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CAPULETEnglish
This is the last name of Juliet from William Shakepeare's tragedy, Romeo and Juliet.
CARAWAYEnglish
Probably means "spice merchant" (from Middle English carewei "caraway").
CARBONELLEnglish
From a medieval nickname for a dark-haired or swarthy person, from Anglo-Norman carbonel, literally "little charcoal".
CARDEnglish
English: metonymic occupational name for someone who carded wool (i.e. disentangled it), preparatory to spinning, from Middle English, Old French card(e) ‘carder’, an implement used for this purpose... [more]
CARDWELLEnglish
From the traditionally British surname, which is a variant of the British surname Caldwell, a from the Old English cald "cold" and well(a) "spring, stream".
CAREEnglish
Occupational name for a locksmith, Middle English keyere, kayer, an agent derivative of keye.
CARGILLScottish, English
Habitational name from a place so named in Scotland.
CARISBROOKEnglish
Carisbrooke is a village on the Isle of Wight; the name is thought to mean "Carey's brook". When in 1917 the British royal family changed its name from the "House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha" to the "House of Windsor" and renounced all German titles, the title of Marquess of Carisbrooke was created for the erstwhile German Prince Alexander of Battenberg.
CARMICHAELScottish, English
Scottish place name meaning "fort of Michael".
CARNERGerman, English
Americanized spelling of German Karner or Körner (see Koerner).... [more]
CAROSOEnglish (American)
Surname of Panther Caroso from the Star Fox 64 series.
CARPUSEnglish (Rare, ?)
Possibly from the given name Carpus.
CARRELLEnglish
English: from Old French carrel, ‘pillow’, ‘bolster’, hence a metonymic occupational name for a maker of these. In some cases perhaps an altered spelling of Irish Carroll. In other cases perhaps an altered spelling of French Carrel.
CARRINGTONEnglish, Scottish
English: habitational name from a place in Greater Manchester (formerly in Cheshire) called Carrington, probably named with an unattested Old English personal name Cara + -ing- denoting association + tun ‘settlement’.... [more]
CARSTAIRSEnglish (British)
From the manor or barony of the same name in the parish of Carstairs (= 1170 Casteltarres, 'Castle of Tarres').
CASEEnglish
From Anglo-Norman French cas(s)e "case, container" (from Latin capsa), hence a metonymic occupational name for a maker of boxes or chests.
CASHEnglish
Variant of Case.
CASONEnglish
Habitational name for someone from Cawston in Norfolk; the form of the surname reflects the local pronunciation of the place name, which is from the Old Scandinavian personal name Kalfr and Old English tun "settlement".
CASSELLEnglish
Either (i) "person from Cassel", northern France, or "person from Kassel", Germany ("fort"); or (ii) a different form of Castle ("person who lives by or lives or works in a castle"). Cassell & Company is a British publishing company, established in 1848 by John Cassell (1817-1865).
CATCHPOLEEnglish
Meant "bailiff, especially (originally) one who could seize domestic animals in lieu of tax or debt" (from Anglo-Norman cachepol, from cacher "to chase" + pol "chicken").
CATEREnglish
Comes from the English word "caterer".
CATESEnglish
English patronymic from the Old Norse byname Káti (from káti ‘boy’).
CATLETTAmerican (South)
There are several towns in the American South named Catlett.
CATTLEYEnglish
Means "person from Catley", Herefordshire and Lincolnshire ("glade frequented by cats"). It was borne by the British botanical patron William Cattley (1788-1835).
CATTRALLEnglish
This surname is of Old Scandinavian origin, is an English locational name from Catterall, near Garstang in Lancashire, which appeared as "Catrehala" in the Domesday Book of 1086, and "Caterhale" in the Book of Fees of 1212... [more]
CAVELLEnglish
Nickname for a bald man, from a diminutive of Anglo-Norman French cauf.
