerith (from Old Norse Sigfrithr, literally "victory-lovely").
TABEREnglish, Polish
English: variant spelling of Tabor. ... [more]
TABOREnglish, Hungarian, Czech, Slovak, Jewish
English: metonymic occupational name for a drummer, from Middle English, Old French tabo(u)r ‘drum’.... [more]
TALBERTEnglish, French
From a continental Germanic personal name composed of the elements tal "valley" and berth "bright".
TALBOTEnglish, Norman
Disputed origin, but likely from a Germanic given name composed of the elements tal "to destroy" and bod "message". In this form the name is also found in France, taken there apparently by English immigrants; the usual French form is Talbert.
TALCOTTEnglish, Norman
Norman habitational name from Taillecourt in France.... [more]
TALLANTEnglish (British, ?), Norman, Irish
English (of Norman origin) occupational name for a tailor or nickname for a good swordsman, from taillant ‘cutting’, present participle of Old French tailler ‘to cut’ (Late Latin taliare, from talea ‘(plant) cutting’)... [more]
TALLENTEnglish
Habitational name from Talland in Cornwall, which is thought to be named as ‘hill-brow church site’, from Cornish tal + lann.
TALLENTIREEnglish (Rare)
From a small village in Cumbria, England, meaning 'head of the land' in Cumbric.
TALLONEnglish, Irish, Norman, French
English and Irish (of Norman origin), and French from a Germanic personal name derived from tal ‘destroy’, either as a short form of a compound name with this first element (compare Talbot) or as an independent byname... [more]
TANCOCKEnglish
From a shortened variant of the male personal name Andrew, with the suffix -cock (literally "cockerel", hence "jaunty or bumptious young man"), that was often added to create pet-forms of personal names in the Middle Ages.
TANDYEnglish
From a pet-form of the male personal name Andrew.
TANGERINEEnglish
Possibly means "from Tangier".
TANGUAYFrench, English
From a personal name, a contraction of Tanneguy, from Breton tan meaning 'fire', and ki meaning 'dog', which was the name of a 6-th century Christian saint associated with Paul Aurelian.
TARBELLEnglish
Tarbell is an alteration of the English placename Turville in Buckinghamshire in England.
TARVEREnglish
Sodhut dweller, from old English
TATESEnglish
This is a variant of rather Tate or Tate, both having the same origin.
TATLOWEnglish (British, Rare)
I heard it was from a small village in England called Tallow.
TAUNTONEnglish
Habitational name from Taunton in Somerset, Taunton Farm in Coulsdon, Surrey, or Tanton in North Yorkshire. The Somerset place name was originally a combination of a Celtic river name (now the Tone, possibly meaning ‘roaring stream’) + Old English tūn ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’... [more]
TEACHEnglish
This surname is derived from the Middle English phrase "at asche," meaning at,or near the ash tree.
TEBBSEnglish
Variant of Tibbs.
TEFFTEnglish
Variant of English Taft. This surname was already well established in Connecticut and Rhode Island by 1715.
TEGANEnglish
Variant of Teagan.
TELFERScottish, English, Italian
From a personal name based on a byname for a strong man or ferocious warrior, from Old French taille or tailler "to cut" + fer "iron" Latin: ferrum "iron" (see Tagliaferro).
TEMPESTEnglish (British)
English (Yorkshire): nickname for someone with a blustery temperament, from Middle English, Old French tempest(e) ‘storm’ (Latin tempestas ‘weather’, ‘season’, a derivative of tempus ‘time’).
TEMPLEEnglish, French
Occupational name or habitational name for someone who was employed at or lived near one of the houses ("temples") maintained by the Knights Templar, a crusading order so named because they claimed to occupy in Jerusalem the site of the old temple (Middle English, Old French temple, Latin templum)... [more]
TEMPLETONEnglish
Derived from Templeton, from the English words 'temple' and 'town'.
TERSEEnglish
This name means literally curt, short or stiff. Similar to Stiff (surname) (see STIFF under user submitted names) Not very commonly used. If you're looking for a name for a fictional character who is either an antagonist or just likes to stir things up, you could probably use this.
TERWILIGERAmerican
a name adopted by a Dutch family in New York
TERWILLIGEREnglish
An anglicized version of the Dutch surname, Der Willikeur, meaning "a by-law; a statute". Also, Der willige-waar, means "serviceable ware", or "ware that sells well" and could be related as well.
