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MATTHEW     English, Scottish
Derived from the given name Matthew.
MATTHIAS     German, Dutch, English, Welsh, Greek
German and Dutch: from the personal name Matthias (see Matthew).... [more]
MATTINGLY     English (British)
This name dates all the way back to the 1200s and research shows that Mattingly families began immigrating to the United States in the 1600s and continued until the 1900s. However, the place name (Mattingley, England) dates back to the year 1086, but spelled as Matingelege... [more]
MAUDLING     English
From the medieval female personal name Maudeleyn, the English form of Greek Magdalēnē, the sobriquet in the New Testament of the woman Mary who was cured of evil spirits by Jesus... [more]
MAUGHAN     Irish, English
Anglicized from the original Irish Gaelic form Ò Mocháin meaning 'descendant of Mochain'. This name was one of the earliest known Irish surnames brought to England and remains a fairly common surname in the North East of the country.
MAURICE     English, French
This surname is taken from a given name which is derived from the Roman name Mauritius, a derivative of Maurus.
MAURIS     English
This surname may be a variant of Maurice.
MAVROS     English (American)
Means "Black" in Greek.
MAXSON     Popular Culture, English
Means son of Max. This is the surname of the hereditary leaders of the Brotherhood of Steel in the popular Fallout game. The first bearer of the name was Captain Roger Maxson, who founded the BOS, with the most recent bearer being Arthur Maxson, the current leader of the BOS in Fallout 4.
MAYBERRY     English, Irish
Of uncertain origin, probably an altered form of Mowbray. Possibly it is derived from an English place name.
MAYE     English
English variant spelling of May.
MAYFIELD     English
From the surname but also a given name that reminds some of Springtime
MAYHEW     English
Mayhew is an Old French variant of Matthew and means "gift of God."
MAYNE     Scottish, English, Irish, French
Scottish and English variant spelling of Main.
MC     English
Variant of Mac
MCASKILL     English
Variant of MacAskill
MCCAIN     English
"Son of warrior"
MCCLAIN     Irish, Scottish, English
Variant of McLain.
MCDONALDS     English
Variant of MCDONALD.
MCPHAIL     English
Variant of Mac Phàil
MCRAYNE     English, Scottish
Means "son of the queen," combining the surname Rayne with the prefix Gaelic prefix mac, meaning "son."
MCTONY     American
Tony McTony!
MEAD     English
topographic name for someone who lived by a meadow, from Middle English mede ‘meadow’ (Old English m?d). metonymic occupational name for a brewer or seller of mead (Old English meodu), an alcoholic beverage made by fermenting honey
MEADER     English
Topographic name for someone who lived by a meadow, from Mead 1 + the suffix -er, denoting an inhabitant.
MEDLEY     English
Habitational name, either a variant of Madeley (a name common to several places, including one in Shropshire and two in Staffordshire), named in Old English as ‘Mada’s clearing’, from an unattested byname, Mada (probably a derivative of mad ‘foolish’) + leah ‘woodland clearing’; or from Medley on the Thames in Oxfordshire, named in Old English with middel ‘middle’ + eg ‘island’... [more]
MEDLOCK     English
Variant of MATLOCK.
MEEHAN     English
Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Miadhacháin 'descendant of Miadhacháin', a diminutive of Miadhach, a byname meaning 'honorable'. Also a diminutive of Gaelic maoth 'moist', 'soft', 'tearful'.
MEFFORD     English
It is the Old English name given to a point where two streams cross each other.... [more]
MENEAR     Cornish, English (British)
English (Devon; of Cornish origin): topographic name for someone who lived by a menhir, i.e. a tall standing stone erected in prehistoric times (Cornish men ‘stone’ + hir ‘long’). In the United States, it is a common surname in Pennsylvania & West Virginia.
MENZEL     German, English
Derived from a short form of MENZ, CLEMENS or HERMANN.
