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HERBAUGH     English (American)
Americanized form of German Harbach.
HEREFORD     English
Habitational name from Hereford in Herefordshire, or Harford in Devon and Goucestershire, all named from Old English here "army" + ford "ford".
HERITAGE     English (Rare)
English status name for someone who inherited land from an ancestor, rather than by feudal gift from an overlord, from Middle English, Old French (h)eritage ‘inherited property’ (Late Latin heritagium, from heres ‘heir’).
HERNDON     English
From Herne, a cottage, and den, a valley. The cottage in the valley.
HERRINGTON     English
habitational name from Herrington in County Durham, England
HERSEY     Jewish, English
Variation of Hershey.
HESTER     English
This surname is derived from a given name, which is the Latin form of Esther.
HESTITONA     Anglo-Saxon, English
A an earlier variation of the surname Hingston. See Hingston for full meaning.
HEYER     English, German, Dutch
English variant of Ayer. ... [more]
HEYWARD     English
Variant of Hayward.
HIBBARD     English
English: variant of Hilbert.
HICK     English
From the medieval personal name HICKE. The substitution of H- as the initial resulted from the inability of the English to cope with the velar Norman R-.
HICK     English
From the medieval personal name Hicke, a pet form of Richard. The substitution of H- as the initial resulted from the inability of the English to cope with the velar Norman R-.
HIDDLESTON     English, Scottish
Habitational name from a place called Huddleston in Yorkshire, England. The place name was derived from the Old English personal name HUDEL.
HIGGINBOTHAM     English
Habitational name from a place in Lancashire now known as Oakenbottom. The history of the place name is somewhat confused, but it is probably composed of the Old English elements ǣcen or ācen "oaken" and botme "broad valley"... [more]
HIGGINS     Irish, English
Irish: variant of Hagan.... [more]
HIGGINS     English
Patronymic from the medieval personal name Higgin, a pet form of Hick.
HIGGINSON     English
Patronymic from the medieval personal name Higgin, a pet form of Hick.
HIGHLAND     English, German
English, Scottish, and Irish: variant spelling of Hyland.... [more]
HIGHLANDER     English
Name given to a person who lived in the high lands of England.
HILBERT     English, French, Dutch, German
English, French, Dutch, and German: from a Germanic personal name composed of the elements hild ‘strife’, ‘battle’ + berht ‘bright’, ‘famous’.
HILDERSLEY     English
Meadow of the hilldweller.
HILLEARY     English
Variant of Hillary
HILLIARD     English
English: from the Norman female personal name Hildiarde, Hildegard, composed of the Germanic elements hild ‘strife’, ‘battle’ + gard ‘fortress’, ‘stronghold’. The surname has been in Ireland since the 17th century.
HILLS     English
Variant of Hill.
HINCKLEY     English
From the name of a place in Leicestershire meaning "Hynca's wood", from the Old English byname Hynca, derivative of hún "bear cub", and leah "woodland, clearing".
HIND     English, Scottish
English (central and northern): nickname for a gentle or timid person, from Middle English, Old English hind ‘female deer’.... [more]
HINDLEY     English
English (Lancashire): habitational name from a place near Manchester, so named from Old English hind ‘female deer’ + leah ‘wood’, ‘clearing’.
HINGESTON     Anglo-Saxon, English
A an earlier variation of the surname Hingston. See Hingston for full meaning.
HINGESTONE     Anglo-Saxon, English
A an earlier variation of the surname Hingston. See Hingston for full meaning.
HINGSTON     English
The distribution of the Hingston surname appears to be based around the South Hams area of Devon. The English Place Name Society volumes for Devon give the best indication of the source of the name... [more]
HINKLE     American
Americanized spelling of Dutch and German Hinkel. Variant spelling of English Hinckley.
HINKLEY     English
Variant of Hinckley.
HINTON     English (Archaic)
Comes from Old English heah meaning "high" and tun meaning "enclosure" or "settlement." A notable person with the surname is female author S.E Hinton.
HINXSTONE     Anglo-Saxon, English
A an earlier variation of the surname Hingston. See Hingston for full meaning.
HINXTON     Anglo-Saxon, English
A an earlier variation of the surname Hingston. See Hingston for full meaning.