THACKERYEnglish
English (Yorkshire) habitational name from Thackray in the parish of Great Timble, West Yorkshire, now submerged in Fewston reservoir. It was named with Old Norse þak ‘thatching’, ‘reeds’ + (v)rá ‘nook’, ‘corner’.
THACKWRAYEnglish
Means Thatcher, or someone who thatches roofs. A varient of the name Thatcher
THAINScots, English
Occupational surname meaning a nobleman who served as an attendant to royals or who was awarded land by a king.
THANEScots, English
Occupational surname meaning a nobleman who served as an attendant to royals or who was awarded land by a king. Variant of Thain.
THOMISONEnglish
A Variant of Thompson, meaning "Son of Thomas".
THOMLISONEnglish
Possibly variant of Thompson, similar to Thom-LIN-son.
THOMPKINSEnglish
Derived from the forename Thomas.
THOMPSENEnglish
Variant of Thompson meaning "Son of Thomas".
THOMSENEnglish
A variant of Thompson, meaning "Son of Thomas".
THOREAUEnglish
Last name of famous American author, naturalist, transcendentalist, tax resister, development critic, sage writer and philosopher, Henry David Thoreau.
THORNBURGEnglish
The name Thornburg comes from the Old English thorn broc, because the original bearers lived near a "stream by the thorns" in Buckinghamshire and North Yorkshire.
THORNHILLEnglish
Habitational name from any of various places named Thornhill, for example in Derbyshire, West Yorkshire, Dorset, and Wiltshire, from Old English þorn "thorn bush" + hyll "hill".
THORNLEYEnglish
Derived from Thornley, which is the name of three villages in England (two are located in the county of Durham, the third in Lancashire). All three villages derive their name from Old English þorn "thorn" and Old English leah "clearing (in a wood), glade", which gives their name the meaning of "the thorny glade"... [more]
THOROGOODEnglish
Variant form of Thurgood.
THRALLEnglish
English status name from Old English þr?l ‘thrall’, ‘serf’ (from Old Norse þræll).
THREADGOLDEnglish
Means "person who embroiders cloth with gold thread".
THREEPWOODEnglish
The last name of the main pirate character in Lucaart's Monkey Island.
THREETAmerican (Anglicized), German
Americanization of German Tritt.
THURGOODEnglish
From the Old English given name Thurgod (see Þórgautr).
THURMANEnglish (Rare)
Composed of the elements þórr (see Thor) and mundr "protection".
THURSTONEnglish
Derived from the Old Norse personal name þórsteinn (see Torsten).
TIDDEnglish
This Old English Surname was derived from a hill named after its resemblance to a teat or tead (mammary gland) of which Tidd is a variant. That name became a name for the locale and further by extension for its people... [more]
TIFFANYEnglish
From the medieval female personal name Tiffania (Old French Tiphaine, from Greek Theophania, a compound of theos "God" and phainein "to appear"). This name was often given to girls born around the feast of Epiphany.
TILNEYEnglish
Used in farming familys back in the 18th century but its still living true! but this very rare and uniqe name is only used in three family in australia.
TIMBERLEYAmerican, English (Rare)
Means "timber clearing" in English. From the Middle English words tymber, meaning wood trees, and leah, meaning clearing. The name's origin be related to tree farming.... [more]
TIMMGerman, Dutch, English
English: probably from an otherwise unrecorded Old English personal name, cognate with the attested Continental Germanic form Timmo. This is of uncertain origin, perhaps a short form of Dietmar... [more]
TINSLEYEnglish
From a place name in England composed of the unattested name Tynni and Old English hlaw "hill, mound, barrow".
TIPPETTSEnglish (American)
Tippetts Recorded as Tipp, Tippe, diminutives Tippell, Tippets, Tipping, patronymics Tippett, Tipples, Tippins, and possibly others, this is a medieval English surname. ... [more]
TODHUNTEREnglish
From the Old English word todde, meaning "fox", with "hunter",
TOLEREnglish
Variant of Toller.
TOLIVARAsturian (Modern, Rare), English (Rare)
Variant of Tolliver. Apparently, this name may have originated in Candamo, Asturias, in the 18th (or earlier) century. The "var" last syllable may be related to "fer," and the meaning may be related to iron, e.g. iron miner, iron refiner, etc... [more]
TOMKINEnglish
Derived from the forename Thomas.
TOMKINSEnglish
Derived from the forename Thomas.
TOMLINEnglish
From a pet form of Tom, a short form of the personal name Thomas.
