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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
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
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 tūn
"settlement"; the second is probably from an old river name or tribal name Cētan
(possibly a derivative of Celtic cēd
"wood") and Old English ēa
"river"; and the last possibly from Cornish kee
"hedge, bank" and Old English tūn
Derived from the village of Kelham, near Newark-upon-Trent, Nottingham.
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
Variant of Andrew
, possibly influenced by McAndrew
. Notable namesake is Nobel Prize winning chemist John Kendrew (1917-1997).
From the medieval personal name Kenewi
, from Old English Cynewīg
, literally "royal war", or Cēnwīg
, literally "bold war".
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).
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]
From the settlement of Kenwood in the parish of Kenton, county of Devon, England. ... [more]
KENYON English, Welsh
Kenyon is a surname from Wales meaning "a person from Ennion's Mound"
Means "person from Ketley", Shropshire ("glade frequented by cats").
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
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
"nook or corner of land".
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]
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]
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’.
From Middle English Kipp, perhaps a byname for a fat man, from an unattested Old English form Cyppe, which according to Reaney is from the Germanic root kupp 'to swell'.
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]
A name originally found in both Scotland and England. From Kirk-
meaning "church" and -man
for someone who lived near or worked at a church.
English: probably a habitational name from a lost or unidentified place. This surname is also common in the American South.
habitational name from any of various places, for example in Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, and Staffordshire, named with Old English cirice or Old Norse kirkja 'church' + Old English tun 'enclosure', 'settlement'.
A name for a person who worked as a maker of leather armor for the knight's legs.
KITCHENER English (British), Scottish
Variant spelling of Kitchen. A famous bearer was senior British Army officer and colonial administrator, Herbert Kitchener, 1st Earl Kitchener (1850-1916).
Occupational surname for a person who was in charge of the kitchen in a royal or noble house, or a monastery. From the Anglo Saxon cycene
Derived from a place name in Devonshire, England, and was first recorded in the form of Kitelhey in 1305.... [more]
Topographic name for someone who lived by a hillock, Middle English "nappe
, Old English cnæpp
, or habitational name from any of the several minor places named with the word, in particular Knapp in Hampshire and Knepp
English surname which was derived from a place name composed of the Old English elements cnihta
meaning "servant, retainer" (genitive plural of cniht
) and tun
The lineage of the name Knipe begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It is a result of when they lived on the peak of a hill or highland. The surname Knipe is primarily familiar in the regions of Lancashire and Westmoreland.... [more]
Topographic name for someone living by a hill, from Middle English knocke
"hill" (Old English cnoc
KNOLL English, German, Jewish
English and German topographic name for someone living near a hilltop or mountain peak, from Middle English knolle
‘hilltop’, ‘hillock’ (Old English cnoll
), Middle High German knol
Either from the Middle English personal name Knut
, or denoting a person who lived "at the knot", which is the summit of a rocky hill.
KNOWLES English, Irish
As an English surname it is derived from a genitive or plural form of Middle English knolle
meaning "hilltop, hillock", denoting a person who either lived at the top of a hill or near a hillock, or hailed from one of the many places in England named with this word.... [more]
Habitational name from either of two places so named, one in Dorset and the other in Kent.
Probably a habitational name from a lost or unidentified place.
English habitational name from any of various places so called, for example in Lancashire (near Blackpool) and in North Yorkshire. The former was named in Old English as ‘settlement by the watercourse’, from Old English lad
‘watercourse’ + tun
‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’; the latter as ‘leek enclosure’ or ‘herb garden’, from leac
‘leek’ + tun
Topographic name for someone who lived by a stream, Old English lacu, or a habitational name from a place named with this word, for example in Wiltshire and Devon. Modern English lake (Middle English lake) is only distantly related, if at all; it comes via Old French from Latin lacus... [more]
A nickname for a gentle or malleable person or an occupational name for someone who raised or cared for young sheep. Can take the form Lum
Surname common in Australia & the UK. A variation of Lambshead
which was originally a mis-spelling of Lambside which was the area from which the family originated in Pommyland. Other variations include Lambshed
Shire of Lancaster; One who came from Lancashire, a county in the North of England.
