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LITTLEWOOD English (British)
This surname is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and may be either a locational or topographical surname. If the former, it derives from any of several minor places in West Yorkshire, such as Littlewood in Wooldale near Holmfirth, all of which are so called from the Olde English pre 7th Century "lytel", little, small, and "wudu", wood... [more]
A modern English surname possibly derived from a lost village called Laefer-leah which would give it the meaning "the farm by the lake".... [more]
Nickname from Middle English lifly
, "lively", "nimble".
LIVINGSTON English, Scottish
This surname is thought to be derived from Middle English Levingestun
meaning "Leving's town" or "Leving's settlement."
Variant of LOCKYER
. Locklear is an occupational name of anglo-saxon origin meaning "locksmith".
Refers to the region of Loxley in Staffordshire, England.
Variant of LOCKLEAR
. Lockyer is an occupational name of anglo-saxon origin meaning "locksmith".
Local name for someone who lived in a small cottage or temporary dwelling, Middle English logge
(Old French loge
, of Germanic origin). The term was used in particular of a cabin erected by masons working on the site of a particular construction project, such as a church or cathedral, and so it was probably in many cases equivalent to an occupational name for a mason... [more]
LOMAS English, Scottish, Scottish Gaelic
Variant spelling of "Lomax", meaning a steam pool devoted from Lumhalghs, Lancs. Also variant spelling of "Lennox", meaning Elmwood in Gaelic.
Lomax is a territorial surname, derived from the hamlet of Lumhalghs, near Bury, Greater Manchester, and meaning "pool nook" or "recess". Notable persons with the surname Lomax include: Alan Lomax (1915–2002) American musicologist, son of John Avery Lomax... [more]
LONGBOTTOM English, Literature, Popular Culture
English (West Yorkshire) topographic name for someone who lived in a long valley, from Middle English long
‘valley bottom’. Given the surname’s present-day distribution, Longbottom in Luddenden Foot, West Yorkshire, may be the origin, but there are also two places called Long Bottom in Hampshire, two in Wiltshire, and Longbottom Farm in Somerset and in Wiltshire.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was an American poet and educator whose works include "Paul Revere's Ride", The Song of Hiawatha, and Evangeline.
Habitational name from Look in Puncknowle, Dorset, named in Old English with luce ‘enclosure’.
Derived from Lomax (Lumhalghs
), near Bury, Lancashire, which means "pool nook/recess."
A surname derived from someone of a lordly manner, or perhaps one who had earned the title in some contest of skill or had played the part of the ‘Lord of Misrule’ in the Yuletide festivities.... [more]
Means "maker or seller of metal items of a horse's harness and associated equipment (e.g. bits and spurs)" (from Anglo-Norman loremier
, a derivative of Old French lorain
English name this is the last name of singer Avril Lavigne’s Mother Judith Rosanne Loshaw
possibly from Bavarian lott ‘mud’ + speich ‘spittle’, ‘moist dirt’, either a topographic name for someone who lived on land in a muddy area or a nickname for someone who had a dirty appearance... [more]
from a medieval personal name brought to England by the Normans, of uncertain origin. It may be the Hebrew personal name Lot ‘covering’, which was relatively popular in northern France, or a reduced form of various names formed with the diminutive suffix -lot (originally a combination of -el + -ot), commonly used with women’s names.
from the English word "loud", given to a loud or, in jest, quiet person
An English surname coming from the Old English lufu
, meaning "love, desire", and cæft
, meaning "strength, skill".... [more]
Means either (i) "person particularly associated with a 'loveday'" (a day when, by custom, old differences were settled and reconciliations were made); or (ii) from the medieval female personal name LOVEDAY
, a descendant of Old English Lēofdæg
, literally "beloved day"... [more]
Combination of Middle English love(n), luve(n)
"to love" and joie
From a medieval nickname for a woman-chaser or lothario (from Old English lufulēas
, literally "without love", hence "fancy-free"). The English poet Richard Lovelace (1618-1657) was a famous bearer.
From a surname which was derived from a place name, possibly meaning "Lufa
's land" in Old English or "leaf land" in Norwegian.
From a medieval nickname for a dandy or a man conceited about his appearance (from lovelock
, a term for an elaborately curled lock of hair). This surname is borne by British scientist James Lovelock (1919-), formulator of the "Gaia" concept.