HISAW     English
Of uncertain origin and meaning.
HISCOCK     English
From a pet form of HICK.
HITCHINS     English
Comes from the town Hitchin
HOBART     English, Dutch
Variant of Hubert.
HODGE     English
From the given name Hodge, a medieval diminutive of Roger.
HODGSON     English (British)
English patronymic form of the personal name Hodge, a pet form of Rodger. The surname in most cases originated in the North Yorskire Dales, where it is still common to the present day.
HOERMAN     English, German
Variant of Herman. Variant of Hörmann.
HOIT     English
A variant of Hoyt.
HOLBROOK     English, German (Anglicized)
English: habitational name from any of various places, for example in Derbyshire, Dorset, and Suffolk, so called from Old English hol ‘hollow’, ‘sunken’ + broc ‘stream’. ... [more]
HOLBROOK     English
Holbrook is an old English surname that means a small stream of fresh running water, a brook or small stream, small creek.
HOLCOMB     English
Habitational name from any of various places, for example in Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Greater Manchester, Oxfordshire, and Somerset, so named from Old English hol meaning "hollow", "sunken", "deep" + cumb meaning "valley".
HOLE     English
Topographic name for someone who lived by a depression or low-lying spot, from Old English holh "hole, hollow, depression".
HOLIDAY     English
Variation of Holladay.
HOLL     German, Dutch, English
Short form of German HÖLD or a topographic name meaning "hollow" or "hole".
HOLLADAY     English
English: from Old English haligdæg ‘holy day’, ‘religious festival’. The reasons why this word should have become a surname are not clear; probably it was used as a byname for one born on a religious festival day.
HOLLAND     Irish (Anglicized), Irish, English, Scottish, German, Danish, Jewish, Dutch
Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hÓileáin, a variant of Ó hAoláin, from a form of FAOLÁN (with loss of the initial F-).... [more]
HOLLANDER     German, English, Jewish, Dutch, Swedish
Regional name for someone from Holland.
HOLLIER     English, French
Occupational name for a male brothel keeper, from a dissimilated variant of Old French horier "pimp", which was the agent noun of hore "whore, prostitute". Hollier was probably also used as an abusive nickname in Middle English and Old French.... [more]
HOLLIMAN     English
Possibly means "holly man"
HOLLINGSHEAD     English
Habitational name from a lost place in County Durham called Hollingside or Holmside, from Old English hole(g)n "holly" and sīde "hillside, slope". There is a Hollingside Lane on the southern outskirts of Durham city... [more]
HOLLIS     English
Topographic name for someone who lived where holly trees grew.
HOLLISTER     English
English: occupational name for a brothelkeeper; originally a feminine form of Hollier.
HOLLOMAN     English (British)
Nickname, perhaps ironic, from Middle English holy ‘holy’ + man ‘man’.
HOLLOWAY     Anglo-Saxon, English, Medieval English
Variant of Halliwell, from Old English halig (holy) and well(a) (well or spring)... [more]
HOLM     Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, English
Derived from Old Norse holmr, meaning "islet".
HOLTER     English, German, Norwegian
Derived from English holt meaning "small wood". A topographic name for someone who lived near a small wooden area, as well as a habitational name from a place named with that element.
HOME     English, Scottish
English and Scottish variant spelling of Holme.
HONEYBALL     English
From Honeyball, a medieval personal name of uncertain origin: perhaps an alteration of Annabel, or alternatively from a Germanic compound name meaning literally "bear-cub brave" (i.e. deriving from the elements hun "warrior, bear cub" and bald "bold, brave").
HOOD     English, Scottish, Irish
English and Scottish: metonymic occupational name for a maker of hoods or a nickname for someone who wore a distinctive hood, from Middle English hod(de), hood, hud ‘hood’. Some early examples with prepositions seem to be topographic names, referring to a place where there was a hood-shaped hill or a natural shelter or overhang, providing protection from the elements... [more]
HOOK     English
This surname is derived from a geographical locality. "at the hook," from residence in the bend or sudden turn of a lane or valley.
HOOKHAM     English
This surname may derive from Old English hóc meaning "hook, angle" and hám meaning "village, hamlet, dwelling."
