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D'ARCYEnglish, French, Norman
Originally a Norman French surname, meaning "from Arcy"... [more]
DARDENEnglish
A habitation name in Northumberland of uncertain origin.
DARKEnglish
Nickname for someone with dark hair or a dark complexion, from Middle English darke, Old English deorc "dark". In England, the surname is most frequent in the West Country.
DARLEYEnglish
Means "person from Darley", Derbyshire ("glade frequented by deer").
DARLINGLiterature, English, Scottish
English and Scottish: from Middle English derling, Old English deorling ‘darling’, ‘beloved one’, a derivative of deor ‘dear’, ‘beloved’ (see Dear). This was quite a common Old English byname, which remained current as a personal name into the 14th century... [more]
DARLINGTONEnglish
From Old English Dearthington believed to be the settlement of Deornoth's people (unclear root + ing a family group + ton an enclosed farm or homestead).
DAUGHTRYEnglish
Norman origin from Hauterive in Orne, so called from the Olde French "haute rive", meaning "a high bank", the ultimate origin being the Latin "alta ripa".
DAUGHTRYEnglish, Norman, French
English (of Norman origin) habitational name, with fused French preposition d(e), for someone from Hauterive in Orne, France, named from Old French haute rive ‘high bank’ (Latin alta ripa).
DAVENPORTEnglish
Habitational name from a place in Cheshire named Davenport, from the Dane river (apparently named with a Celtic cognate of Middle Welsh dafnu "to drop, to trickle") and Old English port "market town".
DAWEnglish, Scottish
English and Scottish from a pet form of David. ... [more]
DAWKINSEnglish, Popular Culture
English patronymic from a pet form of Daw. ... [more]
DAWSEnglish
"Son of David"
DAXEnglish
Either derived from the town of Dax in France or from the Old English given name Dæcca (of unknown meaning).
DAYEnglish
(i) from the medieval personal name Day(e) or Dey(e), which may go back ultimately to Old English dæg "day", perhaps as a shortening of such names as Dægberht and Dægmund; (ii) a pet-form of David; (iii) from Irish Gaelic Ó Deághaidh "descendant of Deághadh", perhaps literally "good luck" (cf... [more]
DEALEEnglish
Originated in Kent
DEAREnglish (Anglicized, Rare)
Possibly from a nickname meaning "dear".
DEARDENEnglish
Meant "person from Dearden", Lancashire ("valley frequented by wild animals"). It was borne by British film director Basil Dearden (original name Basil Dear; 1911-1971).
DEARTHEnglish
From a medieval nickname apparently based on Middle English derth "famine".
DEARYEnglish
Nickname for a noisy or troublesome person, from Anglo-French de(s)rei ‘noise’, ‘trouble’, ‘turbulence’ (from Old French desroi). topographic for someone who lived by a deer enclosure, from Old English deor ‘deer’ + (ge)hæg ‘enclosure’.
DE ATHEnglish
Probably a deliberate respelling of Death (i), intended to distance the name from its original signification.
DEATHEnglish
(i) "death" (perhaps from the figure of Death as personified in medieval pageants); (ii) "person who gathers or sells wood for fuel" (from Middle English dethe "fuel, tinder")
DEATHRIDGEEnglish
Name given to someone who lived near a cemetery on a ridge.
DEBLEEnglish
This surname is of French derivation and was introduced to Britain by the Normans. It has two possible derivations, the first from the Roman (Latin) 'debil-is', which means literally "poorly" or "weak", and may have been a metonymic for a doctor or healer, whilst the second possible origin is a nickname derivation from the old French 'Theodore' to Tibald and Tibble or Dibble, Deble.
DEEWelsh, Irish, English, Scottish, Chinese (Latinized)
Welsh: nickname for a swarthy person, from Welsh du ‘dark’, ‘black’. ... [more]
DEENEnglish (American)
The History of the Name Deen Derives from England, over time spelling variations have existed. The name Deen is used by mostly American English people.
DEETZEnglish (American)
Surname of the characters, Delia, Charles and gothic daughter, Lydia from the movie and TV series, Beetlejuice.
DE GREYEnglish
Variant of Grey.
DELISLEEnglish
From De L'Isle, "of the Isle, from the Isle" in French.
DELLINOEnglish
A made up name used for roleplay.
DEMMAEnglish
Possibly an Anglicization of the Italian surname Demma, a metronymic from the personal name Emma.