CAVERLYEnglish
English surname, a variant of the English surname Calverley, itself derived from the Old English calf "calf" and leag "field, clearing".
CAWOODEnglish
Traditional English habitational surname meaning "jackdaw wood" from the Old English ca referring to 'jackdaw' (a member of the crow family), and wudu 'wood'.
CAWTHORNEEnglish
Means "person from Cawthorn or Cawthorne", both in Yorkshire ("cold thorn bush").
CENAEnglish (American), English
Cena is a prominently used English name. It is derived from the word "see", however it rather than referring to the ability to see it, what it actually refers to is the inability to see as the other half of the name ("-na") means "naw" a synonym for "no"... [more]
CESTAREEnglish (American, Modern)
There is a similar name, Sastre, which is the Spanish form of the surname Sarto, meaning "tailor." The name CESTARE is phonetically similar to Sastre and could be a derivative of that name.... [more]
CHADBURNEnglish (Rare)
Form the wildcat brook
CHALLENGEREnglish
Probably from a medieval nickname for a touchy or quarrelsome person (from a derivative of Middle English chalangen "to challenge"). A fictional bearer is Professor George Challenger, irascible scientist and explorer, leader of the expedition to Amazonia in Arthur Conan Doyle's 'The Lost World' (1912).
CHAMPIONEnglish (Rare)
From an English and French surname.
CHAMPLINBelgian, English
Means Champion, was a family name in Belgium, a status and influence that was envied by the princes of the region.... [more]
CHANTRYEnglish
Means "singer in a chantry chapel" or "one who lives by a chantry chapel". A chantry was a type of chapel, one endowed for the singing of Masses for the soul of the founder (from Old French chanterie, from chanter "to sing").
CHAPELEnglish
English form of Chappell. Derived from the Old French word chape meaning "cape", "hooded cloak" or "hat". This surname is for a person who makes hats / capes or a wearer of hats and / or capes... [more]
CHARLESFrench, Welsh, English
Derived from the given name Charles.
CHARLESONEnglish
Patronymic from the personal name Charles.
CHARLESTONEnglish
Means "son of Charles."
CHARLTONEnglish
An Extremely kind person
CHATWINEnglish
Old English given name CEATTA combined with Old English (ge)wind "winding ascent".
CHAUCEREnglish
Meaning a "worker who makes leggings or breeches". Notable bearer is author Geoffrey Chaucer (1343-1400), most well known for his classic 'The Canterbury Tales'.
CHAUNCEYAmerican
Of uncertain origin. Possibly from Norman French habitation names Chancé or an American adaptation of a German place name of Schanze located on the Upper Rhine. Could also be a short form of Chancellor.
CHEDDEREnglish (American)
this name comes from the name cheddar cheese
CHEEVEREnglish
Means "goatherd", or from a medieval nickname for someone thought to resemble a goat (e.g. in capriciousness) (in either case from Anglo-Norman chivere "goat"). It was borne by American author John Cheever (1912-1982).
CHERRYEnglish
From Middle English chirie, cherye "cherry", hence a metonymic occupational name for a grower or seller of cherries, or possibly a nickname for someone with rosy cheeks.... [more]
CHESNEYEnglish (?)
Came from France and has been shortened.
CHEWEnglish
Habitational name from a place in Somerset named Chew Magna, which is named for the river on which it stands, a Celtic name, perhaps cognate with Welsh cyw ‘young animal or bird’, ‘chicken’.
CHILDEnglish
Nickname from Middle English child meaning "child", "infant".
CHILDERSEnglish
Probably a habitational name from some lost place named Childerhouse, from Old English cildra "child" and hus "house". This may have referred to some form of orphanage.
CHILDSEnglish
patronymic from Child
CHILVERSEnglish
Means "son of Chilver" (probably from the Old English male personal name Cēolfrith, literally "ship-peace").