TOMLINSONEnglish
Patronymic from the personal name Tomlin.
TOMLISONEnglish
A variant of Tomlinson, or Thomlinson.
TOMPKINSEnglish
Derived from the forename Thomas.
TOMSONEnglish
A variant of Thompson, meaning "Son of Thomas".
TOOKEEnglish (Rare)
This unusual English surname is of pre 7th century Old Scandinavian origin.
TORKINGTONEnglish
Means "of Torkington". Torkington is an area in Greater Manchester, England.
TOUGHScottish, English
Scottish variant of Tulloch. In Scotland it is pronounced tyookh. ... [more]
TOVEYEnglish
From the Old Norse male personal name Tófi, a shortened form of various compound names beginning with Thorf- or Thorv- (e.g. Thorvaldr), based on the name of the thunder god Thórr... [more]
TOWEEnglish
English variant of Tow.
TRAINEnglish (British), English (Devon)
English (Devon): 1. metonymic occupational name for a trapper or hunter, from Middle English trayne, Old French traine ‘guile’, ‘snare’, ‘trap’. ... [more]
TREACHEREnglish
From a medieval nickname for a tricky or deceptive person (from Old French tricheor "trickster, cheat").
TREGORYCornish (Anglicized, Rare), English (Rare)
This obscure British surname is a variant form of Tregury, which is an anglicization of the rare Cornish surname Tregurtha.... [more]
TRENFIELDEnglish (Rare)
Relatives from Gloucestershire
TRESSILLIANEnglish
Derived from a Cornish place name meaning "Sulyen's farmstead" (see Sulien).
TRIGGAEnglish (Rare)
Possibly a variant of Triggs or Trigg.
TRIMBLEEnglish, Scottish, Northern Irish
A variant of Trumble, recorded in Northern Ireland since the 17th century.... [more]
TRINKETEnglish, Popular Culture
Effie Trinket's surname: one of "The Hunger Games"'s trilogy character.
TROLLOPEEnglish, Medieval English
Derived from the place name Troughburn in Northumberland, England, originally Trolhop, meaning "troll valley". Derived from Old Norse troll "troll, supernatural being" and hop "enclosed valley, enclosed land"
TROTTEnglish
"Trott" is an early recorded surname of the 17th century in America. It is five hundred years older when linked to Medieval Britain.
TROTTEREnglish, Scottish, German
Northern English and Scottish: occupational name for a messenger, from an agent derivative of Middle English trot(en) 'to walk fast' (Old French troter, of Germanic origin). ... [more]
TROYIrish, English, German, Jewish, French, Dutch
As an Irish surname, it is a reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Troighthigh, meaning ‘descendant of Troightheach’.... [more]
TRUEEnglish
This surname is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and has three distinct possible sources, each with its own history and derivation. ... [more]
TRUETTEnglish
English habitational name from Trewhitt in Northumbria, named from Old Norse tyri ‘dry resinous wood’ + possibly an Old English wiht ‘river bend’.
TRUMPEnglish
Metonymic occupational name for a trumpeter, from Middle English trumpe "trumpet".
TRUSTYEnglish
This is a late medieval occupation descriptive name given to a professional witness, in effect an early Solicitor, the name deriving from the Olde French "Attester" - one who testifies or vouches for a contract or agreement.
TUNSTALLEnglish
Means "of Tunstall"; Tunstall is a town in the United Kingdom. Derived from the Old English elements tun meaning "farm" and staell which has about the same meaning as tun.
TURNEYEnglish, Norman
Habitational name from places in France called Tournai, Tournay, or Tourny. All named with the pre-Roman personal name TURNUS and the locative suffix -acum.
TURRENTINEAmerican
Origin unidentified ('Dictionary of American Family Names': "1881 census has 0, Not in RW, EML"), perhaps from the Italian surname Tarantino.
TUTTLEEnglish, English (American), Irish
Derived from the Old Norse given name Þorkell, derived from the elements þórr (see Thor) and ketill "cauldron". The name evolved into Thurkill and Thirkill in England and came into use as a given name in the Middle Ages... [more]
TWAINAmerican
Most famously borne in the pen name of American author and one time Mississippi riverboat pilot Mark Twain (1835-1910), whose real name is Samuel Langhorne Clemens. The term twain is an Old English word for "two." The name Mark Twain is derived from a riverboat term meaning a mark of two fathoms depth on a line sunk in the river... [more]