MERCER     English, Catalan
Occupational name for a trader, from Old French mercier, Late Latin mercarius (an agent derivative of merx, genitive mercis, "merchandise"). In Middle English the term was applied particularly to someone who dealt in textiles, especially the more costly and luxurious fabrics such as silks, satin, and velvet.
MERIWETHER     English
Means "happy weather" in Middle English, originally belonging to a cheery person.
MERRIDEW     English
A different form of Meredith (from the Welsh personal name Meredydd, perhaps literally "lord of splendour"). It occurs in Wilkie Collins' 'The Moonstone' (1868) belonging to Mrs Merridew, widowed sister to Sir John Verinder.
MERRIWEATHER     English
From a medieval nickname for someone of a cheerful disposition (cf. Meriwether).
MERVYN     English
(i) from the medieval personal name Merewine, literally "fame-friend"; (ii) from the Old English personal names Mǣrwynn, literally "famous joy", and Merefinn, from Old Norse Mora-Finnr; (iii) from the Welsh personal name Merfyn, literally probably "marrow-eminent"
METCALF     English
Variant of Metcalfe.
METCALFE     English
An occupational name from Northern England, from Old English mete, 'food' and calf, 'calf', i.e calfs being fattened for consumption in late summer. Thus, making this surname an occupational name for either a slaughterer or herdsman... [more]
MICKLEY     English
It comes the French name Michelet, which comes from the name Michael, as in the angel. ... [more]
MIDDLETON     English, Scottish
Habitational name from any of the places so called. In over thirty instances from many different areas, the name is from Old English midel "middle" + tun "enclosure","settlement".
MIKEL     English, Scottish, Welsh, Russian
Mikel is another form of MICHAEL,... [more]
MILDMAY     English
From a medieval nickname for an inoffensive person (literally "mild maiden").
MILHOUS     English
Variant spelling of English Millhouse.
MILHOUSE     English
Variant spelling of Millhouse.
MILK     English
Probably from Middle English milk ‘milk’, applied as a metonymic occupational name for a producer or seller of milk.In some instances, probably a translation of German Milch, a variant of Slavic Milich or of Dutch Mielke (a pet form of Miele), or a shortening of Slavic Milkovich.
MILL     Scottish, English
Scottish and English: topographic name for someone who lived near a mill, Middle English mille, milne (Old English myl(e)n, from Latin molina, a derivative of molere ‘to grind’)... [more]
MILLAY     English
This surname is thought to be a respelling of Millais, which may come from the French surname Millet, a metonymic occupational name for a grower or seller of millet or panic grass (derived from a diminutive form of Old French mil which is then derived from Latin milium meaning "millet").... [more]
MILLEN     English
A mill worker.
MILNER     English, Scottish
Northern English (mainly Yorkshire) and Scottish: variant of Miller, retaining the -n- of the Middle English word, which was a result of Scandinavian linguistic influence, as in Old Norse mylnari.
MILO     English
Derived from the given name Milo.
MIMS     English (British)
Habitational name from Mimms (North and South Mimms) in Hertfordshire, most probably derived from an ancient British tribal name, Mimmas.
MINER     English
English occupational name for someone who built mines, either for the excavation of coal and other minerals, or as a technique in the medieval art of siege warfare. The word represents an agent derivative of Middle English, Old French mine ‘mine’ (a word of Celtic origin, cognate with Gaelic mein ‘ore’, ‘mine’).
MINOR     English, German, French
English: variant spelling of Miner.... [more]
MINTRAM     English
Unknown
MISSINGHAM     English
The name means "lost home", and it's from the Old English words "missan" and "ham".
MOATS     English
Variant of Moat.
MOHLER     German, English
The Mohler surname is derived from the Low German word möhl which means mill. Thus the name originally denoted someone who live or worked near a mill. Variant of Müller.
MOLAISON     American
Unexplained meaning.
MOLE     English
Mole is (in some but not all cases) the English form of the German Möhl meaning mill.
MOLTEN     English
The surname Molten refers to one who melts lead.