CHIPPERFIELDEnglish
Derived from Hertfordshire Village of Chipperfield
CHIPSEnglish (British)
Chips is a rare English (british) last name which is a nickname of Christopher and Charles
CHOATEEnglish, Dutch
The names of Choate and Chute are believed to have been of common origin and derived from the residence of their first bearers at a place called Chute in Wiltshire, England. Certain historians, however, state that the name of Choate was of Dutch origin and was taken by its first bearers from their residence at a place of that name in the Netherlands.
CHOCKEnglish
From English Shock or German Schöck
CHOICEEnglish
Derived from the personal names Josse or Goce, which are derived from the Latin word "gaudere" and is a cognate in origin with the word "joy."
CHOLMONDELEYEnglish
An aristocratic surname derived from a place name in Cheshire which means "Ceolmund's grove" in Old English.
CHOULESEnglish (British, Rare)
The surname Choules is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and is a variant of Scholes, itself "a topographical name for someone who lived in a rough hut or shed", from the Northern Middle English 'scale, schole'... [more]
CHRISTINAEnglish, Various
Derived from the name Christina
CHRISTMASEnglish
Either an occupational name for someone who was responsible for arrangement of festivities for Christmas day, or it might a nickname for someone who was born on Christmas.
CHRISWELLEnglish
Likely originated in England. Creswell seems to be the oldest spelling then gradually giving way to Criswell and Chriswell.
CHURCHILLEnglish
From English, meaning 'church hill'. Denoted one who lived by both a church and a hill. A famous bearer is Sir Winston Churchill, the famed Prime Minister of Britain during WW2.
CINNAMONDScottish, Irish, English
Possibly originates from Scottish place name Kininmonth. Probably introduced to Northern Ireland by Scottish settlers where it remains in Ulster. Another origin is the French place name Saint Amand originated from French Huguenots settling in Ireland.
CLAIRMONTEnglish
Means "bright hill."
CLARENCEEnglish
From the given name Clarence.
CLAWEnglish
The surname Claw is a very rare English surname.
CLAYBERGEnglish
Meaning is unknown, but it most likely means "clay mountain", from surnames Clay "clay" and Berg "mountain".
CLEAVELANDEnglish
Spelling variant of Cleveland.
CLEMENTSEnglish
Means "son of Clement".
CLEMMONSEnglish
Derived from the Latin first name Clement, Clemmons means "merciful".
CLEMOEnglish
From a Cornish form of the personal name CLEMENT.
CLERKEnglish
Variant spelling of Clark.
CLEVELANDOld English, English, Popular Culture
English regional name from the district around Middlesbrough named Cleveland ‘the land of the cliffs’, from the genitive plural (clifa) of Old English clif ‘bank’, ‘slope’ + land ‘land’... [more]
CLEVERLEYEnglish
Probably means "person from Cleveley", Lancashire ("woodland clearing by a cliff").
CLINGEREnglish (American)
Americanized spelling of German Klinger.Possibly a variant of Clinker. an English occupational name for a maker or fixer of bolts and rivets.
CLINKEREnglish (British, ?)
Possibly a varient of Clinger.
CLIVEEnglish
English surname meaning "cliff" in Old English, originally belonging to a person who lived near a cliff.
CLOPTONEnglish
Habitational name from any of various places, for example in Essex, Suffolk, and Warwickshire, named Clopton from Old English clopp(a) meaning "rock", "hill" + tūn meaning "settlement".
CLOREEnglish (American)
Americanized spelling of German Klor (from a short form of the medieval personal name Hilarius (see Hillary) or Klar).
CLOUDEnglish
Topographic name for someone who lived near an outcrop or hill, from Old English clud "rock" (only later used to denote vapor formations in the sky).
CLUFFEnglish
Derived from pre 7th century word "cloh" meaning a ravine or steep-sided valley.
COATHEnglish
Derived from the Cornish word for smith, goff.
COBALTEnglish
Name given to a person who mined cobalt.