DENBYEnglish
Means "person from Denby", Derbyshire or Yorkshire ("farmstead of the Danes").
DENHAMEnglish
From the name of various places in England, most of which meant "farm in the valley" (from Old English denu "valley" + ham "homestead"). Notable bearers of the surname included John Denham (1615-1669), an English poet; British Labour politician John Denham (1953-); and British actor Maurice Denham (1909-2002).
DENNINGTONEnglish
Habitational name from a place in Suffolk, recorded in Domesday Book as Dingifetuna, from the Old English female personal name Denegifu (composed of the elements Dene meaning "Dane" + gifu meaning "gift") + Old English tūn meaning "enclosure", "settlement".
DENSONEnglish (Rare)
Meaning "Son of Dennis" or "Son of Dean"
DENTONEnglish
"Valley Town" in Old English, where the given name Denton comes from.
DENVEREnglish
English surname, composed of the Old English elements Dene "Dane" and fær "passage, crossing," hence "Dane crossing."
DERADOEnglish
We think it is Italina?
DERBYSHIREEnglish
Shire of Derby; one who came from Derbyshire, a county in England.
DERRICOTTEnglish
Habitational name, possibly a variant of Darracott, from Darracott in Devon. However, the present-day concentration of the form Derricott in the West Midlands and Shropshire suggests that this may be a distinct name, from a different source, now lost.
DERRYIrish, English
English variant of Deary, or alternatively a nickname for a merchant or tradesman, from Anglo-French darree ‘pennyworth’, from Old French denree. ... [more]
DEVALLFrench, English
Devall (also DeVall) is a surname of Norman origin with both English and French ties.Its meaning is derived from French the town of Deville, Ardennes. It was first recorded in England in the Domesday Book.In France, the surname is derived from 'de Val' meaning 'of the valley.'
DEVALSONEnglish
Meaning, "son of Deval."
DEVONEnglish
Regional name for someone from the county of Devon. In origin, this is from an ancient British tribal name, Latin Dumnonii, perhaps meaning "worshipers of the god Dumnonos".
DEWDNEYEnglish
From the Old French personal name Dieudonné, literally "gift of God".
DIAMONDEnglish
English variant of Dayman (see Day). Forms with the excrescent d are not found before the 17th century; they are at least in part the result of folk etymology.
DICKENSHEETSEnglish (American)
Americanized spelling of German Dickenscheid, a habitational name from a place named Dickenschied in the Hunsrück region. The place name is from Middle High German dicke ‘thicket’, ‘woods’ + -scheid (often schied) ‘border area’ (i.e. ridge, watershed), ‘settler’s piece of cleared (wood)land’.
DICKERMANEnglish, German, Jewish
Possibly derived from Middle High German dic(ke) "strong, thick" and Mann "man, male, husband".
DICKERSONEnglish
English (mainly East Anglia): patronymic from a pet form of Dick
DILLEnglish
Nickname from Middle English dell, dill, dull "dull, foolish".
DILLIONIrish, English
Possibly a variant of Dillon.
DIMONDEnglish, Irish
English and Irish variant of Diamond.
DINNEnglish
From a short form of the personal name Dinis, a variant of Dennis.
DISONEnglish
Son of Di
DOBBEnglish
From a nickname of Robert, a variant is Dobbs.
DOBBEEnglish
From the medieval personal name Dobbe, one of several pet forms of Robert in which the initial letter was altered. Compare Hobbs.
DOBBSEnglish
English Patronymic from an old nickname for Robert
DOBSONEnglish, Scottish
Patronymic from the personal name Dobbe. This is also established in Ireland, notably County Leitrim.
DOBYEnglish
From a diminutive of the given name Dob or Dobbe, itself a medieval diminutive of Robert (one of several rhyming nicknames of Robert in which the initial letter was altered; compare Hobbs).
DODDSEnglish
From dod, meaning "something rounded" in German.
DODGEEnglish
Possibly a nickname from Middle English dogge "dog" (Old English docga, dogga).
DODGENEnglish
From a pet form of Dogge (see Dodge).
DODGSONEnglish
Patronymic form of Dodge.
DODSONEnglish (British)
Means "son of Dodd" (see DUDDA).