MONEYMAKER     English (American)
Translated form of German Geldmacher or Geldschläger, occupational names for a coiner.
MONEYPENNY     English
Probably from a medieval nickname for a rich person or a miser. A fictional bearer is Miss Moneypenny, secretary to M (the head of MI6) in the James Bond novels of Ian Fleming and in the films based on them.
MONGER     English
Name for a retail trader or a stallholder in a market, Middle English monger, manger.
MONK     English
Nickname for someone of monkish habits or appearance, or an occupational name for a servant employed at a monastery, from Middle English munk, monk "monk" (Old English munuc, munec, from Late Latin monachus, Greek monakhos "solitary", a derivative of monos "alone").
MONTGOMERIE     Scottish, English
Variation of MONTGOMERY. A famous bearer was Margaret Montgomerie Boswell (1738 to 1789), wife of author James Boswell.
MOON     English
Ultimately derived from the name Moyon, which is a village in the region of Normandy, France.
MOORCOCK     English
From a medieval nickname for someone thought to resemble a moorcock (the male of the red grouse). It is borne by British author Michael Moorcock (1939-).
MOOREHOUSE     English
Variant spelling of Morehouse.
MORALEE     English, French
First found in Norfolk where they were seated from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings.
MORANT     English
From the Old French personal name Morant, perhaps from a nickname meaning "steadfast", or alternatively of Germanic origin and meaning literally "courage-raven". A known bearer was the British-born Australian soldier and poet Breaker Morant, original name Edwin Henry Murrant (?1864-1902).
MOREDOCK     English
From the fact that boats get moored at a dock.
MOREHOUSE     English
Habitational name from any of various places, for example Moorhouse in West Yorkshire, named from Old English mōr meaning "marsh", "fen" + hūs meaning "house".
MORGANTON     English (Canadian)
Created by combining the last names Morgan and Middleton in Calgary, Alberta, Canada in September of 2013.
MOROUX     Louisiana Creole
From the surname Moroux.
MORT     English
Perhaps from a Norman nickname based on Old French mort "dead", possibly referring to someone with a deathly pallor or otherwise sepulchral appearance.
MORTIMER     English
Derived from a place name meaning "still water" in Old French.
MOSCOW     English (American, Rare)
From the city of Moscow in Russia.
MOSLEY     English
Habitational name from any of several places called Mos(e)ley in central, western, and northwestern England. The obvious derivation is from Old English mos ‘peat bog’ + leah ‘woodland clearing’, but the one in southern Birmingham (Museleie in Domesday Book) had as its first element Old English mus ‘mouse’, while one in Staffordshire (Molesleie in Domesday Book) had the genitive case of the Old English byname Moll.
MOSS     English, Welsh, Scottish, Northern Irish
English and Welsh: from the personal name Moss, a Middle English vernacular form of the Biblical name Moses. ... [more]
MOSSMAN     English
This interesting name is a variant of the surname Moss which is either topographical for someone who lived by a peat bog, from the Old English pre 7th Century 'mos' or a habitational name from a place named with this word, for example Mosedale in Cumbria or Moseley in West Yorkshire.
MOTA     American
Surname of YouTuber and Dancing with the Stars competitor Bethany Mota.
MOTLEY     English
This surname may come from a nickname for someone wearing parti-coloured clothes (from Anglo-French motteley, which may come from Old English mot meaning "speck").
MOUNT     English
Mount is often used as part of the name of specific mountains.
MOUNTAIN     English
Topographic name from Old French montagne "mountain" (see Montagne).
MOUNTJOY     English
Habitational surname for a person from Montjoie in La Manche, France, named with Old French mont "hill", "mountain" + joie "joy".
MOWBRAY     English
Ultimately from the name of a place in Normandy meaning "mud hill" in Old French.
MOWERS     Scottish, English
English: variant of Mower
MOXLEY     English, Irish, Welsh, Scottish
From the name of a minor place in the West Midlands.