Habitational name from Lancaster in northwestern England, named in Old English as ‘Roman fort on the Lune’, from the Lune river, on which it stands, + Old English cæster
‘Roman fort or walled city’ (Latin castra
‘legionary camp’)... [more]
From the Germanic personal name Lanzo
, originally a short form of various compound names with the first element land ‘land’, ‘territory’ (for example, Lambert), but later used as an independent name... [more]
LAND English, German
Topographic name from Old English land
, Middle High German lant
, "land, territory". This had more specialized senses in the Middle Ages, being used to denote the countryside as opposed to a town or an estate.
LANDRY French, English
From the Germanic personal name Landric
, a compound of land
"land" and ric
Combination of Old English lang
meaning "long" and feld
meaning "stretch of open country". It could serve either as a topographic surname or a habitational surname for someone from one of the many locations named "Langfield" (ex... [more]
LANGFORD Literature, English
An English habitational name from any of the numerous places named in Old English as ‘long ford’, from lang
‘long’ + ford
‘ford’, except for Langford in Nottinghamshire, which is named with an Old English personal name Landa
or possibly land
, here used in a specific sense such as ‘boundary’ or ‘district’, with the same second element.
LANGHORN English, Danish, Dutch
Northern English: probably a habitational name from a minor place in Soulby, Cumbria, called Longthorn, from Old English lang
‘long’ + horn
‘projecting headland’, or a topographic name with the same meaning.... [more]
Means "long stone"; derived from Old English lang
meaning "long" and stan
meaning "stone". It can also be used as a given name.
LANSDOWNE French, English
The first marquis lansdowne, land owners for there lords and farmers also know as tenants.
Derived from the name of Lancing
, a place in West Sussex, which was composed of the Old English personal name Wlanc
meaning "family of" or "followers of".
A surname referring to someone who had immigrated from Lapland, northern Scandinavia.
From the old Teutonic word 'lahtro' which is to do with a place that animals bear their young. This was modifed in several dialects to be 'lahtre', 'lattr', 'lauchter' and 'lawchter'. ... [more]
LATHAM English (British)
Habitational name from any of the places in England named with the Old Norse word hlaða
English occupational name for a clerk who could translate documents to and from Latin and/or other languages, from Anglo-Norman French latinier
Habitational name from any of the numerous places in England so called. Most of them, as for example those in Leicestershire, Lincolnshire (near Gainsborough), Sussex, and West Yorkshire, are named with Old English leac
‘leek’ + tun
English (chiefly Devon and Cornwall): Medieval English and occupational, from pre-10th century Old French "lavandier". Introduced by the Normans after 1066, originally described a worker in the wool industry, and was a metonymic or nickname for a person employed to wash raw wool or rinse the cloth after fulling... [more]
Habitational name, common in Lancashire and Yorkshire, from Buglawton or Church Lawton in Cheshire, or Lawton in Herefordshire, named in Old English as ‘settlement on or near a hill’, or ‘settlement by a burial mound’, from hlaw
‘hill’, ‘burial mound’ + tun
‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’... [more]
The name comes from a small village in England called "Laycock" and has something to do with "the place of the birds."... [more]
Habitational name for someone living near a meadow. Derived from Middle English leye
. ... [more]
From a place name which was derived from leysingi
, two Norse words meaning "freedman" and "settlement" respectively.
Occupational name for a physician’s servant, from Leach 1 + Middle English man ‘manservant’.
From an Old English word leof
related to love
and in this case meaning "beloved" plus the word man
Means (i) "person from Leire", Leicestershire ("place on the river Leire
", a river-name that may also be the ancestor of Leicestershire
); or (ii) "person from Lear", any of several variously spelled places in northern France with a name based on Germanic lār
LEARN English (American)
The surname Learn is traced to an 18th-century settler and his family who lived in what is now Tannersville, Pa. It is an Anglicized version of the Germanic "Loehrner," which name the settler and his family also used.
LEATHER English, Scottish
A metonymic occupational name for a leatherworker or seller of leather goods, from the Middle English and Olde English "lether", leather.
LECKEY Scottish, English, Irish
Originally Scottish, but also found in England, Northern Ireland and Ireland. Possibly derives from the barony of Leckie (meaning "place of flagstones", from Gaelic leac
, "flagstone") in Stirlingshire.