HOPPS     English (British)
Son of Robert
HORNBY     English
A habitational name from locations called Hornby in northern England, though predominantly associated with Lancashire. Derived from the Norse horni meaning "horn" and býr meaning "farm" or "settlement".
HORNSBY     English
A habitational name from Cumbria, derived from the Norse Ormr meaning "serpent" and býr meaning "farm". Similar in form to Hornby, Hornsby is a widespread surname in northern England.
HORVITZ     English (American)
Surname of Richard Steven Horvitz, a voice actor in Angry Beavers, The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, and Invader Zim.
HOSEASON     English
Means "son of Hosea", a personal name that was originally probably Osie, a pet-form of Oswald, but came to be associated with the biblical personal name Hosea.
HOSFORD     English
Variant of HORSFORD.
HOSKIN     English
From the Middle English personal name OSEKIN.
HOSKINS     English
Patronymic form of HOSKIN.
HOSKINSON     English
Patronymic form of HOSKIN.
HOSMER     English
From the Old English name Osmaer, a combination of the Old English elements oss, meaning "god", and maer, meaning "fame".
HOTALING     English (American)
Americanized spelling of Dutch Hoogteijling, an indirect occupational name for a productive farmer, from hoogh ‘high’ + teling ‘cultivation’, ‘breeding’.
HOTCHKISS     English
Patronymic from Hodgkin, a pet form of Hodge.
HOUGH     English
English: habitational name from any of various places, for example in Cheshire and Derbyshire, so named from Old English hoh ‘spur of a hill’ (literally ‘heel’). This widespread surname is especially common in Lancashire... [more]
HOUGHTON     English
English habitational name from any of the various places so called. The majority, with examples in at least fourteen counties, get the name from Old English hoh ‘ridge’, ‘spur’ (literally ‘heel’) + tun ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’... [more]
HOUSER     English
Variant of HOUSE.
HOWDYSHELL     American, German
Americanized (i.e., Anglicized) form of the Swiss German Haudenschild, which originated as a nickname for a ferocious soldier, literally meaning "hack the shield" from Middle High German houwen "to chop or hack" (imperative houw) combined with den (accusative form of the definite article) and schilt "shield".
HOWELLS     Welsh, English
Variant of Howell
HOY     English
Metonymic occupational name for a sailor, from Middle Dutch hoey "cargo ship".
HOYT     English
Generally a topographical name for someone who lived on a hill or other high ground. As such Hoyt is related to words such as heights or high. Hoyt is also possibly a nickname for a tall, thin person where the original meaning is said to be "long stick".
HUBBARD     English
Variant of HUBERT
HUBBLE     English
From the Norman personal name Hubald, composed of the Germanic elements hug "heart, mind, spirit" and bald "bold, brave".
HUBERT     German, Dutch, English, French, Jewish
From a Germanic given name composed of the elements hug "heart", "mind", "spirit" and berht "bright", "famous".
HUCK     English, Dutch
From the medieval male personal name Hucke, which was probably descended from the Old English personal name Ucca or Hucca, perhaps a shortened form of Ūhtrǣd, literally "dawn-power".
HUCKABAY     English
Variant of Huckaby.
HUCKABY     English
Means "person from Huccaby", Devon (perhaps "crooked river-bend"), or "person from Uckerby", Yorkshire ("Úkyrri's or Útkári's farmstead").
HUCKLE     English
English surname
HUDDLESTUN     English
Variant spelling of Huddleston.
HUEBERT     English
Variant of Hubert.
HUFFINGTON     English
Means "Uffa's town". A famous bearer is Arianna Huffington, born Αριάδνη-Άννα Στασινοπούλου
HUMBLE     English
Nickname for a meek or lowly person, from Middle English, Old French (h)umble (Latin humilis "lowly", a derivative of humus "ground").
HUMPHERY     English, Irish
English and Irish: variant of Humphrey.
HUMPHREYS     Welsh, English
Patronymic form of Humphrey. A famous bearer was Murray Humphreys (1899-1965), an American mobster of Welsh descent.
HUMPHREYS     English, Welsh
Variant of Humphries.
HUMPHRIES     English, Welsh
Patronymic from Humphrey.