MOXON     English
Means "son of Magge", a pet-form of Margaret, a female personal name which came into English via French from Late Latin Margarita, literally "pearl".
MOYES     English
From the medieval personal name Moise, a vernacular variant of Moses (the biblical name of the Hebrew prophet who led the Children of Israel out of captivity).
MUDD     English
Either (i) "person who lives in a muddy area"; (ii) from the medieval female personal name Mudd, a variant of Maud (variously Mahalt, Mauld, Malt, vernacular versions of Anglo-Norman Matilda); or (iii) from the Old English personal name Mōd or Mōda, a shortened form of various compound names beginning with mōd "courage".
MULLIS     English
As either Mulles and Mullis, the surname first found in Parish Registers in Cornwall Co. by 1548 in Michaelstow. Manorial tenement rolls trace that particular family to 1483. Between 1337 and 1453 random tenants were recorded between Tintagel and Altarnun as Molys and Mollys... [more]
MUNGER     English
Variant of Monger.
MURREY     English, Scottish, Irish
English, Scottish, and Irish variant of Murray.
MUSSEY     English
Nickname from Middle English mūs ‘mouse’ + ēage ‘eye’.
MUSTON     English
Habitational name from places so named, from Old English mus "mouse", or must, "muddy stream or place" combined with tun "enclosure, settlement". Another explanation could be that the first element is derived from an old Scandinavian personal name, Músi (of unknown meaning), combined with tun.
MYATT     English
From the medieval personal name Myat, literally "little Mihel", an Anglo-Norman variant of Michael.
NAISMITH     English
Means either "nail-maker" (from Old English nægelsmith) or "knife-maker" (from Old English cnīfsmith).
NAPIER     Scottish, English
Scottish occupational name for a producer or seller of table linen or for a naperer, the servant in charge of the linen in use in a great house from the Middle English, Old French nap(p)ier, an agent derivative of Old French nappe ‘table cloth’ (Latin mappa)... [more]
NARAMOR     English, Welsh
Naramor, also Narramore or Naramore, is a corruption of Northmore, and has Welsh/English background. "More North"
NASMITH     Scottish, English
This surname is derived from an occupation, "nail-smith", but may also mean "knife-smith".
NASWORTHY     English
Variant of Norsworthy.
NATION     English
Most probably a variant of Nathan, altered by folk etymology under the influence of the English vocabulary word nation
NAUGHTON     English
Habitational name from a place in Suffolk, named in Old English with nafola meaning "navel" + tūn meaning "enclosure", "settlement", i.e. "settlement in the navel or depression".
NAVARRO     Spanish, French, English
Describes a former member of the ancient kingdom of Navarre. Possibly means 'the treeless country' or 'the country above the trees'
NEAD     English
1. English: possibly a metonymic nickname for a needy person, from Middle English ne(e)d ‘need’. ... [more]
NEALE     English, Scottish, Irish
English, Scottish, and Irish variant of Neal.
NEARS     English
French in origin, it is derived from the word "Noir," which is the equivalent of the English word "Black." It could have referred to a person with dark features, hair, or perhaps even one who was thought to engage in nafarious, or "dark," deeds.
NEILSON     English
Means "son of Neil". Often an English respelling of the surnames Nielsen or Nilsen.
NELVIN     English (American)
Female named after her uncle who surname was Melvin. Born in Shreveport, Louisiana in 1931.
NEMIROW     English
Is the English for the Russian/Ukrainian Surname Nemirov
NEMO     English
A different form of Nimmo (a Scottish name of unknown origin).
NESBITT     Scottish, Irish, English
Derives from the hamlets of East Nisbet and West Nisbet, Berwickshire. Some bearers of Nisbet/Nesbitt (and variant) names may originate from the village of Nisbet in Roxburghshire.
NEVELS     English, Scottish
(1) Variant of Neville (2) Possibly variant of Dutch Nevens, which is derived from Neve, from Middle English, Old Norse, Middle Dutch neve ‘nephew’, presumably denoting the nephew of some great personage.