DOEEnglish
An English nickname for a gentle person from the word for a female deer. Originally a female first name transferred to use as a surname. Well known in American law as a hypothetical surname for a person unnamed in legal proceedings, as in Jane Doe or John Doe.
DOLEEnglish, Irish (Anglicized)
English: from Middle English dole ‘portion of land’ (Old English dal ‘share’, ‘portion’). The term could denote land within the common field, a boundary mark, or a unit of area; so the name may be of topographic origin or a status name... [more]
DOLLSouth German, German, English
South German: nickname from Middle High German tol, dol ‘foolish’, ‘mad’; also ‘strong’, ‘handsome’.... [more]
DOLLANGANGEREnglish
The name of the family in the Dollanganger series by V.C. Andrews.
DOLLARScottish, English (American)
Scottish: habitational name from Dollar in Clackmannanshire.... [more]
DOMEEnglish
Occupational name from the Old English root doma, dema ‘judge’, ‘arbiter’. Compare Dempster.
DOOLITTLEEnglish
From a medieval nickname applied to a lazy man (from Middle English do "do" + little "little"). It was borne by the American poet Hilda Doolittle (1886-1961). A fictional bearer is Eliza Doolittle, the flower seller in Bernard Shaw's 'Pygmalion' (1913); and a variant spelling was borne by Dr Dolittle, the physician who had the ability to talk to animals, in the series of books written by Hugh Lofting from 1920.
DORNGerman, German (Austrian), Dutch, Flemish, English
Means "thorn" in German.
DOSSATEnglish, Scottish
Possibly from French origins (used predominantly in Louisiana in the United States).
DOSSETTEnglish
Recorded in several forms including Dowsett, Dosset, and Dossit, this is an English surname. ... [more]
DOUGHTYEnglish
Doughty. This interesting surname of English origin is a nickname for a powerful or brave man, especially a champion jouster, deriving from the Middle English "doughty", Olde English pre 7th Century dohtig dyhtig meaning "valiant" or "strong"... [more]
DOWScottish, Irish, English, Dutch (Anglicized), German (Anglicized)
Scottish (also found in Ireland): reduced form of McDow. This surname is borne by a sept of the Buchanans.... [more]
DOWNARDEnglish
Downard comes from England as a diminutive of Downhead in Somerset and Donhead in Wiltshire.
DOWNSEnglish
This surname is derived from the Old English element dun meaning "hill, mountain, moor." This denotes someone who lives in a down (in other words, a ridge of chalk hills or elevated rolling grassland).
DOWRICKEnglish
This name is found fairy widely in Cornwall, England.
DOWSONEnglish
Either a patronymic surname derived from the given name Dow, a medieval variant of Daw (which was a diminutive of David), or else a metronymic form of the medieval feminine name Dowce, literally "sweet, pleasant", from Old French dolz, dous (cf... [more]
DRAGONFrench, English
Nickname or occupational name for someone who carried a standard in battle or else in a pageant or procession, from Middle English, Old French dragon "snake, monster" (Latin draco, genitive draconis, from Greek drakōn, ultimately from derkesthai "to flash")... [more]
DRAGOOAmerican, French (Huguenot)
Americanized form of Dragaud, a French (Huguenot) surname derived from the Germanic given name Dragwald, itself derived from the elements drag- meaning "to carry" and wald "power, rule".
DRAKEFORDEnglish
The first element of this locational surname is probably derived from the personal name Draca or Draki (see Drake), while the second element is derived from Old English ford meaning "ford"... [more]
DRANSFIELDEnglish
Means "Drains the fields".
DRAYEnglish
From Middle English dregh, probably as a nickname from any of its several senses: "lasting", "patient", "slow", "tedious", "doughty". Alternatively, in some cases, the name may derive from Old English drýge "dry, withered", also applied as a nickname.
DRAYDENEnglish
It means man whore straight up man whore and a dick.
DRAYTONEnglish
I had a maternal grandfather with the surname Drayton who came from Shrewsbury, Shropshire but cannot find any reference.
DRIGGERSAmerican
Corruption of the Spanish surname Rodriguez. Originated in 17th century Virginia as a former slave by that surname was integrated into free society.
DRINGEnglish
Means "young man" (from Old Norse drengr).
DRIVEREnglish
Occupational name for a driver of horses or oxen attached to a cart or plow, or of loose cattle, from a Middle English agent derivative of Old English drīfan ‘to drive’.