COBBOLDEnglish
From the medieval male personal name Cubald (from Old English Cūthbeald, literally "famous-brave").
COBERLEYEnglish
Possibly from a village in England called Coberley
COCKEEnglish
nickname from Middle English cok ‘cock’, ‘male bird or fowl’ (Old English cocc), given for a variety of possible reasons. Applied to a young lad who strutted proudly like a cock, it soon became a generic term for a youth and was attached with hypocoristic force to the short forms of many medieval personal names (e.g. Alcock, Hancock, Hiscock, Mycock)... [more]
COEEnglish
English (Essex and Suffolk): nickname from the jackdaw, Middle English co, Old English ca (see Kay). The jackdaw is noted for its sleek black color, raucous voice, and thievish nature, and any of these attributes could readily have given rise to the nickname.
COKAYNEEnglish
Medieval English nickname which meant "idle dreamer" from Cockaigne, the name of an imaginary land of luxury and idleness in medieval myth. The place may derive its name from Old French (pays de) cocaigne "(land of) plenty", ultimately from the Low German word kokenje, a diminutive of koke "cake" (since the houses in Cockaigne are made of cake).
COLDENEnglish, Scottish
English: habitational name from a place in West Yorkshire named Colden, from Old English cald ‘cold’ col ‘charcoal’ + denu ‘valley’.... [more]
COLESEnglish, Scottish, Irish, German (Anglicized), English (American)
English: from a Middle English pet form of Nicholas.... [more]
COLEYEnglish
With variant Colley can mean "dark" or "blackbird" or it can be a nickname for Nicholas.
COLFAXEnglish
From a medieval nickname for someone with dark or black hair, from Old English cola "charcoal" and feax "hair".
COLLARDEnglish, French
English and French: from the personal name Coll + the pejorative suffix -ard.
COLLEYEnglish
With variant Coley, can mean "dark" or "blackbird" or it can be a nickname for Nicholas. Colley was used as a surname for generations of students from the same family taught by a teacher over many years in James Hilton's sentimental novel "Goodbye, Mr... [more]
COLLIEREnglish
This name is derived from Middle English cole, from Old English col meaning "coal", combined with the agent suffix (i)er, which denotes someone who does/works with something. Thus, the surname was originally used for a burner, gatherer or seller of coal.
COLLINSWORTHEnglish
Variant spelling of Collingsworth, itself a variant of Collingwood.
COLLISEnglish
A variant of Collins, itself a patronymic of given names Collin or Colin, both ultimately nicknames for Nicholas.
COLONELAmerican
From a French word for a military rank of an officer who led a column of regimental soldiers. Could be a nickname for someone with a military bearing or demeanor.
COLTRANEEnglish
Cole-train, meaning literally "cole train", in the UK, was made famous by the Jazz musician John Coletrane in the 1960's (??)
COMEAUFrench, French (Acadian), Louisiana Creole
French: from a Gascon diminutive of Combe.
COMPTONEnglish
Habitational name from any of the numerous places throughout England (but especially in the south) named Compton, from Old English cumb meaning "short, straight valley" + tūn meaning "enclosure", "settlement".
CONATSEREnglish (Anglicized)
A variant of the German last name Konitzer.
CONEYEnglish
Means "seller of rabbits", or from a medieval nickname for someone thought to resemble a rabbit (in either case from Middle English cony "rabbit").
CONQUESTEnglish
Probably from a medieval nickname, perhaps applied to a domineering person. This surname is borne by the British poet, historian and critic Robert Conquest (1917-).
COOLIDGEEnglish
Probably an occupational name for a college servant or someone with some other association with a university college, for example a tenant farmer who farmed one of the many farms in England known as College Farm, most of which are or were owned by university colleges.
COOTEREnglish
A Sussex, England surname of uncertain meaning. Could be a local pronunciation of Cotter, meaning "cottage dweller" for a serf in the feudal system allowed to live in a cottage in exchange for labor on the cottage owner's estate.