NEVIL     English
"Variant of the name Neville"
NEW     English
Nickname for a newcomer to an area, from Middle English newe meaning "new".
NEWBORN     English
Habitational name from Newbourn in Suffolk or Newburn in Tyne and Wear (formerly part of Northumberland), both named with Old English niwe "new" and burna "stream", perhaps denoting a stream that had changed its course.
NEWBROUGH     English (British)
Newbrough surname is thought to be a habitational, taken on from a place name such as from Newbrough in Northumberland, which is derived from the Old English words niwe, meaning "new," and burh, meaning "fortification."
NEWBY     English
Means "person from Newby", Newby being a combination of the Middle English elements newe "new" and by "farm, settlement" (ultimately from Old Norse býr "farm"). British travel writer Eric Newby (1919-2006) bore this surname.
NEWEY     English
Topographic name for someone who lived at a "new enclosure", from Middle English newe "new" and haga "enclousire".
NEWHAM     English
Habitational name from any of the various places, for example in Northumbria and North Yorkshire, so named from Old English neowe "new" and ham "homestead".
NEWQUIST     English
Americansized form of Swedish Nyquist.
NEY     English
NICKERSON     English
Means "son of NICHOLAS".
NICKSON     English
Variant of Nixon, patronymic from the given name Nicholas.
NIGHTINGALE     English
Nickname for someone with a good voice, from Middle English nighti(n)gale, Old English nihtegal, from niht "night" and galan "sing" (cf. NACHTIGALL).
NINE     English (American)
Americanized spelling of German Nein or Neun, from Middle High German niun meaning "nine".
NIX     English
NOAR     English
This surname is thought to be derived from nore which could mean "shore, cliff." This could denote that someone might have lived in a shore or cliff. It may also be used as a surname for someone who lived in the now 'diminished' village of Nore in Surrey.
NOBLE     English, Scottish, Irish, French
Nickname from Middle English, Old French noble "high-born, distinguished, illustrious" (Latin nobilis), denoting someone of lofty birth or character, or perhaps also ironically someone of low station... [more]
NOCTE     American
Means "night" in Latin.
NOICE     English
Variant spelling of Noyce.
NOON     English
Either (i) from a medieval nickname for someone of a sunny disposition (noon being the sunniest part of the day); or (ii) from Irish Gaelic Ó Nuadháin "descendant of Nuadhán", a personal name based on Nuadha, the name of various Celtic gods (cf... [more]
NORELL     Swedish, English
Swedish ornamental name composed of norr "north" or nor "small strait" and the popular surname suffix -ell, from Latin adjectival suffix -elius. ... [more]
NORRELL     English, German (?)
A locational surname from the Germanic (Old English/Old Norse) term for the north. It either refers to someone who lived in a location called Northwell, lived north of a well, spring or stream (Old English weall)... [more]
NORRINGTON     English
Norrington is the name given to a person from the eponymous place.
NORSWORTHY     English
Habitational name from Norseworthy in Walkhampton, Devon.
NORTHERN     English
Topographic name, from an adjectival form of North.
NORWAY     English
From the country in Europe.
NOVEMBER     English (American)
From the name of the month.
NOY     English
Either (i) from the medieval male personal name Noye, the English form of the Hebrew name Noach "Noah"; or (ii) an invented Jewish name based on Hebrew noy "decoration, adornment".
NUNN     English
Means someone who is a nun
NUTTALL     English
English: habitational name from some place named with Old English hnutu ‘nut’ + h(e)alh ‘nook’, ‘recess’. In some cases this may be Nuthall in Nottinghamshire, but the surname is common mainly in Lancashire, and a Lancashire origin is therefore more likely... [more]
NUTTER     English
Means either (i) "scribe, clerk" (from Middle English notere, ultimately from Latin notārius); or (ii) "person who keeps or tends oxen" (from a derivative of Middle English nowt "ox")... [more]
OAK     English
Topographic name for someone who lived near an oak tree or in an oak wood, from Middle English oke "oak".