DRUMMEREnglish
Locational name from a place called Drummer, near Chadderton in Lancashire. The meaning is possibly from the pre 7th century Olde English 'drum' meaning "a ridge".
DRURYEnglish, French, Irish
Originally a Norman French nickname, derived from druerie "love, friendship" (itself a derivative of dru "lover, favourite, friend" - originally an adjective, apparently from a Gaulish word meaning "strong, vigourous, lively", but influenced by the sense of the Old High German element trut, drut "dear, beloved").... [more]
DRYEREnglish
From an agent derivative of Old English dr̄gean "to dry"; possibly an occupational name for a drier of cloth. In the Middle Ages, after cloth had been dyed and fulled, it was stretched out in tenterfields to dry.
DUCKEnglish, Irish, Dutch, Low German, German
English from Middle English doke, hence a nickname for someone with some fancied resemblance to a duck or a metonymic occupational name for someone who kept ducks or for a wild fowler. ... [more]
DUCKWORTHEnglish
Habitational name from Duckworth Fold, in the borough of Bury, Lancashire, which is named from Old English fuce "duck" and wor{dh} "enclosure".
DUDDRIDGEEnglish
It is locational from a "lost" medieval village probably called Doderige, since that is the spelling in the first name recording (see below). It is estimated that some three thousand villages and hamlets have disappeared from the maps of Britain over the past thousand years... [more]
DUFFIELDEnglish
The meaning is dove field or open country. It's origin is the Yorkshire area named after a few places there.... [more]
DUGGANScottish, Irish, English
Scottish and Irish variant spelling of Dugan. ... [more]
DUMBLEDOREEnglish (?), Literature, Popular Culture
This is the surname of Albus Dumbledore, a major character in the Harry Potter-universe created by English author J. K. Rowling.
DUMMITTEnglish
Habitational name from Dumart-en-Ponthieu in Somme, France.
DUNNEIrish, English, Scottish
This surname means dark and was likely given to those with a dark complexion or with dark hair.
DURDENEnglish
A different form of Dearden. A fictional bearer is Tyler Durden, a character from Chuck Palahniuk's 'Fight Club' (1996) and its subsequent film adaptation (1999).
DURHAMEnglish
Denotes a person from either the town of Durham, or elsewhere in County Durham, in England. Durham is derived from the Old English element dun, meaning "hill," and the Old Norse holmr, meaning "island."
DURWARDEnglish, Scottish (?)
Means "guardian of the door, door-keeper" (cf. Durward). A fictional bearer of the surname is Quentin Durward, eponymous hero of the novel (1823) by Sir Walter Scott.
DUTTONEnglish
habitational name from any of the places called Dutton, especially those in Cheshire and Lancashire. The first of these is named from Old English dun ‘hill’ + tun ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’; the second is from Old English personal name Dudd + Old English tun.
DUXBURYEnglish
Habitational name from a place in Lancashire, recorded in the early 13th century as D(e)ukesbiri, from the genitive case of the Old English personal name Deowuc or Duc(c) (both of uncertain origin) + Old English burh ‘fort’ (see Burke).
DYEEnglish, Welsh
English: from a pet form of the personal name Dennis. In Britain the surname is most common in Norfolk, but frequent also in Yorkshire. Welsh is also suggested, but 1881 and UK both show this as an East Anglian name - very few in Wales.
EADEEnglish (British, ?)
Originally derived from the Old English Eadwig, which meant "prosperity / fortune in war." Surname found mainly in Scotland and northern England. Americanized spelling of Norwegian Eide. Also see the similar given names: Adam, Edwy, Eda, and Edith.
EAGLEEnglish
Nickname for a lordly, impressive, or sharp-eyed man, from Middle English egle "eagle" (from Old French aigle, from Latin aquila).
EAGLEBURGEREnglish (American)
Americanized form of German Adelberger, a habitational name for someone from a place called Adelberg near Stuttgart.
EALEYEnglish
Variant of ELY.
EAMESEnglish
Probably from the possessive case of the Middle English word eam ‘uncle’, denoting a retainer in the household of the uncle of some important local person. Possibly also a variant of Ames.
EARENFIGHTEnglish
appears in early American history in Pennsylvania and New Jerssey. Jacob Earenfight fought in the Battle of Princeton in the American Revolutionary War.