HUMPHRY     English
Variant of Humphrey.
HUMPHRYS     English
Variant of Humphries.
HUNEYCUTT     English
Variant of Honeycutt.
HUNGATE     English
A habitational name from Old English hund,'hound', and Old Norse gata, 'gate'.
HUNNICUTT     English
Variant of Honeycutt.
HUNTINGTON     English
English: habitational name from any of several places so called, named with the genitive plural huntena of Old English hunta ‘hunter’ + tun ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’ or dun ‘hill’ (the forms in -ton and -don having become inextricably confused)... [more]
HURD     English
Variant of Heard.
HURRELL     English, Norman
English (of Norman origin) from a derivative of Old French hurer ‘to bristle or ruffle’, ‘to stand on end’ (see Huron).
HURRY     English
From a Norman form of the Middle English personal name Wol(f)rich (with the addition of an inorganic initial H-).
HUSHOUR     English
English. Maybe means tailor or carpenter
HUSSEY     English, Irish
As an English surname, it comes from two distinct sources. It is either of Norman origin, derived from Houssaye, the name of an area in Seine-Maritime which ultimately derives from Old French hous "holly"; or it is from a Middle English nickname given to a woman who was the mistress of a household, from an alteration of husewif "housewife"... [more]
HUTCH     English
From the medieval personal name Huche, a pet form of Hugh.
HUTCHINS     English
Southern English patronymic from the medieval personal name Hutchin, a pet form of Hugh.
HUTCHINSON     English
Means "son of HUTCHIN".
HUTTON     English, Scottish
Scottish and northern English habitational name from any of the numerous places so called from Old English hoh ‘ridge’, ‘spur’ + tun ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’.
HUXFORD     English
Habitational name from a place in Devon called Huxford (preserved in the name of Huxford Farm), from the Old English personal name Hōcc or the Old English word hōc ‘hook or angle of land’ + ford ‘ford’.
HYATT     English
English (mainly London and Surrey): possibly a topographic name from Middle English hegh, hie ‘high’ + yate ‘gate’. ... [more]
HYDE     English
Topographic name for someone living on (and farming) a hide of land, Old English hī(gi)d. This was a variable measure of land, differing from place to place and time to time, and seems from the etymology to have been originally fixed as the amount necessary to support one (extended) family (Old English hīgan, hīwan "household")... [more]
HYMEL     American
Possibly an altered form of HUMMEL.
HYNDESTAN     Anglo-Saxon, English
A an earlier variation of the surname Hingston. See Hingston for full meaning.
HYNDESTANE     Anglo-Saxon, English
A an earlier variation of the surname Hingston. See Hingston for full meaning.
HYNDESTON     Anglo-Saxon, English
A an earlier variation of the surname Hingston. See Hingston for full meaning.
ICKES     German, English
In German the meaning is unknown.... [more]
IDDENDEN     English (Rare)
Iden as a village name is to be found in both the counties of Kent and Sussex, and describes a pasture, or strictly speaking an area within a marsh suitable for pasture. The origination is the pre 6th century phrase ig-denn with ig meaning an island... [more]
IDDON     English
From the Old Norse female personal name Idunn, literally probably "perform love" (cf. Idony).
IDEN     English
Habitational name from a place called Iden Green in Benenden, Kent, or Iden Manor in Staplehurst, Kent, or from Iden in East Sussex. All these places are named in Old English as meaning "pasture by the yew trees", from ig meaning "yew" + denn meaning "pasture".
ILES     English (British), French
English (mainly Somerset and Gloucestershire): topographic name from Anglo-Norman French isle ‘island’ (Latin insula) or a habitational name from a place in England or northern France named with this element.
IMPEY     English
From Impey, the name of various places in England, derived from Old English *imphaga, *imphæg "sapling enclosure". Alternatively it could have indicated a person who lived near an enclosure of young trees.
INCHBALD     English
From the medieval male personal name Ingebald, brought into England by the Normans but ultimately of Germanic origin and meaning literally "brave Ingel" (Ingel was a different form of Engel - a shortened form of various Germanic compound personal names (e.g. Engelbert and Engelhard) that begin with Engel-; the two main sources of that were Angel "Angle" (the name of the Germanic people) and Ingal, an extended form of Ing (the name of a Germanic god)).