LEDGER English, Norman, French, Dutch
English: from a Norman personal name, Leodegar
, Old French Legier
, of Germanic origin, composed of the elements liut
‘people’, ‘tribe’ + gar
‘spear’. The name was borne by a 7th-century bishop of Autun, whose fame contributed to the popularity of the name in France... [more]
From the city of Leeds in Yorkshire. The name was first attested in the form Loidis in AD 731. In the Domesday Book of 1086, it is recorded as 'Ledes'. This name is thought to have ultimately been derived from an earlier Celtic name... [more]
LEMON English, Northern Irish, Scottish
English: from the Middle English personal name Lefman
, Old English Leofman
, composed of the elements leof
‘dear’, ‘beloved’ + mann
‘man’, ‘person’. This came to be used as a nickname for a lover or sweetheart, from Middle English lem(m)an
Unknown origin (I mean by I don't know its origins). Popular in Michigan during the early 20th century.
Derived from the Italian word levante
, meaning "rising" and the French word levant
, meaning "to rise". The term entered the English language in 1497 and was used to describe the "Mediterranean lands east of Italy" by referring to the rising of the sun in the east... [more]
LEVER French, English
Nickname for a fleet-footed or timid person, from Old French levre
‘hare’ (Latin lepus
, genitive leporis
). It may also have been a metonymic occupational name for a hunter of hares... [more]
Diminutive of Lever
, from the Middle English personal name Lefred
, Old English Leofred
, composed of the elements leof
‘dear’, ‘beloved’ + red
LEVEROCK Anglo-Saxon, English
It goes back those Anglo-Saxon tribes that once ruled over Britain. Such a name was given to a person who was given the nickname Laverock
, which was the Old English word that described a person who was a good singer or someone who had a cheery personality.
This surname combines the Old English personal female name Leofwaru
or the Old English word læfer
meaning "rush, reed" with another Old English word tún
meaning "enclosure, field, farm, dwelling." The etymology with the female name addition fits in with the town of the same name in Berkshire while the etymology with the word addition fits in with the one in Lincolnshire.
Derives from a hamlet in West Sussex, England. All known holders, worldwide, of this rare surname can be traced back to Lickfolds who lived within 20 miles of Lickfold in the 16th century.
LIDDINGTON English, Scottish (Rare)
This surname is derived from a geographical locality. "of Liddington", a parish in Rutland, near Uppingham; a parish in Wiltshire, near Swindon.
Nickname for a happy, cheerful person, from Middle English lyght
, Old English lēoht
"light (not dark), bright, cheerful".
English (chiefly northern England, especially Liverpool): nickname for a messenger or for a fast runner, from Middle English lyght ‘light’, ‘nimble’, ‘quick’ (Old English lioht) + fote ‘foot’.
From a medieval nickname for someone with very fair hair (literally "lily-head").
Derived from Lilly
, a pet name for Elizabeth
. It was also used as a nickname for someone with fair skin or hair, and is derived from Old English lilie
meaning "lily (the flower)". It could also serve as a habitual surname for someone from Lilley in Hertfordshire (from lin
"flax" and leah
"clearing") and Berkshire (from Lillingleah
meaning "wood associated with Lilla").
From a medieval nickname for someone with very fair hair or complexion. It was borne by English cricketers James Lillywhite (1842-1929), first captain of England, and William Lillywhite (1792-1854), pioneer of overarm bowling, uncle of James... [more]
LINDLEY English, German
English habitational name from either of two places in West Yorkshire called Lindley, or from Linley in Shropshire and Wiltshire, all named from Old English lin
‘flax’ + leah
‘wood’, ‘glade’, with epenthetic -d-, or from another Lindley in West Yorkshire (near Otley), named in Old English as ‘lime wood’, from lind
‘lime tree’ + leah
‘woodland clearing’... [more]
This surname can be derived from a place of the same name in Shropshire, which is derived from Old English lín
meaning "flax, linen" and leah
meaning "clearing." As a modern surname, it can also be a variant of Lindley (Lindley is used in 2 places in Yorkshire), which is derived from Old English lind
meaning "lime tree" and leah
From an Old English female personal name Lindgifu
, composed of the elements lind
‘lime (wood)’, i.e. ‘shield’ (a transferred sense) + gifu
, geofu ‘gift’.
A habitational name meaning "of Luffincott," a parish in Devon, England. Named from Old English uncertain first element + cot
LITTLEJOHN Scottish, English
Distinguishing epithet for the smallest of two or more bearers of the common personal name John
. Compare Meiklejohn
. In some cases the nickname may have been bestowed on a large man, irrespective of his actual personal name, in allusion to the character in the Robin Hood legend, whose nickname was of ironic application.... [more]
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".