EARLYIrish, English, American, German
Irish: translation of Gaelic Ó Mocháin (see Mohan; Gaelic moch means ‘early’ or ‘timely’), or of some other similar surname, for example Ó Mochóir, a shortened form of Ó Mochéirghe, Ó Maoil-Mhochéirghe, from a personal name meaning ‘early rising’.... [more]
EARNSHAWEnglish
Means "person from Earnshaw", Lancashire ("Earn's nook of land" - Earn from an Old English personal name meaning literally "eagle"). In fiction this surname is borne by Catherine Earnshaw, her brother Hindley and her nephew Hareton, characters in Emily Brontë's 'Wuthering Heights' (1847).
EASTEnglish
This interesting surname is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and is derived from the Olde English pre 7th Century "east", east, and is topographical for someone who lived in the eastern part of a town or settlement, or outside it to the east... [more]
EASTBURNEnglish
Habitational name from either of two places, one in Humberside and one in West Yorkshire, so named from Old English ēast, ēasten "east" and burna "stream".
EASTERBROOKEnglish
Topographic name for someone who lived by a brook to the east of a main settlement, from Middle English easter meaning "eastern" + brook meaning "stream".
EASTLEYEnglish
A Saxon village called East Leah has been recorded to have existed since 932 AD. (Leah is an ancient Anglo-Saxon word meaning 'a clearing in a forest'). There is additional evidence of this settlement in a survey from the time which details land in North Stoneham being granted by King Æthelstan to his military aid, Alfred in 932 AD... [more]
EATHERTONEnglish
Probably a variant spelling of Atherton.
EBENEnglish
Meaning unknown. It could be from the given name Eden, from the place name Eden, meaning "Place Of Pleasure".
EBENEEZEREnglish
Obtained from the given name Ebenezer
ECHELBARGEREnglish (American)
Americanized spelling of German Eichelberger.
ECKLANDEnglish (Rare), Norwegian (Anglicized, Rare, Expatriate), Swedish (Anglicized, Expatriate)
Possibly a variant of Ecklund. It might also be an anglicization of the rare Swedish surname Ekland or of a Norwegian name derived from several farmsteads named with eik "oak" and land "land".
ECKLUNDEnglish
English spelling of Swedish EKLUND.
EDDYAmerican
A common surname used among people whose ancestry originates from the United Kingdom (England, Ireland and Scottland etc.) Shelia Eddy is an American who was convicted in 2014 for the murder of Skylar Neese in the state of West Virginia.
EDGEEnglish
Topographic name, especially in Lancashire and the West Midlands, for someone who lived on or by a hillside or ridge, from Old English ecg "edge".
EDGELYEnglish
A surname of Anglo-Saxon origin, and a place name taken from either a village in Cheshire or one in Shropshire. The name means “park by the wood” in Old English.
EDGERLYEnglish
Habitational name from any of numerous minor places named Edgerley, Edgerely, or Hedgerley.
EDGERTONEnglish
From a place name meaning either "settlement of Ecghere" or "settlement of Ecgheard" (see Ekkehard).
EDMEADESEnglish
Meant "son of Edmede", from a medieval nickname for a self-effacing person (literally "humble", from Old English ēadmēde "easy mind").
EDMUNDSEnglish, Welsh
Patronymic from the personal name Edmund (see Edmond).
EDMUNDSONEnglish
Means "son of Edmund".
EDSONEnglish
Patronymic or metronymic from Eade.
EGGLESTONEnglish
Habitational name from a place in County Durham so called, or from Egglestone in North Yorkshire, both named in Old English as Egleston, probably from the Old English personal name Ecgel (unattested) + tūn ‘settlement’, ‘farmstead’.
ELAMEnglish
English habitational name for someone from a place called Elham, in Kent, or a lost place of this name in Crayford, Kent. The first is derived from Old English el ‘eel’ + ham ‘homestead’ or hamm ‘enclosure hemmed in by water’... [more]
ELDENEnglish
Variant of Eldon.
ELDONEnglish
Habitation name from the Old English personal name Ella- and -don from dun meaning "hill."
ELESTIALEnglish (British, Modern, Rare)
First used as a surname in September 2000, first appearing on a birth certificate in July 2009. Meaning "protected by angels"; the origin is an adopted surname from a type of quartz crystal, often referred to as a new millennium crystal... [more]
ELICHGerman, American
Surname meaning "noble" from edelik or edelich. Notable bearer is professional ice hockey player Matt Elich.