COPELANDEnglish
Some sources say that Copeland is English: "one that is good at coping". Another says Copeland is Northern English and Scottish, from Cumberland and Northumberland meaning "bought land". Old Norse, kaupa-land for‘bought land’.
COPUSEnglish
For full analysis of the origin for the name Copus/Copas I would refer you to my family website copusfamily.co.uk
CORBETTEnglish, Scottish, Welsh
Nickname from Norman French corbet meaning 'little crow, raven'. This surname is thought to have originated in Shropshire. The surname was taken by bearers to Scotland in the 12th Century, and to Northern Ireland in the 17th Century.... [more]
CORDERFrench (Anglicized, Archaic), English (American)
Linked to both English, French and Spanish origin. Cordier, Cordero, Corder- one who makes cord. Can refer to both the act of making cords (rope), cores of fire wood, or actual location names.... [more]
CORDRAYEnglish
From a medieval nickname for a proud man (from Old French cuer de roi "heart of a king").
COREEnglish (American), German (Anglicized)
Core is the anglicized form of the German surname Kohr, also spelled Kürr. Alternately, it is an English name of Flemish origin.
CORKEnglish
Metonymic occupational name for a supplier of red or purple dye or for a dyer of cloth, Middle English cork (of Celtic origin; compare Corkery).
CORKEEnglish
Variant of Cork.
CORNWELLEnglish
Habitational name from Cornwell in Oxfordshire, named from Old English corn, a metathesized form of cron, cran ‘crane’ + well(a) ‘spring’, ‘stream’.variant of Cornwall.
CORRIEEnglish
Habitational name from places in Arran, Dumfries, and elsewhere, named Corrie, from Gaelic coire "cauldron", applied to a circular hanging valley on a mountain.
CORRIGANEnglish
Traditionally an Irish surname meaning "spear". From the Irish Gaelic corragán which is a double diminutive of corr 'pointed'.
CORSONEnglish
Nickname from Old French 'corson', a diminutive of curt ‘short’
CORTRIGHTEnglish
Habitational surname from the Dutch Kortrijk for a person from a place of this name in Flanders. Perhaps also a respelling of English Cartwright.
COSGROVEEnglish
Habitational name from Cosgrove in Northamptonshire, named with an Old English personal name Cof + Old English graf "grove", "thicket".
COSSEnglish
English short form of Cossio.
COTTEREnglish
"A cottage dweller", a name in the feudal system for a serf allowed to live in a cottage in exchange for labor on the cottage owner's estate.
COTTONEnglish, French
English: habitational name from any of numerous places named from Old English cotum (dative plural of cot) ‘at the cottages or huts’ (or sometimes possibly from a Middle English plural, coten)... [more]
COUTEREnglish
The couter (also spelled "cowter") is the defense for the elbow in a piece of plate armour. Initially just a curved piece of metal, as plate armor progressed the couter became an articulated joint.... [more]
COVERDALEEnglish (British)
From the valley (Dale) of the river Cover.... [more]
COVERTEnglish, French
The surname is probably topographical, for someone who either lived by a sheltered bay, or more likely an area sheltered by trees. The formation is similar to couvert, meaning a wood or covert, and originally from the Latin "cooperio", to cover... [more]
COVEYIrish, English
Irish: reduced form of MacCovey, an Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Cobhthaigh (see Coffey).... [more]
COWARDEnglish
several origins... [more]
COWENScottish, English (British)
Scottish and northern English: variant spelling of Cowan.
CRABBEnglish, Scottish, German, Dutch, Danish
English and Scottish, from Middle English crabbe, Old English crabba ‘crab’ (the crustacean), a nickname for someone with a peculiar gait. English and Scottish from Middle English crabbe ‘crabapple (tree)’ (probably of Old Norse origin), hence a topographic name for someone who lived by a crabapple tree... [more]
CRABBEEnglish, Literature, Popular Culture
The character 'Vincent Crabbe' has this surname in the Harry Potter series.