IND     English (?)
Meaning deweller at the end of a villiage (Gypsy)
INGALLS     English, Scandinavian (Anglicized)
Patronymic from the Anglo-Scandinavian personal name Ingell, Old Norse Ingjaldr.... [more]
INGLE     English
Derived from the Old Norse given names INGIALDR or INGÓLF.
INGOLD     English
Derived from the given names Ingell (see INGLE), INGJALDR or INGWALD.
INGOLDSBY     English
Habitational name from Ingoldsby in Lincolnshire, named from the Old Norse personal name Ingjaldr + bý meaning "farmstead", "settlement".
INMAN     English (British)
Anglo-Saxon in Origin. Occupational surname given to a person who "tended a lodge or an inn". Surname first found in Lancashire, England.
IOANE     English (New Zealand), English (Australian), American, Samoan, Polynesian, Romanian
May come from the given name John or variants of this name, such as Ion.
IRELAND     English, Scottish
Ethnic name for someone from Ireland, Old English Iraland. The country gets its name from the genitive case of Old English Iras "Irishmen" and land "land". The stem Ir- is taken from the Celtic name for Ireland, Èriu, earlier Everiu... [more]
IRETON     English
Habitational name from either of two places in Derbyshire called Ireton, or one in North Yorkshire called Irton. All of these are named from the genitive case of Old Norse Íri ‘Irishmen’ (see Ireland) + tun ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’.... [more]
IRISH     English
Derived from Ireland
IRONS     English
English (of Norman origin): habitational name from Airaines in Somme, so named from Latin harenas (accusative case) ‘sands’. The form of the name has been altered as a result of folk etymology, an association of the name with the metal... [more]
ISHAM     English
The name of a village in Northamptonshire, England from the Celtic name of a local river Ise and the Anglo-Saxon term for a small settlement or homestead -ham.
ISLEY     English
Of Old English origin, derived from a place named Hesli, meaning "a hazel wood or grove".
ISOM     English
Variant of Isham.
IVANS     English
Meaning "son of Ivan
IVES     English
Means "son of Ive", a medieval male personal name, brought into England by the Normans but ultimately of Germanic origin, a shortened form of any of a range of compound names beginning with īv "yew" (cf... [more]
IVEY     Anglo-Saxon, English
Anglo-Saxon: Ivey is a variant of the Anglo-Saxon baptismal name Ive. It is the Anglo-Saxon equivalent of "Son of Ive".... [more]
IVORY     English
Habitational name from Ivry-la-Bataille in Eure, northern France.
IVSEN     English (Rare, ?)
Possibly a variant of IBSEN or IVERSEN.
IYKOFOS     American
A surname means "Twilight" in Greek.
JACKS     English
Possibly derived as a diminutive of the given name Jack. A famous bearer is Canadian singer-songwriter Terry Jacks, best known for his 1974 single 'Seasons in the Sun.'
JACOBI     Jewish, English, Dutch, German
From the Latin genitive Jacobi ‘(son) of Jacob’, Latinized form of English Jacobs and Jacobson or North German Jakobs(en) and Jacobs(en).
JACOWAY     English (American)
Altered form of the personal name Jacques.
JAGGER     English
English (West Yorkshire): occupational name from Middle English jagger ‘carter’, ‘peddler’, an agent derivative of Middle English jag ‘pack’, ‘load’ (of unknown origin). ... [more]
JAKESON     English
It means "son of Jake"
JASMINE     English, Japanese
means a fragrant shrub or flower used as perfume
JASON     English
Probably a patronymic from James or any of various other personal names beginning with J-.
JAW     English
JAY     English, French
Nickname from Middle English, Old French jay(e), gai "jay (the bird)", probably referring to an idle chatterer or a showy person, although the jay was also noted for its thieving habits.
JAYE     English
Variant of Jay.
JEFFREY     English
From a Norman personal name that appears in Middle English as Geffrey and in Old French as Je(u)froi. Some authorities regard this as no more than a palatalized form of Godfrey, but early forms such as Galfridus and Gaufridus point to a first element from Germanic gala "to sing" or gawi "region, territory"... [more]
JENCKES     English
"Back-formation" of Jenkin, a medieval diminutive of John.