OAKES     English, Irish
English: Topographic name, a plural variant of Oak.... [more]
OAKLAND     English
This surname is derived from Old English āc and land and it, obviously, means "oak land."
OAKLEAF     English (American)
Probably an Americanized (translated) form of Swedish Eklöf.
OAKS     English
English variant spelling of Oakes and Americanized form of Jewish Ochs.
OATES     English
Patronymic from the Middle English personal name Ode (see Ott).
OATIS     English
Altered spelling of Otis, itself a variant of Oates.
OATS     English
Variation of Oates.
OBERLIN     German, English
From Oberst and the suffix Lynn.... [more]
OBESUS     American
Means "obese" in Latin.
OBSCURITE     English
A word which means "darkness" in French language.
ODD     English
Variant of Ott.
ODHAM     English
Variant of ODOM, altered by folk etymology as if derived from a place name formed with -ham.
ODOM     English
Medieval nickname for someone who had climbed the social ladder by marrying the daughter of a prominent figure in the local community, from Middle English odam ‘son-in-law’ (Old English aðum).
OFFICER     English (Canadian), English (American, Rare)
Occupational name for the holder of any office, from Anglo-Norman French officer (an agent derivative of Old French office ‘duty’, ‘service’, Latin officium ‘service’, ‘task’).
OGILVIE     Scottish, English
From the ancient Barony of Ogilvie in Angus, Northeast Scotland. The placename itself is derived from Pictish ocel, 'high' and fa, 'plain'.
OGILVY     Scottish, English
Variant of Ogilvie.
OLD     English
From Middle English old, not necessarily implying old age, but rather used to distinguish an older from a younger bearer of the same personal name.
OLIN     English, Dutch
English or Dutch name meaning either "from a low lying area" or from the word Hollander meaning "one from the Netherlands" a country well known for a low lying landscape.
OLIPHANT     English
Means "elephant" (from Middle English, Old French and Middle High German olifant "elephant"), perhaps used as a nickname for a large cumbersome person, or denoting someone who lived in a building distinguished by the sign of an elephant.
OLIVIA     American
From the given name of Olivia
OLLIS     English
Unexplained surname found in records of Bristol and Bath.
OLLSON     English
Variant of Olsson or Olsen.
OLMSTEAD     English (British)
Comes from the Old French ermite "hermit" and Old English stede "place".... [more]
OPHEL     English
19th century name from the Cambridgeshire area. Probably derived from Oldfield. Variants include Opheld, Oful and Offel.... [more]
OPIE     English
From the medieval personal name Oppy or Obby, pet-forms of such names as Osbert and Osbold. John Opie (1761-1807) was a British portrait and history painter; other bearers of this surname include Peter Opie (1918-82), and his wife Iona Opie (née Archibald; 1923-), British authors and folklorists.
ORBISON     English
From a village in Lincolnshire, England originally called Orby and later Orreby that is derived from a Scandinavian personal name Orri- and the Scandinavian place element -by which means "a farmstead or small settlement."
ORCHARD     English, Scottish
English: topographic name for someone who lived by an orchard, or a metonymic occupational name for a fruit grower, from Middle English orchard.... [more]
ORCUTT     English
Perhaps a much altered spelling of Scottish Urquhart used predominantly in Staffordshire, England.
ORDWALD     English
English name meaning "spear strength".
ORE     English
ORGAN     English
Metonymic occupational name for a player of a musical instrument (any musical instrument, not necessarily what is now known as an organ), from Middle English organ (Old French organe, Late Latin organum ‘device’, ‘(musical) instrument’, Greek organon ‘tool’, from ergein ‘to work or do’).
ORGAN     English
From a rare medieval personal name, attested only in the Latinized forms Organus (masculine) and Organa (feminine).