CRAFTEnglish (American)
Variant of Croft and Americanized spelling of Kraft.
CRAGGScottish, Irish, English
Variant of Craig, from Middle English Crag.
CRAMERGerman, English
Variant of German surname KRÄMER.
CRANEEnglish, Dutch
1. English: nickname, most likely for a tall, thin man with long legs, from Middle English cran ‘crane’ (the bird), Old English cran, cron. The term included the heron until the introduction of a separate word for the latter in the 14th century... [more]
CRANSHAWEnglish
From Cranshaw in Lancashire, named from Old English cran(uc) ‘crane’ + sceaga ‘grove’, ‘thicket’.
CRASHMANAmerican
Surnames of fictional characters Carl and Chloe Crashman from Carl².
CRAVENIrish, English
Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Crabháin (County Galway) or Mac Crabháin (Louth, Monaghan) ‘descendant (or ‘son’) of Crabhán’... [more]
CRAWEnglish, Scottish, Northern Irish
One who had characteristics of a crow; sometimes used as an element of a place name e.g. Crawford, and Crawfordjohn in Lanarkshire, Crawshawbooth in Lancashire, and Crawley in Sussex
CRAWLEYEnglish, Irish (Anglicized)
English: habitational name from any of the many places called Crawley, named with Old English crawe ‘crow’ + leah ‘woodland clearing’. Compare Crowley. ... [more]
CREEPINGBEAREnglish (American, Rare)
Possibly taken from the English words creeping and bear.
CREESEEnglish
This most interesting surname has two possible origins. Firstly it may be of Anglo-Saxon origin, from the Olde English "creas", Middle English "crease", meaning "fine or elegant", which was a nickname given to an elegant person or one who dressed in fine or elegant clothes... [more]
CRENSHAWEnglish
The derivation of this surname is from the Old English pre 7th Century "Crawa", a crow, with "sceaga" a grove, thus "Crowswood". The earliest recording of this placename is in the Lancashire Inquests of 1324 and appears as "Croweshagh".
CRICKSAmerican
"living near a river." Comes from a similar origin of Rios
CRISPENEnglish
Variant spelling of CRISPIN.
CRISPINEnglish, French
From the Middle English, Old French personal name CRISPIN.
CROAKEREnglish
Meant "person from Crèvecoeur", the name of various places in northern France ("heartbreak", an allusion to the poverty of the local soil).
CROCKEnglish
Meaning "barrel," signifying one who made or worked with barrels.
CROCKETTEnglish, Scottish
Nickname for someone who affected a particular hairstyle, from Middle English croket ''large curl'' (Old Norman French croquet, a diminutive of croque "curl", "hook").
CROFTEREnglish
A surname of Scottish origin used in the Highlands and Islands and means “an owner or a tenant of a small farm”. The Old English word croft seems to correspond with the Dutch kroft meaning “a field on the downs”.
CROOKScottish, English
Possible origin a medieval topographical surname, denoting residence from the Middle English word "crok" from the Old NOrse "Krokr". Possibly a maker or seller of hooks. Another possibility is meaning crooked or bent originally used of someone with a hunch back.
CROOKSEnglish
Patrynomic for Crook.
CROSTHWAITEEnglish
Means the clering of the cross
CROWEnglish
From Middle English crow, Old English crawa, applied as a nickname for someone with dark hair or a dark complexion or for someone thought to resemble the bird in some other way.
CROWEEnglish
Variant of Crow.
CROWLEYIrish (Anglicized), English
Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Cruadhlaoich ‘descendant of Cruadhlaoch’, a personal name composed of the elements cruadh ‘hardy’ + laoch ‘hero’. ... [more]
CROWNEREnglish
Means "coroner" (from Anglo-Norman corouner "coroner", a derivative of Old French coroune "crown").