ELIEAmerican
From Rembrandt and Giacomo Elie, professional footballers for Genoa FC and Juventus FC.
ELIZABETHAmerican
From the given name Elizabeth.
ELKINSEnglish
Patronymic of Elkin.
ELLENDEREnglish
English variant of Allender.
ELLENSEnglish
Metronymic from Ellen (1).
ELLINGHAMEnglish
Habitational name from places so named in Hampshire, Northumbria, and Norfolk. The first of these is named from Old English Edlingaham ‘homestead (Old English ham) of the people of Edla’, a personal name derived from a short form of the various compound names with a first element ead ‘prosperity’, ‘fortune’; the others may have the same origin or incorporate the personal name Ella (see Ellington).
ELLINGTONEnglish
English habitational name from places in Cambridgeshire, Kent, Northumbria, and North Yorkshire; most are so named from Old English Ellingtun ‘settlement (Old English tun) associated with Ella’, a short form of the various compound names with a first element ælf ‘elf’, but the one in Kent has its first element from the Old English byname Ealda meaning ‘old’.
ELMOREEnglish
An English habitational name from Elmore in Gloucestershire, named from Old English elm ‘elm’ + ofer ‘river bank’ or ofer ‘ridge’.
ELPHEEEnglish
Derived from the Old English given name Ælfwig.
ELRICEnglish, Anime
From the medieval English givin name Elric. Notable bearers were the Fullmetal Alchemist characters Edward and Alphonse Elric, as well as their mother, Trisha Elric.
ELSEGOODEnglish (British), English (Australian)
Derived from an Old English given name, possibly *Ælfgod or *Æðelgod, in which the second element is god "god". (Another source gives the meaning "temple-god", presumably from ealh and god.)... [more]
ELWELLEnglish
Means "person from Elwell", Dorset (probably "spring from which omens can be read").
ELWOODEnglish
It's either from a place name in Gloucestershire, England called Ellwood that is derived from Old English ellern "elder tree" and wudu "wood", or a form of the Old English personal name Ælfweald, composed of the elements ælf "elf" and weald "rule".
EMBRYEnglish, Scottish
ember, smoldering fire
EMERYEnglish, French, Norman
English and French from a Germanic personal name, Emaurri, composed of the elements amja ‘busy’, ‘industrious’ + ric ‘power’. The name was introduced into England from France by the Normans... [more]
EMMEREnglish
Derived from a nickname for EMERSON
EMMERLYEnglish
From the given name Amalric.
EMORYEnglish, Irish
English variant spelling of Emery.
EMSLEYEnglish
A name that came from a family that lived in Yorkshire, where they derived the family name from Helmsley. Probably of Old English origin Helm and ley or leah, which means "a clearing in the woods."
ENFIELDEnglish
Place in England. Like Uxbridge.
ENGELBERTGerman, English, French
From a Germanic personal name composed of engel (see Engel) + berht ‘bright’, ‘famous’. The widespread popularity of the name in France during the Middle Ages was largely a result of the fact that it had been borne by a son-in-law of Charlemagne; in the Rhineland it was more often given in memory of a bishop of Cologne (1216–25) of this name, who was martyred.
ENGLUNDSwedish, English
Combination of Swedish äng "meadow" and lund "grove".
ENSIGNEnglish
From the military rank.
ESTESWelsh, Spanish, English
a popular surname derived from the House of Este. It is also said to derive from Old English and have the meaning "of the East." As a surname, it has been traced to southern England in the region of Kent, as early as the mid-16th century.
ETCHEBERRYBasque, English
From Basque etxe (house) and berri (new).
ETHERINGTONEnglish (British)
An Old English surname from Kent, the village of Etherington, which derives from the Old English "Ethel"red' ing (meaning people of, coming from) and "ton" a town/village.
EUBANKSEnglish
Topographic name for someone who lived by a bank of yew trees, from Old English iw "yew" and bank "bank".
EVEEnglish
Possibly from the given name Eve.
EVERESTEnglish
Surname of Norman origin, introduced into England after the Conquest of 1066, and is a locational name from "Evreux" in Eure, Normandy. The place is so called from having apparently been the capital of the "Eburovices", a Gaulish tribe.
EVERSONEnglish
Patronymic from the personal name Ever. See also Evers.