ORLEY     Dutch, Flemish, English
A surname of uncertain origin found among the Dutch, Flemish and English. In England the name is primarily found in Yorkshire and Devon. Orley may be an adapted form of a French name D'Orley or a nickname for Orlando... [more]
ORPIN     English
Means "herbalist" (from Middle English orpin "yellow stonecrop", a plant prescribed by medieval herbalists for healing wounds). A variant spelling was borne by British painter Sir William Orpen (1878-1931).
OSCARSON     English, Swedish (Rare)
Means "son of Oscar".
OSLER     English
Possibly derived from Ostler (from the the Norman 'Hostelier') meaning clerk or bookkeeper. First used in England after the Norman invasion of 1066. Surname of a 19th cent. Canadian doctor, Sir William Osler, widely viewed as the 'Father of Internal Medicine'.
OSMAR     English
Variant of Hosmer.
OSWALD     English
From the given name Oswald.
OTTOWAY     English
From the Norman male personal names Otoïs, of Germanic origin and meaning literally "wealth-wide" or "wealth-wood", and Otewi, of Germanic origin and meaning literally "wealth-war".
OVERSON     English
Derived from the Old French name Overson, meaning "dweller by the river-banks". The name was probably brought to England in the wake of the Norman conquest of 1066.
OWNER     English
From English owner meaning "a person who owns something".
OYASKI     English (American)
A surname created by Michael Oyaski (formally Michael O'Yaski). The surname is currently known to only be used by one particular branch of the O'Yaski family tree. The surname means "Dragon Rider of the West" according to members of the Oyaski family.
PACEY     English
"Habitation name from Pacy-sur-Eure" which took its name from the Gallo-Roman personal name Paccius and the local suffix -acum.
PACKARD     English, Norman, Medieval English, German (Anglicized)
English from Middle English pa(c)k ‘pack’, ‘bundle’ + the Anglo-Norman French pejorative suffix -ard, hence a derogatory occupational name for a peddler. ... [more]
PACKWOOD     English
Habitational name from a place in Warwickshire, so named from the Old English personal name Pac(c)a + wudu ‘wood’.
PADDINGTON     English
Believed to mean "Pada's farm", with the Anglo-Saxon name Pada possibly coming from the Old English word pad, meaning "toad".
PAINTER     English, Medieval French, German
English: from Middle English, Old French peinto(u)r, oblique case of peintre ‘painter’, hence an occupational name for a painter (normally of colored glass). In the Middle Ages the walls of both great and minor churches were covered with painted decorations, and Reaney and Wilson note that in 1308 Hugh le Peyntour and Peter the Pavier were employed ‘making and painting the pavement’ at St... [more]
PAITON     English
Locational surname derived from the village of Peyton in Essex, England; Variant of Peyton
PALACIO     American
Surname of author R.J. Palacio, who wrote the book Wonder (2012)
PALFREYMAN     English
Occupational name for a man responsible for the maintenance and provision of saddle-horses.
PALIN     English
(i) "person from Palling", Norfolk ("settlement of Pælli's people") or "person from Poling", Sussex ("settlement of Pāl's people"); (ii) from the Welsh name ap Heilyn "son of Heilyn", a personal name perhaps meaning "one who serves at table"
PALLISER     English
Means "maker of palings and fences" (from a derivative of Old French palis "palisade"). In fiction, the Palliser novels are a series of six political novels by Anthony Trollope, beginning with 'Can You Forgive Her?' (1864) and ending with 'The Duke's Children' (1880), in which the Palliser family plays a central role.
PAPAMICHAEL     Greek, English (Rare)
Means "Son of priest Michael".
PARDOE     English
From a medieval nickname based on the Old French oath par Dieu "by God" (cf. Purdie).
PARDY     English (Modern)
English (Dorset) variant of Perdue.
PARHAM     Irish, English
This name has been used amongst the Irish and English. This user's great grandmother came from Ireland and her maiden name was Parham. However, in English (London) it is a habitational name from places in Suffolk and Sussex, named in Old English with pere ‘pear’ + ham ‘homestead’.
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