JENNER     English
Occupational name for an engineer.
JENNESS     English
English surname, a patronymic from the Middle English personal name Jan.
JEREMY     English
From the given name Jeremy.
JESSEL     English
From a pet-form of Jessop (a medieval male personal name - a different form of Joseph). A literary bearer is Miss Jessel, the governess who has charge of the two troubled and enigmatic children in Henry James's ghost story 'The Turn of the Screw' (1898).
JESSUP     English
From the given name Joseph.
JEW     English
Ethnic name for a Jew, from Middle English jeu meaning "Jew" from Old French giu.
JIMERSON     English (British), Scottish
Variant of Scottish and northern English Jameson, based on a pet form of the personal name.
JOB     English, French, German, Hungarian
English, French, German, and Hungarian from the personal name Iyov or Job, borne by a Biblical character, the central figure in the Book of Job, who was tormented by God and yet refused to forswear Him... [more]
JOCELYN     English
Another of the names brought to England in the eleventh century by the Normans, and mentioned in the Domesday Book. Originally a masculine name only.
JOELSON     English
Means "son of Joel".
JOHN     English
From the given name John. A famous bearer is Elton John.
JOLIE     English
From the given name Jolie meaning pretty.
JONSON     English
Variant of Johnson and English form of Johnsson
JORDISON     English
Possibly meaning son of Jordan. This name is surname of American drummer Joey Jordison.
JORGENSON     German, English
Respelling of Jørgensen or Jörgensen (see Jorgensen) or the Swedish cognate Jörgens(s)on.
JOSEPH     Hebrew, English, Dutch, Yiddish
From Ioseph, the Latin form of Greek Ιωσηφ (Ioseph), which was from the Hebrew name יוֹסֵף (Yosef) meaning "he will add". In the Old Testament, Joseph is the eleventh son of Jacob. Because he was the favourite of his father, his older brothers sent him to Egypt and told their father that he had died... [more]
JOURDINE     French, English
English and French variant of Jordan.
JOWETT     English
From the medieval male personal name Jowet or the female personal name Jowette, both literally "little Jowe", a pet-form of Julian. This was borne was British theologian and classical scholar Benjamin Jowett (1817-1893).
JOYCE     English
Joy
JUDKINS     English
Means "decsendent of JUD".
JUSTIN     French, English, Slovene
From a medieval personal name, Latin Justinus, a derivative of Justus.
KAFKA     American (Rare)
Czech and Jewish (Bohemia): from kavka 'jackdaw', which is a type of bird; traditionally a nickname or surname.
KAIGLER     English (American)
Americanized spelling of Kegler.
KAPITY     English
Meaning unknown.
KARMAN     English, Dutch
Variant of Carman (1)
KARP     English
From the given name Karp.
KEATE     English
Variant of KEAT.
KEATON     English
Variant of Keeton.
KEEL     English (Anglicized), English, Irish, German (Swiss), German (Anglicized)
English habitational name from Keele in Staffordshire, named from Old English cy ‘cows’ + hyll ‘hill’, or from East and West Keal in Lincolnshire, which are named from Old Norse kjolr ‘ridge’... [more]
KEELER     English
English: occupational name for a boatman or boatbuilder, from an agent derivative of Middle English kele ‘ship’, ‘barge’ (from Middle Dutch kiel). Americanized spelling of German Kühler, from a variant of an old personal name (see Keeling) or a variant of Kuhl.
KEELING     Irish, English
Irish: see Keeley. ... [more]
KEENER     English
Anglicized form of Kiener or Kühner.
KEETON     English
Habitational name from a place called Ketton in Durham or one in Rutland or from Keaton in Ermington, Devon. The first is named from the Old English personal name Catta or the Old Norse personal name Káti and Old English tun "settlement"; the second is probably from an old river name or tribal name Cetan (possibly a derivative of Celtic ced "wood") and Old English ea "river"; and the last possibly from Cornish kee "hedge, bank" and Old English tun.
KELHAM     English
Derived from the village of Kelham, near Newark-upon-Trent, Nottingham.
KELSHAW     English
Derived from the villages of North or South Kelsey in Lincolnshire.