EVERTONEnglish
Habitational name from any of various places, in Bedfordshire, Merseyside, and Nottinghamshire, so named from Old English eofor ‘wild boar’ + tun ‘settlement’.
EWELLEnglish
Habitation name from the town of Ewell in Surrey or from Temple Ewell or Ewell Manor, both in Kent or Ewell Minnis near Dover. Originally from Old English Aewill meaning "river source" or "spring".
EYREEnglish
Derived from Middle English eyer, eir "heir", originally denoting a man who was designated to inherit or had already inherited the main property in a particular locality. The surname was borne by the heroine of Charlotte Brontë's 'Jane Eyre' (1847).
EZELLAmerican
Of uncertain origin. The name is found primarily in the southeastern United States, possibly as a variation of Israel or a form of Ezekiel.
FACKRELLEnglish
It means woodcutter
FAILOREnglish (American)
Americanized spelling of German Failer or Fehler, variants of Feiler.
FAIREnglish, Irish
English: nickname meaning ‘handsome’, ‘beautiful’, ‘fair’, from Middle English fair, fayr, Old English fæger. The word was also occasionally used as a personal name in Middle English, applied to both men and women.... [more]
FAIRBANKSEnglish
This surname comes from English descent and is the surname of the late sculptor Avard Fairbanks. Who was commissioned to sculpt a bust of President Lincoln.
FAIRBROTHEREnglish
From a medieval nickname probably meaning either "better-looking of two brothers" or "brother of a good-looking person", or perhaps in some cases "father's brother".
FAIREYEnglish
Either (i) meant "person from Fairy Farm or Fairyhall", both in Essex (Fairy perhaps "pigsty"); or (ii) from a medieval nickname meaning "beautiful eye". This was borne by Fairey Aviation, a British aircraft company, producer of the biplane fighter-bomber Fairey Swordfish... [more]
FAIRFAXEnglish
From a medieval nickname for someone with beautiful hair, from Old English fæger "fair" and feax "hair". It was borne by the English general Thomas Fairfax, 3rd Baron Fairfax of Cameron (1612-1671), commander of the Parliamentary army during the Civil War... [more]
FAIRWEATHEREnglish, Scottish
Nickname for a person with a sunny temperament.
FALKEEnglish
Variant of Falk
FALKNEREnglish
Variant spelling of Faulkner.
FALLOWEnglish, Jewish
English: topographic name for someone who lived by a patch of fallow land, Middle English falwe (Old English f(e)alg). This word was used to denote both land left uncultivated for a time to recover its fertility and land recently brought into cultivation.... [more]
FANCOURTEnglish
Derived from the English surname Fancourt, which originated in the county of Bedfordshire in England.
FANEEnglish
From a medieval nickname for a well-disposed person (from Old English fægen "glad, willing"), or from a medieval Welsh nickname for a slim person (Welsh fain). This is the family name of the earls of Westmorland.
FANSHAWEEnglish
Meant "person from Featherstonehaugh", Northumberland (now known simply as "Featherstone") ("nook of land by the four-stones", four-stones referring to a prehistoric stone structure known technically as a "tetralith")... [more]
FANTHORPEEnglish
Fan means "From France" and Thorpe is a Middle English word meaning "Small Village, Hamlet"
FARADAYEnglish
From an English surname meaning "servant of Fair", Fair being derived from Old English fæger used as a personal name.
FARANDEnglish (Canadian), French (Quebec)
Derived from the given name FARIMOND or from the French word ferrer meaning "to be clad in iron" or "to shoe a horse".
FARMANEnglish
(i) from an Old Norse personal name denoting literally a seafarer or travelling trader, brought into English via French; (ii) "itinerant trader, pedlar", from Middle English fareman "traveller"
FARRAGUTBreton, French, Catalan, American
A Breton-French surname of unknown origin. A notable bearer was American naval flag officer David Farragut (1801-1870), who is known for serving during the American Civil War. His father was of Catalan ancestry... [more]
FARRAREnglish (British)
Northern English: occupational name for a smith or worker in iron, from Middle English and Old French farrour, ferour, from medieval Latin ferrator, an agent derivative of ferrare ‘to shoe horses’, from ferrum ‘iron’, in medieval Latin ‘horseshoe’... [more]
FARRIMONDEnglish
From Faramund, a Norman personal name of Germanic origin.
FARROWEnglish
A small litter of pigs
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