Variation of Lowheart, used to denote people who seem to show a lack of consideration through expression
Patronymic from of LOW
derived from Middle English lowe
meaning "hill, mound".
Variant of LOWRY
. A famous bearer of the surname is baseball infielder Jed Lowrie.
English: habitational name from any of various minor places named Loxley, as for example one in Warwickshire, which is named with the Old English personal name Locc
LUCERO English, Spanish
The surname "Lucero" was derived from English conquerers who came from England, most likely someone who worked for a king or queen. The term Lucero refers to a "star" or "light carrier" when the English traveled to Spain, the Spanish people gave them the name "Lucero" but earlier was spelled with an "s or Lusero"... [more]
Habitational name from a place in Shropshire, so named from the Old English river name Hlude (from hlud 'loud', 'roaring') referring to the Teme river + hlaw 'hill'.
English (Devon) probably from a local vernacular derivative of LUCAS
. However, Reaney posits an Old English personal name, Lugga
, from which this name could be derived.
From a derivative of LUCAS
. This was (and is) the common vernacular form of the name, being the one by which the author of the fourth Gospel is known in English.
Either (i) "person from Lundie", the name of various places in Scotland (meaning "place by a marsh"); or (ii) a different form of MCALINDEN
English habitational name from a minor place, probably one of two in Devon, so called from the possessive form of the Middle English personal name or surname LUGG
(from Old English Lugga
) + Middle English tune
‘settlement’ (Old English tun
Derived from Norman French l'isle
LYONS English, Irish
Is a surname with a variety of origins, from England, Ireland, Scotland, or perhaps France. ... [more]
From a pet-form of the medieval female personal name Mabbe
, a shortened form of AMABEL
(ultimately from Latin amābilis
Occupational name for a stonemason, Anglo-Norman French machun
, a Norman dialect variant of Old French masson
MACMILLAN Scottish, English
A Scottish family name. The origin of the name is said to derive from the origin of the Scottish Clan MacMillan. The progenitor of the Clan was said to be Airbertach, Hebridean prince of the old royal house of Moray... [more]
English: habitational name from places so named in Shropshire and Staffordshire, named in Old English with the personal name MADA
Probably a habitational name from Madron in Cornwall. Alternatively, possibly from Madryn in Gwynedd, Wales.
MAHLOY English (American)
Mahloy is a misspelling of Malloy by Charles Malloy's (b. 1898, Scotland) elementary school teacher in the Ireland. The surname Malloy is derived from the pre 10th century Old Gaelic name O'Maolmhuidh, meaning the descendant of the Great Chief.
MAITLAND English, Scottish
Possibly from Mautalant
, the name of a place in Pontorson, France meaning "inhospitable" or "bad temper" in Norman French (ultimately from Late Latin malum
"bad" and talentum
"inclination, disposition"), which was so named because of its unproductive soil; or perhaps it was originally a nickname for an ungracious individual, derived from the same source.
From a medieval nickname for a skilled conciliator. It was borne by English cricketer Harry Makepeace (1881-1952).
Nickname for a virile man, from Middle English male meaning "masculine".
MALIN English, French, Dutch
From the given name MALIN
(English), and from the given name Madalin composed of the Germanic element madal
meaning "council" (French, Dutch).
Either (i) from the Old French male personal name Malhard
, brought into England by the Normans but ultimately of Germanic origin and meaning literally "council-brave"; or (ii) from a medieval nickname for someone thought to resemble a male wild duck.
From Anglo-Saxon origins, meaning "The cross or mark on the hill". This surname is taken from the location 'Mallows Green' in England.
MALPASS English, Scottish, French
Habitational name from any of various places named Malpas, because of the difficulty of the terrain, from Old French mal pas
"bad passage" (Latin malus passus
). It is a common French minor place name, and places in Cheshire, Cornwall, Gwent, and elsewhere in England were given this name by Norman settlers... [more]
Place name for "Munda's ford" from an Old English personal name Munda
, the same element in the second syllable of Edmund
meaning a waterway crossing.
Habitational name from places in Devon and Cheshire, named in Old English as "common wood or clearing", from (ge)mǣne
"common, shared" and lēah
"woodland clearing". The surname is still chiefly found in the regions around these villages.