KEMPTON     English
From the name of a place in Shropshire meaning "Cempa's town" or "warrior town", from a combination of either the Old English word cempa "warrior" or the byname derived from it and tun "farmstead, settlement".
KENDALE     English (Rare)
Variant of kendal
KENNAWAY     English
From the medieval personal name Kenewi, from Old English Cynewīg, literally "royal war", or Cēnwīg, literally "bold war".
KENNY     English, Irish, Scottish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Coinnigh "descendant of Coinneach" or Ó Cionaodha "descendant of Cionaodh".
KENSINGTON     English
English surname meaning "Cynesige's town", from the Old English personal name Cynesige and ton 'town'.
KENSLEY     English
This surname might derive from the surname Kinsley or from the locational surname Kelsey (denoting someone who is from either North or South Kelsey in Lincolnshire).
KENT     English (?)
Region in England
KENTIE     Scottish, English, Dutch
Origin and meaning unknown. The name Kentie was spread in the Netherlands when a Scottish soldier, Alexander Kenti, settled at Woudrichem, the Netherlands around 1650. Alexander Kenti was born and raised in the Scottish highlands... [more]
KENYON     English, Welsh
Kenyon is a surname from Wales meaning "a person from Ennion's Mound"
KERINGTON     English
Varient of Carrington.
KERNEBONE     English, Cornish
Cornish
KETCHAM     English
Reduced form of KITCHENHAM
KETCHUM     English
Variant of KETCHAM
KETLEY     English
Means "person from Ketley", Shropshire ("glade frequented by cats").
KICKLIGHTER     American
Americanized spelling of German Kückleiter, literally ‘chicken ladder’, probably a nickname for a chicken farmer.
KIDDER     English
English: possibly an occupational name from early modern English kidd(i)er ‘badger’, a licensed middleman who bought provisions from farmers and took them to market for resale at a profit, or alternatively a variant of Kidman... [more]
KIDMAN     English
English: occupational name, probably for a goatherd (from Middle English kid(e) ‘young goat’ + man ‘man’), but possibly also for a cutter of wood used for fuel. (from Middle English kidde ‘faggot’ (an archaic English unit for a bundle of sticks)).
KIDWELL     Welsh, English
The origins of this surname are uncertain, but it may be derived from Middle English kidel "fish weir", denoting a person who lived by a fish weir or made his living from it, or from an English place called Kiddal, probably meaning "Cydda's corner of land" from the Old English given name Cydda and halh "nook or corner of land".
KIFF     English
the origin of the name KIFF could have come from a variation of KITH as in "kith and kin". The O.E.D. definition of the word KITH is that of a native land, familiar place or home so "kith and kin" meant your home and your relations... [more]
KILVERT     English
Probably from an Old Norse personal name Ketilfrith, literally "cauldron peace". The surname was borne by British clergyman and diarist Francis Kilvert (1840-1879).
KIND     English, German, Jewish, Dutch
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic) from Middle High German kint, German Kind ‘child’, hence a nickname for someone with a childish or naive disposition, or an epithet used to distinguish between a father and his son... [more]
KINGSFORD     English
English habitational name from any of various places named Kingsford, for example in Essex, Devon, Warwickshire, and Worcestershire. The name ostensibly means ‘the king’s ford’, but the one in Worcestershire is named as Ceningaford ‘ford of Cena’s people’.
KINGSLEIGH     English
It is a variant of KINGSLEY.
KINGSOLVER     English (American)
Altered form of English Consolver, which is unexplained. Compare Kinsolving.
KINSEY     English
Anglo-Saxon
KINSOLVING     English
Altered form of English Consolver
KIRK     English, Scottish, Danish
Scottish and northern English, and Danish from northern Middle English, Danish kirk ‘church’ (Old Norse kirkja), a topographic name for someone who lived near a church.
KIRKBY     English
Variant of Kirby.
KIRKLAND     English, Scottish
Derived from the Scottish 'kirk', meaning church, and land. This name denoted one who lived near or tended to the land belonging to or surrounding a church. A famous /fictional/ bearer is Arthur Kirkland, a main character in the highly popular anime/webmanga Axis Powers Hetalia... [more]
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