CROWTHEREnglish
Originally meant "person who plays the crowd (an ancient Celtic stringed instrument)". It was borne by British entertainer Leslie Crowther (1933-1996).
CROZIEREnglish, French
English and French occupational name for one who carried a cross or a bishop’s crook in ecclesiastical processions, from Middle English, Old French croisier.
CRUMBEnglish
From the English word "crumb".
CRUMPEnglish, Welsh, Anglo-Norman
"Crooked or deformed person" in Old English. An ancient Worcestershire surname.
CRUSOEEnglish (Rare)
According to Reaney and Wilson this name was taken to England by John Crusoe, a Huguenot refugee from Hownescourt in Flanders, who settled in Norwich.
CULBERTAnglo-Saxon, Irish, English, Scottish
Meaning and origin are uncertain. Edward MacLysaght (The Surnames of Ireland, 1999, 6th Ed., Irish Academic Press, Dublin, Ireland and Portland, Oregon, USA) states that this surname is of Huguenot (French Protestant) origin, and found mainly in Ireland's northern province of Ulster... [more]
CULBERTSONEnglish, Scottish, Northern Irish
Patronymic from Culbert.
CULLIMOREEnglish (Rare)
Apparently a habitational name from an unidentified place. There is a place called Colleymore Farm in Oxfordshire, but it is not clear whether this is the source of the surname, with its many variant spellings
CULLYEnglish
From an Irish surname which was derived from Ó Colla meaning "descendant of Colla". The Old Irish name Colla was a variant of Conla (perhaps the same Connla).
CULPEPEREnglish
Variant of Culpepper. Known bearers of this surname include: Nicholas Culpeper (1616-1664), an English herbalist, physician and astrologer; and English colonial administrator Thomas Culpeper, 2nd Baron Culpeper (1635-1689), governor of Virginia 1680-1683... [more]
CULPEPPEREnglish
Means "person who collects, prepares and/or sells herbs and spices" (from Middle English cullen "to pick" + pepper).
CULVEREnglish
Means "person who keeps or looks after doves", or from a medieval nickname for someone thought to resemble a dove (e.g. in mild disposition) (in either case from Middle English culver "dove")... [more]
CULVÉRTFrench, English, Irish
English version of the Old French, Culvere. Means Peaceful and Mildest of tempers.
CUMBERBATCHEnglish
Name for someone from Comberbach in North Cheshire. May come from etymological elements meaning "stream in a valley."
CUMBERLANDEnglish
Regional name for someone from Cumberland in northwestern England (now part of Cumbria).
CUMMINGIrish, Scottish, English
Perhaps from a Celtic given name derived from the element cam "bent", "crooked"
CUNDALLEnglish
This is an English surname, deriving from the village so-named in North Yorkshire. The village takes its name from the Cumbric element cumb meaning 'dale' (cognate with Welsh cwm, 'valley') and Old Norse dalr meaning 'valley', forming a compound name meaning 'dale-valley'.
CUNLIFFEEnglish
Originally meant "person from Cunliffe", Lancashire ("slope with a crevice" (literally "cunt-cliff")).
CUNNINGTONEnglish (American)
Scottish linked to {Marshall}
CURRIEREnglish
Occupational surname meaning "a worker who prepared leather".
CURRYScottish, English
Scottish and northern English: variant of Currie.
CURTINIrish (Anglicized), Scottish (Anglicized), English
Irish and Scottish reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Cruitín ‘son of Cruitín’, a byname for a hunchback (see McCurtain). ... [more]
CUTHBERTEnglish
Derived from the name CUTHBERT
CUTHBERTSONEnglish, Scottish
Patronymic surname from the personal name Cuthbert.
CUTLEREnglish
Means "maker of swords & knives."