MANSELL English (Canadian), Norman
Of Norman origin, a habitational or regional name from Old French mansel
‘inhabitant of Le Mans or the surrounding area of Maine’. The place was originally named in Latin (ad) Ceromannos, from the name of the Gaulish tribe living there, the Ceromanni... [more]
MANTIA English (?)
This is my last name. I honestly don't know where it came from. But it's a last name because it's mine lol
Locational surname, derived from old English "the dweller near the chalky or sandy earth."
Name for a person who lived near a maple tree, from Middle English mapel
, and Old English mapul
Variant of MAPLE
, probably a name for plural MAPLE
, a famous bearer of this name is Marla Maples (1963-)
From a variant of the medieval female personal name Mabbe
, a shortened form of AMABEL
. A fictional bearer is Elizabeth Mapp, busybodyish spinster in the 'Mapp and Lucia' novels of E.F. Benson.
From the English word meaning, "to walk stiffly and proudly" or possibly from the month.
MARCHANT French, English, Spanish
Variant of MARCHAND
, from French marchand
meaning "merchant, mercantile". Though it is of French origin, it was transferred into the Spanish-speaking world, especially Chile, by French invasion of the Iberian Peninsula.
MARK English, German, Dutch
Topographic name for someone who lived on a boundary between two districts, from Middle English merke
, Middle High German marc
, Middle Dutch marke
, all meaning "borderland"... [more]
English name from a place in Nottinghamshire, named in Old English as 'homestead at a (district) boundary', from mearc
'boundary' + ham
'homestead'. English surname used as an equivalent of Gaelic Ó Marcacháin
'descendant of Marcachán', a diminutive of Marcach (see Markey).
This surname means "border clearing" from Old English elements mearc
meaning "border, mark" and leah
meaning "clearing, grove."
This surname is derived either from the name MARK
or from Old English mearc
meaning "border, mark."
An occupational surname indicating a person who was a hunter, especially a skilled one.
Means "boundary stream" from Old English maere (boundary), and pyll (stream).
English: topographic name for someone who lived by or in a marsh or fen, Middle English mershe
(Old English mersc
), or a habitational name from any of various minor places named with this word, for example in Shropshire and Sussex.
Either (i) from a medieval nickname (often ironic) for someone regarded as a prodigy; or (ii) "person from Merville", the name of two places in northern France ("smaller settlement" and "settlement belonging to a man with a Germanic name beginning with Meri
-, literally 'famous'")... [more]
MASEY English, Scottish, French, Norman
English and Scottish (of Norman origin) and French: habitational name from any of various places in northern France which get their names from the Gallo-Roman personal name MACCIUS
+ the locative suffix -acum
Perhaps means "brewery worker" (from Middle English mash
"fermentable mixture of hot water and grain" + rudder
Perhaps from a medieval nickname for someone with an auburn or reddish beard (from Middle English massing
"brass" + berd
The name is tribal and probably Anglo-Saxon, and translates as the 'hamm' (place or village) of the Maessa (Mass) tribe. These people are also recorded in Lincoln, as 'Massingberd', the castle (berg) of the Maessa tribe.
Derived from a place name (Matlock in Derbyshire) meaning ‘meeting-place oak’ from Old English mæthel
‘meeting’, ‘gathering’, ‘council’ and ac
My grandfathers last name from Italy . He grew up in Naples but the name is from a small country village by Tuscany named Matonti. That's all we know so far.
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]
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.
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.
From the surname but also a given name that reminds some of Springtime
Used in The City of Ember as the main character's (Lina Mayfleet) last name.
A nickname for someone who is a happy, genial or a sunshiny fellow.
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
Topographic name for someone who lived by a meadow, from Mead 1 + the suffix -er, denoting an inhabitant.
A topographic name for someone who lived near a meadow. The form meadow
derives from mǣdwe
, the dative case of Old English mǣd
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
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.
Means "happy weather" in Middle English, originally belonging to a cheery person.
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.
(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"
MESSAM English (British)
originates from a place called Measham in the county of Leicestershire. The placename is first recorded in the famous Domesday Book of 1086, as Messeham, and in the Pipe Rolls of the county of 1182 as Meisham... [more]
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]
Originated from the village name of Methley in Yorkshire.
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".
From a medieval nickname for an inoffensive person (literally "mild maiden").
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
(Old English myl(e)n
, from Latin molina
, a derivative of molere
‘to grind’)... [more]
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]