CUTTEREnglish
This surname is derived from an occupation. 'the cutter,' i.e. cloth-cutter
CYPRESSEnglish
Translation of German Zypress, a topographic name for someone living near a cypress tree or a habitational name for someone living at a house distinguished by the sign of a cypress, Middle High German zipres(se) (from Italian cipressa, Latin cupressus), or possibly of any of various Greek family names derived from kyparissos ‘cypress’, as for example Kyparissis, Kyparissos, Kyparissiadis, etc.
CYPRIANEnglish
Possibly an altered spelling of French Cyprien, from a medieval personal name, from Latin Cyprianus (originally an ethnic name for an inhabitant of Cyprus), or a shortened form of Greek Kyprianos, Kyprianis, Kyprianidis, ethnic names for an inhabitant of Cyprus (Greek Kypros), or patronymics from the personal name Kyprianos (of the same derivation)... [more]
CYRUSEnglish
From the given name CYRUS. A notable bearer is American singer and songwriter, Miley Cyrus (1992-).
DABBEnglish
Variant of Dobb, a pet form of Robert.
D'ABBADIEFrench, English, Occitan
Means "of the Abbey" from the Occitan abadia. Variants Abadia, Abbadie, Abadie, Abada, and Badia mean "Abbey".
DAINTITHEnglish
From a medieval nickname (roughly equivalent to "precious") applied to a dearly loved person (from Middle English deinteth "pleasure, titbit", from Old French deintiet).
DAINTRYEnglish
Means "person from Daventry", Northamptonshire ("Dafa's tree"). The place-name is traditionally pronounced "daintry".
DAINTYEnglish
From a medieval nickname meaning "handsome, pleasant" (from Middle English deinte, from Old French deint(i)é). This was borne by Billy Dainty (1927-1986), a British comedian.
DAKEEnglish
The origins of the name Dake are from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from the personal name David. Daw was a common diminutive of David in the Middle Ages. The surname is a compound of daw and kin, and literally means "the kin of David."
DALLIMOREEnglish
An English surname probably derived from the French de la mare, meaning "of the sea", though some contend that "mare" springs from the English word moor. This surname probably arose after the Norman conquest of Britain.
DALLOWAYEnglish
Meant "person from Dallaway", West Midlands (perhaps from a Norman personal name, "person from (de) Alluyes", northern France). A fictional bearer of the surname is Mrs Dalloway, central figure of the eponymous novel (1925) by Virginia Woolf.
DAMEFrench, English
From the old French dame, "lady" ultimately from Latin domina, "mistress".
DAMONEnglish, Scottish
From the personal name Damon, from a classical Greek name, a derivative of damān "to kill". Compare Damian.
DANRomanian, Vietnamese, English, Danish
Ethnic name in various European languages (including Danish and English) meaning ‘Dane’. ... [more]
DANCEREnglish
Occupational name for someone who dances.
DANCERAfrican American
Given to a person who worked as a professional dancer.
DANCYFrench, English
Denoted a person from Annecy, France.
DANFORTHEnglish
Probably a habitational name, perhaps from Darnford in Suffolk, Great Durnford in Wiltshire, or Dernford Farm in Sawston, Cambridgeshire, all named from Old English dierne ‘hidden’ + ford ‘ford’.
DANGEREnglish (Rare), Pop Culture
This has been seen in records of the most uncommon American surnames. It has also been used in popular culture, in the show Henry Danger. Although, it's not the character's actual last name.
DANGERFIELDEnglish
English (of Norman origin): habitational name, with fused preposition d(e), for someone from any of the various places in northern France called Angerville, from the Old Norse personal name Ásgeirr (from áss "god" + geirr "spear") + Old French ville "settlement", "village"... [more]
DANGERFIELDEnglish
Habitational name, with fused preposition d(e), for someone from any of the various places in northern France called Angerville, from the Old Norse personal name Ásgeirr (from áss "god" and geirr "spear") and Old French ville "settlement, village"... [more]
DANIELLEAmerican
From the given name Danielle.
DANSERGerman, French, English
German: variant of Danzer. Altered spelling of English Dancer.... [more]
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